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2012-02-26 February 26 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.

Congratulations to Ann Vander Wal with the celebration of her 87th birthday tomorrow. May you be blessed with a special day with your family.

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

Nomination of Office bearers

Once again it is time to consider Council nominations. This year we have four elders (John deRegt, Henry Eisses, August Luymes and Craig Van Stryland) and two deacons (Scott Fraser, Darran Vreugdenhil) completing their terms.

Who is eligible for nomination? All officebearers are given a minimum two year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore ineligible are: Gord Bos, Curt Dowling, Ray Merkus, Ken Tenbrinke and Frank van Iperen. Women are eligible for the position of deacon. You do not need to speak with each person you nominate and you can nominate as many people as you feel are qualified. The district elders will officially approach people with 5 or more nominations.

The present Council Members are: Wayne Bowman, Bindert de Jong, John deRegt, Wilf Ebens, Henry Eisses, Scott Fraser, Art Hazelhoff, August Luymes, Brian Noordhof, Gerald Noort, Paul Prins, Andrew Tenbrinke, Terry Vandenborn, Craig Van Stryland, Rod Venhuis, Darran Vreugdenhil, Donald Wildeboer and Rick Wildeboer.

An actual nomination form will be given to you on Sunday, March 4th (during the offering) and collected as you leave the sanctuary. At that time you fill in the names of those you feel are gifted to serve. Those who cannot be present on March 4th can make other arrangements to submit their nominations. If you have questions please contact John de Regt. In the weeks preceding the nomination we seek the Lord for his guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration on this matter.

Next Sunday, March 4th 

We welcome the GEMS as they take part in worship and direct our hearts and minds towards “Godly Wisdom” Proverbs 9:1-12. In the evening we turn to Revelation 15 and “The Seven Plagues/Bowls of God’s Wrath.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Yearbook 2012 of the Christian Reformed denomination 

Is now available. We do order copies for church use, but if you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 to $15, please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net before February 26th.

Bethel Newsletter

The month of February is half over already so the newsletter team is getting ready for the next issue. In March, we hope to have some articles and items that our Seniors will especially enjoy. If you have any contributions you would like to include, please do not hesitate to let any one of the team members know. We love to get stories, poems, artwork, interesting items that you find. All are welcome. We do try to pay attention to copyright issues, so we cannot just photocopy articles from other magazines. Small items less than 50 words are usually okay. Thanks so much for helping us to make newsletters that are interesting and informative. If you have any questions, just talk to Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com, Harriet Luymes - haraug@gmail.com, or Anita Geldof – ahgeldof@shaw.ca

Great Food! 

Now that we have your attention, the Fellowship MLT will be hosting another potluck lunch on March 18th, after morning coffee. Please bring lunch food and a dessert (optional) to share.

Bethel Youth News

Young Adults Bible study

There will be a Young Adults Bible study at the home of Mark Hughes. We will be studying Chapter 6.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, February 28th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

YC 2012

This is your last notice!! 

YC 2012 – May 25-27, 2012: If you want tickets to this event remember that the deadline of February 28th this Tuesday! Don’t miss out on great bands, the speakers and amazing fellowship! To reserve a ticket you need $50 and confirmation from your parent(s) that they are OK with you going. If you have any questions talk to Wayne or Dana.

Young Adults (18-30): 

A group of experienced and qualified young adults have been commissioned by the CRC Synod to criss-cross our nation and our neighbours to the south, to speak with and work together with young adults. On Friday and Saturday, March 9th & 10th, interested young adults are invited from across Northern Alberta to look at what it means, and what its like to be a young adult within church. Two of the commissioned members are being jointly hosted by King's University College and Classis Alberta North to hear from YOU (and one of these members runs the largest Young Adult-populated church in the CRC located in Austin Texas). If you are interested, contact Wayne Bouwman, Pastor Mike or Dana van Gyssel.

