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2009-05-17 May 17 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 our family of the week, Henry & Liz Stad and family in your prayers this week.

Congratulations to Albert Biel as he celebrates his 81st birthday and Peter Sluys with his 82nd birthday, both today! May you have a good day of celebration and may God be with you both in your role of caregivers in your families.

We give thanks that Willie Stebner could return home again this week. We see God’s healing grace at work in her life and pray that God grant speedy recovery.

Herman Scholing Sr. remains in hospital in Red Deer. Though his body is weak, he is strong in the comfort of his faith.

Lena Spelt, Ann Vander Wal and Hilda Zuidhof would like to say a big thank you to Bethel for the beautiful potted Begonias for Mothers Day. What a wonderful surprise!

A very heartfelt Thank You goes out to the five ladies who spent so much elbow grease and time spring cleaning our house a few weeks ago. We appreciate it so much, especially since the man of the house does not always use a fine tooth comb, a duster and the right kind of soap. Ruth invites you to come and visit her and see for yourself how the walls reflect your image! God bless you all! Ruth and Pastor Peter.

We extend our condolences to Wayne and Jackie Bouwman and the family with the death of Jackie’s father, Mr. Hoetmer, this past Thursday in Rocky Mountain House. May God comfort and bless in the assurance of faith in this time of grief.

A special THANKS from the CACHS Fashion Show committee to everyone who attended the event and helped raise $4,890.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We could not have done it without you! Thank you so much!!

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

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

Next Sunday, May 24th

We celebrate the Ascension of Jesus to heaven where he reigns even now as Lord over the church and the world. We also have the privilege of installing the new office bearers to their service of the Lord in our church. In the evening we read from the prophet Ezekiel as he presents his vision of “The Glory of the Lord.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Summer Ministry/Worship Coordinator 

Evelyn Eisses has finished her studies for the year and her concert tour obligations and she will begin her work here with us this Tuesday working out the details for our upcoming Ascension and Pentecost services.

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.

From Council:

A transfer of Kelsie Ellens’ papers was approved to be forwarded to Parkland United Reformed Church of Ponoka. Papers of Sarah de Jong from High River Christian Reformed Church were also approved. We welcome you into the congregation of Bethel.

Stephanie Bouwman, Paul Vandyk, David Hoekstra and Michael Szelekovszky have completed the pre-confession classes and have meet with council members. Their recommendation to Council was accepted and Council welcomes them into the full communion in the Christian Reformed Church. Public profession of their faith will take place on Sunday May 31st.

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 de Regt, 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 24th in the morning. The new office bearers take up their duties at the June 10th Full Council meeting.

The carpets in the church building

will be cleaned on Tuesday, May 26th. We ask that you not be in the church facility that day if possible as the carpets will be damp.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

will gather at Stephanie Bouwman’s for a Bible Study today after the evening service.

Young Adults

will have a Bible study in the Fellowship hall following the evening worship service today.

YC2009

for those attending this event your registration, accommodation and transportation fees are now due. Your balance will need to be paid to Wayne or Dana tonight. On Friday, May 22nd at 4:30 p.m. the bus will be in the church parking lot. Please be time, so we can leave on time. Remember that you will need to have enough money for your meals, if you desire to bring a small cooler please do so. For more information please contact Wayne or Dana.

Announcements

Lacombe Christian Men’s Ministry

Note change of location this coming Saturday May 23th. We will meet at the Taste of Greece restaurant in the Lacombe Inn on Hwy 2A.
At men's breakfast we have an excellent opportunity to take a few moments out, meet with other men, find encouragement and be a support. Invite a friend. We meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 7 a.m. We'd love for you to join us. Any questions contact Henry Eisses @ 403-782-2345.

