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2019-04-21 Bulletin


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.

In celebration of Joanne van Gyssel’s 90th birthday this past week, cake will be served by the family after the morning service today.

Congratulations to Ben Van Essen as he celebrates his birthday on Tuesday. May your new year be filled with the Lord’s rich blessings!

Dear Bethel congregation, Thank you for the recent offering gift towards my work in Uganda. Just this morning I met with three men from the Netherlands who partner with the Presbyterian Church of Uganda, as well as a key representative from PCU. This was my first introduction to this part of God's body here, and presents another exciting new partnering possibility, as the PCU has a number of primary schools as well as three secondary schools. And so the reach of Educational Care continues to expand! It is only through the faithful care and support of other believers that this can take place. And for that I am very, very grateful. Blessings, Diana

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Full Council Meeting Highlights April 17, 2019:

  • Terry Vandenborn, who was our representative for Classis, gave a report on the meetings of March 8th and 9th at Woodynook CRC.
  • Pastor Jacob gave an update on his previous congregation at Hope Church in response to the Classis Report.
  • We reviewed minutes from the previous 2 months and discussed a few items.
  • The Congregational meeting Agenda for April 24th was set and we look forward to seeing everybody there. We encourage all groups that meet, Ministry Leadership Team's, Bible Study groups, Cadets, Gems, Youth, and Seniors etc., to send a report to the newsletter team for inclusion in the May newsletter.
  • The Nomination process is well underway. We continue to ask for your prayers for faithful leaders here at Bethel.

Congregational Meeting: 

Everyone is heartily encouraged to attend the Congregational meeting planned for the evening of April 24th at 7:30 p.m. We will be hearing reports from the Ministry Leadership teams and there will be opportunity to discuss the options presented by the Renovation team. And of course there will be coffee (decaf) and goodies to share while we talk. So don't forget to come!

Vision Team 

meets again this Saturday, April 27th, at the home of Margaret, at 8:30 a.m. We start with breakfast, and then discuss various matters.

Bethel Newsletter: 

May is the month of Mother’s day. If you have a contribution you would like included in the next newsletter, please email it to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Tuesday, April 30th. You can also place it in the newsletter mailbox. We look forward to more spring like weather and celebrating our mothers. Thanks so much for the contributions of last month. Our goal continues to be to create a newsletter that is reflective of “a growing family of disciples in Christ”. Contributions from all ages are greatly appreciated.

You are invited to join the Lacombe Reformed Seniors' Club on their Spring Bus Trip to Rosebud on Tuesday, May 22, 2019. 

Highlights of the day include: A spring time bus tour through the prairies, coffee break in the morning, a delicious Buffet lunch and the Theatre production of Bright Star in Rosebud, and a Picnic coffee break in the afternoon on our way home! We will be leaving Bethel CRC in Lacombe at 8:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include everything! For more information and to book your ticket, please call Judy at 403-782-5960, Cindy at 403-748-2824 or Frances at 403-782-3327. Tickets are available on a first come/first serve basis and must be prepaid by May 7, 2019 to book your seat on the bus.

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.

Pictures in the Fellowship Hall 

are being updated! If you have a recent picture of you, or your family, please leave a copy in Pauline Bos’s mailbox. If you are in need of one being taken, Pauline will be happy to take it for you. Contact her at 403-782-2759

BETHEL YOUTH

Grade 9 Pizza Night at CACHS 

On Thursday, April 25th at 7 p.m. If you are in Grade 9, or you are a Grade 10-12 student who would like to check out CACHS, this night is for you! Student Council will lead all the students in games after we eat pizza and all parents are welcome to join in an orientation session with our Principal, Mr. Hoekstra. Please RSVP (403)782-4535 or email office@cachs.ca

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Christian Education Week:

Christian schools and their alumni bring the hope of God’s kingdom to a broken world, and during Christian Education Week, we celebrate the ways that these kingdom citizens shine the light of Christ wherever they are. We are grateful for the schools that foster that light. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus reminds us of our call to the kingdom: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Christian schools allow us to be faithful to this calling, urging us and supporting us in our desire to live as model citizens and to cultivate the same in our children. God’s kingdom is already at hand and is ever-advancing; within our Christian schools, we share this good news and prepare the next generation of disciples for service in God’s kingdom. Our schools remind students (and all of us) to put the kingdom first. That is the mission of the Christian school and the reason to celebrate God’s gift of Christian education today. During Christian Education Week, we remember what has been and look forward to a future where the kingdom is fully realized.

Lacombe Christian School

invites you to their Annual Fundraising Auction Friday, April 26, 2019; in the West Campus Gym. Supper will be at 5 p.m., served by the LCS Volunteers at $10 per plate. Live Auction begins at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there! All auction items are donated by local community & businesses. All proceeds go to the Lacombe Christian School

Parkland Men’s Choir in Concert: 

Singing God’s Praise for 30 Years the Parkland Men’s Choir will be in Concert on Saturday, April 27th at 7 p.m. at the Woody Nook Church. Guest Performances by Potter’s Clay Quartet and Dr. C. Stolte (Saxophone) Admission is free. Come Celebrate with Us! A free will offering will be taken to cover expenses. All are Welcome!

Charis Village: 

Discover the art of aging with grace. You are invited to attend an information session about Charis Village, Lacombe’s new senior housing development. Join us in the County Room of the Lacombe Memorial Centre on May 7, 14, 22, 28, 29 at 7 pm. Aging with grace takes a plan, what is your plan?

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria: 

Last Sunday, April 14th, it was 5 years ago that 230 Christian girls from the village of Chibok were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram. Since then some girls have escaped, been rescued or released; some were found with babies. However since January 2018 there has been no substantial news about 112 girls or their whereabouts. 112 parents are still waiting for the return of their daughters. They tell: “Because of the condition we found ourselves in, we didn’t have anywhere to turn, except to God, we have cried and prayed. We pray for our daughters when we walk outside; when we sit inside; when we sleep. We never cease praying.” “When Rifkatu was kidnapped, laughter ceased in my house. Everybody was filled with pain, most especially me, because I gave birth to her.”; “They, who came back have seen hell together,” their psychologist says. Their testimonies speak of periods of hunger, slavery, rape, lashing and battle injuries. They saw people, including many children, die."Christians, and around the world: I am honestly grateful for your prayer and support. The whole world knows about our story”. Let us continue to uphold these girls and their parents in our prayers.

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