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2014-04-27 April 27 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 condolences to Jenny and Ken Tenbrinke with the sudden death of Jenny’s father, Brian Raimbault. A memorial service was held this past Thursday. May our living Lord walk alongside you as you go through this dark valley and may he comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Our condolences also go out to Lawrence & Annette Sackmann with the passing of Annette’s brother, Eheophil Heller in Medicine Hat this past Wednesday. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace now and in the days ahead.

We also remember Hilda & Ron Nowochin with the passing of Ron’s father, Edwin Nowochin this past Thursday at the age of 84 years. The funeral will be this coming week. We pray that the Lord will be with you and give you his comfort and peace in this time of mourning.

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

Next Sunday, May 4th 

We want to continue to let the truth of Easter fill us with joy. We are going to read from Philippians 1:1-11 as God’s word describes what it is to live in the joy of our faith in the risen and living Lord Jesus. In the afternoon we hear God’s gracious word in a hectic world, giving us “Permission to Rest.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Office Bearer Elections 

are coming up. This year we are switching to casting lots. In addition, all nominees who have accepted the call will first go through an affirmation vote on Sunday, May 4th immediately after the morning service. The following people are letting their names stand. For Elder: Henry Eisses, August Luymes and Craig Van Stryland. For Youth Elder: Jan-Willem Rodenburg. For Deacon: Gord Bos, Ralph Bos, Cathy Dowling, Ed Stol and Darran Vreugdenhil have accepted the call to fill the two positions available. The installation service will be on May 25, 2014.

Bethel Newsletter: 

The May newsletter is due to be produced this week. Mother’s day is the main focus. We would love some contributions from younger members about their Moms. Or perhaps our senior members have memories to share of their mothers in “the olden days”. We love to hear from all of you – no matter the generation. Please consider taking the time to either write something or draw a picture for us to include. Please have your contributions in to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof no later than Wednesday noon.

Craft Day: 

The next Bethel craft day is planned for Saturday, May 10th from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. Please do bring something to share with coffee and let Anita Geldof or Margaret Roolker know if you plan to attend so we can plan for lunch. Looking forward to another fun day of fellowship.

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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: 

We are planning another fun Summer Vacation Bible School. The dates are from Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8. Our theme this year is Good News Farm and we need some folks to help and have some fun. These are the areas were we need people.

1. Sunflower Songs - a music team – playing or singing

2. Udder delight dairy bar - tasty snacks and Friday lunch

3. The Funny Farm - outdoor games for the kids

4. Farm hands – teachers (7):

Station 1 - Hog Heaven - Meet Jesus

Station 2 - Wildflower pasture - Know Jesus

Station 3 - Mootown Motel - Grow with Jesus

Station 4 - Cool Hive - Serve Jesus

Station 5 - Rabbitat for humanity - tell others about Jesus

5. Crafts - Heather Van Hoffen has already volunteered to do the crafts.

6. Decorating the front of the church, the foyer and fellowship hall

7. Honey Bee nursery - Child care (birth-3) and 8. Tater Tots - preschool ages 4-5

So check your summer plans and see if you can give us a hand. We always can use the 13-15 year olds to be helpers for the week. A sign-up sheet is in the foyer. We will have our first official planning meeting May 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Bethel with everyone who is interested. We are really excited that this year our friends from the Wolf Creek Community Church and Pastor Leon will be joining us in together reaching out to the Lacombe community with the love of Jesus through this VBS ministry. If you have questions you can talk to Pastor Mike or other members of the Outreach Ministry Leadership team.

BETHEL YOUTH

Annual Highway Cleanup:

It is that time of year again for highway clean up and we need your help! If you are going to YC or the Cadet camporee this summer, come out and join us for the day. We will meet here at Bethel on Saturday, May 3rd at 7 a.m. for a short safety video. Lunch will be provided. See you then. If you have any questions call Andrew at 403-782-7903.

Young Peoples 

will meet for supper & Bible study (chapter 9) today following the afternoon service at the home of Diana Hoekstra.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet for the last time this season, Tuesday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Special note to Dana’s class: Please arrive early at 6 p.m. We will be watching our movie in the nursery so bring any pillows or blankets if you desire. Dinner will be provided.