King’s University College Spring Campaign

This spring we ask that you consider the mission of The King’s University College as a cause you choose to support. Annual spring donations are important. To contribute to the 2009 Spring Campaign, please send your gift using the form that came with your information package. If you have not received the Spring Campaign information in the mail, additional copies are available on the table in the foyer. Please feel free to take one if you are interested. Contact Shannon at 780-465-8314 or development@kingsu.ca with comments or questions. Thank you for supporting Christian education at King’s

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

Story-telling Workshop

Last Chance to register for the exciting workshop on dramatic reading and retelling of the Bible stories and enactment of Biblical Characters as well the opportunity to learn how to tell your personal story in the context of the faith community. Saturday May 23 from 9:30 to 3 pm at the King's University College, Room L113 . Cost $15 lunch included. Led by Dr. Randy Ritz from Concordia College Call Dena 780-474-7167 or

Email denaruiterkoopmans@yahoo.ca Melle Huizinga 780 454 3452 Email : dmhui@telus.net

Alberta Oils Sands – your opinions and perspectives wanted!

Rev. Bruce Adema, Director of Canadian Ministries of the CRCNA, invites anyone with personal or professional interest in the Alberta Oil Sands to an evening of listening and dialogue. Rev. Adema is participating in the KAIROS Oil Sands Delegation of Church Leaders from May 21-27 and wants to hear your thoughts, concerns, questions and perspectives at First CRC (16 McVicar St.), Red Deer on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 7:30 – 9 pm. No formal speeches or presentations…just people engaging in dialogue about how we as Christians think, feel and respond to the issues surrounding the Alberta Oil Sands. For more information, contact Alida at 1-800-730-3490 Ext 245.

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 Acts of Light Drama Troupe

of First Christian Reformed Church, Red Deer would like to invite you all to come and see a wonderful Canadian comedy classic: Village of Idiots by playwright John Lazarus. Come and join us for a wonderful, hilarious evening of entertainment on June 5thor June 6 at 7pm! Tickets are available by calling the church at 403.346.5659 or by emailing the director at cathyvanessen@shaw.ca! Limited seating available so get your tickets soon!

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.

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 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.

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.

Disability Concerns:

This summer's issue of Breaking Barriers, our quarterly resource of stories and information, will be available online only. This issue will feature articles on disability and disaster preparedness. To subscribe, please visit our website at www.crcna.org/disability.

Thank You for Embracing Aids with C.R.W.R.C:

Thank you for remembering people in need through CRWRC’s Embrace AIDS Campaign last week. May God use our gifts to bless and encourage grandmothers, aunts, and older sisters as they willingly take AIDS orphans into their homes.

The Persecuted Church

Vietnam

In September 2008, a congregation of more than 500 Hmong Christian who had fled persecution in Vietnam's northwest provinces for the Central Highlands began building a chapel where they could worship protected from the rain and sun. When they had earlier notified local authorities of their plans, they were told they would never get permission. It would be useless to even ask. An application to build a chapel would only be considered when their denomination was granted legal recognition and all attempts to do so had been repeatedly ignored by authorities, contrary to Vietnam's new religion legislation. Because of their urgent need, they determined to go ahead. Before the walls of the 12-metre by 20-metre chapel were completed, officials ordered the believers to stop building and tear down what had been constructed, claiming that the lumber was cut illegally. The Cu Hat congregation met, prayed, considered and decided that they could not comply. Although virtually all buildings in this area of Vietnam are erected without building permits, local authorities accused the Christians of "illegal construction" and ordered the congregation to "voluntarily" tear it down. On December 2, 2008 the district officials made a formal decision to demolish the church within two weeks if the Christians would not do so themselves. At 7:00 a.m. on the morning of December 17, a large contingent of government officials, police and demolition workers destroyed the Cu Hat Church building. Wielding electric cattle prods, police beat back hundreds of distraught Christians who rushed to the site to protect the building. Five people were injured, including a child who suffered a broken arm and a pregnant woman who was prodded in the stomach. After the workers had loaded the lumber onto their trucks, they emptied sacks of the Christians' rice on the ground, put the roof tile into the sacks and sped away. In 90 minutes, the destruction was complete. A video of the demolition was secretly made on cell phones.

Within a few days the Christians dared to build a temporary shelter of bamboo and tin to have a place to worship and celebrate Christmas. At last report, authorities were threatening to tear it down too. Pray that Christians in Vietnam will continue to put their hope in the Lord as the One who upholds their cause (Psalm 146). Pray that many of the government officials will come to repentance and find salvation in Christ.

You can get involved in protesting this illegal action by the Vietnamese government by signing a letter of protest, which is available after the service.

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