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2009-02-01 February 1 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.

Our Church Family

While trucking logs up north this past week, Darran Vreugdenhil was involved in a very unfortunate accident with his rig. Slippery conditions caused another semi to push a pickup truck partly into his lane. The pickup was severely damaged and the three occupants died. We feel the sadness of the families that lost loved ones and also want to lift up Darran in this difficult time.

Melanie Wildeboer’s father, John Tenbrinke, experienced sudden heart failure during a routine heart test this past Thursday and his condition was very serious for some time. By the grace of God, doctors were able to get his heart going again. He remains in intensive care in the hospital in Edmonton. We pray for John and Teresa, Rick and Melanie that there might be no further complications and that he would be restored to health and his family.

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Next Sunday, February 8th

We see Jesus in Luke 17 reaching out to the Lepers in society and we reflect on what that means for us. Kayleen Ebens will provide application to the message as she tells us about her work in Swaziland last summer.In the evening we read from 2 Chronicles as it declares with conviction the “Truth of God’s Word.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

will NOT meet this coming Tuesday, February 3rd. A leaders’ meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m.

Junior Youth

will be held on Saturday, February 7th. We will be going skating at the Vandenborn’s. Please meet there at 7:00 p.m. and have a ride to pick you up at 9:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to please bring a snack to share. If you have any questions, contact Carina at 403-782-7903.

YC2009 Live It Loud

poster is hanging on the youth bulletin board, if you are interested in attending this event, or would like more information please contact Wayne or Dana. We would like to start filling seats, so get your name on the list soon!

Announcements

Classical Church Visitors,

Pastors Gary Bomhof and Harry Zantingh, are scheduled to meet with Full Council at the February meeting. This is the regular visit required by Classis to reflect with Council on the work of ministry at Bethel. There is also opportunity for any church member to speak with the church visitors regarding any questions or concerns they have. Please let Council chairman Henry Geldof know so that arrangements can be made.

Tuesday Night Prayer

Meetings will start up again at the Sluys’, 4815 55 Avenue, Lacombe on February 3rd. After that we plan for every other Tuesday evening. Please contact Pastor Peter if you would like more information, or would like to mention a prayer request. All are welcome!

Sweetheart Dinner:

Just a little note to let you know that this year we will NOT be hosting a Sweetheart Dinner, but we look forward to another great evening next year.

Cadets

Mother & Son bowling will be held on Saturday, February 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ambassador Bowling centre in Lacombe.

Rehoboth Christian Ministries

The clients, staff & board of Rehoboth Christian Ministries would like to thank all those who contributed to the Annual membership campaign. A total of $660 in membership fees and $4140 in donations for a sum of $4800 was contributed by members of Bethel CRC. Thank you to Natalie Rosendal for coordinating the campaign on behalf of Rehoboth. If you were missed during the campaign and would still like to contribute, please send your membership & donation directly to Rehoboth, 3920 49 Ave., Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2J7. Thank you for helping Rehoboth “make room” for individuals who live with disabilities.

GEMS 50th ANNIVERSARY APPRECIATION

Calling all you past and present GEMS/ CALVINETTE Counselors. You are all invited to celebrate 50 years as a GEMS club. Come out for a fun evening full of games, tea and memories. If you have any memorabilia from GEMS or CALVINETTE, please feel free to take it along as we would like to make a memorabilia table. Invitations have been placed in you mailboxes or they have been sent out. If you have been involved with GEMS/CALVINETTES and did not receive an invitation please let Judy 403-782-7976 or Wannetta 403-782-2290 know, and we will try to get you one as soon as possible.

In Genesis 17:7 it says, "I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you." With this in mind, we would like to invite the Seniors & Grandparents, and Moms and/or Dads with babies born in 2008 to a luncheon at Central Alberta Christian High School on Monday, February 9th at 11:30 a.m. Come for a delicious lunch and visit students in the classroom. Please RSVP by February 4th, to Ann at CACHS at 403-782-4535.

Youth For Christ

is having their Annual Comedy & Dessert Night on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre starting at 7:00 p.m., featuring the improv comedy group Panic Squad.
Tickets are $25/each or a table of 8 for $200. Contact Chelsea Bos at 782-9392 for tickets. Last day for tickets is February 22, 2009. YFC "Caring for students, connecting to Christ"

SERVICE & LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: HONDURAS WATER PROJECT 2009

Clean water, improved health, and hope for a Honduran village. A possible life-changing experience for the team participants. That’s what awaits the members of the 15th Honduras Water Service and Learning Project. A partnership of NADC, CRWRC, and the King’s University College, the project takes place during 3 weeks of May this year. Team building - orientation is planned for several evenings and one weekend in March. If you are interested in joining this great short-term mission experience, please call the NADC office @ 780-423-0456 for more information and an application form, or send your request to nadmc@telus.net. The deadline for applications is February 13, 2009. Space is limited.

Denomination News

WORLD MISSIONS:

Summer Mission Program applications are due February 13th. Apply now for Christian Reformed World Missions' Summer Mission Program 2009! Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and serve with CRWM missionaries and their national ministry partners. You could spend the summer in Guatemala, Niger, the Philippines, or other countries around the world. Visit www.crwm.org/smp to apply today!

PRAYER REQUEST:

Please pray for many impoverished migrant workers who move to big cities in China looking for a better life. Radio is one of the few sources of comfort they have. Pray that Back to God Ministries International Chinese Good News broadcasts will bring Christ’s comfort and hope to those living in a very unfamiliar environment.

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

Do you ever feel like you don't know how to pray? Maybe you hear other people pray and it seems like they have all the right words and their prayers are just beautiful. Does it make you feel like you just can’t measure up? Or maybe you just wish you could find the words to express what’s in your heart. How can you pray and be sure that God hears you? Find out on the February 8th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

MUD, BATH, AND BEYOND:

Look out—mud is about to flow right though Liz’s town. What should he do? Find out 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 great Christian programs and music for kids.

Persecuted Church

Iran

Pressure against Christians has increased in recent months, resulting in the detention of approximately 50 believers across the country. Three Christians were arrested in Iran's capital city of Tehran on January 21st. Officials apprehended Hamik Khachikian, an Armenian Christian, as well as Jamal Ghalishorani (49) and his wife, Nadereh Jamali, who are converts to Christianity from Islam. Books and computers were confiscated from the believers' homes. At last report, the location of the three Christians and the charges placed against them had not been disclosed. Pray for the release of these Christians. Pray that they will come into a deeper relationship with Christ as they embrace the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:7-10). Ask God to strengthen and encourage their families during this difficult time.

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