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2010-01-24 January 24 Bulletin

Welcome to worship this Sunday at Bethel. We are glad you came! Do stay for fellowship and refreshments after the morning service.

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Our Church Family

Congratulations to Henny Middag as she celebrates her 78th birthday this coming Thursday. May God bless you with a wonderful day!

Ria Jager is in hospital for more tests. We seek God’s strength and healing for her through this time.

Congratulations to Curt and Amy Dowling and the family with the birth of Abby Megan last week.

We give thanks’ for God’s gift of life and trust his gracious care.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, and Theresa Salomons.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, January 31st

We read from John 3:22-36 “Jesus greater, me less.” In the evening we welcome the Rocky Mountain College Choir and Orchestra to lead us in worship and praise.

Council Highlights from Wednesday, January 20, 2010

  • Reviewed the minutes from the Executive, Pastoral Elders, Deacons and all the different MLT's.
  • Discussed the upcoming intentional giving process.
  • Pastoral performance review of Pastor Mike.
  • We reviewed our office bearer nomination process.
  • Babysitting Opportunity: 

    TheGrace Based Parenting study group is looking for babysitters, from 8:15 p.m. to about 9:45 p.m. on Sunday evenings. We will be meeting on the Sundays that Young Peoples do not meet. Please talk to Randy or Sue Wildeboer if you are willing to take a turn.

    A Profession of Faith 

    Class is being planned again. For those who feel called by the Holy Spirit to publicly profess their faith, please contact Pastor Mike to discuss the details.

    The Mr. and Mrs. Club 

    Pot luck supper will be on Wednesday January 27th at 6.30 pm.

    Grace Based Parenting 

    Will meet for the first study on Sunday, January 31st at 8:15 p.m., immediately after the evening service, in the Fellowship Hall. Those of you who have not yet received material will be able to get it that night. A nursery will be provided for those who need care for their children and thanks in advance to our first volunteered volunteers, Kendra and Meagan Scholing.

    Rocky Mountain College Choir

    On Sunday, January 31st we will be welcoming the Rocky Mountain College Choir (of whom Evelyn Eisses is a member) to our church. They will be performing in the evening. We will be providing a dinner for them beforehand and are asking for some donations from the congregation. The dinner will be soup and buns with meat and cheese. If you are able to donate some of these items, please contact Cathy Dowling (782-2105) for more information. Thank-you!!

    February Newsletter 

    Time for another Newsletter. Please forward your contributions to any of the following three members of the team. Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof. (Ann Wildeboer is away for the month, so if you send it there, it won't be in the newsletter.) It is February so if you have any special things having to do with Love, we would love to see it and include as much as we can without making it too long. We look forward to another exciting newsletter that helps us get to know each other better and informs us so that we can support each other and pray for one another.

    Last chance! The Church Directory 

    Is almost ready for printing. We will be accepting pictures until January 31st. If you would like a recent picture in the directory, please submit it to Natalie Rosendal. You can e-mail it to pnrosendal@shaw.ca. (Please note – the email address in last week’s bulletin was incorrect.) If we do not receive a new picture, we will use the one on the wall in the Fellowship Hall if possible. Thank you from the Fellowship MLT.

    LOST & FOUND! LAST CHANCE! 

    There are still many nice items in the Lost & Found box and on the coat rack at the bottom of the front basement stairs. Please take a look, who knows, you might find something that is yours! Any items remaining in the Lost & Found at the end of January will be given to the Thrift store.

    Yearbook 2010 of the Christian Reformed denomination 

    Is now available. We do order copies for church use, but if you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 - $15, please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 before January 31st. If you are wondering what kind of information can be found in the annual CRC Yearbook, there is a copy of Yearbook 2009 on the foyer table for you to have a look at.

    Bethel Youth News

    Young Peoples 

    Will be at the home of Michelle & Stephanie Hoekstra, following the evening service.

    Young Adults 

    Will meet this evening here in the church, following the worship service. Bring your Bibles – we are starting the book of Galatians.

    Youth Mexico Mission

    There will be a Youth Mexico Mission meeting on Monday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday Nite Youth 

    Will meet on Tuesday, January 26th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

    YC2010/Audacious

    A reminder to all youth in grades 9 and up - YC2010/Audacious is in the planning stages and if you would like to go you need to start saving your money now. Cost for the event is $140 plus bussing, accommodation and food. The new website is finally up and if you would like to see who the speakers and performers will be go to www.ycgeneration.com. We will keep you informed with all information as it comes to us. If you have any questions contact Wayne or Dana

    Jasper Senior High retreat weekend

    February 12-14, 2010 – Neerlandia & Woodynook CRC invites you for an exciting weekend of small group devotions, skiing, swimming, playing & hiking. Cost for this event is $130 plus $55 for the Canyon Ice Walk or $40 for lift ticket at Marmot Basin. If you need rentals that will be extra. A bus will be leaving from CACHS that Friday afternoon, so you don’t need to drive out yourself. If you are at all interested in this event contact Wayne or Dana to get your registration/medical release forms. Check out the youth bulletin board.

