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2014-02-09 February 9 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, February 16th 

We welcome Pastor Roy Berkenbosch from the King’s University College and director of the Micah Center, to lead in worship as Pastor Mike has a Sunday off. In the afternoon we have our next “WE Intergenerational Event” looking at the call to “Follow Jesus.” Wayne Bouwman will lead the event.

Sunday, February 16th

The next WE Event will be held next Sunday, February 16th at 4:00 p.m. The theme for this service is "Following Jesus Every Day!" The scripture we will be focusing on is Mark 1:9-20 and Luke 4:14-21. Following the service, we will have a potluck soup and bun supper. We ask that families whose last names begin with the letters A - O bring a pan of soup and the families whose last names begin with the letters P-Z bring prepared buns or fresh vegetables. The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team will provide dessert. If you have not as yet attended a WE Event, we encourage you to come - it is a wonderful time of fellowship and learning together!

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.

After many years of struggling with poor health, Mrs. Ann Vander Wal passed away peacefully at Royal Oak Manor on Tuesday, February 4th. She would have been 90 years old on February 27th. Her daughter Jeanette was with her. We offer our condolences to the family and pray for the comfort of Ann’s savior and ours in this time of sadness. The funeral will be held here at Bethel on Wednesday, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. There will be a private family interment that morning.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra, Tony Middag, Grace Spelt, Lena Spelt, Ernie Stebner, Grace Vander Veen and Ann Vander Wal in prayer.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Church mailboxes: 

The secretaries have made some changes to the church mailboxes and as a result many of them have been moved. Please double check that your name is on the mailbox before removing any mail or papers. Thank you from Dana and Cindy.

The General Administration Leadership team 

would like to remind the congregation that all fire exits and especially the fire exit and hallway in the fellowship hall be kept clear of items. The hallway is not to be used as storage for broken tables and chairs, etc. The furnace rooms must also be kept clear of any extra items. Broken tables can be left with the other tables leaning against the wall in the fellowship hall. Please contact a GALT member (Art Hazelhoff, Walter Land, Ina Jackson, August Luymes, Rick Wildeboer or Cindy Prins) if something is broken or needs to be repaired in the church. Thank you from the General Administration team.

The 2014 Yearbook of the Christian Reformed denomination 

is now available. If you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 to $15 please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net by today.

The Lacombe CRC Seniors’ Club 

is planning a day trip to the IMAX Theatre in Edmonton for Thursday, February 20th. We are planning to see two films, “Rocky Mountain Express” and “Jerusalem in 3D.” Cost for the day is $55.00 per person and includes the bus fare and film admissions. We will leave from the Bethel parking lot at 11:00 a.m. sharp and should arrive home from Edmonton around 6:00 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and we will have coffee together after the films before heading home again. This trip is open for adults of any age, so please contact Dorothy Meindersma at 403-782-2620 if you would like to come along.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be held this Tuesday, February 11th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., starts at 7:30 p.m. Be prepared to compete!!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings from Jos once again! Thank you for your continued prayers for us, especially for the Lord’s protection. We a difficult day yesterday, but thank the Lord that no lives were lost. Around 10:00 a.m. armed robbers came into our compound, put everyone on the floor of the office first and then on the floor in house, demanding “their money” and whatever gold we might have. In the Lord’s goodness, there wasn’t much money here for them to take, though they searched everywhere they could think of. In the end they did take the phones of everyone here and Andy and Marta’s computers. We are thankful that the Lord helped everyone to stay calm so that there were no injuries. My good computer was with me in Miango, where I was checking with the Rigwe team; my old one was here, but apparently they didn’t think that was worth the taking. So we are dealing with feelings of being violated and at the same time extremely grateful for the Lord’s grace that our lives have meaning in him and we are not reduced to robbing others, for whatever reason. We pray for their repentance. Please continue to pray. As usual, the support of the Christian community is an amazing gift, and we thank the Lord for it.

