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2014-05-18 May 18 Bulletin

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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.

Our family of the week is Roger & Anita Swier and their children Aaron, Ryan & Kayla. The Swier family are taking part in the “MS walk-run” in Red Deer on May 25th at Great Chief Park. Anyone wishing to donate to this cause can google MS walk-run Red Deer and look for “Team Swier.” We continue to keep Roger and the family in our prayers as they journey with this disease.

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and meals, etc. since the passing of Jenny’s dad. Jenny & Ken Tenbrinke and family

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

Highlights from the Council Executive meeting of May 14, 2014:

- We had the privilege to meet with Pat Bouwman, Diana Hoekstra, Ryan Noort, Corinna Prins, Ryan Swier, Erin Vandenborn and Daniel Venhuis about their Profession of Faith today.

- We reviewed the Summer preaching schedule.

- Teus & Marja Vander Vlis requested their membership to be transferred to First CRC Red Deer.

- Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst are finishing up at CRWM and moving on to Timothy Leadership Training Institute (TLTI), more details will be in the next newsletter.

Pre-Service prayer time

We are starting a time of prayer before the worship service every Sunday morning. It will begin around 10:00 downstairs in room 5. It is for anyone who would like to join in prayer for our church family and the ministry of Bethel church. Pastoral Elder Brad Lewin will be coordinating these times.

Family Photo Board: 

The photo board has been put together in the fellowship hall. There are a few families yet for whom we do not have photos. We would love to have everyone included. This will be an especially helpful board for our summer intern to put names and faces together. If your family does not have a photo yet, please get in touch with Anita Geldof and we will make arrangements to have you included. Thanks so much for your help and cooperation in this endeavour.


In preparing for the Van Hoffens’ arrival next month a few things are needed. Charles and Heather and their sons will be staying in a basement suite in Brad & Erin Lewin’s home. Some people have already generously come forward to provide a couch, bedding, towels, a coffee pot, and a toaster. However, in order to have the suite ready for them we still need 2 more pillows, and a couple twin sized blankets. Also, they would really like to have some bicycles to ride while here for the summer, but would prefer to not cart theirs with them. So, it would be very appreciated if anyone has some extra bikes around that they are willing to loan out. 2 adult bikes, and 2 mid-range child bikes. If you can help with any of these needs please contact Brad or Erin Lewin.

As a way of welcoming Charles & Heather Van Hoffe

to our church family, we would like to fill their pantry and fridge/freezer. Food items can be brought to church on Sunday, June 1st. Coolers and boxes will be in the church Fellowship hall to place your food items in. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Marcella Van Stryland (403-784-3545), Ann Wildeboer (403-782-2061) or Erin Lewin (403-789-7995).

To continue with the welcoming, a soup and bun potluck will be held after the morning service 

on Sunday, June 8th. Please bring a pan of soup or a dozen prepared buns and dessert. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

June Bethel Newsletter: 

The month of May is flying along. And with the time, the newsletter team is looking towards the June newsletter. We hope to recognize all those who graduate from grade 9, grade 12 and higher institutions of learning. In order to do that, we need to hear from you. If someone in your family is graduating from grade 12 or higher, please send along a photo and a few sentences about future plans. We do not want to forget anyone, so please help us by getting in touch with Harriet Luymes. She will be putting together the pages that feature our graduates. Of course, June is also Father’s day so if someone has something along those lines, we would love to hear from you. If you like to draw, please consider doing something that we could use as a title page at some point. Please share your gifts with the rest of the congregation. We look forward to putting this issue together and we need your help to do it - Harriet Luymes and Anita Geldof.

There will be a bridal shower for brides to be, Heather Noordhof (Adam Eisses) and Kendra Scholing (Bennett Bayes) 

on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:45 pm at the church. Household and pantry items would be appreciated. All ladies and girls are invited to this time of fellowship and celebration! Please bring a snack to share.

Good News Farm VBS: Tuesday-Friday, August 5-8

The schedule is set and several people have offered to help already. We have most of our teachers, a craft person and a Skit and music person and our Story teller. We need:

Someone to play piano and some youth to help sing.

Some people to prepare and serve snacks and the Friday lunch.

Someone for the outdoor games for the kids.

Some more shepherds – people who simply take an age group of kids and lead them

from one activity to the other.

We will also need the 13-15 year olds to be helpers.

The adjusted sign-up sheet is in the foyer. We will meet again on June 10th when Charles and Heather Van Hoffen can be with us.


