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2010-02-14 February 14 Bulletin

Welcome to worship this Sunday at Bethel. We are glad you came. A special welcome to Jake Schellenberg, Executive Director of Wolf Creek Youth for Christ. This evening Wayne Bouwman and the youth praise team will lead us in worship. May God be praised in our worship today. Do stay for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Lorraine Havinga as she celebrates her 84th birthday on February 16th. May God bless you on your birthday and in the coming year!

Recently Natalie Rosendal was admitted in the hospital with salmonella. Since her release it was discovered that she has deep vein thrombosis in her upper arm. Please pray for peace of mind as she and the family goes through this trying time.

Remember Albert Biel in our prayers as he was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. He is confined to his bed and not feeling well. He is on medication and requests no visitors at the moment.

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 21st

We welcome Rev. William Glashouwer, a minister of the Reformed Church in Holland. He is a renowned author/teacher and President of “Christians 4 Israel International”. He will bring a message based on 2 Peter 1:12-21 in our morning service. Pastor Mike has a Classical appointment in Sonrise Ponoka CRC. In the evening we will look at the Gospel of John. Pastor Mike will lead the service.

Winter Family Fun Fest!

The Fellowship MLT is hosting a day of sledding and skating fun on Family Day, which is tomorrow, 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!

GEMS Valentine Tea

Bethel GEMS would like to invite all Seniors and Grandparents of GEMS for an evening of fun and fellowship on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. For more information please contact Jeanne Ebens.

To all groups and committees.

If you have anything in the kitchen cupboards, the Kitchen Renovation Committee asks that you clean out your items by February 25th. Renovations to our kitchen will soon take place and we need time to prep for the work. Thank you!

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet on Tuesday, February 16th. Doors will be open at 7 p.m.

All Alberta Junior High Retreat

For students from Grade 7 thru 9. To be held in Leduc at Ebenezer CRC & Covenant school on Friday, March 19th to Sunday, March 21st. We will be going to Rabbit Hill ski resort for the day on Saturday. Friday & Saturday evening we will have Jason & Troy (Happy the Dog) worshipping & speaking to us as they share their God gifted talents to communicate God’s desire for our Junior high students’ hearts. Look for Jason & Troy at www.happythedog.com. The cost for this weekend is only $40.50 (not $20 as previously stated) plus ski rentals. The cost includes food, snacks, our speakers & a day pass to Rabbit Hill. Space is limited & all registration & parental release forms must be in by March 8th. Please get your forms from Wayne Bouwman. For more information call Ebenezer CRC at 780-986-4119 or email Cindy Tuininga @ c_tuininga@hotmail.com or Ron DeVries @ mdevron@telus.net.

YC2010 Audacious

For those who are thinking about going to this event you need to know that a deadline for reserving your seat is soon approaching. March 16th will be the last day to say you are coming and payment for the registration will be due. $140 will be asked at that time to secure your seat. Please note: An opportunity to raise funds for the accommodations and bus fee will take place in early May as we will be picking garbage again this year. Some of those funds will be available to cover part of these costs. Please start thinking about saving for this event now, if you have any questions about the weekend event or concerns about raising money to go, call Wayne or Dana as soon as possible.

Announcements

Care and Justice in Medicine 

Monday, February 22, 2010. The CRC Campus Ministry at the University of Alberta is pleased to welcome to Edmonton Calvin College professor, Dr. Ruth Groenhout, who will give a lecture on Care and Justice in Medicine. The lecture examines what care is (and isn't) and what the limits of good medicine might be. Dr. Groenhout will speak at the King's University College on Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. For more info contact Rick at 780-492-5327 or rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca.

The Annual YFC Comedy & Dessert Night

Will be held February 19th 2010, featuring the improv group Panic Squad Tickets are 25$ each or a table of 8 for 200$. Last day for ticket sales is February 14th. Further ticket sales after that date can be made through the office at 782-7825. Chelsea Bos has tickets for sale available at church today.

Canadian FoodGrains Bank Annual Beef & Dairy Sale

Is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. This sale will take place at Volds Jones Vold Auction Mart in Ponoka. For more information about this sale please contact Arnie Tenbrinke.

Denominatioal News

CRWRC

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is currently working on a long term relief response for the people of Haiti. In so doing they are looking for volunteer Structural Engineers with preference given to those designated as Professional Engineers and specialized in concrete buildings. Main objective is to inspect existing structures. If this is of interest to you and you could commit to a three week placement, please contact the ServiceLink office at 800-730-3490 or volunteer@crcna.org for further information.

Calvin College

The Summer Academy at Calvin is a real life "Calvin try on" for 9th through 12th graders looking for an early or pre-college experience that will test and improve their academic readiness for post high school studies. Real college credit, real campus life all in Calvin's distinctively Christian learning and living environment. Check out www.calvin.edu/go/summeracademy.

World Missions 

Interested in serving cross-culturally? If you’re a college student or a young adult interested in serving God cross-culturally this summer, visit www.crwm.org/smp to learn about Christian Reformed World Missions’ volunteer opportunities. Options include jail ministry in Guatemala, worship workshops in the Ukraine, teaching opportunities in Nigeria, and more.

Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee 

Did You Know… that the Christian Reformed Church in Canada is a member of Kairos, an organization that advocates for social and justice issues? One area of Kairos’ advocacy is in Aboriginal communities across Canada. Pray for the work of restoring just relationship with our Aboriginal neighbours. To learn more about the CRC’s ministry with Aboriginals in Canada, visit www.crcna.org/pages/cm_aborig_index.cfm.)

Persecuted Church

Morocco

On February 4th approximately 60 Moroccan authorities raided the home of a Christian in the city of Amizmiz where a Bible study was being held for believers from around the country. Authorities seized Bibles, books, two laptops, a digital camera and one cell phone. They also detained 18 of the believers, including five small children, for 14 hours and interrogated them. The visiting Christians were then released and sent back to their homes. One of the detained, a U.S. citizen, was deported immediately after interrogation. A report by the Interior Ministry claimed that the raid took place "following information on the organization of a secret meeting to initiate people into Christianity, which would shake Muslims' faith and undermine the Kingdom's religious values." Pray that authorities will repent of their unjust treatment of these believers. Pray that religious freedom will be truly recognized throughout Morocco. Pray that Christians in Morocco will work in unity and set their minds on Christ as they serve the Lord amid opposition
(1 Corinthians 1:10).

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