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2010-02-28 February 28 Bulletin

Welcome to worship this Sunday at Bethel. We are glad you came. Together we gather around God’s word and in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, celebrating the grace and truth of Jesus our savior. May God be praised in our worship today. Do stay for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Andrew and Carina Tenbrinke as a beautiful baby girl was born to them this past Friday morning. Tessa Paige came into this world weighing 5lbs 2oz. Mother, Father and baby are doing well.

Pastor Peter has returned from the hospital. He will be placed on a waiting list for a senior citizens home or lodge, meanwhile staying at his present home. He does enjoy those of you visiting him very much.

Albert and Tilly Biel would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and support over the last number of weeks. Albert has new medication and is getting around fairly well.

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, March 7th

We begin our time of Lent, thinking about the suffering of our Lord Jesus. Our theme this year is based on Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 15, Q&A 37. As it comments on the statement in the Apostles Creed that “Jesus Suffered.” The question is, “What do you understand by “suffered?” The answer begins with these words, “That during his whole life on earth he suffered.” It was not just the cross but through his whole life. We will look at various examples of that suffering the next several Sundays culminating in Jesus suffering on the cross Good Friday. We begin by reading from John 5:1-18 “The persecuted healer.” In the evening we start the New Testament letters (Epistles) with the Letter of Romans. Pastor Mike will lead the services

Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Note in your mailboxes today a seven day devotional from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank “Work together. Dare to believe” is offered to you to prepare for the coming Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday. Read and enjoy each devotional as you discover what our Lord, CFGB and what you can do to feed the hungry of the world.

Nomination of Office Bearers:

Occe again it is time to consider nominations of office bearers. This year we have 2 elders completing their terms, one youth elder, and two deacons. On the 7th of March, the congregation will be invited to nominate persons for the various offices. Please consider this matter over the next two weeks. On March 7th, nomination forms will be distributed to the church membership, and they will also be collected on that day. As a council, we value the input of the congregation. Please prayerfully consider whom you might nominate.

A reminder to all teachers & leaders of church programs:

Please ensure that the lights have been turned off and doors closed when you leave your classrooms. Fire regulations require that we do this in our church. This applies to the nursery, fellowship hall & kitchen as well. Thank you from the General Administration LT.

March Newsletter

Another month gone by! As we look towards another month, we are beginning work on our newsletter. For those who wish to keep us updated on the activities of their group or ministry team, we would love to hear from you. We are always ready to receive special items from the congregation and love to hear from you. Our deadline for the next issue will be March 1st. The newsletter will be in your boxes on the 7th. You can email any member of the team or put items in the newsletter mailbox in the foyer. Thanks so much.
Ann Wildeboer, Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof: ahgeldof@shaw.ca

Hi Ladies!

We have the fellowship hall booked for Saturday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for another day full of fellowship, lunch and of course crafting! More information will follow closer to the date, but I thought you might like to get it penciled in on your calendars! If you need more information call Laura Duckett.

Circle of Friends

Has been running weekly for 1.5 years. We began by handing out bag suppers in Michener Park on June 5, 2008. We started with 3 people that evening, and we always had the “faithful few" who would come each week and some are still coming now. That fall we decided to change the venue and host the meal in our church and we have been serving a hot meal there ever since. We cook for between 55-80 people each Thursday evening and each week we have volunteers scheduled to set up tables and chairs, wash dishes, and clean up after the meal. Circle of Friends has been a wonderful ministry and we have been blessed to see some of them attend our services. We would like to continue showing God's love to the community, so we are looking for members of the congregation to come to eat with and visit the people who attend Circle of Friends. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with kitchen duty as well, so if this interests you, please let us know. To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please call Jeanne Ebens at 782-7872 or anyone from the Outreach MLT. We invite everyone to come check it out and see what is happening at Bethel each Thursday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth

There will be no TNY due to a leaders meeting. Enjoy your week off!

YC2010 Audacious 

Here is the breakdown for YC this year:

YC Ticket $140.00 Early bird price
Hotel 65.85 Based on four people to a room.
Bus 12.00 This price may go up if not all the seats on the bus are spoken for.
- 50.00 Highway clean up rebate.
Total $167.85 Please remember that food and spending money are extra.
The total YC experience? ……. PRICELESSS!
To book your seat before the March 16th deadline call Wayne or Dana as soon as possible.

Announcements

Annual General Meeting for Volunteer Link

Will be held at the Lacombe Lutheran church on March 8th at 7:30 p.m. Lacombe and District Volunteer Link is a registered charity with Corperate Canada. Our mission is to serve those in our community that need a helping hand. Our membership is made up of churches here in Lacombe. Please come to our annual general meeting and assist our board in the planning of our corporation so we can serve our community even better in the future. For more information please contact Herman Scholing.

Annual General Meeting of the Burial Society

All members of the Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society are invited to attend the Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church. The Board is recommending an increase in membership fees because of increased funeral costs. Members are urged to attend and provide input.

Seniors/Grandparents/Newborn Luncheon 

The Promotion committee of Central Alberta Christian High School would like to invite the Seniors/Grandparents and Moms/Dads with babies born in 2009 to a luncheon at the school on Tuesday, March 16th at 11:30 a.m. Come for a delicious lunch and visit students in the classrooms. Please RSVP by March 12th to Ann at CACHS at 403-782-4535.

Denominational News

CRWRC

March 7th is Canadian Foodgrains Bank Sunday. Ending hunger is no longer a distant dream. The world can feed itself today. We just have to work together. We have to dare to believe. Please give generously. Mark your cheques “CFGB”. For more information about CFGB visit www.crwrc.org/cfgb.

New CRC Social Website “The Network” 

There's a new way to connect with other CRC'ers about the nuts and bolts of "doing church." It's called The Network and, with more than 40 topic areas, you'll find something for everyone. Help get the discussion started by visiting www.crcna.org/Network

Persecuted Church

Iran

On February 2th Rev. Wilson Issavi was arrested by Iranian state security agents in Isfahan. Eight other Christians were arrested along with him. They are currently imprisoned and awaiting charges. The names and whereabouts of them must remain undisclosed for security purposes. Friends and family are deeply concerned as they are unable to contact Rev. Issavi. The location and physical condition of the nine Christians is unknown. The arrest was a devastating blow to the Iranian Christian community. Rev. Issavi is known among friends as a humble and devoted servant of the church. He is considered a man of prayer who has lived a modest life to better assist those in need. The arrests occurred after the Iranian government forced the closure of Rev. Issavi’s church on January 2th. Before its closure this church was among the few remaining open churches in the country. Iranian Christians are under constant threat of discrimination, imprisonment, torture, and even execution by the Iranian government which severely restricts religious freedom. Please pray: That Rev. Wilson Issavi and the eight other believers will be released from prison.That the Holy Spirit will give them strength and comfort amidst any torture or mistreatment they may face.Also that the Lord will give strength to their families.

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