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2010-03-14 March 14 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Theresa Salomons as she celebrates her 85th birthday this coming Friday, March 19th. May God bless you on your special day and in the year to come.

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

The Offering today

Is 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

Next Sunday, March 21st

We turn to John 12:1-12 where we see “Jesus the Suffering Life Giver.”

In the evening we look at 1 Corinthians. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

The kitchen renovation

Has started in earnest this past week and the kitchen itself is no longer available for use! During the renovation there will be a small kitchen centre set up in the basement at the bottom of the stairs by the elevator door. Coffee, juice fixings and disposable cups etc., can be found in this area. We will continue to enjoy our time of coffee after the morning worship service in the fellowship hall. Bring your travel coffee mugs if you would rather not drink from the paper cups! The coffee & juice will be put in the appropriate serving containers ahead of time. The juice will be made in the large brown dispenser. If you are scheduled to serve coffee, please bring the juice and coffee cart upstairs using the elevator. The coffee pot can be plugged in by the stage. Disposable cups and cream & sugar & spoons can be brought up to the fellowship hall as well. Please return all supplies to the basement kitchen area when you are finished with them. Thank you!

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 from the old kitchen 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.

Kitchen Reno

The kitchen renovation has started and changes are happening! The main construction and the large appliances are part of the budget but we would also like to do some fund-raising to help purchase some extras. New plates, cutlery, platters and other items are on our list. The kitchen committee would like to invite everyone to participate in the special Kitchen fundraisers planned for the Congregational Meeting on March 24.

  1. Kitchen Keepsakes – pick some souvenirs from the old kitchen and make a donation.
  2. Kitchen Bake Sale and Cake/Dessert Auction.
  3. Kitchen Bucket – will be conveniently located for contributions for any part or the whole kitchen project.

We hope there will be a good turnout, good fun and good support !

**Classis Report

From this past week,will be available on the front foyer table for your information.

Bethel telephone directory

The church secretaries are currently updating the Bethel telephone directory. Next Sunday, March 21st you will find a directory page in your mailbox with your family name highlighted on it. Please check your information and make any necessary changes on the back of the page and put the page in the secretaries' mailbox in the foyer. If the information is correct, put the page as is in the secretaries' mailbox as well. We ask that you do not take the pages home as we need them to update the directory. We will be on hand after the morning service to help anyone who needs assistance. Thank you from Cindy Prins and Dana van Gyssel.

Back By Popular Demand: DUTCH CHEESE 

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

Tuesday Nite Youth

Will meet this coming Tuesday, March 16th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

YC2010 Audacious

Your registration fee of $140 is due on Tuesday, March 16th. Please hand it in to Wayne or Dana as soon as possible. There are still tickets available so if you still like to go please give us a call, email or even contact us on Facebook if you prefer!

Important notice:

Youth Mexico Mission Team, Please note thatour final meeting has been changed to Sunday March 21st right after the morning service at the front of the church sanctuary. We will finalize the travel arrangements and last minute information. All parents are invited to attend so grab your coffee or juice and join us.

There will be ‘chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. We will begin with a light supper followed by chicken picking. Please meet at the church by 5:30 p.m. if you need a ride.

Announcements

The Mr. and Mrs. club

Will have a social get together at Harry and Hilda Van Stryland's house. It will be a potluck supper, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 18th.

Ladies, you are invited

To the Bethel Fellowship Hall on March 20th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to craft until you just can’t any longer! But I don’t craft, you say. We say, come anyway! Enjoy the day with us or join us when it works for you. For lunch we are planning to do potluck, so please contact Laura Duckett if you plan on coming. We hope to see you there!

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.

With praise and thanksgiving to God, we look forward to celebrating the 90th birthday of Ralph Prins. In honor of this occasion, the family invites you to an Open House on Monday, March 22 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Woodynook Fellowship Hall.

Denominational News

World Missions

Get out your paints, markers, and crayons…it’s Poster Time! Christian Reformed World Missions’ 2010 Poster Contest has begun. Create a poster with a missions theme and send it in to CRWM by April 16. Winning posters will be selected according to the following age categories: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, and 11 and above. For more information, talk to your Sunday School administrator and Missions Advocate or click on the “Get Involved” tab on www.crwm.org

Summer Opportunities - for Young Adults!

Are you a young adult wanting to make a difference, learn more about yourself and about God’s world, as well as experience new things this summer? Consider applying for one of CRWM’s summer volunteer teams! Opportunities include HIV/AIDS education, teaching English in a variety of settings, street ministry, outreach to at-risk youth and more! For further information visit www.crwm.org/summer or if interested in applying contact volunteer@crcna.org

Young Leader Conference

If you are between 18 -32 yrs of age and want to be a part of a movement that will lead the next generation church, this leadership conference is for you. The two day conference, to be held at Trinity College, Palos Heights, IL, is organized by the Leadership Exchange of the CRCNA , and is made available to you at minimal cost. Keep June 10th and 11th free to learn and grow in community. For details, and to apply, visit www.crcna.org/leadership.

Persecuted Church

Nigeria

Muslims launched deadly attacks on Christians in three farming villages in Plateau state near the city of Jos on March 7th. The Muslim attackers, members of the Fulani ethnic group, killed hundreds of Christians, many of whom were women and children. The majority of the believers were members of the Berom ethnic group. "We were woken up by gunshots in the middle of the night, and before we knew what was happening, our houses were torched and they started hacking down people," said one survivor. The Muslims rampaged through homes while chanting "Allah Akbar" and brutally attacked people with knives and machetes. They also set fire to houses, burning approximately 75 to the ground. Sources estimate that around 500 people were killed in the violence. The attack is the latest in several recent religious clashes in the state . While the country is almost evenly divided between Christians and Muslims, the state is predominantly Christian. The Muslim minority has long contested ownership of land in the state, intensifying tension between the two groups. Pray that those in turmoil due to these attacks will look to the God of all comfort for strength and peace (2 Corinthians 1). Pray that violence will not beget violence, but that Christians will demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus. Pray that God will advance His peace throughout Nigeria.

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