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2008-05-18 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.


Next Sunday May 25

We have Pastor Maurice Boonstra (retired from Fairview, CRC) leading both services. Pastor Mike and Barb are in their former church in Dunnville Ontario for the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Note from Council:

These are the nominations alphabetically for the following positions from Council.

1. Elder - Ray Merkus and Frank Van Iperen.

2. Youth Elder - Curt Dowling and Donald Wildeboer.

3. Deacon - Gord Bos, Ken Tenbrinke, Marja VanderVlis, and Ann Wildeboer.

Council will be going with single nominations for the positions of elder and youth elder (two people for two positions). The deacons’ vote will be for two positions, and the individuals with the highest two vote counts will be elected. Voting will take place on Sunday morning June 1st. Unless there are valid objections presented to the council in writing, through the clerk before the vote, the single nominees will be considered elected by acclamation at the time of the vote. Council will accept signed absentee votes delivered to the clerk prior to the election.

The Lacombe Ministerial requested that our council allow a petition to be placed in our church, asking the Alberta government and the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission to deny a license for a Racing Entertainment Center at the Alberta Downs Racetrack. If you wish to sign the petition, you will find it on the back table in the foyer. Peter Rosendal, clerk of council.

Our Church Family

This week please keep Rod & Laura Duckett and children in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

Congratulations to Ria Jager, on Saturday May 24th she celebrates her 79th birthday! May God continue to bless you on your special day!

We remember Steve and Angela Wildeboer and Nathaniel as his cancer is not responding to treatments. At this time they are simply keeping him comfortable. We entrust the family to our “Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)” and whose love never fails.

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.



On May 25th the offering will be for Christian Reformed World Missions. Celebrate the Holy Spirit and the global work being done as extensions of our church. Today we have supplied a week-long devotional to help prepare your hearts and minds, so that through World Missions we are joined to a global church and the world-wide work of the Spirit of Pentecost.

Start your devotional today!

For this week the prayer meeting will be here in the church in room 8, all future meetings will be at the home of Pastor Peter and Ruth Sluys.

Mr. & Mrs. Club will not be meeting this month due to the seniors trip that is planned for this Wednesday morning.

Pre School Sunday School Teachers Needed.

May 25th will be the last Sunday for Sunday school for those children who will be in Grade 1 in the fall. We are looking for volunteer teachers and helpers so that we can run our summer program for the younger children. A sign up sheet is located on the back foyer table, so please volunteer and sign up to help us out for a Sunday during the summer. Thanks.

Volunteer Link Church Coordinator Needed.

 Volunteer Link is a ministry operating in the town of Lacombe which seeks to identify “neighbours in need” in our community and find qualified volunteers to meet those needs. Each VL member church has a Volunteer Coordinator. That position will soon be vacant in Bethel. Bethel’s VL Church Coordinator

    • links volunteers with needs
    • screens church volunteers
    • networks with other VL coordinators
    • meets with, supports, prays for and encourages Bethel VL volunteers

Do you feel called to and qualified for such a position? If you’re interested, contact Herman Scholing at 782-2701 or hermbet@telusplanet.net.

Paving the Church Parking lot.

We are planning to pave the church parking lot and the lane behind the church this summer. The total cost for this project could be about $100,000. We have 1/2 of the funding in place now and would like to give church members the opportunity to contribute to this project if they are able. Please look for pledge forms in your church mail boxes or on the table in the foyer. We are hoping to have the pledge forms back to the church treasurer, August Luymes by June 15/08. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to help with this project. Thank you from the General Administration Leadership Team.

June Newsletter

It is time to start thinking about your contributions to the June edition of the Bethel Newsletter. Production date is coming up fast. If you have something you would like to contribute please get it in to one of the Newsletter team as soon as possible. We are looking for some special Father's Day contributions, so our poets in the congregation are encouraged to put pen to paper and share with us. If any of the Leadership Teams or ministries would like to submit wind up reports for the year, please do so. We look forward to hearing from all of you. Laura Duckett, Anita Geldof, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer.


