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2012-03-18 March 18 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.

Ann Vander Wal is feeling better and slowly gaining strength in the hospital. She appreciates the support of the congregation and hopes to return to her room at the Lodge next week.

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

The Fellowship MLT 

Is hosting a Potluck Lunch after the morning worship. Hope to see you there!

Next Sunday, March 25th 

We hear another word from Jesus on the cross from Luke 23:34, “Father forgive them.” In the evening we welcome the Parkland Men’s Choir to lead us in Lenten song and Easter praise.

Ministry Shares

Together doing more – did you know that you are a vital part of life-changing ministries that touch millions of people all around the world? It’s true – and it’s made possible by Ministry Shares. Join us next Sunday to learn about the exciting ways that God is using your Ministry Shares to multiply the work of the Christian Reformed Church.

Cuba-mission trip

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 pray. Please feel free to ask for one on paper or by e-mail.

Youth Mexico Mission 2012: 

Early Saturday morning, March 24th at 4 a.m. (in the morning!), the Youth Mexico Mission team will meet at the church parking lot and leave for the Edmonton airport to fly to San Diego. The YWAM staff will meet them at the San Diego airport and take them across the border to Ensenada, Mexico. They will spend a week at the YWAM base and participate in the Mission Adventures program. During the week they will be participating in the Sunday morning worship service at the Fuente de Vida church and also help with Sunday school there during the week. Every morning and evening is spent at the base. YWAM has excellent speakers and worship leaders. They also plan to build a home for the Gutierrez-Chavez family.

Jose and Rosio Gutierrez-Chavez are both 23 years old. Jose works as a mason and Rosio stays at home with their little boy Santiago, who is 3 years old. They have been married for 5 years and never had a house of their own. They managed to buy a piece of property on credit and built a small room. Five months after they moved into this small room it was lost in a fire and the neighbors had also stolen their gas tank and other valuables items a few days before that. They moved in with an aunt for awhile, but could not afford the extra rent and also the payment on the property. So they moved into a small room with Rosio's mother. Jose’s work makes 1000 pesos ($78) a week. The job is not really secure and he tries to work as a painter on the side.

Please keep the Gutierrez-Chavez family and the Mexico Youth Mission team (Jessica Bouwman, Tyler De Boon, Caden den Oudsten, Jason DeWit, Adam Eisses, Diana Hoekstra, Kyra Keizer, Geoffrey Noordhof, Heather Noordhof, Corinna Prins, Martha Stad, Erin Vandenborn, Daniel Venhuis , Kyle Visser and leaders Wayne Bouwman, August Luymes, Cindy Prins, Ashley Roolker and Andrew Tenbrinke) in your prayers. Pray for them as they prepare for this trip, for safety, for health and team unity. Also pray for the Gutierrez-Chavez family as they receive their new home and that our team may be a blessing to this small family.

“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything” Hebrews 3:4"

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.

Spring Congregational meeting

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.

Dutch Cheese: 

The GEMS Counselors are selling Dutch Cheese again. Orders are due TODAY 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 Young Peoples this evening after the worship service. We will be going sledding at LCS and then to the Scholings for hot chocolate and snacks.

Young Adults

There will be a Young Adults Bible study TODAY after the evening worship service at the home of Kendra Scholing. We will be studying Chapter 6. This was supposed to be last week but was postponed to this week. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will meet on March 21st. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Youth Mexico Mission team 

Will have our final meeting on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. We will finalize travel arrangements & last minute information. All parents are invited to attend.


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.

The Signs of the Times

The Edmonton and District Council of Churches cordially invites you to The Signs of the Times. Come, listen and participate as Dr. Reginald Bibby—speaker and researcher—leads us through his research dealing with the challenges of church planning for the future. This presentation will be held Friday, March 23rd from 7 – 10 p.m. at Covenant CRC, 19010-87 Ave, Edmonton. Admission prices-$25; all groups of 6: $100. Please RSVP with total number in your group by 12 noon Wednesday, March 21st to John Pasma: covenantcrc@interbaun.com or 780-443-2303. Pay with cash or cheque at the door. Thank you!

Concert of Organ and Panflute music

Renowned Duo, Dutch/Canadian Organist Andre 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 24th at 7:30 p.m. 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 phone 403-887-2885. Admission will be $10/person or $25/family (with children 12 and under), available at the door.

Lacombe Christian School 

Is still accepting Kindergarten Registrations. Registration available for children who have reached the age of 5 by December 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!

A Better World - Neighbors

Lacombe based humanitarian organization A Better World is initiating a new local project entitled Neighbors. The project consists of renovating a home for a disabled lady who lives in our community. For more information there are brochures in the foyer or contact Ronda Ziakris at 403-782-1141 or Cherri Huisman at 403-877-5097. You can also visit the A Better World website at www.a-better-world.ca. Thank you for your prayers and potential involvement as we work together with our community to show Central Alberta what it means to put the word “Neighbors” into action.

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

Is a Christian Charity seeking to hire an Executive Assistant, directly responsible to the Executive Director. The objective is to provide administrative support to the Executive Director and other Centre staff. This position will begin at 32 hours/week. For a full job description or more information, please contact Anne Waddell at director@pregnancycare.ca.

The Persecuted Church

Saudi Arabia

Muslim social network users are calling for the arrest and even for the death of a Saudi Arabian Christian convert they say has insulted the Muslim prophet Muhammad via Twitter. Hamoud Bin Saleh, who has been imprisoned three times in eight years, was first arrested for "attacks against Islam" in 2004 and spent nine months in jail after blogging about his conversion from Islam to Christianity. In 2008, he was again arrested after writing about religious matters and his conversion. He was detained for a month and during that time he was tortured with sleep deprivation, solitary confinement and physical and psychological abuse. His most recent arrest was in 2009. He was released on the condition that he not travel outside the country or appear in the media. Please pray that Hamoud's voice for Christ will not be silenced by the authorities or by those who oppose his Christian faith and that Hamoud will not fear despite his past suffering (1 Peter 3:14).

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