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2011-04-03 April 3 Bulletin

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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.

We give thanks that Craig Van Stryland was able to return home on Monday. God has been so very good.

We give thanks for the work our mission team could do in Mexico as they built a home and ministered to the people there.

Congratulations to Tilly Biel with the celebration of her 78th birthday today and to Gerrit Meindersma with the celebration of his 88th birthday this coming Thursday. May you both be blessed with a special day with your family and friends and in the coming year as well!

We would like to express our deepest thanks for your support by way of prayers, visits, cards, words of comfort, food, flowers and donations to the Bibles for Missions Foundation following the recent passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Your kindness and support has been greatly appreciated. Jack and Ann Oudman and family, Clare and Glenda Datema

Grace Zee, a sister in law to Dorothy Meindersma, Helena Kits and Simon Swier, passed away on March 25th. She was 90 years old. The funeral was this passed Thursday, March 31st at Trinity CRC in Edmonton. Our deepest sympathies goes out to the families for your great loss.

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, April 10th

We see “Jesus on trial” as we read our Lent passage from Matthew 27:1-26. In the evening we read from 1 Kings 19:9-18 and the question “Which is the true Church?” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Church Potluck

The Fellowship Ministry Leadership team is hosting a Potluck lunch after the morning worship service on Sunday, April 10th. If you would like to join us, please bring some food along to share. We are leaving the choices up to you, so whatever you want to bring. Some suggestions: casseroles, buns, sandwiches, soup, finger foods, desserts, etc. We hope you will come! For more info you can contact Debby van Iperen at 403-782-0899.

The GEMS Counsellors are selling Dutch cheese again

The order forms are in your mailboxes and are due with payment on April 3rd with delivery on April 17th. Please put orders in Wannetta Branders mailbox. If you have any questions contact Wannetta Brander or Jeanne Ebens.

Easter Program: "Morning Glory....It Happened at Easter" 

This year, Bethel is doing an Easter play much like the Christmas ones we have done in the past. The program involves all ages from nursery up to adults and is an excellent summary of the Easter story! It will be presented on Palm Sunday, April 17th at 4 p.m. (note time change) and will be followed by a time of fellowship with coffee and goodies. Please invite your friends and neighbours to enjoy the afternoon with you! If any of you would like to be involved, please contact Harriet Luymes or Sue Wildeboer. There will be a quick practice after the morning service on April 17th. Please plan to be there if you are participating in the program.

From The Deacons

Edmonton Native Healing Centre did not get the government funding they needed (approx 50k-100k). The deacons have approved the request from Edmonton Native Healing Centre (Kids culture camp) of $500. If you would like to learn more or support this ministry you can go to www.edmontonnativehealingcentre.com or contact one of your deacons. We encourage you to keep Edmonton Native Healing Centre in your prayers as they try to get the funding that is needed.

A Big Thank You. The Outreach Committee 

Would like to thank the two teams of bowlers who volunteered their time to fundraise and participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon. We would also like to thank those who contributed financially to this great cause.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will not be meeting this Tuesday due to a leaders meeting. The TNY leaders would like to welcome home all our students and leaders who went on missions trips to Mexico or Vancouver. Also to the many Europe travelers, we pray that you to had a wonderful time discovering the beauty of our great God overseas! Regular classes will resume on April 12th.

Young adults and grade 12 students 

Are invited to attend the next “Oasis” coffee house evening scheduled for April 10th at the River/Mosaic Ministry Center, 3935 114th Street, Edmonton. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Curtis Doornbos 403-357-8402, or Colin Bakker colin.oasis@gmail.com


Neighbourhood Life

All who are interested in "Neighbourhood Life" (presented by Karen Wilk March 22nd in Lacombe) are invited to our next gathering, Thursday, April 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church. If you are interested in working with your neighbourhood, come and join us...and invite a neighbour to come along. For more information contact Rick Abma at rickabma@gmail.com or call 403-505-9897.

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 7 p.m. 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!

