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2011-03-06 March 6 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Pearl Datema remains in hospital here in Lacombe. We seek God’s gracious healing and care for her and the family.

This Thursday, March 10th Craig Van Stryland will be operated on to remove the cancer. We recognize and are thankful for God’s gracious presence in the medical details that came together and in Craig’s good response to the treatments so far. Also in the hope that God has given him and Marcella and the family through the past months and even now. In this next step of surgery and the subsequent weeks of recovery we trust Jesus our great physician and pray that all goes well.

Congratulations to Walter Land with the celebration of his 71st birthday this coming Friday. May God bless you with a special day and in the coming year.

Congratulations to Luuk and Val Van Aken (Luymes) who were joined in marriage yesterday in Ponoka. We wish them God’s richest blessing and happiness in their life together.

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, March 13th 

We have a special service commissioning our Mexico Mission team. Pastor Mike will lead the service and Pastor Peter will bring the message. In the evening Pastor William Delleman, the new pastor from Ponoka Sonrise CRC will lead our worship.

Canadian Food Grains Bank Sunday 

Is today! - CRWRC’s membership in CFGB enables it to respond quickly to disasters around the world by drawing on funds in its CFGB account. These donations are matched at approximately 4:1 by the Canadian government (CIDA), thereby multiplying the funds available to CRWRC for emergency food assistance and food security responses around the world. Note that these matching funds come from a different department within CIDA and are not affected by CRWRC’s recent - and we pray temporary - loss of funding for its long-term community development programs. Please do support the Harvest Hope Campaign, which seeks to make up for this shortfall in CRWRC’s community development funding. Today, we also ask you to make a contribution to CRWRC’s disaster response ministry by giving a gift to CRWRC’s account at CFGB. Thank you for your faithful support!

Classis Alberta North (CAN) 

Meets in regular session in Edmonton Covenant CRC this week, Wednesday and Thursday. Bethel delegates are Pastor Mike and Elder Wilf Ebens. A key agenda item is the examination of Ron DeVries (CAN Youth Ministry Consultant) for the position of Ministry Associate. There are also three overtures to Synod dealing with “Restorative Justice”, “Faith Formation” and the “Translation of the Reformed Confessions.”

Belhar Confession: 

Everyone is invited to a panel discussion on the Belhar Confession which will be held during the Classis meeting this week. Please join us at Covenant Christian Reformed Church at 7 p.m. Rev. Gary Bomhof will be the moderator, with Dr. Peter Borgdorff and Dr. Thomas Oosterhuis.

Nomination of Office Bearers: 

Once again it is time to consider nominations of office bearers. This year we have two elders, two youth elders and two deacons completing their terms. Today, the congregation will be invited to nominate persons for the various offices. Please consider this matter over the next week. Nomination forms will be distributed to the church membership, and they will also be collected on that day. The following people served in council last term and therefore are ineligible: Rod Duckett, Henry Geldof, Peter Prins, Herman Scholing Jr. and Phil Tenbrinke. We thank those that are completing their terms: Gord Bos, Curt Dowling, Ray Merkus, Ken Tenbrinke, Frank van Iperen and Donald Wildeboer. As a council, we value the input of the congregation. Please prayerfully consider whom you might nominate.

The Offering next week is for the Youth Mexico Mission trip. 

The team hopes to build a home for the Moralez Juarez family and the offering will go towards the building material of their home. The cost of the house is $5,450 and we also hope to buy much needed household items and furniture for them. We are in need of another $1,500. (There is more information in the March newsletter about the Moralez Juarez family). “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

The OMLT committee 

Would like to thank the team of boys and team of youth leaders from Bethel who have stepped forward and volunteered to bowl in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake on the weekend of March 12 and 13, 2011. The OMLT is looking at this as an outreach from our church to the community to show our support and to hopefully open the doors of our church and its programs to the youth in Lacombe (and hopefully their parents). We are now looking for some people to sponsor these volunteers. If you would be willing to donate to either of these two teams, please call Jen Zuidhof at 403-782-6672 or Jeanne Ebens at 403-782-7872 or 403-350-6129 by March 10, 2011. For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, please see the March newsletter.

