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2009-05-10 May 10 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.


Mothers Day

We wish all of our Mother's a wonderful day and want to say "thank you" for all that you do and all that you are for each of us. We praise God for the special gift of mothers and today we want to especially think of the mothers of this congregation who cannot worship with us this Sunday. We show our gratitude to and for them by presenting them the flowers this week.

Our Church Family

Please keep Peter & Natalie Rosendal and family in your prayers this week.

Mark, Selina, Luke and Levi Patterson are in need of a 2 or 3 bedroom home to rent from July 1-Nov 30, preferably in Lacombe. If anyone has or knows of a place available, please call Cora Stol at 403-885-5712, evenings. Thank you!!

Tilly Biel was operated on this past Tuesday to remove her colon cancer. The procedure went well and she is recovering nicely. We thank God for his mercy and grace to her and Albert and the family.

We also give thanks that Willie Stebner’s operation went well. We see God’s healing grace in the work of the doctors. May God grant a speedy recovery.


Some have asked about our prayer for a family every week. About 18 months ago we started praying for one family a week as a way of getting to know each other and to be a supportive fellowship that “prays for one another” (James 5:16). It is not that the family being prayed for has a serious issue that requires our concern and prayers. It is simply a prayer of thanks for them as part of our fellowship and a lifting them before God seeking his leading and blessing.

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

Results of the Congregational meeting elections:

We affirm the giftedness of everyone who let their name stand. Those elected to serve at this time in the office of Elder were John DeRegt, Henry Eisses, August Luymes and Craig Van Stryland. Those elected to serve in the office of Deacon were Scott Fraser and Darran Vreugdenhil . The official installation service is planned for Sunday May 24 in the morning. The new office bearers take up their duties at the June 10 Full Council meeting.

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

On Friday May 15th you are invited for a Progressive dinner. At 6:00 p.m. you will gather at a designated location fun, fellowship and of course dinner. More information will be available at a later date. Call Carmen for details.

Young Peoples

will gather at Stephanie Bouwman’s for a Bible Study on Sunday May 17th after the evening service.


For those attending this event your registration dues are now due. The balance will need to be paid to Wayne by Sunday May 17th. For more information please contact Wayne or Dana

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.”


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

CACHS Drama 20/30 Presents The Boardinghouse

Welcome to the Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse, where life is anything but normal! Miss Harriet runs a clean, cozy home with the help of the none-too-bright and perpetually terrified Tweenie, and accompanied by as zany a cast of boarders as you are likely to meet. This event will take place at Central Alberta Christian High School on June 3, 4 & 5 at 7:00 p.m. Cost per person is $6.00. Tickets and seating are available through the CACHS office (403)782-4535.

The King’ University College Spring Campaign

This spring marks a new direction for The King’ University College Spring Campaign, Rather than having local volunteers contact members of church congregation directly, a Spring Campaign letter will be mailed to King’s supporters in the next two weeks, We ask that you consider the mission of King’s as a cause you choose to support, Annual spring donations are important. If you do not receive Spring Campaign information in the mail, additional copies will be available at the back of the church next week. Contact Shannon at 780-465-8314 or developmentkingsu.ca with comments or questions. Thank you for supporting Christian education at King’s

Sonrise Camp

Are you looking for a great place to send your teens for a week this summer? Then look no further. Sonrise Camp is a rustic camp that is located just minutes outside of Rocky Mountain House that is run by First Christian Reformed Church of Rocky. We provide a week of Bible lessons, WIDE games, trips to a local lake, exciting out trips, and much, much more! We offer two camps; one for ages 10 – 12 from July 5 – 10, 2009 and one for ages 13 – 15 from July 19 – 24, 2009. If you would like more information or registrations forms, please contact Marie Aasman @ rockycrc@telus.net or 403-845-4438.

Camp Counselors

Are you looking for a great learning experience that will enrich your life? Why not try being a camp counselor at Sonrise Camp run by First Christian Reformed Church and located just outside of Rocky Mountain House. You will spend a week helping campers (either 10 – 12 year olds or 13 – 15 year olds) develop a deeper relationship with God through fun games, Bible lessons, awesome out trips and by just being a friend. If you would like more information or a volunteer application form, please contact Marie Aasman @ rockycrc@telus.net or 403-845-4438.

Willow Creek – the Leadership Summit

August 6-7, 2009. “Lead Where You Are”. Check out the bulletin board in the foyer for more information.

Denomination News

TODAY by email!

Did you know you can receive the TODAY devotionals free every day via email? Sign up today at www.ThisIsToday.net for the daily meditations from Back to God Ministries International in your computer mail box.

From the Cuba Connection Committee of Classis Alberta North.

The committee is sending a container to Cuba again this summer. We will be seeking many types of consumer items including the following: Bicycles Bicycle tires; Medical Supplies including adult diapers, and living aids; Stationary, and School Supplies and sports equipment; personal products like feminine products, toothpaste, razors and soap; men’s women’s and children’s clothing; sewing machines and supplies, and non-perishable foods . All materials must be new or as good as new, and because of issues of dating we will not be accepting pharmaceuticals this year. Please keep an eye out for a Poster in your church, and further information as the container project proceeds.

From Christian Reformed World Missions

On May 31st, Pentecost Sunday, the Church of Jesus Christ all around the world will celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the New Testament Church. This year we have prepared an 8 day devotional that can be emailed directly to your computer! Please sign up online at www.crwm.org/membership. The devotional will also be posted on our website, www.crwm.org each day from May 24th to May 31st.

World Missions:

Teach overseas through Christian Reformed World Missions! Share your gifts in Asia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and beyond. Visit www.crwm.org/teaching or call 1-800-346-0075 to learn more.

God’s Housing Crisis:

A home is shelter and a place for family and friends to gather. Usually homes are safe places, but when the news continues to tell of foreclosures and evictions, do you get a bit nervous? Is there any home where you can dwell securely? Find out on the May 17 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Happy Mother’s Day! During worship today we remember with gratitude our own mothers. We also remember those “missing mothers” who have died because of poverty, hunger, and AIDS. Please give generously today for CRWRC’s work in countries where AIDS affects millions of men, women, and children.

The Persecuted Church


On April 30, a house church communion service in Xinye city, Henan province was raided by officials, according to a May 4 report from ChinaAid. Eighteen Christians were taken to a local Public Security Bureau office where they were each forced to pay a fine of 1,000 yuan (approximately $170 CAD). Sixteen of the believers, including 10 pastors from Hubei province, remained in detention at last report. Pray that the detained believers will be released. Pray that God will open doors of opportunity for Christians in China to share the gospel, even in times of suffering (Colossians 4:2-3).