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2009-04-26 April 26 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 Jan & Cootje Voorbij and family in your prayers this week.

Congratulations to Pearl Datema as she celebrates her 90th birthday this coming Wednesday. The flowers this week will be brought to Mrs. Datema, we wish her a wonderful day with family and friends and pray that the Lord bless and surround her with His loving care.

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.

Thank You - We would like to thank the congregation for the gifts of meals, cards, visits and especially prayers over the last number of weeks. It is such a blessing to be part of the family here in Bethel as you encourage us in so many ways. It seems like Anita’s head is settling down and getting better. We are so thankful for the gifts, they are fragrant offerings, acceptable sacrifices, pleasing to God. Thanks to each of you – Henry and Anita Geldof and family.

Thank you to everyone who came out last Monday evening to help with a move. There were 14 volunteers that made the job easier. Thank you for the use of the trucks and trailers that were provided. It was great to see so many people help out. A heartfelt thank you.

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.

Announcements

Next Sunday, May 3rd

We welcome Lawrence Sackmann retired Pastor of the United Methodist church as he brings the message in the morning and Wayne Bouwman who brings the message in the evening. Pastor Mike and Barb will be attending the annual Classical Alberta North Pastor/Spouse Conference in Jasper. 

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 prefer they not touch these things, and both the sound booth & balcony are off limits to all children.

Revised Coffee schedule 

There is a new revised coffee schedule for May to August 2009 in the mailboxes. Please discard the one you received last week as it has errors. Thank you from Cindy & Dana.

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.

Please note

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. 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. Those nominated for the position of elder are: John deRegt, Henry Eisses, August Luymes, Rients Palsma, Craig Van Stryland, Jan Voorbij and Peter Zuidhof. Those nominated for the position of deacon are: Scott Fraser, Ed Stol, and Darran Vreugdenhil. Any valid objections to any candidate named above should be presented to council before the April 29th council meeting.

Friendship:

The theme for our May issue of the Bethel Newsletter. Do you have a story, poem or artwork to share with us that we can publish in the newsletter? Please forward it to Harriet Luymes, Laura Duckett or Ann Wildeboer or put it in the newsletter mailbox by the end today April 26th. The success of the newsletter depends on all of us working together and sharing with each other material that is suitable for printing and reading by our congregation.We thank all of you for your contributions that have filled the pages over the years and look forward to sharing with you the next issue by Sunday, May 3, 2009!

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 the Scholing's to cap off the day and to express our thanks to all who make this service project possible.There will be a sign up sheet on the table in the main foyer, please post your teams so we have an idea of how many people to expect coming. Any questions feel free to call Wayne or Dana.

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.

Story Telling Workshop:

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.

Youth For Christ Annual Golf Tournament

Youth For Christ is having their Annual Golf Tournament Saturday May 30, 2009 at the Ponoka Community Golf Club. Cost is $150/person if registered by May 9th, and $165/person after that. Deadline is May 22nd. There is a poster on the bulletin board in the foyer for more information. Register online at www.wolfcreekyfc.com or call (403) 755-7825.

Seniors Week 2009 and Fair

will take place here in Lacombe during the week of June 1st – June 5th. A multitude of activities are scheduled for this week with a Fair hosted by the Lacombe Foundation on the June 2nd. There is a full schedule and announcements on the church bulletin board for more information.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

Will gather at the home of Kristen Van Stryland for a social after the evening service on May 3rd.

Young Adults

Will be meeting in the fellowship hall for a Bible study after the evening service on May 3rd.

Denomination News

Next Sunday, May 3rd we will join with churches across Canada to gather an offering for Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada. Operation Manna funds community ministries across Canada that provide practical help, in Jesus’ name, to people in need. Please pray for these ministries this week and for the offering that will take place next week.

A Scary Word from God:

So often we believe decisions would be easier if we only knew their outcome. This fear spills over into our relationship with God. We might think we’ve discerned his will for our lives, but yet since we just don’t know what will happen, we’re more comfortable staying where we are. How can we have faith in a fearful world? Find out on the May 3 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

Kidnapped 2:

Liz is being held for ransom by kidnappers, but he’s got a plan to escape. Will Liz’s plan work? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then write to Kids Corner at P.O. Box 5070, Burlington ON L7R3Y8 for your very own Bible study.

The Persecuted Church

CUBA

Pastor Omar Gude Perez, who has been held in detention in Cuba since May 2008, is facing false charges of "illicit economic activity and falsification of documents". The original charge of "human trafficking" placed against Pastor Perez was dismissed in March due to lack of evidence. The State prosecutor has requested a seven-year prison sentence be given to the pastor, who is currently imprisoned in the city of Camaguey. According to local Christians, Pastor Perez has been targeted by authorities because he is one of the main leaders of an unrecognized denomination. Other leaders and members of the denomination have also faced pressure from government officials. Pray that the charges will be dropped. Ask God to provide for and protect Pastor Perez's family. Pray that Cuban believers will rejoice in the opportunity to grow in Christ likeness through the ongoing opposition they face. (James 1:2-4).

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