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March 27 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.

Quite suddenly surgery time was available so Harriet Luymes was able to receive planned thyroid surgery this week in Red Deer. We are thankful the procedure could go ahead and we trust in God’s healing grace.

We remember our mission Team in Mexico as they join the Ensenada church this morning and then build two houses in Tijuana this coming week. May they be a powerful witness of the risen Lord.

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. 

PRAYER ITEMS

Correction to Full Council meeting highlights: 

Ann Wildeboer will be representing Bethel at the CRCNA Gathering on May 6th – 8th, 2016. Eleven participants from 11 congregations of Northern Alberta Classes, a total of 200 representatives from congregations across Canada, will be sharing, discussing and imagining the past, present and future ministries of the CRC in Canada. Upon returning to their congregations they will inspire local, regional and denominational ministries. We ask for your prayers as we make preparations for this Gathering.

The April Bethel Newsletter 

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

Craft Day 

is coming up 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!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults Bible study will be held next Sunday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Kyle & Erica Van Stryland’s home.

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

Join Online Study with World Renew

this spring - Are you looking for an in-depth study about following Jesus more closely in your everyday life? Live Justly is a 6-week web-based curriculum that includes honest discussions about justice in our lives and our world. Study begins April 13th and concludes the week of May 18, 2016. The course is FREE, and study guides are available for purchase at worldrenew.net/order. To find out more and to register, contact ckritikos@intern.crcna.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

King’s University Announcements 

are located on the bulletin board in the church foyer.

Take a look!

Partners Worldwide Canada and Christian Stewardship Services (CSS)

 invite you to join a short webinar about estate planning and about tax-smart giving through with appreciated securities. When: March 31st at 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Where: At the time of the webinar, go to christianstewardshipservices.adobeconnect.com/webinar or visit partnersworldwide.org/events for a link. This webinar will briefly introduce you to Partners Worldwide and connect you to the free giving and estate planning resources offered by Christian Stewardship Services. If you are interested to learn more please join us for this free event.

Art & Prayer Workshop

Saturday, April 2nd at 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 http://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

The Open Doors World Watch 

List lists the 50 countries worldwide where Christians experience the most persecution. Mexico is #40 on that list. Source of persecution: Organized corruption/Tribal antagonism/Secular intolerance. Christians from all groups face the constant threat of violence from criminal gangs and drug cartels, who frequently extort money from religious leaders and Christian businesses. Christians wanting to be actively engaged in social transformation, such as drug rehabilitation, face particular opposition from cartels, and even from corruption within the security services. Local communities in southern states are organised according to indigenous laws, and recently Christian converts have faced considerably more pressure. Believers have been fined, jailed, beaten or murdered because of their faith. Pray that God would protect Christians, particularly converts, from the increasing violence committed against them by drug cartels and indigenous communities; that believers would not be excluded from basic social services in the southern states; for Open Doors workers who provide immediate aid to those imprisoned, excluded from their communities or deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith. For our youth group who want to make a difference in Mexico.

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