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2011-01-30 January 30 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Congratulations to John and Angela de Regt and the family with the birth of Lincoln John this past Tuesday. We praise God for the miracle of new life and the joy that he brings.

Henny Middag was admitted to the hospital and is in Red Deer being treated for gall bladder concerns. We trust in God’s healing grace for her and his gracious care for Tony.

Congratulations to Els Ebens as she celebrates her 84th birthday this Wednesday. We wish you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings!

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, February 6th

We read from Matthew 6 where Jesus offers “The cure for Anxiety.” In the evening we read from Genesis 3 as it describes the “Tragedy of Sin.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The Cadets 

Would like to thank everyone who donated bottles, cans, milk jugs, etc. to their bottle drive that was held January 8th. We had lots of help and enjoyed each other’s company sorting through the various containers. The amount raised this year was $911.35. There are close to 50 batteries that still have to be picked up and will raise the total. Thank you for your ongoing support.

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.

Lost and Found Items: 

There are a number of items in a box in the nursery and in a box at the bottom of the front basement stairs that are in need of finding their homes. Please take a few moments after the service today to look over the contents. You might be surprised at what you find, something might be yours! After February 13th all items will be donated to the Building Blocks Thrift Store.

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.

Sweetheart Dinner: 

You are invited to attend the annual Sweetheart Dinner to be held on Friday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. 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.

Attention Living Members

We will be meeting on February 20th. Details will follow at a later date.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will NOT meet this coming Tuesday, February 1st due to a leaders meeting.

Youth Mexico Mission 

Team meeting will be held on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Young Adults 

Will meet after the evening service on February 6th for our Bible Study. We will begin the book of Luke.

Attention Grades 9-12! 

Booking your tickets for YC is fast approaching! After February 13th you will NOT be able to reserve your tickets with the Bethel group. Please take time to think if you would really like to go.Tickets for YC are $140.00 and must be pre-ordered with a $75.00 deposit that must be given to Wayne or Dana by that date.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 as soon as possible!

Young Adults

Check out the poster on the bulletin board for Oasis, a special evening of coffee, conversation and worship on February 20th at The River/Mosaic Ministry Centre in Edmonton.

Announcements

Fellowship Edmonton CRC's Refugee Committee 

Invites you to join us on Saturday, April 16th for our annual fund-raising banquet and silent auction. This year's menu features Afghani food. For more information and to reserve your tickets, contact Nancy Van Driel at 780-477-2587 or nancyvandriel@gmail.com.

Denominational News

Volunteer with the CRC! 

Current opportunities include a Missionary intern/volunteer in Mexico and a Special Needs Assistant in Nicaragua, both with CRWM, as well as a Nutritional Health Educator in Honduras and a Children's Program Assistant to work with orphans in Malawi with CRWRC. For details and a full list of other opportunities, please visit www.crcna.org/servicelink.

Ministry to Seafarers: 

This past Christmas season we were once again able to bless seafarers at Christmas time with the distribution of gifts donated to the Ministry's Christmas at Sea project. Not only were we able to distribute thousands of gifts, but also many toques, CDs and DVDs (both music and sermons!) and calendars which you had generously donated. The weather may have been cold and miserable, but the response to the gifts being delivered was anything but. On every vessel they brought expressions of joy and amazement from the crews realizing that people whom they'd never met would go out of their way to make their Christmas away from home a little more joyful. On behalf of the Ministry to Seafarers, as well as each of the individual recipients of the thousands of gifts we were able to hand out, we say a very heartfelt "thank you." Truly, without your generous support the project would not have been possible. In Christ's Name,

Ernst Devries, Chaplain

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.

The Persecuted Church

Uzbekistan 

We received a report this week that Uzbek Pastor Dmitry Shestakov was released from prison last Friday. Praise God! VOM sources report that Pastor Shestakov was released at 3 p.m. local time on January 21st. No official church representatives went to meet him - only two courageous elders from the Andijan Church. Shestakov is the pastor of the officially registered Full Gospel Church. He was taken into custody by secret service officials on January 21, 2007, and accused of "incitement of national, racial and religious enmity" under Article 156 of Uzbekistan's penal code. He had been serving a four-year, work camp sentence. Praise the Lord for Pastor Shestakov's release! Pray he will be reunited with his family, friends and church members and the Holy Spirit will use Shestakov's faithful witness to bring many of his neighbors, friends and even persecutors to Christ (Romans 12:14, 21).

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