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2009-03-22 March 22 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

Annette Sackmann was hospitalized in Red Deer this past week with a blood clot. Please keep both Annette and Lawrence in your prayers as they deal with this health issue.

We offer our condolences to Mrs. Rena DeRuiter whose son Kees died last Sunday. She had just been visiting with him and the family in Southern B.C. He was suffering from cancer in his lungs, throat and brain. He was 56 years old. He knew the Lord Jesus as his Savior and had even just recently purchased a new Bible. We entrust Rena and the family to God’s gracious care in their time of sadness.

Ruth Sluys' cardiologist in Edmonton decided not to work on closing the hole in her heart yet. She is to come back possibly 6 months from now. Her specialist in Calgary decided that he cannot do 'repair' on her nose to stop the bleedings, only that we increase the humidity in the house. She will remain on oxygen and her medicines and make periodic visits to the Red Deer Heart Function clinic. We hope and pray that she may not have repeated nosebleeds. These make occasional blood transfusions and weekly injections necessary.

This week the flowers in the sanctuary will be going to Cindy Prins in appreciation of her willingness to play the piano and organize and lead the praise teams. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us to enrich our worship time!

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 29th

We continue our Lent series, reading from Luke 9:51-56 and “Resolute Obedience.” In the evening we reflect on a favorite book of the Bible, the Psalms. Pastor Mike will lead these services.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

will meet for a Bible study at the home of Kayleen Ebens this evening following the worship service.

Young Adults:

We are hoping to start a Bible study for young adults every other Sunday night. We will be having an information meeting tonight, Sunday, March 22nd, after the evening service at the church. If you have any questions please call Maddy deRegt at 403-358-9640. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday Night Youth

will meet this coming Tuesday, March 24th, doors will be open at 7:00 p.m.


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!


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 are copies of the Articles to review on the table in the foyer or contact Donald Wildeboer (403) 755-1729 for more information.

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.

Yearbook 2009

we are taking orders for the 2009 Yearbooks.The cost for the books will be $12.35 and you must order by March 29th. Contact Cindy or Dana for your order.

The church treasurer

August Luymes will be away for a mission trip and will not be here for Sunday, March 29th and Sunday, April 5th. If you are ordering Bethel collection notes on those days, there will be a bit of a delay in receiving your order!

Bethel Newsletter

It is time for the April Newsletter already. All those who have articles and contributions for the next issue of the newsletter are asked to have them in by the 30th of March - absolute deadline! We are finding we have to work frantically to fit in late contributions. Your co-operation in this is greatly appreciated!! You can email your contribution to any of the newsletter team or place it in the Newsletter mailbox - bottom row of mailboxes in the foyer. We look forward to receiving reports from all of the various groups and Bible studies. The council is asking you to hand in written reports for the newsletter rather than reporting directly at the next congregational meeting. Thanks so much for all of your input. Check the April issue for an upcoming contest for our youth to be involved in!! From the Newsletter editors, Laura Duckett, Anita Geldof & Harriet Luymes. (Ann Wildeboer is away this month).

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 pan flutist, 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 1st CRC in Rocky Mountain House on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:30

p.m. Admission is at the door with proceeds going to S.T.A.R.S. Cost is $5 for ages 6-15 and

$10 for ages 16 & over.

The CUC – Parkland Adventist Choral Union

will present their annual Spring vespers program, entitled “Let the Church Rise” on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the CUC.

All are welcome. A freewill offering will be taken.

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 28th. For more information contact Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345.

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.

Fellowship CRC Refugee Benefit Banquet

will be held at the Hellenic Canadian Community hall, 10450 116 St. complete with Silent auction, Cuban dinner, music and dancing. Doors open a t 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 18th. Tickets are $60 ($30 tax receipt). Please contact August Guillame at 780-475-8031 or email aguilla1@telusplanet.net for tickets.

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

is a seminar coming to Crossroads Church in Red Deer on April 24th & 25th. This is a wildly entertaining and informative marriage event designed to bring hope & positive changes, better communication, and more romance to marriages. The seminars will even appeal to husbands!

For more information or to register, go to www.heritagefamilyservices.com.

Denomination News


Liz decides to start his very own internet radio station, but he can’t do it all by himself. Who can he trust to help? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.


Loneliness is a pervasive feeling in our world. It can haunt people of all ages, races, and classes. No matter where we are in life, it’s likely that we’ve all known loneliness—yet, even though most of us know the feeling, it also feels like no one else will ever understand. Does God understand our human loneliness? Find out on the March 29th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

Persecuted Church

London, England

On March 16th, Pastor Noble Samuel (48) was brutally attacked by three men while driving to a studio in Wembley, North London where he films an Asian gospel television show. The men pulled out in front of the pastor, walked over to his window and asked him for directions. One man then grabbed him by the hair, forced open his car door and began to slap and punch him. Pastor Samuel's cross was ripped from his neck and his laptop and Bible stolen. The assailants threatened to break his legs if he continued with his television program. Once they left, however, Pastor Samuel continued on to his studio and filmed the program as planned. He had reportedly received phone calls in recent weeks from militant Muslims angered by the views on Islam he expressed on his show. Pray for healing for Pastor Samuel. Ask God to protect him and his family. Pray that he will be a bold and steadfast witness for Christ as he faces opposition for his faith.