Building Blocks Thrift Store Spring Changeover

It is that time of year again, on Monday, April 11th from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. we will be putting away winter and bringing our spring clothes out. Come join us for a day or an hour of work and fellowship. Lunch will be provided. Any questions please phone Sylvia at 403-885-2912.

Grandparents' & Senior Supporters' Day at LCS: 

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom." James 3:13 In thankfulness for their contributions to the children of Lacombe Christian School, we are celebrating our Annual Grandparents' and Senior Supporters’ Luncheon, Monday April 18th, at 11:45 a.m.. After lunch and a short program, we encourage our grandparents and senior supporters to visit the children in their classrooms. Please RSVP to the school office 403-782-6531 if you plan on attending.

Fellowship 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. 780-477-1587 or nancyvandriel@gmail.com

Denominational News

The King’s University College Spring Campaign

This spring we ask you to show your support for the mission of The King’s University College by making a gift in support of the Spring Campaign. Annual spring donations are a vital part of the university’s existence. To contribute to Spring Campaign 2011, please send your gift using the form that was mailed to you. If you have not received Spring Campaign information in the mail, additional copies are available on the church bulletin board. Please feel free to take one if you are interested. Contact the Development Office at 780-465-8314 or development@kingsu.ca with comments or questions. Thank you for supporting Christian education at King’s!

April Prayer Guide 

For the ministries of the Christian Reformed Church is available to view and download at www.crcna.org/pray

CRWRC Receives Transitional CIDA funding - Praise God! The Christian Reformed World Relief 

Committee received word that it will receive $215,000 in funding from the Canadian government (CIDA). This contribution will help span the gap in funding experienced when its most recent CIDA proposal was denied. Combined with individual and church donations, this brings CRWRC’s Harvest Hope campaign to $511,000. This is 64% of the $800,000 needed to sustain vital programs for people in need this year. Thanks to everyone who has donated or advocated with their government officials on behalf of CRWRC. For more information, visit www.crwrc.org/harvesthope.

Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

The Christian Reformed Church continues its response to these disasters with CRWRC now linked to international and local partners in Japan, including the Reformed Church in Japan. World Missions missionaries and Back to God Ministries staff are well and continue to serve and minister in their communities in Japan. Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support. For information, or to give financially to the response, go to www.crcna.org/Japan.

World Missions

Get out your paints, markers, and crayons . . . it’s Poster Time! Christian Reformed World Missions’ 2011 Poster Contest has begun. Create a poster with a missions theme and send it in to CRWM by April 15, 2011. For more information, visit www.crwm.org/postercontest.

Mission Webinar Series

Advocating Peace in the Middle East: Hope Equals is a network of US and Canadian college and graduate students who promote peace at home, and connect with Israelis and Palestinians working on reconciliation. On April 6th at 7:30 p.m. (EDT), hear from Calvin Seminary students about what this CRWM program looks like on a college campus and how it brings missions and activism together. Presented by Micah Schuurman and Justin VanZee, Hope Equals campus leaders. Register at www.crcna.org/MissionWebinars.

Mission Webinar Series

Outreach to People with Disabilities, April 13th at noon (EDT): Bringing the gospel to people with disabilities is one of the greatest opportunities today for churches worldwide. This webinar will examine the biblical basis and present practical tools for engaging people with disabilities in church life. Presented by Mark Stephenson, CRC Disability Concerns Director. Register for this event at www.crcna.org/MissionWebinars.

The Persecuted Church


Chinese authorities recently raided a home in Shaanxi Province where believers were gathered for Sunday worship. On March 13th a dozen Christians were attending a house-church service when the local police chief and two other officers barged into the building. The officers confiscated Bibles and other Christian literature. They also took all of the believers into police custody. Ten of the Christians were released that same evening. At last report, however, two believers--Weng and Zhang Yongkuan--remain detained. Pray for the release of the two detained Christians. Pray that believers in the village will not lose heart but will trust the Lord in all things. Pray for wisdom for area church leaders in the midst of opposition. Pray that authorities in China will truly respect the religious freedom of all citizens.

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