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2011-02-06 February 6 Bulletin


Our Church Family

We give thanks that Henny Middag was treated for gallbladder problems and was able to return home again.

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 13th

We read from 1 Kings 3:4-14 and Matthew 7:7 as Jesus commands that we “Ask, Seek and Knock.” In the evening we consider the “Comforting truth of God’s electing love for sinners.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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.

Sweetheart Dinner: 

You are invited to attend the annual Sweetheart Dinner to be held on Friday, February 11th at 7 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 today February 6th! 

Please call Gerry at 403-782-4170 or Trudy at 403-782-7378

Valentine’s Tea 

The GEMS would like to remind the seniors of the upcoming tea that will take place on February 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel. Come and join the GEMS for a lovely evening.

Attention ladies of Bethel 

Come out February 18th at 7:30 p.m. and support Val Luymes as she prepares for her wedding. A grocery shower will be held in her honour on that evening. Bring a recipe and the non perishable items to go with the recipe to share with Val and inspire her on her cooking for Luuk.

Winter Family Fun Fest 

On February 21st, Family Day, the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team is hosting our annual Fun Fest. It will be held at the Lacombe Christian School again. Bring your skates, hockey sticks, sleds and we will begin at 11:00 a.m. We will serve lunch in the Fellowship Hall afterwards.

Picture Directory 

What happened to this project? It didn’t happen as planned. We apologize and are once again going to work on it and we are hoping to finish it in the next 2 months. We realize many of you may want an updated picture of your family, so, we will be taking pictures after church for the next 2 Sundays, February 13th and February 20th Pictures will be taken in the Sanctuary. Thank you for your patience! F.M.L.T.

GEMS 

Just want to make a quick note about something new in the fellowship hall that you all may notice. There are a bunch of “bricks” on the wall; these represent the actual bricks that the GEMS have purchased to help build the Esther School in Zambia. Each brick does cost $10. So far, we have 111 bricks on the wall so the GEMS have raised $1110 to purchase bricks for the Esther School. GEMS would like to thank everybody who donated; your help is extremely appreciated!

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, February 8th. Doors open at 7 p.m.

All Young Peoples 

Just a quick reminder to please read Chapter 5 in your Crazy Love book so you are ready to discuss at the Bible Study next week.

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

The Student Success Centre at Canadian University College

Is offering a video presentation of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, Seminar based on his popular book Love and Respect. It will be held on campus in the Administration Building Chapel at 9 pm. February 11 & 25 and March 4 & 11. All are welcome.

Missions Fest

Last year at Missions Fest there was a mime artist who wowed those who came to the youth/young adults night, and he is coming back! And this time, he is offering a workshop. If you have a drama team, a youth missions team, or even if you are a dramatic person alone this workshop is not one you want to miss! Daniel Julien is formerly from Cirque de Soliel and with 30 years experience, he now spends his time training groups in "miming evangelism". The best part of this two day workshop is that you leave with practical and tangible tools. At the end of the workshop each team/participant will leave with three complete mimes with musical accompaniment (in two different languages) and countless ideas for more! The workshop is running Friday, February 18, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, February 19th, 9-3 p.m. at Bethel CRC (14204-25st). The cost is $25/person only!!! To book a spot, please call Natalie at 780-970-8271 or email me at maves007@rocketmail.com. For more info please look for the Promo package on the bulletin board.

Denominational News

February Prayer Guide 

“He gave generously to those in need and prayed to God Regularly.” –Acts 10:2. The February issue of the Prayer Guide is now available to download and print at www.crcna.org/pray.

A Dinner Date with Disaster? 

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee invites you to an evening of food, music, stories and pictures to remember those who are vulnerable to natural disasters and celebrate our ability to respond through CRWRC. Saturday, March 5th at 5:30pm, Covenant CRC, Edmonton. Save the date - more information on how to get your FREE ticket coming soon.

Dordt College offers Learning Vacation in Netherlands

There’s still room for you to be part of Dordt College’s learning vacation to the Netherlands May 17-28, 2011. Don’t miss this opportunity to travel with storyteller James C. Schaap and Professor Leendert van Beek who will share their expertise on Dutch culture and history. This motor coach tour includes medieval castles, the homes of Anne Frank and Corrie Ten Boom, and the Rijksmuseum, and so much more. Cost includes airfare, motel accommodations and most meals. For more information, contact Dianne De Wit at ddewit@dordt.edu or 712-722-6029 or see full details at www.dordt.edu/events/netherlands

The Persecuted Church

China

In November 2010, the People's High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Urumqi, China, accepted the appeal of an imprisoned Uyghur house church leader, Alimujiang Yimiti, to have his case reviewed. Alimujiang was arrested in January 2008 and sentenced in 2009 to 15 years imprisonment for "providing state secrets to overseas organizations." Since his arrest, Alimujiang has had extremely limited contact with his family. In December, his wife, Gulinuer, and lawyer, together with another lawyer who understood the Uyghur language (in which Alimujiang's case files are written), prepared an appeal. The judge, however, informed them that the collegiate bench had already studied the case and allegedly made a decision. Although authorities initially claimed that Alimujiang's lawyer and family would be able to meet with him, they have repeatedly denied them visits. At last report, neither Alimujiang's family nor his lawyer had received any further information on his case. Pray for Alimujiang's freedom and complete exoneration. Pray the re-opening and review of his case will expose the injustice of the situation. Pray those responsible for creating a false case against him will repent of their unjust actions. Pray Chinese authorities will uphold the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. Pray the Church in China will continue to grow in strength and resilience amid suffering and adversity.

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