YC – May 23rd – 25th is YC weekend.

The total cost is $180 per person. This includes YC tickets, the hotel, and bussing there and back. Please get your money to Wayne Bouwman as soon as you are able!

Jr. Youth Wii event

Will be held at the home of Arnie and Sherry Tenbrinke on Friday May 23rd at

7 p.m. till 9-9:30 p.m. Please bring a snack to share, and if you have games or controllers bring them along as well. For more information or you need a ride call Carina at 505-7950 or Rosanne at 352-5623

Young Adult Women:

The Summer Series continues: Thursday, May 22nd at 7:30, Bethel CRC Lacombe. Our Topic: Purposes and Callings: Saying Yes to God. Join us for inspiring discussion, fellowship and encouragement!!!


Kindergarten Orientation Day @Lacombe Christian School

L.C.S. invites parents and children of Kindergarten age to our orientation on May 23rd, 2008. If you have not yet received an invitation and you have registered or are planning on registering your child for the 2008/2009 program, please feel free to join us by phoning the school office at 782-6531.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, May 24th at the Cheese Toast Restaurant at the Wolf Creek Inn on Highway 2 at 7:00 a.m. Come for a time of sharing and encouragement by hearing others’ reflections on God’s goodness in our lives. Bring a friend. For more information call Henry Eisses at 782-2345.

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.


Our new store is the old K & S True Value building at 5111-50th Avenue. We are asking for your help to move our inventory, racks and shelving to the new store across the back parking lot. This call goes out to the young and strong and anyone who can carry a box or two. Our moving date is May 29, 30 & 31. We will start at 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday, and Saturday as needed. Please phone MarDeb deRegt at 782-5094 or 358-0244 if you are willing and able to lend a hand and aid our cause “to help keep Christian Education affordable for all parents”.

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 information go to here.

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.

The Lacombe Christian School

Would like to invite you to join us in honoring Marj Lane for her many years of service as a teacher. On June 4, 2008 there will be an open house at the west campus library, coffee and cake will be served from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Retirement is an exciting milestone to reach and we pray the God will bless Marj and her family with wonderful new adventures!


With summer just around the corner, it is time to start making plans to entertain your children during their time off of school. Summer camps are a great way to spend those days learning more about God and his beautiful creation while meeting new friends and re-acquainting with old ones, learning great camp songs, enjoying awesome scenery while on various out-trips, etc., etc. If you are looking for a great place to send your kids, why not try Sonrise Camp located just minutes from Rocky Mountain House. We offer a camp for 10 – 12 year olds (July 20 – 25, 2008) and a camp for 13 – 15 year olds (July 27 – August 1, 2008). If you would like more information on either of these camps or would like to register, please call Marie at the First Christian Reformed Church at 845-6067 or e-mail: rockycrc@telus.net

Calling all Young People of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s

Our annual get together for 2008 will be on Wednesday June 18th at Neerlandia CRC fellowship hall. Invite friends along for a day of fun and fellowship. It all begins at 10 a.m. with coffee. The charge is $20 per person including a delicious meal at noon as well as snacks. Take along your favorite games and fell free to participate in the program. Please let Tetsy Mulder know by phoning 782-2020 on or before June 10th. Hope to see you all there!

Rehoboth Christian Ministries ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10:30 AM, Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 2111 – 52nd Street N.W, Calgary. The Board of Directors invites the membership of Rehoboth Christian Ministries to attend this important Annual Membership meeting of the association.

