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February 14 Bulletin


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UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, February 21st 

We welcome Pastor Jack Hielema from Red Deer First CRC to lead us in worship. Pastor Mike is serving a Classical appointment at Red Deer New Life Fellowship CRC.

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.

Address notification: Klaas Boskers has moved from Heartland Manor to the Royal Oak, room #498.

Congratulations to Lorraine Havinga as she celebrates her birthday on Tuesday, and to Ella Land as she celebrates on Wednesday. To each of you we wish a wonderful day filled with love and laughter with family and friends.

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, 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. 

Highlites of the February 10th Council Executive meeting:

  1. Pastor Mike opens, reading from Ephesians 5 and with prayer
  2. Some points of business
    • A Council member will continue to be available following Sunday worship for a private time of prayer
    • No negative feedback regarding the second service cancellation
    • The house is stocked and waiting for the refugee family to arrive, logistics will be an ongoing issue
    • Classis delegates have volunteered and are accredited
    • Nomination process has started
  3. Ministry Leadership Team reports reviewed
    • Each Team has or will soon review their mandate to ensure it is up to date and accurate
  4. Pulpit Supply
    • Pastor Mike to New Life Fellowship on February 21st , Pastor Hielema will be here
  5. Correspondence
    • After many years of dedicated service Sherry Tenbrinke is seeking a successor to run the Friendship ministry
    • A Prayer Summit is taking place at Wolf Creek Community church on March 13th
    • Margaret Njuguna will be visiting Alberta April 21-May 5 and will worship at Bethel on May 1st
  6. Craig closed with prayer
  7. The next Executive meeting will be March 9, 2016

Lacombe Community Refugee Effort Update: 

We have been informed by World Renew that the Alhusain family is likely to arrive before the end of the month. The house is pretty much ready with furniture moved in this past week. We still need a high chair, a booster chair and kitchen chairs. To stock the house with non-perishable essentials we are having a “reverse” offering today. Please take 2 or 3 slips of noted items and bring them next Sunday. There will be boxes set up in the back foyer for them. Continue to pray for a smooth transition and safe travel for this family.

Our Mexico Mission team is now complete. 

Our team consists of Wayne Bouwman, August Luymes, Andrew Tenbrinke, Gayle Vreugdenhil and Mel Wildeboer as leaders. Youth are Myah Bajema, Matthew Baong, Mark DeWit, Leah Ebens, Brooklyn Forsyth, Hilary Prins, Rachel Reitsma, Kyle Scholing, Aysha Spelt, Kayla Swier, Dylan Tenbrinke, Keith Tenbrinke, Jenna Ubels, Riley Vandenborn, Hannah Van Iperen, Carmen Vogel, Lisanna Weever, Evan Wiersma, Coltin Wildeboer and Hailey Wildeboer.

Come out and support the Mission Team by attending our next fundraiser, “A Country Affair” Dinner & Silent Auction. This event will take place on March 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Alberta Christian High School gym. Tickets are $20 each and are available from any of the team members or Betty Scholing at 403-782-2701 or Trudy Salomons at 403-782-7378.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will NOT meet on Tuesday, February 16th due to school being out. No school, not TNY.

Ladies, Craft Day is coming again.

We hope to meet on Saturday, February 27th at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship hall here at Bethel. Please let Anita at 4403-782-2817 or Margaret at 403-782-4506 know if you plan to come, so we know how many we should count on with regards to lunch. Hope to see some new faces!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

To the congregation of Bethel CRC, Lacombe: 

Your kind donation of $2,125.00 during the second half of 2015 to the various programs of the Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) will help impact and bless thousands of people and many communities worldwide, through the distribution of food and through food security. The CFGB, made up of 15 agencies of which World Renew is one, works to share Christ’s love and light. Thank you, and God bless you.

Neighbourhood Engagement Weekend (N.E.W.), February 19TH - 21ST at Camp Nakamun!

We invite you to discover anew what God might be up to in our neighbourhoods and how we might join the Spirit on God’s mission right where we live. Join us for stories and conversation, learning, fun, fellowship, food and family time. Sponsored by your Classis Neighbourhood Life Catalyzers. $135/Adult; $65/Teen; under 18 - $35/Child includes everything- accommodations, meals all materials and activities. For more information and to register, contact Rick Abma - rickabma@gmail.com or 403-505-9897.

Canadian National Gathering

Would you be interested in going to the first Canadian National Gathering (CNG) May 6-8? It is meant to inspire local, regional, and denominational ministries in Canada. Those going will share ministry stories and set priorities for the work of the CRC in Canada. Place: Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Cost: Covered by Classis. Who can go? 12 representatives (from each classis). If you are a GEMS/Cadet counsellor, youth leader, musician, young adult, senior, or anyone else who is passionate about ministries in Canada, then the CNG is for you. Go to the website www.crcna.org/gatherings/canadian-gathering-2016 and fill out an application. Deadline is February 12, 2016.

