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2018-04-15 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.

Our sympathies go out to Dave & Emma Reitsma with the passing of their daughter Connie’s husband, Cor deBoon this past Monday at the age of 58. The funeral was held this past Friday at Woodynook CRC. May God comfort and bless you both in the days ahead.

Congratulations to Joanne van Gyssel as she celebrates her birthday on Tuesday. Wishing you the Lord’s richest blessings in your new year! J

We congratulate Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer, who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 18th. We praise the Lord for the ministry and service they have been part of here at Bethel over the past 50 years and pray that our Heavenly Father will continue to surround them with His loving care and guidance. On behalf of the Bethel Congregation we present you with the flowers that grace our church today.

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

Highlites of the April 10th Council meeting:

1. We discussed our summer student pastor, Steven Berkenpas. GALT will work on a remuneration package for his work with us in July-Sept. We will also work on a job description to help direct his work with us.

2. Bryan Lanting, a young pastor from Calgary, will help fill pulpit supply in May and June, preaching twice per month.

3. GALT will be looking into a variety of options for renovations to our church after several members have suggested we do some remodeling and updating.

4. We had a discussion in regards to an article that was in the Edmonton Journal. Kings University has a group that supports Sexuality, Pride and Equality Alliance. (SPEAK) This group is planning to march in the Gay Pride parade this year. We will be asking Kings for a clarification of their stance on this topic in the near future so we understand more clearly the issues involved and their stance on the issue.

5. We discussed council nominations at length. There is grave concern with the shortage of people who have let their names stand for the elder, youth elder and deacon positions. At this point in time, we may need to restructure council in terms of church visiting as we may not have enough elders to actually fulfill the need to visit our congregation this upcoming year.

6. We discussed the upcoming Renewal Lab breakfast with full council and discussed a few ideas to help with their work now that the Renewal Lab has completed much of their training.

Coffee Break: 

Wednesday, April 18th will be our last gathering of the season. We'll have one of our famous Potluck Breakfasts! Special fellowship over coffee, and a talk about what we will be doing next season. We invite all to come! Please note: bring along 2 or 3 bible texts that you find encouraging and/or comforting to pass on to someone else. See you there!

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Peter and Jan Zuidhof on Sunday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Study lesson 4 in The Parables of Jesus.

Craft Day: 

On Saturday, April 28th we will hold our next Craft Day. This will be the last one of the season, and there will be "Show 'n Tell". Please bring what you have made and show to it off!

BETHEL YOUTH

Teen Club (Grades 7-9) from Redeemer URC 

have invited Bethel Jr. Youth students on Friday, April 27th from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. for a fun Friday night of fellowship, games and pizza. We look forward to having you join us. To register for this event, please contact Marco & Bonnie Vant Klooster at 403-783-1067.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lacombe Christian School Annual Auction: 

Happening on Friday,April 20th. Supper & Silent Auction begins at 5:00 p.m. with a Live Auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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 23rd. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch being served at 11:45 a.m. No RSVP required.

DAYS for GIRLS 

is an organization dedicated to giving DAYS of school and income back to girls and women by making and distributing reusable sanitary hygiene kits and reproductive and hygiene education. DfG also encourages and supports training for communities to produce their own kits. Our team at Woodynook Christian Reformed Church will be meeting on Monday, April 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Any able hands are welcome to come for any part of the day you are able. This month we are especially looking for one or two extra sergers if you know of one that is wanting to be used. Soup and buns will be provided for lunch. Please contact Joanna Luna for more information at 587-877-3400. We look forward to seeing you there as we help make every day count for girls all over the world!

On Saturday, May 5thHighway cleanup

Lacombe Community Refugee Effort supporters are doing Highway cleanup to raise funds for our next sponsorship. (Helpers must be 9 years or older) We will meet in Lacombe at 9:00 a.m. at #29 Pickwick Lane for safety and equipment. Then we go to the south side of Ponoka and to the Morningside turnoff. We complete the twelve kilometres between those points and return to Lacombe for a picnic. If you want to participate in this activity, please contact Marlene Ironside at marleneironside@gmail.com so we can get an idea of numbers.

Lacombe Christian School 

is seeking to fill an executive secretarial position, starting mid-August. This position requires a person with excellent organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, and proficient computer knowledge and skills. For further information please contact Martin Folkerts. mfolkerts@lacs.ca Closing date is May 1, 2018.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pakistan

ln 2014 a young Christian couple was murdered by a frenzied mob. They were falsely accused of burning pages of the Quran. In 2016, 5 persons were sentenced to death and several more were given jail time. Many who also participated in the crime have gone free and never been charged. Will Justice ever been done in this case? Pray for comfort for family and friends who are still mourning the loss of the young couple. May those who participated come to conviction of the wrong that happened, ask for God's forgiveness and come to salvation. Pray for Christians in Pakistan.

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