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2014-02-23 February 23 Bulletin


Bethel News

Next Sunday, March 2nd 

we read from John 15 where Jesus says “I am the True Vine.” Believing in Jesus is like being all shriveled up inside and finding a source of life that brings out the beauty and joy of a well-nourished heart. As Jesus nourishes our faith we can respond in joyful, thankful and faithful giving and service of our Lord.

In the afternoon we answer the question, “Why are there so many denominations?” with the help of our confession in Lord’s Day 21. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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 three elders (Art Hazelhoff, Gerald Noort 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, Bryan Noordhof, Paul Prins, and Terry Vandenborn. 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.

A 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.

The Spring Congregational Meeting 

Will be held on Thursday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. All Ministry Leadership teams are asked to give their annual report. All other church ministries and Bible studies are invited to submit their annual reports to the April Church Newsletter.

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 Hans and Grace Spelt as they celebrate birthdays this coming week. Hans’ birthday is on Tuesday and Grace’s will be on Saturday. To each of you we wish that the Lord continue to richly bless you in the coming year.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world. 

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.

Cadets Father & Son Rebels Hockey Game: 

Meet at 6:15 p.m. at Pizza Hut in Red Deer for supper on Friday, February 28th. We will go to the hockey game after supper.

Ladies’ Craft Day: 

Another craft day is scheduled for this Saturday, March 1st. Coffee is ready by 10:30 a.m. Come join us for the day or even part of the day. We are always eager to see what others are up to and love to see new things. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please let either Margaret Roolker or Anita Geldof know if you plan to attend so we can arrange lunch for all. We ask that you bring some snacks to share with coffee and tea. Looking forward to hearing from you.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young People's Bible study 

will be held at the home of Daniel Venhuis tonight 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.

Tuesday Nite Youth will be held this Tuesday, February 25th. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Please pray for:

Churches of Classis Alberta North 

Rimbey CRC & Pastor Bill Nieuwenhuis. They are thankful for expanded facilities and a thriving kids ministry.

World Missions/World Renew work - Mexico 

Outreach in Mexico as a follow-up to migrant workers who returned to Mexico after working in the United States. It involves church development, leadership training and family ministry. World Renew, too, taps into local churches and organizations to carry out programs in agriculture and diaconal development. Back to God Ministries International programming reaches nearly all of Mexico through short-wave radio.

Christian Reformed World Missions’ Annual Poster Contest

It’s time for the Christian Reformed World Missions’ Annual Poster Contest. All children are encouragedn to enter the contest. Poster contest themes, guidelines and submission forms can be found at www.crwm.org/postercontest . All entries must be postmarked by April 11, 2014.

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.

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

NIGERIA: 

In the night on February 15th, Boko Haram militants attacked a predominantly Christian village in Borno State. After ordering the villagers to gather together, the assailants then opened fire, chasing down anyone who attempted to escape. At least 100 were murdered. The gunmen also set fire to houses, looted food supplies and stole several vehicles. Boko Haram launched similar attacks on other villages the same day. The militant group has ties with al-Qaeda. Last year, hundreds of Christians were brutally murdered by the group. Let us join the Psalmist David in Psalm 13 where he prayed: "How long, Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, 'I have overcome him,' and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing the Lord's praise, for He has been good to me."

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