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2011-04-17 Palm Sunday


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.

Congratulations to Joanne van Gyssel with the celebration of her 82nd birthday today and to Gerry Doornenbal as he celebrates his 83rd birthday tomorrow. May God bless you on your special day and in the year to come.

We are thankful Grace Vander Veen is feeling better and was able to return to the Lodge this week. May God continue to keep you in his gracious care.

Profession of Faith 

Council Executive met on Wednesday with six young people to hear their testimonies and their desire to profess their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. With joy and thankfulness Rob de Regt, Alana Ebens, Randy (Joe) Elgersman, Joseph Geldof, Michelle Hoekstra, and Jordan Van Stryland, were affirmed in their faith and admitted to full membership in the church. The official celebration service is planned for Sunday May 15 when we will also participate together in the Lord’s Supper.

Please note the following address and email change in your church directory for Rick and Melanie Wildeboer: mail - Box 12, Site 3, RR 1, Lacombe, AB, T4L 2N3, email: rmwildeboer@gmail.com

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

Good Friday Service

Our Good Friday Service at 10:30 a.m., on April 22nd will be a service of reflection on our savior’s death using the words of Isaiah 53 and the Gospel of Matthew.

Next Sunday, April 24th is Easter Sunday! 

we will celebrate “The Power of Jesus’ Resurrection” using readings from Isaiah and the New Testament. In the evening we will have an “Easter Praise” service. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Easter Program practice 

Will take place right after this mornings worship service. Please plan on attending if you are participating in the program.

Early Bulletin Announcements 

Please note that bulletin announcements for next week will need to be in by Thursday, April 21st at 9 a.m. sharp due to the upcoming Easter weekend. The secretaries will be in the office on Wednesday morning and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

May Bethel Newsletter 

The months sure do fly by. We are getting geared up for the next issue of the Bethel Newsletter. May is Mother's Day. Many of our programs have been winding up. Please - let us know how the year went. We would love to hear about your closing events. If you have special contributions like art or poetry or life stories - we love to include them. We look forward to hearing from you. Please have your contributions in to any member of the team or in the newsletter mailbox by April 25th. We hope to have your newsletter in the mailboxes for May 1st. Ann Wildeboer, Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof

From the Deacons: Operation Manna, “The Church Across Canada Involved with its Neighbours” 

On Sunday May 1st, we will join with churches across Canada to gather an offering for Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada, To help you learn more about this program we will distribute a special brochure nest Sunday that highlights how your gfts will be used this year to support local community ministries.

Bethel Youth News

NO Young People's Bible Study

There will be NO Young People's Bible Study this evening like previously planned. It has been postponed for a later date.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will be meeting this Tuesday April 19th. Doors will be opened at 7 p.m. * A special reminder to Dana’s class, please have your questions ready by having them sent via email, text, or written out on paper in the “Pickle Jar” Contact information on her FB page. Brad’s class can expect something exciting on “perspective”! See you all there!

Announcements

Red Deer Prolife 

Please find in your mailboxes a pamphlet and a renewal membership form. For those who are members - dues were payable at the beginning of the year. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining us in defending the sanctity of life. Your name will be counted with those in the Central Alberta area who want to make a difference in protecting all human life. Membership dues are $20/family and $15/single.

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.

GEMS Camp 2011! August 8th – 12th at Gull Lake, AB. 

We are ready! Registrations are coming in and forms are available from your GEMS coordinator or abnauta@platinum.ca. Camp is open to girls going into grade 5 through to grade 8 in the fall of 2011. The cost is $150. The CIT program is open to girls entering grade 10. (only 2 spots left - $50). Hurry! Don't miss out! The deadline for registration is May 15th. Thank you to those who have already volunteered to come as Nurse, Handy Man, Cooks and Cabin Leaders. More Leaders are still needed, as well as anyone interested in leading chapel, campfire, or assisting as co-director. If there are girls coming from your club, please consider helping out! Contact: Barb Nauta at 403-652-7078 to volunteer .

Denominational News

World Missions

Join CRWM and Hope Equals this summer in the West Bank and Israel. Consider being part of this incredible opportunity – a living-learning experience about the peace and reconciliation movement in the Holy Land. Trip dates are July 17 - Aug 20. Visit www.hopeequals.org for more details.

World Missions 

Interested in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting? Consider a one-year long internship alongside Christian Reformed World Missions missionaries and local church partners in Guadalajara, Mexico. Visit www.crwm.org/serve for more information.

Volunteer with the CRC!

Current opportunities include a summer trip with Hope Equals to Israel and the West Bank, as well as a Special Ed Volunteer in Nigeria through World Missions. Additionally CRWRC is looking for a Director Assistant with one of their partners in Honduras and an Organization Development Coordinator in Mozambique. For these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact ServiceLink at volunteer@crcna.org or visit www.crcna.org/servicelink

The Persecuted Church

Vietnam 

Recently, the Vietnamese government has been increasingly harassing a peaceful group of Montagnard Christians living in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Although Christian Montagnards have always been a target of persecution, the Vietnamese government has stepped up its repression of this indigenous minority -- forcing hundreds to renounce their religion. According to a report from Human Rights Watch, "the Vietnamese government has increased its harassment of peaceful ethnic minority Christians in the Central Highlands, targeting members of unregistered house churches." Pray the Lord will protect these believers and give them the strength they need to stay faithful and remain effective witnesses for Christ. May they rely on the Lord to give them the words to say when they stand before accusing authorities (Matthew 10:19). Pray for the perpetrators and all those in authority.

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