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2008-05-25 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.


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 Don 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

We continue to remember the Wildeboer Family in our prayers.

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.

Pre School Sunday School Teachers Needed.

Today is 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 blscholing@hotmail.com.

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. Pledge forms are available 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. We hope to have it in your mailboxes for Father's Day - June 15th. 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. We would also like to here from those who are graduating this year from Grade 12 or from any post secondary institutions. Would you write up a paragraph or two telling us of your goals and plans for the future? We would love to know what you are doing and where you are living so we can encourage you with notes and specific prayer throughout the year. Our family is important to us so we want to know how you are doing. If any of the Leadership Teams or ministries would like to submit wind up reports for the year, please do so.

There is now a special mailbox for the newsletter. Look for it on the bottom row next to the clerk's box. You can also email your submissions to any of the members of the newsletter team. Check with them for email addresses if needed. Our deadline for this edition will be June the 8th. We look forward to hearing from all of you. Laura Duckett, Anita Geldof, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer.


This weekend a number of students and their leaders from Lacombe and from all of Western Canada travelled to YC2008 Passion in Edmonton. We as leaders here at Bethel would ask the congregation to pray for our youth group and the many other youth groups from all over, for a safe, uplifting and most importantly Spirit filled weekend. Please remember those students who will be hearing the Gospel for the first time. May God open their hearts and minds and work from within to help make the transition from death to life. Pray that what we have learned over the last couple of days about our Lord and Savior, will stay with us for years to come. We invite you to question us when we come home. Ask, what has the Lord taught you this weekend?



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 de Regt 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”.

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 http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/chinablue/making.html. 

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!

A Parenting Workshop for You!

On Sunday, June 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Positive Parenting Unlimited presents The Four Goals of Misbehaviour’ held at the Rimbey Christian Reformed Church. Certified instructors Gordon and Betty Evans will be giving a parenting workshop on: Parenting principles and hands on techniques to make parenting more effective and fun while building children’s self-esteem, self confidence and security, and reducing the stress of parenting. Phone Angela Bennik at 843-2050 to register.

The Lacombe Christian Women’s Club

Will be hosting an evening on Tuesday June 10th devoted to the Backyard Barbeque. Tips and information on propane and gas BBQ safety will be offered by Don Gullekson from ATCO Gas. Sounds of Summer by soloist Heidi Buit, and Food for Thought by guest speaker Karan Gleddie from Chestermere will be there as well. Cost for the dessert evening is $8 and reservations must be made by Friday June 6th with Connie at 885-4653.


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 feel free to participate in the program. Please let Tetsy Mulder know by phoning 782-2020 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

Denominational News


Your donations to CRWRC for Burma/Myanmar relief are eligible to apply for a 1:1 matching by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), so that more can be done. CRWRC continues to provide emergency food, water purification kits, shelter, and medical care to survivors of Cyclone Nargis through its local partner. To donate mark your cheques “Burma/Myanmar Cyclone” and mail to CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, PO Box 5070 STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON, L7R 3Y8, or call 1-800-730-3490. Donations can also be made online at www.crwrc.org.


Do you ever wonder why there isn’t more? There’s this gnawing, frustrating feeling that your Christian life should be more fruitful, more dynamic. What can you do about that? Tune into the June 1 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Look out! Liz is invited to join a racing team. Join Liz as he learns about teamwork on this week’s Kids Corner. Kids Corner is a member of the HisKids.net alliance--working together to provide quality entertainment for kids that is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Visit HisKids.net to find more great Christian programs for kids.

SEA TO SEA - 5 WEEKS TO GO: "Shifting Gears"

Is a daily devotional with maps and meditations for each of the 54 riding days of this summer's bike tour across North America. Please pray that this resource will serve to further engage congregations and supporters in connecting with the tour and its goals related to poverty reduction. To order, call 1-800-333-8300. Discounts available for bulk orders. www.seatosea.org.


The Christian Reformed Church in North America has an opening for a program advisor in Bangladesh with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). The position will concentrate on community level activities, and will include technical support to the business development team consisting of 4 partner organizations. For more information please visit www.crcna.org or www.crwrc.org. Deadline is June 6.


The Christian Reformed Church in North America has an opening for a program consultant in Mozambique with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). The position will coach partner staff in project implementation, and encourage partner staff through training and development. For more information please visit www.crcna.org or www.crwrc.org. Deadline is June 6.

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


Algerian authorities have charged six Christians with distributing "illegal religious material" and "distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims." During their overnight stay at a local police station, officers repeatedly threatened the believers with violence for converting from Islam to Christianity. The first court hearing is scheduled for May 27. Pray for these Algerian Christians to find peace in Christ in the midst of pressure and opposition for their faith in Him (Philippians 4:7). Praythat God will embolden Christians in Algeria to spread the Gospel in their nation.


Offering: Christian Reformed 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 de Regt

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


Offering: Lacombe Food Bank

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound: a.m. Ian p.m. Scott

Power Point: a.m. Paul p.m. Kristen

Greeters: Ernie & Willie Stebner, Herman & Betty Scholing

Coffee: Ralph & Pauline Bos, Craig & Marcella Van Stryland, Brad & Vivian Peterson


M.O.M. Chelsea
a.m. Sue Wildeboer, Gord Bos, Justin van Gyssel, Stephanie Hoekstra, Ryan Swier
p.m. Melanie Wildeboer, Amberly Venhuis

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, May 27th

7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting at the home of Pastor Peter & Ruth Sluys
4815 55 Ave., Lacombe

7:30 p.m. OMLT meets

Wednesday, May 28th

7:30 p.m. Elders & Deacons meet

Advance notices

Sunday June 1st

Living Members will meet at August & Harriet Luymes home