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2013-04-21 April 21 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.

Our family of the week is Pete & Jessica Heidelberg, along with their children, Aiden, Connor, Madison & Nolan. Please keep them in your daily prayers.

We have prayed for Carina Tenbrinke and concerns about her decreased kidney function. At this time she and Andrew will be going to California for a stem cell treatment. They will be harvesting her own stem cells for the procedure. We pray that this will improve her kidney function to the point that she does not need dialysis.

We give thanks with Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer and the family that they can celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. May our God continue to bless and keep you in his gracious care.

With gratitude to God for giving us 45 wonderful years together, we invite the congregation to join us for a piece of cake after the morning worship service. Eleanor and Bill Wildeboer

We wish to thank those of you who provided cards and prayers during the time of my mother's death. You consideration and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. Henry and Liz Stad

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, April 28th 

We welcome Pastor Rick Abma from Woodynook CRC to lead us in the morning service. In the evening we welcome Rev. Guillermo Serrano, the Spanish Language Ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Pastor Mike and Barb are leading the Classis Alberta North Pastor/Spouse Conference next weekend.

The Church treasurer 

will be on vacation for the next two Sundays. If Collection notes are needed, please place them in the collection plates and the Deacons will fill the order.

The Worship Ministry Leadership team 

is preparing a Powerpoint presentation to be used for Fathers’ Day in June. We are looking for photos of fathers with their children, spending time together. These could be photos from all age groups; seniors with their fathers, to our children now with their fathers, working or playing together. Please email your photos to Marcella Van Stryland at cmvnstry@xplornet.ca or place them in her mail box at church. Include a short caption, names and make sure your photos have your name on them for return.

Office Bearer Elections

are scheduled for Sunday, May 5th immediately after the morning service. For the office of Elder there will be an affirmation vote to confirm Brad Lewin as he is the only nominee. For the office of Youth Elder Curt Dowling, Jan-Willem Rodenburg and Randall Wildeboer have accepted God's call to serve. The congregation will be asked to vote for one person to fill the single position available for Youth Elder. For the office of Deacon Cora Hoekstra, Harriet Luymes and Ann Wildeboer have accepted the call to serve. The congregation will be asked to vote for two people to fill the two positions available for Deacon.

Ladies’ Craft Day

The Ladies’ Craft Day will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please let Anita Geldof know if you plan to attend. If you need a ride, don’t hesitate to let me know. Plans need to be in place by Wednesday, April 24th, so please get in touch with Anita before then. We look forward to starting this up again. Come for some good fellowship and share your hobbies with others. Maybe even learn something new in the craft line. It’s always a great day. See you then.

Summer Seminary Student: 

We heard back from Calvin Seminary that there were more churches requesting students than students needing summer assignments and unfortunately our church was not chosen by any of the students. At this time we are advertising locally for a College/University student in this area to help at Bethel as a Summer Ministry Coordinator for the summer. If you know of someone who is looking for summer work in ministry let them know. The vision is to maintain excellence in ministry and worship during the summer months as well as engage in outreach through a one week Vacation Bible school. Qualifications are musical skills (play the piano and lead in worship) and administrative skills to keep all of the details of weekly ministry flowing smoothly. A more detailed “Position description” is available from the secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net .

The Education Ministry Leadership team 

is looking for a Pre-School Sunday school Coordinator for the 2013-2014 education year. For more information or to volunteer, please contact any of the following members of EMLT, Laura Duckett, Chelsea Bos, Gerald Noort or Jen Zuidhof.

Bethel Newsletter

May – Mother’s Day – more spring, getting in the mood for summer. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving some contributions. Thank you to all those who contributed last month. It was great to receive the stories from you. A note – there was a story about Jantje Prins. This was an aunt to Helena Kits and Dorothy Meindersma. (Sorry for forgetting that note for your information.) Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof look forward to putting together the newsletter each month. Perhaps your ministry has ended for the year and you can send us a wrap up note. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

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 and start up times will be given. Thank you from the Youth Ministry Leadership Team.

From the Deacons - Operation Manna: 

What happens when our church partners with Operation Manna? On Sunday, May 5th we will join with churches across Canada to gather an offering for Operation Manna, a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada. To help you learn more about this program we will distribute a special brochure next Sunday that highlights how your gifts will be used this year to support local community ministries. For more information, please go to www.diaconalministries.com .

