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2007-08-12 Bulletin

We are God's Children—gathered by Him in love—to bring glory to the Triune God, to pray, to seek the lost, to nurture the young in the Lord, to care for the hurting, and to encourage one another.  We do this in obedience to His Word.

Church Family

Continue to pray for Ria Jager, Ruth Sluys, Albert & Tilly Biel and Lea Dykstra. Each one is in need of prayer as they deal with their own health issues.

Remember our shut-ins as well: Ann Swier, Margaret Bos, Theresa Salomons, Tena Ellen and Jackie Hartenhof.


Wedding Announcement

Rients and Jannie Palsma wish to invite the congregation to the wedding ceremony of their daughter Christa Palsma and David Benavides at 1:00 pm on Thursday August 23rd here in the Bethel CRC.


Prayer for the Persecuted Church


At least 13 Christian villagers who were falsely accused of stirring rebel dissent, have been killed by authorities in Laos over the past month. 200 Christians in the village Sai Jerern have been arrested and imprisoned. Most of them were Hmong refugees that fled persecution in Vietnam. They strongly deny association with anti-government forces.

One of those killed was Neng Mua, who had been hiding from the police. On July 7 he returned to his native village in search of food and was shot dead by a one-time friend who suspected that he was a member of the 'liberation army'. On July 8, Seng Wue was shot to death by police after he and other Christians suffering fatigue and hunger came out of hiding and surrendered. Authorities are reportedly searching rice fields and mountains for Christians and shooting them on sight. On July 13, eight Christians were shot by soldiers searching for leaders of the Church. Pray for peace for Christians in Laos in the midst of this violence. Pray that Christians may stand firm in their faith, despite the difficulties they face. Ask God to comfort those who have lost loves ones.

Bethel Youth

The 3rd annual Calaway Park trip

is booked and ready to go!!!! Thursday August 23, 2007 at 8am our bus will be pulling out of the Bethel parking lot. The cost for the trip will be set at $10 and the price for admission into the park with a 50% off coupon will be $13.50 plus G.S.T. Coupons can be found in the student union paks or the mail hand outs. If you need one, I’ll have them on hand that day. Last year we filled the bus plus one extra driver to accommodate the extra students. If this happens again I will need extra drivers, and I will need extra supervision on the grounds. Normal ratio would be one adult to ten students. After a fun filled day our bus will arrive home again at approximately 6 - 6:30pm. This activity is open to all students going into grade 7 to grade 12. Please feel free to invite your friends for a fun day as well. If you need more information or you would like to confirm your seat on the bus give Dana a call at 357-1770/783-2367 or email her at john.dana@xplornet.com. Remember you must book your seat in advance and if we cannot fill the bus the price of the trip will go up.

Living Members Coffee

will be at Ralph & Pauline’s tonight.

Mr. and Mrs. Club

meeting Wednesday August 15th. We sing at the Senior Lodge at 7 o'clock with our meeting to follow at the church. Topic: The Holy Spirit's work in our lives. Read Romans 8 : 1 - 27

Coffee Break:

Coffee Break starts in September and ends in April. We are looking for a few more leaders. We lead in pairs and take turns each week or month so that way, we have more freedom with our schedules. You may find your own partner or pair up with one of our "experienced" leaders. We are also looking for some helpers for Story Hour and Little Lambs. Please talk to Debby van Iperen.

General Administration Leadership Team

will not meet this week. We will meet instead on September 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Time to Start Planning for the Fall Season

Thursday, August 30th is the date that has been set as the evening for all committees and ministries to send a delegate or two to a meeting where we get together to plan the calendar year for Bethel. We did this last year and found it very helpful to sit down together and talk about our plans and work together through the calendar year. So get your calendars out, plan your year and bring your plans to the meeting.


Lorne and Thelma TenHove have been teaching English and working with YWAM in China for the past year. They will be in Woody Nook on Wednesday, August 22 to share about the culture, the people and their hunger for the gospel despite persecution. Come at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday August 22 to see some pictures and hear about the exciting work God is doing in China!


CRWRC will help to feed 1.5 million Pakistanis left homeless and without clean water after Cyclone Yemyin. CRWRC is also assisting with food and shelter in India and Bangladesh, where millions more have seen their homes and lives wash away. To help victims of these disasters, send your gifts marked "Asia Floods" to: CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, PO Box 5070, STN LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Y8 or call 1-800-730-3490 or go online to www.crwrc.org

CRWRC Disaster Response Services

Volunteers are needed near Anchorage, Alaska to work on homes that were damaged or destroyed by floods of almost a year ago. CRWRC is seeking individuals and/or groups of all ages and skill levels to work for a week or more within the next two months. Accommodations and meals are provided. If you feel led to help out and would like more information, please contact CRWRC Disaster Response Services at 800-848-5818, or email Art Opperwall at opperwaa@crcna.org.


The Christian Reformed Church in North America has an opening in Grand Rapids for a full-time Administrative Assistant providing administrative support to the Constituency Relations Team Leader of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). See www.crcna.org for more information. For consideration, please submit resume and a letter of interest to apply@crcna.org by Aug. 16, 2007.


(Palos Heights) The Christian Reformed Church in North America is seeking to fill a full-time position for an English Language Program Producer for The Back to God Hour (BTGH), the CRCNA’s electronic media ministry, located in Palos Heights, IL. A detailed job description is available at www.crcna.org. For consideration, please submit resume and letter of interest electronically to apply@crcna.org by Aug. 13, 2007.


Offering: Lacombe Food Bank

Ushers: Trudy Salomons & Murray Wiersma

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound:am. Wayne pm. Henry G.

Power Point:am. Kristin pm. Veronica

Greeters: Peter & Jan Zuidhof, Gerald & Michelle Noort

Coffee: Ed & Cora Stol, Murray & Annette Wiersma, Alex & Ann Wildeboer

Nursery:M.O.M. Vivian

a.m.Carina Tenbrinke, Veronica Bouwman, Blair van Gyssel, Kendra Scholing, Ryan Swier

p.m. Herman Scholing, Alana Ebens

PreSchool Sunday School Teacher and Helper: Veronica Bouwman & Brittany Brander


Offering: Christian Blind Mission International

Ushers: Ken Salomons & Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Bill Noordhof

Sound:am. Scott pm. Scott

Power Point:am. Stephanie pm. Paul

Greeters: Gerrit & Dorothy Meindersma, Clarence & Doreen Kits

Coffee: John & Teena Stol, Peter & Jan Zuidhof, Clarence & Doreen Kits

Nursery:M.O.M. Vivian

a.m.Jenny Tenbrinke, Evelyn Eisses, Joseph Geldof, Ryan Noort, Courtney Brander

p.m. John van Gyssel, Taylor Duckett

PreSchool Sunday School Teacher and Helper: Lisa Tenbrinke

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, August 12

8:00 p.m. Living Members coffee at Ralph & Pauline Bos

Wednesday, August 15

7:00 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Club sings at the Lodge – meeting to follow

7:30 p.m. Praise Team practice for AM service of August 19th

Advance Notices

Sunday, August 19

Mr. Harry Cook from Edmonton will lead both services

Monday, August 21

7:30 p.m. Worship Leadership Team meeting

Thursday, August 23

8:00 a.m. The bus leaves for the Bethel Youth Calaway Park Trip

Thursday, August 30

7:30 p.m. Meeting to plan the calendar year at Bethel