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March 6 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.

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

Martha Warner had knee replacement surgery this past week. We pray for God’s healing presence as she recovers and is able to walk without pain.

Steve Ogi is waiting for surgery on his foot. We pray that the preparations for this procedure come together well and that he can receive the surgery he needs.

Congratulations to Walter Land as he celebrates his birthday on Friday. May our Lord continue to bless you richly in your coming new year!

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

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 today 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 today 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.

The Spring Congregation meeting 

will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the church Fellowship hall. All Ministry Leadership teams will report on their activities. There will also be a review of the 2015 Bethel Financial statement – a copy of this statement can be found in your church mailbox today. Please bring this along to the meeting.

Reminder: 

All Bethel ministry programs are asked to submit their annual report to the April issue of the church Newsletter. Please contact Anita Geldof or Harriet Luymes or leave your report in the Newsletter mailbox in the foyer. Thank you!

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.

Guess Who's Coming for Coffee? 

You could be if you sign up for the March 20th sheet in the foyer. Be a guest or a host for a fun evening of coffee, goodies, and chatting with people you might not normally talk with much. Sign up today if you can make it on Sunday, March 20th at 7 p.m. and await your text for where you're going/how many are coming.

Save the Date: July 25-29, 2016

We are excited to announce that the plans for our Vacation Bible School this summer are coming together. The theme is Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace. We travel along as God brings him from the dark prison cell to the golden splendor of Pharaoh's palace. We will experience exotic sights and smells in an Egyptian bazaar. It will be a week of fun and lasting Bible learning. So SAVE THE DATE and plan to come join the fun.

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!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will meet for a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kyle Scholing.

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

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The King’s University: Kids @ Kings – earn your degree in a day! 

All children are invited to experience a taste of university life on Saturday, March 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The King’s University is offering kid-sized classes to children up to age 12, including art, biology, dram and more. Don’t miss our incredible Chemistry Magic Show featuring actual King’s professors! Get your child excited about Christian university education with a variety of activities and a photo booth to commemorate their graduation. No need to apply for scholarships as tuition is just $12 & includes lunch for the student and their parent or guardian. Space is limited, register online today at kidsatkings.eventbrite.ca or at 780-465-8318.

The Soul Patrol Choir 

invites you to their 2016 Choral Dessert Night on Friday, March 18th at Woody Nook CRC at 7:00 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!

Shalom’s Spring Gala 

will be held on Saturday, April 9th at Festival Hall, 4214 58 Ave, Red Deer Alberta. Entertainment will be by Erin Schmale, Soulful Noize and Wildrose Harmonizers. Doors and Silent Auction open at 6:30 p.m. and program begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of 8. Tickets available at Shalom Counselling, Country Cupboard and Kennedy’s Parable Book store.

God and Government 2016

Plan to attend the 5th God & Government event in Ottawa (May 9-11). It is open to faithful members (ages 16 and above) of confessional, Reformed churches. Join us in Ottawa for 2 days of training on current political issues and lobbying with government officials - we will offer training. Stay on for a third day to participate in the national March for Life on May 12th. Cost includes hotel accommodations, meals and all events and is only $200 for 2 days or $250 for 3 days. Prices increase after the early bird deadline so register by March 18th to save your spot (and your money). More details available at www.arpacanada.ca/gg2016

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Please PRAY for Pastor Bao Guohua, and his wife in CHINA who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for resisting the removal of crosses. Zhejiang Province has been carrying out a campaign to limit the influence of Christian churches and groups. Christianity has a relatively strong presence in the province. Officials have removed more than 1200 crosses from churches and other buildings and in some cases have destroyed entire churches. The government is especially concerned about so-called house churches, which are neither approved nor overseen by officials.

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