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2009-05-24 May 24 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 church member of the week, Liz Hutchison in your prayers this week.

Walter Land slipped on a snowy day and broke his leg. He was operated on and will have to take it easy for the next little while. May God grant strength and healing.

Willie Stebner remains in Red Deer hospital receiving care. We pray for the grace of our Lord to provide what she may need through his riches in mercy.

Steve and Carmen McKerrow were blessed with a baby girl, “Tori,” last Friday. Mother, daughter and father are doing well and we thank God for this miracle of new life.

Herman Scholing Sr. was in hospital but could go home Friday. We thank our gracious God Herman is feeling somewhat better.

Congratulations to Ria Jager as she celebrates her 80th birthday today! May God continue to bless you on your very special 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

Next Sunday, May 31st

We celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit in power. We see the work of the Spirit in the Profession of faith of four young people: Stephanie Bouwman, David Hoekstra, Michael Szelekovszky and Paul Vandyk. We are also strengthened in our faith by the Spirit in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In the evening we read from the prophet Daniel and “The Eternal Dominion of God.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

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.

YC Alberta

has become Canada's largest annual youth conference. It has grown from just 500 registrants in 1994 to over 16,000 participants annually. Today, 14 students and 2 leaders from Bethel as well as a number of students who are going with friends from other churches are attending this event. YC Alberta is a weekend where students from junior high to university age come together to be spiritually challenged and changed for the purposes of God. In the last decade, thousands of students have accepted Christ as their personal Savior and thousands more have made decisions to be bold in their faith and go deep with God. Join us in prayer that the students and their leaders’ hearts and minds will be enriched and inspired by what the speakers and musicians have to offer from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Summer Sunday School Teachers Still Needed.

A big thank you to everyone who has signed up so far. We still need more teachers and helpers to run the summer program for our preschool age children. Please help out by signing up to teach or be a helper for a week this summer on the sign up sheet on the back foyer table. Thanks.

Bethel Newsletter:

Another month has flown by and the newsletter team is working on the June issue. We are focusing on Fathers’ Day and Summer and are really hoping for some special contributions from the congregation. An introduction to your Dad maybe, or a description of your day on the job, or special memories of summer with your family or special holiday recipes. Share your stories with us and let's get to know one another better. You can email your contributions to any one on the Newsletter team: haraug@telus.net, awildeboer@xplornet.com, rlduck@platinum.ca or ahgeldof@telus.net . Or put it in the Newsletter mailbox in the foyer. Our deadline for accepting articles will be next Monday, June 1st. Looking forward to another interesting edition!

November Mission trip to Mexico:

An update on the church building project in Mexico. On May 31st, after the evening service Doug Fullerton will come with a 15 minute picture presentation on how the Mexican church is progressing since he was there at the beginning. Information will be made known on travel costs, cost of staying at the YWAM base in Ensenada and how much will be needed to put walls and a roof on the second floor of the church. This building mission will hopefully take place during the first two weeks of November. Our church has agreed to handle the donations towards this project. Any adult who is interested is invited to attend. Many hands make light work! See you all on the evening of May 31st. Your coordinator August Luymes is willing to answer any immediate questions.

Bethel Youth News

Youth Praise team

there will be a Youth PT practice on Thursday, May 28th at 8:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Bring any song suggestions that you have!

Young Peoples

will gather at the Noorts’ after the evening service on May 31st.

Young Adults

will have a Bible study in the Fellowship hall following the evening worship service on May 31st.

JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH AND THEIR LEADERS

Keep Friday, June 5th open on your calendar. "CASA AND DINE 2009" is our first ever (and hopefully not our last) progressive dinner. You will start at Vandenborns’ (5826-47 Ave) and will progress to 3 different homes to complete your dinner. We will end up at Alana's new home for dessert and a special Mexican treat. At that point you can call your parents to pick you up. All you need is your friends (invite, invite, invite), your appetite and of course a signed waiver (you can pick one up in Vandenborns’ mailbox or your parents can sign one when they drop you off). Wolf Creek Community Church Junior High will also be joining us as our guests. Please call Carina or Donna to let us know if you are coming and who will be joining you. We want to make sure we have enough food!
For more info or if you have questions please call Carina 403-782-7903 or Donna 403-782-9993.

Announcements

Red Deer and District Pro-Life

will be hosting their Dessert Night AGM on Tuesday, May 26th starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Lodge. Please join us for some great desserts as we welcome a speaker from the Pregnancy Care Centre. Everyone is welcome; you do not have to be a member to attend! For more info call 403-340-2299.

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!

Denomination News

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.

The Persecuted Church

Christian man kidnapped by Muslims in Egypt

21-year-old Mina Basily was abducted from his home in Alexandria by four Muslim men on May 6th, according to the Middle East Christian Association. Militant Muslims armed with swords, sticks and knives broke into the Basily family's home, assaulted Mina and forced him into a car parked outside. Neighbours who witnessed the kidnapping were too fearful to intervene. The police initially refused to file an official report of kidnapping, even though officers questioned witnesses and visited the Basily's home, which was still spattered with blood from the attack. The report was only issued after the family appealed to the Chief Prosecutor of the Montaza district. Local Muslims told police that Mina was involved in a relationship with a Muslim girl but such claims remain unsubstantiated, as the girl's family is hiding her from officials. At last report, Mina had been handed over to the police and was being pressured to convert to Islam. Pray that Mina will be released. Ask God to enable Mina to stand firm in his faith amid pressure to deny Christ. Pray that Egyptian officials will act with integrity towards all citizens.

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