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2018-02-18 February 18 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.

Bill Wildeboer continues to be in the Red Deer Hospital recovering from knee surgery. We pray for healing and strength for the days ahead.

This past Wednesday Henry Geldof went to Calgary for an endoscopic ultrasound and a celiac plexus nerve block. This is a procedure that blocks the messages of the nerves of the upper abdomen to the brain. It is the hope that this will be an effective way of dealing with some of the pain for a while so Henry can rest and eat a little better so he can gain some weight and some strength. The first few days indicate that this procedure will be at least somewhat successful. We are so thankful for the Bethel congregation, for their faithful prayers, for visits, and books and cards and flowers and hugs and encouraging words and so much more. We thank God for the place He has put us and we pray that the family of Bethel will be blessed as they bless others.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel news

Thank You!! 

to everyone who came out and supported the Mexico Mission team on Saturday, February 10th for our Mexican Fiesta. Your support is greatly appreciated as we had a very successful night.

The Fellowship Ministry Team 

has a couple events scheduled for the near future.

Guess Who Is Coming for Coffee

is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th. The signup sheet will be on the table in the foyer for the next two weeks. Sign up and get to know some fellow members a bit better.

A Potluck Lunch

Is scheduled for Sunday, March 11th following the morning worship service. Meat and buns will be provided and you are asked to bring either a salad or dessert that will serve 15 people.

Here are the highlites of the Council Executive meeting of February 14th:

1. The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team has graciously agreed to organize the Lacombe Days Parade Float.

2. Nomination forms for council will be handed out on the last Sunday in February. If you would like a form before this, please talk to our clerk, Trudy Salomons. We will be collecting all forms on March 4th or you can place them in Trudy's mailbox.

3. Please come out to the Congregational Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 p.m.

4. We are excited to have a Summer In Service Student this year. Stephen Berkenpas has agreed to come and share his gifts with us this summer and possibly earlier if all works out.

5. We are excited about the new relationships that our Renewal Lab is initiating in the near future with the breakfast meetings that are being planned.

*Please keep the Renewal Lab and Church Council in your prayers as we navigate without a full-time pastor. Please communicate any concerns or questions you have to our council so we can be aware of the life of our church during this challenging time. Also pray for all the Ministry Leadership Teams and their members as well as the Pastor Search Committee.

NOMINATIONS FOR COUNCIL:

It’s that time of year again to consider Council nominations. This year we require 2 Elders, 2 Youth Elders and 1 Deacon to be added as part of Council for the next three years.

Completing their terms this year as Elder are Marvin Ebens and Darran Vreugdenhil, Youth Elder, Wayne Bouwman and Terry Vandenborn and Deacon, Ed Stol.

Who is eligible for nomination? All office bearers are given a two year break between terms of service. Those who are therefore ineligible are: Gord Bos, Cathy Dowling, Henry Eisses, August Luymes and Craig Van Stryland. Women are eligible for the position of deacon. You do not need to speak with each person to nominate them and you can nominate as many people as you feel are qualified. The district elders will officially approach people with the appropriate amount of nominations.

The present Council members are: Wayne Bouwman, Marvin Ebens, Pete Heidelberg, Bryan Noordhof, Peter Prins, Trudy Salomons, Herman Scholing, Ed Stol, Terry Vandenborn, Kyle Van Stryland, Rod Venhuis, Darran Vreugdenhil, and Rick Wildeboer.

Please prayerfully consider nominating those members you feel are gifted to serve as office bearers. A nomination form will be handed out before the collections are taken during the March 4, 2018 worship service and the form will be collected as you leave the sanctuary that morning. For those who cannot be present on March 4th, nomination ballots will be available on February 25, 2018 from any Council member. All nominations need to be submitted to the Council prior to the Council Executive meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Bouwman. In the weeks preceding nominations we seek the Lord for His guidance in this process. Council deeply appreciates your prayerful consideration in this matter.

New Church Directory: 

An up to date directory is in the works and we need your help. If your information in the current blue directory is incorrect, please email your corrections to our office at bchurch2@shaw.ca or place a note in our secretaries’ mailbox in the foyer. The deadline for sending us corrections is Sunday, February 25th as we are planning to print the new church directory by the end of February. Thank you from the Church secretaries!

A note from the General Administration Leadership team: 

We are asking the various church groups who use the Fellowship hall regularly to please make note of this request – the area in front of the Emergency doors located in the south west corner of the Fellowship hall MUST be kept clear at ALL TIMES. This means that no items or furniture should be left in this area. Chairs should be stacked along the NORTH wall of the Fellowship hall under the windows. Thank you!

There is a need for child care for the Refugee family: 

Mohammed attends kindergarten two days a week on Tuesday and Thursday and alternate Fridays. He needs to be picked up from school at 11:20 a.m. and watched for approximately an hour until his mother is finished her English Class. On Monday and Wednesday and the alternate Fridays he needs child care for the morning while his mother attends English classes. Also during the week of February 19 to 23 all the children will be out of school and will require child care while their mother has English classes. If you can help out with this need would you please contact Ella Land at 403-782-2425.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Another month gone by. Time for our March edition. We celebrate Palm Sunday and Good Friday in March with Easter Sunday being April 1st. We do look forward to Spring beginning to arrive in March so send us some notes or poems or drawings or recipes or stories and we will do our best to include them in the Bethel newsletter. As always, we strive to make it interesting, informative reading that helps us stay connected and grow as a family of disciples of Christ. Praying for one another and encouraging each other is the best way to grow.

