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April 24 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.

Jake & Agnes Prins have started a new chapter in their lives and moved to Royal Oak Village. Their new address is #304 4501 College Avenue, Lacombe, T4L 2M8. Their phone number remains the same.

Harry and Hilda Van Stryland received good news that the cancer has not spread. More tests will determine the best treatment. It will likely include surgery. We give thanks for answered prayer and trust God will guide along the path of help and healing.

Alice Scholing’s brother, Bob Buist is responding well to treatments for pneumonia and is sitting up and feeling better. We see God’s gracious answer to prayer for this loved one and his family.

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 BOX ITEMS

1. Pray for the children and youth who are playing sports this spring, that they do not have injuries.

2. Prayer for a neighbour who is dealing with an extended sickness and seeks God’s healing grace.

Giving Post: 

In the foyer you will notice it. Please take a moment to note down on a heart (on the table) a detail of how you have been able to show the love of Christ in giving of yourself in the service of others right here in Lacombe. This initiative grows out of our Mexico Mission team that brought a Christian heart of service to needy families in Mexico. We can be inspired to do similar things right here in Lacombe for our neighbors.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Another month flies by. The next newsletter will be in your mailboxes on the first Sunday of May – May 1st. We will be focusing on Spring and Mother’s day. If you have a contribution you would like included, please have it in to Harriet Luymes, Meaghan Noort or Anita Geldof no later than April 27th so we have time to put things together in order. Thank you!

Craft Day and Pizza Party! 

On April 30th we hope to have another craft day and combine it with a pizza party. All ladies invited. Please bring your favourite topping, and we'll make our pizzas together. And yes, we will also do crafting! Please let either Anita Geldof or Margaret Roolker now if you are attending before or on Thursday, April 28th, so we can plan the day! Coffee will be ready by 10:30 a.m.

Sound Tech & PowerPoint training: 

If you are interested in working in the sound booth, operating the sound system or PowerPoint during the service, there will be a training night on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. The only requirements are that you are wanting to learn, willing to pay attention, and old enough to have completed "Treasure Seekers". Wayne Bouwman will be looking after the training, if you are interested but unable to make it that evening please let him know.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults Bible study 

will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Kyle & Erica Van Stryland’s home.

Tuesday Nite Youth is done for the season! 

The leaders would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to our students for a fantastic year of learning!! Wishing you a wonderful few months in the sun with family and friends, be safe. We look forward to seeing all in the fall.

From your BTNY Leaders J J J

It is that time of year again for the annual CANYA (Classis Alberta North Young Adults) Retreat. 

Happening in Canmore Alberta the weekend of June 3rd – 5th, the focus of this year’s event will be “Exploring God’s Creation”. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada, speaker Rick Mast will explore with us what it means to be part of this world as a child of God. Registration cost for this weekend is $120 per person and a link to register can be found at http://canym.weebly.com/canya-canmore-retreat.html. If you have any questions, please contact Ron deVries at 780-619-6566 or at canymc@gmail.com. The deadline for registration is May 22nd. With limited space, you are encouraged to register ASAP.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

OneBook: 

Of the 7,004 languages spoken today, over 4,121 languages have less than a single book of God’s Word, and 1,860 with no written form, this means no alphabet or dictionary. You’re invited to hear how OneBook’s strategic partnerships with indigenous partners are affecting transformation in their communities, by their people and in their own language, in Africa and Asia. Guest presenter Zebedee Kafeteh, from Cameroon, is a Bible translation expert that works for the largest locally-led leading Bible translation and literacy organization in the world. Hosting isJerry Haasdyk onTuesday April 26, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. Event will be in here at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Are you a member of a Christian Reformed Church in Classis Alberta North, preparing for full-time ministry in the CRC? Your classis has a special fund to support you in your studies, which grants forgive-able loans to those studying for ministry. Application deadline is May 21, 2016. For more information or to receive an application, please email Student Fund Committee member Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning at jonathan@theneighbourcentre.ca.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Downtown Sounds at Gaetz 

is please to present "The Master's Singers" in concert, today at 3:00 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 Ross Street. Admission is $15 at the door. The Master's Singers is a 60 voice male choir from Calgary who will present a concert of varied sacred music. This dynamic group of singers will thrill and encourage the soul!

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.

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Wolf Creek Gideons Banquet 

will be held on Friday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Kozy Korner, 5024-53 St., Lacombe. The speaker is Casey Bjorndal and there will be local singers as well. Join us to hear how you can share the gospel with people all over the world who are looking for hope. Tickets: Eleanor Merkus at 403-782-1490 or Henry Eisses at 403-782-2345.

Central Alberta Christian High School will be hosting their annual Fashion Show 

on Friday, May 6th, 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. This fundraiser consists of desserts, door prizes, silent auction items and the Fashion Show. This year we are raising funds for The Central Alberta Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. If you would like to donate a door prize item or a silent auction please contact the school. We will accept cash donations on the night of the Fashion Show - we would only ask that you make your cheques out to the school to receive a tax receipt for you donation. All funds raised through ticket sales and auction items will go directly to

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Tickets are available at the school office for $20.00. Please call to reserve your tickets at 403-782-4535.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Uzbekistan 

A Christian believer who had been arrested and jailed for 16 days in eastern Uzbekistan, was released on March 28th. Police illegally raided his home, and those of other Christians in search of religious literature. Police explained: "They can keep one Bible in their homes, but if they keep more than one, then this means they are intending to gather with others in their homes for illegal prayers and meetings." In the detention centre, up to seven inmates were put in a cell designed for two people. No sanitary and hygiene rules were followed, and food was only provided once a day. Prisoners, insisting to be innocent of crime, were also tortured several times during their incarceration. We must never take the freedoms we have to worship God and pray so freely in our homes and churches for granted, realizing the many challenges Christians in other parts of the world are facing for doing so. May this privilege be used wisely and fervently among the family of God in our nation as we intercede for His will to be accomplished. Join us in praying for the protection of our brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan who are undergoing severe mistreatment by those governing over them. Ask the Lord to remind these believers that they are truly His beloved children. May they have a heightened awareness of His everlasting love.

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