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2010-05-16 May 16 Bulletin

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Our Church Family

Ann Vander Wal is in the Lacombe hospital receiving treatments. We pray for God’s healing grace in her life.

Congratulations to Albert Biel and Pastor Peter Sluys as each will have their birthdays tomorrow, May 17th. Albert will be celebrating his 82nd and Pastor Peter his 83rd. To each of you we pray for the Lord’s richest blessings on your day and in the coming new year!

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, May 23rd

We celebrate Pentecost as Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to guide the church in kingdom ministry. We will also look at the third and final part of our intentional giving with the area of renewing our commitment to serve our Lord. In the evening we read from 1 Thessalonians and see how we can be “Encouraged during trials.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

On Sunday May 30th

We focus on the work of leadership in the church along with the installation of office bearers and the commissioning of Evelyn Eisses in her work.

A brief congregational meeting today

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.

A Big Thank You!

To all who came out last week for the highway clean up we thank you for coming. What a wonderful turn out and it was completed in record time. There were students fundraising for their trip to YC and many dedicated adults helping out a good cause. Your many hands made light work. Thank you Clarence Kits for being an incredible runner and to Jackie Bouwman and Irene Fraser for the fantastic lunch. Thank you to the Oldford family for allowing us to use their yard for lunch. See you all next year!

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.

Attention Children Grades 2-6

We are starting a children's choir here at Bethel! All children who are entering grade two in the fall through those presently in grade six are welcome to come! We are hoping to have practices right after church on Sundays (starting May 30th), with regular performances during the services. If this sounds like something that may interest you, please contact Sue Wildeboer or Evelyn Eisses by Sunday May 23rd.

June Newsletter

It is time again to start thinking about your contributions for the next newsletter. June is the month of Father's Day and graduations. We would love to hear from all our grade 12 graduates - just a short paragraph about your plans for next year. If someone in your family is graduating from College or University - we would love to include that too so that all can be recognized and congratulated. You can email your contribution or put it in the newsletter mailbox in the foyer. Thanks so much for helping us make the newsletter each month. Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer, Anita Geldof

An evening with Krista

I am hosting a casual evening at Bethel CRC on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30 pm. I hope to share about what God has done in Vancouver through the Olympics and Paralympics, and to also share about what is next for me personally. YWAM Blackfalds will be joining me as well; they were part of the Olympic outreach in Vancouver in February and have been active in Central Alberta. And, there will be coffee and snacks! This is open to anyone who is interested, young and not-as-young alike! If you have any questions, please contact me at krista.prins@gmail.com - Krista Prins, YWAM Vancouver

Cadet Counselors and supporters of the Cadet program

You are invited to attend a work bee that will be held on Friday, May 28th starting at 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. Also on Saturday May 29th, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will be cleaning up the 2014 International Camporee site. Falling dead trees and brush cleanup is on the agenda. So bring you chainsaws or axe, gloves, work boots, other machinery. You may camp overnight and Frank will provide breakfast Saturday morning. For more information contact Grant Zuidhof at 403 782-4002.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

Will meet at Aaron Swier’s home after the evening service today.

To all students going to YC Audacious 2010

You are required to have a consent/liability form signed out by your parents. These forms are in your mailboxes today and will be handed in before you board the bus on Friday, May 28th. If you wish place the signed out forms in Dana’s mailbox any time before we leave. For some of you, multiple forms will be given to hand out to your friends who will be joining us. It is important that they receive these forms so please hand them out quickly. If you need more forms or information contact Dana as soon as possible.

Junior Youth:

We have the Lacombe swimming pool booked for June’s Junior Youth event. The pool is 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 me at 403-782-7903 or carinatenbrinke@hotmail.com Please feel free to invite your friends and family, just RSVP for them as well.


Shalom Celebrates

An evening of thanksgiving and good news stories. Worship Leaders, Jeff Lehman, Dallas Lundell and Dave Grobe will be there. Inspirational thoughts from Rev. Ian Hartley will be delivered. Today, Sunday, May 16, 2010 – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This event will take place at the Kentwood Alliance Church (4 Kennedy Drive, Red Deer) Refreshments will follow and everyone is welcome! www.shalomcounselling.com

Friends and former members of Sonrise CRC of Ponoka

You are invited to celebrate our 25th Anniversary on May 29th and 30th. There will be a lunch & program at the Ponoka Christian school on Saturday, May 29th at 11 a.m. with a special service at Sonrise CRC on Sunday, May 30th at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Siebe Brouwer at 403-783-3278 or Gerie de Jong at 403-782-7431.

Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ 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.

Drama Presentation:

Once again the Drama 20/30 class at CACHS is busy preparing for the annual drama production. Come join us this year as Seymour Twitt, the richest and most ruthless man in town, hires ace private eye Dudley Sharpe to find out who's been sending him threatening notes. Sharpe must begin to unravel the identities of 12 suspects at the Orient Express, a Chinese restaurant run by two Irish sisters and a German waitress. Will Sharpe be fortunate enough to crack the case and serve up justice on a pu pu platter? Come enjoy Murder at the Orient Express to find out! Dates - June 2nd, 3rd ,and 4th, Time - Starts at 7:00 p.m. - doors open at 6:30 p.m. Place - CACHS gym, Cost - $10.00/ticket, Please phone the CACHS office at 403-782-4535 to reserve your tickets today!

It’s a surprise!

Surprise party to honour Mrs. Ruth Delorme from Lacombe Christian School. She has been teaching there since 1989, and this is her last year at LCS. If you were one of her students over the last 20 years, you’re invited to attend this surprise party. Younger students, please bring your parent(s) to enjoy this time with us on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Please arrive between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mrs. Delorme will be arriving shortly after 4:00 p.m. and we would like everyone in the room prior to her arrival to surprise her. Activities include face painting and entertainment for the kids. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Very important to RSVP by May 28, 2010 so that we can make sure that we have enough food and space for everyone. Please RSVP with number attending by May 28 at: jan@churchonthehill.ca.

Denominational News

Volunteers Needed - CRWRC-DRS

Is looking for a few good volunteers this summer to assist with disaster clean-up and rebuilding in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Munster, IN. Both skilled and unskilled workers are needed--individuals, couples, families and groups. Do you have a week you can give to help flood survivors recover from losing their homes and belongings? Make a difference this summer with CRWRC Disasteer Response Services! To volunteer, call 1-800-848-5818, email drs@crwrc.org, or go to www.greenshirts.org to find out more.

CRWRC Responds To U.S. Storms

Rev. Jerry Hoek sent word this week that members of Faith CRC in Nashville, TN, are all safe after last weekend's flooding. CRWRC is responding to this and other storms in the area including fierce weather in Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Tennessee, and tornadoes in Mississippi. Your financial support to fund these efforts can be mailed to CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, PO Box 070 STN LCD 1, or given online at www.crwrc.org and by phone at 1-800-730-3490.

Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee

Did You Know…that each year we celebrate Aboriginal Day in June? This year, Natioanl Aboriginal Day is June 21. The CRCNA has declared June 20 as Aboriginal Sunday. Watch for notices of celebration and art displays that showcase the gifts of our neighbors. Celebrate with them the gifts of the Creator who gives all good gifts to the peoples of our land. (Did You Know…is brought to you by the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee. To learn more about the CRC’s ministry with Aboriginals in Canada, visit www.crcna.org/aboriginal .

Your Opinion Counts

The Christian Reformed Church is conducting an important survey about Ministry Shares, the program that helps to pay for a wide range of ministries here at home and around the world. If you are a member, a regular attender, or a leader in your congregation, please take a few minutes to complete this survey online by visiting www.crcna.org/Research

The Persecuted Church


Members of the al-Shaabab Islamic militant group killed Yusuf Ali Nur, a 57-year-old primary school teacher and underground church leader, on May 4th. The militants, who were battling a rival rebel group to take control of the area, were going from house to house looking for enemy fighters when they arrived at the home of Yusuf, whom they suspected of being a Christian. They shot him multiple times. Yusuf is survived by his wife and three children, ages 11, nine and seven. Al-Shabaab, which is linked with al Qaeda, has reportedly vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity. Several Christians throughout Somalia have been targeted by the group, including a man who was killed in late March. Pray that Yusuf's loved ones will trust in their Father's unfailing love (Psalm 13:4). Pray that Yusuf's legacy will embolden other believers to walk a path of steadfast faithfulness, even amid great adversity. Pray for encouragement and strength for members of the Somali Church.

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