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May 15 Bulletin


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.

We give thanks along with Ina and Brian Jackson as Brian was operated on to remove a blockage in a stent this past Tuesday. All went well and we trust in God’s grace as Brian recovers.

We would like to thank the congregation for their prayers, cards and words of encouragement through this time as John recovers from his recent heart attack. Your love and care were definitely felt. Thank you! John, Dana, Justin, Blair & Erica van Gyssel

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

May 11th Executive meeting highlights:

•Pastor Mike opens with devotions from John 14:16 and prayer.

•Nominations for council office progress discussed. Ideas for the position of Elder (which is still short names) were extensively discussed.

•Council meeting schedule discussed.

•Further discussion was had regarding the change of our morning worship service time to 10:00 a.m. The council chair was surprised at the lack of feedback from the congregation - let a council member know what you think.

•Correspondence - the Horlings are having a farewell tour and will be visiting Bethel the afternoon of July 31st. A potluck will be held to meet and greet with them.

Lacombe Refuge Update! 

We have finally heard from World Renew that the Al Omar family will be arriving here in Lacombe on May 26th. Father Basshar, mother Naema, daughters Gazeye - 8 years and Jouliet - 7 years, sons Ibrahim - 5 years and Mohamed 4 years will be able to start their new life in Lacombe. We thank God for answered prayers.

A request from Bethel Youth: 

As we are quickly approaching YC weekend we begin to look at our meals. Due to the large number of youth attending and a collaboration between three area churches we are seeking food donations to keep our costs down a bit. Bethel is in charge of Saturday’s Lunch and 1/3 of Saturday’s Breakfast so we need the following:

50 individual Yogurt 20 Oranges

20 Bananas 60 Hamburgers

60 Hamburger buns 100 cheese slices

(6) 1 litre mustard 6 shredded onions

100 plates 4 tin foil roasters

100 Napkins 20 Hot Dogs

20 Hot Dog buns (6) 1 litre ketchup

(3) 1 litre relish (4) 1 litre barbeque sauce

100 water bottles 2 Large Franks Red Hot sauce

For our final meal just before we leave, pizza is delivered so cash donations to that are greatly appreciated as well! Please contact Wayne Bouwman at 403-348-7214 if you are able to help.

Bethel Newsletter: 

It’s time again for our monthly newsletter. The month of June sees us celebrating Seniors’ Week, Father’s Day and Graduations. We look forward to some interesting contributions from the congregation. Please feel free to submit your letters, memories, celebration stories etc. with us as a congregation so we can grow in the family of God and celebrate together. We especially want to hear from our students who are graduating from grade 12 and higher education. Please submit a photo and a few sentences about your future plans. As you share with us, we can pray for you. We hope to have the June edition in your mailboxes for June 5th so please have your submissions in to either Harriet Luymes, Meaghan Noort or Anita Geldof by May 31st. Blessings on all your celebrations.

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

Vacation Bible School

is getting ready to start again (July 25-29), and we need your help to reach and teach children about how God gives us hope, special abilities, wisdom, forgiveness, and a family. If you are feeling called to help with this ministry, come see the many ways we can use you at an information meeting on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30 p.m. If you can't make it, contact Erin Lewin at 403-789-7995.


Fort McMurray

May 12, 2016 - Dear Friends,

Wow, those were remarkable pictures and stories we heard from Fort McMurray the past 2 weeks. We're thankful with so many others for lives spared and amazing community spirit. We're winding up the school year here in Grand Rapids - only a couple weeks left for Andrea and Kristin. Carolyn is finished for the year with most of the immigrant ministries at our church. Jessica is already working in North-western Ontario cooking for a tree-planting crew. I'm hoping to be in Russia a week from now for a Back To God Ministries' evaluation of media ministry there. We also have Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) in the Russian language in Ukraine, and are exploring other opportunities in the region. I've had a few hiccups getting my visa, so I'm still waiting for that. People have encouraged me that I'd probably be happier if I didn't get in than if I didn't get out. Ha! Not worried about that - but would appreciate your prayers for travel, the Russia media evaluation, for TLT in the region, and for the faithfulness of the church that serves under difficult conditions. Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst

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 form, please email Student Fund Committee member Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning at jonathan@theneighbourcentre.ca.


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 31st to get a choir cd and t-shirt before the summer! Call/text Sherry TenHove - 403-350-9765 or sherry.tenhove@gmail.com.

The 2016 Youth For Christ Golf Tournament 

will be held on Saturday, June 18th at the Ponoka Community Golf Club. Earlybird deadline is May 28th for $205 and final deadline is June 10th for $225. Please register at www.cayu.ca or call 403-789-2298.



14-year-old Nouman Masih, was walking to a tailor shop where he was apprenticing when two Muslim militants approached him. Upon discovering that he was a Christian, they beat him, doused him with kerosene, and then set him on fire. As a result of the attack, Nouman died with third-degree burns over more than half of his body. Nouman's attackers fled the scene unidentified and the case is still under investigation. Pray for Nouman's family and friends. Ask the Lord to provide them comfort, strength, and the ability to forgive. Uphold the church in Pakistan as it endeavours to remain faithful amid strong opposition and frequent attacks (Revelation 2:25). Pray for the perpetrators, in hopes that they will turn from their wicked ways and seek God's forgiveness and salvation.

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