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2012-04-15 April 15 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 Joanne van Gyssel with her 83rd birthday on April 17th and Gerry Doornenbal with his 84th birthday on April 18th. May you both be blessed with a special day of celebration and may God bless you in this coming year.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Albert & Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tony & Henny Middag, Lena Spelt, Grace Vander Veen and Ann Vander Wal.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, April 22nd 

Pastor L.E. Sackmann will lead us in the morning and Elder August Luymes will lead our evening worship. Pastor Mike and Barb are at the annual Classis Alberta North Pastor’s conference.

Cards for our missionaries: 

Please take the time to sign some birthday cards for our missionaries after the morning service today. Cindy Prins will have a table set up in the fellowship hall with the cards ready to by signed.

From OMLT 

Many hands make light work. Circle of Friends is looking for helping hands to cook a meal once every 8 weeks. That means people helping would cook 6 times per year. If you feel you can help we are having a planning meeting this Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the church to answer questions and put together a schedule.

Wedding Shower: 

Attention Ladies! We are having a Bridal shower for Tracey Lindemulder on Friday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Tracey is marrying Joe Elgersman on May 4th here in Bethel church. If you are able, please bring a plate of goodies to share. For more information talk to Debby van Iperen. Thank you.

Safe Church Workshop 

Woody Nook CRC is pleased to be hosting Safe Church training workshops on April 18th and 19th at 7:30 p.m. Training will be presented by John Stellingwerff, the Safe Church – Abuse Prevention and Response Coordinator for the CRC churches in BC. On Wednesday evening training for Pastors, Staff, Council Members and Ministry/Program Leaders will be discussing Equipping Leaders and Protecting Ministry. He will be covering relational skills; understanding and responding to emotions, relational boundaries and safe guards. Positions of trust- understanding the risks and protecting ourselves, the ministry and the church. A video: “Not in My Church” will also be presented. On Thursday evening all volunteers ages 18 & up working with children and minors will be discussing Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention. Basic information on laws, reporting child abuse and responding to reports when protection is needed. Recognizing physical, sexual, emotional abuse indicators, and issues surrounding disclosures and supporting a child who discloses. A video “Put the Child First”; ‘The David Pelzer story: A Child Called IT” & “Scared Silent” will be presented.

*I highly recommend attending one or both of these workshops as John is a fount of information on the topics. If you have any questions about each of the evenings or would like information about Safe church, please contact me. Dana van Gyssel.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples 

Will meet for a Bible study at Aaron & Ryan Swier’s home after the evening service today.

Tuesday Nite Youth will meet this Tuesday, April 17th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Hiway Clean Up, 

Its that time of year again for our annual Hiway cleanup. Please keep Saturday May 5th open to join us for this great fundraiser. Although we do not have a group going to YC this year we still support Bethel Youth in ministry. Part of the funds will go to support Steven and Jess Szelekovszky, Krista Prins and Sarah Stad. We will hold over the YC portion over for future trips.


Mini Woltjer’s 85th Birthday Open House 

Everyone is welcome to attend an open house tea for Mini Woltjer’s 85th birthday on Saturday, April 28tth from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Bethel Fellowship Hall.

It’s time for the Christian Reformed World Missions annual Poster contest! 

Children & youth up to the age of 18 are eligible to enter. Entries must be postmarked by April 20th. For poster themes and other entry details, visit www.crwm.org/postercontest .

Celebrating 100 Years of Bible distribution in Canada by the Gideons - reserve your ticket now for the annual Gideon Banquet. Come and be blessed by a great guest speaker, testimonies of God's faithfulness, a tasty meal by CACHS catering, an awesome singing group from Barrhead, and wonderful fellowship. To be held Saturday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. at Central Alberta Christian High School. Please contact Ray or Eleanor Merkus at 403-782-1490 for tickets.

CACHS Fashion Show and Dessert Evening: 

"Making Dreams Come True" On Friday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m., the Central Alberta Christian High school will be hosting their annual Fashion Show and Dessert evening. This year all proceeds will be going to the "Make A Wish" Foundation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling the school office at 403-782-4535. Be sure to come out for a great night of fashion, desserts, music and a Silent Auction.

The Christian Labour Association of Canada 

(CLAC) is accepting applications for the position of Labour Representative working for the Edmonton office. Representatives act as advocates for employees in workplaces unionized by CLAC. Individuals must possess strong communication, analytical, and relational skills along with the desire to apply CLAC’s principles and brand of cooperative, solution-oriented labour relations to the workplace community. Previous education or experiences in Labour Relations or Human Resources and/or knowledge of the construction industry are considered assets. For more information or to submit a resume contact the Edmonton office at: edmonton@clac.ca or by phone 780-454-6181.

Persecuted Church


An Arabic-language teacher at a government school in Pakistan has been meeting with a pastor to learn more about Christianity. The encounters began after the teacher learned that one of his students was a Christian. "I've never met a Christian in my life," he told the young man. The student invited him to speak with his pastor. At first the discussions were difficult. But last month, the pastor visited the teacher's school. That day, the pastor and the teacher spoke for two hours, and the teacher requested a Bible so he could look up some of the verses the pastor cited. The Pakistani teacher suggested they discuss the topic of whether Jesus is the Son of God the next time they meet. The pastor asks for our prayers: "Please pray for me, when I have this meeting, that God will protect me and the Holy Spirit will guide me and save the soul of this teacher , so he can accept Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour." Please also pray for those in Pakistan who are facing persecution because of their faith in Jesus. Pray that their passion for Christ will be the light that draws others to Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16).

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