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April 23 Bulletin

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Next Sunday, April 30th 

Pastor Mike will lead his final official worship service at Bethel. We will be reading from Philippians 4:1-9.


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.

We offer our condolences to the family of Mrs. Grace Vander Veen: her daughter, Hilda Van Stryland and her family along with her daughter, Emma Reitsma and her family. Grace died on April 16th, Easter Sunday morning at the remarkable age of 108 years. The funeral was this past Friday. May God comfort the family in this time of sadness with the wonder of his grace.

I’m starting the next chapter of my life in Calgary. This is my “Good Bye” to Pastor Mike & Barb, leaders & all the ladies of Coffee Break, Seniors’ Club, all the workers and all who enjoy the supper and fellowship of Circle of Friends, and the members of the church for all their kindness to me. Thank you. God bless you and keep you in His care. Joan Scott

Joan Scott’s new address: 439 - 20 Country Village Cove NE, Calgary, AB, T3K 5T9. Phone: 587-535-6448.

Pastor Mike and Barb’s moving plans: 

A member of the Welland church will come this week Thursday or Friday with a truck and take our belongings to Welland. Barb and I will drive to Medicine Hat on Monday, May 1st so that Barb can join a bridal shower for our future daughter-in-law, Amanda Stigter. (She will take the shower gift from Bethel with her). On Tuesday we will cross the border and make our way to Grand Rapids. We will stay there for the weekend with Steven & Rosanne and Paul. On Monday, May 8th we will cross into Ontario and make our way to Welland. We have a few weeks to settle in and then on May 26th I will be installed as the pastor of Grace CRC. My first service there will be Sunday, May 28th – Ascension day. Our contact information in Welland is: 37 Westdale Drive, Welland Ontario, L3C 2C3.

Email: pastor6@shaw.ca should still work as part of the Bethel church account.

I am closing my personal shaw account so mvandyk9@shaw.ca will no longer work.

My new personal email will be mvandyk5@gmail.com.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Bethel CRC Council 

would like to update the congregation on the council nomination process. We thank those who have let their names stand. For the 3 Elder positions the names are Peter Prins, Herman Scholing and Rod Venhuis. For the Deacon position, Peter Heidelberg has let his name stand. On April 30th, if there are no objections, we will be installing these members who have accepted the call to serve.

This Sunday our church Bible reading guide will begin again with the Gospel of John

The full reading schedule will be in your mailbox along with the weekly outlines in the bulletin. There will also be the option of receiving daily reminders of the readings by email if you sign up with http://church-renewal.journeymaker.org/tell . Together we continue to listen to God’s Word.

Week 1: Jesus’ Ministry Begins

Day 1 - John 1:1-19 Q: What was John’s mission in verse 7? Is this our mission as well?

Day 2 - John 1:20-34 Q: When we see Jesus in our life, do we testify about what we have seen?

Day 3 - John 1:35-50 Q: Do we follow Jesus with the same eagerness as the disciples?

Day 4 - John 2:1-12 Q: Jesus used this miracle to reveal his glory. What do we do to give God glory?

Day 5 - John 2:13-25 Q: Are there things we do that do not belong in the house of God?

Gossip, Judgement, etc.?

Summer Ministry Coordinator Fund6ing: 

Our application to the Canadian Government was approved and we have received over $4000 in funding to hire another summer student. Last year we had Jessica helping us. Plans are in place to advertise our position and we will see if the Lord provides someone to assist again this summer. In relation to this, we have a position open for a Summer Music/Worship Coordinator. The vision is to maintain excellence in ministry and worship during the summer months and engage in outreach through a one week Vacation Bible School. A fuller “position description” is available upon request by calling the church at 403-782-6400 or emailing to bchurch2@shaw.ca


The Fellowship MLT is hosting a "Bridal Shower from a Distance" for Amanda Stigter (David Vandyk's fiancée). Join us in participating by placing a monetary gift in a box and signing the card on a table in the Fellowship Hall for the bride-to-be today, Sunday April 23, 2017.


Tickets are only on sale until tomorrow for the Farewell Evening dinner from your FMLT members (Adults: $10, Children under 10: $2). Contact Marcella Van Stryland (403-784-3545); Amaris Wildeboer (403-872-1568); Ann Wildeboer (403-782-2061); Jan Zuidhof (403-885-5263). Contact Terry Vandenborn with your program contributions.

May Newsletter

Time for another newsletter. The months surely do fly by as we look to have a new edition. May is the month of Mother’s Day. If you have any contributions you would like to have included, whether it is to do with Mother’s Day or spring, or devotional or a poem or story, we look forward to hearing from you. Please talk to Anita Geldof or Harriet Luymes about getting your contributions included. We would love to hear from the congregation about any ideas or suggestions regarding the newsletter. How are you doing with finding out who lives where? Or the children’s page that encourages our children to look for the item featured and ask a few questions? We are still really hoping to hear from you. Our newsletter will be in your boxes on the first Sunday in May so please be in touch by May 3rd at the latest.

