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2014-04-06 April 6 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.

We offer our sincere Christian condolences to Hans Spelt and his family and Gerrit and Dorothy Meindersma and the family with the death of Grace Spelt. She was 70 years old. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years and died peacefully with her loved ones by her side. The funeral took place this past Thursday. May God comfort the family in this time of sadness.

We are very thankful that Mrs. Lena Spelt recovered well from some mild stroke symptoms and was able to return to her room at the Royal Oak Manor this week.

Congratulations to Gerrit Meindersma with the celebration of his birthday tomorrow, and to Teus Vander Vlis with the celebration of his birthday this coming Thursday. May God bless you both on your special days and in the year to come.

A number of our church families are traveling in Israel this week. We pray for traveling mercies and profound times of spiritual growth as they visit many of the places mentioned in the Bible.

We want to keep our summer seminary student, Charles Van Hoffen in our prayers. He is finishing his 2nd year of seminary at the end of May and will begin here at Bethel on June 8th (Pentecost). His family is made up of his wife Heather and their two sons Ethan (10) and Seth (7). The Van Hoffens are from Southern Ontario, the Grimsby area, where Charles worked as a Residential Counselor for people with disabilities and an Elementary Christian School teacher. From there God called him into pastoral ministry and he looks forward to being a part of our church community for the summer internship.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Profession of Faith Classes

will begin this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. alongside the regular Tuesday Night Youth program.

Living Members 

will be meeting at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos today at 7:00 p.m. Please study pages 102 – 110 prior to the study. See you there!

The new Nursery coordinator is Jolyn Rodenburg. If you have any comments or concerns or even would like to be added to our list please give her a call.

Preschool Sunday school in the summer: 

We are looking for volunteers to teach the summer preschool Sunday school program which will run from June 1st to August 31st. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer – many hands make light work! We are also looking for Preschool teachers starting in September. If this interests you, please call Jess Heidelberg at 403-782-7992.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will meet for a Bible study today, April 6th following the afternoon service at the home of Ryan Noort.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet this Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

HOPE is the theme for this year’s YC2014

and our cry for students is that they would know the Love of God and the Hope that He offers them. We really believe that God has a purpose for everyone and are praying that all will experience His power and His Presence at YC Alberta and beyond! Many have spoken up to come and join us and WCCC in attending this event. What we ask you to do now is place a down payment on your commitment to go. We are asking for $75 now and the remainder will be due prior to leaving. Please submit your payment and or questions to Andrew Tenbrinke as soon as possible. Your consent and liability forms are located on the back table in the foyer.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lacombe Christian School

approximately 345 students in K-9, anticipates having a Primary teaching position for the 2014-1015 school year. Applicants must qualify for Alberta teacher certification. Qualified candidates should include a cover letter, resume, statement of Christian faith, philosophy of education and list three supervisory reference contacts. Please send information to Lacombe Christian School, 5206-58th Street, Lacombe, AB, T4L1G9, telephone (403) 782-6531or e-mail: mfolkerts@lacs.ca

Caregiver's Support Group

I have felt called to start a Caregiver's Support Group for the community of Lacombe and the surrounding area. I will be attending a Facilitator's Conference in Red Deer, April 7-9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and would like to invite anyone who is interested in this area of ministry to give me a call or send me an email. The conference is open to anyone interested and a bursary is available if you wish to attend. My name is June Miller you can contact me at 403-789-9135 or june.is.mjmbug@gmail.com

2014 Cadet Camporee: 

Things are getting busy for the upcoming Cadet Camporee. With hopes the snow will be gone soon, committees are starting to meet regularly and finalize plans and needs. We hope to keep everyone up to date through announcements like this as well as our Facebook page “2014 Cadet International Camporee.” As of now, the activities committee is looking for canoes for the camp. If anyone has one they are willing to lend us, please contact Otto Nieuwland at 403-783-5882 or 403-783-1445. We also have families traveling with councillors that will be staying in a local campground. Some of these people have requested trailers to stay in. If anyone has a unit they are willing to lend out, please contact Keith Vaandrager at 403-506-6705. And please keep this event in your prayers as we all get things organized.

Central Alberta Christian High School Annual Fashion Show

Come out for an evening of fashion, dessert, door prizes and silent auction in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation on Thursday, April 17th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the school office by phoning 403-782-4535.

13th Annual Fundraising Auction for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank 

to be held on Tuesday, April 22nd at Vold Jones Vold in Ponoka. Free Lunch at 12:00 noon. Auction starts at 12:30 p.m.

We're looking for donations: dairy animals, beef animals, round or square hay, sporting event tickets, products from your business, etc. For more info or to donate please contact Harry Makkinga at 403-783-1274, Arnie Tenbrinke at 403-318-7503 or Peter Doornenbal at 403-302-2545.

LACOMBE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL AUCTION 

will be held on Friday, April 25th at the LCS Gym. There will be supper and the silent auction starting at 5:00 p.m. and the live auction will follow at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to donate anything or need more information call the school at 403-782-6531 or Karri Folkerts at 587-876-3346.

Come celebrate with the Gideons!! 

We are hosting a Concert and Dessert Night with "Visions" singing group from Red Deer. They sing a variety of Country Gospel. Join us Saturday, May 3rd at the Kosy Korner at 7:00 p.m. for a great selection of desserts provided by CACHS. Tickets are $20 each for the evening. Call Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345 or the Merkus' at 403-782-1490 for tickets. Hope to see you there!!

PERSECUTED CHURCH

PAKISTAN: 

Sawan Masih, a Christian road sweeper and father of three from Lahore, was sentenced to death for blasphemy on March 27th. His sentence is based on a conversation between him and his Muslim friend in March 2013. Two days later more than 3,000 Muslims pillaged Sawan's community, looting and torching Christian homes, shops and churches, and displacing hundreds of families. An appeal is being filed with the Lahore High Court, which must sign off on death penalty cases. Meanwhile, the latest hearing in the appeal of Asia Bibi against her death sentence for blasphemy took place on March 26th. It lasted just 10 minutes due to the failure of the prosecution lawyer to attend. The next hearing has been scheduled for April 14th. Asia Bibi is the first woman in the country to be sentenced to death for blasphemy. Ask God for wisdom and favour to both legal teams as they face the judicial authorities in Pakistan. Pray that both families will be strong and courageous, resting in God's promise that He will neither leave nor forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:6). May their appeals be successful, so that they may soon be released from prison. Pray that Sawan and Asia will serve as bold testimonies of God's goodness, leading many to faith in Jesus.

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