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2015-04-26 April 26 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.

Many of you will remember George Wiersma. He passed away on Sunday, April 19th. His funeral service will take place on Monday, April 27th here in Bethel at 1:30 p.m. with a tea to follow.

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, May 3rd 

We conclude the sermon series on Prayer by listening to the prayer of Jesus from John 17 where he prays for the “Unity of the Church.” As a sign of that unity we will partake in the Lord’s Supper together. In the evening we read the Letter of Jude with a particular focus on its mention of “The Fallen Angels.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

It is that time of year again, High Way Cleanup! We need your help – all ages are welcome, not just the youth! 

Cleanup will be take place on Saturday, May 2nd! Please arrive at the church by 7 a.m. We start the day by watching a mandatory safety video and collect our supplies for the day. Please note that you should dress for any weather, close toed shoes are a requirement and a cheery attitude! We hope to have a large group of students so we are in need of many adult drivers. If you could spend the day with us we would greatly appreciate your time. If you have any questions please contact Wayne Bouwman for more details.

YC 2015 

our Youth would greatly appreciate your support so that we are able to attend the YC Conference this year. We are asking for money donations to help cover our food costs at the conference. If you are able to help, please contact Gayle Vreugdenhil at 403-597-8779 by May 10th. Thank you!!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples: 

Hey everyone, we are having a social at Nathan Hazelhoff’s today after the WE Event. We will start around 5:30 p.m. Come out for some fun. If you have any questions, please call Gayle or Jan.

YC2015 - High Way Clean Up: 

If you are signed up for YC2015 we strongly encourage you to attend this year’s highway cleanup to subsidize your accommodation costs for your stay at Kings University dorms. YC weekend is fast approaching and if you need help with costs this is an easy way to do it. If you need more information please contact Wayne, Gayle, Andrew, Jan or Dana.

YC2015 Reminder 

Consent forms were handed out last week. They MUST be handed into Gayle by May 17th with the balance of your registration fee ($75). Please note that transportation and accommodation cost are still being worked out so be prepared to have these paid for on time, before we go. If you have any questions please contact Wayne, Gayle, Andrew, Jan or Dana.

Young Adults 

WAYNE GRETZKY. Ok now that you have started reading this lemme fill you in. CANYA is hosting a young adults retreat in Canmore this May. Here's the deets: May 29th – 31st at the Holiday Inn, Canmore AB. Things to expect, but not limited to, are; Speaker discussing the challenges of the Christian journey, reflecting on Romans 5:3-5, riding elevators in hotel, worship, hockey themed scavenger hunt, eating, fellowship, Banff hot springs and more! Please join us, ages 18-30ish, for a "Hockey Night in Canmore" weekend of fun! Da-da dat di da dat did da. (that's the theme song). Register at http://canym.weebly.com/ For more information contact Ron deVries at 780-619-6566 or email canymc@gmail.com

Save the Date: VBS is coming again this August, from the 10th to the 14th. 

Our theme this year is Everest: Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power. To make a fun, learning week of climbing heights happen for ages 4 to 10 years old, we need YOU. Start thinking of ways you can get involved. What talents can you contribute? In May we will start filling specific positions. Especially if you want your child to attend, we need you to make it happen. Contact Erin Lewin if you are interested in helping out.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Latest news from World Renew Disaster Response about the High River, Alberta reconstruction: 

After the disastrous flood of June 2013 DRS has been involved in reconstruction from January 2014 to the present. The site is almost in the home stretch but there are many who are still waiting on repairs to their homes. DRS anticipates closure of this beautiful site in late September 2015 if all the scheduled works gets done on a timely basis. You read that correctly, there are home owners still waiting for DRS teams to provide them the hope and assistance they need for recovery. There are not a lot of other options for them. Many of our volunteers have been so dedicated to this community and have returned on assignment more than once. Others have voiced the desire to volunteer but schedules don’t always come together. If you have never before volunteered with DRS we encourage you to register with our Grand Rapids office and to consider signing up for one, two or three weeks anytime now until the Fall. This need is urgent and real. Please don’t assume someone else will fill the teams. Should that someone be you? There is a place for those who are skilled, unskilled, cooks, general helpers, etc. We simply ask that you prayerfully consider how God can use you to bless others in High River, Alberta. Contact Becky Purdom (volunteer coordinator) by phone or email to let her know how and when you are led to serve. We’re looking forward to hearing from you. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to email your Classis Alberta South/Saskatchewan DRS representatives Ulrich and Liya Haasdyk at haasdijku@hotmail.com or the area representatives in your own classis. Direct DRS Contact Information: Phone: 1-800-848-5818. Email: bpurdom@worldrenew.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Canadian Foodgrains project

We thank the Lord for providing a quarter of land for the Canadian Foodgrains project in Lacombe! Pray for a fruitful growing season so that many of those in need will receive food. Thank you for your continued support through your donations and volunteer field work.