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cuba Connection Celebration: 

Recently 4 members of Classis Alberta North visited the CRC in Cuba. Come and learn more about the CRC in Cuba. Join the Cuba Connection at Trinity CRC for a celebration and information service--hosted by Mosaic House and Trinity CRCs--on April 21st at 6:30 p.m., 13427 - 57 St., Edmonton. Hear testimonies about what God is doing in Cuba and how the church is ministering as well as struggling.

Israel Trip

There has been a positive response to the Israel Trip offered by Central Alberta Christian High school Development Committee. If you are interested there are still a few spots available. We have contacted GTI Tours of Holland, Michigan. GTI Tours is a travel agency which provides Christian study tours of Israel and the surrounding countries. They would arrange our airfare, accommodations, meals, and tours in Israel and can customize the tour to accommodate our needs and goals. Our plan is to leave April 5 and return April 15, 2014 (NOTE DATE CHANGE). If you feel that this is a trip you would like to be a part of we are having an information evening 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23rd at Central Alberta Christian High School. For more information contact Sid Doornbos at 403-340-9507 or Beatrice Vriend or CACHS Office at 403-782-4535.

Annual Spring Auction

Lacombe Christian School's Annual Spring Auction will be held on Friday, April 26th. Booster Club Supper served from 5:00-6:30 p.m., Live Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. We hope you can join us!

Grandparents' & Senior Supporters' Day

In thankfulness for your contributions to the children of Lacombe Christian School, we invite our Grandparents & Senior supporters to our annual luncheon on Monday, April 29th. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch being served at 11:45. Please RSVP to the school office if you plan to attend at 403-782-6531.

Rimbey Christian School Spring fundraising auction: 

Come out and join us for our annual Spring Auction on May 2nd at the Rimbey Community Centre. Our evening will begin with aFREE Beef on a Bun from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a number of silent auction items to bid on as well as our Live Auction from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There will also be a concession available throughout the evening along with plenty of desserts and baked goods to purchase. Bring out the entire family and support our school.

Evangelism evening: 

“God Keep Our Land – Sharing our Faith in a Secular Canada.” Come hear Mr. Jojo Ruba, Executive Director of the organization ‘Faith Beyond Belief’ as he equips us to ‘effectively explain and defend the Christian faith’ to our non-Christian neighbors, on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Church of the Nazarene. Everyone, junior high and older, is most welcome to attend. Refreshments to follow. Sponsored by the evangelism committee of Redeemer United Reformed Church of Lacombe. For more information, please contact Rev. B. Beukema at 403-789-7787.

God Never Fails – May 4th 

Join the Edmonton Christian Male Choir for an evening of praise and worship. The Choir will sing a range of music from spiritual to Baroque to contemporary. Special guests include the Parkland Men's Choir and the Mighty Power Singers. Details: Saturday, May 4th, 7 p.m. at the Parkland United Reformed Church, Township Rd 422, Ponoka. Tickets: $10, available at the door. More information at www.members.shaw.ca/ECMChoir .

Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited / Youth for Christ Annual Golf Tournament: 

Due to our late spring, Youth Unlimited is needing to change our Annual Golf Tournament date. The new date is set for June 15th. The place and time remain the same. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 403-755-7825 or email Estelle at info@wcyu.org .

PERSECUTED CHURCH

EGYPT: 

Hundreds of people gathered at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, on April 7th for the funeral of four Christians who were killed during an uprising of inter-religious violence. Two Muslim men had also died in the conflict. While leaving the service, the mourners were pelted with stones by a growing number of Muslim rioters. This escalated into a attack on the cathedral involving firearms, petrol bombs and tear gas. Two other Christians died and over 80 people were injured. The riot lasted five hours. Some Christians had retaliated in the conflict. Egyptian officials have arrested four Christians. Pray for God's peace to infiltrate these areas of conflict, as well as the hearts of the people involved. Ask for comfort that would keep their eyes on Jesus, persevere in their faith, and not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 10:32-39; 12:1-3). On behalf of all Egypt's citizens, may the Lord guide the leaders of this nation to promote true justice and equality by honoring him.

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