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2012-04-29 April 29 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.

Seniors’ birthdays: 

Congratulations to Bill Wildeboer with the celebration of his birthday on May 4th. May God bless you on your birthday and in the year to come!

The wedding of Randy (Joe) Elgersman and Tracey Lindemulder is set for this Friday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m. here in our church. The congregation is invited to this special celebration. May God bless their love and commitment for him and for one another.

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, May 6th 

We read from Acts 9:1-30 and consider the work of “Paul the 13th Apostle.” Our text will be 1 Corinthians15:9. In the evening we read from Revelation 18 and the “End of the Wealth of this World.” 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” Today you will receive a brochure showing how your gift will impact lives across Canada. Please take some time this week to read about the community ministries providing practical help, in Jesus’ name to people in need. Please pray for these ministries this week and for the offering that will take place next week Sunday.

Potluck Lunch 

the Fellowship MLT is hosting another church Potluck lunch next Sunday, May 6th following the morning worship service. Please bring a favorite lunch dish and join in the fellowship and fun!


if you are having a problem reading the words of the praise songs on the PowerPoint screen during worship services you can request a Praise song book for yourself. Please contact Cindy Prins at 403-782-6400 or 403-748-2824 if you would like a book.

Summer Pre-School Sunday school Teachers Needed

We are looking for volunteer teachers and helpers for a summer program for the younger children during the morning service during June, July and August. The material is all laid out and will be available to be picked up ahead of time. We ask that each parent of pre-school aged children volunteer to teach one week this summer in order for this program to run. A sign up sheet is located on the table in the back foyer, so please volunteer to help out for a week. If no one signs up for a week, Pre-School Sunday school will be cancelled that week.

Lost & Found

A number of items have been found and placed in the Lost & 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 & canning jars. There are coats of all sizes (adults & children) on the coat rack as well. After May 2nd all remaining items will be donated to Building Blocks Thrift Store.

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 for the final time this year on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Council room.

Hiway Clean Up: 

It’s that time of year again for our annual Hiway cleanup. We will meet this coming Saturday, May 5th at 7 a.m. for the training video and then be on our way to do our part for the clean up. Please 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.

Young Peoples 

will meet next Sunday after the evening service.

Young Adults (18-30ish): 

CANYA Murder Mystery Potluck/Evening, Saturday, May 5th at Covenant CRC, 19010 87 Ave., Edmonton, starting at 5 p.m.! Get all dressed up, don’t reveal TOO much information and, by the end of the evening, take your best shot at who ‘dun it! Prizes will be awarded so come ready! Everyone planning on attending MUST register online at www.canymc.weebly.com. All registrations MUST be received by Thursday, May 3/12 so everyone receives all the info they need for the big night! There is NO cost to this CANYA event, but please bring a potluck item to share with everyone! For questions, please contact Ron DeVries at 780-619-6566.

A youth service 

will be hosted at Covenant CRC in Edmonton on May 13th at 6:30 p.m. Our focus that evening will be on 2 Timothy 1:7: Be Bold. Of course, there will be food following the worship time and possibly a few wide games. So come, join us on this evening as we together worship God with each other.

Living Members 

will meet at Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer’s next Sunday, May 6th following the evening service. Study Lesson 10 of the Truth Project.


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 30th through May 16th. 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.


In the newly updated devotional “Twilight” (a companion to the bestselling devotional “Daylight”) Andrew Kuyvenhoven shares his deep biblical knowledge and insight in an entire year of readings. Each month's meditations follow a book of the Bible, such as the gospel of John or the psalms; or a biblical theme, such as the meaning of Jesus' resurrection or the coming of God's kingdom. Makes a great gift for friends and family! Learn more or read a sample at FaithAliveResources.org or call 1.800.333.8300.

Persecuted Church


Semir Serkek, a 58 year old pastor in Instanbul, says although he has experienced hostility from Muslims nearly all his life, an attack over the Easter weekend was the first time he had been physically assaulted. Semir was alone at Grace Church preparing for the next day's Easter celebration when he heard frantic pounding at the door. Four young men in their late teens claimed they had questions and demanded to enter. They then threatened to kill him if he didn't recite the Islamic testimony of faith, and after a period of verbally harassing the pastor, one of the men kicked Semir in the chest, knocking the pastor down a set of stairs. The men then ran away laughing. Pray that the men who attacked Semir will repent and be saved. Please pray that Semir's continued faith will bring God glory. Pray that the commitment of Semir will serve to encourage other believers in Turkey that, although they are hard pressed on every side, they will not be crushed (2 Corinthians 4:8).

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