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2019-03-24 Bulletin


Next Sunday, March 31st 

We welcome Pastor Bryan Lanting as he leads us in worship. The Mexico Mission team will share about their mission to Tijuana, Mexico. All are welcome!

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to pray for Henry Geldof and Steve Ogi. Remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer and Rena DeRuiter. Pray also for those who struggle in silence with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues. I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:3.

Jake Prins was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday with shortness of breath and fluid on his lungs. He was put on oxygen, has no pain and is in good spirits, however it is a concerning time for both Jake and Agnes. Please pray for both of them.

We are very thankful that we can finally say prayers have been answered and Steve’s stump is infection free and healed! Thank you for all the support, love, prayers, visits and meals during our long path of struggles. The Lord has in His time worked a miracle which we at times did not see as possible.

Thank you from Steve & Caroline Ogi

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Pastor Jacob and Joyce Boer 

have a date set for their move to Lacombe; it’s Friday, March 29th. If you are available to help out in anyway please contact Herman Scholing at 403-350-3738 or Pete Heidelberg at 587-877-2050.

Advance Notice! The next Church potluck lunch 

will be held on Sunday, April 7th - Pastor Jacob and Joyce Boer and their family’s first worship service with us. Please bring a crockpot/large pan of soup OR open faced buns and dessert.

Summer Sunday School: 

The Education Ministry Leadership Team is looking for teachers and helpers for the Summer season. There is a signup sheet on the table in the foyer, please take a moment and consider helping out this summer. Check to see what weeks work best for you. Thank you!!

Coffee Break: 

On Wednesday, March 27th we will have our last meeting of the season already. We will start with a Potluck Breakfast, so please come timely with something to share. Then we do our last lesson (#7), and after that a wrap-up and discuss where we go for our next season. Please come y'all!

Prayer Conference: 

As you all know, we will hold our second annual Prayer Conference on Saturday, April 6th. We hope to start the day at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and muffins, and from there on the day should proceed. There will be no admission charge and a free lunch will be provided. For more information please talk to Henry or Joan Eisses or Margaret Roolker (and to RSVP) at 403-782-4506 or email at margretroolker@gmail.com.

PRAYER 

is an ongoing thing, isn’t it? We are never at a point in our lives where we do not need the Lord. What an incredible privilege Jesus earned for us that we may go to the Father in heaven with whatever weighs on our hearts! Please do not forget your brothers and sisters in prayer!

BETHEL YOUTH

Tuesday Nite Youth 

will meet on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Save the date! 

April 14th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Bethel hosted Inter-Church Youth Event. We are in preparation for some OutWit, OutPlay, OutLast Fun. A Tribal Meeting location to be determined, it will be followed by dinner and a youth service at Bethel. Consent forms are located on the foyer table or on the Bethel Youth Facebook page or contact you’re youth leader for a copy. We look forward to seeing you there.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

THANK YOU - The Christian Reformed Church in North America offerings 

for 2018 have been mostly processed and I personally wanted to thank you for your support of the our collective ministries across Canada. Whether denominational or local, our giving is getting stronger and that is by the grace of God. Key initiatives and efforts are demonstrating strength in the Canadian Christian Reformed church and its many efforts from church planting to engaging parliament; from ministry in Africa and PEI to British Columbia. Thanks so very much, Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director.

Early Bird Deadline is April 1st - Have you registered yet for Inspire 2019? 

Register before April 1st to receive the early bird rate of $80. Inspire 2019 is an event designed specifically for ministry volunteers and leaders from Christian Reformed and Reformed churches across North America. Join us August 1-3 in Windsor, Ontario for an exciting and uplifting three days. Find out more at crcna.org/Inspire

A Youth Leadership Training Event

Time is running out to register for The Joshua Effect youth leadership training event. From Friday April 26th at 8 p.m. through Sunday afternoon April 28th. Lesli van Milligen from Faith Formation Ministries of the CRC will lead Grade 9-11 students and their mentors in leadership training. This event offers biblical, hands-on leadership equipping tasks along with time for theological reflection on God's call into various leadership roles. Cost is $170 per person to attend which includes five meals and all activities. It is highly encouraged that students and their mentors/youth leaders attend this training event together. The training will take place at Circle Square Ranch, Halkirk, AB. Make plans to attend soon. Registration is limited to a total of 45 students and leaders. Contact Pastor Bill Nieuwenhuis, Classis Alberta North Youth Consultant, at newiebill@gmail.com or call 403-783-0756.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Lacombe Christian Reformed Burial Society 

annual general meeting is scheduled to be held at Woodynook CRC on Monday, March 25th at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. 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.

Interested in becoming a Spiritual Director? 

The Studion School for Spiritual Direction is hosting an online information session for those who want to learn more about our two year program. The one hour online session is Wednesday, March 27th at 8:00 p.m. To register, please email thestudionschool@gmail.com. To learn more about The Studion visit thestudionschool.com. If you have questions, contact Pastor Ron Klok rev.klok@gmail.com or Julianne Gilchrist juliannegilchrist2@gmail.com.

North America Indigenous Ministries: 

We are so grateful for every one of you! We have been so blest to be surrounded by so many amazing people. We remember you all with joy when we lift you up to God with thanksgiving in prayer! With that, we are inviting everyone to come out at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th to a dessert evening to be held at Woody Nook CRC. God has done so much and we would love to share in more depth and detail what is all going on. We do ask that if you are planning on attending that you respond by email so that we can get a rough number, but don't worry, if you don't respond you are still welcome to attend! We hope that you all can come and celebrate with us the workings of our great God! For more info or to respond, you can email us folkerts@naim.ca

Thank you, Sean and Becky Folkerts

The Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 

is excited to present More Than Just a Man,a new Easter dramatic musical production. The ministry, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as seen through the eyes of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, are the focus of this touching work. “More than Just a Man” provides a compelling glimpse into the controversy surrounding the Messiah and his triumphant resurrection. This is a fundraising event for the CAPCC Maternity Home which provides a nurturing home, supporting healthy pregnancy and positive parenting. April 11-13 at 7 p.m. plus April 13th at 2:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Memorial Centre, Rush seating. Tickets required. Free to attend thanks to numerous event sponsors. Tickets are available now by calling 403.343.1611 or pick up at 53rd Street Music or Kennedy’s Parable. For more information visit www.pregnancycare.ca/events/

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Cuba 

A pastor has been repeatedly threatened and harassed for his efforts to repair church buildings that were damaged during the 2018 hurricane. In an effort to continue without further interference from authorities, he and other believers have been working on the repairs through the night. Despite this, the pastor was recently threatened by one of the neighbors who approached him with a machete. Adding to the mounting pressure, local officials have denied the pastor car registration and the right to put up a sign for his church. Members of the Cuban government consider the repairs illegal because they do not recognize any church buildings constructed after the 1959 revolution. These buildings have served as places of worship for many years, even though some of them have no walls or proper floors. Pray that the pastor, and others representing the church in Cuba, will remain faithful in the midst of persecution. Ask God to strengthen the resolve of this pastor and all who are assisting him so the restoration work that has already begun can be fully completed. May their endeavours to proclaim the Gospel continue so that many more will be reached throughout the nation, including Cuba's governing authorities.

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