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May 14 Bulletin


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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.

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. 

This week’s Church Bible Reading Guide from the Gospel of John:

Week 4: Jesus Is Not Afraid to Be Set Apart

Day 1 - John 6:60-71 Q: As a church, do you ever talk about the difficult topics? The ones that are hard to hear?

Day 2 - John 7:1-24 Q: How does verse 18 impact your ministry?

Day 3 - John 7:25-44 Q: We receive the Holy Spirit by drinking from Jesus. What does drinking from Jesus mean, and are we drinking?

Day 4 - John 7:45-8:11 Q: Are we showing love to people even when no one else is?

Day 5 - John 8:12-30 Q: We have the light because Jesus is the light. Are we sharing this light with others?

Bethel News

Many of our youth will be attending YC next weekend. 

We asking for food donations to keep costs down and we still need:

  • 5 bags shredded cheese
  • 4 Large sour cream
  • 75 burgers
  • 6 dozen hamburger buns

Please give Wayne Bouwman a call at 403-348-7214 if you are able to help out. Thank you!

Summer Worship Coordinator: 

We are very pleased to welcome Jessica Jacobson back as our Summer Worship Coordinator. She started work here at Bethel the beginning of May and will be part of our team until the end of August. Jessica can be reached by email at jessicajacobson@burmanu.ca

Here are the highlights of the May 10th Council Meeting:

1. Council had a chance to meet with Pastor Gary Bomhof. He has agreed to help us out by preaching once a month, support the Renewal Lab as well as help with important visits when a need arises. He will be gone on the Sea To Sea bike tour from June 23 – August 29.

2. Council welcomed new office bearers Peter Prins, Pete Heidelberg, Herman Scholing and Rod Venhuis.

3. Council elected a new executive: Chairman: Wayne Bowman, Vice Chair: Darran Vreugdenhil, Clerk: Trudy Salomons, Treasurer: Ed Stol & General Adjunct: Terry Vandenborn.

4. Some of the former pastoral elders have agreed to help new pastoral elders with visiting our congregation, especially during our vacant period.

5. The Council social will be held on June 21st at the home of Terry & Donna Vandenborn.

6. Wayne Bowman is taking a group of youth from Central Alberta and Edmonton area to Fort McMurray for a service weekend May 12 to 14, supporting the people in and around the Christian Reformed Church.

7. We said goodbye to outgoing office bearers Henry Eisses, August Luymes, CraigVan Stryland as well as Cathy Dowling and Gord Bos. Thank you for your service.

Pastoral Search Committee: 

We had a productive meeting this past week led by our competent and enthusiastic Chairwoman, Cora Hoekstra. After our opening devotion we spent a little time getting to know each other better. Did you know Margaret was born in Amsterdam; or that Mel plays volleyball in a women’s league; or that Marvin’s middle name is Charles? We spent a good deal of time discussing these thought provoking questions:

How have we been shaped by our distant and recent history?

Who are we now that our previous pastor has left?

What are the core values of our congregation from which we will not depart?

What time is it in our journey together?

What will we expect of our next pastor? How is that the same or different from what we expected of our last pastor?

What differences existing among us do we need to bring to the surface and discuss before we call the next pastor?

What leftover hurts need some healing before the next pastor is called so that he/she is not blindsided by the anger and grief that accompany those hurts?

We know you will want to get in on the discussion and you will have an opportunity sometime after our next meeting!

Looking for a few wonderful Summer Sunday School teachers!! 

We are in need of teachers and helpers for the summer months. Please take a look at the summer schedule on the table in the back foyer for the dates that work well for you! For more information contact Jessica Heidelberg.

Vacation Bible School is gearing up, and we need your help. 

Anyone who has finished grade 5 is welcome to help, through anyone who is still mobile. There is something for everyone to do! Starting today there are sign-up sheets on the foyer table. We need dedicated people to run stations, active people to be crew leaders (just show up each day and lead your group of 5 through all the fun), and even have a list for "part-time" helpers who can just spend a morning or two with us. Please prayerfully consider how God might use you to reach Lacombe through VBS this July 3 - 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily.

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos next Sunday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. Please study Lesson 3.

BETHEL YOUTH

Attention all high schoolers and young adults. 

On Sunday, May 28th we are doing the Mud Bog @ deBoon’s @ 4:00 p.m. Round up your friends to play fun games in a big pit o' mud! Supper back at Woodynook at 6:30 p.m., with a Youth Service to follow at 7:00 p.m. Bring an extra change of clothes and a towel. Hope to see you there! Talk to Wayne Bouwman if you would like to go.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CACHS Society Meeting: 

Central Alberta Christian High School will be having their Annual Spring Society meeting on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the school. The 2017-2018 budget will be presented and new board members will be elected. Of special interest will be the discussion on the proposed Industrial Arts program which will address the recommendations from the Industrial Education Committee, the examination of potential building plans and costs, and the board’s presentation on “moving forward” plans. We encourage you to join us for this meeting.

She Has A Name, Shedding Light on the Global Sex Trade 

will be presented at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets from the church at 403-885-4427 or from Magdelene House at 587-273-4324. Magdelene house is a home of recovery for people exploited by trafficking.

CACHS Drama 

class presents their rendition of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless and enduring classic Little Women. Witness the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Follow the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father as they learn to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. The date is June 7th & 8th at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 each through the CACHS office. Call Ann at 403-782-4535 to reserve your seats.

Lacombe Christian School 

Is accepting applications for a new Kindergarten Teaching Position commencing August 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. The closing date for this position will be Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Coaching would be an asset. We are looking for teachers with a passionate walk with Jesus Christ, and a developed Christian worldview. Applicants must hold or be eligible for a valid Alberta Teaching Certificate. Please forward cover letter, current resume, statement of faith, and three references to: Martin Folkerts, Principal, Lacombe Christian School 5206 - 58 Street, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G9, or mfolkerts@lacs.ca

The Studion School for Spiritual Direction

Spiritual formation, care of the soul, the vast territory of the soul, prayer, discernment, the spiritual disciplines. If any of this sounds attractive to you, you may want to check out The Studion School for Spiritual Direction. Informational evening at King's University, Rm L113, 7:30 PM, June 8, 2017. Excellent training for elders and pastoral care givers. More info? rev.klok@gmail.com

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Tajikistan 

Lately several protestant churches have been raided by authorities, with the purpose to close down churches and take away their property, even though these churches are officially registered with the state. Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov is in custody, under investigation on criminal charges of 'extremism'. Family or church members do not receive information about his well- being. Hymnals and Christian books were taken during the raid of a church; secret police condemned other books also and their religious 'experts' concluded that the books are 'extremist'. Some believers have been beaten, others are dismissed from their jobs unless they renounce their faith. Please uphold believers in Tajikistan who have come under increasing intimidation. Pray for wisdom and encouragement for Christians. May Pastor Kholmatov soon be released.

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