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2009-06-14 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Our family of the week is Marvin and Jeanne Ebens and their children. Please keep them in your prayers this week.

The flowers this week will be brought to the Duckett family to cheer them while Colin is recovering from a leg injury sustained during a school activity. We pray that you may enjoy a complete recovery Colin, so that you too can enjoy the fun summer activities.

Albert De Waal was admitted to the Ponoka hospital due to weakness and pain relating to the slow progress of his cancer. He and Carol remain strong in the Lord and lean on his strength and love every day.

It came to my attention that we never actually included the details of the funeral of Mrs. Tena Ellen in the bulletin. She had been an active member of Bethel for many years but over the past few years she was confined to her room at the nursing home. She did faithfully join the Monday morning worship times there and we often visited with her. She died on Ascension Day, Sunday, May 24th at about 10:00 in the morning. She was peacefully sitting in her chair gazing out of the window at the flowers as she so often did. She was 94 years old. The funeral was held on Thursday, May 28th here in Bethel. Almost all family members gathered to remember and give thanks for God’s grace to them through her. We trust our Lord Jesus will comfort the family in their loss with the assurance of eternal life. Her funeral text was Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.”

Thank you to all who prayed for me, visited and sent cards after my recent accident. With the help of the Lord I am well on the way to recovery. Walter Land

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, June 21st

We continue our sermon series on the important topic of marriage with the realization that many people remain single or find themselves alone as a result of the death of a spouse or separation. The Bible speaks a word of comfort and purpose for all who are single or single again (1 Corinthians 7). In the evening we  welcome Albert Strydhorst to lead our service.

Volunteer Questionnaire

Last Sunday the Bethel Worship Volunteer Questionnaire was handed out - if you didn’t get a chance to fill it out please do so. There are blank questionnaires as well as a basket to put them in on the table near the sanctuary doors. Thanks for your participation!

We remember Synod as it meets this week to discuss the broader work of the Christian Reformed church throughout the world. May God bless their time together.


You have seen the information in the bulletin and in the Newsletter. Now we would like to invite you after this morning’s worship service to a presentation of a promotional video. At this time we will try to answer any questions you might have about this event. We will also be talking about how much interest there is to actually consider taking a group down for the festival. Please stay and be informed! Parents, youth workers and anyone else you are welcome to stay as well.

Church secretaries

Please take note of a change in the office hours for the secretaries. We will be in the office on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon instead of Tuesdays for the next few months.

Highlights from Church council meeting of June 10/09:

New council executive: Chair – Henry Geldof, Vice chair – Craig Van Stryland, Clerk – Donald Wildeboer, Treasurer – Peter Prins, General adjunct – Herman Scholing Jr.

  • Bethel’s Articles of Incorporation are notarized and in place.
  • There was approval of an overture from Bethel to be presented at the fall Classis meeting to have a deacon attend Classical meetings with an elder and pastor.
  • The Bethel church council would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the departing office bearers: elders, Harry Van Stryland and Art Hazelhoff and deacons, Ralph Bos and Peter Hoekstra. Your commitment and dedication to your positions in the service of our Lord has been appreciated by all. Your presence and contribution to your office will be missed. Through your service to Bethel, you all have been a blessing to the congregation as well as the community.


Plans are already being made for the next Newsletter and it will include a section on "graduation." If you or your child is graduating from grade 9, grade 12, college, university, trade school or any other institution of learning please let Harriet know either by calling, leaving a message in her church mailbox or by email. We would really like to hear from grade 12 and college/university/trade school grads with their plans for the future. Pictures are also welcome as well as any special poetry, readings etc.

Bethel Youth News

Young Adults Young Peoples and Young Married Couples: Today

all Young Adults and Young Peoples are invited to a game of ultimate Frisbee. This will be held today after the evening service, refreshments will be provided. Any young married couples are welcome to join as well.


From the Cuba Connection Committee of Classis Alberta North 

the committee is sending a container to Cuba again this summer. We are seeking the following items: bicycle tires, medical supplies including adult diapers, living aids, stationary, school supplies, 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 food items. All materials must be new or almost new and can be deposited in the large box in the church foyer. The deadline for donating these articles is June 21stwhich is next Sunday. Thank you!

Development Officer Position Available at Lacombe Christian School:

Are you passionate about Christian Education? Are you looking for part-time employment (0.5) and have administrative and computer skills? Would you like to work with a professional and enthusiastic team of educators in a Christian School setting? Training and support will be available for qualified candidates. Preference will be given to persons that are familiar with our school and our community. If this position interests you, please call the chair of the Development Committee, Peter DeWit at 403-782-7440 or Carolyn Vanderhoek at 403-748-4547 for more information.

Resumes including cover letter can be forwarded to office@lacs.ca or mailed to Lacombe Christian School, 5206 - 58 Street, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G9.

Denomination News


Find news, photos, live web casts and more on Synod 2009 at www.crcna.org. For daily updates, phone 1-888-CR-SYNOD or get them by e-mail by signing on to the Synod News List (subscribe at www.crcna.org). The week-long assembly starts Saturday, June 13th at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights Ill.

DID YOU KNOW…June 21st is National Aboriginal Day?

In 1996, Governor General Romeo LeBlanc declared June 21st as National Aboriginal Day. This day is set aside to celebrate the gifts of the indigenous people and their contributions to the mosaic of Canada. We give thanks to God who created the diversity of peoples all over the world. We praise Him for the aboriginal people who contribute to this country with treasures of wisdom, spirit, and vision.

The Persecuted Church


Sajida Masih, the mother of a 12 year old Christian girl who was kidnapped in Pakistan and forced to marry a 37 year old Muslim man, is embroiled in a legal battle to recover her daughter. On February 23rd, Muhammad Imran abducted Huma Masih after threatening to kill her, her aunt and her parents. Mother Sajida was ridiculed by police when she sought their help. After 3 days, officers finally filed the report but listed Huma's age as 16, the legal age for girls in Pakistan to marry. Muhammad Imran subsequently demanded nullification of the report, claiming Huma converted to Islam and married him of her own will. He also submitted a fake birth certificate which listed her age as 18. Local Muslims have since tried to extort money and labour from Sajida in exchange for information on Huma's whereabouts. At last report, a hearing was scheduled for June 11th. Pray that Huma will be returned to her family. Pray for wisdom for the family's lawyer. Pray that those who prey on Christian girls in Pakistan may experience repentance and salvation.