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2013-02-17 February 17 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 keep our family of the week – Gord & Chelsea Bos and boys – in your daily prayers.

Congratulations to Ella Land as she celebrates her birthday today. May our Lord continue to richly bless you in the coming year!

Remember our missionaries around the world. 

Bethel News

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, tomorrow, 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.

Next Sunday, February 24th 

we welcome our GEMS Girls Club as they share the joys of the ministry and help lead in worship. There theme this year is “Think Right: Win the Fight!” based on Philippians 4:8. In the afternoon we read from Romans 9 and acknowledge that, though we are really smart people and we think we know everything about everything, God’s ways are far beyond our understanding. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

A Profession of Faith class 

Started last week Tuesday 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.

Summer Seminary Student

We offer prayers for the Summer Seminary Student application process. On February 19th there is an “Information meeting” where student applications are distributed. On February 26th student applications are due. On March 5th church applications are due (ours was sent in on December 18th.) On March 12th students submit their top three choices. On March 19th placements are proposed to the churches. On March 26th students are notified of finalized placements and they contact the church.

Council Highlights from the executive meeting of February 13th:

  • We look forward to seeing everyone at the Spring congregational meeting set for March 14th.
  • Financial statements have been reviewed and prepared by BDO Canada. They are available for the congregation to view upon request to the General Administration leadership team.
  • Devon & Roseanne Bangma & family have transferred their membership to Woodynook CRC.
  • We as the Council executive are now looking after pulpit supply when needed.
  • Everyone is asked to keep the upcoming elder & deacon nomination process in their prayers.

Council nominations

Once again it is time to consider Council nominations. This year we have two deacons (Bryan Noordhof and Terry Vandenborn) a Youth Elder (Wayne Bouwman) and two elders (Wilf Ebens and Paul Prins) completing their terms. Who is eligible for nomination? All office bearers are given a minimum two year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore ineligible are: John de Regt, Henry Eisses, Scott Fraser, August Luymes, Craig Van Stryland and Darran Vreugdenhil. Women are eligible for the position of deacon. You do not need to speak with each person you nominate and you can nominate as many people as you feel are qualified. The district elders will officially approach people with the appropriate amount of nominations.

The present Council members are: Wayne Bowman, Bindert de Jong, Rod Duckett, Wilf Ebens, Henry Geldof, Art Hazelhoff, Pete Heidelberg, Bryan Noordhof, Gerald Noort, Paul Prins, Peter Prins, Herman Scholing, Andrew Tenbrinke, Terry Vandenborn, Pastor Mike Vandyk, John van Gyssel, Rod Venhuis, Donald Wildeboer and Rick Wildeboer.

An actual nomination form will be given to you on Sunday, March 3rd during the offering and collected as you leave the sanctuary. At that time you fill in the names of those you feel are gifted to serve. Those who cannot be present on March 3rd can make other arrangements to submit their nominations. If you have questions please contact Peter Prins. In the weeks preceding the nomination we seek the Lord for his guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration on this matter.

Criminal Record Checks: 

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

Baby bottles for the Pregnancy Care Centre

The deacons are asking any church members who still have these fund raising baby bottles to return them to the church. If you are still filling them up with change, just return them as they are. Empty ones are welcome as well. They can be placed on the table in the foyer.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Can you believe another month is more than half over?! The newsletter team is gearing up for the March edition. We will be focusing on Lent/Easter but we love to have contributions from members regarding other topics as well. A few people went to the Break Forth conference. We hope you will share a bit with us about what you learned and enjoyed there. Our Ministry Leadership teams are encouraged to share your work, passions, ideas and challenges. The newsletter is a great way to 'build' church. When we share and communicate well, we can pray and grow well too. Please talk to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof if you have any questions.

GEMS 

girls please join us for a time of skating for our February 21st meeting. We will meet at the church to practice for the upcoming GEMS Sunday and then head over to the new rink behind the west campus of LCS. Come dressed for the weather and please also make sure you have a helmet so that we can have a fun, safe time together. We look forward to seeing you there. Parents, we ask that you pick up your GEM(S) from the rink.

Craft Day:

Ladies, our next craft day is scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd. We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come for the whole time, or, if just a couple of hours work for you, please come join us. Coffee is on at 10:30 and tea is served at 2:00. We enjoy seeing new creative items and techniques. Come and share with us what you are doing. Please let Anita Geldof know if you are planning to attend so we can prepare for lunch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth

will meet on Tuesday, February 19th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

All Young Adults

18 to 30ish are invited to come on out for ski/snowboard trip. 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. Please register by March 4th at http://canym.weebly.com/young-adults-ski-weekend.html. Price are online & you can select the ski/snowboard requirements to meet your exact needs and wants. See you on the slopes!!! For more information, contact Ron deVries at canymc@gmail.com or 780-619-6566

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Harry Fernhout Retirement Farewell and Alumni Town Hall Meeting 

at First CRC in Red Deer: After eight years of service as president of The King’s University College, Dr. Harry Fernhout is retiring at the end of June 2013. Please join us in celebrating his contribution to King’s, saying farewell and wishing him all the best for his retirement. Coffee and dessert will be served at 1st CRC in Red Deer, 16 McVicar St. on Tuesday, February 19th from 7 to 8 p.m. Visit the King’s website www.kingsu.ca for more details and for other retirement events that will be happening this spring. Harry is looking forward to seeing you! Immediately following the farewell event, there will be an Alumni Town Hall (an opportunity for alumni to share their thoughts on Alumni Relations at King’s) that begins at 8:00 p.m.

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.

Annual Membership Meeting of the Burial Society: 

All members of the Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

SAUDI ARABIA: 

While attending a worship service in the private rented home of a fellow believer, 53 Ethiopian Christians were arrested by Saudi authorities in Dammam. The incident, which took place on February 8th included the arrests of three church leaders. During a hearing in an Islamic court, authorities alleged that the leaders were converting Muslims to Christianity. "The Saudi government persists in banning all forms of public religious expression other than that of the government's own interpretation of one school of Sunni Islam; prohibits churches, synagogues, temples, and other non-Muslim places of worship; uses in its schools and posts online state textbooks that continue to espouse intolerance and incite violence...." Please uphold these Ethiopian Christians and other believers in Saudi Arabia. May the Lord take up their cause, working out His very best plan for their lives and future (Jeremiah 29:11.)

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