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2011-04-10 April 10 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.

We are thankful to God that Cora Stol could receive her 5th treatment this week and everything went well. Her final treatment is scheduled for April 26th. A CT scan showed that the treatments are working well to shrink the tumour. We continue to pray for God’s healing grace and strength in the weeks ahead. God is good!

Tony & Henny Middag are moving into the Seniors’ Lodge this week. We are thankful a room is available and trust in God’s provision as they make the transition.

Grace Vander Veen was admitted to the Lacombe hospital this week. We pray that the assurance of faith will continue to sustain her.

Both Corinna and Ian Prins continue to struggle with health concerns. We trust that God will provide in his grace and restore them to health again.

Congratulations to Teus Vander Vlis with the celebration of his 72nd birthday today and to Agnes Prins with the celebration of her 78th birthday this coming Wednesday. May you both be blessed with a special day and in the coming year.

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

Today’s offering is for the CRWRC Harvest of Hope campaign. 

Although the CRWRC received word that it will receive $215,000 in funding from the Canadian government (CIDA), there is a gap in funding due to a recent CIDA funding cut. The CRWRC’s Harvest of Hope campaign needs $800,000 to sustain vital programs for people in need this year. 64% of this has been raised due to individual and church donations as well as the CIDA funding. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause. Thanks to everyone who has donated or advocated with their government officials on behalf of CRWRC. For more information, visit www.crwrc.org/harvesthope.

Next Sunday, April 17th 

Is Palm Sunday. We see “Jesus’ triumphal entry” in our Lent passage from Matthew 21:1-17. The Mexico team will also take part in the service. In the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. we will have a special 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. 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.

Bethel Youth News

Young People's

There will be a Young People's Bible Study at the home of Michelle and Stephanie Hoekstra after the evening service. Please be ready to look at and discuss Chapter 7 in your 'Crazy Love' book.

Young Adults 

Will meet after the evening service today for our Bible Study. We will head out to Mallory’s house for the study after the service. All Young Adults are welcome!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will be meeting this Tuesday April 12th. Doors will be opened at 7 p.m.

Junior Youth 

Will meet for a games night on Friday, April 15th from 7-9 p.m.. It will be at Andrew and Carina Tenbrinke's new house. Please bring a snack to share as well as your bathing suits.

Young adults and grade 12 students

Are invited to attend the next “Oasis” coffee house this evening, 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

Announcements

“A Thousand Waves and Two Thousand Smiles: The Travels of Two Old Men on Their (Slightly) Older John Deere Tractors”

You are invited on Monday evening, April 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Christian School library to join alumni and friends of Calvin College for fellowship and visiting with Dale & Marcia Cooper. Dale will reflect on “A Thousand Waves and Two Thousand Smiles: The Travels of Two Old Men on Their (Slightly) Older John Deere Tractors” - a recalling, via pictures and story-telling, of the trip which two old men, Glenn De Jong, an Alton, Iowa farmer, and Dale Cooper, former chaplain of Calvin College, took on their antique John Deere tractors from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Northwest, Iowa. The time together will be full of fun facts and observations about the journey, reminiscences galore, and reflections made while taking life slowly enough to let some of its blessings catch up. Please let Barb Barthel know if you're planning to come so she can have enough coffee and cookies. Her phone number is 403-347-1087 and e-mail barthelb@rdpsd.ab.ca

The Parkland Classical Singers 

Are presenting “The Seven Last Words of Christ”, a Cantata on Monday, April 11th at 7 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Shalom Counselling Centre 

Is asking you to support the families from our community who are needing counselling by purchasing a ticket to a Dessert Theatre Fund Raiser at Ponoka Kinsmen Community Centre on Friday, April 15th. You will be treated to an evening of comedy with the ‘Say It Ain’t So” theatre company putting on the two act play ‘A Bench in the Sun’. Tickets, just $20, are available by calling Shalom Counselling Centre at 403-342-0339.

Gearing up for Rehoboth Camp…

We need your help! Please join us in getting camp ready for this next season. Our first work bee will be Saturday, April 16th at 9:00…rain, snow or shine! Even an hour or two is very much appreciated! Lunch will be provided. Call Hidde or Jackie at 403-782-7071 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 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!

CACHS Fashion Show and Dessert Evening: 

On Thursday, April 21st the CACHS students will be hosting their annual fashion show. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the fashion show will start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the school office at 403-782-4535. All proceeds will be going to S.T.A.R.S. Be sure to come out for a great evening of fashion, desserts, music and a silent auction.

Francis Ruiter 

Is a member of Covenant CRC in Edmonton. He is the author of the book, “Journal of a Dutch Immigrant.” You are invited to meet Francis, signing his books at the Chapter book store on in Red Deer. He will look forward meeting you on Saturday April 23rd from 12 to 4 p.m. Donna Dawson, award-winning author, wrote, “Francis is one of those writers who has lived a life worth writing about. He writes about his life through the war. His family taught him that the centre of life is around the love of God. Stories about his life are tongue-in-cheek life experiences and a wonderful door of his past and life experience.

Denominational News

Missions 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.

Celebrate the Lent and Easter season

Did you know that many churches and communities celebrate the Lent and Easter season by using the Aboriginal artwork series "Kisemanito Pakitinasuwin – ‘The Creator’s Sacrifice"’? This series of 17 paintings commissioned by Indian Metis Christian Fellowship, a CRC ministry in Regina, presents an Aboriginal vision of Christ’s Last Supper, betrayal, trial, death, and resurrection. A DVD of the artwork is available from imcfr@sasktel.net.

The Persecuted Church

INDIA 

Eighteen Christians, including two pastors, were arrested on March 28th for converting to Christianity without official permit in Orissa. The arrests came after a police complaint was filed against the two pastors and 16 newly converted Christians. The Christians were brought before the Court and were released on bail on March 30th and 31st. Pray all charges will be dropped and that freedom of religion will truly be experienced by the people of Orissa. Ask the Lord to minister to the new converts and deepen their faith to help them overcome this opposition. Pray the Lord will continue to build His Church. Pray for all those who would oppose Him in India.

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