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2008-05-04 Bulletin

We are God's Children - gathered by Him in love - to bring glory to the Triune God, to pray, to seek the lost, to nurture the young in the Lord, to care for the hurting, and to encourage one another. We do this in obedience to His Word.

 

About Ascension

Though often overlooked, the Ascension of Christ is filled with theological significance. Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who knows our suffering and temptation and prays for us. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds “on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” Colossians 3:1,2.

Next Sunday, May 11th

We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. We also have the privilege of witnessing the public profession of faith of Jolyn Capton and Tessa Weenink. In the evening service we will turn to Lord’s Day 45 and the place of thankfulness in prayer. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

This week please keep Terry & Donna Vandenborn and their children in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

Please remember Nathaniel Wildeboer and his parents, Steve & Angela in prayer as he continues to undergo treatment for his cancer.

 

Wolf Creek Community Church and Pastor Andy & Yvonne Geleynse – we want to remember our daughter church in our prayers. After his three month medical leave and with much prayerful consideration, Pastor Andy has resigned his position as pastor of WCCC. We want to remember him and the family as well as the WCCC as they work through this time of transition. We pray that the Holy Spirit may lead in the plans that will be made and that the church can move forward in its outreach ministry.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Tena Ellen, Jackie Hartenhof, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.


 

Tuesday Night Prayer meeting

Will be held at Pastor Peter & Ruth Sluys’ home at 7:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, May 6th. The address is 4815 55 Ave. Everyone is welcome.

Church Directory 

It's time to put together a new updated church directory. For members who are new to our fellowship, the directory has a listing of church members along with their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Today, May 4th there will be an information page in each church mail box. Please check over the information on your own family, make any changes if necessary and put the page in the secretaries' mail box, located at the bottom left hand corner of the mail boxes. DO NOT take the pages home - we need them to compile the new directory! Cindy & Dana will be available in the foyer after the morning service to assist anyone with pens and advice. Thank you!

Hearty Meals

One way we can show our love is by providing a meal for a family in our church when there is a need. We try to do this in an organized way so that you are not called upon often, If you would like to join the list of meal makers please phone Pauline at 782-2759 or Agnes at 782-2267.

Friendship Potluck Banquet

For the family, friends, caregivers and staff, will be held on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. Please note that the location has changed and we will be gathering at the Central Alberta Christian High School. Please bring a hot dish and a salad or dessert (enough for all your guests). Also bring your own plates, cutlery, and coffee cups. If you have any questions please contact Sherry at 782-7950 or 318-7513.

BETHEL YOUTH NEWS

Mission Wrap-up Celebration Service

There will be a Mission Wrap-up Celebration Service for everyone that participated in a mission trip over the Easter break. It will be held at the First Baptist Church (on the hill) on May 4th at 7 p.m. All Mexico teams from Bethel, Woodynook, Pentecostal and the Lacombe Composite High School are invited as well as the Youth for Christ team that went on their mission trip to Vancouver. Everyone that is interested is more than welcome to attend.

Youth Unlimited Convention

In Bozeman Montana has been planned and ready to go. New developments on transportation have been arranged. A bus starting in Neerlandia will sweep down the QE 2 and pick up students who are interested in attending the convention. Cost for the bus is $190.00 (if the bus is full), the cost for the convention will remain the early bird cost of $375.00 US. If you have any questions about this event please contact Dana as soon as possible. Seats on the bus need to be spoken for quickly, as the number of them is only 30!

New Summer Series for Young Women!!

Are you a young woman (18-35) who is seeking God's heart, and passionate about knowing His callings and purposes for you? Starting May 8th, you can participate in a new ministry geared towards women who are looking for fellowship, encouragement, Bible study and challenging/lively discussion related to a variety of topics, including: Changing roles of women in our culture: how that affects your expectations and your reality, the roles of women in church mission and ministry, finding contentment, family vs. career, or both, Dating, love, purity, marriage and the un-expected in-between, God's gifts to you- are you using them?, etc....

Worship, prayer groups, speakers, discussion and Bible study, it all takes place at 7 p.m., the 2ndand 4th Thursdays, May through August in the Bethel CRC fellowship hall.

If you are interested in helping out with this ministry (musicians, researching materials, bringing food) or if you want more info, call Carmen at 885-0127. Hope to see you there!

Announcements

The annual CACHS Fashion Show and Dessert Evening

"Fashion with Passion: Think Pink"

will be held on Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. The proceeds this year will be going to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). Tickets are $20 each or $140 for a table of eight. We are also looking for businesses or individuals willing to donate door prizes, silent auction items, or monetary donations to CBCF. We have set a fundraising goal of $1,500. Any support or contribution would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your tickets please contact Ann at the school office at 782-4535.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, May 10th at the Cheese Toast Restaurant at the Wolf Creek Inn on Highway 2 at 7:00 a.m. Come for a time of sharing & be encouraged by hearing others’ stories & reflecting on God’ goodness in our lives. Bring a friend. For more information call Henry Eisses at 782-2345.

Lacombe Christian Womens Club presents:

“Seasons in Life”

Guest speaker, Ruby Judin from Sherwood Park, a domestic engineer who loves challenges, talks about Love’s Choices. “Tasteful Tunes” Musical selections with Melodie Helm & Deb Stevens. Lacombe Kozy Korner, 5024 - 53 Street. $8 per person, includes dessert & refreshments. “Innovative Ways of Making Your Meals Taste Gourmet” Carol Konzuk, from Blackfalds, presents Epicure Spices. Please RSVP by Friday, May 9th to: Connie 885-4653 or Joyce 843-0025. Bring a friend. She will be glad you did !

