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2014-03-16 March 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.

Teus & Marja Vander Vlis have moved to Red Deer. We pray that they will be blessed in their new home there. Their new address is: 3 Jessup Avenue, Red Deer, T4P 3X1.

Phone: 587-273-4646.

Gerhard Roolker had a severe heart attack last week Sunday evening and is in hospital in Edmonton. We seek God’s healing grace in his life and pray for strength for Margaret and the family as they continue to care for him.

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 News

Council Executive Highlights:

1. The worship service at the Cadet camporee is scheduled on July 27th. We will use buses to transport people from Bethel to the camp.

2. Reviewed all MLT minutes.

3. We transferred the membership of Evelyn Eisses to Maranatha CRC in Calgary.

4. We tabulated the nominations in preparation for full council meeting on March 19th.

5. The agenda was set for congregational meeting.

We continue to pray for our application for a summer student from Calvin Theological Seminary

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

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

Kids’ Choir

It's nearly Easter and we are well into the planning stages! The kids’ choir was asked to sing again this year for two Sundays - Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. We practice on Mondays right after school until 5 p.m. All children from grades 1-9 are welcome!! We will have a snack ready for you so bring your singing voices and join us! If you have any questions please ask Miss Mel or Miss Sue.

Book Club

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

There will be a Council Social with bowling and then a timeof fellowship at the home of Herman & Betty Scholing on Friday, March 21st. Please meet at the alley at 7 p.m.

Dutch Cheese 

orders are once again being taken in support of Bethel GEMS. You will find an order form in your mailbox. Please place orders forms in Wannetta Brander's mailbox by March 23rd. Orders will be ready for pickup from church on April 6th after the morning worship service. Thank you for your support.

Bethel Newsletter

It’s time to start work on the next issue of the newsletter. We ask that all those who gave reports at the congregational meeting, to please send them to either Harriet or Anita so they can be included in the newsletter for all those who could not attend that evening. Thanks Don for getting the clerk’s report submitted before the evening was even over! We hope that all other ministries will also send us a report for this issue. With April, comes the celebration of the risen Lord Jesus. If anyone has something they would like included in this newsletter, please have your contributions to Harriet or Anita by Monday, March 31st.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, March 18th. Doors open at 7 p.m. and we will start at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

Young Peoples 

will meet for a Social next Sunday at the home of Nathan Hazelhoff.

Attention All Bethel Youth

mark March 29th on your calendar as we are going to West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark. We will be leaving the Bethel parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and will arrive home by 8 p.m. In order for this event to happen we will need parents to drive and supervise for the day. Please note we need you in order for this event to happen. Last day to register for this event is March 23rd. Consent and Liability forms can be found on the table in the foyer. If you have any questions please call or text Gayle at 403-597-8779.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

has been involved in growing crops in the Lacombe area since 1996. We have been blessed with good crops that have been sold for sizable amounts of money, especially when matched by the federal government 4:1. With this money, food can be purchased in countries where there is the greatest need. At this time, we are still looking for a piece of land that could be rented or donated for the 2014 crop year. We as a committee ask if this request could be prayerfully considered. Your contact for Bethel CRC is Craig Van Stryland – 403-784-3519 or 403-391-3299 or you may also contact Ken Ditzler 403-782-7022. Thank you!

The Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society 

will hold its Annual General meeting on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodynook CRC.

Ponoka Christian School is now accepting resumes for a part-time or full-time Educational Assistant. 

The position will start April 7th and end on June 19th. All applicants must have a current criminal record check. The closing date for resumes is Monday, March 17, 2014. Please send resumes to office@ponokachristianschool or Ponoka Christian School, 6300 50 Street, Ponoka, AB, T4J 1V3, Attention: Robert Morris, Principal.

Show your Volunteers how much they mean to your Church! 

You are invited to the Lacombe Volunteer Appreciation Gala. Hosted by the Lacombe & District Family & Community Support Services. Details are posted on the foyer bulletin board.

Defending Your Faith in a Resistant World – A World View Course: 

Please join us as we welcome Mr. Jojo Ruba, Executive Director of Faith Beyond Belief, as he presents the second in a series of lectures on Saturday, April 5th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Parkland Reformed Church (located at Hwy. 2A and Spruce Rd. between Lacombe and Ponoka. This course is “geared towards Christians who want to effectively engage their culture” that is becoming “increasingly resistant to the Christian faith not because they understand it, but because they think they do.” Comprised of lessons from 11 basic truths of the Christian faith, each one building on the one before it, the course forms a “coherent Christian world view.” Topics to be covered this time include “Which God?”, “The Bible”, and “Why Evil?” following a recap of the first sessions given on November 23/13. For more information, please contact Rev. B. Beukema @ 403-789-7787. Lunch will be provided. Cost is free. Sponsored by the evangelism committees of the Redeemer and Parkland United Reformed Churches.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

SYRIA: 

Christian leaders in the city of Raqqa have reportedly signed an agreement to pay a protection tax and consent to the demands of the militant Muslim group now controlling their city. The Muslim group stated that they had met Christian representatives and offered them three choices: convert to Islam, submit to Islam subjugated, second-class citizens or "face the sword." The Christian leaders then signed an agreement committing the Christian community to submission. The conditions on the believers prohibit repairing any church building, publicly displaying crosses or other symbols of Christianity, and conducting services outside a church building. Even when inside their church buildings, Christians are not allowed to sing or read the Scriptures loud enough for a Muslim standing outside to hear. Please lift up the Christians in Raqqa and throughout Syria, asking our Father to strengthen their faith and protect and watch over them. May He grant them wisdom and discernment, as well as opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. Pray also that many Muslims will come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way.

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