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2012-01-22 January 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.

Mason, the son of Dan and Nicole Wildeboer (Edmonton) is still in hospital receiving treatment for a lack of oxygen at birth. He is breathing on his own and we remain hopeful in God’s grace for healing.

We extend our congratulations to Henry and Anita Geldof and the family with the birth of a healthy grandson in Lethbridge to Theresa and Matt this past Thursday. Mother and son are doing well and we thank God for this precious gift of new life.

Congratulations to Shirley Bos as she celebrates her 76th birthday on Tuesday and to Henny Middag as she celebrates her 80th on Saturday. To both of you we wish the Lord’s richest blessings on your special day and into your new year!

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Albert & Tilly Biel,

Ann Vander Wal and Lea Dykstra.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, January 29th 

We have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Grayson Mark Rodenburg, infant son of Jan and Jolyn. The message will be on the Apostle John - and his call to love as a follower of Jesus. In our evening service

Profession of Faith: 

We will be starting a profession of faith class in February for anyone interested in making public confession of their faith and becoming a full member of the church. Please talk to Pastor Mike for details.

February Newsletter: 

Here we go again. The next month is coming quickly and the newsletter team is starting work on the next issue. February is heart month. Harriet talked about different ideas for contributions in the January ‘looking ahead’ article. We look forward to participation from the congregation. Please have your contributions in to the team or in the mail box by noon on Monday, January 30th. The newsletter will be in your mailboxes on Sunday, February 5th. Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com, Harriet Luymes - haraug@gmail.com, and Anita Geldof - ahgeldof@shaw.ca.

ANGELS? 

Have you ever wondered about angels? What does the Bible say about them? Coffee Break will have a four week study on angels beginning February 1st. Ladies, you are welcome to join us for these weeks or each Wednesday 9:30 to 11:30 here at church. Contact Barb Vandyk if you have questions. *Due to cancellation of Coffee Break this past week, the study schedule has been shifted.

“A Country Affair” 

Mexico fundraiser dinner and auction. Instead of having our annual Sweetheart dinner we have decided to try something new this year. We would like to invite you to attend “A Country Affair” on Friday, February 10th at 7 p.m. An evening of country surroundings, good folks, a delicious meal, entertainment and live auction are planned! So, don’t miss out on this event and reserve your seat by calling Gerry at 403-782-4170 (or leave a message) or Trudy at 403-782-7378. Proceeds of this evening will go toward the Youth Mexico Mission trip.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth

will meet this coming Tuesday, January 24th. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Young Adults 

please read over Chapter 3 to be ready for next week’s Bible study.

Announcements

Forty Years of Christian Education in the Public Schools! 

In the early 1970s, the Lacombe Ministerial was given permission by the public school board to teach one class on Old Testament lessons to Grade Five every week for about 20 weeks, and New Testament to Grade Six! The curriculum was written by three local pastors. That was an amazing privilege that spread to most of the Wolf Creek schools for many years! At present it is still taught to 13 Grade 5 and 6 classes in Lacombe by volunteers from seven different churches! Thank you Lord for such an unbelievable opportunity for so many years. Please keep in prayer the teachers and the students in all of these classes as they continue to learn more about the Bible. Pray that God’s love would be poured out and that the students’ hearts would be open to what the Holy Spirit is wanting to do in their lives.

Red Deer and District Prolife 

will hold it's next general meeting Monday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at New Life Fellowship CRC in Red Deer. (20 Kelloway Cr.) Come and join us to see what Prolife is all about.

Are you looking for information and strategies for managing child and/or adolescent behaviors?

We invite you to join us at the Lacombe Christian School West Campus for an informative evening: Thursday, January 26th, 7:30 - 8:30pm. (West Campus Common Area, 5206-58 Street Lacombe.) Lacombe Christian School will host Keir Kutney BSW, RSW to share information and strategies in managing child and adolescent behaviours. This is a free event, open to everyone! Plan to join us to enjoy an informative evening hosted by Lacombe Christian School.

Refreshments provided.

YFC Annual Comedy & Dessert Night 

will be heldSaturday, February 25th, featuring comedian Dean Jenkinson. The tickets are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Come out for an evening of great entertainment in support of Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited/YFC. Tickets can be purchased fromChelsea Bos 403-782-9392 or through YFC 403-755-7825, the last day for ticket sales will beSunday, February 19th.

Sensitive Topics Affecting Today’s Young People

Growing up, you didn’t have the Internet, your friends didn’t cut themselves and text messaging wasn’t even on the radar. How can we help guide our children to live Godly lives amidst this kind of cultural climate? 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, Brett sheds light on how with increased knowledge of youth trends, adults can be more discerning in their parenting strategies and better able to anticipate the needs of their children as they navigate the often challenging waters of adolescence. Brett Ullman will be at Bethel CRC, Edmonton, 14204 - 25 St., on Thursday evening February 2nd beginning at 7:30 p.m. to discuss these very topics. Cost for this event is a free will donation to help cover expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Pedde, Youth Pastor or Bethel CRC at 780-476-3762 or Ron deVries Classis Youth Ministry Consultant at 780-619-6566

The Persecuted Church

IRAN 

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani recently refused to state that the Muslim prophet Muhammad was a messenger sent by God despite the fact that it would have secured his release. On December 30th, local authorities said they would release the pastor if he agreed to make the statement, but the pastor rejected the offer and remains in prison awaiting a final decision on his case. The request violates article 23 of the Iranian Constitution, which states that no one should be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief. The pastor at the Church of Iran was arrested in Rasht in 2009, and in September 2010, he was tried and found guilty of apostasy and sentenced to death . He was made three similar offers in 2011 where recanting his faith would have saved his life, but he refused each time. His case was eventually referred to Iran's Supreme Leader. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the case may have been passed on to the head of the Iranian judiciary, delaying execution for up to a year to allow time to convince the pastor to renounce his faith. Please pray that Pastor Youcef’s courage and faith will continue to be an example to the world that the Lord is more valuable than any earthly reward. Please pray that his steadfast resolve to protect the integrity of the gospel message will lead others to salvation. Please pray for his release.

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