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2009-06-21 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Our family of the week is Pastor Peter and Ruth Sluys. Please keep them in your prayers this week.

Ruth Sluys has been in the local hospital since Monday. Her body has to re-adjust to conflicting consequences of different medications for her heart, lung and kidneys. At this time it’s now being complicated with gout in her feet. All this has made her extremely weak as well. We thank the Lord for some recuperation at this time and pray for strength so she will be able to move around again.

To honour our fathers on this special Sunday we will present the flowers to the fathers of this congregation who are unable to attend the services here this Sunday.We thank our Heavenly Father for the men in our lives who love us, encourage us and guide us.

We give thanks that Willie Stebner could return home this week from the Red Deer hospital. May God grant continued healing and strength in the weeks to come.

Congratulations to Ray Merkus as he celebrates his 71st birthday today and to Dorothy Meindersma with her 76th birthday tomorrow as well as Rena DeRuiter who will celebrate her 81st birthday on Tuesday. May God be with you all on your special day of celebration!

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 28th

We continue our sermon series on the important topic of marriage by reading from Ephesians 5:21-33 and “Male/female Compatibility.” In the evening we welcome our missionary Andy Horlings to lead our service.

Serve Missions

Several members of our congregation are planning to take part in short term SERVE mission trips over the summer. They are Wayne Bouwman, Stephanie Bouwman, and Jessica Bouwman going to Vancouver, and Michelle Hoekstra going to Las Vegas. Wayne, Stephanie, and Jessica are going with Leduc Ebenezer CRC from July 4-11, and will be involved with ministry to the homeless, children camps, and working on improvements to low income housing. Michelle will be joining with Woodynook CRC and will be helping farmers harvest their fruit and vegetable crops as well as serving the homeless in Las Vegas from July 25- August 1. We wish to send you off with our support and prayers, knowing that God will work in and through you as you serve him in these areas of need!


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.

Canada Day

It's that time again to start thinking of our annual July 1st Picnic. We will be having our Picnic at Upper Michener Park by the horseshoe pits on July 1st starting at 11:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. We invite the congregation for an afternoon of Fun, Food and Fellowship. Bring your Lawn Chairs, Blankets, Bocci Balls, Horseshoes, Baseball Equipment, and most importantly YOU. We will have a BBQ lunch at noon followed by games and visiting. We are asking each family to bring a salad and dessert big enough to feed your family, to share with everyone. We will provide the burgers and hotdogs. We are looking for BBQ's to use that day, so if you are able to bring one along please indicate this on the sigh-up sheet in the foyer. Please sign up so we know how much food to have.

Old & New Council Bar B Que

Will take place on June 25th. Council members and your spouses are invited to attend this event at Herman and Betty Scholings place at 6:30 p.m. Deacons please bring dessert and Elders please bring salad. Remember to bring along your lawn chairs.

See you there!


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 today, June 21st. Thank you!

Lacombe Charity Check Stop

We are looking for volunteers to help with our charity check stop for Volunteer Link. The check stop will be on June 27th in Lacombe. We are in need of people for 2 different shifts, 11:30 am -1:00 pm and then again at 1:00 pm -2:30 pm. If you are able to help with this project please call Herman Scholing at 782-2701 or 350-3738. For more information about this event please look for the poster in the foyer and in the basement hall way.

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


Church Development Consultant needed: Serve with Christian Reformed World Missions in the Dominican Republic in the area of capacity building and leadership development with our partners there. For a list of requirements and a detailed job description for this and other CRWM openings, visit www.crwm.org.


The summer issue of Breaking Barriers, a quarterly resource with stories and information for inclusion of people with disabilities in churches and ministries, is now available online at http://www.crcna.org/pages/disability_Issue82.cfm


Ever wanted to relate social justice issues to the subjects you’re teaching. Through grant funding provided by the Kuyers Institute of Christian Teaching and Learning, the Office of Social Justice has assessed materials and resources from the ministries of the Christian Reformed Church for their K-12 classroom potential. We’re seeking K-12 teachers interested in reviewing the resource summaries applicable to your teaching levels and subjects. We’ll provide a small stipend in exchange for

The Persecuted Church


On June 9th, several dozen Chinese officials from the Domestic Security Protection Squad barged into the home of Pastor Li Ming in Langzhong city, Sichuan province, where more than 30 house church leaders were gathered. Pastor Li's home was searched and all of the believers arrested. Thirteen of the leaders were sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention. Five other leaders, including Pastor Li, were placed under criminal detention and are likely to face formal criminal indictment or up to three years of "re-education through labour." The remaining leaders have been released. Ask God to give wisdom and guidance to the imprisoned leaders and their families. Pray for an end to crackdowns against believers in China.