Thank you for your prayers. Andy and Linda Horlings

Please pray for:

Churches of Classis Alberta North - Trinity Edmonton and Pastor Rich DeLange

World Missions/World Renew - Syria - assisting victims of violence

Back to God Ministries International - Arabic programs reach many Muslims with the gospel

Neighbourhood Life in Central Alberta 

is up and running. Since Classis Alberta North approved this position, much has happened: Neighbourhood Life has 8 neighbourhoods from around Central Alberta working together to bring shape to this ministry. Come May 2014, we hope to add more. Representatives from these 8 neighbourhoods gather for supper on two Sundays per month to reflect on Scripture and pray for our neighbours /neighbourhoods. We also listen to each other's stories and seek out where God is at work in those stories. There is a great deal of brokenness in our neighbourhoods, but we celebrate that the Kingdom of God is evident. We will be joining others from around Alberta at the N.E.W. (Neighbourhood Engagement Workers Retreat), March 7-9 at Camp Nakanum. On another level, leaders/pastors from Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and Lacombe are gathering monthly for training from Home Missions; we recently wrapped up a course on how consumerism shapes our churches. Having recently been commissioned as Neighbourhood Pastor at Wolf Creek Community church on January 26th, I am grateful for this new beginning and for the support of Neighbourhood Life in Central Alberta. Pastor Rick Abma rickabma@gmail.com

The Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference 

is looking for someone from Central Alberta who might be interested in being a Board member at large for World Renew. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Roy Berkenbosch at roy.berkenbosch@kingsu.ca

Neighbourhood Life

our 4th Annual Neighbourhood Engagement Weekend (NEW) is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a retreat focused on what it means to keep the great commandment while having fun and enjoying the great recreation and community in the beautiful natural setting of Camp Nakamun, March 7 to 9. Space is limited. For more info and to register email Karen Wilk at kwministry@shaw.ca or kwilk@forgcanada.ca no later than March 2nd.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

You are invited to the 2014 Lacombe Leadership Prayer Breakfast

on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. The guest speaker is award winning philanthropist, business leader & humanitarian Ian Hill. He will be speaking on how to build strong communities and how leaders can make this happen. Tickets are $25 and available from the church secretaries. Sponsored by the Lacombe & District Ministerial Association.

Up-to-date Will?

Are you one of approximately 50% of Canadians who do not have an up-to-date Will? Does your Will still accurately reflect your wishes? Have things changed since you prepared your Will? Is it possible to write a Will that is a testimony of one’s faith? Do you have a Power of Attorney? Central Alberta Christian High School and Lacombe Christian School will be offering a FREE “Will Clinic” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th at the Lacombe Christian School. You will have a qualified representative to discuss how to prepare your Estate Plans and how you can align it with your faith. Take a moment to contact Wayne DeBoerby calling 587-316-2656or email at wayned@csservices.ca to reserve your seat!

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre in Olds

In Celebration of God’s Faithfulness, please join us on March 1st, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for the Grand Opening Banquet Fundraiser of the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre in Olds. There will be an Open house at 4911 51st Ave. from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (refreshments provided). Following the open house will be a semi-formal banquet at Zion Evangelical Missionary Church (corner of Highway 582 & 20th Avenue in Didsbury). Dinner will be followed by the play Three Monologues by renowned Central Alberta playwright Andrew Kooman. Reserve your seat or table: $20 each/$150 per table of eight. RSVP by February 21st. To purchase your tickets, contact Michelle at 403-343-1611 or olds@pregnancycare.ca.

All Women Are Invited! 

To the Two-gether Intimately Seminar, presented by Ruth Clarence, at the WoodyNook Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, March 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch and snacks are provided. Look forward to a day of fun and fellowship, while learning to enhance and enrich your husband/wife relationship. For more information, please see the pamphlets on the bulletin board, check out her website www.intimacyseminar.com or talk to Candace Sales 403-350-7319 or email suncan52@hotmail.com Theearly bird registration is $35/per lady.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

NEPAL: 

A church leader living among the Hindu upper caste, recently lost all his belongings when villagers burned down his home. While Karuna's primary job is to visit and encourage believers in the area, he has also led many Hindus to Christ, angering those in the village. Villagers have threatened to kill Karuna, his wife and their two children if he continued to evangelize. In early January, the villagers burned Karuna's home while he and his family were away fellowshipping with other Christians. They also repeated their threat to kill him if he continues preaching the Gospel. Pray that Karuna and his family will be encouraged in their faith and continue to be strong witnesses for Christ. Intercede on behalf of the villagers who feel threatened by Karuna's evangelism. May they come to know the God that Karuna professes and seek to live wholeheartedly for Him.

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