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2009-02-08 February 8 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

This week, keep Bryan & Yvonne Noordhof with their family in your daily prayers

We welcome today a new addition to our congregation, Mrs. Joanne van Gyssel. She comes to us from Sonrise Christian Reformed Church in Ponoka. We welcome you to the family of Bethel. Please add Joanne’s address and phone number to your directory today.

We give thanks to God that Melanie Wildeboer’s father John Tenbrinke returned home again on Wednesday and looks to be doing very well.

From YWAM Vancouver – Krista Prins writes that the City Council voted against rezoning the building so plans to open a ministry center there cannot go ahead. YWAM plans to sell the building and is looking for another place to use as a ministry center. Our support and prayers are appreciated and we trust a place will become available soon.

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.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

will be meeting at Cranna Lake after the evening service tonight for a skating social. Please dress appropriately

Tuesday Night Youth

will meet this coming Tuesday, February 10th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

DRIME

is heading to the great province of Alberta again! One year ago we hosted a DRIME training workshop in Red Deer and we are excited to return. It will be another great time of learning new dramas. Our workshop is on February 21, 2009 at First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer. Check out the poster on the youth bulletin board or for more information contact Gerry 782-4170.

West Edmonton Water Park and Concert Evening

The Central Alberta League has rented the entire water park for March 7th and the cost per person is $15.00. This invitation is for all youth but we are opening with up for families as well. If you choose, there will be a number of buses leaving from Lacombe, the cost for this is $12. The evening actually begins not at the mall but at Covenant CRC where the band “North of Tomorrow” will lead us for an hour of music before we head out to the park. North of Tomorrow is a band made up of Christian young adults from the Lacombe area. Times for the departure of the buses will follow later but the evening will start at Covenant CRC at 6:00 and then off to the water park for some fun from 7:30p.m - 10:30 p.m. For your tickets into the water part and to reserve your seat on the bus, contact Wayne.

YC2009 Live It Loud

The hotel rooms and the bus have been booked, are you? If you are interested in attending this event you need to reserve your seat as soon as possible. All youth in grades nine and up are invited. Cost for the convention is $125 registration fee plus approx. $80 for the cost for the hotel and transportation. Please note that food will also be your responsibility, so think ahead and pack a small cooler of food to reduce costs. Yes the cost of this weekend is going up, so start now on saving your money. Join us with this incredible opportunity to be uplifted in worship and fellowship with fellow Christian youth from all over western Canada! If you have any questions about this weekend please contact Wayne or Dana.

Leduc Ebenezer CRC

will be departing for a one week Serve project to Vancouver B.C. on July 3rd – July 11th, 2009. They have space to go and are inviting any student who is interested in joining them. Wayne Bouwman has already committed on going as a youth leader, and would encourage any one interested in ministering to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the NorthShore, and other areas of the Lower Mainland. What is Serve? It is a one week mission trip designed for those who have a desire to help others and discover who God is. Cost for this trip will be $325 plus transportation, hotel for one or two nights and some meals. Money must be handed in to Wayne by February 17th. If you would like more information on this opportunity please contact Wayne as soon as possible.

Announcements

Classical Church Visitors

Pastors Gary Bomhof and Harry Zantingh, are scheduled to meet with Full Council at the February 11th 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.

Living Members

will be meeting on February 15th at the home of Alex & Ann Wildeboer, after the evening service. Please study lesson 2.

From the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team

Come one – come all to our annual Family FunFest. Tell your friends, invite your neighbors. There will be chili and buns, wagon rides, games, skating, fellowship and more. Don't miss out on a great time! It will be held south of the Zig Zag store at the Les Walker Pond, on February 22nd, from 1p.m. till 3 p.m. Please bring your skates, hockey sticks and lawn chairs and one dozen cookies. Hope to see you there!

Seniors & Grandparents, and Moms and/or Dads

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.

GEMS 50th Anniversary Counselor Appreciation Evening

Calling all past Bethel Counselors.....we are awaiting your reply!! Please RSVP by Thursday February 12, 2009 and confirm your place as we reminisce and enjoy a fun filled evening looking at the last 50 years of the GEMS program. The Counselor Appreciation evening is set for Thursday February 26, 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00pm in the fellowship hall. Please RSVP by contacting Judy @403.782.7976 or email: artnjudy@platinum.ca. We hope to see you there!

Lacombe Christian Men’s Ministry

Today I choose to follow you – “as for me and my house…” How can we as men be a support and inspiration to each other? How can we continue forward in the plans and dreams He has written on our hearts, and above all to be in a vibrant relationship with Him every day? This is the goal as we meet together every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Cheese Toast Restaurant for an hour and a half. We enjoy practical Bible study, sharing and breakfast to start the day. We’d love for you to join us so come to share, listen and fellowship with fellow believers. Our next meting will be on Saturday, February 14th. For more information contact Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345

Annual Meeting of the Burial Society

All members of the Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society are invited to attend the Annual Society meeting to be held on Thursday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church.

Volunteer Childcare Providers needed! The Keys to Young Parenting

program at the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre is seeking members to join our team of volunteers on Wednesday afternoons beginning March 4. This 15 week class provides parenting and life skills to young parents in a supportive environment. We are also looking for transportation providersto take parents to and from the program. Please call Kathy Schultzor Charlene Schatz at (403)343-1611,or email keys@pregnancycare.ca

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

A PARABLE OF PRAYER:

Do you ever feel like you are not good enough to expect that God will hear your prayers? Maybe you feel like you should leave praying to the saints or at least to people who are better at it than you are. How can you know for sure if God is willing to hear your prayers? Find out on the Feb. 15 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT:

What’s the big deal about lying? Little lies don’t really hurt anyone, do they? Check out the 9th Commandment on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

Persecuted Church

Egypt

Six Egyptian brothers were sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour on January 22nd after police attacked them, for opening their cafe during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. The Ghatas brothers' cafe in the city of Port Sa'id was attacked on September 8 by 13 police officers who overturned tables, broke chairs and dishes, and severely beat the brothers with sticks. When the Christians tried to protect their cafe, they were detained for allegedly resisting arrest and assaulting authorities. One of the brothers required 11 stitches in his head, while another two suffered broken arms. At the January 22 trial, the defense showed a video that an onlooker recorded as evidence of police brutality but the judge was not swayed and ruled against the brothers. Local Christians believe religious discrimination is the true motive behind the conviction since it is not illegal for a cafe to be open during Ramadan even if many Muslims in the country observe the fast. Pray for strength and endurance as these brothers face imprisonment. Ask God to support and encourage their families. Pray that suffering Christians in Egypt will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute.

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