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February 28 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.

Address correction: Klaas Boskers has moved from Heartland Manor to the Royal Oak, room #489A.

Today we want to celebrate with Roger & Anita Swier and John and Dana van Gyssel. Both couples will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in March and we pray that the Lord continues to be their Rock and bless them with what they stand in need of. Gerrit and Dorothy Meindersma are celebrating their 12½ anniversary, we give God thanks for the years they could share together and pray that they may continue to enjoy God's faithfulness in their lives. We present them with the gift of flowers to celebrate this occasion. We celebrate the safe arrival of the Pattersons and look forward to their ministry among us through music, work and deed. This month we have also been able to celebrate significant birthdays: Lorraine Havinga turned 90 and we praise the Lord for blessing her with many good years and Jayde Tenbrinke gets to celebrate her special day this leap year. We thank God for giving us these special events here at Bethel and as a congregation we are blessed by them. We invite you to have refreshments and cake in the Fellowship Hall following the service today to celebrate these special blessings in our congregation. "Rejoice with those who rejoice." Romans 12:15.

Dear Bethel Church Family,

It is with deep sadness that we share with you that Saysana Chandara, whom we sponsored from Laos when he was 18 years of age, and became like a son to us, passed away last week Monday in Calgary at the age of 53. He will be dearly missed by our family. We ask for your prayers for us as well as for his wife Samdy and for his 3 children Michael, Erica, and Jamie. Thank You for sharing in our grief and for lifting us up in prayer before our Gracious Lord and Saviour. With appreciation, John & Shirley Bos

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.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, March 6th 

We read from Hebrews 11 as we see that “Jesus is greater than our heroes.” Who are your personal heroes? How do you look to them for guidance? We need to see Jesus as so much greater and look to him in all things. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The 2016 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 13th.

Council Nominations

Once again it is time to consider Council nominations. This year we require 2 deacons, 1 youth elder, and 4 elders to be added as part of Council for the next 3 years.

Completing their terms this year are deacons Cora Hoekstra and Ann Wildeboer, and elders Brad Lewin and Jack Oudman.

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: Rod Duckett, Henry Geldof, Peter Heidelberg, Peter Prins, Herman Scholing, Andrew Tenbrinke, and John van Gyssel. 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, Wayne Bouwman, Cathy Dowling, Marvin Ebens, Henry Eisses, Cora Hoekstra, Brad Lewin, August Luymes, Jack Oudman, Ed Stol, Terry Vandenborn, Craig Van Stryland, Darran Vreugdenhil, Ann Wildeboer and Pastor Mike Vandyk.

A nomination form will be given to you next Sunday, March 6, 2016 as you enter the sanctuary for the worship service and will be 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 6th can make arrangements to submit their nominations prior to the Council Executive meeting on March 9th. If you have questions please contact Craig Van Stryland. 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.

Bethel Newsletter

Another month has gone by and we are getting ready for the next Newsletter. If you have any items you would like to contribute, please have them in to either Harriet Luymes, Meaghan Noort or Anita Geldof by Wednesday, March 2nd. We are always excited to have the congregation take part in the newsletter. We look forward to your stories, poems, drawings, experiences – photos – whatever you feel would benefit the family of Bethel.

The Cadets 

would thank the congregation and Bethel Cadets supporters for all the donations of Bottles and batteries during our bottle drive. We raised $1850.00 Thank you for your continuing support for the club where we can help boys to grow more Christ like in all areas of life.


Young Adults 

will meet for a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at Kyle & Erica Van Stryland’s home.

Woody Nook Youth 

invites all those in Grade 10 to Young Adults to join them in a “Competitive Hayride” TONIGHT. Be at Woody Nook at 5:00 p.m. dressed in your snow gear. Following will be a supper at 6:30 and a Youth service at 7:00 p.m. Because of the nature of this event all participants who are under the age of 18 must come with a parent signed waiver form. This form can be found on our website at www.wncrc.ca or we will have copies at the church as well.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will NOT meet on Tuesday, March 1st due to a leaders’ meeting

Attention Cadets and Fathers, Grandfathers and Uncles

You will be meeting at Pizza Hut, Friday, March 4th at 6 p.m. After dinner you will be travelling to the Red Deer Enmax Centrium for an exciting hockey game with the Red Deer Rebels. Make sure you have your consent form with you. Contact Grant Zuidhof for more information.

Calling Grade 8 & 9 Students:

You are invited to our annual High school ‘Sneek Peek’ afternoon. Central Alberta Christian High School is hosting a Junior High visiting day on March 10th 12:00-3:00 P.M. The afternoon will be filled with a delicious lunch, many fun activities, a meet and greet, and a guest speaker. This event is designed as a great way to experience what CACHS has to offer. If you have questions or want to RSVP call the school, 403-782-4535. www.cachs.ca

Living Members 

will meet at the home of August & Harriet Luymes tonight at 7:30 p.m. Please look over Lessons 21 & 22.

Mission Team

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.

Book Club is coming up! 

It will be on Thursday, March 10th at 7.30 p.m., at Margaret Roolker's home. We will be discussing the book "Secrets of a Charmed Life", written by Susan Meissner. It will be Pauline Bos' turn to bring refreshments. We're hoping to see some new faces!


Upcoming 2016 Webinars: 

A Conversation about Mental Health and Ministry - March 15th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. MT Many in our churches have been or are being affected with mental health issues. Directly or indirectly, we have sensed the pain suffered by those who struggle and when confronted with the issue, we aren't sure how to respond. Brett Ullman will share his story of being broken, down to his knees and give insight into where his help came from and how churches and leaders can provide support for those affected by mental health issues. Extra time will be given to the Q&A portion of this event. Questions may be submitted in advance on your registration form, register today.

Presenters Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders and parents on topics including sexuality, mental health, men, dating and media. Brett’s seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with the modern culture we live in. Ron deVries has worked as a Youth Ministry Consultant for Classis Alberta North in Canada since 2007. He also serves the CRCNA as a Faith Formation Coach.


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.

The King’s University: 

Please check the bulletin boards for upcoming events for all ages at Kings!


Please PRAY for women in PAKISTAN 

who are vulnerable to rape and public shaming. In a recent incident, three young Christian women were purposely hit by a car for refusing the sexual advances posed to them by a group of Muslim men. The young women -- Kiran (17), Shamroza (18), and Sumble (20) -- were walking home together when four Muslim men in a car confronted them, uttering lewd suggestions. Because the girls refused their advances, the men became enraged to the point that the driver targeted them with the car. Two of the girls received severe injuries and broken bones. Kiran, unfortunately did not survive.

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