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2014-02-16 February 16 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 Lorraine Havinga with the celebration of her birthday today and to Ella Land with her birthday tomorrow. May God bless each of you with a special day with family & friends and in the year to come.

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

Next Sunday, February 23rd 

We welcome our GEMS as they take part in the service around their theme from John 3:30 “He must become greater, I must become less.” In the afternoon we realize again the amazing presence and power of the Holy Spirit gifting believers and helping us bear much fruit. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Executive Council Highlights from February 12th

· Dana van Gyssel joined us to discuss the Winning Kids Inc.® Plan to Protect® policy. (Safe church)

· We transferred the membership of Trent and Maddy Scholing to Parkland URC.

· We transferred the membership of John and Ria Jagger to Emmanuel CRC in Calgary.

· August joined us to review the past year’s financial statements.

· Discussed the nomination timeline.

Council Nominations:

Once again it is time to consider Council nominations. This year we have two deacons (Bindert de Jong and Rick Wildeboer) a Youth Elder (Rod Venhuis) and two elders (Art Hazelhoff and Donald Wildeboer) completing their terms.

Who is eligible for nomination? All office bearers are given a minimum two year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore ineligible are: Wayne Bouwman, Wilf Ebens, Henry Eisses, August Luymes, Bryan Noordhof, Paul Prins, Terry Vandenborn, Craig Van Stryland and Darran Vreugdenhil. Women are eligible for the position of deacon. You do not need to speak with each person you nominate and you can nominate as many people as you feel are qualified. The district elders will officially approach people with the appropriate amount of nominations.

The present Council members are: Bindert de Jong, Curt Dowling, Rod Duckett, Brad Lewin, Henry Geldof, Art Hazelhoff, Pete Heidelberg, Cora Hoekstra, Gerald Noort, Jack Oudman, Peter Prins, Herman Scholing, Andrew Tenbrinke, Pastor Mike Vandyk, John van Gyssel, Rod Venhuis, Ann Wildeboer, Donald Wildeboer and Rick Wildeboer.

An actual nomination form will be given to you on Sunday, March 2nd during the offering and collected as you leave the sanctuary. At that time you fill in the names of those you feel are gifted to serve. Those who cannot be present on March 2nd can make other arrangements to submit their nominations. If you have questions please contact Peter Prins. In the weeks preceding the nomination we seek the Lord for his guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration on this matter.

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 should be kept clear of items. The fire exit 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.

Living Members 

will be meeting at Ken & Trudy Salomons’ on Sunday, February 16th at 7:30

p.m. Lesson will be fellowship Session 3, pages 72 to 79. See you there!

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 and we do have a limited number of seats available. Please call Dorothy Meindersma at 403-782-2620 no later than Monday, February 17th to book at seat.

Bethel Newsletter 

Another month is well on the way. Harriet and Anita are already thinking of spring. Our March newsletter will focus on spring so that in April we can look at Easter. We love to have contributions from the congregation. Please feel free to talk to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof about taking part. We hope to publish this newsletter in the last week of February so please have your contributions to us by February 24th. Looking forward to hearing from you.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be held this Tuesday, February 18th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., starts at 7:30 p.m.

The next Young People's Bible study 

will be at the home of Daniel Venhuis on February 23rd after the evening service. Supper will be provided and please have chapter 5 of Crazy Love read and ready to discuss. For more information contact Amaris or Curt.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Please pray for:

· Churches of Classis Alberta North - Wolf Creek Community Church & Pastor Leon Johnston

· World Missions/World Renew work in Russia

Around 143 million people live in Russia. The Christian faith was suppressed during the communist regime. Fewer than 1% of today’s Russian citizens grew up in the church. Back to God Ministries International broadcasts biblical teaching throughout Russia and Eastern Europe on local and shortwave stations, and reaches a significant urban audience through online blogs and live programs. They also provide discipleship materials and training.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Lacombe Christian School Fine Arts Night. 

An invitation has been extended to the Bethel congregation to join in on the fun at L.C.S. west campus, on February 27th from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for our 4th annual Fine Arts Night. Please celebrate with us in our time of learning, creating exploring and giving praise to our Lord through Fine Arts & Music. Refreshments will be served. Hope you can join us!

Campus Ministry 40th Anniversary Celebration! 

You are invited to a celebration of the 40th anniversary of CRC Campus Ministry at the University of Alberta with the delegates of Classis Alberta North on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the River Community Church (11520 Ellerslie Road SW, Edmonton). Join us in giving thanks for God's faithfulness in this Classical ministry through the decades with recollections from former Campus Ministers, Sidney DeWaal and Tom Oosterhuis, and testimonials from current students and alumni. A wine and cheese reception will follow the program. Please RSVP to Campus Minister Rick VanManen at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca.

Are you looking for a Change? 

CLAC Western Benefit Office may have a position for you! Two positions are posted on the foyer bulletin board for your information.

Greetings from King's University College

King’s announcements are posted on the foyer and Bethel Youth bulletin boards for your information.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

COLOMBIA 

A 35 year old recent convert to Christianity, and his 11-year-old son were brutally murdered by members of the FARC guerrilla group. They leave behind a pregnant wife and 3 girls. In the region where this happened, Christians face strong persecution from the guerrilla groups who forbid them to preach the Gospel in rural areas. The family has been moved to another city. The pastor who leads the church received a letter from the FARC, stating, "You must leave the region or you'll die." Let us come alongside this mourning widow and her daughters in prayer, asking God to grant them mercy and grace in their time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Pray that they will be safe in their new location, and supported by fellow Christians. May the threatened pastor seek Godly wisdom as he continues to lead his congregation. Also intercede on behalf of the FARC guerrillas who perpetrated this horrible crime, that they, will come to faith in our Risen Lord. To watch the testimony of a former FARC commander who has become a messenger of God's peace in Colombia, please visit www.persecution.tv/elmer

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