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2009-04-19 April 19 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

Please keep Ed & Cora Stol and their family in your prayers this week.

Congratulations to Albert De Waal as he celebrates his 81st birthday this Friday. Wishing you the Lord’s richest blessings in the coming year!

The flowers in the sanctuary will be given to Mrs. Joanne van Gyssel as we celebrate her 80th birthday with her this weekend.

The Lord willing, Pearl Datema will celebrate her 90th birthday on April 29th. As family, we invite you to celebrate with us at an open house on Saturday, May 2nd from 2 to 4 p.m. here in the church fellowship hall.

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, April 26th

We welcome the GEMS as they share their theme “Walk the Micah Road”, based on Micah 6:8 and take part in the service. In the evening we welcome our Youth Praise Team and reflect on the Song of Songs and true love. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Bethel News

From the General Administration Leadership team

We would like to remind congregation members that the doors to all rooms must be closed when the rooms are not in use. Fire regulations require that we do this. We ask the leaders of Tuesday Night Youth, Cadets, GEMS, Coffee Break & Story Hour as well as Sunday school teachers to ensure that the classroom doors are closed before they leave the church facilities. Thank you.

Also from the General Administration team 

We would like to remind parents that their children should not be in the church sanctuary following the worship services. The piano, drums, sound system, sound booth and especially the balcony are items & places of extreme interest to the younger children. We would prefer that they not touch these things and both the sound booth & balcony are off limits to all children.

The Banner

Are you receiving your copy? The secretaries are wondering if you would like to receive or stop a copy from being mailed to your home. Please let Dana or Cindy know so they can update the mailing list. Call 403-782-6400 or email your request to bchurch2@telus.net.

Highlights from Full Council meeting of April 15th

  1. Pastor Mike read and explained the Belhar Confession which stresses unity and justice.
  2. Council presents the following names as candidates for the position of elder: John de Regt, Henry Eisses, August Luymes, Rients Palsma, Craig Van Stryland, Jan Voorbij and Peter Zuidhof. Council presents the following names as candidates for the position of deacon: Scott Fraser, Ed Stol, and Darran Vreugdenhil. There are no names to present for the position of youth elder.
  3. Any valid objections to any candidate named above should be presented to council before the April 29th council meeting.
  4. Evelyn Eisses has been hired as our summer Music/Worship Ministry Coordinator.

Advance notice

There will be a brief congregational meeting on Sunday, May 3rd after the morning service. The purpose of this meeting will be to vote for new office bearers. Absentee ballots will be recognized, provided that they are in the hands of the council prior to May 3rd. A list of nominees appears in the council hi-lights. The four elder nominees with the highest number of votes will be declared elected. The two deacon nominees with the highest number of votes will also be declared as elected.


Come join us for a fun filled evening of racing those Kub kars and having a wonderful dessert. Even if you are not racing a Kub kar, come and cheer your fellow GEMS or Cadets and enjoy the evening. All GEMS families are asked to bring a dessert. We also ask that no siblings attend. We would like to have this wrap up evening with just the GEMS, Cadets, their parents & counselors.

The May issue of the Bethel Newsletter

Is being planned and we are looking for your input. Please put all your letters, poems, news items and art work for the May Newsletter in the Mailbox by April 26th or forward items via e-mail to Harriet Luymes, Laura Duckett or Ann Wildeboer.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Night Youth

Will meet this coming Tuesday, April 14th. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Attention girls in grades 10 & 11:

Our pizza/movie night will be here at the church at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21st. The only thing you need to bring is a cushion to sit on and/or something to share for dessert. If you need more information call Dana.

Attention Junior High, Senior High and Post High Youth!

Paintballing in Olds!!!

On Friday, April 24th Junior, Senior & Post highs will be going paintballing down in Olds. We will be leaving the church at 4:45 p.m. Wolf Creek Community church will also join us for this event, but you are welcome to invite other friends. Cost will be $20 and will cover protective clothing, mask, gun and 140 paintballs each. Additional paintballs will cost .07 per paintball. We will also enjoy a BBQ together afterwards. Please bring a change of clothing and shoes as you will be a mess by the time the evening is over! You must be signed up with the $20 paid and a signed waiver by Tuesday, April 21st so we have ample time to organized drivers. Parents, let us know if you are able to drive – you are more than welcome to paintball too! Waivers will be available at TNY or in Donna Vandenborn’s church mail box. We look forward to a fun time together in Olds! Call Donna Vandenborn at 403-782-9993 or Carina Tenbrinke at 403-782-7903 for more info.

Young Adults,

are you between the ages of 18 & 30ish? If so, there is a Young Adults’ retreat happening for you on May 8 -10 at Circle Square ranch in Halkirk, Alberta. The speaker for this event is Rick Abma and worship will be led by “North of Tomorrow”. There will be all kinds of activities to participate in like horseback riding and large group functions! For more information and registration forms, please contact your Youth Leader/pastors or Ron deVries at 780-987-0415, email mdevron@telus.net. Confirmation to attend this event by April 24th to either your Youth Leader/pastor or Ron deVries. We look forward to seeing you there.


Lacombe Christian Men’s Ministry:

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, April 25th. For more information contact Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345.

