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2010-05-02 May 2 Bulletin

Our Church Family

We are thankful that Rob de Regt was able to return home. Thanks to all for your many prayers!! God has been near us in this time. At this point it looks like Rob is going to be able to function normally, although it will take some time to heal.

We are thankful that Ann Vander Wal was able to come home from the hospital this week. Theresa Salomons continues to be cared for at the Red Deer hospital.

Congratulations to Hilda Van Stryland with the celebration of her 76th birthday on May 6th and to Wigger Meindersma as he celebrates his 89th birthday on May 8th. May God be with you on your special days and in the year to come.

Rob and Kate, August and Harriet would like to thank everyone for their support through the aftermath of the fire. We were truly blessed by all of the donations, prayers and help offered and given. An extended thank you to all the people who came and helped clean up the debris. We have truly been wrapped in the arms of God and his church. You blessed us with the gift that turned the rubble of our disaster into potential. August and Harriet and Rob and Kate Luymes

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, Theresa Salomons and Herman Scholing Sr.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, May 9th

We focus on the Ascension of our Lord Jesus to heaven. We also witness the sacrament of baptism for Tessa Tenbrinke (Andrew and Carina) and Nolan Heidelberg (Peter & Jessica). In the evening we will look at the Letter of Colossians. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

From the Deacons - Operation Manna:

We invite you to give generously. Today, the deacons will gather in the Operation Manna offering. Your gift will help ministries and Canadian CRCs serve their neighbors in love. May each of us give as we have been blessed.

Council Nominations

There will be a brief congregational meeting on Sunday, May 16th after the morning service. This meeting will be to vote for new office bearers. Absentee ballots will be recognized, provided that they are in the hands of the council prior to May 16th. The two deacon nominees with the highest number of votes will be declared elected. The two elder nominees and the one Youth Elder nominee will be declared elected by affirmation. Those nominated for the position of Deacon are: Jim Brander, Bryan Noordhof, Roger Swier and Terry Vandenborn. Those nominated for Elder: Paul Prins and Wilf Ebens. Nominated for Youth Elder: Wayne Bouwman. Any valid objections to any candidate named above should be presented to council before the May 12th Council Executive meeting.

Directory Change:

Please take note that under Teus & Marja Vander Vlis their postal code is not complete. It is T5J 1R5. If there is a mistake with your address or any other information please let us know right away. Cindy & Dana

Summer PreSchool Sunday School Teachers Needed.

We are looking for volunteer teachers and helpers so that we can run a summer program for the younger children during the service during June, July and August. We ask that each parent of pre-school aged children volunteer to teach at least one week this summer in order for this program to run. A sign up sheet is located on the back foyer table, so please volunteer to help out for a week. If no one signs up for a week, Pre-School Sunday School will be cancelled that week.

LADIES

May is upon us and with it, another wonderful craft day. This month we are planning on getting together in the fellowship hall on May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. As before, we will lunch together with the main dishes provided. Please call to confirm attendance so we can plan for the number of tables as well as lunch. When you call you can let us know if you would like to bring something for the lunch or possibly a snack. Please call Ann Wildeboer at 782-2061. See you there.

Highway Cleanup

The highway cleanup was cancelled this week by the province and it will now take place on Saturday May 8th. Hope to see many come out for this event, young and not so young, all are welcome. There will be a hot lunch provided about half way through and cool water will be supplies all day. We will be gathering together here at Bethel bright and early at 7:30 a.m. See you there!

Seniors Club

Will meet for the last time this season on Tuesday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m. here in Bethel. The meeting will end with dinner prepared by the Bethel Coffee Break ladies.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

Will meet at the home of Alana Ebens after the evening service today.

Jr. Youth

Will be held on Friday, May 7th. We will be having a wiener roast at Andrew and Carina Tenbrinke’s house. Please be there at 7 p.m. and be picked up at 9 p.m. (We now live in the trailer across the road from the farm). Please bring a small snack to share, as well as lawn chairs. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. If you have any questions please call Carina. We also have the Lacombe swimming pool booked for June’s Jr. Youth event. We have the pool booked on Saturday, June 12th from 4-6 p.m. We can have a max. of 40 people. I would like to know if there is enough interest for this event. If you are interested in going please call or email meat 403-782-7903 or carinatenbrinke@hotmail.com Please feel free to invite your friends and family, just RSVP for them as well.

Attention Young Adults!

Coming soon to a mountain location near you! A retreat on May 28-30 at Amethyst hotel in Jasper, AB. with great food, lots of activities, hot tubs, free Starbucks coffee house, and a fantastic speaker and worship band - all for only $100.00! See the poster on the youth bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Get a registration form from Wayne, Dana or go to www.canyouthministry.com website. RSVP by May 10th! Bring a friend

Announcements

Volunteer Opportunity The Lacombe Foodbank

Is in need of a person who is willing and able to spend about 2 hours on Tuesday mornings to do the pick-up at two grocery stores. If you are interested please call Gerry Doornenbal for more information.

Youth Unlimited 2010 Golf Tournament

Will take place on Saturday May 29th at the Ponoka Community Golf Club. Early bird deadline is May 9th and the cost will be $165. Deadline to register for this event will be May 21st at $180 being the regular cost. You can register online at www.wolfcreekyfc.com or call 403.755.7825.

Denominational News

Volunteer With The CRC

Current opportunities posted include: IT Trainer (Malawi), Farm Manager (Zambia), Missionary Intern (Mexico), Disability Concerns Regional Advocate (US/Canada). For details and to see the full list, visit www.crcna.org/ServiceLink

Dancing The Reconciliation Dance

Will you dance with Harold Roscher, a "Dutch boy raised in the CRC" who unearthed the story of his "rich Native Canadian heritage"? Read more online in the latest issue of Partners, a newsletter from Diaconal Ministries Canada: www.diaconalministries.com.

CRWRC-DRS Responds to Spring Storms 

CRWRC-DRS is responding to devastating storms in North America this Spring. Volunteers arrived in Rhode Island this week, and managers are in contact with other Mississippi tornado responders. Please undergird these efforts with prayer and financial support. Your gift will help residents who survived floods and tornadoes in April, and can be given online at www.crwrc.org, by phone at 1-800-730-3490, or by cheque designated “Spring Storms 2010.”

The Persecuted Church

Cuba

The family of a pastor who was given a six year and seven month prison sentence in July 2009 has been ordered to vacate their home in Cuba. Authorities delivered documents to Pastor Omar Gude Perez's wife, Kenia, notifying her that their home is to be confiscated and that the family will be relocated to a significantly smaller apartment in poor condition outside the city of Camaguey. Kenia has told officials that she and her children will not leave their home voluntarily. Although the official reason for the confiscation and relocation is "illicit gain," Kenia has been informed by authorities that she is being punished for informing international human rights groups and foreign governments about the human rights violations her family has suffered. Pray for enduring faith for Pastor Omar, Kenia and their children as they face many trials. Pray that authorities will stop harassing the Perez family. Pray that their steadfast faith will encourage many believers in Cuba to stand strong in their commitment to Christ

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