Ordinary People Praying! Classis Alberta North (CAN) Prayer Summit 2016:

Join us on Sunday, March 13, 2016 for a day of prayer interspersed with worship, testimonies, teaching and fellowship. This event is being hosted at Trinity CRC, 13427 57 St. in Edmonton, and Wolf Creek Community Church, 4110 Wolf Creek Drive at Hwy. 12 in Lacombe. There will be worship services and Prayer Labs to assist in our growth in prayer. In Edmonton the day runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and in Lacombe from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For complete details about this Day of Prayer and to register for either location online go to www.crhm.org/AlbertaNorthSummit or call either church with your registration information: Trinity CRC at 780-475-2662 or Wolf Creek at 403-782-4563. You can also find the promo video, session outlines and more on the website. Come for all or part of the day!! Lunch and dinner are provided by donation only. The sessions are all free but registration is required - Email canprayersummit@gmail.com with questions. Find us at facebook.com/CANprayersummit. Childcare will be provided throughout the day. We hope and pray that members of every church in Classis Alberta North will be encouraged in their prayer life and return to their home church with a new zeal for prayer and ministry.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lacombe Leadership Prayer Breakfast: 

Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 a.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Center. The Speaker is Eric Rajah, leader of “A Better World.” He will share his vision for humanitarian work internationally and his concentration this year on helping right here in Lacombe. Tickets are $25 from our secretaries.

Lacombe Christian School 

Invites you to join them in a time of celebrating and giving praise to our Lord through Fine Arts! We invite you to our 6th Annual Fine Arts Night on Thursday, February 25th. It is an Open House from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Come over to our West Campus for an entertaining evening of Art, Drama, and Recitations & Refreshments. No RSVP required.

The Christian Labour Association of Canada Foundation: 

Join us for coffee and desserts on Thursday, February 25th from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the CLAC office in Edmonton, 14920 118 Ave. Come and learn about the CLAC Foundation and Inclusion Alberta. The CLAC Foundation works to Educate, Develop, and Empower struggling workers and their families in Canada and around the world. Come and hear speakers from Inclusion Alberta, who advocate on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Desserts will be supplied by NAIT culinary students. RSVP to John Taekema 780.454.6181 ext. 2329 or jtaekema@clac.ca

After HYMN!

We are excited to join, once again, with local playwright Andrew Kooman in presenting After HYMN! This dramatic musical production will be our 2nd annual fundraiser for the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre (CAPCC) Maternity Home. The production is under the direction of Annette Bradley and Laura Geelen. Tickets are required but are free to the public thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. You can get tickets for any of the three shows, Friday, March 11th at 7 p.m, and Saturday, March 12th at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 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 Kennedy’s Parable Store in Gasoline Alley. Donations will be accepted towards the CAPCC’s Maternity Home for single pregnant women. For more information please call the Centre at 403-343-1611.

Shalom Counselling Centre is offering a Pre-Marriage Preparation 

Program and has a job opening. For more details on both, please look for the two posters on the foyer bulletin board.

Pro-Life Baby Bootie Campaign: 

To all you Pro-Life supporters – young and old who like to knit, crochet or sew here is an opportunity to help the Pro-Life cause. The objective is to collect 1000 baby booties and place them in the hands of each and every Member of Parliament across Canada. These booties will accomplish four things:

  1. PRAY – allow yourself to pray and consider the 100,000 babies lost to abortion in Canada in the past year.
  2. EDUCATE – we want to educate each MP & Senator and have them hold a pair of booties and consider the baby that cannot wear them.
  3. UNDERSTAND – these 1000 pair of booties will create a powerful visual of the many lives lost to abortion.
  4. DONATE – afterwards these booties will be donated to Pregnancy Care Centre’s across the country, warming the feet of new babies.

If you are unable to create a pair of booties we are also asking for Cards to be attached to each pair of booties. Write an encouraging word of support for Pro-Life and ask the MP to assist in changing our laws to protect the pre-born. Visit the link to view a Youtube video – https://arpacanada.ca/action-items/current-action-items/2422-booties-for-babies-callenge

Please place the cards & booties in the basket provided under the mailboxes. The deadline will be March 31, 2016. Let the knitting & crocheting begin! Thank you for your support. Contact Judy Hazelhoff for more information.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria 

Scores of charred bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets of Daroli village in bortheastern Nigeria after heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists firebombed their huts and a nearby camp housing more than 20,000 refugees. Officials now report that the number of fatalities has reached 86, with more than a hundred injured. The agenda of Nigeria's homegrown Islamic militant group includes enforcing a stricter adherence of Sharia law and ridding northern Nigeria of Christianity. Please join us in praying for our traumatized Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria who have experienced such tremendous pain and loss as a result of Boko Haram's vicious attacks against their communities in recent months. May these believers strongly sense God's comforting presence as they recover from the trauma, viewing these horrific evil assaults in light of eternity. Ask the Lord to ignite their hearts with great hope and faith as they look to Him in their time of dire need. While interceding for the perpetrators of these crimes, pray that their eyes be opened to the truth of the Gospel and their hearts receptive to the transformative work of the Holy Spirit.

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