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April 10 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 Agnes Prins as she celebrates her birthday on Wednesday. We wish you a day filled with love and laughter with family and friends. J

Thank You to the Bethel Congregation for your generous gifts with our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Roger and Anita Swier

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. 

*Please take note and special care! 

There has been a major shift in the order and placement of the church mailboxes. Your mailbox has moved! Please make sure that you are removing your paperwork from your new box. Thank you from the secretaries.

Guess Who’s Coming for Coffee? (with a twist!) 

For the month of April, Guess Who’s Coming for Coffee will be done a little differently. This time there will be no sign-up sheet but you are encouraged to call up someone in the congregation who has never been to your place and invite them to come to your home on Sunday, April 17th for coffee! If you’re not comfortable hosting coffee at your home, be bold and phone someone and invite yourself to their place!

Volunteers across North America: 

It is volunteer week. We praise God and show appreciation for the many servant hearts and hands who volunteer time, talents, and treasure in our church, and community. We give thanks to God for the various gifts and resources he provides his people and for the many who are blessed by the ministry of volunteers.

Book Club 

is coming up this Thursday! We will be discussing "A Measure of Light" by Beth Powning. We'll meet at our usual place, (Margaret's) at 7:30 p.m. It is Eleanor Merkus' turn to bring refreshments. Everyone interested is welcome - come and see why our group has been meeting for 6 years already!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults Social 

will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Noorts’ home.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Neighbourhood Life Update for Central Alberta: 

The past few months have been filled with teaching opportunities in Burman University and among various groups in Sylvan Lake. We have been working hard presenting the many active neighbourhoods, and the future of more, to city hall in Lacombe. This is all very timely as we ramp up early for the many opportunities to connect with neighbours; the Neighbourhood Life trailer BBQ has been used a few times already, with birthdays and anniversaries and general block parties booked in the upcoming months, all in the name of 'loving our neighbours.' And our collective book entitled, "Neighbouring" is off to be published with a potential launch date in June - exciting! Our greatest prayer request is that loving our neighbours does not become something we 'check off the list' but becomes part of our posture, practice and placement. We faithfully request for donations which can be made out to Wolf Creek Community Church - Neighbourhood Life. Also, consider joining our 2nd annual CRC baseball fundraiser tournament, July 8-9 in Devon, Alberta. And subscribe to www.rickabma.com for weekly stories and pictures of how we walk along each other in our desire to transform our neighbourhoods for Christ.

New from the Christian Reformed Denomination! 

Hundreds of titles. Anytime. Any device. And it’s all free for members of the CRC. Announcing the Christian Reformed Church Digital Library! You can access hundreds of Faith Alive titles in a more convenient way – anytime, from anywhere, on any device that’s connected to the web. If you attend a CRC church, you qualify for free access as part of this new pilot program. Sign up now and spread the word! For details and to sign up go to the Bethel web page at www.lacombebethelcrc.org and click on the Official CRCNA Home link at the bottom of the page. Once on that website, type in Library in the search bar and follow the directions. You will be sent an email to connect you to the Digital Library.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The times they are a - changin’ 

In recent months the Alberta government announced that it is requiring all schools in the province to change their policies to promote a secular understanding of transgenderism and LGBT rights. What can Christian parents and communities do to stand up for parental authority and fundamental freedoms? Join ARPA Canada on our spring tour through Alberta this April. ARPA's Executive Director, Mark Penninga and Director of Law & Policy, André Schutten will explain the current challenge, while also speaking directly to a Christian perspective on transgenderism and civil disobedience. A meeting will be held at Parkland United Reformed Church (Spruce Road, West of Hwy 2A, Ponoka) on Wednesday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm.

Attention all Grade 9 Students & Parents! CACHS is having a PIZZA PARTY! 

Grade 9 Students are invited from Red Deer, Lacombe, Ponoka, Rimbey, and other areas. On Thursday, April 14th at 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. you will meet and greet other ‘GRADE 9s’ who could be your classmates at CACHS! School is located at 22 Eagle Road, Lacombe. A Parent Orientation will take place as students are engaged in fun activities. Come and check out what CACHS has to offer! Please RSVP at 403-782-4535.

Set aside the night of April 22nd for the annual Lacombe Christian School Auction

Come out for an evening of family fun for all in support of LCS. Supper is served at 5:00 p.m. with auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hall of Games for the kids runs from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Any questions or donations, call Karri Folkerts at 403-782-0313.

The Dutch Canadian Choir of Calgary 

brings an afternoon of music on Saturday, April 23rd at 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. A portion of the proceeds goes to Food and Nutrition security in Guatemala to help rural Mayan families. The Dutch Canadian Choir began in 1972 with the purpose of promoting Dutch culture through music. They have played at the Calgary Stampede and for Queen Elizabeth II as well as touring the Netherlands. Tickets are $15 and available at St Andrew’s during office hours. Phone 403-782-3148 or from Roberta at 403-307-3811 or 403-782-0443. For more information see the bulletin board in our church foyer.

Grandparents' & Senior Supporters' Day 

In thankfulness for your contributions to the children of Lacombe Christian School, we invite our Grandparents & Senior Supporters to our annual luncheon on Monday, April 25th, 2016. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch being served at 11:45 a.m. No RSVP required.

Craft Night: Friday April 29th at 7:30 p.m. 

at Sonrise CRC in Ponoka. Come on out for a fun evening of crafting with friends. We will be making a Rustic Mason Jar Planter Box, staining the box (optional) painting the jars, and decorating them. These Planter Boxes will make a great decoration in your home and Mothers’ Day is just around the corner so it would make a nice gift as well! We have 80 spots available so sign up quick. Deadline for signup is April 24th. Contact Corine Weever at 403- 352-8111 or email c.weever@live.ca. All proceeds from this evening will go to the YC groups from Sonrise and Bethel.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

PAKISTAN: 

An Easter gathering at a public park in Lahore was attacked by a suicide bomber leaving almost 70 people dead and 193 wounded. A Pakistan Taliban faction has claimed to carry out the attack. The explosion took place in the parking area of a park, just a few feet away from some children's swings. The area was crowded at the time because Christians were gathering to celebrate the Easter holiday. Believers in Pakistan are often the target of religious extremist groups. Last year, suicide bombers from the Pakistani Taliban attacked two churches in the Christian neighbourhood in Lahore. Please join us in interceding for the many innocent victims who've been injured in this attack. Pray that the Lord's touch will bring healing, peace and wholeness to the bodies and minds of all who've been affected by the resulting trauma. May those mourning the loss of loved ones rest in the comfort of knowing they are now safe in Christ's loving care -- from the duration of this present time throughout eternity.

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