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2012-03-04 March 4 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.

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:

Today, a nomination form will be given to you during the offering and collected as you leave the sanctuary. Please fill in the names of those you feel are gifted to serve. Please seek the Lord for his guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration on this matter.

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 office bearers 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.

Next Sunday, March 11th 

We begin Lent, remembering the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. Our focus in Lent will be the “Seven words of the Savior” from the cross. We begin with John 19:28, “I am Thirsty.” We will also remember in the Lord’s Supper. In the evening, due to Classis, Pastor Mike exchanges with Pastor Neil De Koning from Woodynook CRC.

Classis Alberta North 

Meets in regular Spring Session this week Wednesday & Thursday, March 7-8 at West End CRC in Edmonton. Our delegates are Pastor Mike and Clerk Donald Wildeboer. The agenda is made up of the regular work of Classis (Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry, Mustard Seed). There are no examinations or overtures.

We received this note from Andy & Linda Horlings on February 26th:

Greetings from Jos! Good morning! Just a note to say that all the expatriate missionaries are fine, in case you hear of the bomb blast on the news. We both heard and felt the blast at 7:30 this morning. A suicide bomber got into the parking lot at COCIN headquarters church. As far as we know there were a few injuries and one or two casualties. We thank the Lord that it was not much worse. Please continue to pray for the salvation of such people as suicide bombers.

Thanks for your prayers for us too. Blessings, Andy and Linda

All ladies are invited to a craft day 

On Saturday, March 10th. Please call Anita at 403-782-2817 by Wednesday, March 7th to reserve your spot and so that meal arrangements can be made.

Bible Study

Would you like to be part of a Bible Study but just haven’t been able to make it work? That is where we are. Would a Saturday night work? Henry and Anita Geldof would love to hear from those who are interested in joining a Bible study planned for Saturday evenings. We will have a start up meeting on March 17th at our home at 8:00 p.m. Please talk to either one of us for more information.

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.

DUTCH CHEESE: 

The GEMS Counselors are selling Dutch Cheese again. Order forms are in your mailboxes. Orders will be due March 18th and can be placed in Wannetta Brander’s mailbox. Cheese will be at church for pickup on April 1st. If you have any questions please call Wannetta Brander at 403-782-2290 or Jeanne Ebens at 403-782-7872.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

There will be a Young Peoples Bible study at the home of Heather Van Stryland after the evening service today.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will NOT be meeting on March 6th due to a leaders’ meeting.

The next Youth Mexico Mission team 

Meeting will be on Monday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. Please bring in the needed forms ASAP.

YOUNG ADULTS (18-30ish): 

CANYA Bowling Night – Saturday, March 17th at 7 p.m. at the Ambassador Bowling Centre (5018 50 St., Lacombe, AB). Do you have an evening to spare? We promise your night won’t feel like a gutter ball but a way to strike up some fun & friendships! Come with a team or by yourself – it’s only $10/person. Reserve your spot soon as space is limited! Need more info? Contact Curtis Doornbos at 403-357-8402.

Announcements

Grounds for Creation 

Will be held on Friday, March 9th at 7 p.m.: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 St., Lacombe.

The Volunteerlink Annual General meeting 

Will be held at St. Andrews United church, on March 12th at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. This is a good opportunity to come and see what Volunteerlink has been up to over the past year, as well as inform you as to where and what needs are being met in our community. Our guest speakers this year are Cindy & Richard Wright; they have been working with Eric Raja within "A Better World" since 2004. The title of their talk will be "Volunteering makes a better world".

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!

Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society 

All members (and those interested in becoming members) of the Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society are encouraged to attend the Annual General meeting to be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Woodynook Christian Reformed church.

GEMS GIRLS Camp 2012! 

August 13 to 17, at Camp Rehoboth, Gull Lake, AB. It’s not too early to begin making your plans to attend and enjoy a great week together. Even if you do not attend GEMS, you are more than welcome to come and enjoy crafts, activities, great food, singing, campfire, worship and sharing the love of Christ together. Depending on the weather, we will spend one day at the waterslide or indoors at the Recreation Centre. Camp is open to girls from south and central Alberta going into Grade 5 through to Grade 8 in the fall of 2012 and CIT's entering Grade 10. (first 6 girls accepted). Registration forms will be available from GEMS counselors or contact chrissie.nauta@gmail.com We need persons interested in becoming co-directors. Please prayerfully consider this ministry. Volunteers for Chapel leader, Cabin leaders, cooks or handyman is also a vital ministry for this camps success and we encourage anyone interested to give it a try. Contact: Barb Nauta, 403-652-7078 or abnauta@platinum.ca for more info.

The Persecuted Church

Nigeria 

Four Christians died and over 50 more were injured after a car bomb exploded at a church on February 26th in Jos, Plateau state. The Sunday morning worship service had just started when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives. One of the bombers was killed, while the other was later apprehended. Please pray that Christians in Nigeria will remain faithful to God, even in the midst of unrest. Pray the Lord will give those affected by the violence the desire and strength to forgive their attackers. Pray for those who are grieving. Pray the Lord will reach many in Nigeria with the truth of the gospel so they may repent and believe.

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