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March 13 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.

Congratulations to Alex Wildeboer as he celebrates his birthday on Tuesday and to Clarence Kits who celebrates on Thursday. To each of you gentlemen we wish a fabulous day filled with love and laughter with family and friends. God bless!

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

March 9, 2016 Council Executive meeting highlights:

· Jack Oudman opens with Ephesians 2:8-9 and devotions from the Denison Forum

· Second service cancelled “Now What” will be discussed at the congregational meeting

· Ministry Leadership Team minutes reviewed

· Elder nomination from Classis Alberta North needed for Synod

· Canadian National Gathering still looking for attendees

· The congregation’s council nominations reviewed for presentation to full council

· March 17th Congregational meeting agenda reviewed

· March 16th Full council meeting agenda reviewed

· Next Executive meeting April 13, 2016

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 by TODAY.

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.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will meet at the Bouwmans for a social this evening at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Cadets and their Mothers

This Wednesday, March 16th the Cadets and their Mothers are going to be practising their bow and arrow and pellet gun skills at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodynook shop. Then on Saturday Central Alberta Cadets will be all gathering on the south side of Gull Lake to participate in the Ice fishing Derby to see who can catch the BIG ONE!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

From Back to God Ministries International:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

LACOMBE REFUGEE UPDATE: 

The family originally assigned to come to Lacombe was unable to see their way to making such a big change in distance, climate, and an unknown future for their children. World Renew was able to find a travel-ready family to take their place. The Al Omar family consists of father, Bashar, mother Naema, daughters Gazeye - 8, Jouliet - 6, and sons Ibrahim - 5, and Mohamad - 3. The Sponsorship applications, Sponsorship Assessment and Settlement Plan papers were redone for this family and have been sent to Immigratrion Canada. We trust that God's plan for this family and for us as community will bring praise and honor to him. We ask for your prayers in this matter.

Lacombe Christian School 

Is accepting applications for two possible positions. Junior High Math/Science and Computer Science and an Elementary position both for the 2016-2017 school year. These are full time positions, commencing August 2016. Closing date for submitting applications is Friday, March 25, 2016. Applicants must hold or be eligible for a valid Alberta Teaching Certificate. Coaching and/or being able to play piano would be an asset. Please forward you cover letter, current resume, statement of faith and three references to: Martin Folkerts, Principal, Lacombe Christian School, 5206-58th Street, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1G9 or mfolkerts@lacs.ca

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!

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.

Burial Society Meeting: 

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held at Woody Nook CRC on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. If you are wondering how to join the society, or want to know more about it, contact Cindy Siebenga at 403-748-2887 or Jack Siebenga at 403-885-4380.

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

Yemen 

Has a turbulent history of wars and conquests. There are several thousand Christians throughout the country, a few converts from Islam. In Aden, there are a few churches, but in the north of the country no church buildings are allowed. Islam is the state religion and Shariah is the source of all legislation. Converts from Islam face the death penalty if their new faith is discovered, and they experience opposition from extremist groups, who threaten with death. Proselytizing is prohibited. On March 4th gunmen killed at least 16 people in an attack on a Christian care home in Aden. The fatalities include missionaries -- two from Rwanda, one from India, and one from Kenya -- along with several other workers, including at least five from Ethiopia. The whereabouts of the Indian pastor based at the home are unknown and a cause for concern. Pray that the small body of believers in Yemen will find deep and sustaining joy in their faithfulness. Pray that the gospel will penetrate the hearts of many Yemeni people. Please uphold the families, friends and colleagues of those murdered in the recent attack, including the surviving elderly and infirmed residents of the Christian care home. May the remaining believers in Yemen receive His protection and guidance in their lives and Christian witness. May the perpetrators be convicted by the Holy Spirit of their sin against humanity and earnestly seek God's forgiveness and the new life He offers through His Son.

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