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2009-05-03 May 3 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.

Please note

There is a brief congregational meeting today, 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.

Next Sunday, May 10th

We will read from the book of the prophet Isaiah as it declares “Prophetic Judgment and Comfort.” In the evening we focus on Isaiah 6 and the gracious call of God on Isaiah’s life and on ours. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Hilda Van Stryland who will be celebrating her 75th birthday this Wednesday and to Wigger Meindersma who will be celebrating his 88th on Friday. May the Lord continue to bless you on your special days and every day!

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tena Ellen, Wigger Meindersma, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, Ann Swier, and Albert De Waal.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Children and Worship

This is the last Sunday of Children and Worship for the season. The Grade two children will be going on to Sunday School in the fall. The Grade one children will be welcome to join us for Children and Worship again in the fall.

Pre-School Sunday School Teachers Needed

May 31st will be the last Sunday of Pre-School Sunday School for those children who will be in Grade 1 in the fall. We are looking for volunteer teachers and helpers so that we can run a summer program for the younger children. A sign up sheet is located on foyer table, so please volunteer and sign up to help us out for a week. Thanks.

Photos of Bethel

The website committee is looking to freshen up some of the pictures on our website, lacombebethelcrc.org . Do you have any beautiful pictures of the Bethel Church building that could be used? If you do, please email them to bchurch2@telus.net. Thank you!

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples Social

There will be a Young Peoples Social at the home of Kristen Van Stryland after the evening service today.

Young Adults

Will have a Bible study after the evening service today in the Fellowship hall.

Heading out to College or University in the fall?

Step out in confidence. Classis Campus Ministry and Classis Youth Ministry along with West End CRC is once again hosting the “Stepping Out Retreat” on May 30th. Whether you are heading off to U of A, Kings, staying in Alberta or moving to Texas, this will be a chance to connect with other CRC students, meet campus ministers and find out more about what awaits you in the fall. Please RSVP by May 8th to Ron deVries at either 780-987-0415, email - mdevron@telus.net or the facebook event page “Stepping Out Retreat.”

Announcements

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, May 9th. For more information contact Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345.

Youth For Christ Annual Golf Tournament

Youth For Christ is having their Annual Golf Tournament Saturday May 30that the Ponoka Community Golf Club. Cost is $150/person if registered by May 9th and $165/person after that. Deadline to register 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.

The Rehoboth Camp Committee

is looking for volunteers to serve as counselors for this year’s summer camp program. Volunteer spots are disappearing fast…if you want to join our volunteer team this summer, you may wish to call or register on-line soon! The dates for camp are: Week 1 – July 4-10, Week 2 – July 11-17, Independent Week – July 18-24, Youth Week – July 25-31. For more information contact: Linda Rosendal – 968-8483. Register on-line @ www.rehoboth.ab.ca

Denomination News

CRWRC:

After three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka, thousands of families are living in camps within the country's borders. CRWRC is assisting its partners by providing $150,000 in cooked meals and $30,000 to construct 100 emergency shelters. You can support this effort by making a donation at www.crwrc.org or by giving a gift of "temporary shelter" through CRWRC's Gift Catalogue (www.crwrc.org/blessed).

PRAYER REQUEST:

We asked you to pray for the March 1st evangelistic rally in Bangui. Praise God! More than 15,000 people attended the rally led by Back to God Ministries International French ministry leader Rev. Paul Mpindi. 3,000 people committed their lives to the Lord and 5,000 made a recommitment to follow Christ faithfully. Many asked to be delivered from witchcraft. Pray for follow-up and discipleship with these new believers.

SPECIAL NEEDS SERVE 2009

Ottawa ON, July 11-16: A 5-day fun-filled experience for people with special needs that allows them to give back to God through worship, work, and prayer. We still have a few spots available. Also seeking youth, age 14-22, who would like to walk alongside a participant who has a special need. Your help is needed to encourage the participants in all areas of their journey. We look forward to some great work sites, worship, and sightseeing. If you are interested in coming to SERVE, please contact Tamara DeWaard at: tamarakoens@hotmail.com.

DID YOU KNOW…

about the Day of Reconciliation? In 2005, Synod committed the CRC to advancing restorative justice in the life and ministry of the church. One area where we can work toward reconciliation is in relation to the aboriginal community. May 25th has been designated as the Day of Reconciliation in Canada. Pray for the Canadian government to appoint new members to the Aboriginal Committee for Peace and Reconciliation. Pray and work towards fair treatment for all, including our aboriginal brothers and sisters. Pray that the love of God may direct our words and actions as we relate to our neighbors.

The Persecuted Church

Pakistan

A mob of Taliban militants attacked the Christian community near the city of Karachi on April 22nd. Armed men approached a group of Christians who had gathered to remove insulting messages from the walls of a church building and local homes. The graffiti included the words "Long Live the Taliban" and demands for Christians to pay a tax imposed on non-Muslims. A mob soon gathered and gunshots were fired indiscriminately into the crowd, seriously injuring three Christians, including an 11-year-old boy, Irfan Masih. The attackers then ransacked several homes belonging to Christians, burned Bibles and beat believers. Two Christians who resisted the militants were reportedly executed in front of their families. Masih died five days following the attack. The Pakistani government recently allowed the Taliban to establish Islamic law in Swat Valley, North-West Frontier Province and Christians in Sindh are concerned that their province could be the next to fall under Taliban rule. Pray that, in the aftermath of this attack, Pakistani Christians will remain unshaken from the work the Lord has given them, trusting Him to bring eternal results (1 Corinthians 15:58). Ask God to give healing to those injured. Pray that those mourning for the martyred believers will find comfort in Christ.

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