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2011-01-23 January 23 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Congratulations to Henny Middag with the celebration of her 79th birthday on January 28th. May you be blessed on your special day and in the coming year.

We remember Craig Van Stryland and Cora Stol and their families as they continue to work through tests and treatments for cancer. May God sustain you in his grace and grant healing.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Ann Vander Wal,

Tilly Biel and Lea Dykstra

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, January 30th 

We welcome our Cadets as they take part in our service. We read from Matt 5:21-48 where Jesus instructs us to do what he says. In the evening we ask “Where is God when bad things happen? Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Full Council notes – January 19th meeting:

Frank Van Iperen opened with a devotion highlighting the “Gospel of Grace (Acts 20:24)” that we hold dear and proclaim in this world. Then we reviewed minutes from several Executive, and Deacons meetings as well as Pastoral elders and the November congregational meeting. Next each Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) liaison reported on the highlights of that team’s activities during the past two months. Every Council member receives copies of all the minutes of all the meetings and teams but it is good to just go over the work together. It gives Council a sense of all the work that is done in the church. In working through this part of the meeting it showed how Full Council exercises oversight over all the work of the church but rightly delegates the details of the work to the various gifted and able ministry teams.

Full Council then turned to new items on its agenda.

1. Sabbatical Policy: The Pastor-Church Relations team and the Pastoral Elders presented a two page policy for this church regarding sabbatical leave for the pastor. Most CRCs have such a policy. Our policy clarifies the responsibilities of Pastor and congregation and sets out time frames and financial details. After a good discussion and some adjustments the policy was passed. Copies of the policy will be made available to the congregation and discussed at the next congregational meeting.

2. Synodical Reports: One on Faith Formation and one on the Form of Subscription.

Council had a good discussion and received the reports for information. There will be more details of these reports in the February newsletter.

Yearbook 2011 of the Christian Reformed denomination 

Is now available. We do order copies for church use, but if you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 - $15, please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net before January 31st.

February Newsletter: 

The month of January is already half over - so the newsletter team is starting to work on the next edition. February - the month where we celebrate the gift of love. Anyone who has contributions for the newsletter is asked to have it in to any one on the team or in the mailbox by January 25th. We love to hear from the different ministry teams. Let us know how things are going. What can we pray for? What can we give thanks for? Or if you want to let the church family know how your Bible study is going - we would love to hear. What are you learning? How is your faith growing? Or, do you have a special piece that celebrates God's love for His people? Share with us so our church family can be informed, encouraged and grow together in love for each other and the Lord. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Newsletter team, Laura Duckett, Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer, Anita Geldof.

Sweetheart Dinner: 

You are invited to attend the annual Sweetheart Dinner to be held on Friday, February 11th at 7 pm. Don’t miss out on an evening of good company, cozy surroundings, great entertainment and delicious food. Proceeds of this evening will go toward the Youth Mexico Mission trip. Reservations need to be made by February 6th! Please call Gerry at 403-782-4170 or Trudy at 403-782-7378

Youth Mexico Mission Team Update: 

Our team is complete! The Lord willing the week of March 25th to April 1st, 2011 a group of young people and their leaders will be working with YWAM in Ensenada, Mexico. While there they hope to build a home for a needy family and to serve the Lord. The team consists of: Dennis Borren, Alana Ebens, Gabby Ebens, Ben Funkhouser, Kyra Keizer, Elyse Loov, Caitlin Luymes, Heather Noordhof, Megan Scholing, Martha Stad, Philip Szelekovszky, Curtis Swift, Krista Vander Leek, Heather Van Stryland, Jonathan Verveda and leaders August Luymes, Henry Luymes, Betty Scholing and Trudy Salomons. Please keep the Youth Mexico mission team in your prayers as they prepare for this exciting trip. Note: Next Youth Mexico Mission team meeting will be on February 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, January 25th. Doors open at 7 p.m.

*A special note to Dana and Brad’s group: 

Please have chapters 6 & 7 of “Questions from the Pickle Jar” read for this week, so we can go right into our discussion.

