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February 26 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.

Directory change: Bryan & Yvonne Noordof’s new email address is bryannoordhof@gmail.com

Bryan Noordhof new cell phone number is 403-896-1087

A HUGE THANK YOU for all those who came out and supported the Mission Team by attending the Country Affair Dinner and Silent Auction. Through your generosity over $7,800.00 was raised.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

A potluck soup and bun lunch has been organized for next Sunday, March 5th after the morning service. Please bring a pan of soup or prepared buns and dessert. Everyone is welcome!

Prayer after the service

An opportunity to serve. On Sunday mornings after the service a council member is available at the front of the sanctuary to pray with anyone who would like to pray. We are looking for a volunteer each Sunday to join the council member in prayer. If you feel led to participate in this ministry, or have questions about it, please talk to your elder, any council member or Pastor Mike.

Nomination for Council

It’s that time of year again to consider Council nominations. This year we require 2 deacons and 3 elders to be added as part of Council for the next three years.

Completing their terms this year are deacons Gord Bos and Cathy Dowling, and elders Henry Eisses, August Luymes and Craig Van Stryland.

Who is eligible for nomination? All office bearers are given a two year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore ineligible are: Cora Hoekstra, Brad Lewin, Jack Oudman and Ann Wildeboer. Women are eligible for the position of deacon. You do not need to speak with each person you nominate and you can nominate as many people as you feel are qualified. The district elders will officially approach people with the appropriate amount of nominations.

The present Council members are: Gord Bos, Wayne Bouwman, Cathy Dowling, Marvin Ebens, Henry Eisses, August Luymes, Bryan Noordhof, Trudy Salomons, Ed Stol, Terry Vandenborn, Pastor Mike Vandyk, Craig Van Stryland, Kyle Van Stryland, Darran Vreugdenhil, and Rick Wildeboer.

A nomination form will be given to you on Sunday, February 26, 2017 and you are asked to take it home and prayerfully consider nominating those members you feel are gifted to serve as office bearers. These nomination sheets will be collected the following Sunday morning, March 5, 2017.

Those who cannot be present on March 5th can make arrangements to submit their nominations prior to the Council Executive meeting on March 8, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Van Stryland. In the weeks preceding the nomination we seek the Lord for His guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration in this matter.

Last Chance - Lost & Found

The lost and found box at the bottom of the main stairs is very full! Clothes dishes, pillows, rubber & hiking boots are just a few of the lovely things to be found there. Please check it out TODAY, as everything that is left will go to the Building Blocks Thrift store on Wednesday.

Welcome Home Hospitality Initiative: 

Bethel Council and the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team wish to introduce a hospitality initiative designed to welcome, draw in and enfold visitors and new members. In a nutshell: each Bethel household is being asked to take part by inviting a newcomer home for coffee and/or lunch after the service when the opportunity arises. In order to be prepared to extend hospitality, your name(s) will appear in the bulletin “duties” section the week prior to and the week of your service beside “Welcome Home”. You will be contacted by your elder in the near future for further clarification, but feel free to contact them first if you have any questions.

Living Members 

Will meet at Ken & Trudy Salomons on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Please study lessons 35, 36 & 37 in Disciples Follow Me (orange book).

BETHEL YOUTH

Young People's 

will have a social at Jeremy Vander Meulen’s at 7:00 p.m. tonight. Please bring a phone or an iPod to play the game.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meals on Wheels 

are home cooked meals delivered to your home from Monday to Friday in Lacombe. It is for the elderly, ill or persons unable to prepare their own meals. For more information please contact Lacombe FCSS at 403-782-6637

Lacombe Christian School 

invites you to join them in a time of celebrating and giving praise to our Lord through Fine Arts! We invite you to our 7th Annual Fine Arts Night on Monday, February 27th. It is an Open House from 4:00-7:30pm. Come over to our West Campus for an entertaining evening of Art & Refreshments. No RSVP required.

Volunteer Link Annual General Meeting 

will be held on March 7, 2017. All are welcome to attend. Our guest speaker will be Judy Pyra, who is the Outreach Coordinator at Lacombe and District FCSS. This is a chance to meet the Board and find out more about Volunteer Link and what we do. This is also an opportunity to meet the co-ordinators from the different

congregations. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us at 7 p.m. at the Lacombe First Baptist Church.

Brian Doerksen will be coming to Woody Nook 

on March 11th to teach a 2-session worship workshop (each session will be 1 hour long - Session 1: 2 – 3 p.m, Break: 3 - 3:30 p.m. Session 2: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.), and then play a concert in the evening with Phil Drost and another Worship Arts graduate, Carly Reirson. The first workshop will discuss Lent (the human need for liturgy: Why do we follow a liturgical calendar? Jeremiah 6:16), Lament (emotional honesty: Why it’s important to express ourselves to our Creator in the difficult seasons of life), and the Psalms (what can we learn from them about our own humanity, and what do they teach us about the heart of God?). There will be a half hour intermission with refreshments, and then another session will begin at 3:30 p.m. In the second session, we will discuss Worship (what does it mean to worship God with our entire being? What are different ways that we can worship the Triune God in our everyday lives?), Selecting emotional healthy music (the importance of selecting songs that serve the hurting, grieving, and suffering people in the congregation. How do we include songs of lament without making it the focus of the entire service?), and Spiritual disciplines (What are they, and how do they help us draw closer to God and worship Him with a greater sense of His presence?). The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Both the workshop and the concert are free, and open to all. Please RSVP on the Woody Nook website wncrc.ca if you are planning on coming. There will be a freewill offering at the concert in support of Rehoboth Christian Ministries. If you are planning on attending the afternoon workshop, be sure to bring a Bible, pen, and notebook. It will be an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to worship our Triune God in all seasons of life

Last Chance to Hear the Soul Patrol Choir! 

After seven years, the leadership team of the Soul Patrol Choir has decided to step down. At this time, we have not been able to find new leaders so the choir will not be running again next year. You are invited to join us for our final evening together on Friday, March 17th, starting at 7 p.m. at Woody Nook Church. The choir will serve dessert at 7 p.m. and move into the sanctuary about 7:30 p.m. for their final concert. We would love to have you join us!

St. Stephen’s Catholic Parish

would like to invite you and your congregation members to join us for a scrumptious fish fry meal complete with cole slaw and fries, coffee/tea and juice at Kozy Korner 5024-53rd Street from 5:30 to 7:00 on the six Fridays of Lent commencing on March 3rd - 10th – 17th – 24th – 31st and April 7th. This will be our fourth annual Fish Fry although we did not hold the event in 2016 due to our hall and church being demolished. The events are a good way to enjoy a great meal while joining in fellowship with the community, and we look forward to seeing you.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Egyp

A 15-year-old Christian boy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual assault, even though forensic reports showed no evidence of a crime. His mother says her son, Fadi, is innocent and was targeted because their militant Muslim neighbours, whose eight-year-old son was the alleged victim, don't like Christians. If Fadi was a murderer, the sentence wouldn't be this long, announced their representing lawyer. He is a child and didn't commit any crime. The judge's verdict wasn't related to law, but faith. Thank you for praying on behalf of Fadi and his family, as well as the lawyer. May God strengthen their faith, helping them to trust Him with the outcome.

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