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March 20 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.

New phone number for Mark & Selina Patterson: 403-782-7719.

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

PRAYER ITEMS

Local church: St. Cyprian’s Anglican – Pastor - Dr. Lee Sinclair

Classis Alberta North church: St. Albert CRC – Pastor John Luth

From the Church secretaries: 

Due to Good Friday, next week the secretaries will be in the office on Thursday instead of Friday. Please have your announcements for next Sunday’s bulletin in by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24th. Thank you!

The Mexico Mission Team

would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who attended the “Country Affair Dinner and Silent Auction”. Thank you to all who helped out with cooking, donations of food, and items for the auction. It was a big success with over $12,500.00 raised for this mission trip.

The next Bethel Newsletter 

will be in your mailboxes the first Sunday of April. Please have your annual ministry reports and any contributions in to Anita, Meaghan or Harriet no later than March 30th so we have time to organize our pages before we print. Thank you!

March 16th Full Council meeting bulletin highlights:

· Pastor Mike opens with reading from the “Daily Bread” and prayer.

· Ann and Alex Wildeboer will be attending the inaugural Canadian National Gathering being held in May at Waterloo, Ontario.

· The Lacombe Refugee Committee is very patiently waiting for a family of 6 who are making their way through the system.

· Pastor Mike’s report

o 3 people attending the Profession of Faith classes.

o Presented, for information, 3 reports that will be presented at the next Synod.

· Names nominated for council positions discussed and decided on. Letters will be handed out March 20th.

· Pastor Mike reported on the March 9-10 Classis Alberta North meeting at Sunrise CRC.

· Agenda for March 17th congregational meeting reviewed.

- A discussion point will be the formation and implementation of Bible studies, small groups, education evenings, etc.

· Ministry Leadership Team reports presented.

o GALT- nothing major at this time.

o OMLT- VBS to be held July 25-29. The theme is “Egypt: Joseph’s Journey.”

o WMLT- new committee member possibility names approved.

o EMLT- new committee member possibility names approved.

o Youth - Mexico mission trip all set to go March 26th.

-Bible studies, Tuesday Night Youth going well.

o Deacons- very successful Peter Fish campaign.

o FMLT- busy with WE events, Guess who’s coming for coffee, cards, cakes and other fellowship.

· Darran Vreugdenhil closed with prayer, next full council meeting - June 15, 2016.

Congregational Meeting of March 17th Report:

Chairman Craig Van Stryland welcomed everyone and opened with devotions.

Clerk Jack Oudman presented the minutes from the last meeting and then gave the highlights of Ministry at Bethel over the past year.

Pastor Mike followed with details regarding his work since September and a few family items.

Council Treasurer Ed Stol presented the 2015 Financial Statements with auditor review and he helped answer questions. We are very blessed as a generous and supportive church.

This was followed by reports from the many ministries of Bethel. Each Leadership team reported on its work. We thank our Lord for the dedication of church members who serve in so many ways, building up the church and engaging our city.

The evening concluded with an open discussion about a variety of things including people starting Bible Studies, thoughts on canceling the second service, and phone and photocopy expenses. Our Chairman thanked people for coming and Wayne Bouwman closed the evening with a prayer of thanks for all the ministry at Bethel.

If you were unable to attend this meeting, the reports will be available in the April Bethel Newsletter.

Craft Day 

Is coming up in two weeks: on Saturday, April 2nd we hope to meet again for a day of crafting, colouring, and socializing. We'll have the coffee ready for you by 10:30 a.m. There will be a warm lunch provided, and we'll go on until after tea! Please let either Anita Geldof at 403-782-2817 or Margaret Roolker at 403-782-4506 know if you are planning to attend. Hope to see all the familiar faces plus some new ones!

Vacation Bible School 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 Peoples 

will meet at the van Iperens’ for a social this evening at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Consider joining Central Alberta Youth Unlimited/YFC on a young adults’ humanitarian trip to Honduras in July. 

You will be given the opportunity to impact youth through schools & camp ministry, and also families through maintenance on schools, the camp and in the local community. As you immerse yourself in the Honduran culture, the biggest impact will most likely be on you! Take an unforgettable trip and leave a lasting impression. Dates: July 3-18, 2016, Cost: $2700, Who: Young Adults 18-30. For more information or to register contact Melissa Kuipers at MelissaK@cayu.ca or Central office at 403.789.2298. Registration deadline is April 19th.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Classis Alberta North met in Ponoka. Highlights included:

1. Examination of Jeremy Vandermeer as Pastor for Centrepointe CRC in Edmonton and the Examination of Nola Visser as commissioned pastor at Covenant CRC in Edmonton. Classis affirmed them for the ministries to which they were called.

2. Canadian Ministries Director Darren Roorda gave an overview of CRC ministry in Canada. They plan a “Gathering” of people from all regional churches in May to pray and share the vision of our task in this great country.

3. Home Missions presented an ambitious plan to plant 5 new churches in the next 15 years. It also called for 10-12 churches of Classis to enroll in a two year “Renewal Lab” program offered through Calvin Seminary to identify strengths and opportunities for each church and to move forward in effective ministry.

4. Classis nominated delegates to Synod: Pastor delegates are Pastor Bill Nieuwenhuis from Rimbey and Pastor William Delleman from Ponoka. Elder delegate is Janet Paquet from Covenant Edmonton and Deacon delegate is Wilma McLaughlin from First Edmonton.

5. Classis approved funding for Fairview CRC to look for a bi-vocational pastor to serve their church.

6. Classis said farewell to Pastor Paul Burnbaum who accepted a call to serve First CRC in Rapid City South Dakota.

7. Good reports were heard from the many ministries of Classis.

Classis was, as always, an encouraging time of being together in God’s grace. If you have any questions you can talk to Pastor Mike or to our other delegates, Elder Henry Eisses or Deacon Ann Wildeboer.

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.

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.

Art & Prayer Workshop

Saturday, April 2nd @ Woody Nook CRC from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are many ways to enjoy the presence of God. You are invited to join our guest artist, Karen Tamminga-Paton, as we explore the arts as a means of prayer and worship. Karen is a working artist and a high school art teacher. Over the years she has developed strategies to encourage even the most reluctant artist. She believes we are all hard-wired to create and that we are most healthy when we lead creative lives. What might that look like for you? A wide range of art materials will be supplied, but if you have a favorite medium you love to work with, feel free to bring what you have. The cost is $20. Check out www.tammingapaton.com Please call the church office at 403.885.4427 to reserve your spot. There will be a collection of Karen’s art work displayed at Woody Nook Church for the month of April.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pakistan 

In 2010 Asia Bibi, a young Christian wife and mother, was the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy. She has been in prison since then. Governor Salmaan Taseer had been criticizing the country's blaphemy laws. He was therefore Asia's biggest advocate; but he was murdered in 2011 by the extremist Mumtaz Qadri. On February 29, 2016 Mumtaz was executed. This execution has angered Islamist groups and there are intelligence reports that they now plan to have Asia killed in prison to avenge the hanging of the extremist. Asia is now held in isolation and under strict security. Thank you for joining us in prayer for Asia Bibi and her family. Pray that God will continue to protect her. Ask that He would lead her to a place of safety, peace, healing and reconciliation with loved ones. May the government officials involved in this difficult case sense God's guiding presence, wisdom and protection. May those who wish to harm Asia come to realize the error of their ways; may they come to repentance and salvation.

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