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2011-03-20 - March 20 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to remember those young and old with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles.

Craig Van Stryland is recovering well from surgery. We praise God for his goodness and trust that he will provide continued healing and strength.

Cora Stol is responding well to her chemotherapy treatments. Along with Ed and the family we are very thankful to God for his gracious healing power through the work of the doctors.

We remember our church members who are in Ensenada at this time (August Luymes, Peter Prins) as they and their team grieve the loss of Mr. Doug Sproule. He was working with the team when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He is from the Clive Christian community that works with our church to support the ministry there. May God comfort the Sproule family in this time of sadness.

Paul and Cindy Prins were thankful that Corinna’s CAT scan showed all was normal. She does continue to experience debilitating headaches and we pray that a cause and cure will be found soon.

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

Bethel News

Next Sunday, March 27th 

We begin four services of Lent looking at Jesus suffering and death as recorded in Matthew. We will also partake in the Lord’s Supper together in remembrance of our Lord. In the evening we read from Titus 2:1-15 as it describes “Sanctification: Spiritual Hygiene.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The spring Congregational meeting 

Will 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.

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Club 

Will be having a potluck dinner at the home of Bill & Audrey Noordhof on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

Update from the Youth Mexico Mission Team: 

On Friday, March 25th the Youth Mexico Mission team will be leaving for San Diego, California. They will spend the first day in San Diego and stay overnight at the San Diego CRC. The next day, YWAM staff will pick them up and they will spend the rest of the week at the YWAM base in Ensenada, Mexico. While there they hope to build a house and also grow closer to God by worshipping, witnessing and sharing God’s love.

The new house they hope to build is for the Moralez Juarez family, Cirilo and Ana and their 5 children, Claudia, Leticia, Jeset, Adolfo and Ofelia. The team would like to thank you for your prayers and the financial support this past year. Also a big thank you for the collection received last week. They received enough money during the collection for the house and also to buy the much needed furniture. Keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this trip, for safety, health and team unity. Also pray for the Moralez Juarez family as they receive this new home and that it may be a blessing to them. (For more information on the family and the team check your March newsletter).“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything” Heb 3:4

Seniors’ Club 

Just a reminder to bring your deposit and intention slips for the Radium Spring Bus tour to the seniors’ meeting this coming Tuesday, March 22nd. Cindy & Judy will be at the meeting to answer any questions.

Neighbourhood Outreach

There is an initiative between the three CRC’s in Lacombe (Wolf Creek, Bethel and Woodynook) to work together in the city itself to reach our neighbours for Christ. One possibility is a “Neighbourhood Life” model that Pastor Karen Wilk is using with good success in Edmonton. She will be here this Tuesday, Mar 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf creek Community Church to explain how it works and what the Lord is doing. Anyone interested but especially those who live in the City of Lacombe are encouraged to attend.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet this coming Tuesday, March 22nd. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Youth Mexico Mission Team: 

We will have our final meeting on March 21, 2011 at 7 p.m. We will finalize the travel arrangements and last minute information. All parents are invited to attend.


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.

Family Fun Night! 

Acts of Light, the youth drama team from First CRC, Red Deer, will be presenting 2, one-act plays The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet and The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon! Come and join us for a whimsical retelling of a classic play and a fun, silly take on several well-known fairy tales! Performance dates are April 14, 15, 16 starting at 7pm and tickets are $10 each! Concession will be available during intermission. We are excited to share our gifts in this way with our community so please, invite a friend, neighbour, teacher, boss…and come on out for a fantastic evening of family fun enjoying the arts! The play will be presented at First (16 McVicar St) and tickets are available by calling the church 403.346.5659 or you can email the director: cathyvanessen@shaw.ca!

Denominational News

Help Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Survivors 

CRWRC is mounting a response to immediate, emergency, and longer-term needs in Japan through local and international Christian partners there. You can reach out to victims of this catastrophic disaster. Give online at www.crwrc.org/donate or call 1-800-730-3490 or 905-336-2920. Mail cheques marked, “Japan Earthquake/Pacific Tsunami 2011,” to CRWRC, 3475 Mainway STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON, L7R 3Y8. CRWM and BTGMI staff are well and ministering in this situation. For more information, go to www.crcna.org/Japan.

Winnipeg Special Needs SERVE 2011 - July 15 - 21. 

A SERVE Project specifically for special needs participants is being planned for this summer at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Winnipeg, MB. The Special Needs SERVE is designed for people ages 14-26 with special needs that could not be accommodated on a traditional SERVE project. Participants are paired with other young adults ages 16–26 who act as mentors for the full five days. If you know a young adult who would be interested in being a participant or a mentor check the Youth Unlimited website. www.youthunlimited.org.

The Persecuted Church


On March 2nd, Muslims went on a rampage in an Islamic area of Ethiopia, beginning with an assault on churches in Asendabo. ICC and others alerted the world and called on the Ethiopian government to intervene. Unfortunately, the local government did not intervene and the attacks continued for a week. When the smoke cleared, the damage was evident. The Muslims had burned down the homes of 30 Christian leaders, they had killed one Christian, wounded several others, and torched 69 churches, a Bible school, and a Christian orphanage.One of the many wounded in these attacks was the grandson of a church elder who put himself in between the Muslim militants and his grandfather when they arrived to kill the elderly man. The Islamists attacked the young man with machetes - seriously wounding his head and hand and leaving him for dead. His family was forced to make a three-hour journey on foot to bring him to a hospital in a nearby city.

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