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March 19 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.

August Luymes and Peter Prins are already in Mexico serving the people in Ensenada and building a hoe for a family. Our Mission team will join them there next Sunday to encourage the Fuente de Vida church and Pastors Jesus and Evelia.

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

Highlights of the March 15th Full Council meeting:

1. Pastor Gary Bomhof has agreed to help support Bethel with some pulpit supply, Tuesday Night Youth as well as the Renewal Lab once Pastor Mike goes to Ontario at the end of April. We are very blessed!

2. We examined the list of proposed elders and deacons and determined who would receive nomination letters.

3. We discussed and finalized names for the pastoral search committee.

4. All are welcome to attend the final service for Pastor Gary Bomhof at Red Deer 1st CRC on Sunday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. It would be great to support him as he will soon be supporting us. If you would like to attend the luncheon after the service contact Trudy, our clerk for more information on how to RSVP.

Bethel Newsletter

We are starting to think about the next newsletter. It will be printed Friday, March 31st. If anyone has something they would like to see included in this Easter issue, please forward it to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Tuesday, March 28th. As always, we would like to hear from the congregation. How are you doing with figuring out who lives where? Are you talking to one another? Starting some conversations? We hope to keep working on ways to develop relationships and community within Bethel. Kids, has anyone found where the actual stitching of The Lord’s Prayer is hanging in the church? Also, any annual reports that weren’t shared at the Congregational meeting can be included in this issue of the Newsletter. We hope to hear from some of you before our deadline so we can include that in the newsletter.

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.

Friendship Ministries Coordinator: 

The purpose of the Friendship program is to nurture the spiritual growth of people with intellectual disabilities in the context of personal and meaningful relationships. Friendship meets at Bethel each Monday night from October through April. We begin at 7:00 p.m. with singing; we have a Bible story then break up into our groups. After discussing the story a little more with your student we have snack – a very important part of friendship. We are currently looking for someone to co-ordinate this program. Sherry Tenbrinke is stepping down from her position after many years of service. We would love to hear from you if this sounds like a ministry that you would like to be part of. The coordinator would be responsible for ordering materials and the general organization needed in keeping the program running. New students are always welcome as well as teachers for one on one interaction with our students. Please contact Donna Vandenborn at tdvandenborn@gmail.com or 403- 506- 9993 or Muff Kuipers at kuipersmf@gmail.com or 403 -391- 2283 for more information.


Join the Lacombe Seniors' Club on their Spring Bus trip on Thursday, March 30th. The itinerary for the day includes morning Coffee & Muffin, Mysteries of China IMAX film at Telus World of Science in Edmonton, a delicious lunch, several interesting stops along the way, afternoon snacks & goodies, and good fun & fellowship! Fare is $50 per person. Book your seat on the bus by calling Frances Vander Wekken at 403-782-3327 no later than March 24th.

Craft Day! 

On Saturday, March 25th we hope to see you all for another craft day. Coffee will be ready by 10:30 a.m. and a lunch will be provided. Please let Margaret Roolker know if you plan to attend and/or need a ride (phone 403-782-4506) by Thursday so the meal can be planned. See you there!

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer on March 26th at 7:30 p.m. We will discuss Lesson 1 from the Discover Ephesians booklet.


Young Adults 

will meet for a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Mark Hughes.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!


Don’t delay, register today! 

Time is running out to get early bird registration rates for this summer’s Inspire 2017 event. Join Ann Voskamp, Richard Mouw, and partners in ministry from 1000+ CRC congregations for an unforgettable three days in Detroit, Michigan, August 3-5. You will be fed with great worship, challenged by amazing presenters, equipped and intrigued at interesting sessions, and connected to others – like you - who are inspired to serve God. Register at crcna.org/Inspire2017. You won’t want to miss this event!


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.

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.

Burial Society Meeting 

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held at Woody Nook CRC on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. If you are wondering how to join the society, or want to know more about it, contact Cindy Siebenga at 403-748-2887 or Jack Siebenga at 403-885-4380.

Please join hundreds of people in other cities and countries in prayer 

against abortions and prayer for the mothers and children in danger of abortions. Ed Dittrich (403-314-9590) is leading a group in prayer at the SW corner of the Court Hall in Red Deer every Friday from March 3 – April 7 and Saturday, April 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. Please come and join us if you are able. God is using the prayers of people to change the hearts and minds of men & women away from abortion.

The need for prayer continues as PM Trudeau and the Liberal Government are for using Canadian’s dollars to help force abortions on women in other countries.

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).

Shalom Counselling 

is looking for volunteers to help us with a fundraising initiative at the Parkland Mall in Red Deer, the week of April 24th to April 30th where we could raise up to $7,500 to assist with client subsidies. Check out the details on the poster located on the foyer bulletin board.

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).

Looking for HANDS team members 

Interested in an international, short-term mission trip? EduDeo Ministries is looking to fill 14 HANDS teams in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zambia. As a HANDS team member, you will actively participate in God's global work, helping transform a community through the construction of a Christ-centred school. If interested, contact Karla-Maria Ponce, EduDeo's HANDS Coordinator at 905.387.9927, kponce@edudeo.com or visit edudeo.com/hands

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