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2009-03-15 March 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.

Our Church Family

This week, keep Carolyn Koetsier in your daily prayers.

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.

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.

Next Sunday, March 22nd

We welcome Pastor Peter Sluys who will lead our morning worship. In the evening August Luymes will lead the service. Pastor Mike & Barb are attending a Ligonier Conference on the “Holiness of God.”

Just a reminder to all Ministry Leadership teams:

Don’t forget to put your annual report together about your team. Be prepared to share it with the rest of the congregation at the April 1st congregational meeting! All the other groups and committees and Bible Studies etc. are asked to submit a written report for the April Newsletter to share the details of their work with the congregation.

Council notes from March 11th meeting:

  1. At their request, the membership of Brad and Vivian Peterson and family was transferred to Wolf Creek Community Church.
  2. Council was given a report by Pastor Mike on the Classis meeting held on March 3rd and 4th in Edmonton.
  3. The updated Articles of Incorporation were discussed briefly.
  4. Nominations were chosen from the list of member names submitted by the congregation.

Nomination letters are being delivered.

  1. The church financial statement was approved for presentation at the spring congregational meeting.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

will meet this coming Tuesday, March 17th, doors will be open at 7:00 p.m.

Young Peoples

will be gathering at the bowling alley in Lacombe on Monday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. Come out and have some fun! Call Carmen if you need more information.

Young Peoples

will meet for a Bible study next Sunday evening, March 22ndat Kayleen Ebens’.


This event has been advertised and you have been informed on different occasions. Now is the time to book your seat! You have until Sunday, April 5th to confirm your attendance. After this date all remaining tickets will be sold to other churches in the area. This year we will be asking for a $50 deposit by this deadline, and the remainder of the fee will be due by May 17th. Please note these changes are due to a growing concern over monies that don’t come in on time.

Cost for registration is $125 and for bussing and accommodations will be approximately $80. Remember that meals are your responsibility so plan for that expense as well. For more information about this event or the payment changes please contact Wayne or Dana as soon as possible, time is running out!



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.

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 20th and we will add your name to the schedule!

Yearbook 2009

we are taking orders for the new Yearbooks.The cost for the books will be $12.35 and you must order by March 29th. Contact Cindy or Dana for your order.

Lacombe Christian School

anticipates having a Junior High (Language Arts/Social Studies) and an Elementary Maternal leave position for the 2009-2010 school year. Applicants should preferably be graduates of a Christian College and/or have teaching experience in a Christian school. Please send resumes to: Lacombe Christian School, c/o Martin Folkerts, Principal, 5206 58 St., Lacombe, AB, T4L 1R4 or email to mfolkerts@lacs.ca.

Panflute and Organ Concert:

Dutch Panflutist, Liselotte Rokyta and Dutch-Canadian Organist André Knevel will present a concert of Improvisations, Sacred, Classical and Gospel Music. This event will take place at the First Christian Reformed Church in Rocky Mountain House on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is at the door with Net proceeds going to S.T.A.R.S. Cost is $5 for ages 6-15 and $10 for ages 16 & over.

L.C.S. Auction

Please mark Friday, April 17th on your calendars as we gather in the gym for a supper and silent auction beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the live auction to follow at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to donate anything or need something picked up contact Ron Vink at 403-782-1719

Denomination News

Prayer Request:

Pray for Norika, whose interest in the Christian faith was rekindled through Back to God Ministries International Japanese radio broadcasts. Norika requested our Bible study materials and information about a church in her neighbourhood. Pray that these materials and the members of the local church will help Norika walk in faith.

World Missions:

Are you a teacher or administrator? From grade school to grad school, you could share your faith in a classroom overseas. Christian Reformed World Missions has opportunities for educators to serve in Christian and secular schools and universities around the world for the '09-'10 school year. Visit www.crwm.org/teaching for more information.

A Star is Bored:

Liz just got a new video camera for his birthday. His first production is a hit! So why isn’t Liz excited? Check it out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.

The Path to Paradice:

Do you keep looking around you, at all the violence and injustice in the world, and wonder what paradise would be like? How might you get there? No matter how much progress we make in this world, as humans we can’t seem to eradicate loneliness and injustice. How do we find our way to peace and love? Is there a path to paradise? Find out on the Mar. 22 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

Special Needs SERVE:

July 11-16, Ottawa, Ont.—this unique SERVE project is designed especially for young people ages 14-26 with special needs who cannot be accommodated on a traditional SERVE site. Participants will spend time serving and worshipping God through work projects within the community tailored to the ability of the individual participants. We also invite young people between the ages of 15-23 (+) to volunteer as Mentors. Visit http://www.youthunlimited.org/missions/index_missions.html. If you would like to be a participant or mentor please contact Tamara DeWaard: tamarakoens@hotmail.com or Ron Hosmar: youthpastor@calvincrc.ca.

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


Christians in Pakistan face severe opposition from militant Islamic groups. The war in Afghanistan has intensified the problem. North West Frontier Province has passed a bill that has been described by critics as the "Talibanization" of Pakistan. A Christian woman was killed and at least 16 people injured in an attack on the predominantly Christian village of Sangowali, Punjab province on March 2nd. The attack was led by a local Muslim in retaliation for charges of robbery and assault placed against him by a Christian family in late February. At approximately 8:00 p.m., the man and a group of his Muslim friends and family members attacked a Presbyterian church and the homes of believers nearby. Attackers kept ambulances away by firing shots into the air. Shakeela Bibi was beaten in the head with a bamboo rod and succumbed to her injuries before reaching the hospital. Other believers, including Shakeela's mother-in-law, remained in hospital at last report. Pray for those mourning the loss of Shakeela. Ask God to help those affected by the attack remain steadfast as they suffer, (Revelation 2:10). Pray for Christians in Pakistan when they have to live under Sharia law.