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2013-03-24 March 24 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.

We pray for traveling mercies for those on school and other trips during Spring Break.

We received sad news that Rachel Horlings, daughter of Andy and Linda, was electrocuted on March 16th in Ghana. Rachel was in Ghana with a dive team, related to her work in underwater archaeology. We remember Rachel's husband in North America and pray for the entire Horlings family as they deal with unusual arrangements amid their sudden grief.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

There will be a practice for the Good Friday service 

in the sanctuary immediately following this morning’s worship service.

The Fellowship ministry leadership team 

is hosting another potluck lunch today after the morning service. Please bring a lunch item and dessert to share. Hope to see you there!

Full Council Notes:

· We are excited to begin the "We, The Epic Story" on April 21, 2013

· Our hopes of having a summer seminary student aren't looking great as there are more churches applying then there are students available. There is still a chance we could get a graduating student looking for ministry experience.

· The nominated names have been reviewed and letters will be going out soon. We ask for your continued prayers as our congregation installs new office bearers.

UPCOMING SERVICES

On Friday, March 29th we gather in solemn remembrance for our Good Friday service at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, March 31st we gather at 10:30 a.m. for our Easter Celebration service to rejoice in the glorious victory of our Lord Jesus over the powers of sin and death in his resurrection. There will be no evening service that day.

The church secretaries will be in the office 

on Thursday, March 28th due to Good Friday on Friday! The bulletin deadline for this coming week – no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Summer Seminary student

We offer prayers for the Summer Seminary student application process. On March 19th placements were proposed to the churches. On March 26th students are notified of finalized placements and they contact the church.

Church treasurer

August Luymes, our Church treasurer is away for the next two Sundays. Collection note orders can be placed in the offering plate for the deacons to fill if needed.

April Newsletter

Spring is in the air. Time for our spring edition of the newsletter. This is also our Seniors’ edition. We hope our seniors will take the time to contribute some special articles that relate to their situations or write a poem or a story that tells us something of your past. We look forward to sharing your wisdom, insights, joys and struggles with the congregation – our church family. We also look forward to receiving a few reports from any church groups or clubs & from the congregational meeting for those who could not attend the meeting. Please have your contributions to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by April 2nd for inclusion in the next newsletter.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth

will not meet this week.

KIDS!! Do you like to draw and color? 

Once again Christian Reformed World Missions is holding its annual poster contest and you are invited to participate! The contest rules and entry forms are on the bulletin board in the foyer. There are 4 judged aged categories, from age 6 and under to 11 and older. Contest closes April 19, 2013.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Easter Sunday, March 31st we celebrate the angel’s announcement to the women when they came to the empty tomb: “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!” At Home Missions our theme this year, New Life Rising, reminds us that we have a new life in Christ and we must share the salvation story with others. To hear more stories of hope please go to the CRHM website at www.crhm.org.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

presents their annual Fashion Show & Dessert evening on Friday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the school. This year all proceeds will be going to the local chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling the school office at 403-782-4535. Be sure to come out for a great evening of fashion, desserts, music and a Silent Auction.

Grade 9 students and their parents 

are invited to an information/Pizza evening at Central Alberta Christian High School, 22 Eagle Rd. Lacombe on April 10 at 7:00pm. You will have the opportunity to eat, mix and have fun with other grade 9 students and their parents. There will also be a short 20 minute orientation/information session by our principal, Mel Brandsma. We hope to see you there. If you have any questions feel free to contact our office at 403-782-4535.

The “KEYS to Young Parenting” 

program is a court recognized, free, 10 week course that provides a confidential, supportive, and non-judgmental atmosphere to learn basic life and parenting skills. We are based on the “Nobody’s Perfect” program from Health Canada. KEYS is designed for parents up to the age of 25 that need support with parenting or intervention with child apprehension. We do provide free childcare and transportation to and from the program. As well, this is a great opportunity for building social support with peers of similar circumstances. KEYS is offered three times a year and our spring session begins Wednesday, April 10th. We are currently booking intakes and registrations for the upcoming class, however class space is limited to 10 participants. Please check the poster in the foyer for more information.

Employment opportunity

The Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference [NADC] has an opening for a part-time (.2FTE) diaconal ministry consultant for Classis Alberta North. This position provides support to our local diaconates through the facilitation of training and equipping of deacons for work in their churches, local communities and through international opportunities. We are looking for someone with a heart and passion for diaconal work and good interpersonal and management skills. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Application deadline is April 15, 2013. For more information or to submit an application, contact Loretta, chair of NADC at jlstadt@telus.net.

The Gideons fund raising banquet

You are invited to The Gideons fund raising banquet to be held April 20th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Alberta Christian High school. Come to hear Jusep Sim, Director of Development from Head office tell us about his exciting international work. Catered by CACHS Catering. Tickets are $25 and are available from Eleanor Merkus at 403-782-1490 or Joan Eisses at 403-782-2345.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria

the situation is incredibly tense, and urgently needs your prayers. At least 60 people are thought to have been killed last Monday in a car bomb attack in Kano City. Most of the victims are likely from the predominantly Christian Igbo tribe, who are constantly targets of religion-related violence.The busy motor park in the Sabon Gari area was a prime target for a suicide bomber. The attacker reportedly rammed his car into a bus full of passengers as it was moving off. The victims were heading for southern Nigeria. The explosion caused four other buses to catch fire. Lift up prayers for peace right now. Please pray: For comfort for the families of the victims; That reprisal attacks will not take place; For wisdom for the authorities in Nigeria as they handle this situation; For God to stop the devastating violence, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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