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2010-01-31 January 31 Bulletin

Welcome to worship this Sunday at Bethel. We are glad you came! Tonight we welcome the Rocky Mountain College Choir and Orchestra as they present a concert of praise. Do stay for fellowship and refreshments after the morning service.

Our Church Family

Mrs. Joanne van Gyssel has a small but painful fracture in her back and needs to rest for the next few weeks to let it heal. We pray for God’ gracious care and healing in due time.

Art and Judy Hazelhoff and Nathan seek our prayers as they work out some details regarding Nathan’s biological father. We pray for all involved, and especially Nathan that his best interests are taken into account. We pray through all of this for God’s guidance and love.

Congratulations to Els Ebens as she celebrates her 83rd birthday this Tuesday. May the Lord bless you on your special day and throughout the new year!

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, February 7th

We have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Abby Megan Dowling, infant daughter of Curt & Amy. We will read from John 4:1-42 and look at “God’s love for Sinners.” In the evening we read from the gospel of Luke 14:15-24 and consider “Who is invited to the banquet?” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

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.

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.

The Cadets

Would like to thank everyone who donated bottles, cans, milk jugs, etc. to their bottle drive. The amount raised this year was $835.75. There were also 50 batteries collected, but those have not yet been brought in for recycling. Many Cadets are looking forward to going to the International Cadet Camporee in Michigan and this money will help them with travel costs.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Winter Family Fun Fest!

The Fellowship MLT is hosting a day of sledding and skating fun on Family Day, which is Monday, February 15th. We will meet at the Lacombe Christian School - behind the west campus - at 11:00 a.m. When we get hungry and tired, we will make our way over to the church for chili, buns, snacks and hot drinks. Those who wish to join us just for lunch are welcome!

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will NOT meet on Tuesday. Leaders’ meeting will be take place at 7:30 p.m.

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.


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

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.


Clean water, improved health, and hope for a Honduran village. A possible life-changing experience for the team participants. That’s what awaits the members of the 16th Honduras Water Service and Learning Project. A partnership of NADC, CRWRC, and the King’s University College, the project takes place during 3 weeks of May this year. Team building and orientation is planned for several evenings and one weekend in March. If you are interested in joining this great short-term mission experience, please call the NADC office @ 780-423-0456 ASAP for more information and an application form, or send your request to nadmc@telus.net.The deadline for applications is February 5th. Space is limited.

Denominational News


Christian Reformed Church agencies, and especially the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, have been busy in the last two weeks helping to bring aid and especially medical relief to the people of earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. In the last week, CRWRC has been able to send additional staff to Haiti to help in the relief and reconstruction effort. Today, a special offering will be taken for CRWRC – Haiti relief. It will be matched in funds by the Canadian government. Please give generously for those in need in Haiti!

An update from the Strydhorsts in Nigeria:

Hi from Jos, with thanks for all your prayers of these past days. It's been a peaceful week with a heavy police and military presence all around. We have a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew; Hillcrest School is set to resume on Monday, February 1st after 2 weeks of "crisis days." We're traveling to Abuja this weekend to attend a seminar with Nigerian church leaders, visit with friends, and chill at a swimming pool. With the uncertainty, boredom, and discouragement of the past two weeks it's a break we're looking forward to. Please continue to pray for the peace of Jos, and healing for those who are angry, hurt, and grieving. Also thank God for already answered prayers. In His Care, Albert & Carolyn & family.

Persecuted Church


AChristian couple from Ho Co village, Vietnam - Sung Cua Po and Hang thi Va - has endured physical abuse and threats since Sung converted to Christianity in November 2009. On December 1st, the couple was arrested and beaten by officials after police earlier incited locals to abuse and stone them and other Christian families. Officials reportedly struck Sung 70 times on his head and back. Afterwards, the believers were fined 8 million dong (approximately $450) and a pig weighing at least 16 kilos. Sung's cell phone and motorbike were also confiscated. On December 15th, police took the couple to members of their extended family who severely pressured them to deny their Christian faith. When police threatened to beat Sung to death and seize his property, which would leave his family destitute, he signed recantation documents. He has since been subjected to further pressure from authorities, his family and clan members. Sung is scheduled to prove his reconversion on February 13th by offering sacrifices to ancestors. Ask Godto equip Sung by His Holy Spirit to remain strong in his faith despite severe pressure and threats. Pray for protection for Sung, Hang and their children, as well as the other Christian families in their community. Pray that Vietnam will respect religious freedom for all its citizens.

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