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2011-05-15 May 15 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 that Eleanor Wildeboer’s knee surgery went well. We pray for God’s healing and sustaining grace through the recovery process.

Tony Middag was able to return to the Lodge. Els Ebens remains in the hospital as details of her care are being worked out. We seek God’s continued presence and care in the lives of our seniors.

Happy birthday to Pastor Peter Sluys as he celebrates his 84th birthday and to Albert Biel with his 83rd birthday, both, this coming Tuesday, May 17th. May God be with you both on your special days and in the year to come.

Kees Kuperus, husband of Margaret Kuperus and well known by many of the older members in our congregation, passed away this past Tuesday morning in Kelowna at the age of 73. For condolences write to Mrs. Margaret Kuperus and family, 2775 Capri Rd.,West Kelowna, B.C., V1Z 2T5.

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 22nd 

We welcome Pastor Rick Van Mannan, Chaplain at the University of Alberta. In the evening we read from 1 Kings 3:7-10, 1 Timothy 3:1-13 with our text being the words of Jesus in Mark 10:42-45 describing “Christ-like leadership in the church.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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, Don 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.

Bethel Volunteer Safe Church policy

In your church mailboxes today is a copy of the Bethel Volunteer Safe Church policy. This revised document was recently approved by our council and we would like you to read and familiarize yourself with what is stated there. There are a few changes but a major one is requiring ALL volunteers in Bethel ministries to have a criminal police check done. Meaning anyone involved with Council, Ministry Leadership Teams, Nursery, Youth leaders, GEMS, Cadets, Sunday School/Children in Worship, Coffee Break/Story Hour and Nursery, Friendship, Ushers and Hall Monitors and Circle of Friends are required to go through this process so that we as a church are covered in our insurance policies. For the month of June after each morning service I ask that all people involved, sign a Bethel Profile form, a Criminal Record Check form and leave a copy of your driver’s licence with me. This is at no cost to you, just your time. If you have any questions about the process or the forms please contact me. Dana van Gyssel

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.

From Outreach Ministry Leadership Team: 

We are planning a community garage sale here on the church parking lot on Saturday, June 11th from 9-2. Families living around the church will be invited to take part. We will set up tables for them to use. In this way we can get to know our neighbourhood and connect with the families around us. Church members are also welcome to bring items they might want to sell. We will be advertising in the paper and the community. The youth will be assisting by selling snacks and lunch as a fund raiser for their Mexico Mission work. We are looking forward to an exciting day. Questions contact Liz Stad 403-782-3444.

June Bethel Newsletter: 

Time to start thinking about the next newsletter. We hope many in the congregation take the time to think about what they would like to see in the newsletter. If you have a poem or story to contribute - by all means, let the team know. There were some suggestions in the last newsletter as to our theme for this month. Take a moment and re read Harriet's 'thinking ahead' piece. We hope to keep the newsletter interesting and informative for the whole congregation. Please have your contribution in to Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer or Anita Geldof by Sunday, May 29. We will have to start being a little stricter with our deadline as too many things are coming in the day before production and that causes some real difficulties for all. So, Sunday, May 29 will be the deadline. Thanks so much. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bethel Youth News

NO Young People's

There will be NO Young People's Bible Study this evening.

Junior Youth 

This month we will try again for a games night at Andrew and Carina Tenbrinke's new house. It will be held on May 27th from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.. We will have Ping Pong, and Air Hockey as well please bring your bathing suits and a snack to share with everyone. Any questions please call Carina at 403-782-7903.

Youth Mexico Mission Team 2012: 

There will be an opportunity to start fundraising for your 2012 Mexico mission trip. The fundraiser is on Saturday June 11th and will be held at our church. There will be a community garage sale and we will run a concession stand. If you are interested to help with this, please call Gerry 403-782-4170 or Trudy 403-782-7378 ASAP.


For those attending YC, in your mailboxes today is a copy of the Parental Consent and Liability Release form. Please have your parents fill it out and hand it back to Dana as soon as possible. We will be meeting at the church at 4:30 p.m. on May 27th. To cut costs you are more than welcome to bring a cooler of food so you can have breakfast and lunch on the go. There is a restaurant at our hotel and of course food concessions at Rexall and the Agricom, but that can become costly, so brown bag it! Supper on Saturday evening will be supplied to you. Bring enough spending money for those special items that you would like to purchase. If you have any questions about this event contact Wayne or Dana as soon as possible!


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.

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.

Kamp Lone Pine 

Is the site for the 2014 Cadet Camporee. We would like to invite you to a day of fun, fellowship and a work bee on Friday, June 3rd from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., and Saturday , June 4th from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come for breakfast at 7 a.m. or lunch at noon. Open to all supporters of Cadets, young and old. There is a map on the Woodynook website on how to get there http://www.woodynookcrc.org/ or call Frank Kuipers at (Home) 403-782-5490, (cell) 403-391-7806 or Robert Salomons at (cell) 403-598-9933 or Grant Zuidhof at 403-782-4002.

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

Volunteer Opportunity! 

Commitment - one week, Training – provided, Fun – unlimited, Cost – free, Benefits - eternal! Camp Rehoboth provides a one-week camp experience for people with disabilities. As well as a lot of fun activities, part of this experience is teaching them from the Bible and sharing the love of Jesus with them. It is a life-changing and faith-building week for our volunteers as well. Our camper spots are filled, but our volunteer list still has many openings. We do not want to disappoint our campers by not having enough volunteers. Please prayerfully consider joining us for one of the following weeks: R & R week - June 27-July 1, Adult Week 1 - July 2-8, Adult Week 2 - July 9-15, Independent Week - July 16-22. For a first-time applicant Q and A, check out our website at www.rehoboth.ab.ca. No experience is necessary and full training and support is provided. If you are 14 or older we would love to have you join us for this unique opportunity! Application information is available online or by contacting Linda Rosendal at Rehoboth at 780-968-8483. See you at camp!

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


Kurume Dodo, a Christian settlement in Northern Nigeria witnessed a horrific attack by Fulani Muslims on May 5th. Villagers were ambushed by their attackers who came in large numbers with various weapons, unleashing their attack on both the young and old. Seventeen Christians were killed. As a result, many Christians have deserted their homes and taken refuge in neighbouring villages. Hundreds have died in clashes in Nigeria following national elections last month in which Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, won the presidential poll against a Muslim. Many villages are under serious threat. Please pray for Christians in northern Nigeria who are suffering severely because of their faith. Pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones. Pray the Lord will provide comfort and the grace to overcome violence and hatred with love and forgiveness.

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