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2008-07-27 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.

Next Sunday, August 3rd

We welcome Pastor Evert Gritter in the morning service and Pastor Peter Sluys for the evening service.

Our Church Family

Albert De Waal has returned home from the Red Deer hospital and is now waiting for the doctors to decide what future medical treatments he will require. Please keep Albert & Carol in your prayers as they deal with illness in their family.

Keep Pastor Peter & Ruth Sluys in your prayers as Ruth continues to struggle with her heart and Pastor Peter is the care giver for her. May God bless you both with his special strength and peace.


Thank you to the Bethel church family for the lovely bouquet of garden flowers that welcomed me to my new home in the Lodge. Hilda Zuidhof.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tena Ellen, Jackie Hartenhof, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.


The church secretaries

will be in the office on Wednesday morning and all day Friday this week.

August Newsletter

The Bethel Newsletter Team will be meeting this week to prepare for our next edition. We plan to have it in your mailboxes on Sunday, August 3rd. This will be our summer edition and will include summertime recipies and camping tips as well as updates and plans for the coming season from some of our Leadership Teams and Outreach ministries. We look forward to a fun edition. If anyone in the congregation has items to submit or meetings and such that they would like to see included on the calendar please let the team members know. We look forward to hearing from you. Ann Wildeboer, Harriet Luymes, Anita Geldof and Laura Duckett.

Bethel Youth News

Attention to all Young Adults

the BBQ at the home of John and Wendy Taekema will take place today, Sunday, July 27th at 1 p.m. rain or shine. If you need more information for this event please get in contact with the Taekema’s at 780-986-2199

Young Peoples

mark Saturday, August 2nd on your calendars for “Sand and Sea”. Meet at the church at 1 p.m. to get a ride to Aspen Beach for an afternoon of boating and hanging out at the lake. Bring beach essentials, sunscreen, towels, swimsuit and something to drink. We will be back at the church later in the afternoon. Call Phil or Carmen for more information.


Pastor Andrew Joosse

(retired) is pleased to let you know that copies of his book "Living Grace" have been accepted by the Scott's Parable Christian Store of Red Deer. You will find the book, which attempts to tell the Bible story as a story of amazing grace, in the "Christian Living" section of the store.

Employment Opportunity:

Inglewood CRC in Edmonton is currently looking for a director of Youth and Intergenerational Ministries with a heart for teenagers and young adults and a vision for promoting discipleship, congregational fellowship and care. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in this position, please contact Job den Otter at jsdenotter@shaw.ca

Denominational News

GROW 2008 - Digging Deeper, Reaching Wider:

Children’s Ministry Conference at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church in Langley, B.C. October 17 & 18, 2008. Come be inspired by Robert Keeley, author of Helping Our Children Grow in Faith, as well as our slate of experienced workshop leader. To register, go to www.faithaliveresources/grow.org or call 1-800-333-8300 and ask for Jolanda. There will be a $20 discount per person of you register by August 15th. A brochure will be posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.


Finding Peace: In Muslim West Africa, some ministry doesn’t produce immediate results. In a recent visit to her husband’s Nigerian Muslim village, a shy and quiet Christian woman took a step of courage in sharing how a household can receive peace. The first step? It’s burning all of the amulets and charms. The second step is asking for forgiveness from Isa Almasihu – Jesus Christ. Please pray for this believer, and that the message she shares will find open hearts.


Life is full of decisions. Some are simple, but others are life changing and require lots of thought, reflection, and discussion. With whom do you share these big decisions? Who do you consult for advice when you make these decisions? If there was only one opinion that really mattered, whose would it be? Find out on the August 3rd Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Which is more important to winning—being really fast or not quitting? Find out on this week’s Kids Corner. Then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.

Persecuted Church


An Eritrean Christian woman, Azieb Simon (37), died of malaria in the Wi'a Military Training Centre last week after being imprisoned and tortured for months. Simon, a member of the Kale-Hiwet Church in Assab, was weakened by the mistreatment she had sustained since her arrest in December. Authorities reportedly refused to give her treatment for the disease, which she contracted only a week prior to her death. Other Christians imprisoned in the centre are under constant pressure to recant their faith. Eight Christian brothers held at the Adi-Quala prison were taken to the medical emergency facilities also as a result of torture by military personnel at the camp. Moreover, in the port city of Assab, 32 Christians were imprisoned and taken to Wi'a earlier this month. Ask God to fill those who mourn for Azieb with a peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of their grief (Philippians 4:7). Pray for the safety of those still in prison, and for their quick release. Pray that Eritrean Christians will remain faithful in the face of pressure to deny Christ.


Offering: Central Alberta Christian High School

Ushers: Rod Venhuis, Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Scott p.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Marcella p.m. Jennifer

Greeters: Brian & Ina Jackson, Scott & Irene Fraser

Coffee: Alex & Ann Wildeboer, Henry & Joan Eisses, Peter & Jan Zuidhof

M.O.M. Amy
a.m. Anita Swier, Ed Stol Stephanie Bouwman, Adam Eisses, Heather Van Stryland
p.m. Cora Hoekstra, Brittany Brander

Pre-school teachers: Cora Hoekstra, Michelle Hoekstra


Offering: Volunteer Link

Ushers: Ken Salomons, Craig Van Stryland

Lift Operator: Simon Swier

Sound: a.m. Henry E. p.m. Steven Vandyk

Power Point: a.m. Kristen p.m. Michelle

Greeters: Wayne & Jackie Bouwman, Rod & Barb Venhuis

Coffee: Clarence & Doreen Kits, Ed & Cora Stol, Henry & Liz Stad

M.O.M. Carina
a.m. Cora Stol, Judy Hazelhoff, David Hoekstra, Veronica Bouwman, Martha Stad
p.m. Wannetta Brander, Kendra Scholing

Pre-school teachers: Kayleen Ebens, Kristin Van Stryland

Weekly Calendar

Thursday, July 31st

5:00 p.m. Circle of Friends community supper
Contact Jeanne Ebens at 784-2340 for more information

Saturday, August 2nd

1:00 p.m. Young Peoples Sand & Sea at Aspen Beach.
Meet at the church at 1 p.m. for a ride.

Monday, August 4th

7:30 p.m. General Administration MLT meets