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2012-04-22 March 22 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.

Ken and Jenny Tenbrinke are expecting another child. Recent ultrasounds showed that the baby’s left hand is not developing. This naturally is of real concern and at this time other tests are planned. We pray for this dear child and Jenny & Ken and the family in this time of uncertainty.

Directory correction: Please take note that Krista Prins has now a new address: 4721 Little Street, Vancouver, BC, V5N 4S7. Her email and phone number remain the same.

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 29th 

We have the privilege of witnessing God’s grace and the new life of Christ in six young people who will profess their faith: Adam Eisses, Jessica Bouwman, Kendra Scholing, Martha Stad, Philip Szelekovszky, and Stephanie Hoekstra. Then together we will take part in the Lord’s Supper as a sign and seal of God’s grace to us all in Jesus. In the evening we turn to Revelation 17 and “The call for a mind of wisdom” in understanding God’s will in the last days. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Office Bearer Elections 

Are scheduled for Sunday, May 6th immediately after the morning service. For the office of Elder four men have accepted God’s call through the affirmation of the congregation to serve at this time. They are: Henry Geldof, Herman Scholing, John van Gyssel and Peter Prins. As we need to fill four positions for Elder the vote for these brothers will be an affirmation vote for all four. For the office of Deacon six people have accepted God’s call to serve. The congregation will be asked to vote for two people to fill the two positions available. The names of those standing for office are: Brad Lewin, Jan Rodenburg, John de Regt Jr., Peter Heidelberg, Randall Wildeboer and Rod Duckett.

Operation Manna: 

“The Church Across Canada Involved with its Neighbors”

On Sunday, May 6th, we will join with churches across Canada to gather an offering for Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada. To help you learn more about this program we will distribute a special brochure next Sunday that highlights how your gifts will be used this year to support local community ministries.

For more information, please go to www.diaconalministries.com

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.

Lost & Found

A number of items have been found and placed in the lost and found box at the bottom of the stairs. Please take some time and take a look for any items that might be yours. Items include a lawn chair, mugs, glass pyrex containers. Also on the coat rack are items of clothing. After two weeks all remaining items will be donated to Building Blocks Thrift Store.

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.

Bethel Newsletter – May 

The newsletter team is getting ready to put together the May edition of the 2012 Bethel newsletter. In May we will be focusing on Mother’s Day and in Alberta – spring time. We look forward to hearing from some of you. Let us know how you ended your ministry for this year. Or, if you have attended workshops that focus on your work in ministry, perhaps write a bit about that and let the rest of the congregation know what you have learned and how you hope to put into practise some of that knowledge. Share you passion for your work with us. We are always looking for stories from the congregation or poems and such. Don’t forget about our new page – Questions and Answers. Please have your contributions in to any of the team by Tuesday, May 1st. Thanks so much. Harriet Luymes – haraug@gmail.com Ann Wildeboer – awildeboer@xplornet.com Anita Geldof – ahgeldof@shaw.ca .

GEMS Camp 2012 

will be held August 13th till the 17th at Camp Rehoboth, Gull Lake, AB. We are ready! Camp is open to girls going into Grade 5 through into Grade 8 in the fall of 2012. The cost is $150. The CIT program is open to girls entering Grade 10. Hurry! Don't miss out on a fun week of activities & waterslide, crafts, great food, singing, campfire & Chapel and friends! The deadline for registration is May 15th! Thank you to those who have already volunteered to come as Nurse, Handy Man, Cooks and Cabin Leaders. Another cook is still needed. Contact: Barb Nauta abnauta@platinum.ca.

** If you would like to know more about what this camp has to offer contact Dana van Gyssel.

Bethel Youth News

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this Tuesday, April 24th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Young Peoples 

will be Sunday, April 29th. The activity will be announced next week.

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.


Open House Tea for Mini Woltjer

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

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 King’s University College 

Invites you to participate in a special Spring Session Course that examines the history and consequences of the Indian Residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Lectures and presentations will be offered each weekday evening from 6:30-9:30 from April 30 through May 16. Because the national conversation around this issue is so important, we are offering an opportunity for the general public to attend the presentations AT NO COST. The course will be hosted by Professors Will Van Arragon and Roy Berkenbosch, but the presentations will be made primarily by members of the aboriginal community who have direct experience of residential schools and are engaged in the work of reconciliation and healing. For more information, or to sign up to attend the lectures, please contact roy.berkenbosch@kingsu.ca or william.vanarragon@kingsu.ca.

Persecuted Church

Hmong believers in Laos and Vietnam face opposition from village authorities because of their faith in Christ. Within the past month, authorities in several villages have expelled at least six families that converted to Christianity. The believers are struggling to farm and earn a living. Three families were expelled from their village in northern Vietnam, because of their recent adoption of Christianity. Each family came to faith after a Hmong Christian worker prayed for an ill family member and the family member recovered from illness. The families, which include a total of 13 people, must find a new place to live because officials will not allow Christians in their village.Prayfor Christians in Laos and Vietnam that they may find comfort and courage through their faith. Pray for forgiving hearts. Pray for the persecutors and for a change in the regime.

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