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2014-03-02 March 2 Bulletin


Bethel News

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 today during the morning 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 are not present today are asked to make other arrangements to submit their nominations. If you have questions please contact Peter Prins. 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. There will be a vote regarding Casting Lots for council positions as a change to Bethel’s council nomination process. 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. There will also be a presentation about the Plan to Protect Policy which will replace our Safe Church Policy.

Update on our application for a summer student from Calvin Theological Seminary.

These are the dates that mark various steps in the process.

February 21st Student applications due

March 6th Church applications due

March 7th Copies of church positions made available for student review

March 14th Students submit top three (3) choices

March 21st Placements are proposed to churches

March 28th Students are notified of final placement and instructed to contact the church to begin making arrangements

Classis Alberta North 

meets in regular session at The River in Edmonton on Wednesday and Thursday March 5+6. Delegates are Pastor Mike and Peter Prins. The Agenda includes the examination of Pastor elect Ferry Yang as he begins his ministry in the Neerlandia CRC. There will also be an affirmation of Pastor Rick Abma’s position as “Neighborhood Life” church planter in our area. Reports will be received from the many ministries of Classis like King’s University, Cuba Connection, Home Missions, Safe Church Team, etc. There will also be a review of the work formerly done by Pastor Walt Brouwer as the Classical Pastor church relations consultant. Pastor Walt is retiring and the position is being reviewed. It is always an exciting two days reflecting on the work of the Spirit through the church.

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.

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.

Book Club

due to the Congregational meeting on March 13th, the Book Club meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 20th.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth leaders will meet this Tuesday, March 4th. Tuesday Nite Youth will resume on Tuesday, March 11th.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Please pray for:

Churches of Classis Alberta North – Neerlandia CRC and Pastor elect Ferry Yang

World Missions/World Renew - Indonesia - Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) has no career missionaries living in Indonesia, but works in Indonesia in partnership with Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI). BTGMI broadcasts radio programs throughout the Indonesian islands. BTGMI is piloting nearly 150 communities of listener groups in specific geographic areas, with 50-150 people each, to hear God's Word. CRWM partners with BTGMI by sending someone to Indonesia periodically to train leaders of the listener groups as coordinators and evangelists.

To the congregation of Bethel CRC: Thank you for joining with World Renew in showing God’s love and mercy to those hurting from Typhoon Haiyan, which battered central Philippines on November 8th. As we respond to the typhoon that displaced 673,000 from their homes, your gift of $3,867.90 is enabling us to work with the Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines (CRCP) to reach out with hope and help to people coping with the loss of their loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods. Together with the CRCP, World Renew has been providing urgently needed food, water, temporary shelter and hygiene items to 4,000 families left homeless by the typhoon on the islands of Panay, Leyte, and Samar. Your gift is being used immediately to meet these needs for three months. The second phase of World Renew’s activity will provide such things as generators for communities, kitchen kits, hygiene items and the like. Following this phase of emergency disaster response, World Renew and our local partners will transition to a community-driven, longer-term recovery and rehabilitation phase, including home reconstruction or the restarting of businesses and livelihoods. We encourage you to stay up to date with World Renew’s activities by visiting our website: www.worldrenew.net, and click on “what we do” – “international disaster response” – “Typhoon Haiyan”.

It’s time for the Christian Reformed World Missions’ Annual Poster Contest. All children are encouraged 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

In the month of April, Woody Nook CRC will be hosting an art show named reForming Relationship along with 3 events including an opening night (April 8), Stations of the Cross (April 15), and a Kinship Celebration Potluck (April 22). In order to better prepare for this event, we are hosting an evening of history on March 11th at 7:00 p.m. Musqua Roy and Judy Louis, our neighbors from Maskwacis, will be presenting the story and history of the Maskwacis First Nations People and Treaty 6. We warmly invite you to join us for this evening—it will be an evening which increases our understanding and awareness of our neighbors, fosters dialogue, and builds relationships. This presentation is one that has been given all over Alberta to both professionals and the general public. As such, it promises to be deeply informative, helping us better understand our neighbors as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will be happening March 27-30 in Edmonton. The evening is free of charge and open to the public; we hope to see you there!

The Soul Patrol Choir 

invites you to their 2014 Choral Dessert Night on Friday, March 14th at Woody Nook CRC at 7:00 p.m. Coffee, tea, juice and a variety of desserts will be served. The choir will perform a number of their favorite songs from the year and a few new ones as well. Donations to Camp Silversides will be gratefully received. Come out for an evening of music, fun, and good food!

PERSECUTED CHURCH

IRAQ: 

Urgent prayer is requested for the church in Iraq during this time of intense violence in the country. With frequent bombings and shootings in cities such as Baghdad and Mosul, monthly death tolls have soared recently. January's toll of more than 1,000 killed was the highest in almost six years. Hundreds of people have left the church because they have left the country, the hundreds left are those who cannot afford to leave, so the poverty and needs seem greater than ever. Your prayers are needed. Trusting that God is indeed present and at work in Iraq, let us bring this country to Him in prayer. Pray that He will use leaders to faithfully shepherd the dwindling Christian population. May believers be encouraged to remain steadfast in their faith, despite the instability and the constant risks. May the church there be a vessel of God's peace, extending love to all their neighbours. Pray for an end to the fighting and bloodshed in Iraq which have been mainly caused by tensions between Sunni militants and the Shia-dominated government. To learn more about the powerful ways in which God is at work in Iraq, check out VOM's recent 18-minute documentary at www.persecution.tv/iraq.

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