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2008-06-15 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.


This Sunday

An offering will be taken for the Canadian Christian Education Foundation (CCEF) which supports the work of developing and producing Christian textbooks and teacher’s guides. Those materials help teachers in our Christian schools form students’ minds with God’s truth.

Next Sunday, June 22nd

In our morning service we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. We read from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, “walking with Jesus every day.” In the evening we consider the “Perfect Will of God. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

This week, please keep Gerald & Michelle Noort and their children in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

From the carepages of Steve & Angela Wildeboer: “Thank you to all who touched our lives...who walked this journey with us and with our family...who so faithfully upheld us in prayer before the Lord. You have prayed us through so much, please continue to pray us through this season, through each difficult moment and thought. Please continue to pray for all the other families still walking the road called cancer.

Albert De Waal was admitted to the Ponoka hospital to receive some tests and treatments relating to his cancer. We lift both Albert and Carol before the Lord in prayer and entrust them to his gracious love and care.

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.

Greeting from Grand Rapids:

Well, we finally did it! James graduated from Calvin Seminary on May 17 and hopes to be part of the group of candidates for ministry in the CRC that will be approved by synod on June 17. Now the calling process begins! We will continue to serve the East Paris CRC in Grand Rapids, where James just completed a one-year internship, until we know where God plans to have us go. We also have some other exciting things coming up in our lives: Marilyn is expecting! The baby is due at the end of September, which means Anna will finally get to be a big sister sometime after she starts kindergarten. Evelyn is just finishing up Grade 1, and she's also excited about having a new baby in the family. Thank-you to everyone in our Bethel church family for your prayers and support--it has meant a lot to us! We hope to see you sometime soon.

In Christ, James, Marilyn, Evelyn & Anna Kralt

Synod 2008

is in session in Grand Rapids this week. The congregations of the Christian Reformed Church in North America are requested to remember the synodical assembly in prayer. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will equip the synodical delegates to serve in faith and obedience and will lead the Christian Reformed Church into new and challenging areas of ministry. May we together experience the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as we strive to know and to do the will of the Lord.

Paving the Church Parking lot 

Just a reminder, if you are thinking of helping with the cost of paving the parking lot, 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 today, June 15, 2008. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to help with this project. Thank you from the General Administration Leadership Team.


Is planning to have a float promoting our church and its ministries in the July 1, Canada Day parade. We have a design ready and just need some people who can help put it together on Monday night, June 30th. We also need some people from the church to ride on the float in the parade. We were also thinking of having kids from the church come to the staging area with their bikes (decorated or not) and we can decorate them up and they can ride alongside the float in the parade. If you can help out let Jeanne know as soon as possible. 784-2340.

Volunteers needed for Lacombe Days

Could you spare 2 hours to serve our community during Lacombe Days? Volunteers are needed to stand by barricades during the parade (Tuesday, July 1st) or to help with the Much Music dance on Monday, June 30th. For more information contact Rick Graber (782-3641)

Mr. and Mrs. Club

meets this Wednesday, June 18th. We sing at the Seniors’ Lodge at 7 p.m. with our meeting to follow at the church. Our topic: Wisdom about Wealth. Selected passages from Proverbs as on the study sheet in your mailbox.

Christian School Supporters

At the present time the government is discussing the issue of funding for Private Schools. Therefore, the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges of Alberta (A.I.S.C.A.) is asking for your help to lobby the government for more funding by writing letters to the Premier, Minister of Education and your local M.L.A. Increased funding will greatly benefit your local Christian School. There is an information package available at your church which includes helpful guidelines. If you need assistance in writing letters, come to L.C.S. West Campus Library on June 18th from 7:00-9:00 PM. Please consider getting involved – now is the time to use your voice! (NOTE: All Ponoka Christian School, Lacombe Christian School and Central Alberta Christian High School members will have the package mailed out to them.)

The Graduating Class of the Lacombe Christian School

invites you to our graduation ceremony at Woody Nook Christian Reformed Church on June 21st at 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will follow.

