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2011-03-13 March 13 Bulletin

Our Church Family

We extend our condolences to Jack and Ann Oudman and the family with the death of Ann’s dear mother, Pearl Datema, on Wednesday, March 9th. She was 91 years old. She had not been feeling well for some time. Her faith was strong and she looked forward to being “at home” with her Lord Jesus. The funeral is planned for Tuesday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. here at Bethel.

Craig Van Stryland’s operation this past Thursday was long but went well. We give thanks that the details of how things went are generally positive. We continue to hope in the healing grace of our loving God in the days and weeks ahead.

Corinna Prins has been suffering from a debilitating headache for over a month. She has missed school and time with her friends. She will be getting more extensive tests this week to find the cause of the problem. We pray that the doctors can find some answers and that she feels better again soon.

Congratulations to Clarence Kits as he celebrates his 70th birthday on Tuesday. Wishing 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, March 20th 

We welcome our GEMS as they take part in worship. In the evening we read from Romans 3 and 5 and the truth that we are “Justified by Faith” in Jesus. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The Offering TODAY 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 spring Congregational meeting 

Will tentatively be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m. All Ministry Leadership teams are asked to give a report on their activities. The rest of the church ministries are encouraged to submit their annual report to the April Newsletter.

Thank you to the Nursery committee 

(Rosanne Bangma, Amy Dowling, Jessica Heidelberg, Carina Tenbrinke & Gayle Vreugdenhil) for the great renovation job on the nursery. We appreciate your hard work in giving it an updated look!

The Greeter and the Coffee Schedules 

Will be made up for the coming months and the secretaries are looking for a few more people for each schedule. If you would like to be added to these wonderful ministries, please email the church with your request or phone 403-782-6400 (leave a message if we are not in) as soon as possible. Our numbers have been dwindling for some reason but we need many church members to volunteer for these worth while opportunities!

Classis Report:

Classis met in Edmonton Covenant CRC this past Wednesday and Thursday. Elder Wilf Ebens and Pastor Mike represented Bethel and enjoyed two good days of seeing God’s grace at work in and through the churches in Northern Alberta. Some highlights:

- August Luymes was elected First Elder Delegate to Synod in June 2011. The other Elder Delegate is Ralph Helder from Barrhead. The two Pastor Delegates are Fred Bultman (Stony Plain) and John Luth (St. Albert).

- Ron DeVries – Youth Ministry Consultant passed his one hour oral exam and is now allowed to preach and perform the sacraments in the churches of Classis.

- Classis heard a very helpful and encouraging 2 hour presentation on the Belhar Confession by Peter Borgdorff.

- With regret, Andy Geleynse was officially released from ministerial office.

- Our Classis treasurer explained the $350,000 Classis budget. Ministry shares will remain the same for next year. Our church gives 100% of its ministry shares.

- Classis heard many encouraging reports from its committees and personnel.

We give thanks for God’s blessing on the work of Classis. We are all in this together.

Living Members 

Will meet next Sunday, March 20th after the evening service at the home of Ken and Trudy Salomons. We will study lesson 5.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

Will meet for a Bible study at the home of Curt Dowling after the evening service today. Bring your Crazy Love Books and if you wish, a donation for Bijoy!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, March 15th. Doors will open at 7 p.m.


Food and Famine in Uganda: 

On March 13th, Sam Ocung from Uganda will be speaking about some serious challenges facing Uganda. Sam works with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) in Uganda, and is on a tour sponsored by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He will speak about the impact of climate change on food security in the region. Alternating drought and floods have caused famine over the past few years, and unpredictable rainfall is a real threat for Ugandan farmers. The presentation is at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United church.

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.

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.

First Christian Reformed Church of Red Deer

Is seeking a Summer Ministries Student. The applicant must be a committed Christian, and must have completed one year of post-secondary education. The successful candidate will be responsible for: Administrative duties such as answering phones, advertising, computer presentations, and bulletin work, volunteer recruitment, the facilitation of the summer camps including but not limited to: Summer Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and Soccer camp, communicating between church volunteers, community members, children and parents, and independent creative projects. For information or to apply, please contact summerministriesjob@hotmail.com. If applying, please include your resume and references (including a pastoral reference) before March 25, 2011.

Are you a Teacher looking for work? 

The River Community Church in Edmonton is currently searching for a 2/3 time children’s ministry director. This opportunity will appeal to a highly motivated, professional oriented individual seeking a long term ministry opportunity. Salary is based on education and experience, and will reflect the high standards of the eligibility criteria. Contact theriver@shaw.ca for more information.

Denominational News

New volunteer opportunities 

With the Christian Reformed Church! CRWRC has opportunities in Nigeria for a Grant Proposal Writer, an Accounting Volunteer and an Information Technology & Website Volunteer. CRWM has opportunities in Asia for teaching English to kids & adults as well as a VBS team. For details and a full list of other opportunities, please visit www.crcna.org/servicelink.

The Persecuted Church


On March 4th and 5th, a Muslim mob in a village south of Cairo attacked a church building and burned it down. The attack came after a local imam issued a call to "Kill all the Christians." After demolishing the church, the group of Muslims held prayers at the site and began collecting money to build a mosque where the church building once stood. The attack was in response to the rumour of an affair between a Muslim woman and a Coptic Christian. Because of the attack, Copts fled to adjacent villages. The women who remained in the village are now being sexually assaulted, said Rev. Youaqeem, who is receiving phone calls from area women begging for help.

Pray for calm and peace in Egypt. 

Pray the authorities will do everything possible to protect Christians. Pray for the women who have been assaulted. Pray the gospel will spread throughout Egypt and many Muslims will come to know Christ.

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