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2011-05-08 May 8 Bulletin

Our Church Family

As a church family, we would like to say congratulations to Pete and Cora Hoekstra with the celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary this past Tuesday, May 3rd. God has blessed you and your family over the years and we pray he will continue to be with you in the years to come!

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.

Tony Middag was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. We are thankful to God that he responded well to treatments and is feeling much better.

Els Ebens remained in the hospital this week. She is in good spirits and recovering well. We seek God’s continued presence in her life.

Dear Bethel Congregation, Thank you for the congratulatory messages and gift on the occasion of our 25th wedding anniversary. It is truly a blessing from God to celebrate this occasion and to be part of such a wonderful church community. Pete and Cora Hoekstra

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, May 15th 

We have the privilege of witnessing the profession of faith of Rob de Regt, Alana Ebens, Randy (Joe) Elgersman, Joseph Geldof, Michelle Hoekstra, and Jordan Van Stryland. Then together with these new church members, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the evening we read from Acts 2:42-46, 11:19-30 and see again the “Marks of the true Church.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Photo Directory

Last week you found the new Bethel photo directory in your church mail box. 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.

Council Positions: 

There will be a brief congregational meeting on Sunday, May 29th after the morning service. This meeting will be to affirm the new office bearers. One Elder, two Youth Elders, and two Deacons will be declared elected by affirmation. Those nominated for Youth Elder are: Andrew Tenbrinke and Rod Venhuis; nominated for Elder: Peter Rosendal; nominated for Deacon: Bindert de Jong and Rick Wildeboer. Any valid objections should be presented to the Chairman, Paul Prins or Clerk of Council, Donald Wildeboer. The installation service is planned for Pentecost Sunday, June 12th. The new office bearers will take up their work at the Full Council meeting on June 15th.

Summer Preschool Sunday school teachers needed

We are looking for volunteer teachers and helpers for a summer program for the younger children during the morning service for June, July and August. The material is all laid out and will be available to be picked up ahead of time. We ask that each parent of pre-school aged children volunteer to teach one week this summer in order for this program to run. A sign up sheet is located downstairs beside the classrooms, so please volunteer to help out for a week. If no one signs up for a week, Pre-school Sunday school will be cancelled that week.

Living Members 

Will meet next Sunday, May 15th following the evening service at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

There will be a Young Peoples Bible study after the evening service today at the home of Brett Vandenborn.

Young Adults Retreat 

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.


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.

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.

The Central Alberta Christian High School Drama 20/30 class 

Is currently rehearsing for their annual presentation. Set aside one night, or all three, from May 31st to June 2nd to watch Cinderella with the Commedia Players. This will be a shorter, one hour production following the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte with a rollicking play-within-a-play! The lively commedia troupe spices up the classic Cinderella story with sharp wit, slapstick shenanigans and endless silly squabbles (including baguette fencing, laugh duels and slap fights). Tickets are $10 each and are now available through the school office at 403-782-4535.

Walk a Mile in her shoes

There’s a great event coming up on June 11, 2011 called Walk a Mile in her shoes hosted by the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre where funds are going to be raised to help the centre HELP women, men and their families. We’re going to raise money and walk from 2 – 4 p.m. that day. Let’s see who can raise the most amounts that day! Contact the Pregnancy Care Centre (Katie: 403-343-1611) for more details and we’ll see you there! To register for this event, or to sponsor a walker, visit: http://support.pregnancycare.ca/events.php

The University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights 

Will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the Convocation Hall (Old Arts Building). This year the U of A welcomes Dr. Solomon Benatar who will give the following lecture: "Global Health & Human Rights: Working With the 20th Century Legacy." Admission is free. Visit www.ualberta.ca/~lecture for information.

Attention Parents, Grandparents & Youth workers

On May 18th at 7:30 p.m. - Edmonton Christian School, Classis Alberta North Youth Ministry & Inglewood Christian Reformed Church is hosting a Night for Parents with Brett Ullman at Inglewood CRC, 12330 113 Ave., Edmonton. Brett Ullman discusses, from a parent’s perspective, sensitive topics affecting today’s young people including cutting, suicide, substance abuse, sex and violence. Bringing hope and an awareness to today’s parents. There is no cost for the seminar.

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).

Employment Opportunity: 

Lacombe Christian School is accepting applications for a permanent, Part-time Janitorial position beginning September 1, 2011. Salary & benefits based on experience ($15 to $18/hour). Flexible hours, averaging 25 hours per week. For questions about the position, please contact Wayne Bouwman (wbouwman@lacs.ca). Please send applications along with resumes to office@lacs.ca, attention: Maintenance Committee, or mail to: 5206-58 Street, Lacombe AB, T4L 1G9. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2011.

The Persecuted Church


On April 21st, four radical Muslims beat an evangelist to death and assaulted his pregnant wife. Evangelist Abraham Abera died on the spot, but his wife, who sustained a severe head injury and was left unconscious on the street, was found and taken to a hospital where she regained consciousness April 22nd. Birtukan's unborn baby fortunately survived the attack. Birtukan said she knew two of the attackers. She said as the Muslims were beating her and her husband, they said, "You are growing in number in our area. You are spreading your message. We will destroy you." The attackers remain at large. A Christian leader in the area said the men may not be arrested because the local officials are also Muslims. The area is 97 percent Muslim. Pray Birtukan will be healed and fully restored to good health. Pray the Lord ministers to her in her grief. Pray her child will grow to understand and love the faith of his/her parents. Pray for the safety of Christians in Muslim-majority regions of Ethiopia, that the Lord would strengthen them to lovingly and boldly proclaim the gospel (Ephesians 6:18-20).

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