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2019-05-12 Bulletin


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.

Shirley Bos: We would like to inform the congregation that Shirley has moved to Kelowna, BC to be closer to family. Over the past week she and the family packed up the house and she is currently flying to her new home. Please remember to pray for a wonderful transition, continued health and wellness.

I have not been in church for the past two weeks as I had pneumonia as well as bronchitis. Because my home sold remarkably quickly, I have moved this weekend and would like to take this opportunity to say good bye. Thank you for being a significant part of my life (and John’s life) for the past 25 years. We have appreciated being part of the Bethel Church family. I will be moving to Kelowna, B.C. where my daughter Veronica lives. I wish you God’s blessings as you continue to pursue knowing Him and making Him known, in the years ahead. Warmly, Shirley Bos

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

From Council: 

It is with thankfulness that Council presents the following names of those who have agreed to let their name stand for office-bearer in our Bethel community.

  • For the position of Deacon, Ina Jackson and Ann Wildeboer are chosen by acclamation.
  • For the position of Youth Elder, Adam Eisses is chosen by acclamation.
  • For the position of Elder, Henry Eisses, Arnie Tenbrinke, Ben Van Essen and Craig Van Stryland. Two of these names will be drawn by lot in our May 26th church service. Installation of office-bearers is planned for our June 2nd service.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Council Executive Highlights:

  • The Council nomination process is almost complete and a list of people who have accepted the call to be in office here at Bethel can be found in this week’s Bulletin. We will draw lots on the 26th of May and with installation on June 2nd.
  • We reviewed the minutes of all Ministry Leadership Team's.
  • The Council summer Social is being planned for some time in July. This date will be set at the full council meeting on June 26th.
  • Church Cluster Meetings have started. Peter Prins is our Church Rep in this. There is a real desire from the three churches involved to keep meeting. (Woodynook / Wolf Creek / Bethel).

Directory Information: 

Thank you for the amazing response to the directory additions. This week, Dana has been contacting the few that are left to finalize rural addresses. If you need to make email or cell phone additions, you have one more week to do so. Please place your completed entries in the secretary mailbox on the lower left side of the mailboxes. Contact Dana for assistance or more information.

Maiden Names

Some forms have come in with maiden names attached; if you would like yours added, please submit by calling, email or slip of paper in the secretary mailbox. The additions will only be included if you send them.

Police Check Updates: 

Starting this week cover letters will be delivered to members who are required to have a Criminal Record Check done. This includes members 16 years of age and above. This is recommended that this be done every 3 to 5 years and some members are very overdue. Please take time to get this done. In most cases it doesn’t take much time. Contact Dana at the office for assistance.

Profession of Faith Classes

Are you considering doing Profession of Faith? Are you just interested in learning more about faith and life and how faith shapes life? Pastor Jake is offering a 5-week Profession of Faith class on Monday evenings beginning tomorrow, May 13th through June 24th at 7 p.m. In these sessions, we will be talking about what it means to be “Reformed” and how our faith shapes our lives Talk to Pastor Jake, call, leave a message through email or text if you are interested in coming.

GEMS and Counselors: 

Only a few more weeks to get your registrations in for GEMS CAMP 2019! We have room for about 20 more girls, so send your registrations in soon. We are still in need of 2 more cooks, 2 more counselors, and several more CIT's. Please prayerfully consider these opportunities and if you feel led to joining us in one of these positions, please contact Bonnie Bennick at gbbennik@platinum.ca.


"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God....Dear friends, since God so loved us, (giving His Son) we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:7-11. One way to express our love for our brothers and sisters is giving a portion of our time to pray for them. Nothing unites us more than bringing each other to the Lord, and praying for each other. Our next regular prayer meeting is on Tuesday May 14th at 10 a.m. at Margaret's home.

Lost & Found: 

The box at the bottom of the stairs at the front of the church is overflowing with a vast assortment of goodies. Please take a moment to check for any items which might belong to you. Leftovers will be given to the Building Blocks Thrift Store!


You are invited to worship with us on Sunday, May 19th at 10 a.m. 

Worship service at Woody Nook CRC. Special guest, I AM NOT MY OWN with musician Jeremy Benjamin. A HOUSE CONCERT at Jan & Grada Drost’s place will also take place that same evening at 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP for the evening concert. Donations will go to World Renew and Sean & Becky Folkerts of NAIM. RSVP to the church office: woodynookcrc@gmail.com 403-885-4427 www.iamnotmyown.org

The Gerry Segger Heritage Collection at The King’s University 

is seeking those who immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada from 1945-1960 for oral history interviews. This project seeks immigrants to Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). If you would like more information or would like to participate please contact the GSHC at 780-465-8320 or elyseabma@uvic.ca.


Why should our church support NewGround? 

The NewGround Program of Diaconal Ministries Canada partners with Deacons and Churches to break new missional ground, nurturing Spirit led ideas into healthy ministries that bear everlasting fruit. When you give, it’s not just another offering to another cause; it’s about the people who will be reached through your gift. On Sunday, May 5th, we’ll take an offering for NewGround (formally Operation Manna). To learn diaconalministries.com/newground or visit their Facebook page @diaconalministries.

The Great Canadian Pray & Sing

From May 24th to 26th, nearly 200 Canadians, representing over half of the CRC churches in Canada, will gather in Edmonton, Alberta to listen to the Spirit together and discern where the Spirit is leading us as a Christian Reformed Church. Will you pray for them? Will you join in unity with us by singing "I Am Not My Own" with CRC churches across the nation? Find out more in this Network post: network.crcna.org/ministry-canada/great-canadian-pray-sing

PRAY for your Church, Our Churches, and the World

Bethel Community Church is hosting its second annual week of prayer starting June 2nd and ending Pentecost Sunday, June 9th. Lord willing. There will be someone in the building every hour of that week, 24/7. You are invited to come and pray for your church, the churches of our classis, and for the world. What might God do if his people unite in prayer? To sign up for an hour or more, visit the Bethel Community Church homepage and locate the 24/7 Prayer event, or visit:


Come be a difference-maker 

and help build a classroom at either El Shaddai Christian School in Nicaragua or Presbyterian Day School in Belize. EduDeo Ministries is sending two Alberta-wide HANDS Teams from February 17-27, 2020 to Nicaragua and Belize; we want you to join one of them! For more information or to sign up, contact Bernie Kolkman at 403-357-6853, kolkman@telus.net or John Huizinga at 289-527-0003, jhuizinga@edudeo.com.

Classis Alberta North’s Student Support Committee 

invites those considering full-time ordained or non-ordained ministry in the Christian Reformed Church to apply for a forgivable loan to support their graduate studies. Further information and application forms can be found at the Classis Alberta North website: http://www.classisalbertanorth.ca/student-support-team.html . The application deadline is June 1, 2019. Questions and completed forms can be forwarded to Student Support Committee chair Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning (jonathan.nicolai-dekoning@kingsu.ca) .


Burkina Faso

After attending a meeting on April 28th, Pastor Pierre Ouédraogo, 80, and other church members were talking together in the church courtyard when gunmen on motorcycles suddenly stormed in. They demanded that the believers deny their Christian faith. Bibles and mobile phones were seized and the Christians were then taken one at a time behind the building where they were each shot. Six Christians died that day for refusing to convert to Islam. One other, has non-life-threatening injuries. Please uphold all those who are now grieving the loss of their loved ones. May the Christians in Burkina Faso find their strength and encouragement in the Lord, as well as each other. Pray that those responsible for this attack come to repentance and full surrender of their lives to Him.

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