    Jr. High Ski retreat weekend

    March 19-21, 2010 – Leduc, Ebenezer CRC invites you for a weekend filled with small group devotions and skiing at Rabbit Hill. Cost for the event is only $20! Now you can’t beat that bargain, if you are interested in this event please contact Wayne or Dana for more information.

    Announcements

    Sweetheart Dinner: 

    You are invited to attend the annual Sweetheart Dinner to be held on Friday, February 12th at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on an evening of good company, cozy surroundings, great entertainment and delicious food. Proceeds of this evening will go toward the Youth Mexico Mission trip. Reservations need to be made by February 7th! Please call Gerry at 403-782-4170 or Trudy at 403-782-7378

    Rosedale Valley Strings 

    Invites you to attend a:"Malawi Orphans Concert" at Parkland Reformed Church on Saturday, January 30th (please note date change) at 7:30 pm. Children, reaching out to children, help to bring the hope of Christ to 1000 orphans. Don't miss this unique and inspiring event. Nursery will be provided. All donations over $100 will receive a free Rosedale Valley Strings CD "A Winter's Walk." CD's are also available for purchase at the concert for $20. In December, Rosedale Valley Strings raised $14,562-83 over 5 concerts towards an orphanage for street boys in Rawanda. If you have any questions, please contact Sterling or Shanae at 403-783-5217. May the Lord bless this January concert for His glory.

    Building Blocks Thrift Store 

    Would like to thank all those who have helped out over the past years. God has blessed us richly as a community. As you begin the new year we ask that you consider volunteering your time. We could use more help, especially on Thursdays and Fridays, even if it is for a few hours. If you have any questions phone Sylvia at 403-885-2912 or just stop by.

    Rehoboth 

    The Clients, Staff & Board would like to thank all those who contributed to Rehoboth in 2009, and especially during this past year’s Annual Membership Campaign. A total of $520.00 in membership fees and $4125.00 in donations for a total of $4645.00 was contributed by members of Bethel CRC. A special thanks to Peter & Natalie Rosendal for coordinating the campaign on behalf of Rehoboth. If you were missed during the campaign and would still like to contribute towards the drive, please send in your membership and donation directly to Rehoboth, 3920 – 49 Avenue, Stony Plain, Alberta, T7Z 2J7.THANK YOU for helping Rehoboth “Make Room” for individuals who live with disabilities!

    Denominational News

    Haiti Earthquake

    As you have probably heard on the news, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti at about 5:00 p.m. on January 12th. The quake was centered near the capital, Port-au-Prince, and it caused catastrophic damage and widespread loss of life. All North American staff serving with Christian Reformed World Missions, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) and Back to God Ministries International have been contacted and are safe at this time, for which we thank God. Most of them were in Haiti at the time of the quake and were spared from physical harm. We do not yet have information about the status of many of the Haitian personnel serving with us in partner organizations. For updates, check the CRCNA home page at www.crcna.org. CRWRC plans to send the senior project manager from its international relief team to Haiti later this week to assess the situation and plan a response. For information about how you can help, visit the CRWRC web site at www.crwrc.org. We are unsure whether volunteers are needed at this time, but anyone interested in volunteering should contact Carol Sybenga at 1-800-730-3490 or e-mail volunteer@crcna.org. We ask for your continued prayers for Haiti and its people as well as for CRC staff in Haiti and for those who will be going there to help with relief and rebuilding in the aftermath of the quake.

    CRC Missionaries and Staff Safe in Jos, Nigeria 

    Sectarian violence broke out in Jos, Nigeria, during the afternoon on Sunday, January 17. A curfew from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM was imposed late Sunday afternoon. The violence was contained in one particular area of Jos throughout Sunday evening and Monday, but on Tuesday morning the violence spread to several areas of Jos and to some of the neighboring towns. A 24-hour curfew was imposed around 10:00 AM on Tuesday. Smoke could be seen throughout the city and frequent gunfire was heard until late afternoon on Tuesday. By Tuesday evening calm was restored and that calm has continued throughout the night. The 24-hour curfew is still in effect.

    Persecuted Church

    Nigeria

    At least 100 people were killed, hundreds injured and homes and religious sites burned when mob violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in Jos, Nigeria on January 17th. The violence was reportedly sparked by Muslim youths disrupting a worship service at a church in the nearby city of Nasarawa Gwong. Muslims then continued attacks in the area, burning the buildings of several churches. The Nigerian army has been summoned to try to restore order to the region, but many believers remain fearful of further clashes. Pray that law and order will be restored in this region. Pray that Christians will not retaliate with further violence but will show Christ-like love. Ask God to give strength to Christians in Jos, to remain steadfast in their faith (1 Peter 5:8-10). Pray for those who have lost loved ones and property in the riots.

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