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2013-02-03 February 3 Bulletin


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.

Address change: 

Please make the following changes to your directory for Murray Hall. Apt. 205 4827 55 St., Red Deer, AB, T4N 2J2. Phone: 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.

Next Sunday, February 10th 

Wayne Bouwman will lead our morning worship. Pastor Mike has a Classical appointment in Centerpointe CRC in Edmonton. In the afternoon we hear the powerful assurance of Romans 8:31-39 that “Nothing can Separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

Hearing assist available

If you are Hearing impaired and have trouble hearing during the Worship services, we now have Hearing assist available. The sound tech in the Sound booth can assist anyone who would like to use this system.

A Profession of Faith class 

is starting next week Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. It will meet weekly for two months. A core group of three people is presently interested. If you feel you would like to make public profession of your faith in Jesus you are welcome to join us. If you have any questions please talk to Pastor Mike.

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.

Criminal Record Checks: 

Due to changes, those who were expecting papers in your mailboxes now will be getting a phone call this week. If anyone has questions please contact Dana.

Winter Family Fun Fest!! 

It’s that time of year again! Bring your sleds and skates for a day of Family Fun at Lacombe Christian School, Monday, February 18th at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served in the church. If you want to play hockey, bring your sticks and pucks to play on the new rink at the west campus. Free skating will be at the east campus. There will also be indoor games for those who would rather not play in the cold. Everyone is invited for lunch. For more information talk to a Fellowship ministry team member; Debby van Iperen, Anita Geldof, Marcella Van Stryland, Janneke Roolker, Joan Eisses, or Pete Heidelberg.


There will be a Young Adults social at the home of Rod Venhuis after the 4:00 p.m. service today. Come for a fun time of fellowship, pizza and games! Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will not be meeting this week - Leaders will meet at 7:30 p.m.

Young Peoples 

Is postponed to Sunday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. for a social at the Hoekstras’.

Junior 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 you 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 let’s have an awesome time, see you there!!

Inspire Youth Conference: 

It’s only 2 weeks away!! Want to have a great weekend of fun and faith formation with other high school youth from across Alberta? You need to sign up now for this great event taking place February 15-17! 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 talk to Wayne, Dana or Pastor Mike.

Moms & Girls! 

This is your last chance to order tickets for the We Walk Tour! The We Walk Tour will be held at West End CRC on Saturday February 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. The event 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. Tickets are available online at www.itickets.com for $12 and will be sold for $16 at the door. The We Walk Tour is based on principles from Micah 6:8 and is sponsored by GEMS Girls’ Clubs.

Live It

to be held 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.



EduDeo is very thankful for Terry Vandenborn, who participated on the Lacombe HANDS Team (2013). Your loving heart and your willingness to serve will be a tremendous blessing to Colegio Cristiano La Esparanza for years to come! Thank you to all those that prayed for and supported Terry and this team. As Jesus said, “Whatever you did for the least of these….you did for me” Matthew 25:40.

Lacombe County Early Childhood Development Coalition

Parents of children from birth to five years old are encouraged to attend a meeting on February 6th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, sponsored by the Lacombe County Early Childhood Development Coalition to learn more about these 2000 days of development opportunities. Each child is a gift from God. This gift can be nurtured and strengthened through activities in these five areas: Physical Health and Well-Being, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language and Thinking Skills, and Communication Skills. For questions or to RSVP by TOMORROW, February 4th please contact lacombecountyecdc@gmail.com.

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. Contact Sherri Bouchard at 403-343-9433 or at reddeerprolife@live.ca

Hemorrhaging Faith

On February 20th at Bethel CRC, Edmonton starting at 7:30 p.m., there will be an insightful workshop for Parents and Christian leaders based on ground breaking research found in the document called “Hemorrhaging Faith”. The presenter will be James Penner (BEd, MA) a youth sociologist, youth worker, former public school educator and presently an adjunct professor of Sociology at University of Lethbridge. He is lead author of the just released www.hemorrhagingfaith.com research report on the spiritual trajectories of Canadian young adults who were raised Christian in childhood. James and his wife Claire reside in Lethbridge, Alberta with their two young adult children aged 18 and 20, where they run James Penner and Associates a Canadian youth research and consulting company that resources adults and organizations that care about youth, their families and their communities. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ryan Pedde at Bethel Community Church 780-476-3762 or Ron deVries at 780-618-6566.

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.



More than 20 Christians have been arrested in the capital of Asmara within the past few weeks. The arrests took place at the homes of the accused, indicating that they were planned in advance by the city's authorities. These government officials have been targeting church leaders of various denominations. From 2002 to 2010, the government has jailed, tortured and killed numerous Eritreans for political and religious reasons, and tortured and killed many of them extra-judicially. Today, it is estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 Christians are in Eritrean prisons. Believers face deplorable conditions, including torture. Many are held in metal shipping containers with no ventilation or toilet facilities. Pray for God's peace and protection over His people during Eritrea's politically uncertain times. As these spiritual leaders earnestly seek His wisdom and guidance for their congregations and communities, may they find themselves drawing closer in relationship with Him and, as a result, in unity with one another. Overall, may there be a greatly needed breakthrough in the struggle for increased religious freedom.

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