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2015-03-08 March 8 Bulletin


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 Person of Week is Mark Hughes. Please remember Mark in your daily prayers this week.

Congratulations to Walter Land as he celebrates his birthday this Wednesday and to Alex Wildeboer as he celebrates on Friday. To each of you we pray for a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings!

We lift up Jack and Ann Oudman in our prayers as Ann received surgery to remove cancer and Jack is receiving tests to determine the extent of his cancer. May God be with them and the family and grant his gracious strength and healing in their lives as they put their trust in him.

My family and I are very thankful to the Lord that Gerry is now back at Royal Oak here in Lacombe. It was a long 5 months in Stettler. Thank you for all the rides that were offered me and a special thank you to those who did drive me there. My own family was amazing in taking me there regularly. Gerry is in Memory Care, room 107. Visitors are welcome. Access at the south entrance, where staff will code you into the Memory Care wing. Pita Doornenbal.

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 15th

Our second Sunday of Lent we hear “The Real Meaning of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection” in relation to “Healing.” Some kind of healing took place through Good Friday and Easter. We were healed from the cancer of death and given new life in Christ. Pastor Mike will lead our worship. In the evening we welcome our missionaries from Nigeria, Andy and Linda Horlings to our service as they share about their ministry in the face of the Islamic threat.

Bethel Potluck Lunch! 

Next Sunday, March 15th, the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team is hosting a potluck lunch following the morning service. Please bring either a casserole and a salad or a casserole and dessert. Everyone is invited to attend.


Local Church: Neighborhood life - Pastor Rick Abma

Classis: Meeting at Red Deer 1st CRC on March 10th & 11th. They will be discussing ministry vision.

Denominational: Centre for Public Dialogue: Truth and Reconciliation 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is drawing to a close in the coming months. Thousands of residential school survivors have told their stories of abuse at the hands of the Church and Canadian government, and now we pray that all Canadians will honour this sacrifice by turning to the long walk of reconciliation. Creator God, Reconciling Messiah, Spirit of Truth, equip us to walk the reconciliation road with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. In this Lenten season, teach us to truly turn from the sin of racism, and value all humanity as your dearly beloved children.

Classis Alberta North 

meets in its regular spring session this week, Tuesday and Wednesday at First CRC in Red Deer. Our delegates are Pastor Mike and Elder August Luymes. Pastor and Elder delegates to Synod will be selected. Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning will be dedicated to discussing the vision of Classis with our new Director of Canadian Ministries Rev Darren Roorda. The question is, “Do we need to adjust what we are doing and the ministries we are supporting?” There will also be two examinations. One for Josh Friend for Commissioned Pastor in First CRC Red Deer and one for Dayna Vreeken for full Ordination as minister in Woodynook CRC. It will be a busy and exciting two days.

The Spring Congregational meeting 

is planned for this 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 today.


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.

Spring Newsletter: 

The newsletter team is ready to put together a newsletter for the spring. We hope to have it in your mailboxes for the first Sunday in April, Easter Sunday. We are looking forward to your contributions once again. We will be including the reports from the spring congregational meeting as well as any updates that we receive regarding programs and plans. If you have anything special you would like included, please have it to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by March 30th. Stories, poems, a special cover page perhaps? Thanks once again for helping to make this an interesting, informative and fun newsletter to read.

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 today 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 today 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.

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Alex and Ann Wildeboer next Sunday, March 15th after the evening service. For the discussion Chapters 5 and 6, pages 26-36 in Follow Me, will be covered.


Tuesday Nite Youth will not meet this week, March 10th

since several leaders are unable to be there. We will meet again on March 17th when we will have Andy and Linda Horlings lead us in a game from Nigeria as well as a discussion about their mission work among the Muslims. Have a wonderful week off and see you in a week’s time. Any questions contact your leader.

Youth Mission team: 

The next meeting will be this Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m. Part of tonight's meeting will be assembling the "Care Packages". See you all there!

Young Adults of Central Alberta you are invited! 

Come one come all to the 1st Annual Young Adults Dodge Ball Tournament on Wednesday, 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

Junior Youth event: 

We will be going to the YU-Turn Center in Lacombe on Saturday, March 21st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The YU-Turn Center is located at 5025 50th Street, Lacombe. There are a variety of fun games to play there, e.g. air hockey, foosball, pool, X box, Play station, etc. Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to come, please fill out a form (back table) and place it in Debby van Iperen’s mailbox by Tuesday, March 17th.


The March 21st Jamboree is quickly approaching. The event will be hosted by the Woody Nook Cadet Club. Your KubKars and Semi Trucks must be completed and brought to the next Cadet meeting for weighing, on March 18th. KubKar weight is 142 grams maximum, and Semi Truck weight this year is 1200 grams maximum. . There will be outside activities in the morning so bring winter clothes. Lunch is $ 5.00 or you can bring your own. Your Cadet councillors have the consent forms, for more information contact Grant Zuidhof


Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society

We are having our Annual General Meeting on Monday March 16th, at Woody Nook CRC at 7.30 p.m.

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!

You are invited to attend the upcoming production of That Towering Cross which will premiere on March 26th – 28th, 2015 at the Memorial Centre in Red Deer. Tickets are required but are free to the public thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. You can get tickets for any of the four shows (March 26th at 7 p.m, March 27th at 7 p.m, and March 28th at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) by calling 403-343-1611. They are also available for pick up at 53rd Street Music (4902 53 St, Red Deer) or at Scott’s Parable Christian Store on Gasoline Alley. Donations will be accepted towards the CAPCC’s housing project for single pregnant women. For more information or to learn about the new housing project please call the Centre at 403-343-1611.

Edmonton Christian Male Choir 

in concert on Saturday, April 11th at 7 p.m. at Woody Nook CRC. ECMC presents “Jesu, Joy…Desiring” an evening of song, praising our Saviour. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. Special guests: the Mighty Power Singers. For more information there is a poster on the foyer bulletin board.



Christians throughout Iraq have been forced to leave their homes and livelihoods behind as they flee from militants ravaging the country. Mohammad, Sara and their two children had to flee their home in Mosul when the city was overrun by Islamic militants. The family was already grieving the recent sudden death of their seven-month-old child. Just days after their child's death, they witnessed an attack on their church that killed three and injured 12. In the midst of such chaos and upheaval in Iraq, let us rest in the sure knowledge that our Lord is ultimately in control and that He will restore our world in His perfect timing. Until that day, pray for an outpouring of His peace and grace over the many thousands of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes.

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