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2013-04-07 April 7 Bulletin


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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 are thankful that Tilly Biel could return home again but Albert Biel remains in the Ponoka hospital, struggling to regain his strength. We pray for God’s gracious care in the treatments he is receiving.

Lena Spelt was recently moved from the Heartland Manor to the new addition at Royal Oak Village. She is in Room #289B.

Congratulations to Gerrit Meindersma with the celebration of his birthday today and to Teus Vander Vlis with his birthday on Wednesday. May you both be blessed on your special day and in the coming year.

A note from Gerrit Meindersma: As I celebrate my 90th birthday today with my family, I am so thankful to God who has blessed me through all these years with good health and loved ones around me. I am thankful too for our church family as I have been part of it from the beginning. Enjoy the birthday cake with coffee after the morning service!

On Saturday, April 13th Agnes Prins will be celebrating her 80th birthday. With thankfulness to God and in honour of that special day, you are invited to an open-house in the Bethel CRC Fellowship hall on April 13th from 2 - 4 p.m. Come share a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake with her. No gifts please.

Phone numbers for Pastor Mike and Barb:

Pastor Mike’s home number is now his cell number 403-782-0744 and so is accessible by Text Message. Barb now has her own cell number 403-550-3318.

Remember our missionaries around the world. 

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, April 14th

We read from Romans 12:9-21 as it calls us to “Genuine Love” for God and others. In the evening service we have been invited to join Woodynook CRC as Dr. Kurt Selles, the new Director of Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) leads us in worship and opens for us the biblical vision they have to reach out with the gospel both in North America and throughout the world.

Bethel News

Sermon evaluation Forms

Pastor Mike will be attending a preaching conference in Grand Rapids in July. As part of the course the congregation is asked to fill in evaluation forms. Our church secretaries Cindy and Dana have placed a number of forms in mailboxes reflecting a range of church members. Please take some time to fill in the form and return it to Cindy. She will mail them in to Rev Scott Hozee who leads the conference.

The Library team 

would like to invite everyone to check out our church Library. There are new books by (note that these are different authors than those listed last week) Hannah Alexander, Terri Blackstock, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Liz Curtis Higgs, Deborah Raney, Lauraine Snelling, Kay Marshall Strom and Dan Walsh. Many of the new books are on display on the bottom shelves in the library.

Classis Alberta North Safe Church Conference: 

A conference is open to anyone interested in safe church policy and application. As Classis Alberta North Safe Church Team it is our hope that each church will send at least 1 representative. Our team is committed to building a working partnership with each individual church and hope that this conference can be the foundation to building this relationship. Please plan to attend on Saturday, May 11th at West End CRC. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and conference is 9:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Early Bird Registration DEADLINE is April 20th. Free for early bird registrations and a $10 for late registrations. Light lunch provided! Special guest speakers Bonnie Nicholas, director of Safe Church Ministry for the CRCNA and Melodie Bissell, President and CEO of “Winning Kids” and co-author of “Plan to Protect” If you are interested in attending this event please contact Pastor Mike.

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Alex and Ann Wildeboer on Sunday, April 14th after the evening service. We will study Session 2 "Worship" from pages 42-53 (Worship, Sacraments and Song).

Hi-Way Cleanup 

May 4th is the scheduled day for the annual 4H Hi-Way Cleanup. Bethel Youth uses this great fundraiser to offset costs for YC and Inspire weekends. We also support Bethel Youth in full time missions work and new this year is also planning on helping future Mexico Mission Trip families. We can do this only with the help of our congregation. As youth numbers have decreased we are encouraging all members of Bethel to help us out for the day; the more bodies we have the shorter the day. There will be a signup sheet in the coming weeks, also start up times will be given Thank you from the Youth Ministry Leadership Team.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be meeting on Tuesday. Doors will be open at 7 p.m.

Young Peoples

will meet at Ryan Swier’s for a social after the evening service.

New and Exciting Opportunities for Young Adults! 

World Renew, through funding provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and in partnership with the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), is pleased to offer the International Internship positions. These are unique, six-month internship opportunities. A full list of requirements and

locations are listed on the Bethel Youth bulletin board. Take a look!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Soul Patrol Choir

is accepting registrations for the 2013/14 season. The choir is open to students in Grades 2-8. Practices are held every other Tuesday at Lacombe Christian School from 3:45-4:45. Fees of $40 include choir camp, tour, dessert night, singing in area churches and more. Talk to Sherry TenHove to get a registration form 403-885-2446 or sherry.tenhove@gmail.com.

Grounds & Facility Maintenance Worker

We are looking for a Grounds & Facility Maintenance Worker – summer position at Shalom Counselling Centre in Red Deer for students returning to post-secondary in the fall. For more information go to shalomcounselling.com.

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 10th at 7:00 p.m. 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.

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.

Canadian Food Grains Bank Sale: 

Join us on April 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Vold, Jones and Vold in Ponoka to make a difference in the lives of hungry people at the 12th Annual Beef and Cattle Sale in support of the Canadian Food Grains Bank! We are looking for cash donations, cull cows, calves, breeding animals and hay. Last year we raised $55,000 for the Food Grains Bank through the sale; we want to beat that mark in 2013! Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information or to make a donation contact one of the following: Arnie Tenbrinke - 403-318-7503, Harry Makkinga - 403-783-1274, Larry Henderson - 403-782-5218, Peter Doornenbal - 403-783-2947.

The Gideons’ fund raising banquet
You are invited to The Gideons’ fund raising banquet to be held on Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Central Alberta Christian High school. Tickets are $25 and available from Eleanor Merkus at 403-782-1490 or Joan Eisses at 403-782-2345.

Edmonton Fellowship CRC's annual banquet/silent auction.

Once again there will be a delicious ethnic menu served at Edmonton Fellowship CRC's annual banquet/silent auction. This event, which will be held on Saturday, April 20th, is a fundraiser for Fellowship's Refugee committee. The meal this year features Middle-Eastern cuisine with a focus on Palestine. Tickets are $75, for which you will get a $40 tax receipt. To reserve, contact August Guillaume, aguilla1@telusplanet.net or 780-475-8031.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

The current political situation in Iran

is incredibly hostile towards any form of intellectual or religious freedom. Dissenting voices over the recent elections in Tehran have gained international attention. The "government of force" has attempted to silence the protests, even resorting to violence. Please pray for this dire situation and for Christians caught in the middle of the unrest. For believers in Iran life is one of ongoing persecution. Lord, help those who are currently suffering for their faith in Iran and across the Middle East. Give them wisdom as they decide whether to flee their homes, especially for believers in Iran. Heal those who have been injured. Protect those fighting for freedom. Strengthen those standing up for Christ. Give them courage and hope in You!

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