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2013-01-27 January 27 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.

Please remember our family of the week – Frank, Debby, Steve & Jess, Mike, Philip, Hannah & John van Iperen - in your daily prayers.

Congratulations to Els Ebens with the celebration of her birthday on February 2nd. May you be blessed in a special way on your birthday and in the coming year.

Joanne van Gyssel is receiving treatments for macular degeneration. She needs the eye treatments once a month. She has had two so far and needs four more. We pray that the treatments will be blessed by God and her sight can be restored to a large degree.

Ernie Stebner remains in the Red Deer hospital. Various other concerns have developed in the past few days. Ernie and Willie continue to work things through day by day in the strength of their faith in the Lord Jesus who loves and cares for them.

Directory Change: Murray Hall has a new address. Please make changes to your copy. Apt. 205 4827 55 St. Red Deer, AB, T4N 2J2 Phone no. 403-358-6048

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

The Deacons 

Would like to remind you to fill in your Intentional Giving commitment cards and deposit them in the box in the foyer. Please bring them next week if you haven’t already.

Next Sunday, February 3rd 

We welcome August Luymes to lead us in our morning worship.

The AFTERNOON Service

We have Henry Eisses leading our service. Pastor Mike has a Sunday off and is in Ontario for the weekend for a niece’s wedding.

February Second Service Time Change: 

For a one month trial period we will be meeting for worship at 4:00 p.m. instead of our usual 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, February 24th we will hand out evaluations to see what people thought. We will go back to our 7:00 p.m. service time in March.

Hearty Meals

A new year has begun and the Fellowship MLT continues to organize meals for families in our church as the need arises. If you would like to be part of this ministry, please let Anita Geldof know. It involves delivering a meal once every 3 or 4 months, depending on the need and the number of those involved. Thanks so much to all those who already take part. Your gifts are a blessing to all who receive them.

February Newsletter

The newsletter team is beginning work on the next issue of the Bethel Newsletter. February is of course the month where the focus is on love. Love of God, love of family, love of friends. We look forward to having your contributions. Please have them in to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Monday, January 28th. We plan to have the newsletter in your mailbox for February 3rd.

The 2013 Yearbook of the Christian Reformed denomination 

is now available. If you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 to $15 please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net before February 10th.

Attention Kids! 

We are reuniting the Bethel Sunshine Singers Kids Choir for Easter! All kids from grades 1-9 are welcome to join us as we learn some songs to perform on Easter Sunday. Practices will be starting Monday, February 4th right after school until 5 p.m. here at Bethel. Please bring an extra snack for yourselves and we will provide juice. The younger LCS kids can be provided with a walking buddy if they are needed. Let us know THIS WEEK if you want to participate or if you have any questions! Mel Wildeboer rmwildeboer@gmail.com or Sue Wildeboer wildeboers@hotmail.com

Living Members 

will meet at Peter & Gerry Prins on February 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm. We will study pages 5 to 17 of the book "Disciples, Living in Community".

The Outreach Ministry Leadership Team 

met this week to review how serving the Community Christmas dinner went. The OMLT would like to thank all the willing volunteers who helped this event be possible. A special thank you goes out to the extended Luymes family who covered most of the duties on Christmas Day. Wonderful fellowship was experienced during food preparation and the Christmas Day dinner. 138 people were served and we pray that they felt God’s nearness and blessing to them on Christmas Day and into the New Year.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, January 29th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Jr Youth 

you are invited join us for a night of fun at the Vandenborns on Friday, February 15th from 7-9 p.m. Bring your sleds, skates, and a travel mug for hot chocolate. If u have any questions contact Gayle or Maddy. If the weather is not warm enough we will have other plans ready to go so bring friends and lets have an awesome time, see you there!!

Moms and Girls: It’s coming! 

The We Walk Tour is just two weeks away! The We Walk Tour will challenge girls to stand up for what they believe in, even when the world does not value their voice. Through the speakers, videos, and interactive object lessons girls will better understand that even their small acts, in the hands of Jesus, can be the catalyst for huge change in the world. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at West End Christian Reformed Church on Saturday February 9, 2013 and consists of a speaker, praise and worship with Colleen & Grace, refreshments, gifts, crafts, and lots of giveaways! Tickets are available online at www.itickets.com for $12.00 and will be sold for $16.00 at the door. The We Walk Tour is based on principles from Micah 6:8 and is sponsored by GEMS Girls’ Clubs.

Inspire Youth Conference:

It’s getting closer! Join youth in Grades 9-12 from all across Alberta for this new fun event on February 15-17! Spend a weekend being inspired and growing in faith side by side with other Reformed youth you will meet! The event will take place at King’s College, where you will camp out, eat, worship, do service, play games, discuss your faith, and many more exciting things! The cost is only $25 for the entire weekend so sign up now! For more information please contact Wayne, Dana or Pastor Mike

Live It 

(July 23–27, 2013) is more than just another event; it’s a spiritual awakening for high school youth to expand on living their unique lives for Christ. It exists to teach students about themselves so they can be an active part of the church body and engage their culture. Through the use of their unique skills, personality and interests, each student spends their time at Live It learning about their God-given potential and how their strengths and skill set can be used in this life. At Live It, students spend the majority of their time breaking out into the peer groups that best represent how God has wired them (arts, service, discipleship or athletics). While surrounded by like-minded peers and leaders, students expand their understanding on where they belong in God’s kingdom and how they can know God’s purpose for their lives. It’s about creating an atmosphere conducive to following, learning, listening, leading and serving. This event will be taking place at the Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration starts at $425.00 USD. If you are interested in this wonderful event please contact Dana.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The WoodyNook Cadet Club 

will be holding its 50 years of faithfulness celebration on Sunday February 3rd at 10:00 am in the morning service. There will be tables around the fellowship hall on February 3rd to display different shirts, projects and pictures from the last 50 years as well as the Cadets and Counsellors will be serving cake and coffee after the service. We invite everyone to attend and enjoy the day with us.

The Second Annual Mayor’s Prayer breakfast 

is being planned for Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Center. The Lacombe Ministerial has invited Mr. Gene Philcox to speak. He is a New York City fire fighter who responded at 9/11 and who also assisted during Hurricane Sandy. There will also be time for prayer for the leaders of our City and for emergency response personnel who serve us. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available from our church secretaries.

40 Days for Life: 

From February 13th through March 24th, you’re invited to join Christians all over the globe for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and speak for the little ones with no voice. Come join us as we pray in downtown Red Deer in front of the courthouse during a 40 day vigil. For more information or to get involved there will a meeting on January 28th at 7 p.m. in the New Life Fellowship CRC, 20 Kelloway Cr. in Red Deer. Contact Sherri Bouchard at 403-343-9433 or at reddeerprolife@live.ca

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

INDIA: 

As a result of two recent attacks by Hindu extremists, more than 100 Christian villagers have been forced to flee from Tamsai. Hindu nationalists involved in the attacks were angered that these converts to Christianity no longer practised their traditional tribal religions. 20 police officers failed to intervene. The first assault took place on December 30th when the believers did not participate in a festival celebrating a tribal deity. Many of these victims fled from their homes after being beaten with wooden clubs. More recently, a mob of extremists assaulted a group of Christians who met to worship in a private home. Prior to these attacks, local Christians were receiving unfair treatment from their neighbours by being denied access to water, firewood and their monthly supply of grains at the local ration shop. Pray that God's love will drive out all fear from the hearts of these tribal Christians. Ask Him to bring healing and comfort to them, especially after experiencing attacks of persecution. May those in authority uphold and properly defend the religious rights of all citizens in this area, serving as a catalyst of peace between the different faith groups.

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