Bethel Young Adults: 

It is time once again for the annual Classis Alberta North Young Adults (CANYA) retreat. This year’s event, taking place May 23rd – 25th, is called, “Racing….back to the future” (loosely based on the Amazing Race game) and will take place in beautiful Canmore Alberta, where we will be staying at the Holiday Inn. This event is for those aged between 18 - 30. The cost per person for this event is only $120 (payable when you arrive) which includes accommodations, meals (except Saturday lunch) and a late night trip to the Banff Hot Springs. For more information and/or to register, please go this website http://canym.weebly.com/canya-retreat.html. Registration deadline is May 4th so please register ASAP as we have limited space. Please call Ron deVries, Classis Youth Ministry Consultant (780-619-6566) if you have any other questions.

DENOMINATION NEWS

The mandate of the Classis Alberta North Student Fund Committee is to provide financial assistance to members of churches in Classis Alberta North who are preparing for full-time ministry (ordained or unordained) in the Christian Reformed Church. Each year the committee has the privilege to walk along with these students who receive this assistance from our Classis. If you are someone who may require financial aid and are preparing for full-time ministry within the Christian Reformed Church, please go to http://www.classisalbertanorth.org/Documents.html and look for “Student Fund Application May 2013” and submit this completed application before May 15, 2015 to Ron deVries, Chair of the Student Fund Committee canymc@gmail.com. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Ron deVries at 780-619-6566 or canymc@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We at Lacombe Christian School 

would like to express our deep gratitude for your congregation’s role in our school. It is support such as yours that is so very helpful in our goal of nurturing and education our children in a Christ-centred environment. We desire to help our students to be Spirit-filled disciples of Christ, and equip them to serve God and neighbor as responsible citizens in society. We are honored that you share our vision for Christian Education. Our students and parents nor only benefit from your support immediately, but also in the future as your encouragement will be a blessing for generations to come. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and may God continue to bless you and your congregational family.

Gideon Dessert Night 

Tomorrow, April 28th is the last day to purchase your tickets for the Gideon Dessert Night featuring Visions Country Gospel. It will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Kozy Korner. Come out to hear some really great singing and support the Gideons as well as enjoy some great desserts by CACHS Catering. Phone Ray & Eleanor Merkus for tickets at 403-782-1490.

Spring Praise Concert

The First Christian Reformed Church Chancel Choir will present their Spring Praise Concert, under the direction of Kris Haynal, on May 4th at 7:00 p.m. The church address is 16 McVicar St., Red Deer. All are welcome!

The Soul Patrol Choir is accepting registrations for the 2014/15 season. 

Choir is open to anyone who will be in grades 2-9 next year. Rehearsals are every other Tuesday, September to March, at Lacombe Christian School from 3:45 – 4:45pm. Includes choir camp, choir tour, dessert night, leading worship in local churches & more. Register before Choir Open House on June 3rd to get a choir cd and t-shirt before the summer! Talk to Sherry TenHove for more information or for a registration form – 403-350-9765 or sherry.tenhove@gmail.com.

Rehoboth Camp Ministries

is in urgent need of 2 volunteer Nurses for Adult Week 2, July 12th – 18th, 2014. If you are a registered nurse, RN, LPN, GN or a nursing student finished your second year or greater in nursing education, you qualify to be a Rehoboth Camp Nurse. Please consider volunteering at Camp Rehoboth this summer. For more information and job description, please contact Linda Rosendal at linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca or call 780-968-8483

Edmonton Native Healing Centre

If you are between the ages of 15 & 99, the Edmonton Native Healing Centre is looking for volunteers for this year’s Kid’s cultural camp from Thursday, July 31st through Tuesday, August 5th. If you Love Jesus and riding horses, sleeping in tipi’s and learning some Aboriginal cultural skills, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Harold Roscher, 780-482-5522, e-mail: hroscher@e-nhc.org

PERSECUTED CHURCH

SOMALIA: 

"Sufia", a Christian woman, was killed by a group of armed men who burst into her home and dragged her outside, shooting at neighbours who tried to rescue her. The suspects then fled, and police are still searching for them. Sufia's parents, who were present at the time of the assault, were physically unharmed but are now mourning the loss of their daughter. Somalis who are discovered as followers of Jesus face almost certain death, not only those in their own country but also in neighbouring countries where many Somali believers are forced to flee as refugees. Let us join with Sufia's loved ones in their grief at this time (1 Corinthians 12:26). Pray that they will trust in Jesus Christ, having the assurance that Sufia is in heaven with Him. May the gunmen be found and brought to justice. May these perpetrators repent and come to faith in our Lord. Pray that the church in Somalia will continue to grow despite the harsh persecution God's children endure.

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