Announcements

The Institute for Christian Studies 

Will be hosting a screening and discussion of the documentary Songs of Love and Sorrow: Re-engaging the Social Ethics of Music on Monday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at King’s University College in Edmonton. This documentary considers the nature of music’s role in the public sphere. Also discussed will be the role of faith in socially engaged music. For more information see the poster for this event on the foyer bulletin board.

Dr. Kurt Ver Beek, Association for a More Just Society

Dr. Kurt Ver Beek, co-founder of the Association for a More Just Society (AJS), has been working to help the poor and downtrodden in Honduras for twenty five years. West End members who have visited Honduras have been able to see the work of AJS first hand. Come to hear his inspiring message about how God is using courageous Christians in Honduras to achieve justice for impoverished people affected by street violence, government corruption, greedy land-grabbers, and more. Event at 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 28th West End Christian Reformed Church Edmonton.

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre

Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services National Office and your Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre invite you to a Fundraising Luncheon, “Celebrating Today’s Heroes” with the Hon. Stockwell Day on February 29th in Red Deer. For more details see the poster for this event on the foyer bulletin board.

Community Team Challenge: 

A free fun evening of games, relays and contests for all age groups will take place on March 3rd from 7 – 9 p.m. at the CUC PE Complex gymnasium. You will enjoy this evening whether you choose to be a participant or spectator. This will be a time to meet new people and be entertained. Door prizes and refreshments will end the evening. Plan to attend and invite a friend to join you. If you have any questions call Ron Schafer (782-2822) or Marcia Hill (782-0277). Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 9th at 7 p.m. Grounds for Creation: 

Silent Art-Auction and Coffee House Evening fundraiser for the Batwa people of Burundi, Africa. Funds will go to buying goats and building houses for the people, through the organization "Loveworks." Tickets are $5 at the door. Special guests: Ben Rogers, Dan Zepick and Graeme Watt. Event will be held at the YU-Turn Centre (5025 50th Street, Lacombe).

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast: 

the Lacombe and District Ministerial Association is hosting the first annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, March 15th from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. The purpose is to lift up our Mayor and local leaders in prayer as they serve our city. Our guest speaker will be Amanda Lindhout, a former freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for 460 days. She will talk of moving from Captivity to Freedom to Forgiveness. She is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation to improve the lives of the Somali people through education, micro-finance and emergency aid initiatives. The breakfast will be catered by Bob Ronnie. Tickets are $25 per person and are available through our church secretaries, Cindy and Dana.

11th Annual Beef & Dairy Fundraising Sale for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Wednesday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at VJV Ponoka. Donate an animal of your choice. Canadian Foodgrains Bank will provide tax receipts for contributions and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) matches most contributions on a 4:1 basis, which greatly enhances the value of your support. All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide life and hope to people who are hungry in developing countries. Suggestion for donations: Dairy Animals: Lactating animals, breeding bulls, springing heifers, bred and open heifers, calves, cull cows. Beef Animals: Bred cows, feeder cattle, bulls, calves, cull cows. Other: Round & Square Hay bales Cash donations are also appreciated! Please contact Arnie Tenbrinke at 403-318-7503 for more information, to make a donation, or if you need to arrange trucking before the sale date. Come join us and let's make a difference!

The Persecuted Church

Iran 

According to contacts in Iran, the execution orders for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued. Pastor Youcef's situation, an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for becoming a Christian. Has reportedly not been this dire since his story was first reported. It is unclear whether Pastor Youcef would have a right of appeal from the execution order. The head of Iran's Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, must approve publicly held executions, but only a small percentage of executions are held public. Most executions in Iran are conducted in secret. Please pray that the Lord will intervene and that Pastor Youcef will be freed from prison. Pray that Youcef and his family will remain faithful to the Lord in all situations. Pray that the Lord will be exalted through Pastor Youcef, whether in life or in death.

(Philippians 1:20).

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