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2013-05-26 May 26 Bulletin


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 Curt and Amy Dowling with the birth of a son, Parker Jace, this past Wednesday. We give thanks for the miracle of a precious child, God’s gift of love to you.

Congratulations to Marvin and Jeanne Ebens and the family as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 23rd. May God continue to bless and keep you in his loving care.

Our family of the week is Bill & Audrey Noordhof. Please keep them in your daily prayers.

Please make the following address additions or changes to your church directory:

Steve & Caroline Ogi, 5138 52 St., Lacombe, T4L 1H9

Steve phone – 403-896-2408, Caroline phone – 403-896-1321.

Krista Prins 5265 Chester St., Vancouver, B.C., V5W 3B1

Melanie Wierda (fiancée of Grant Zuidhof), #1 – 5124 46 Ave., Ponoka, T4J 1J4 phone – 783-3242.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Summer Ministry Coordinator: 

Hi, my name is Evan Scholing. I was born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia. I am a member of New Life CRC in Abbotsford, where I have been a part of multiple praise teams for close to eight years. I have just completed my second year of studies at Columbia Bible College in the Worship Arts Program. I am very excited to be taking on the role of Summer Ministry Coordinator because of my passion for ministry and because of my experience and education in worship ministry. I am looking forward to learning a lot in this position this summer, and I aim to use my gifts in order to bless the staff and congregation. I can be contacted by: Church Office Phone: 403-782-6400, Cell Phone: 604-217-7259, Email: evanscholing@gmail.com

Next Sunday, June 2nd 

we welcome Pastor Tom Oosterhuis from Edmonton to lead us in our morning worship. In the evening we have our second “WE: The Epic Story!” inter-generational worship time. We meet at 5 p.m. for dinner and this time all of the food will be provided. The Theme is the “Fall into Sin” and we will read and reflect on the words of Genesis 3.

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, and the beginning of summer 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.

Summer PreSchool Sunday School. 

June 2nd will be the start of our summer program for PreSchool Sunday School, so today will be the last PreSchool Sunday School class for those children entering Grade 1 in the fall. We are still looking for teachers and helpers for the summer; if interested please contact Jen Zuidhof at 403-782-6672.

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.

Education Ministry Leadership Team

is looking for Pre-school Sunday School teachers and a Pre-school Sunday School Coordinator. In the event these spots cannot be filled, Pre-school Sunday School will be cancelled for the fall. If you are considering any of these positions please contact Jen Zuidhof, Chelsea Bos, Pete Hoekstra or Pete Heidelberg.

Vacation Bible School

Another season of Vacation Bible School is quickly approaching! This year our theme will be SONWEST ROUNDUP where kids will know Jesus as they ride the trail through the Old Testament stories of Moses. We are looking for volunteers. We are planning to run the VBS from August 6-9 (Tuesday-Friday). If you are willing and able to share your gifts, talents and time this week we are in need of teachers, helpers, babysitters, kitchen, craft, music and game coordinators, as well as people to help with registration, decorating and baking. There will be signup sheets on the table in the foyer that can be returned to the Summer Ministry Coordinator mailbox. Please prayerfully consider helping out with VBS this year- we would love to see this program continue in our church! Thank you, and we look forward to another great week of VBS!


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.


Citizens for Public Justice (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.

Lacombe Half Marathon 

July 21st. It will be held at the Lacombe Athletic Park. Come run, jog or walk your choice of courses 21k, 10k, 5k or 2.5k, and support Youth Unlimited/YFC, YU-Yurn Youth Centre and the Lacombe Athletic Park. We are offering a $25 gift card to anyone who raises over $150. Any person who raises over $2,000 is entered into a draw to win an iPad! Help us reach our goal of $25,000! For more information about the LHM visit us online at www.runlacombe.com, www.wcyu.org, www.lacombeathleticpark.ca


Planning is well underway for GEMS CAMP 2013 (August 12-16). The registration deadline has passed, and camp is once again full! We also thank the Lord for sending us cooks, a nurse, a handyman and several counsellors. At this time, we still need three more counsellors and 5 (!!) more CIT's (counsellors-in-training). It would also be wonderful to have a musically inclined person (guitar-playing??) who would lead our chapel and campfire times. Please prayerfully consider these opportunities to impact a young girls life. Camp is so much FUN! Come join us! If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer, please contact either Chrissie Nauta at chrissie.nauta@gmail.com or Cindy Grebely at cindygrebely@gmail.com.


Christians in the Central African Republic are being targeted by Islamist militants (Sekela rebels) who violently seized control of the country on March 24th. Many have been killed or wounded, others have been tied up, beaten and forced to hand over money to save their lives. A pastor explains that the rebels have a hit list of pastors and other Christian workers, and that places of worship are being attacked. Christian property is also being looted. Many Christians have fled to the countryside and are too fearful to return to their homes. More than 200,000 people are displaced. The crisis in the Central African Republic has largely slipped under the radar of the world's media, and the predominantly Christian population there feels abandoned by the international community. Thankfully, God is aware of this situation, and He is calling us to intercede on behalf of the people in the Central African Republic. May all who have been victimized by the brutal attacks receive His healing, peace and comfort. Pray also for the perpetrators; may they come to realize the serious consequences of their actions if they don't repent and turn from their wicked ways.

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