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March 12 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 Alex Wildeboer with the celebration of his birthday tomorrow and to Clarence Kits with his birthday on Wednesday. May God bless you both on your special day and in the year to come.

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

GUESS WHO IS COMING FOR COFFEE

Let us put into action the sermon we heard on January 22nd and fellowship with some of our members. The FMLT will help you by arranging a coffee date for you and 2 other couples on March 19th. There will be a signup sheet on the table in the back for you to put your name down as a host or a visitor. You have until today to sign up.

March 16, 2017

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 the treasurer’s & clerk’s reports will be given. The Mexico Mission Team will be holding a cake/pie auction, so come and show them your support!

Summer Seminary Student: 

Bethel church has once again sent in an application to Calvin Seminary for a summer student. The application was submitted by the end of February. In March the students get a chance to view the various churches who are seeking a summer student and they select three that they are interested in. They submit their choices and then the Seminary staff makes the placements. By the end of March we should hear if we will have a student coming to help us. Please pray for God’s leading in this process and that we will indeed be blessed by having another student here who we can also encourage and help.

Petition to Sign: Sex-selective pregnancy termination: 

The CBC reported that ultrasounds are being used in Canada to tell the sex of an unborn child so that the parents can choose to terminate if it is a girl. 92% of Canadians believe this should be illegal. Many medical associations in Canada strongly oppose this practice. On a world scale many millions of pre-born and infant girls are intentionally killed leading to a large gender imbalance. The three deadliest words in the world are: “It’s a girl.” For these reasons you are asked to sign a petition to end sex-selective pregnancy termination. The forms are on the table in the foyer.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

Will meet for a Bible study at Kyle Scholing’s home this evening at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Meets this Tuesday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

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

Rehoboth Christian Ministries 

and Clients would like to Thank you for a successful 2016 Membership campaign. We received $22, 665.00 and registered 499 memberships from supporting churches in our region. We extremely appreciated your thoughts, prayers and donations, which allows us to continue to support clients (disabled adults) to flourish. We also like to thank all those who volunteer in any capacity with Rehoboth Christian Ministries, who provide a richer inclusive environment to the clients.

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!

Concert Announcement: 

In the third installment of the Sunday Organ Concert Series, Burman University presents featured artist Wendy Nieuwenhuis in concert on Sunday, March 26th at 3 p.m. at the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lacombe. Wendy is an Edmonton-based organist and will be performing a diverse program of new music as well as organ favorites! Come on out for a great afternoon of music. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students.

Shalom Counselling Centre’s Annual General Meeting

Shalom has had an exciting year of growth and changes. We would love to share with you how God has blessed this Ministry, how your prayers on behalf of the staff, board and clients have been answered, the growth we have witnessed and the plans our Board has for moving forward. Come and celebrate with us on Monday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. Balmoral Bible Chapel (Corner of Rutherford Drive & 27 Avenue, Red Deer).

Central Alberta Christian High School is looking for a Development Director.

CACHS is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and well connected individual to promote our school. If you are interested in becoming our new Development Director and would like a detailed job description, contact Lennard VanderSchee (Board Chair) or Mel Brandsma (Principal).

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.

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 coleslaw 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

PAKISTAN: 

Asia Bibi was arrested in 2009 after a disagreement with Muslim co-workers. She was convicted of blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad and sentenced to death. She has appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and is currently waiting for the court to hear her case. Asia has been in jail for more than seven years, separated by walls and bars from her husband and daughters. She has been threatened in jail, and must often cook her own food as a precaution against the possibility of poisoning. Yet she has tenaciously held onto her faith in Christ. Pray that Asia and her family will remain strong in their faith. Ask Him to use Asia's testimony -- serving as a witness for Christ to guards, officials, prisoners, members of the community, and many others in Pakistan and around the world. Also uphold the legal team as the appeal is prepared for presentation in court, praying that they receive divine wisdom and protection against the threats of those opposing Asia and her Christian values.

From Classis Alberta North

On March 1-2, the Christian Reformed Churches of northern Alberta (from Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House in the south, to Fairview, La Glace and Ft. McMurray in the north) met together as a Classis. We do this at least twice a year with the goal of encouraging each other and joining together in ministries. This meeting took place in Neerlandia.

We had a good meeting. We shared congregational challenges and celebrations, and spent time in prayer for each other. We received reports from many ministries within Classis and from the wider Christian Reformed community. For example, our Youth Consultant, Ron DeVries spoke eloquently and passionately about his work with the youth and their leaders in our various churches. He is now moving on to a new role with the Youth Ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), and as the Canadian SERVE Director for Youth Unlimited. Classis will now have to look at the best way to fill the position in which Ron has served so well.

We celebrated the years of service of two pastors who are now retiring: Gary Bomhof of First CRC in Red Deer, and Len Batterink of First CRC in Rocky Mountain House.

On Wednesday evening we were able to celebrate how God is growing the leadership in our churches as Loretta Stadt from First CRC in Edmonton was examined and granted a license to exhort (preach) in our Classis.

We were also blessed by a workshop given by Carmen Voogd, refreshing and updating us about Safe Church practices and policies.

An unhappy note in our meetings concerned a decision by Classis to release one of our pastors, Dr. Ferry Yang, from ministry in the Christian Reformed Church. This was a sad ending to a long but necessary journey.

Many of the delegates to this meeting expressed their appreciation for the times we spent in prayer together. Michelle Kool, our Chaplain for this session, led us to the throne with prayers of encouragement, intercession and celebration.

Special thanks go to Tom Baird of Bethel CRC in Edmonton for his leadership as chair of Classis, and to the Neerlandia CRC for their hospitality and amazing food as well as for their flexibility in adapting to our schedule changes.

Gary Duthler,

Stated Clerk, Classis Alberta North

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