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March 5 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 Walter Land as he celebrates his birthday on Saturday. Wishing you the Lord’s richest of blessings with family and friends. J

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

Bryan’s new cell phone number is 403-896-1087.

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

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.

Nominations 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 forms were given out last Sunday and you were 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 TODAY. 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.

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.

Classis Alberta North meeting Report:

Classis met in Neerlandia CRC on Wednesday & Thursday, March 1st & 2nd. Bethel delegates were Marvin Ebens, Wayne Bouwman and Pastor Mike. It was good to be together as churches and pray for and encourage each other. Here are some highlights:

1. Loretta Stad from 1st Edmonton was examined and received a license to exhort in Classis.

2. Pastors Gary Bomhof from 1st Red Deer and Len Batterink from 1st Rocky retired. They shared some highlights of their years of ministry in the CRC.

3. Budget matters of Classis were discussed and every effort is being made to use the funds given responsibly.

4. Delegates to Synod 2017 in Chicago are Pastors Bill Nieuwenhuis from Rimbey and John Ooms from Edmonton Inglewood. Elders are Henry Bosch and Jason VanDouesburg. The Deacon delegate is John Taekema.

5. Pastor Michelle Kool from Edmonton Covenant was elected to the newly formed “Council of Delegates.”

6. The need to replace our Classis Youth Ministry coordinator Ron DeVries was discussed and Classis was urged to continue with a full time position for this important ministry. The Committee will come back with a recommendation at the next Classis.

Plan to attend our Spring Congregational Meeting 

which will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. We will be discussing the progress with the Search Committee and hear reports from the Ministry Leadership Teams. We will also review the financial statement from 2016 and a treasurer’s report will be given. The Mexico Mission Team will be holding a cake/pie auction, so come and show them your support!

Living Members 

will meet at Ken & Trudy Salomons tonight, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.

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

The Mission team 

will meet this coming Thursday, March 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Please bring your Mexico booklet.

The Book Club 

meeting is coming up! on Thursday, March 9th, at 7.30 p.m. we will meet at Margaret Roolker’s home. The book we will be discussing is "Crow Lake" by Mary Lawson. It will be Eleanor Markus turn to bring refreshments. See you there!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will meet for a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jess & Pat Bouwman.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

does NOT meet this Tuesday due to a leaders’ meeting.

GEMS CAMP 2017

Registration forms are now available from your GEMS Head Counsellor. Please note that although the deadline for registration is May 1, 2017 camp does fill up quickly as there are only 50 spots available, get your registration in soon!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Red Deer PRO-LIFE 

is dedicated to education and informing everyone on the sanctity of ALL human life. Please take note of the spring newsletter in your mailbox. Membership is vital when lobbying the different levels of government on awareness and effectively bringing about policy and legislation change. PLEASE consider becoming a member!! Mail in the membership/donation form enclosed with the newsletter. Make a stand and support the sanctity of life.

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

Egypt: 

Christians in Egypt are requesting prayer after seven fatal shooting incidents took place since January 31st in the North Sinai town of al-Arish. On February 19th a video was published by members of ISIS, calling for Christians in Egypt to be killed. The video featured a recording of the suicide bomber who detonated inside a Cairo church on December 11th, 2016 killing a total of 29 innocent people. 118 Christian families have left al-Arish in hopes of finding refuge in safer areas of Egypt. Please pray that the Lord's presence will be experienced by all whose loved ones were killed. Ask for protection and wisdom when Christians consider how to respond to the threats.

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