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2015-03-22 March 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.

Our Family of Week is Herman & Betty Scholing and their children, Kyle, Megan & Paul and Kendra & Bennett. Please keep them in your daily prayers, remembering the work they do for our church.

Dear Bethel Church family - Just a short note to express our heartfelt thanks for the care so generously and lovingly extended toward us in these past difficult months. The flowers, visits, phone calls, and meals were deeply appreciated and encouraged us greatly. We continue to trust the Lord daily for His strength and provision, in regards to Shirley’s health. We are so grateful to belong to a church family that expresses love so beautifully in practical and relevant ways. A BIG THANK YOU again for your care and concern. With our love, John and Shirley Bos

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

Early Friday morning on March 27th at 6 a.m., the Youth Mission team will meet at the church parking lot and leave for Victoria, B.C.. They will travel by truck & van and one night over in Merritt, B.C. The next day they will take the ferry across to Victoria. There they will spend a week working with YWAM and participating in the Urban Outreach-Mission Adventures program. They will be working at soup kitchens and a compassionate warehouse, helping with a city-wide Good Friday service, some service work and bringing "care packages" and food to the homeless. Please keep the Youth Mission team consisting of Pat Bouwman, Wayne Bouwman, Mark DeWit, Russell Ebens, Brooklyn Forsyth, Nathan Hazelhoff, Cora Hoekstra, Kyle Scholing, Jadyn Scholing, Anita Swier, Kayla Swier, Jenna Ubels, John Ubels & Riley Vandenborn in your prayers. Pray for them as they prepare for this trip, for safety, for health and team unity. The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." Luke 10: 1-2

Local: Trinity Lutheran – Pastor H. White

Classis: Trinity Edmonton CRC – Pastor Rich DeLange

Bethel News

Next Sunday, March 29th 

We hear God’s Word from Romans 7:14-8:2. It tells us “The real meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection” in relation to “Rescue.” Some kind of rescue took place at Easter. We were rescued from slavery to sin and set free in Christ to live by the Holy Spirit. In the afternoon we come together at 4:00 p.m. for another WE Event - looking at Jesus “The Covenant Keeper.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

In this event we’ll explore how God’s people failed to keep the covenant, yet God provided His own Son as the covenant-keeper. Join us as we explore “The Covenant Keeper” next Sunday, March 29th at 4:00 p.m. We will conclude the event with a potluck supper. Please bring an appetizer to share. Dessert will be an ice cream bar featuring ‘tribal toppings’!

Denominational: Back to God Ministries International – Japan

Pray for our Japanese team as they host the 4th annual Christian concert tonight to minister to people. Pray also for the new opportunity this year as they invite those who attend to join a special discovery Bible study.

Highlights from the Full Council meeting of March 18th:

1. We reviewed the nominations received – Nomination letters will be going out soon.

2. We reviewed all the Ministry Leadership Team minutes.

3. Pastor Mike gave a report on the recent meeting of Classis Alberta North.

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.

Craft Day: 

On Saturday, March 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. See you there…and bring someone along!

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth will meet this week, March 24th

Doors are open at 7 p.m. Any questions contact your leader. See you there!!

Youth Mission Team: 

We will have our final meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:30 p.m. We will finalize the travel arrangements and last minute information. Parents are welcome to attend.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring is almost here and the committee for the Canadian Food Grains Bank 

for the County of Lacombe is still looking to rent a piece of land for this year’s crop. We ask that farmers prayerfully consider whether they could help by supplying a piece of land for the 2015 crop year. Please call any committee member or Craig Van Stryland at 403-391-3299. Thank you.

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pakistan 

On March 15th, suicide bombers linked to the Taliban attacked two churches in east Lahore during the morning worship services, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 70 others. Volunteer security guards and police who were protecting the churches died while trying to stop the attackers near the entrance ways, preventing even more injuries and deaths. The following day upset believers gathered to protest against the assaults. One Christian youth was killed and 15 others were wounded in Lahore as violent protests spread from the affected neighbourhood to other parts of the country. Angry residents of Youhanabad reportedly killed two Muslims who were suspected of aiding the terrorists. Although Christian and Muslim leaders called for peace, there is concern that the situation could escalate, resulting in reprisals against the Christian community. Let us bring those mourning the tragic loss of loved ones to our compassionate God in prayer, asking Him to be especially near to each one. May He also grant full healing to those who have suffered injuries. Pray that the affected Christians will be blessed with increased faith and the willingness to forgive their persecutors. Ask that the Pakistani believers will be agents of peace and reconciliation, demonstrating the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ and pray that the members of the militant group will repent and come to faith in Him.

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