Living Members 

will meet at Peter and Gerry Prins’ at 7:00 p.m. this evening. We will study Lesson 2 in the Discover Ephesians booklet.


coming up! On Saturday, May 6th there will be a craft day again. We'd like to make it a little special for you so please come and if you can, bring a friend. We'll have the coffee ready at 10:30 a.m. and there will be a nice lunch provided. Tea is served at 1:45 p.m. Please let Margaret or Anita know if you plan to attend, and also if you need transportation, no later than Thursday, May 4th. See you all there!

VBS is coming again! 

The dates are changed and will now be July 3 - 7, 2017. This year we get to discover God's Good Gifts while exploring Peru. Come join us for an amazing week of study, fun, and fellowship. It's sure to change your summer, and impact your life. See you there!


Young Adults 

Bible study will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. at Kyle & Erica Van Stryland’s home.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

is finished for the season.

Senior Highs & Young Adults: 

On April 30th we will be playing the GREAT CHASE at Woodynook CRC! Meet at 4:00 p.m. at Central AB Christian High in Lacombe. Look forward to running around town with your friends, finding checkpoints, and trying to not get caught! (make sure you wear good shoes.) Supper to follow - 6:30 p.m. at Woodynook, and a Youth Service at 7:00 p.m.

The registration deadline for GEMS CAMP 

is quickly approaching. We have a few spots remaining open, so please send in your registrations this week if you would like to attend. We have a NEED FOR STAFF. Currently, most of our staff comes from the High River area. We would like to encourage ladies from other areas to volunteer for this fun and worthwhile ministry to our girls. We are still needing a cook, 3 Counsellors and 3 Counsellors-in-training. Please contact Chrissie Nauta if you would like more information or would like to help at chrissie.nauta@gmail.com


Nepal Reconstruction 

World Renew is looking for individuals and teams to volunteer in Nepal in April, May, and June 2017! Work teams make a difference in people's lives in the communities where they serve. Skilled laborers need experience in masonry, construction, woodworking, or carpentry. Unskilled laborers will transport building materials, clear debris, level ground, dig holes, mix cement, and perform other manual work. Interested? World Renew provides for your in-country expenses, including food, housing and in-country travel. For more information about this exciting opportunity, email globalvolunteer@worldrenew.net.


Grandparents' & Senior Supporters' Day 

In thankfulness for your contributions to the children of Lacombe Christian School, we invite our Grandparents & Senior Supporters to our annual luncheon on Monday, April 24, 2017. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch being served at 11:45 p.m. No RSVP required.

Central Alberta Christian High School will be hosting their annual Fashion Show 

on Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. 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.

Supper and a Film: 

In support of the Lacombe Community Refugee Effort, will be held on Friday, May 5th at Bethel. Chili on a bun at 6:00 p.m. with a Film depicted daily life in a Refugee Camp shown at 7:30 p.m. Free will donations will be gratefully received for the Lacombe Community Refugee Effort.

Youth for Christ Charity Golf Tournament 

will be held on May 27th at the Ponoka Community Golf Club. Early bird registration deadline: May 6th - $220, Registration deadline: May 20th - $240. Includes Driving Range, Lunch, 18 Holes of Golf, Cart rental & great prizes. Register at INFO@CAYU.CA or call 403-789-2298.

March for Life 

Thursday, May 11th in Edmonton. Join together before the March, at 10:30 a.m. for an Interdenominational Pro-Life service at New Destiny Church, 1065 96 St. Edmonton. Then head to Sir Winston Churchill Square at noon. After opening speeches we will walk to the AB Legislature at 1:15 p.m. to join thousands of Canadians in standing up for all human rights, including pre-born human rights at the annual March for Life.


Sudan - Christians were protesting peacefully against the sell-off of an Evangelical School. Members of an illegal committee had been illegally selling off church properties to businessmen for "redevelopment." A three-day protest at the school ended on April 3rd when police arrested all the male protesters. Soon afterwards, an armed group of about 20 people arrived and began beating the women. Several men from a nearby church, rushed to the aid of the assaulted women. Two of these men were stabbed while police stood by and watched. Younan Abdullah soon succumbed to his injuries, the other wounded rescuer was hospitalized for treatment. Pray for comfort for Younan's widow and their two young children; for recovery of the injured man and for others in the traumatized church community. May the individual(s) responsible for the stabbing come to repentance and salvation.

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