Two-gether Intimately

An informative, biblical seminar for women about their husbands. Engaged women are more than welcome as well. Scheduled for Saturday, May 24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lacombe First Baptist church, 1 km north on 58th St., follow the signs. Please see the poster and pamphlets in the front foyer.

China Blue

You are invited to view the world acclaimed documentary-drama, China Blue at the Wolf Creek Community Church, Friday, May 30th at 7:30 p.m. The film is sponsored by the Lacombe Solidarity Local #122 of the Christian Labour Association of Canada. Beverages & dessert will be served. The film shows us that some of the things we buy that are made in other countries may be made under substandard working conditions. We will see the story of workers trying to survive in a harsh working environment. This film brings complex issues of globalization to the human level. For more info go to http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/chinablue/making.html.

The Wolf Creek Youth for Christ

Will be hosting the All Fore One Golf Tournament on May 31st at the Ponoka Golf and Country Club. Early bird registration cost is $150 by May 9th, and the final deadline is May 23rd at $165. A Texas Scramble, shot gun start with great prizes, lunch, steak supper and golf cart. Special guest pro golfer Stuart Henley will be present as well. To register go online at www.wolfcreekyfc.com or phone 755-7825.

Denominational News

Celebrating Service Newsletter

Celebrating Service is a newsletter put out by ServiceLink once a year; it will feature stories of volunteers who have served with our denomination. If you have not yet seen it, check your Missions bulletin board. ServiceLink is a 'one-stop' volunteer agency of the Christian Reformed Church. Check it out to view current volunteer opportunities or for more information at www.crcservicelink.org.

PRAYER REQUEST:

Pray for listeners who hear The Back to God Hour Japanese program Hour for Christ in the Kochi prefecture of Japan. “Many of them live in places where there is no church,” reports Rev. Masao Yamashita, BTGH Japanese ministry leader. “Our program is the only channel through which they hear the Word of God.”

BEYOND ENLIGHTENMENT:

Meditation. This common practice is often recommended for calming or focusing one’s mind and body. With many ideas and opinions on how it should be done, how do you know if it’s a good thing? Tune in to the May 11 Back to God Hour to learn more. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

TRUST IN THE LORD (HEROES 5):

Bad news! The rescue workers cannot find Liz and Morrie anywhere! Who will rescue them? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then visit the web site www.kidscorner.net and order your free heroes hig`hlights CD.

HOME MISSIONS:

Registration is still open for “In Community,” the July 18–20 Small Group and Evangelism Conference in Lombard, Ill. Those registering before May 15 will receive a special “early bird” discount rate. Conference information, online registration, and a link for hotel registration are available at www.crhm.org/conference. For additional information, call 888-644-0814.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Jordan

A Christian, Mohammad Abbad, age 40, is on trial for apostasy for converting from Islam to Christianity in 1993. Abbad fled the country late last month after Muslim militants attacked him, his son and another Muslim convert to Christianity who had sought sanctuary in his home on March 23rd. This attack prompted Abbad's father to bring charges of apostasy against him while he was being treated for his injuries. Abbad spent one night in the hospital handcuffed to his bed. His father also filed for custody of his two young children. In a court hearing on March 27th, Abbad refused to deny his faith and return to Islam. He fled the country the following day with his Jordanian, Christian wife. Abbad's March 29th hearing was postponed due to his absence, but the judge began a procedure to have his marriage annulled. After hiding in different Arab countries for almost two weeks, the couple settled in a European country where they have applied for asylum. At last report, the attempt to dissolve their marriage was still underway, pending the judge's request for Abbad's father to produce a marriage certificate. Pray for wisdom, guidance and strength for Abbad and his wife and that his children will see the faith of their father and desire to follow in his footsteps in standing firm in Christ.

SCHEDULE THIS WEEK – May 4th

Offering: Operation Manna

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

Sound: a.m. Travis p.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Marcella p.m. Kayleen

Greeters: Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma, Clarence & Doreen Kits

Coffee: Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof, Gerry & Pita Doornenbal, Rod & Barb Venhuis

Nursery:
M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Debby van Iperen, John de Regt, Brent Venhuis, Jessica Bouwman, Corinna Prins
p.m. Angela Van Stryland, Justin Noort

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Veronica Bouwman
4 & 5 yr. olds: Nicole Stol

SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK – May 11th

Offering: Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

Ushers: Peter Zuidhof, Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Scott p.m. Henry G.

Power Point: a.m. Justin p.m. Michelle

Greeters: Peter& Cora Hoekstra, Ray & Eleanor Merkus

Coffee: Wayne & Jackie Bouwman, Ken & Trudy Salomons, Theresa Geldof

Nursery:
M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Jenny Tenbrinke, Ed Stol, Stephanie Bouwman, Taylor Duckett, Diana Hoekstra
p.m. Marcella Van Stryland, Steven Szelekovszky

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Kristin Van Stryland
4 & 5 yr. olds: Maddy deRegt

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, May 4th

8:30 p.m. Living Members meet at Alex & Ann Wildeboer’s

Monday, May 5th

6:30 p.m. Friendship Year end Potluck Banquet at CACHS

7:30 p.m. General Administration MLT meets

Tuesday, May 6th

7:30 p.m. Outreach MLT meets

7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting at the Sluys’

Wednesday, May 7th

7:30 p.m. Council Executive meets

7:30 p.m. Praise team practice for May 11th AM service

Thursday, May 8th

7:00 p.m. Summer Series for Women

8:00 p.m. Love & Respect Bible Study at Wilf & Friedle Ebens’

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