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2015-03-01 March 1 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.

Our Family of Week is Bindert, Sarah and Tucker De Jong. Please remember them in your prayers this week.

From Jan & Jacoba Voorbij: On Wednesday, March 4th we hope to enter Cuba again with 28 Bibles, Christian literature, tracts and other needed supplies. Please pray that the eyes of custom officials will be closed for these valuable suitcases and that we will be able to deliver them safely to several churches. Please pray that we will be an encouragement for the Christians in Southern Cuba.

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.


PRAYER ITEMS

Local Church: Youth Unlimited - Jake Schellenberg

Churches of Classis: Fellowship CRC Edmonton - no pastor

Bethel News

Next Sunday, March 8th

We begin four Sundays of Lent. Our focus this year is on “The Real Meaning of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.” The Bible uses words like “ransomed, healed, victory and rescued” to describe what Jesus actually did for us in the events of Good Friday and Easter. These things define our lives as we put our faith in Jesus. We begin by reading from Isaiah 50 and Matthew 20:20-28 where it speaks of Jesus paying a ransom for us. But who did he pay? God or Satan? In the evening we have our Annual Prayer Day service to ask God for his blessing on the work of planting and our crops for the season. We can only trust it will be a good year with God’s blessing. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Denominational: Calvin Theological Seminary: Transitions 

As the spring semester begins this month, pray for new students in their transition to seminary training. Pray for final year students preparing for candidacy (Charles and Heather Van Hoffen) and for the places God is preparing for them to serve. Pray for faculty as they teach and encourage the students. Pray for staff in their various roles of service for faculty and students.

Spring Congregational meeting 

is planned for Thursday March 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the church. It is the meeting where each Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) gives an oral report on the work it is doing in our church. Other ministries are asked to submit written reports to the Newsletter so that we as church can see all that God is doing by the Holy Spirit in our ministry as a church and to the community.

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.

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.

A Big THANK YOU 

to all the coordinators and teachers of PreSchool Sunday School, Children In Worship, Treasure Seekers, GEMS, Cadets and Coffee Break. Thank you for volunteering for these important programs and for filling out and handing in our program review questionnaire. We are always looking for more volunteers, so if anyone is interested in learning about, being mentored in or volunteering for one of these programs, please talk to any EMLT member. Pete Heidelberg, Pete Hoekstra, Randy Wildeboer, Jen Zuidhof

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will be NOT be meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd due to a TNY Leaders meeting.

Young Adults of Central Alberta you are invited! 

Come one come all to the 1st Annual Young Adults Dodge Ball Tournament on Friday, March 18th. We will meet at 7 p.m. at CACHS, pick teams and then enjoy some great Dodge Ball action. There will be prizes and an ice cream social to follow. Please RSVP by March 13th to confirm a spot in the action. Cost is $5 per person, call Terry at 403-896-7446. First 60 players are guaranteed a spot on a team. Hosted by Bethel Young Adults

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

Classis Prayer Summit 2015: 

On March 15, 2015 the churches of Classis Alberta North are invited to gather for a day of worship, prayer and praise. The CAN Prayer Summit will be held at Trinity CRC in Edmonton. Please visit the Prayer Summit website: http://www.discovertrinity.ne/CANPrayer Summit or visit us on Facebook (The Better Thing: CAN Prayer Summit 2015) for information on this special and important event. Register now on the website or call Trinity CRC at 780-475-2662 until March 9/15.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Soul Patrol Choir 

invites you to their 2015 Choral Dessert Night on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Woody Nook Church at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea, juice and a variety of desserts will be served. The choir will perform a number of their favorite songs from the year and a few new ones as well. Donations to Camp Silversides will be gratefully received. Come out for an evening of music, fun, and good food!

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Sudan: 

A Christian wife and mother of six was killed in November of 2014 when a bomb struck her village. She is being hailed as a hero and martyr for refusing to run away from the genocidal terror that had targeted her family and community. Christians in the Nuba Mountains face poverty and violent assaults as Arab-Sudanese aim to eradicate the black Sudanese population. Also last November, a church in the Nuba Mountains was destroyed in a bombing incident during a worship service. Thankfully, the congregation had fled the building soon after hearing planes overhead pass several times, and so no one was injured in the attack. The area was bombed again just days before Christmas. Let us bring our persecuted family members in the Nuba Mountains to our Heavenly Father, asking Him to bless them with courage and endurance as they suffer ongoing oppression. In particular, pray them who are mourning the loss of Neima.

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