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2013-02-10 February 10 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.

Lorraine Havinga slipped and fell last Sunday and broke her wrist. We pray for God’s healing grace during the time of recovery.

Congratulations to Lorraine Havinga with the celebration of her birthday on February 16th. May you be blessed on your special day and may God be with you in a healing way in the year to come.

Ernie Stebner was moved to the Lacombe hospital this week to wait for an operation scheduled for February 13 in Red Deer. We pray for the certainty of God’s presence in these uncertain times for Ernie and Willie.

Annette Sackmann was not feeling well and was admitted to the Lacombe hospital. We pray for her and Lawrence as they trust in the Lord who is our strength when we are weak.

Congratulations to Travis Tenbrinke and Nikki with the birth of a son, Degan Troy, on Tuesday, February 5th in Red Deer. Mother and son are doing well.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Intentional Giving commitment cards

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 17th 

we read from the Gospel of Mark 9:2-10 as it describes “The Transfiguration of Jesus showing he is the divine son of God.” In the afternoon we welcome Mr. Gene Philcox, a New York City fire fighter who attended the 9/11 tragedy as well as the Hurricane Sandy struggles. We will have opportunity to ask him questions about being a Christian witness in trying times in the context of Psalm 46.

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, today is the last day to order. Please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net

Bethel Cadets 

would like to thank everyone who contributed bottles and batteries for this years fundraiser. We raised $ 774.00 with the bottles, and we are waiting to bring the batteries in yet. Thank-you for your continuing support of the Cadet program in our church.

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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples social

There will be a Young Peoples social today, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hoekstras’.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, February 12th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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: Last Chance to Register!! 

This weekend, February 15th-17th, is the new Reformed youth conference INSPIRE, taking place in Edmonton, it’s a great opportunity to explore your faith from a Reformed perspective with other youth from across Alberta. You only have a couple days left to sign up, so don’t wait. The cost is only $25 for the entire weekend so sign up now! For more information please talk to Wayne, Dana or Pastor Mike.

All Young Adults 

18 to 30ish are invited to come on out for ski/snowboard trip. A weekend customized for any type of experienced skier/snowboarder. Come ski/snowboard the wonderful slopes of Marmot Basin in Jasper, AB. After a great day on the slopes come participate in a packed night of worship. Accommodations are provided at the Amethyst Lodge. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings are included along with Saturday night supper. Don’t miss out on this great event on March 29-31, 2013. Please register by March 4th at http://canym.weebly.com/young-adults-ski-weekend.html. Online you can select the ski/snowboard requirements to meet your exact needs and wants. Prices are also available online. See you on the slopes!!! For more information, contact Ron deVries at canymc@gmail.com or 780-619-6566

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

In your mailboxes today 

There are postcards in support of Langley MP Mark Warawa’s motion 408 asking that the House condemn discrimination against females occurring through sex selection pregnancy termination. Please add your return address and name on the left and the Name of our MP, Blaine Calkins, on the right. No stamp required. Feel free to add a comment.

The King’s University College 

Invites you to commend President Dr. J. Harry Fernhout on eight dedicated years of service to The King's University College. Join us as we bid President Fernhout a fond farewell and happy retirement. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 19th from 7 to 8 p.m. or Coffee & Dessert at First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer.

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.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Egypt: 

A criminal court has sentenced an entire family to prison for converting to Christianity. Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was born into a Christian family, converted to Islam when she married Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Wahab 23 years ago. When Mustafa died in 1991, Nadia decided to return to Christianity, bringing her seven children with her. In 2004, the family decided to take Christian names and have their identity cards amended. Seven Registry Office officials facilitated this. Now Nadia and her seven children have been convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail, while the seven Registry Office officials have each received 5-year sentences. Conversions like Nadia's have been common in the past, but that Egypt's new Sharia-based constitution "is a real disaster in terms of religious freedom." Please pray that the Lord will intervene in this situation, and that the family and Registry Office officials involved will be released. In fact, may this case serve to highlight the true nature of Islam and the injustices that can result from a Sharia-based constitution, bringing about the restoration of genuine religious freedom in this nation. Despite the present challenges facing the persecuted Church in Egypt, may it continue to grow in strength, faithfulness and number.

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