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March 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.

Please remember to pray for our Youth Missions team in Ensenada today. Pray for good health, good comradery and an inspirational time seeing God working through themselves and others as they build a house in Tijuana this coming week.

We pray for Brian and Ina Jackson as Brian did have a slight stroke again this week. They are thankful they were able to get him to the hospital on time and treatments minimized the damage so he was able to come home Thursday.

We express our condolences to Marvin and Jeanne Ebens and the family with the death of Jeanne’s mother, Mini Woltjer. She died this past Tuesday. She was almost 90 years old. The funeral will be held on Monday, April 3rd at 1:00 p.m. here in Bethel. May our loving Lord Jesus comfort those who mourn.

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

The Mexico Mission Team 

would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all who donated so generously at the Cake/Pie Auction held at the Congregational meeting last week. A special thank you to Terry Vandenborn for being the auctioneer. A total of $3,270.00 was raised. The team left on Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. from Edmonton and will be spending the week in Tijuana building a home. Please pray for safe travels and for each member of the team. Thank you again for all of 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.

With joy I can tell you that I have been given the "green light" to leave for Uganda about April 21st. I will go to Kenya for a week of orientation and then head to Uganda for trainings that are organized for the first three weeks of May. After that I will focus on finding a place to live! Thank you for partnering with me. Please pray that I will have the energy and focus I need to get everything done in in time before I go! Blessings, Diana Boot

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.

Living Members 

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

Lacombe CRC Seniors Bus Trip: 

For those of you who have booked your seat on the bus to Edmonton on Thursday, March 30th, please be at the Bethel CRC parking lot in Lacombe no later than 8:00 a.m. to board the bus. We will be leaving at 8:15 a.m. sharp! We hope to be back home between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend the farewell sermon by Pastor Gary Bomhof 

who is retiring from the ministry in June 2017 after 40 years of service in the Christian Reformed Church. This service will take place on June 4, 2017 at First CRC, Red Deer at 10:00 a.m. Following the Sunday service, there will be a time for presentations, lunch and fellowship. In order to help the planning committee, please RSVP by May 19th if you will be attending the lunch. If you, or someone you know, have any pictures that might be meaningful to Pastor Gary, and that you would be willing to share, please e-mail copies to: crcbomhof1976.2017@gmail.com or mail copies to: First CRC Red Deer, ATTN: Bomhof Retirement Planning Committee, 16 McVicar Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 0M1

BETHEL YOUTH

GEMS Camp Update! 

GEMS Camp (Aug 7-12 at Gull Lake, Alberta) is nearly full, so GEMS (grades 5-8), if you would like to attend camp this year, please send in your registrations as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. Also, we are IN NEED OF STAFF!! If your GEMS Club has girls attending, please consider sending along some adults as staff. You do not need to be currently involved with your GEMS club though to come as staff to Camp. We are in need of 3 counsellors (older than 18yrs old), 4 counsellors-in-training (16-18 years old), and 2 cooks. Please consider this ministry prayerfully and contact Chrissie Nauta (chrissie.nauta@gmail.com) if you are able to help with camp.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Gospel 792 Concert 

on Sunday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Lacombe Kozy Korner. No admission charge, but this concert is to raise funds towards producing a 2nd CD, so we appreciate all donations. Light refreshments at intermission

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.

Attention all Grade 9 Students & Parents! 

CACHS is having a PIZZA PARTY! Who: Grade 9 Students from Red Deer, Lacombe, Ponoka, Rimbey, and other areas. When: Wednesday, April 12th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Where: Central Alberta Christian High School, 22 Eagle Rd., Lacombe. Why: To meet and greet other ‘GRADE 9s’ who could be your classmates at CACHS!

Parent Orientation: While the students are engaged in fun activities there will be an informative orientation session for all parents. Come out and check out what CACHS has to offer! PLEASE RSVP: 403-782-4535.

Central Alberta Christian High School 

will be hosting their annual Fashion Show on Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm in the school gym. The fundraiser consists of desserts, door prizes, silent auction items and the Fashion Show. This year we are raising funds for Parkinson Alberta. If you would like to donate a door prize item or a silent auction item, please contact the school. We will be accepting cash donations on the night of the Fashion Show and we would ask that you make your cheques out to the school to receive a tax receipt for your donation. All funds raised through ticket sales and auction items will go directly to Parkinson Alberta. Tickets are available at the school office for $20 each. Please call 403-782-4535 to reserve your tickets.

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

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Indonesia 

On November 13, 2016 a bomb attack took place on the grounds of a church. As a result of the attack, a 2 year old girl died from burns on 75 percent of her body. Three other children were also injured: Anita (2), Triniti (3), and Alvaro (4). Anita and Triniti are now home, following hospital treatment. Meanwhile, Alvaro, the most severely injured of the surviving children feels "ashamed" because of his injuries and shies away from new people. He has undergone 17 different operations, his reaction to the trauma is understandable. 21 people were arrested after the attack; seven of whom had links to ISIS. A 32 year old reportedly wore a black t-shirt with the message, "Jihad Way of Life," as he threw a Molotov cocktail from his motorbike. We are thankful for the medical treatment the children received, and the progress they are making. May complete healing take place both emotionally and physically. Also uphold all the families and church members who were affected by the attack.

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