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2011-05-01 May 1 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.

Cora Stol had her 6th and final treatment on Tuesday. We are thankful everything went well. She will have another CT scan at the end of May. Now she can concentrate on getting her strength and energy back. May God continue to provide strength and healing.

We pray for Eleanor Merkus as she recovers from back surgery and Els Ebens as she recovers from a broken wrist.

Congratulations to Bill Wildeboer with the celebration of his 70th birthday this Wednesday and to Hilda Van Stryland with the celebration of her 77th birthday this Friday. May God bless you both on your special days and in the year to come.

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

Children and Worship

We will meet today for the last time this year. Children and Worship will begin again in September.

Operation Manna: 

We invite you to give generously. Today, the deacons will gather in the Operation Manna offering. Your gift will help ministries and Canadian CRC’s become involved with their neighbors in Jesus’ name. May each of us give as we have been blessed.

Next Sunday, May 8th 

Is “Mother’s Day.” We have the privilege of witnessing the sacrament of baptism to Caleb Wildeboer, infant son of Randy and Sue. In the evening we read from

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and are reminded of the “Obligations of Church Membership.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Photo Directory

You will find the new Bethel photo directory in your church mail box today. Page through it and familiarize yourself with the members of our church family! If anyone requires another copy of the directory, please contact the secretaries at 403-782-6400.


It's that time again for Bethel’s annual hi-way clean-up. This year once again we will be supporting Krista Prins and Steven Szelekovszky with their YWAM ministry as well as Bethel Youth's local ministries. The clean-up is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7th. We will be holding two mandatory training sessions. Everyone MUST attend one in order to qualify to be on the team. The first is following the morning service TODAY and the second is on pick up day at 7:30 a.m. Hot lunch will be provided part way through the day once again. Any questions please call Wayne 403-348-7214.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

There will be a Bible study after the evening service tonight at the home of Kendra and Megan Scholing. Be sure to have Chapter 8 read!

Road Hockey Tournament! 

First CRC Red Deer is hosting a road hockey tournament on Sunday, May 15th. Each team needs to be 5 players plus a goalie. Youth (grades 7-12), young adults, and youth leaders are all invited to put in a team! It will be a round-robin, 2 sided cross-over tournament. Please bring along your own stick, gloves, and goalie equipment. We will start at 1:30 p.m. and following the tournament there will be supper and a youth service! Please email Cathy at cathyvanessen@shaw.ca by Sunday, May 8th if you plan to put in a team.

Young Adults Retreat

Hey all you young adults out there, are you looking for an amazing weekend filled with lots of fun? Do you want to have opportunities to connect with old friends and all the while making some new ones? Are you anxious and ready to spend an inspiring weekend in the Rocky Mountains and exploring that amazing town we know as Jasper? You are not alone.

On May 27-29, there is once again a retreat weekend for you. 

The Classis Alberta North young adults are once again invading the town of Jasper for a weekend called the “Amazing Race”. Rick Mast of West End CRC will be the speaker and the Jill Hagen band will lead worship. Cost is only $100 per person and the hotel you will be staying at is the Amethyst. Please register online at http://www.canyouthministry.com/Online-Registration.html by May 8th. If you any questions, contact your church’s youth leader or Ron deVries at 780-619-6566 or canymc@gmail.com. We hope to see you there.


New date for WORKBEE: Gearing up for Rehoboth Camp…

Last week’s work bee was post-poned, and we still need your help! Please join us in getting camp ready for this next season. If you are able, please join us Wednesday or Thursday, May 4th or 5th starting at 9:00 a.m. Even an hour or two is very much appreciated! Lunch will be provided. Call Hidde or Jackie at 403-782-7071 for more information

Central Alberta Christian High School and its Development Committee would like to invite all our Seniors and Grandparents, and any Moms and Dads with babies born in 2010 to a luncheon at the school on Friday, May 13th at 11:30 a.m. Come for a delicious lunch and visit students in the classroom. Please RSVP by Monday, May 9th to Ann at the school at 403-782-4535.

Part Time Receptionist / Administrative Assistant 

Wolf Creek Community Church, a young active church in the Lacombe community, is looking for a qualified person to carry out receptionist duties and administrative support. If you are a self-starter, able to work with a variety of people, able to prioritize your time, and have strong organizational, communication and computer skills, we invite you to drop off your resumes with cover letter at Wolf Creek Church or email it to henkjohn@wolfcreekcommunitychurch.org before noon on Friday, May 13th. For more information or a complete job description contact Henk John at the above email address or at 403 782 4563 (week day mornings).

Farewell to Jack Vanden Pol: 

After more than two decades of leadership as principal and teacher at Central Alberta Christian High School, Jack Vanden Pol will retire at the end of this school year. On Thursday, May 19th, you are invited to an afternoon of thanksgiving and celebration for Jack’s years of service. At 2:00 p.m., there will be an assembly in the CACHS gym, followed by an open house until 4:30 p.m. Those not able to arrive in time for the assembly are asked to join us in the gym once it is over (around 2:45 p.m.). All are encouraged to come and show their appreciation to Jack and to wish him well in his future endeavors.

Dear Praying Friends, Greetings from Jos! 

Just a note to say "thank you" for your prayers--we finished the last consultant check of the Hausa Common Language Bible translation yesterday! Please continue to pray for the details of tidying up formatting, etc. of the Deutero-canonical books and for attention to detail as we read the page proofs. We are very thankful to the Lord for helping us to persevere through political tension, violence, electrical disasters, etc. We are truly grateful.

Someone came to Andy's office this week to talk about possibilities of doing something with the Today here. That would be wonderful--please pray for that. In the wake of the cut-back, Pastor Kuzhe will have to be released; he has graciously accepted that. Dauda's salary will be reduced, but he has decided then it is better to look somewhere else for work. Thank you for your prayers for them too. As I write this there is celebration in the streets over the elections--we pray this will not lead to more trouble.

We are preparing to leave today for Abuja, hopefully to fly out on Lufthansa tonight to visit our parents and children and attend the graduation. Thank you for your prayers.

In him, Andy and Linda

Denominational News

Election 2011 Voter Resources 

The Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue has produced a special Election 2011 newsletter with YOU - the voter - in mind. We provide background on some key election topics and suggestions for questions to raise with your candidates. Our actions as responsible citizens matter at election time and between elections; we trust these resources will be helpful as you seek hope and justice on May 2nd and beyond. http://www.crcna.org/pages/publicdialogue_mj.cfm

The Persecuted Church


A newly converted Christian from Islam was recently murdered by Muslim militants in Somalia. On April 18th, two members of the al Shabaab Islamist group entered the house of 21 year-old Hassan Adawe Adan and shot him dead. Adan, single and living with his Muslim family, reportedly came to Christ several months ago. Members of the secret Christian community to which Adan belonged suspect someone informed the Islamic militants of his conversion. One source said that a relative who belonged to the al Shabaab Islamist group had told Adan's mother that he suspected her son was a Christian. The murder has heightened fear among other converts living in the area. Thank the Lord for the life and witness of Adan. Pray for comfort for all those who mourn his passing. Pray Somali Christians will continue to serve their Father faithfully and praise Him for the living hope of His Son's resurrection (1 Peter 1:3).

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