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2018-03-11 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.

Congratulations to Walter Land, Alex Wildeboer and Clarence Kits as they celebrate birthdays this week. To each of you, we pray for a wonderful day with family and friends. As you enter your new year, may our Lord richly bless you daily! J

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

A new Church Directory 

was placed in your mailbox last week and there are already a few corrections for it! If there are any other updates please pass them on to the church secretaries at bchurch2@shaw.ca or 403-782-6400. Thank you!

· Please change Peter & Jan Zuidhof’s phone number to 403-885-5263.

· Pauline Mooy’s cell phone number is 403-396-2520

· Debby van Iperen’s email is debbyvanip@gmail.com

· Bryan Noordhof’s cell phone number is 403-466-0296

These are the highlites of our Council Executive meeting of March 7/18:

1. We discussed the Ministry leadership team reports.

2. We tabulated the results of the office bearer nominations for presentation to Council at the March 14th meeting.

3. We are extending an invitation to hire Steven Berkenpas for a 2 month period from July 15th to September 9th to help pastor Bethel.

Pastor Search Committee: 

Our team met at the home of Terry Vandenborn this week. We reviewed the references we received over the past week from our remaining candidates (three graduating students). We also went over the interview questions which we should be conducting soon. Before the next meeting all of us will listen to 6 more sermons that we chose. It has been eleven months since we have started this journey together. We are a dedicated group meeting approximately twice a month, nearly all of us present for each meeting. Each of us have our own ideas, values, opinions, but we are working together, with the help of God, to find the right Pastor for our church. We appreciate your prayers.

Bethel Alpha: 

Here are some questions our guests asked at our recent Alpha meeting. "Why does God allow evil? Couldn't he have created people to do only good things? What about people who grow up in very suppressive cultures, how can they know about God?” Questions about the bible: “Why do people say the bible is 66 books, isn't it just one book? The bible is so diverse, how do I know where to start reading? Why couldn't Jesus have stayed on earth?" For those of us raised in the church from early childhood, it’s hard to imagine the questions we might otherwise have. Please continue to remember this group in your prayers. Pray for wisdom to answer these questions. Pray that Alpha creates a hunger in people's hearts to want to know and respond to Jesus free gift of grace and forgiveness.

The Church Renewal Lab 

will meet on Wednesday, March 14th, at 7:30 p.m. at Anita Geldof’s.

The Mexico Mission team 

will meet on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Final meeting before leaving on the mission!

Craft Day 

is coming up on Saturday March 24th from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Lunch, coffee and tea provided. All are welcome!

Prayer Conference: 

Please mark your calendars. Bethel Church will host a Prayer Conference on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th. We begin with a supper on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. An invitation will be extended to churches in Lacombe and area. More information will follow soon.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Peoples 

will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Terry & Donna Vandenborn for a Bible study. Snack – Grace.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

meets this Tuesday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Junior Youth Event 

at Getcha Game On at 1102 4876A 46 St., Lacombe on Wednesday, March 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This will give us time for 2 games costing $17.50 per child. They do require parents to sign a waiver which can be done on their Facebook page or come a bit early to sign the waiver at their facility. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their children as well. Contact Jenny Tenbrinke at 403-782-5901 for more information.

Registration for GEMS CAMP 2018 is now open. 

If you are going into Grade 5 through going into Grade 8 this fall, and want to have a great summer experience, this is for you! Please see your head counsellor for a registration form. This year camp will be held from August 6 - 10, 2018 at the Rehoboth Camp on Gull Lake. Registration is limited to the first 50 applications received by regular postal mail. As well, we are looking for cooks, counsellors, counsellors-in-training (CIT's) and a handyman because we can't run camp without them! If you would like more information regarding camp, or would like to volunteer for one of the staff positions, please contact Bonnie Bennik at gbbennik@platinum.ca or Cindy Grebely at cindygrebely@gmail.com if you have any questions.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society 

annual general meeting is scheduled to be held at Woody Nook CRC on March 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. We will be voting to approve an updated version of the society by-laws. If you wish to review the changes, they are available upon request to Cindy. 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.

Lacombe Christian School

is accepting applications for two new Teaching Positions:

1. Elementary Teaching Position 2. Junior High Teaching Position

Positions will commence August 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. The closing date for these positions will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 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

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria 

After a recent attack on a girls' school in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19th, Boko Haram militants left the scene, 110 schoolgirls -- between the ages of 11 and 19 -- disappeared with them. They were taken to an unknown location. Nigerian authorities are actively searching for the girls; they have been assured that the girls are safe and in good condition, and that they will be released unharmed. Of the 276 girls kidnapped from Chibok in 2014, more than 100 are still missing. A number of those who have been found were raped and forced into marriage to their captors. Please bring all the missing schoolgirls from Dapchi and Chibok to the Lord's throne of grace. Pray for their protection in captivity and soon release. Also remember the girls from Chibok who have been safely released, as they struggle to reintegrate into society and resume the normalcy of life with their loved ones.

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