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2013-04-28 April 28 Bulletin


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OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Pease 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 offer our Christian condolences to John and Shirley Bos with the death of John’s sister Ann TeWinkel. She passed on to her heavenly father and savior Jesus Christ at the age of 89 at the Care nursing home in Port Alberni, B.C. She is survived by her husband Johan and their two sons and their families. The funeral was yesterday. May God comfort and bless.

Ann Vander Wal is in the Lacombe hospital with a broken left arm. She fell in her room at the Lodge. She will need several weeks to recover. We pray that she not get discouraged during this time of healing.

Please pray for our missionary Martha Stad who has been in the hospital in Vanauta with severe vomiting this past week. Pray for a complete recovery so she can continue to do Gods work there building water wells for the people.

Congratulations to Bill Wildeboer with the celebration of his birthday on May 4th. May God bless you with a special celebration and in the year to come.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, May 5th

 we read from Romans 13 as it extends the power of our risen Lord Jesus over the role of government and explains our duty to pay taxes. It then goes further to define our obedience as “Owing Love.” In the evening we read from Romans 14 as it radically reverses our sense of who are the “The Weak and the Strong” in terms of our Christian faith. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

From the Deacons - Operation Manna: 

What happens when our church partners with Operation Manna? Today you will receive a brochure showing how your gift will impact lives across Canada. Please take some time this week to read about the community ministries providing practical help, in Jesus’ name, to people in need. Please pray for these ministries this week and for the offering that will take place next week.

The Church treasurer 

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

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 and Jack Oudman for the two positions available for Elder. 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.

A reminder about the 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 sermon evaluation forms. Our church secretaries have placed forms in mailboxes representing a range of church members (young/old, men/women). Please take some time to fill in the form and return it to Cindy Prins by May 5th. They will mail them in to Rev. Scott Hozee who leads the conference.

WE: Event #1 – Creation.

It was great to see so many people out for the first Event (90 people). The meal and fellowship time was very meaningful as people got to know each other better. You can see the posters we made in the fellowship hall. It was good to celebrate the wonder of God’s creation. The next Event will be Sunday June 2nd.

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 is a signup sheet in the foyer and start up times will be given. Thank you from the Youth Ministry Leadership Team.

Summer Ministry Coordinator: 

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: Chelsea Bos, Pete Heidelberg, Pete Hoekstra, 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.

Summer Preschool Sunday School Teachers Needed

We are looking for volunteer teachers and helpers for a summer program for the younger children during the morning service during June, July and August. The material is all laid out and will be available to be picked up ahead of time. We ask that each parent of pre-school aged children volunteer to teach one week this summer in order for this program to run. A signup sheet is located on the table in the back foyer, so please volunteer to help out for a week. If no one signs up for a week, Preschool Sunday School will be cancelled that week. Please sign up by Sunday, May 19th.

Living Members 

will be meeting at Ralph and Pauline Bos home after the evening service on May 5th. Please read pages 54-75 of Living in Community.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will meet for a social after the evening service today at the home of Megan Scholing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 .

Mom Time Indoor Garage & Bake Sale at Wolf Creek Community Church: 

This is a fundraiser for our Mom Time Program that runs from September - May each year. We remove all the people and the chairs and fill the sanctuary with treasurers for you to buy! Join us for popcorn, fresh cinnamon buns and delicious baking during the sale. Sale begins on Thursday, May 9th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 10th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

NIGERIA

Further incidences of targeted violence have taken place against Christians in northern Nigeria. On April 20th, gunmen pulled over a bus, demanding the passengers to declare their faith. The gunmen then proceeded to kill six people who had confessed they were Christians. It was also reported that militants have recently embarked upon an "Islamization campaign" in Gwoza. In this situation, residents were threatened by gunmen who were going from door to door, demanding that the family members within each household profess allegiance to Islam at gunpoint. On April 19th intensive warfare was raging in the far north between the military and the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. At least 185 people have died and up to 2,000 homes were destroyed. The aim of Boko Haram is to create an Islamic state across northern Nigeria. Pray for God's peace and healing upon all the victims of these attacks, and for His comforting presence to be with those experiencing loss. May each of these surviving victims draw near to Him, knowing that He is their 'mighty rock and refuge' in times of trouble (Psalm 62:7). Also ask that He will bless the efforts of the Christian workers serving tirelessly in communities affected by the violence, sustaining and strengthening these faithful servants as they seek to bring His hope and restoration.

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