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2010-03-07 March 7 Bulletin

Welcome to worship this Sunday at Bethel. We are glad you came! May God be praised in our worship today. Do stay for fellowship and refreshments after the morning service.

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Walter Land as he celebrates his 70th birthday this coming Thursday. May you have a blessed day!

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

Nomination forms for council members will be handed out and collected during the morning service today.

This year we have 2 elders completing their terms, one youth elder, and 2 deacons. Please prayerfully consider whom you might nominate. The following people have served in council in the last 2 years or are just finishing their terms and are not eligible for nomination: Ralph Bos, Rod Duckett, Henry Geldof, Art Hazelhoff, Peter Hoekstra, Peter Prins, Herman Scholing Jr., Phil Tenbrinke and Harry Van Stryland.

Next Sunday, March 14th

We turn to John 7:1-25 where we see “The Suffering Teacher.” In the evening we have our annual prayer service, calling on God to bless the work of our hands, our homes and our country. The service will be structured around Psalm 104. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Today is CRWRC – Canadian Food Grains Bank Sunday:

Last week, 7 day devotionals focusing on World Hunger were placed in your church mailboxes. If you haven’t gone over the devotional yet, today might be a good day to start! Thank you for your faith that if we work together, we can end hunger. Your gifts will provide emergency food to people affected by disaster, and help people secure their food future. For more information about CFGB visit www.crwrc.org/cfgb.

Youth Mexico Mission trip

The offering next week will be for the Youth Mexico Mission trip. The team will be building a home for a needy family and the offering will go towards the building material of that home. The cost of a house is $5,100 and we are in need of another $1,800 - any excess money will be used to buy much needed household items and furniture. “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

The Spring congregational meeting

Will be held on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to snap up some useful kitchen items and contribute to the Kitchen renovation project. This is the meeting where all Ministry Leadership teams give their annual report! All other groups, committees and Bible studies are asked to submit a written report for the April Newsletter to share the details of their work with the congregation.


The GEMS Counselors will be selling Dutch cheese again to help us go to a convention this summer. Order forms are in your mailboxes. Please place orders in Wannetta Brander’s mailbox with payment by March 21st for pick up on March 28th. If you have any questions please contact Wannetta Brander, Jeanne Ebens or Judy Hazelhoff.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

Will meet following the evening worship service today.

Young Adults

Will meet following the evening worship service today.

Youth Mexico Mission Team:

The next meeting will be on March 8th at 7:30 p.m. Please bring in your Alberta Health Care card, travel insurance and parent consent forms, if you haven’t done so.

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet this coming Tuesday, March 9th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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.


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.

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 Revenue 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 11th 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 - Chile Earthquake Response:

The government of Chile is working to restore order after a catastrophic earthquake that hit on February 27th. The quake measured 8.8 on the Richter scale and killed at least 700 people. CRWRC is responding. Donations to CRWRC’s “Chile Earthquake Response” will be directed through Actions By Churches Together (ACT) to another Christian organization to provide emergency food and supplies. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.crwrc.org or call 1-800-730-3490.

Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee

Did you know…that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to work towards reconciliation with indigenous people in Canada has been reactivated? Murray Sinclair, one of the members of the panel, is a friend of the Indian Family Centre in Winnipeg. Keep informed of the work of the Commission at www.trc-cvr.ca and go to listen to hearings in your area. To learn more about the CRC’s ministry with Aboriginals in Canada, visit www.crcna.org/pages/cm_aborig_index.cfm .

Persecuted Church


There were several attacks on believers in Chiapas, Mexico in recent months. Evangelicals in the state face frequent threats and attacks by rebel groups and traditionalist religious groups. In one incident, a Christian community in the state was attacked by a group of 70 armed rebel sympathizers. Nearly 30 people were injured, including women and children. Seven Christians were kidnapped and one was shot in the back and left for dead. On February 28th, 3 Christians were shot and wounded on their way home from church services in the region of Mitziton. Rebel group members also reportedly threw rocks at cars and blocked the highway in order to prevent medical aid from reaching those injured. In the city of Tumbala, rebel sympathizers assaulted approximately 40 Christians who were asleep in their homes. A 49-year-old believer was killed and 20 other Christians were injured. At last report, no suspects had been arrested. Pray for protection and endurance of faith for these suffering believers. Pray for healing for those injured. Pray that followers of Christ in Mexico will be an example of His love and grace, even to their persecutors.

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