YC ALBERTA 2011 "Hear the Sound." 

Join us for a great weekend on May 27 - May 29, 2011, for Canada's largest multi-denominational youth conference. It’s a weekend that is designed to inspire and equip youth to live radically for Jesus. The theme and the goal is to hear what God is saying to this generation and to see this generation mobilized for His purposes. The worship, the concerts, and the speakers are all part of three amazing days. For a complete list of speakers, bands and entertainment options visit the website, www.ycalberta.com or look up YC Alberta on Facebook. If you are in grade 9-12 it’s time to start planning for this event. Tickets for YC are $140.00 and must be pre-ordered. The section reservation that we have taken part in over the last few years is no longer an option. Tickets can be reserved with a $75.00 deposit and must be booked by February 13, 2011. Any young adults wanting to order tickets are welcome to do so as well. Please keep in mind that costs for the accommodations, bus and food are on top of the registration fee so saving for the rest is very important. There is plenty of time so start now! If you have any questions about this weekend please contact Wayne or Dana.

Announcements

Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ 

Is in the process of renovating a building in Lacombe to make it the home of their new offices, teen mom program and youth centre. We are going to be holding work bees on Saturday January 29th from 8am – 4:30pm. The building is located at 5025 – 50 Street in Lacombe. We are looking for people to help out with a variety of projects, including framing and dry walling. If you would like to bring some of your own tools that would be appreciated! If you are able to help out or have any questions, please contact Scott at (403) 302-7984.

The Persecuted Church

Iran

On December 27th, several Iranian agents of the revolutionary court came to the house of Hassan Razavi Derakhshan, 65, and his wife, Parya, 61. Only Parya was home at the time, so the officers demanded she phone her husband and that he return home immediately. Razavi obliged, and the agents took the couple into detention. The couple's house is reportedly missing several personal items, including Bibles, Christian literature, CDs. It is suspected that they were targeted for hosting prayer and worship meetings in their home, including a Christmas celebration on December 22nd. There is special concern for the health of Parya, who recently underwent major back surgery. The couple's arrest is the latest in a series of recent crackdowns on Christian converts from Islam and believers involved in evangelism in Iran. Since December 26th, Iranian security agents in plainclothes have searched the homes of many Christians and arrested more than 100 believers in a crackdown in the capital city of Tehran and a few other areas. Please pray for safety and health for Razavi and Parya. Pray that increased persecution will result in increased boldness in the witness of Iranian Christians (Acts 4:29-31). Pray that the persecutors will know Christ's love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of the Christians (Romans 12:12-21).

Denominational News

Honduras Water Project: 

The N.A.D.C. will partner again with the King’s University College and CRWRC, to prepare and send a team to Honduras for 3 weeks in May of this year. This team will work together with residents of a rural community in Honduras to assist in the development of a potable water system. Applications and more information are available by calling the NADC office at 780-423-0456 or e-mail at hbosch@crcna.org. Deadline for applications is February 11th.

Position Opening

Global PartnerLink, a CRC recommended agency for financial support and a partner of Wycliffe International (Wycliffe Bible Translators), is currently looking to fill the position of President. Applications are being accepted until Feb. 7, 2011. A position profile as well as organization details can be found at www.globalpartnerlink.ca. For further information or to make application, contact Bill Locke, email: bill@capacitybuilders.org , Cell: (403) 874-1814, Fax: (403) 284-2863.

CRWRC Responds to Monsoons in Sri Lanka

Heavy monsoon rains have affected more than one million people in Sri Lanka. Currently 200,000 people are displaced from their homes and living in temporary camps. CRWRC is coordinating with ZOA Refugee Care and LEADS (a Christian partner based in Sri Lanka) to provide emergency food and non-food aid to thousands of families. Your prayers and donations are urgently needed. Please mark your gift “Sri Lanka Floods 2011” and send it to: CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, PO Box 5070 STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON, L7R 3Y8. You can also give online at www.crwrc.org or by calling 1-800-730-3490.

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