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2011-05-22 May 22 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.

Tony Middag was admitted to hospital with another bout of pneumonia. This takes a great deal out of him. We pray for God’s gracious care in this trying time.

Albert Biel fell some time ago and experienced persistent pain in his leg. This week he went to the doctor and was admitted for surgery in Red Deer to repair fractures in his hip. May our gracious God be near Albert and Tilly in this time of need.

Thanks to all who prayed, phoned, visited, brought food, and sent notes and cards to us after Eleanor’s operation. We just appreciate each one of you so much! Ray and Eleanor Merkus

Moment by moment we’re kept in His love,

Moment by moment we’ve life from above,

Looking to Jesus ‘til glory does shine,

Moment by moment, O Lord, we are Thine. DW

Congratulations to Ria Jager with the celebration of her 82nd birthday this coming Tuesday, May 24th. May you be blessed with a wonderful day of celebration 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

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.

With thanksgiving Council also presents the name of Donald Wildeboer (finishing his term as youth elder) for the Office of Elder, serving as Clerk. Donald has been serving as our Clerk and he graciously offered to continue. Council affirms his gifts and presents his name as part of next week’s affirmation vote to the congregation.

Next Sunday, May 29th 

We read from Exodus 17 where we see Moses like a hockey fan “Raising hands in victory.” In the evening we read from Romans 13:1-7 and confession with confidence that “God governs the nations of this world.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

CRWRC 2011 Embrace AIDS Sunday is May 29th

Remember with hope those who are living with AIDS worldwide next week on CRWRC Embrace AIDS Sunday. By working through Christian partners and churches in 16 impoverished countries, CRWRC is helping to stop the spread of AIDS and ministering to those affected by it. Please give generously to CRWRC in next week’s Embrace AIDS offering.

Bethel Volunteer Safe Church policy

Last Sunday, a copy of the Bethel Volunteer Safe Church policy was placed in each church mailbox. 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

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.

From the 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 neighbors 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.

Today is the last day to sign up to teach or help with our Summer PreSchool Sunday School program

Please volunteer to teach a week during either June, July or August. A sign up sheet is located on the table in the back foyer. At this point Sunday School is only being offered for 2 weeks during the Summer session. If no one signs up for a week, Sunday School will be cancelled that day.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples Bible Study

There will be a Young Peoples Bible Study after the evening service today at the home of Brett Vandenborn. We will be finishing off the Crazy Love books with Chapter 9 and 10.

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 Friday, May 27th from 7 p.m. to 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.

YC2011: For those attending YC

Please have your parents fill it out the Parental Consent and Liability Release form and hand it back to Dana as soon as possible. If I don’t have your form before we leave you can not go! 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!

Announcements

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.

Spring Fashion Show a great success

CACHS raised $5,798.55 for STARS! STARS Board Member Rod Kennedy, who spoke at the Fashion Show, said in his email about the amount raised: “That is absolutely fantastic! Clearly they understand about caring for others in need. On behalf of STARS please extend our sincere thanks for going to such great effort to do this. It clearly was a true team effort.”So on behalf of Central Alberta Christian High School and STARS, thank you for your support.

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.

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

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!

The Persecuted Church

North Africa 

Amid the political shifts in Egypt and Sudan, the laws against defaming Islam continue to threaten Christians in the countries. Article 98(f) of Egyptian law, is meant to discourage people from offending others' religious sensitivities. In reality, however, it is used to stifle free speech and punish and intimidate those who do not subscribe to the standard, orthodox version of Sunni Islam practiced by most in Egypt. Others have been charged under the statute with "insulting Islam." By comparison, no convert from Christianity to Islam has ever been charged for defiling Christianity. In Sudan, Christians in the north remain vulnerable to baseless accusations of defaming Islam. Apostasy (leaving Islam) is punishable by death. Violation of Section 125 of the Criminal Act is punishable by imprisonment of one year, a fine and 40 lashes. While convictions are rare, Christian converts from Islam continue to be victims of Sudan's blasphemy law. Pray the Lord will equip faithful leaders who are willing to speak up for human rights and religious freedom in Egypt and Sudan. Ask the Lord to strengthen and protect His often-embattled Church in these countries. Pray that Christ's Body throughout North Africa will continue to be a bold testimony of His love and grace.

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