Agenda items will include:

  • Presentation of the Annual Audited Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 2008
  • Presentation of the proposed Annual Operating Budget for the fiscal year 2008/09
  • Nomination/Election of new Board members
  • Recognition of retiring Board members
  • Presentation of employee length of service awards.
  • Highlights of Rehoboth’s programs

A light lunch will be served


"Mission of Hope" Tour, emphasizing prayer, meditations, encouragement of local Christians as well as wonderful sightseeing in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Lake of Galilee, etc. Stop-over in Holland is possible on the return. Personally escorted by Rev. John G. Klomps from October 20 - 30, 2008 For complete information and registration call or write: Rev. John G. Klomps, 6363 Osprey Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6G7. (905) 824 - 5074 or toll free: 1 - 800 - 755 - 0367 e-mail:

Denominational News

CRWRC began emergency relief for Cyclone Nargis survivors on May 9. Food, shelter, water purification kits, mosquito nets, and medical care are being distributed in the delta region of Burma/Myanmar. CRWRC’s in country partner buys supplies locally avoiding the snags of country to country, and country to agency relief assistance. People are getting help from CRWRC. To donate mark your cheques “Burma/Myanmar Cyclone” and mail to: CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8. Or phone 1-800-730-3490 or give online at www.crwrc.org.


Campus Ministry—For many colleges and universities across Canada and the United States, the end of another year is here. Please pray for the 23 Christian Reformed Home Missions-supported campus ministers, that they may continue to connect with young people on campuses throughout the summer months. Pray, too, that God will give campus ministers guidance as they look for new ways to reach youth.


Pray for a new Back to God Hour English language ministry designed to reach under-churched adults. Walk the Way is a radio and internet program -- http://www.walktheway.net -- that challenges listeners to put faith into action. Pray that this ministry will draw many people back into a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and his church.


Is your idea of right and wrong the same in every situation? Or does it change depending on the situation or the people involved? In a world where black and white has turned to grey, where do you turn for moral answers? Learn more on the May 25 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


It’s time for the annual Remembrance Day Parade, but what exactly are Liz and his friends remembering? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.


There are seven chaplains on this tour ready to offer emotional and spiritual support to cyclists along the way. Please pray for their guidance and leadership. www.SeatoSea.org.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Bangladesh - On March 2nd, Pastor Motilal Das' 13-year-old daughter, Elina Das, was raped by five radical Muslims, intent on stopping the ministry work in the village. Pastor Das found Elina unconscious on his doorstep. When he went to the police station, the officers reluctantly registered the case after accusing him of filing a false case. Muslims have since threatened to kill him and his family if he does not withdraw the charges. Pastor Das claimed that locals Muslim had have long been angered by his evangelistic work in the area and he had previously received death threats. Male Muslim classmates had repeatedly teased and harassed Elina, the only Christian in her school. Ask God to give Elina healing from the assault. Pray that authorities will prosecute the offenders to the full extent of the law. Pray for Elina and her family as they will struggle with the ability to exhibit God's love to their persecutors (Romans 12:14-21).


Offering: Volunteer Link

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound: a.m. Wayne p.m. Henry E.

Power Point: a.m. Veronica p.m. Stephanie

Greeters: Henry & Anita Geldof, Hans & Grace Spelt

Coffee: Els Ebens, Terry & Donna Vandenborn, Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer

M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Amaris Wildeboer, Paul Prins, Sarah Stad, Alana Ebens, Megan Scholing
p.m. Donna Vandenborn, Veronica Bouwman

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Meaghan Noort
4 & 5 yr. olds: Brittany Brander


Offering: World Missions

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

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

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

Greeters: Frank & Debby vanIperen, Ralph & Pauline Bos

Coffee: Peter & Gerry Prins, Rod & Laura Duckett, Marvin & Jeanne Ebens

M.O.M. Sue
a.m. Angela Wildeboer, Curt Dowling, Paul Vandyk, Candy Ebens, Timothy Rosendal
p.m. Eleanor Wildeboer, Rob deRegt

Preschool Helpers:
3 & 4 yr. olds: Stephanie Bouwman
4 & 5 yr. olds: Sarah Stad

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, May 20th

7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting in Room 8

Wednesday, May 21st

8:00 p.m. Seniors day trip leaves

7:30 p.m. YMLT meets

7:30 p.m. Praise Team practice for the May 25th a.m. service

Thursday, May 22nd

7:30 p.m. Summer Series for Young Adult Women