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2012-03-11 March 11 Bulletin


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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 Walter Land with the celebration of his 72nd birthday today and to Clarence Kits with his 71st birthday on March 15th. May you both be blessed with a special day!

Ann Vander Wal was admitted to the Lacombe hospital with health concerns. She remains in good spirits trusting her Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

We, the Voorbij’s are preparing for a Cuba-mission trip, which is planned for March 20th till the 28th. Besides encouraging the churches in the Santiago area, our main goal is to serve the Lord by bringing as many Bibles as possible into Cuba. We’ll also take some Christian literature and Bible study material for new believers, as well as some clothes, vitamins and other much needed materials. Most important is our need of prayer support during the trip. We made a list of prayer points, which can help you by this sacred job. Please feel free to ask one on paper or by e-mail.

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, March 18th 

We hear another word from Jesus from the cross from Luke 23:43, “The Promise of Paradise for Sinners.” In the evening we will have our annual Denominational Prayer Service. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

From the General Administration LT: 

We are asking that you refrain from using the west doors (double doors by the library) as they do not close properly when opened. The doors may still be used as an exit in the event of an Emergency. We are planning to replace them in the near future.

Please keep Friday, March 30th open for our Spring Congregational meeting to be held at 7:30 p.m. 

All Ministry Leadership teams are asked to give a Team report at this meeting.

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 today 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.

Classis Report 

Pastor Mike and Clerk Donald Wildeboer delegates. Classis Alberta North met in regular session this past Wednesday and Thursday.

Some highlights were:

1. Narrative Budget: a pamphlet detailing how the per-member-Classis-ministry-share goes toward accomplishing significant ministry in Northern Alberta. You will find one in your mailbox.

2. Our Classis Youth Ministry consultant is moving ministry forward on the biblical model of Deuteronomy 6. He will be at our Congregational meeting March 30 to tell us more.

3. Campus Chaplain Rick Van Manen is starting a campus “CRC Club” to draw CRC students together into a supportive community.

4. Delegates to Synod were elected: Minister delegates are John Pasma (Edmonton Covenant) and John Ooms (Edmonton Inglewood). Elder delegates are Gord Van’t Bosch (1st Rocky) and Carolyn Dieleman-Booth (West End). Our own August Luymes is 2nd Alternate this year.

5. The proposed new name for CRWRC is “World Renew Ministries.”

6. An overture regarding a report to Synod on Christian stewardship (Creation Care) was supported by Classis and will be discussed at Synod. It seeks to give direction on the issue of Climate Change. The report is available on the CRC website under resources.

7. Victor Ko and Mosaic House church plant now has 10 house churches (small groups) meeting regularly. Praise God. A new church plant is tentatively set for the Fall of 2013.

8. The Deaconal Committee of Classis shared about the work of welcoming refugees from Burma/Myanmar (Karen Community). There are five (5) families being supported. It was good hear of much excellent work building the Kingdom of Jesus and seeking the lost as CR churches here in Central and Northern Alberta.

Bethel Youth News

Young Adults Bible study 

There will be a Young Adults Bible study at the home of Kendra Scholing after the evening service today.

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.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on March 13th. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

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

The Volunteer Link 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 Volunteer Link 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: 

Don’t forget the first annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, March 15th from 7:15 to 9:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Our guest speaker will be Amanda Lindhout. Tickets are $25 per person and are available TODAY from 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.

Renowned Duo ANDRÉ KNEVEL and  LISELOTTE ROKYTA

Renowned Duo, Dutch/Canadian Organist ANDRÉ KNEVEL and Dutch/Czech Panflutist LISELOTTE ROKYTA, will perform a concert of Organ and Panflute music in Gaetz Memorial United Church, Red Deer - Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM. This will be a special concert celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Gaetz Memorial United Church and the 25th Anniversary of the installation of the Pipe Organ. For more info: Ph. 403 887 2885 Admission will be $10.00/person or $25.00/family (with children 12 and under), available at the door.

GEMS GIRLS Camp 2012! 

August 13-17, at Camp Rehoboth, Gull Lake, AB. Camp is open to all girls 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 welcomes girls from south and central Alberta going into Grade 5 to Grade 8 in the fall of 2012 and CIT's entering Grade 10. Registration forms will be available from GEMS Counselors or contact chrissie.nauta@gmail.com. Still needed are persons interested in becoming co-directors, cooks or handyman. Contact: Barb Nauta - 403-652-7078 or abnauta@platinum.ca for more info.

Lacombe Christian School 

Is still accepting Kindergarten Registrations. Registration available for children who have reached the age of 5 by Dec. 31, 2012. Obtain your registration package at the school office (5206 – 58 Street, Lacombe) or download them from our website: www.lacs.ca We have Full-Day Kindergarten, with bussing!

The Persecuted Church

Iran

A 78-year-old Christian lady was recently arrested by police and held for three days. Giti Hakimpour was seized from her home in the early hours of February 22nd. After persistent inquiries and repeated visits by church leaders, Giti was eventually allowed home on February 25th. No reason has yet been given for her arrest, nor is it at all clear what, if any, charges are to be brought against her. Since she was born in a Christian family, the possibility of an apostasy charge seems to be remote. It now appears that established and traditional churches across the city, not just house churches, have become targets of the authorities. The tightening of Iran's oppressive grip against the Christian community has reached new levels since the official media reported the discovery of a truckload of Bibles on its way to the city. Pray that no charges will be brought against Giti. Ask the Lord to help her to overcome this ordeal. Pray that God will continue to work in Iran by growing His kingdom and preparing the hearts and minds of believers to stand firm at all times.. Pray that the Lord will provide Bibles for those seeking to read His Word in Iran.

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