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2009-03-08 March 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 Teus and Marja Vander Vlis in your daily prayers.

The flowers will go to Pearl Meindersma this week in appreciation for all the organ playing she has done over many years here at Bethel. Pearl has been an integral part of our music ministry and she not only plays regularly for our services, but has played for many a wedding and funeral service as well as special services here at church. We thank you Pearl for your commitment and praise God for the gift of music, our prayer is that you will continue to enjoy the gift music brings to your life and ours.

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 15th

We read from Luke 9:18-27 about “Costly Obedience” as we are called to take up our cross. In the evening we read from Job where it struggles with the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

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.

Classis Report:

There is a full page classis report available on the table in the foyer. This Classis had no surprises which was nice for a change. It celebrated God’s goodness in ministries here and around the world.

Banners:

Two of our 4'x8' church banners have gone missing. One of the banners has the words "Growing in Christ" and the other is a multi layered beige banner, with a side view of a face and tear drop on it. If you know the whereabouts of these banners please contact Gerry Prins at 782-4170 or Ann Wildeboer at 782-2061 or you may return them to the banner storage room beside the stage in the fellowship hall as soon as possible.

Youth leaders and Sunday school teachers, GEMS & Cadets leaders take note:

Kristy Harcourt of the Canadian Red Cross will be conducting a three hour seminar entitled Prevention in Motion: Abuse Prevention for Adults Who Work with Children & Youth at First Red Deer CRC on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m. All leaders are encouraged to attend this event. It will help to equip leaders and teachers to better serve our youth and our Lord in conducting educational programs in a safe and healthy environment. Please pre-register by March 10th by calling 403-346-5659 or email gbomhof@firstcrcreddeer.org.

Greeters and Coffee Makers:

new schedules for church greeters and coffee hosts (for after the morning worship service) will be made up shortly. If you would like to be a part of this fellowship ministry, please contact Cindy or Dana at 403-782-6400 before March 22nd and we will add your name to the schedule!

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

will meet for a social at Mike Szelekovszky’s after the evening service.

Tuesday Night Youth

will meet this coming Tuesday, March 10th, doors will be open at 7:00 p.m.

Worth Waiting for Event

for Junior and Senior High girls to be held on Saturday, March 21st at North Pointe Community church in Edmonton from 10 am to 8 p.m. See the Youth bulletin board in the fellowship hall for more details. You must pre-register by March 14th.

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.

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 meeting will be on Saturday, March 14th. For more information contact Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345

Denomination News

WORLD MISSIONS:

Get out your paints, markers, and crayons . . . it’s Poster Time! World Missions’ 2009 Poster Contest is now on. Create a poster with a missions theme and send it in to World Missions by April 17th. Winning posters will be selected according to the following age categories: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, and 11 & older. For more information, talk to your Sunday School administrator and Missions Advocate or visit the Opportunities page on our website www.crwm.org under “Get Involved”.

WHAT’S EATING GRANDPA ANOLE? PART TWO

What do anger and disappointment have in common with birds and beautiful clothes? Join Liz as he finds 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.

POWER TO FORGIVE:

Is forgiveness an elusive concept for you? Maybe you’re confident that forgiveness exists, but you’re not quite sure how it works. In one of his last words, Christ prays about forgiveness saying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” How can Christ’s words from the cross help us understand the power of forgiveness? Find out on the March 15th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

FAITH ALIVE CHRISTIAN RESOURCES:

Ethical dilemmas posed by modern medicine—The recent birth of octuplets to a California woman whose doctor used in vitro fertilization techniques raises a variety of ethical questions. These and other questions are addressed in "Bioethics: A Reformed Look at Life and Death Choices," now available from Faith Alive Christian Resources. Read a sample online at www.FaithAliveResources.org/Bioethics or call 1-800-333-8300.

MISSION: PHILIPPINES:

Celebrate the 40th year that the Christian Reformed Church has been working in the Philippines. Join with staff of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee and Christian Reformed World Missions as we commemorate this anniversary with a “Journey of Discovery to the Philippines”, July 18 to August 1.You will have opportunities to learn from and work alongside local people to learn about their culture. For more information contact: Carol Sybenga at 1-800-730-3490 or volunteer@crcna.org.

SABBATH, SOLITUDE, SILENCE, SCRIPTURE, SPIRIT, SOUL:

Intermission is a 2 ½ day silent directed retreat sponsored by Centrepointe CRC, Edmonton. April 17-19, King’s Fold Retreat Centre, Cochrane, AB. $275. To register: Contact Annemarie, 780-454-1936 or info@centrepointechurch.ca.

Persecuted Church

Nigeria

At least 11 people were killed, over 1500 displaced, and dozens of homes and churches burned during a weekend of violence in Bauchi state, Nigeria. When a mosque was set on fire in the early hours of February 21st, Muslims blamed Christians and began attacking believers and destroying their property. However, local Christians believe the mosque's destruction was the work of Muslim militants seeking a pretext to attack Christians in retaliation for the loss of Muslim lives in Jos. According to local sources, some of the displaced believers have taken shelter in military barracks and are without sufficient food and water. Although a curfew was imposed in the area, attacks continued for several days and believers fear further violence. Pray for lasting peace in Nigeria and for healing for those injured and provision for those displaced. Pray that believers will be Christ-like in how they interact with their Muslim neighbours.

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