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2015-02-22 February 22 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 give thanks that after five months of waiting in Stettler, there is space for Gerry Doornenbal at Royal Oak Manor. With thankfulness, Pita and Gerry and the family see this as an answer to prayer. He is scheduled to move back later this week.

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Gerry Doornenbal, Lea Dykstra, Lillian Mercier, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, March 1st

We conclude our series on Faith with the focus on “Faithfulness in Marriage – Matthew 19.” In the evening we take another sermon request topic “Cremation or Burial.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Profession of Faith class: 

We are again inviting those who feel called by God to publicly profess their faith to come together for a preparation class with Pastor Mike. We will work out a time that suits people. God's word calls people to "Confess with their mouths, what they believe in their hearts (Romans 10:9-10). If you have questions contact Pastor Mike.

Plan to Protect®

This is a gentle reminder to all. If you are leading in any children’s or youth ministry, please remember sign your name on the attendance sheets as proof of your attendance. Without your signature it becomes impossible to verify those adults in charge of our young ones. If you have any questions please contact Dana van Gyssel.

The 2015 Yearbook of the Christian Reformed denomination 

is now available. If you would like to order a copy for yourself at a cost of $10 to $15 please contact the church secretaries at 403-782-6400 or bchurch2@telus.net before March 1st.

Craft Day: 

On Saturday, February 28th we will meet in the fellowship hall from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Coffee, tea and a warm lunch will be provided. If you need transportation we will arrange pick up, but please let us know in advance whether you will be coming or not! Phone Anita Geldof at 403-782-2817 or Margaret Roolker at 403-782-4506. Reminders of the craft days will be in the bulletin prior to the scheduled day. See you there…and bring someone along!

Council Nominations

Once again it is time to consider Council nominations. This year we require 2 deacons, 2 youth elders, 2 pastoral elders, and 2 administrative elders to be added as part of Council for the next 3 years. Completing their terms this year are deacons Rod Duckett and Peter Heidelberg, youth elders Curt Dowling and Andrew Tenbrinke, pastoral elders Henry Geldof and John Van Gyssel, and administrative elders Peter Prins and Herman Scholing.

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: Bindert De Jong, Art Hazelhoff, Gerald Noort, Rod Venhuis, Don Wildeboer and Rick Wildeboer. 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: Gordon Bos, Cathy Dowling, Henry Eisses, Peter Heidelberg, Cora Hoekstra, Brad Lewin, August Luymes, Jack Oudman, Peter Prins, Jan Rodenburg, Herman Scholing, Andrew Tenbrinke, John Van Gyssel, Craig Van Stryland, Pastor Mike Vandyk, and Ann Wildeboer. Curt Dowling, Rod Duckett and Henry Geldof resigned during the past year.

A nomination form will be given to you on Sunday, March 8th during the offering and collected as you leave the sanctuary. Please nominate those members you feel are gifted to serve as office bearers. Those who cannot be present on March 8th can make arrangements to submit their nominations prior to the Council Executive meeting on March 11th. If you have questions please contact Peter Prins. In the weeks preceding the nomination we seek the Lord for his guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration in this matter.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be meeting on Tuesday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m. Remember doors will open at 7 p.m. and if you have any questions please contact your youth leader. See you there!

Bethel Cadets 

On February 28th there will be a snow derby hosted by the Rimbey Cadet club. It will be an outside activity for the whole day. We will leave from the Bethel parking lot at 8 a.m. and head to the site just south of Rimbey. We will arrive home at 4 p.m. Please dress in warm clothes and winter snow boots. We will need to know if your son will be attending by Tuesday, February 17th, so on Cadet night, Wednesday, February 18th we can make teams and practice the stations. Consent forms will be handed out this night. If you have any questions please contact Grant Zuidhof.

Needed: 

The Youth mission team is assembling "Care Packages" for the homeless people in Victoria, BC. We are asking for donations of travel size items like shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, shaving gels, lotions, Kleenex, Q tips, etc. Also toothbrushes, facecloths & socks would be gratefully accepted. Keep in mind that most homeless people are men. We are asking for new and unopened items only. If you are willing to donate there will be a marked bin under the mailboxes in the church foyer. Please have items donated by March 8th. Questions? Call Gerry at 403-782-4170.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

To the congregation of Bethel CRC: 

Thank you for your inspiring donation during July through December of last year, of $2,714.00 for the work of World Renew as assisted by CFGB. CFGB is made up of fifteen church-based relief and development organizations, including World Renew. Right now, World Renew is providing food assistance and food security programs in many countries through our involvement in CFGB, often with the support of the other members. For example, 90% of farming households in Sri Lanka do not have seeds to plant for the next season. This is a direct result of the poor quantity and quality of the harvest in 2014. World Renew and a partner will be providing families with quality seeds to help them replant rice paddies as well as cash crop fields. Each family will receive enough seed to plant one acre of crops. They will also receive seeds to plant vegetables and legumes in gardens near their homes for the family’s consumption. Similar life-giving activities are blessing people in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Laos, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Zambia. Your gifts are restoring hope in seemingly hopeless situations. Thank God for you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Charis Village Senior's Housing in Central Alberta. 

The Charis Village Board would like to inform you of ongoing developments. Please make note of the newsletter that was in your mailboxes last week. We are hopeful and prayerful that the Christian community will embrace this project as we will need the support of many to make this vision a reality. We feel strongly that the Lord is guiding us and we ask you for your prayers as we continue to move forward.

Lacombe Christian School 

invites the congregation to their 4th Annual Fine Arts Night. Celebrate with us in a time of learning, creating, exploring and giving praise to our Lord through Fine Art. Please join us on Thursday, February 26th between 4 and 7:30 p.m. to tour our West Campus for an entertaining evening of Art, Music, Drama & refreshments. No RSVP required.

Red Deer Pro-Life 

Red Deer & District Pro-Life is dedicated to education and informing the public on the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death. Awareness is raised through school classroom presentations, distribution of event venues. Memberships are vital when lobbying the different levels of government for awareness and effectively bringing about policy and legislation change. Please consider becoming a member!! A one year membership is $20. Please see the membership form that was placed in your mailbox last week or contact Anita Geldof. Make a stand and support the sanctity of life.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

On the shore of Libya 21 young Christian Egyptian men were murdered. These young Christians were in their early to mid-20s. They went to Libya in search of work to help feed their families living under the poverty line in Egypt. In the days and weeks leading up to their deaths, their ISIS captors tortured them and attempted to persuade them to deny Jesus in return for living. They all refused to deny Christ. They all died on that beach singing songs to Jesus. Each of these men is a hero of the faith. These men were not mere victims. They are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37) whose ultimate sacrifice is a powerful testimony to their faith in Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit would comfort the loved ones left behind, and that God’s people in Egypt may band together. Pray for the eyes of our leaders to be opened to the danger ISIS represents for Christians around the world, and pray they would have wisdom to know how to properly respond.

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