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2013-05-19 May 19 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.

Congratulations to Ria Jager, she celebrates her birthday on Friday, May 24th. Wishing you a wonderful day and the Lord’s richest of blessings in the coming year!

An update from Roger and Anita Swier: 

Various specialists agree that surgery is not a good option for Roger at this time for treatment of the tremors he experiences. For his MS they are trying another medication to simply relax his body. In general they are just trying to manage the disease. The family is doing the MS walk/run on May 26th in Red Deer to raise funds for a cure. (If you wish to contribute, you can go to MS walk/run Red Deer, click on SWIER, then under Anita or Roger). We keep Roger and Anita and the family in our prayers.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, May 26th 

We have the installation of elected office bearers Elders Brad Lewin and Jack Oudman, Youth Elder Curt Dowling and Deacons Cora Hoekstra and Ann Wildeboer as they go forward in their calling to serve our church by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the evening we read from Proverbs as it directs us in the wisdom of God. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Highlights for Council Executive meeting of May 8th:

1. Vacation Bible School is hoping to have VBS August 6th to 9th

2. We discussed ministry leadership team reports.

3. John and Mar-Deb de Regt informed our congregation that they are changing membership to Parkland Reformed United Reformed Church.

4. Bethel has officially welcomed Melanie Wierda, fianceé to Grant Zuidhof, as a full member of our church.

5. We hope to install new office bearers on May 26th in the morning service.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Time to get to work on the June copy of our Bethel newsletter. June is the month of graduations and Father’s day. The beginning of summer and holidays. We hope to have a bit of everything in this newsletter. We do really want to recognize all our graduates. If you or someone in your family is graduating from Grade 12 or higher education – please let us know. We do our best but we do need to hear from each of you. We really don’t want to leave anyone out. Please get in touch with Harriet Luymes – haraug@gmail.com. If you have any other contributions we love to hear from you. We would like to have your contributions by Monday, May 27th so we have enough time to put everything together. Thanks so much. Looking forward to hearing from you. Feel free to email or put things in the newsletter mailbox in the foyer. Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof.

Ladies’ Craft Day

The Ladies’ Craft Day will be held on Saturday, June 1st 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, May 29th, 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.

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.

BETHEL YOUTH

King’s University College: 

New head coach Matthew Oosterhuis and Assistant coach Todd VanDriel would like to extend an invitation to all young men in grades 11 & 12 as well as anyone else who is at all interested in The King's University College Men’s soccer program to attend an I.D. game. It will be held at the King's field (9125 - 50 Street Edmonton AB) on Tuesday, May 28th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The purpose of this game is two-fold. The new coaching staff is eager to grow the program and create closer links and a higher profile within both the soccer and general community. We will use this game as a evaluation tool for our team. Training for this ACAC season will begin on August 19th. We highly encourage anyone who is interested in the college to attend. King's coaches and staff will be there to address the players and answer any questions from parents and prospects. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to kick-off to sign in and warm up before we start the game. Please email Matthew at matthew.oosterhuis@yahoo.ca or Todd at toddvandriel@gmail.com to confirm your attendance.

All young adults ages 18 to 30ish 

are invited to come out and join us for our next Young Adults Retreat in Edmonton, AB from June 21-23, 2013. Get ready to give back to our local community of Edmonton by volunteering at the local soup kitchens that serve meals to the less unfortunate. Also come participate in many of the activities planned: Indoor Rock Climbing, Go-Karting, Mini-golf, Batting Cages, and much much more! Don't Miss hearing many great worship bands and speakers. Now lets come together and Praise the Lord!!! Please RSVP by June 10th, 2013 at the latest via email: ktamara1@hotmail.ca or our facebook page Young Adults Alberta. For further information visit our Facebook page Young Adults Alberta.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

King’s University College Sports p6rograms: 

We are very interested in creating new business relationships to provide our athletes with more opportunities to offset the cost of post secondary schooling and ACAC athletics. We are specifically looking for a practice shirt sponsor. If your business feels that this would be a good fit to add us as partner please email Matthew Oosterhuis at matthew.oosterhuis@yahoo.ca

Institute for Christian Studies

Please join us for an evening of celebration and discovery of the new initiatives and faces at today's Institute for Christian Studies to be held at Woody Nook CRC on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm. Dr. Tom Wolthuis, new ICS President, and Dr. Ron Kuipers, new Director of ICS' Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics (CPRSE), would like to share news about some exciting developments now taking place at ICS. We'll include time for discussion so we can hear your thoughts about what we are doing, or even about what you think we should be doing! Refreshments will be provided.

Citizens for Public J666ustice (CPJ) 

welcomes all to “Reaching for Right Relationships: CPJ at 50,” an inspiring celebration of our 50th anniversary being held Thursday, May 30th at 8:00 pm. Key speakers will be John Olthuis and Lorraine Land, former staff with a long and diverse history of advocacy for Aboriginal and ecological justice. Local musician Justine Vandergrift will also be performing. The event will be held at The King’s University College, 9125-50 St., and there is no cost for admission. Learn more about CPJ, an ecumenical organization working for public justice in Canadian policy, at www.cpj.ca.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

SRI LANKA

Christian persecution in Sri Lanka has intensified due to the rise of Buddhist nationalism. Extremist Buddhist groups have incited religious disharmony and carried out attacks, targeting both Christian and Muslim minorities in the country. Around 30 churches have come under attack this year alone. In 2012, there were 52 reported incidents of persecution. These attacks have occurred with impunity, and with little or no state action to prosecute those responsible. Churches are also facing forced closure by the authorities, claiming that they are not authorized by the state. May Christians in Sri Lanka continue to place their trust in the Lord during this time of mounting pressure and persecution. Pray for His protection over all who are at risk of violence, especially those who are willing to place the ‘mission of God' ahead of their own comfort and security. May the Holy Spirit grant church leaders discernment on how to appropriately respond to the situation. Also intercede for those inciting these religious tensions, that they would experience a radical change of heart, repentance and the saving grace of God.

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