Bethel Collection Notes: 

The church treasurer, August Luymes is going to be away for three weeks in March. He can fill collection note orders if they are received by March 6th. If you desperately need collection notes while he is away, you can contact Terry Vandenborn to fill your order.

Lost Coats! 

There are a number of summer and winter coats and jackets on the coat rack in the basement at the bottom of the front stairs. These coats seem to have lost their owners. Please check the coat rack in the next week or two if you are missing some outerwear. Any left over items will find a new home at the Building Blocks Thrift store on March 9th.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

Please read Chapter 6 in your 'Crazy Love' books and be ready to discuss in the Bible Study next week!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, March 8th. A special note for Dana and Brad’s class, please read the last chapters of “Questions from the Pickle Jar”. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Youth Mexico Mission Team: 

Next meeting will be on March 10th at 7:00. Please bring in your Alberta Health Care card, travel insurance and parent consent forms, if you haven’t done so.

Young Adults 

Will be going bowling on Friday, March 11th at 8:30 p.m. here in Lacombe. Young couples (married or not) are more than welcome to join us, we’d love to have you! If you are coming please contact Theresa Geldof.

Announcements

The Annual YFC Comedy & Dessert Night 

Will be held on Friday March 11th at the LMC at 7 p.m., featuring comedian Phil Callaway. The tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table of 8. Last day for ticket sales is Sunday, March 6, 2011. If you are interested in this event contact Chelsea Bos at 782-9392 orwww.wolfcreekyfc.com to buy or reserve tickets.

The 10th annual Cattle Sale 

For the Canadian Food Grains Bank will take place on Wednesday March 16th, 1:00 pm, at Vold Jones Vold auction mart, Ponoka. This year we will be having around 15 fresh Holstein heifers for sale. We would like to have some more donations of heifers, cull cows, beef cows, hay, or straw. Cash donations are welcome too. All funds raised are matched by CIDA 4:1 which will greatly help with enhancing our support as well. All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Food Grains Bank to provide for the needy in developing countries. For any queries or to arrange trucking please contact: Arnie Tenbrinke at 403-318-7503, Harry Makkinga at 403-783-1274 or Peter Doornenbal at 403-783-2947.

Violin Virtuoso Jaime Jorge

Hear violin virtuoso Jaime Jorge on Friday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lacombe Community Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jaime has played in a multitude of settings from high school auditoriums to Carnegie Hall. He has played on five continents and over 35 countries. Come and listen to his marvellous music and his captivating personal story of how God has led him. This free concert will be an unforgettable experience.

Annual Membership Meeting of the Burial Society:

All members of the Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society are encouraged to attend the Annual General meeting to be held on Thursday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church. Members are urged to attend and provide input.

Denominational News

CRWRC 

Requests your urgent prayers for Pakistan - The shooting of Pakistan's only Christian cabinet minister by militant extermists this week is causing renewed concern for the security of Pakistani Christians, CRWRC’s partner staff in Pakistan, and CRWRC volunteers in-country. Please intercede on CRWRC’s behalf in this increasingly restrictive environment, and for the Christian minority population that is struggling to survive there. For more information about CRWRC’s response to flooding in Pakistan, go to www.crwrc.org/pakistan.

Persecuted Church

Pakistan

Minister of Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated March 2nd while on his way to work in Islamabad. This is the latest attack on a high-profile Pakistani figure who had urged reforming harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. In recent months, Bhatti boldly defended Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Bhatti was in Canada just last month, meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several cabinet ministers during his visit to Ottawa. According to a spokesman for the prime minister, the men discussed the importance of standing up for the rights of religious minorities. Thank the Lord for the life of Shahbaz Bhatti and his attempts to change Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Pray the Lord will bring comfort to his family in their time of sorrow. Pray the Lord will not allow Pakistani believers to be discouraged, but to be emboldened in their faith, putting their trust in the everlasting God.

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