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May 8 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.

Fort McMurray Fire:

- Pita and Gerry Doornenbals’ children, Linda and Martin, are safely in Edmonton as are their children. The condition of their homes is uncertain.

- Here is a note from an Evergreen CRC member: The members of the church are scattered throughout northern and southern Alberta right now but I think all are accounted for - praise the Lord!!! We are unsure of the state of the church building itself. It was definitely in danger so we will wait and see - not that the building is really that important anyway. Please continue to pray for all of us Fort McMurray-ites and especially the firefighters that remain up there trying to do what they can.

- A note from Roger and Anita Swier about their son Aaron: He was working for Suncor north of Fort McMurray. They were evacuated and were bussed about 90 km north to a camp. Suncor decided to fly all their non-essential staff out to Edmonton, Aaron included. We pray that the plant can be kept from the fire and that at some point he may return to work. Aaron is here at home, until further notice and the family is very grateful that he is safe.

On Saturday, May 14th, because of God's faithfulness to us we, August and Harriet Luymes will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. As our church family you are invited to share in this day with us. We will be hosting an open house at our farm from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and would be blessed to see you here. Directions to the farm are as follows; on Highway 12 go west of Lacombe to RR 27-3. Turn north and the farm is 4 ½ miles north on the west side of the road. We request "no gifts please" but there will be opportunity to donate to the Food Grains Bank if you choose. Please bring a lawn chair if possible. August and Harriet

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Gerry Doornenbal, Lea Dykstra, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

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.

Guess Who's Coming to Coffee on May 15th? 

You are -- or maybe you're hosting. Either way, this will be the last organized coffee until the fall. Please sign up on the sheets in the foyer if you are interested in visiting with surprise guests next Sunday evening.

Summer Student Position: 

We received word on Wednesday from our MP Blaine Calkins that our application for funding for a summer position was accepted. Praise God! Now that we know this, we will begin advertising in local area churches and beyond to fill our summer position. If you know someone looking for a job let them know. The person must be a college or university student at this time and be planning to continue their studies in the fall. Here is a summary of the job description.

Exciting Summer Employment Opportunity: 

Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lacombe Alberta has a full-time position for a Summer Ministry Coordinator. The vision is: to maintain excellence in ministry and worship during the summer months and to engage in outreach through a one week Vacation Bible School. Qualifications are: Musical skills (play a lead instrument and lead in worship) and administrative skills to keep all of the details of weekly ministry flowing smoothly. Wages are $15.00 per hour. A fuller “Position Description” is available upon request. Application deadline is May 21, 2016. Questions - phone Cindy at 403-782-6400 or Sue at 403-782-5128. Email your application to bchurch2@telus.net or wildeboers@hotmail.com

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.

Ladies! Book Club is coming up again. 

On Thursday, May 12th, at 7:30 p.m. at Margaret Roolker’s home. This month's choice is "Amazing Grace" by Eric Metals. It will be Martha's turn for refreshments.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will be meeting at the home of Brianna Venhuis for a social.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the wildfires in Ft. McMurray this event has been postponed until Saturday, May 14th

With many police helping with the evacuation of the fire area there are not enough personnel to secure the area highways this week for the highway cleanup. Hi-Way Cleanup: It’s that time of year again, our annual 4H hi-way cleanup. Saturday, May 14th is now the planned day. As usual we will meet at Bethel at 7:00 a.m. for the training video then we are off to our site. We always need drivers and the more help the better. Youth going to YC, money raised by this event helps you directly as it should cover your hotel costs. It is always a fun day together. We will finish off with a hearty lunch at Bethel prepared by Mrs. Luymes.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Connection Open Houses: 

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about Shalom Counselling Centre’s ministry, provide input into our strategic plan on how we can meet community need and learn about our future building campaign plans. Members of our Board and staff will be on hand to answer questions in Lacombe on Thursday, May 12th at the Wolf Creek Community Church from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PLEASE RSVP to 403-342-0339 by May 9th to attend, indicating preferred time. For more information, contact Bonnie Joyes: 403-342-0339 or bonnie@shalomcounselling.co There is a poster in the foyer for alternative dates.

Parents for Choice in Education 

is holding Rallies to Protect Alberta Children on Saturday, May 14th at 2 p.m. at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton or at the Calgary McDougall Centre. These rallies are being held to address the call for amendments to Bill10 by upholding parental rights. For more information and to sign the petition about this go to www.parentchoice.ca

On Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m., the Chancel Choir 

will present their annual Spring Praise Concert. Music will consist of favorite choir numbers from this past year plus a few new ones. In addition, Harbour Lehocky, violinist, will be present Vivaldi's "Winter" accompanied by Nadine Harshenin. This concert is free! Plan now to attend and bring family and friends!! Questions? email firstcrc@telusplanet.net or call 403-346-5659. To be held at First CRC, 16 McVicar St. Red Deer.

The Soul Patrol Choir 

is accepting registrations for the 2016/17 season. Choir is open to anyone who will be in grades 2-8 next year. Rehearsals are every other Tuesday at Lacombe Christian School from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Includes choir camp, choir tour, dessert night and singing in local churches. Register before Choir Open House on May 31 to get a choir cd and t-shirt before the summer! Call/text Sherry TenHove - 403-350-9765 or sherry.tenhove@gmail.com.

The Board of Directors invites the membership of Rehoboth Christian Ministries 

to attend the Annual General Meeting. The meeting will take place on June 11th at 10:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Christian Ministries 3920 – 49th Avenue, Stony Plain, AB. Agenda items include Presentation of the Annual Audited Financial Statements and this year’s Annual Operating Budget, Election/Acclamation of Board Members, and more. Relevant documents will be provided at the AGM or can be sent to you upon request by contacting Krystal Savage, Executive Administrator, at (780) 968-8475 or krystal.savage@rehoboth.ab.ca.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Azerbaijan 

Shimon, an ardent Christian evangelist, was arrested last May for possession of drugs. He insists that the charges are false and that he has been framed because he was witnessing to Muslims. If found guilty he could be sentenced for up to 14 years in prison. Prayer is asked since his health is very bad and he needs urgent help -- medically, spiritually and materially. Despite the increasing pressures faced by Christians in this former Soviet republic, the church is steadily growing. In 1990 there were only about 40 Azerbaijani evangelical Christians in the world, with very few within the country itself. Today, there are approximately 10,000 evangelicals throughout Azerbaijan.

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