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2009-03-01 March 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

This week, keep Helena Kits in your daily prayers.

The flowers this week will be presented to Grace Spelt, who is celebrating her 65th (pension!) birthday today! We want to take this opportunity to thank Grace for all the piano playing she has done for this congregation. She has helped to make our time of Praise and worship truly God glorifying. We pray that God will put His Hand of love and care on Grace and guide her in the years ahead. There will be something extra to enjoy with your coffee after the service in honor of Grace’s birthday.

Thank you very much for your prayers, get-well cards and visits during my time in the hospital and at home. It was much appreciated. We have a lot to be thankful for! Praise the Lord. Tony & Henny Middag.

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, March 8th

We read from Luke 4:1-13 on “Tested Obedience” as Jesus is confronted by the devil in the desert. In the evening we join other CRC churches in a Prayer service for the Lord’s blessing on the work of the church & ministries and also on our lives as we go into the spring & summer. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

From the General Administration LT:

We have new janitors! Marsha Span and her son Rob have been on the job for 10 days already. We are thankful for their willingness and enthusiasm. Groups and individuals are reminded to tidy up after themselves as the janitors are not in here every day. Let’s all work together to keep this building looking clean and attractive! THANK YOU.

We would also like to ask that everyone refrain from opening windows in the classrooms downstairs. They freeze open if forgotten, and as a result, are very hard to close!

Congregational Meeting April 1, 2009

Notice is hereby given that a general meeting of the members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Lacombe will be held April 1, 2009 to approve a special resolution to our Articles of Incorporation. Members will be voting on an updated version of the Articles in addition to the regular Congregational meeting items. There will be copies of the Articles to review on the table in the foyer or contact Donald Wildeboer (403) 755-1729 for more information.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

will NOT meet this coming Tuesday, March 3rd due to a leaders’ meeting.

Young Peoples

will be gathering at the home of Michael Szelekovszky next Sunday, March the 8th, after the evening service. Please note the schedule on the youth bulletin board.

West Edmonton Water Park and Concert Evening on March 7th

Time is running out, do you have your tickets? There are still tickets available, invite a friend or your whole family! Cost to get in the Water Park is a mere $15. If you’re riding the bus and seeing the concert, add an additional $12. Please contact Wayne as soon as possible if you still want to come. If you have already booked your tickets, payment can be made to Wayne before March 7th. You need to be here at the Bethel parking lot at 4:00 p.m. on March 7th as the bus will be departing at 4:30 p.m. sharp. We will be leaving the water park at 10:30 p.m. and should be back home at Bethel at 12 to 12:30 a.m.

Announcements

The Truth Project:

If anyone is interested in joining a Bible study on "The Truth Project", please let Craig or Marcella Van Stryland know. Call 403-784-3545.

Opportunity for Adult Mission trip:

This fall there will be an opportunity to be involved with building a church in Ensenada, Mexico. The church will be 10 X 20 meters, with living quarters for the pastor and his family on the second floor. The foundation and the first floor will hopefully be complete and the plan is to finish the second floor in November 2009. For more information contact Gerry Prins or August Luymes.

Persecuted Church

India

Hrudayananda Nayak (40) was found dead in the village of Rudangia, Orissa state on February 19th. The day before, Nayak was abducted by a group of Hindu militants while on his way home from a nearby town. He is the third Christian known to be murdered in the area since late October. Christians in Kandhamal, displaced by anti-Christian violence in August 2008 remain fearful to return home to their villages. 18 families were recently forced to undergo Hindu rituals and sign documents that stated they had converted to Hinduism of their own will. Approximately 400 Christian families remain in a relief camp because militants have stated they can only return if they convert to Hinduism. In Betticola village, the construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a destroyed church building has been stopped by officials. However they are also refusing permission to rebuild the church building until the deed of ownership is presented. Pray for the Nayak family as they mourn. Pray for daily protection and strength for Christians in Kandhamal (Hebrews 12:2-3).

Denomination News

CRWRC:

Canadian Food Grains Bank offering today - Last year there were record numbers of disasters around the world. In Bangladesh, a cyclone destroyed homes and washed away livelihoods. In Mexico, flood waters inundated crops. In Kenya and Sudan, people were victimized by others who hate. Thanks to your generosity, CRWRC was there to help. Today is Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday. Please give generously to CRWRC so that we can continue to respond to those affected by disasters.

PRAYING TO BE USED:

What difference do our prayers make in the big picture? Do you look at your work place, your family life, or your spiritual life and have a hard time seeing how God could be using you for his kingdom? Do you pray about it? Or do you just pray that he will do the work? Is it worth praying to be used to change things? Find out on the March 8th Back to God Hour.

WHAT’S EATING GRANDPA ANOLE? PART ONE:

Why is Grandpa Anole acting so strangely? One day he’s grumpy and mean. The next day he’s kind and wise. Help Liz solve the mystery of what’s eating Grandpa Anole on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

PRAYER REQUEST:

Please pray for Back to God Ministries International French leader, Rev. Paul Mpindi as he leads an evangelistic rally in Bangui, Central African Republic today. Up to 20,000 participants are expected. Pray that many will commit their lives to the Lord!

GO DEEPER:

Discover the graces of silence, solitude, spiritual direction, and praying with scripture. Intermission is a 2 ½ day silent directed retreat sponsored by Centrepointe CRC, Edmonton, April 17-19, King’s Fold Retreat Centre, Cochrane, Alta. The cost is $275. To register call Annemarie at 780-454-1936 or info@centrepointechurch.ca.

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