A Bridal shower

will be held for Amanda Stol, daughter of Ed & Cora here in the church on Friday, July 4th at 7:30 p.m. We will be having a recipe shower for Amanda. Look for the recipe forms in your church mail boxes in the next week or two. Take the form home and fill it out with your favorite recipe. When you come to the shower, bring the completed recipe along with the non-perishable food items needed to complete the recipe! For more information or additional forms, please contact Wannetta Brander at 782-2290.

Bethel Youth News

Junior Youth this month will be a Wiener roast at Andrew and Carina Tenbrinke's. It will be on Wednesday, June 25th and will start at 7:00 and you can be picked up at 9:30. Snacks will be provided but please bring lawn chairs. Please call to confirm if you are coming so we know how many people to expect. Feel free to invite your friends. If you have any questions please call Carina at 782-7903 or 505-7950 or call Rosanne at 1-403-783-4560.

Young Adults

We will be having a BBQ at least twice a month and will be organizing other events as well. The schedule for the BBQ's will be the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 1:00 p.m.; rain or shine. We won't cancel due to weather. The dates are as follows: June 22, July 13, and 27, August 10 and 24 and hopefully September 14 and 28 if the weather holds.You can also check us out on Facebook. You can join the group called Young Adults BBQ and other things too. If you have functions you would like to invite other young adults to, that could also be a good place to announce it.Our address is 48433 Range Road 240 and the directions are as follows: From Lacombe/Ponoka Hwy 2 North to Glen Park Road Exit Go east on Glen Park Road; cross Hwy 2A and cross Secondary Hwy 814. Continue east 2 more miles to Range Rd 240. Head south 1½ miles and we are on the left side. Or for more information you can give us a call at 780-986-2199. John & Wendy Taekema


The Wolf Creek Gideon Camp, takes this opportunity to thank you for your participation in our recent, very successful banquet. We received an offering of $10,255.52, which will be used totally for printing and distribution of scriptures throughout the world. Harry Meyers, Secretary


Several Burmese (cultural group - Karen) people worshipping at Maranatha CRC Edmonton have expressed interest in living in the country or a small town and working in agriculture – starting as a labourer, learning fieldwork, machinery operation, animal husbandry etc. One Karen family already living in Lacombe and sponsored by Woodynook CRC has expressed their enjoyment of the rural community and agricultural industry, and consequently other families residing in Edmonton are intensely interested. The employment agreement will likely involve provision of such things as on-farm or near-farm accommodations and help with transportation. Maranatha CRC can attest to excellent fellowship with the members of this community, and such would be a benefit to both parties. If you or someone you know is interested in benefiting from the employment of a new permanent resident of Canada, please contact Joseph Grootenboer for more details at joseph.grootenboer@supremesteel.com or 780-483-3279 ext 264.


This choir will visit Canada from June 14th to June 27th, 2008. The first concert of the tour is in Rocky Mountain House on MONDAY, JUNE 16th at the FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH (on highway 11) and starts at 7:30 p.m. From there they will travel to B.C. for the rest of the tour. This will be the only concert in Alberta! Some of you will remember this choir and their well-known conductor Loek van der Leeden who is usually at the piano as well. He has just celebrated 50 years of choral conducting! Singing is a hobby for most of the choir members, but the soloists and instrumentalists are all professionals and are all well known from Dutch radio and TV performances. There will be a variety of inspirational music with something for everyone! Most of the songs are sung in English, but a few Dutch songs will be included as well. You don't want to miss this concert! Come and bring your family and friends! Admission is free, only a free will offering will be held. For more information, call Ella VandenBrink at (403) 845-3754.

Come out and enjoy Emmanuel Home’s annual “Spring into Summer” bazaar.

There will be many community businesses selling their products as well as resident arts and crafts. The café will be serving many delicious treats as well as a warm lunch. This event will take place on Friday, June 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Door prizes and Silent auction are included as well.

Camp Rehoboth 2008


We are looking for a few more volunteer counselors to fill this summer’s slate of volunteers needed to serve at Rehoboth Camp. We need: nine counselors for Week 2 – July 12 – 18; nine counselors for Independent Week – July 19-25 (must be 18 yrs. or older), and six counselors for Youth Week – July 26 – August 1. We ask that you prayerfully consider volunteering at one of Rehoboth’s Summer Camps this July. If you are interested and/or have any questions, please call Linda Rosendal – 780-968-8483 or you can download the Volunteer Application form from the Rehoboth website-http://www.rehoboth.ab.ca/camp_program.html - Become a Friend…You’ll have a Friend for life!