FRIENDSHIP

Friendship is a ministry for disabled adults that meets here at Bethel on Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. from October through April. We meet for singing, Bible Study, prayer and snack. We have mentors(teachers) and Friends (students) from many backgrounds and churches. Currently we have 17 Friends and 12 mentors. The program is designed to have one mentor per friend. It is very important to our friends that they each have their own mentor. They take pride in their mentor and cherish their friendship. Currently we have 5 mentors missing from our program and have 5 friends eagerly awaiting their own mentor. We have 4 men (one young man in his 20s) and one young lady looking for a mentor. If you enjoy an evening out with a friend singing, praying, worshipping and eating this is the program for you. I promise you will leave with a smile on your face and your cup filled for the week!!!! Please call or text if you would like to discuss this further! Donna Vandenborn at 403-506-9993.

Prayer meeting: 

There will be a prayer meeting at the home of Margaret on Tuesday, February 20th, at 10:00 a.m. If you feel led by the Spirit to join in this ministry of prayer for our congregation, please join us!

The Church Renewal Lab 

will meet on Saturday, February 24th for a regular meeting at the home of Margaret Roolker at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served!

Join the Conversation: a Multi-Generational Bible Study 

will be held after the morning service on Sunday, February 25th, at the home of Margaret Roolker. We will begin with a look at Psalm 139. Lunch will be served. Everyone is welcome!!

All ladies are invited to a miscellaneous bridal shower 

in honour of Karyn Zuidhof, bride-to-be of Jeremy Doell. Come and join us for an evening of fun and fellowship on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring appetizers, sweet treats or fruits/vegetables to share for the light luncheon.

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

When Helping Harms Workshop

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada for a "When Helping Harms" workshop to learn how to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities. Discover how food banks, deacon funds, short-term service trips and other benevolent activities can be more impactful and meaningful. The workshop will take place at Emmanuel CRC, 3020 51 St. SW, Calgary on Saturday, March 10th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (refreshments available at 8:30 a.m.). Registration is free, seating is limited; please register today at www.worldrenew.net/whhworkshop. For more info, contact Yvonne Bosgra at 403-246-0795 or office@emmanuelcrc.org.

EduDeo GO

Walk, Bike, Run or Swim for Christ-centred education. - EduDeo GO is a Go! Over 30 people have already signed up to either run, walk, bike or swim to help build 4 urgently needed classrooms in the Dominican Republic. Join on your own, or as a group. Set a distance goal for April 1st – June 30th. Compete with and challenge your friends. Sign up now at edudeo.com/GO

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Swing into Spring Family Fundraiser: 

Central Alberta Christian High School would like to invite you and your family to a fundraiser to be held on Thursday, March 1st from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This is a FREE dinner for you and your family to raise money for new computers and the Industrial Arts Building. There will be a Dessert Silent Auction, a movie and popcorn for the kids, and we will hear an update on the new Industrial Arts Building. To reserve your seats, or a table, please phone the school at 403-782-4535 by February 23rd. Please come out and support our school!

You are invited to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk – February 24th

The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family friendly fundraiser for hungry, homeless, and hurting individual families in Red Deer. All proceeds go to the Mustard Seed. This is not your normal walk. This is a walk of awareness and empathy. This is an opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of the most vulnerable. A meal will be provided at the Mustard Seed at the conclusion of the Walk. Please register a team from your church at https://cnoy.org/location/reddeer to help us raise our goal of $25,000. Your participation will make a significant difference in the lives of men, women and children in need.

Lacombe Volunteer Link 

will be having their Annual General Meeting on March 13th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Lacombe. All are invited to come hear our guest speaker Judy Pyra. Judy is the Outreach Coordinator at Lacombe and District FCSS. She will be speaking about challenges and successes in our community, as well as, how the Benevolent Fund is managed. Refreshments will be served.

Urgently needed

a willing person to sit with a gentleman in Lacombe, who suffers with MS, for a couple of hours a week or bi-weekly. Carol, his wife and caregiver is in need of some respite and needs a couple of hours a week to run some errands, get groceries etc. For more information you may call Rick Wildeboer at 403-782-1584 or e-mail rmwildeboer@gmail.com. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve as a good neighbour in our community.

Job Opening at First CRC Red Deer: 

First CRC Red Deer is in search of a summer student to be employed from May through August of 2018 as a music/worship and summer program coordinator (full-time) to minister to children. The objective of the student position is to assist with organizing, teaching and leading worship for various children’s ministries such as Summer Sunday School (JAM time), Vacation Bible School (VBS) and other children’s programs as required. Please visit www.firstcrcreddeer.ca for a full job posting with required qualifications and directions on how to apply. Application deadline is February 28th, 2018.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

India 

The murdered body of Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy, 43 from southern India was found in his home on January 20th, one week after a complaint had been filed about harassment from militant Hindu groups in his area. Pastor Gideon had converted from Hinduism 25 years ago and led the church for more than 12 years. Local Hindu militants were unhappy about the church, opposing it because of its bold witness and outreach to lower caste people in the community. Despite the protests, Pastor Gideon had stated before his death: "I have no problems. If the Lord grants it to me, I will die a martyr for Christ; but His ministry will not end." Please remember Pastor Gideon's family and the members of his church, as they mourn their sudden loss. Pray for the continued growth of Christianity throughout India, as the country's persecuted believers rest in the assurance that Christ's church will indeed prevail (Matthew 16:18).

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