Alpha at Wolf Creek Church 

Alpha began on April 15th and will run every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. for 7 consecutive weeks. Please come out for a time of food, friendship and faith. And please bring a spouse, neighbor, friend or co-worker. Contact us if you have any questions and/or to RSVP at 403 782-4663 or office@wolfcreekchurch.ca

The local Gideon Chapter

This is the last day to buy a ticket for this event. The local Gideon Chapter will be holding the Annual spring banquet Friday, May 1st, 6:30 p.m. at Kozy Korner. The Alberta president will be our guest speaker and Gospel 792 will be providing great gospel music. Come for a lovely meal provided by Three Chefs Catering and learn about what The Gideons are doing this year. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available from Henry Eisses or Eleanor Merkus. Hope to see you there!

First Christian Reformed Church Chancel Choir 

presents "Spring Praise" with special guests, His Light from Koinonia Christian School Red Deer. Event will be held on Sunday, May 3rd at 7 p.m. at First Red Deer CRC, 16 McVicar St., Red Deer. Admission is FREE. Further info is available at www.chancelchoir.ca

The Alberta March for Life Association 

invites you to attend "Yes I Choose Life and will March for Life" themed March for Life on Thursday, May 14th from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please meet at Churchill Square, 102A and 100 St., Edmonton, AB T5J 2V4. Alberta March for Life is an independent pro-life group whose mission is to promote the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and the dignity of disabled people. Their main objective is to conduct an annual peaceful outdoor march where invited speakers speak about pro-life issues, share information, and raise public awareness. They welcome all persons who support pro-life ideals and are open to partnering and cooperating with organizations which promote and advance their mission. Questions? Call Val at 403-789-7787.

Celebrating 10 Years of Silence. 

InterMission weekend, silent, directed retreat. May 22nd – 24th, King's Fold Retreat Centre, Cochrane, AB. $350. Retreat, rest, pray, feed your soul, go deep with God. www.intermissionsilentretreat.com Led by Pastor Ron Klok, rev.klok@gmail.com

Baseball season is almost upon us and this has made a few of us think about green grass, warm sunshine and catching a few fly balls out on the baseball diamond. This summer come on out for a fun event called the “CRC Grand Slam Slo-Pitch Invitational”. Get your church group co-ed slo-pitch team together for this first ever tournament being held on the weekend of July 10-12 at the Clymont Recreational area (near Devon, Alberta on Highway 60). The cost per team is $220.00. There is camping available on site for those who would like to camp near the diamonds.

If you have any questions regarding this event or would like to register a team, please contact Ron deVries by email at rc.devries1@gmail.com or text/call 780-619-6566, Ron deVries at rc.devries1@gmail.com

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pakistan

A young teenage boy who was set on fire in Lahore, Pakistan on April 10th has died in hospital. Before he died, Nauman Masih told police that two men had approached him, asking about his religion. When Nauman responded by stating he was a Christian, the men proceeded to beat him. When he tried to run away, they followed him, threw kerosene over his clothing, and set him ablaze. Although 55 percent of his body had been badly burned, the medical team initially expected him to make a good recovery. However, on April 14th, soon after Nauman had undergone corrective plastic surgery, he only had a 50 percent chance of survival. Nauman sadly died the following morning. The attackers were masked when the incident took place, making it unlikely that they will be caught. While authorities have reportedly shown little interest in conducting a further investigation, Christians connected to this case are still in pursuit of justice. May the Holy Spirit surround each of Nauman's grieving friends and family members with an overwhelming sense of His peace during their time of grieving. Also intercede for the perpetrators in hopes that they will be convicted of their sin and, as a result, turn to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.

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