Highway Clean Up

Last year we started this event where we were able to bless Krista in her work with YWAM Vancouver and Janneke recovering some of her costs from her work in China. We were also able to help some of the less fortunate in our area with a donation to Volunteer link. We received much help from Bethel congregation as we had 54 people show up to clean up the ditches. This year we have decided to expand our territory just a little and have taken on a second route. We are hoping for even more commitment from Bethel, as this year along with a donation to Volunteer Link we also are seeking to bless Krista once again as well we want to take the opportunity to help Steven recoup some of his expenses from his YWAM trip to Australia. Clean-up this year will happen on May 2nd. We are encouraging families to set up their own team as well as youth to pick their own teams ahead of time. At 8:30 we will be meeting at Bethel for the compulsory training session and going out to our site after. Following the clean-up we will be having a BBQ at Scholing's to cap off the day and to express our thanks to all who make this service project possible.Any questions feel free to call Wayne or Dana.

Youth Director position available:

Do you possess a vibrant love for and commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life? Are you passionate about investing in the loves of youth and young adults and do you actively build relationships with them? If this describes you, please read on.

Wolf Creek Community Church in Lacombe is looking for a Part-time Youth Director who will foster spiritual growth in the youth and young adults of our community. Post secondary biblical training and musical gifts will be considered an asset. We invite interested applicants to send us their inquiries at: henkjohn@woldcreekcommunitychurch.org. Closing date for applications is May 1, 2009.

CACHS Fashion Show & Dessert Evening

On Friday, May 1st, Central Alberta Christian High School will be holding their annual Fashion Show and Dessert evening. The proceeds this year will be going to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the Fashion Show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $140 for a table of eight and are available at the school at 403-782-4535.

City On A Hill Community of Fine Arts

Proudly presents No Ordinary Love, a play based on the Punchinello books by Max Lucado. Performances are Wednesday, April 29th to Saturday, May 2nd evenings at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on Saturday at 12 noon. All performances will take place at Lacombe First Baptist church. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling Heather at 403-729-3873.

Rehoboth Camp Cleaning Bee:

We are looking for volunteers to assist us with our Spring Cleaning Bee in anticipation of the upcoming Camp Season. Jobs will include washing all the dishes and cleaning the kitchen, cleaning out the cabins, bathrooms, raking leaves, rototilling the playground area, sweeping sidewalks and power washing the outside of the buildings...if you are willing and able to come and help us out...we have scheduled Saturday, April 25th and Thursday, April 30th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. as our cleaning days....cleaning supplies are provided...please bring along pails, rags, shovels & rakes if you are able to. Lunch will be provided. Please call Kelvin Van Dasselaar at 780-968-8475 if you can attend.


The renowned story teller and popular drama teacher Dr. Randy Ritz from Concordia College will be leading a workshop on Saturday, May 23rd from 9:30 to 3 p.m. at the King's University College. The workshop focuses on dramatic reading, retelling and dramatization of the Biblical narrative. The afternoon will focus on effectively telling your personal stories in the context of worship services. Cost is $15, lunch included. Sponsored by Fellowship CRC. To register, email Dena : denaruiterkoopmans@yahoo.ca or call Melle Huizinga 780-454-3452.

Denomination News   


Are you ever hesitant to obey the Word of God? How are we to respond when God's Word makes demands and promises that sound ridiculous to us and the world around us? How can the story of Noah’s Ark help us obey even when the words from God don’t make sense? Find out on the April 26th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local station times.


Liz and his friends have arrived in Ireland just in time for Liz to get stuffed into a suitcase by kidnappers. Join the search to save Liz on this week’s Kids Corner. Then check out the Kids Corner website at www.kidscorner.net for stories, devotions, puzzles and more.


"Paul: To Live Is Christ" (a new Discover Life study) and "Abraham: Trusting the God Who Calls" (a new Word Alive study) are now available! These intermediate and advanced-level studies are ideal for Bible studies and small groups. Read sample chapters online at www.FaithAliveResources.org or call 1-800-333-8300 to order.


about Christian Aboriginal Artwork?

Many aboriginal artists proclaim the love of the Lord through music and art. One artist, Ovide Bighetty, has a series of paintings depicting the Easter story in a Woodland Cree style. His paintings have been shown in museums and galleries and plans are in the works for showings at Redeemer University College and The Kings University College. A DVD is available from the Indian Metis Christian Fellowship in Regina imcfr@sasktel.net or at creatorssacrifice@conceptmedia.ca 

The Persecuted Church


Followers of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir have intensified attacks on Christians and others they believe support the International Criminal Court's recent decision to prosecute the president for atrocities in the Darfur region. Aburahaman Tai, a leader of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in central Sudan, was beaten and injured by a suspected government militia in early March. On March 27th, the building used by Tai's congregation and the Sudanese Church of Christ was set on fire by the same group, which reportedly supports a militant Islamist agenda. Church members fled the scene in fear for their lives. Tai's congregation has since been meeting for worship outdoors. In Dungala, the capital of Northern state, a church building was recently turned into a mosque and some believers were forcibly converted to Islam. Pray that Christians in Sudan will remain steadfast in their faith at all cost. Ask God to grant boldness and wisdom to the Christian leaders in this war-torn country.