From Shalom Counselling Centre 

Red Deer 

We have had many more calls for help than we anticipated for this year. We need your help in praying that we can find a couple more staff members to share the load. We are looking for a seasoned counselor who can help with the supervision of counselors newer to the field. Our board has recognized that we need to do more in the area of education and prevention. We also need to offer attractive wages and salaries for our employees. To accomplish those two goals we see the value in hiring someone to seek out new funding sources for Shalom and, as we are able, we would like to assist other organizations to find the resources they need to do their good work. More information on each of these positions is posted on our website at www.shalomcounselling.com.

Denominational News

Why Do Good People Suffer?

The world around us is full of suffering and pain. We often think that people get “what’s coming to them”, but is suffering really punishment for sin? If so, why isn’t it exclusive to thieves and murders? If God is loving and just, then why do good people suffer? Find out on the June 22 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

What’s the Big Deal?

What’s the big deal about little sins? Why is Liz’s dad so upset when Liz didn’t do anything really bad? Find out what’s wrong 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.


Thank you to all who continue to give generously to CRWRC’s relief effort for Cyclone Nargis survivors in Burma/Myanmar. Your gifts provide thousands of survivors with food, water, shelter, and medical supplies; more needs to be done. Please 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 at 1-800-730-3490, or online at www.crwrc.org.


Find news, photos, live web casts and more on Synod 2008 at www.crcna.org. For daily updates, phone 1-888-CR-SYNOD or get them by e-mail by signing on to the Synod News List (subscribe at www.crcna.org).

Prayer for the Persecuted Church


On May 23rd, a Saskatchewan human rights tribunal ruled that 71-year-old marriage commissioner Orville Nichols was guilty under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code of discriminating against a gay couple whom he refused to marry three years ago. The tribunal ruling stated that Nichols had contravened a section of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and that his refusal based on religious belief conflicted with his duties as a public officer. Nichols has expressed his disappointment in the decision, which he sees as a denial of his religious rights. He is considering an appeal depending on the level of financial and moral support he receives from the public. Pray for Nichols to have the peace and grace of Christ in the midst of opposition for his Christian beliefs (John 14:27). Pray for support from the Christian community.


Offering: Canadian Christian Education Foundation

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof & Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Scott p.m. Wayne

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

Greeters: Els Ebens, Peter & Gerry Prins

Coffee: Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke, Jan & Cootje Voorbij, Teus & Marja Vander Vlis

M.O.M. Chelsea
a.m. Harriet Luymes, Art Hazelhoff, Travis Ebens, Blair van Gyssel, Heather Van Stryland
p.m. Jan Zuidhof, David Hoekstra

Pre-school teachers: Joan Eisses & Erin Vandenborn


Offering: Margaret Njuguna mission support

Ushers: Rod Venhuis & Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

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

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

Greeters: Art & Judy Hazelhoff, August & Harriet Luymes

Coffee: Walter & Ella Land, Arnie & Sherry Tenbrinke, Herman & Alice Scholing

M.O.M. Chelsea
a.m. Trudy Salomons, Vivian Peterson, Philip Szelekovszky, Brett Vandenborn, Colin Duckett
p.m. Chelsea Bos, Thomas Geldof

Pre-school teachers: Judy Hazelhoff, Kendra Scholing 

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, June 17th

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

7:30 p.m. Youth MLT meets

Wednesday, June 18th

7:00 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Club sings at the Seniors’ Lodge with a meeting  to follow at the church

7:30 p.m. Full Council meets

Thursday, June 19th

5:00 p.m. Circle of Friends community supper – contact Jeanne  Ebens at 784-2340 for more information.

Friday, June 20th

6:00 p.m. Council BBQ and fellowship evening for current and newly   elected office bearers at the home of Herman & Betty  Scholing

Advance Notices:

Wednesday, June 25th

7:00 p.m. Junior Youth wiener roast at Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke’s