Are you a volunteer or program leader 

for Nursery, Sunday school, Gems, Cadets or Youth groups? What about Ministry Leadership teams? Interested in knowing more about safe church policy and protocols for ensuring the safety of the vulnerable? Come and join us for a full day course by Winning Kids Inc.­© This training will take place on Tuesday May 20th from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Ebenezer CRC, Leduc. All Classis Alberta North churches are members of Winning Kids©, a company which has resources and services to assist us in meeting the current abuse prevention standards. For more information about signing up for this wonderful course please contact Dana van Gyssel.

Classis Alberta North meets in Special Session on May 26th

The Classis Interim Committee has called a special meeting of Classis on the evening of May 26th in Leduc Ebenezer CRC to deal with two items of business. One is the release from ministry in First CRC Edmonton of its pastor Michael Van Boom under Art 17a of the church order. The second unrelated item is the request of former pastor Kirk MacNeil to be declared eligible for a call to be a minister again in the Christian Reformed Church under Art 14e of the church order. Our delegates to this meeting are Pastor Mike and Peter Prins. Anyone interested in the work of Classis Alberta North can access meeting agendas and minutes on the website at http://www.classisalbertanorth.org and click on documents.

The Calvinist Cadet Corps 

is thankful for the dedicated service Dick Broene has provided for the past 30 years as our executive director. He will be retiring in February 2015 after leading the ministry through many changes in the both the Corps and in the world around us. Cadets has become a world-wide ministry during Dick's years of service. We wish him the best as he closes out his years as the director of Cadets. We are now searching for a new executive director how has dynamic skills for promoting the Cadet ministry worldwide. We are looking for a visionary leader with good communication and organizational skills. Editorial experience along with program development and non-profit work is beneficial. For more information see www.calvinistcadets.org.


You are invited to the Central Alberta Christian High School’s Drama 20/30 Presentation “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

“The unforgettable characters from the beloved novel come to thrilling, laugh-happy life in this funny and frill-free ‘festival’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s popular literary classic….outside the great Notre Dame cathedral 50 years after the original story’s fateful events, a troupe of youthful players leads the rabble of Paris – and sometimes the audience – in recreating the riotous adventures of the misshapen but tender-hearted bell ringer Quasimodo. Of course, the story wouldn’t be complete without the beguiling gypsy dancer Esmeralda and her clever goat Djali, dashing Captain Phoebus, despicably devious Dom Frollo, romantic and starving poet Pierre, the down-to-earth gang-leading Queen of Thieves, comically bitter recluse Paquette, and more!”

Shows – June 4th and 5th Times – 7:00 pm (doors will open at 6:30 pm) Tickets - $10/ticket. Available through the CACHS office at 403-782-4535. These are reserved seats. We are planning to utilize our new bleachers for some of the seating with the rest being floor seats.

Rehoboth Golf Classic: 

Saturday, June 7th – we still have 44 golfer spots available in our golf tournament. If you would like to register a team or as an individual golfer, please contact linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca - or call 780-968-8483 for more information.

Rehoboth Camp

is in need of volunteers to be Counselors and Techie’s and Night Watch –

R & R Week – June 30 – July 4 – Techie, counselors, Night Watch

Adult 1 – July 5 – 11 – Counselors, Night Watch

Adult 2 – July 12 – 18 – Counselors, Techie, Night Watch

Independent Week – July 19 – 25 – Counselors, Techie

Youth Week – July 26 – August 1 – Counselors, Night Watch

Please contact linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca for more information – register online at www.rehoboth.ab.ca



Three Christian women were killed by their Muslim family members in separate incidents on April 30th and May 1st. A 38-year-old woman was shot to death by her two brothers shortly after they learned that she had been talking with a missionary over Skype and that she had a Bible. In another incident, a man stabbed his 22-year-old sister to death when he caught her with a Christian CD. The Christian woman had previously talked with her brother about Jesus. The brother left her body in front of a hospital before seeking treatment for his own hand wound. Another man beat his daughter to death by hitting her on the head with a stone. He turned himself over to police and confessed to the killing, knowing that he would likely not face serious punishment. He reportedly told police that his daughter had continued to attend church despite his warnings. Please pray for those impacted by the loss of these dear sisters in Christ. May God surround those who are mourning with His love and peace. Pray, too, that He will use the legacy of these women in a powerful way, inspiring many others to learn more about Him. Ask especially that the family members who so tragically ended these lives will repent, turn to Jesus and, in time, become bold disciples of our Lord.

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