2018‎ > ‎

2018-03-18 Bulletin


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 remember with sympathy Gerald, Michele, Justin, Meaghan & Ryan Noort with the passing of Gerald’s father in Surrey, B.C. at the age of 82. May God comfort and bless you in the days ahead.

We would like to thank the congregation of Bethel for all the kind words, cards, prayers, flowers, and meals we have received since the recent passing of Gerald’s dad. We are blessed to be part of such a loving community. Gerald, Michele, Justin, Meaghan and Ryan Noort

Dear Congregation - we thought we should let you know that the trip to Edmonton last week went very well. The specialist that Shirley saw has prescribed a new medication that will hopefully eliminate or reduce the severe joint inflammation that she is experiencing. Our prayer is that this new medication will be effective. Shirley will return to this doctor in three months for a follow up appointment. Our daughter Deanna was a significant help with both the driving and with being there to listen in on the doctor’s insight and recommendations. Your prayers, care, and concern mean so much to us. Thank you for standing alongside us. With appreciation, Shirley & John Bos

Steve Ogi continues to be treated with antibiotics for his foot. The doctors hope to reduce the swelling and infection before considering amputation surgery. This process could take a few weeks. We pray for Steve that some healing will take place and for both he and Caroline as they deal with this stressful situation.

Please keep Henry and Anita Geldof in your prayers as Henry continues to struggle with a lack of appetite. His pain is much reduced since his procedure and for that they are grateful. We pray for continued healing and strength.

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.


A new Church Directory 

was delivered in your mailbox 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

· Ames, Ray & Pat 403-782-6684 Pat 403-896-0278

56 Valley Crescent, Lacombe, T4L 1R9 email: rayames@shaw.ca

Here are the highlights of the March 14th Full Council meeting:

1. Steven Berkenpas will be joining us this summer as our "Summer Student" from July to September and he has agreed to be a speaker at the youth retreat.

2. It was decided to go ahead with the "Right Now Media" subscription. The Youth Ministry Leadership team will coordinate and inform us as things move along.

3. The highlights of the ministry leadership teams were presented along with the pastoral elders and deacons reports.

4. The Pastor search committee gave an update.

5. We reviewed the Office Bearer nominations and Elders are proceeding with making contact with those who were nominated.

6. Vacation Bible School planning is well underway.

Bethel Newsletter

April is just around the corner and that means another edition of the Bethel newsletter. Spring is surely coming. If you have contributions for the newsletter, please by all means, share them with us. We hope to have all of the reports from the spring congregational meeting included in this newsletter as well as reports from all church ministries (GEMS, Cadets, Bible studies, Friendship, Youth, etc.) – so please forward those to Harriet Luymes – haraug@gmail.com or Anita Geldof at ahgeldof@shaw.ca. We will have this newsletter in your mailboxes for Easter Sunday, April 1st. We look forward to hearing from you.

A note from Diana Boot: 

Dear Bethel congregation - yesterday I traveled to Mityana to meet with Church of Uganda edcuation officials. Mityana is only about 60 km from Kampala, but it took over 3 ½ hours to get home last night due to Kampala's notorious traffic jams. But I "counted it all joy" as this diocese is also interested in seeing transformation take place in its schools. With 450 elementary schools and 27 secondary schools, the potential is huge (and that does not even count other church, private, and government schools in the area!) This work would not be possible without the partnering with people and churches who walk with me in fulfilling the great commission. I'm so very grateful and humbled to be able to be here and to do this work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Prayer meeting 

will be held at the home of Margaret Roolker, on Tuesday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m. The Lord hears our prayers. If you feel led by the Spirit to join us in prayer for the congregation, please feel free to join us.

Craft Day: 

To be held on Saturday March 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please let Caroline (403-596-2258) or Margaret (403-782-4506) know if you plan to attend so we can plan lunch. You can also let us know if you need transportation. Bring a friend!

Multi-generational Bible study: 

We will get together again on Sunday, March 25th after the morning worship service at the home of Herman and Betty Scholing. Everyone who wants to "join the conversation" is welcome! We can continue to look at Psalm 139, or you can bring another topic. See you there!

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.


Tuesday Nite Youth 

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

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.


The Ministry to Seafarers in Vancouver 

is planning to hire an intern for summer 2018 to serve as a ship visitor to the various terminals in the Port of Vancouver. This is a full-time paid position. Interested individuals please contact Rev. Gary Roosma at: crcvanportchaplain@gmail.com

Herr Lecture Event 

All are invited to a Herr Lecture Event sponsored by the Centre for Peace and Justice at Burman University tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the County Room at the LMC. The special speaker is Alex Neve of Amnesty International on the topic, “Solving the Global Refugee Crisis.” We are privileged to hear from a speaker of such note. Come listen and support the Lacombe Community Refugee Effort in their action plan to change the lives of Khadija Zein Eddin, sister of Naema Zein Eddin (Al Omar) and her 2 two children waiting in Lebanon for clearance to come to Canada, and for Dejen Yehdego from Eritrea, waiting in Khartoum as a registered refugee for years to be united with his twin brother, John, who came as a refugee in 2015. Be informed, be proactive, be involved!

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

Organ, Panflute, and Soprano Concert 

with Andre Knevel, Liselotte Rokyta and Mary Jean Mulder. They will be sharing their various musical talents with Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Wednesday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. at Redeemer United Reformed Church in Lacombe. Come and enjoy an evening of excellent music. A freewill offering will be taken with net proceeds in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.



 In 2008, the murder of a Hindu religious leader in India set off a spate of violent attacks on Christian villages in the state of Odisha. The attacks left thousands homeless. Seeking a culprit for the murder, police arrested a number of Christian men at random. A radical communist group later came forward and claimed responsibility for the killing. By that time, however, the government could not lose face for arresting the wrong men, and radical Hindu groups were determined to keep the Christians locked up. Almost 10 years later, seven of those men are still behind bars after receiving a life sentence for their “crimes” in 2013. The hearing of their appeal continues to be postponed by the Odisha High Court, despite strong evidence of their innocence. All seven men have wives and children waiting for their falsely accused husbands and fathers to come home. Pray for the release of these men and their families.

Subpages (2): Schedules Service