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2008-08-03 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 10th

We welcome John VanderMeer from Wycliffe Bible translators in the evening service. He and his wife Marian will share with us about their work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our Church Family

Ed & Cora Stol, Scott & Irene Fraser, John & Teena Stol and families would ask for prayer for their dad, brother, Len Stol. He starts radiation treatments for the cancer that has settled in his hips and lower back.

Please remember Albert de Waal as he is waiting at home for a doctor’s appointment later in the month. At this time he is experiencing fatigue.

Alice Kraay is in the Lacombe hospital waiting test results, we pray for patience and peace as she waits for news.

Wedding Bells

The congregation is invited to witness the marriage celebration of Jan Rodenburg and Jolyn Capton this coming Friday, August 8th at 4:00 p.m. here in Bethel.

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 Thursday morning and all day Friday this week.

Greetings from Grand Rapids!

As many of you know, James has completed the M.Div. program at Calvin Seminary and is now a candidate for ministry in the CRC. While we have explored some other options, East Paris CRC, the church that we have been going to since we came to Grand Rapids in 2004, extended a call to us. After much discussion, thought, and prayer, we have decided to accept that call and officially join the church family at East Paris in the work to which God has called them. Please pray for us as we begin this next step in God's plan for us, particularly as we try to navigate our way through the visa application process. We will continue to pray for our brothers and sisters at Bethel. In Christ, James, Marilyn, Evelyn, & Anna Kralt

Bethel Youth News

Summer Series for Women

will be meeting this Thursday August 7th at 7 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and gripping discussion. Come out and have some fun, invite a friend, she’ll be glad you did! For more information about the meeting or future gatherings please contact Carmen McKerrow at 403-885-0127

Attention to all Young Adults

the BBQ at the home of John and Wendy Taekema will take place on Sunday, August 10th 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


Prayer Request – The Calvinist Cadet Corps

is asking for prayer for the upcoming international camporee that will be starting August 6th in Burks Falls, Ontario. Please pray for safe travel for the 1300+ campers, and that all the final details/plans will fall into place so that this will be a great spiritual blessing to all those who attend.

Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

meeting will be held this coming Saturday, August 9th at the Cheese Toast Restaurant at the Wolf Creek Inn on Highway 2 at 7:00 a.m. Come for a time of sharing and encouragement by hearing others’ reflections on God’s goodness in our lives. Bring a friend. For more information call Henry Eisses at 782-2345.

The Calvary Evangelical Free Church

would like to invite all children ages 5 to grade six to attend their Vacation Bible School program on August 11th to the 15th. The morning will start at 9 a.m. till noon with Bible stories, singing, crafts, games and snacks. For more information about this program please feel free to contact Cheryl at 403-782-2232.

Advance notice – Day of Encouragement: NADC

is offering its 9th annual Day of Encouragement! This is an event that is for everyone! Make sure you remember to keep Saturday, November 8th open on your calendars so you can attend this uplifting annual event, There will be a very interesting array of workshops to choose from, with something there for everyone, Plan to attend!

Denominational News

Back to God Ministries International:

As the world focuses on China these next few weeks with the summer Olympics in Beijing, pray for open doors for the spread of the Gospel. Pray that the special section about Olympics on Back to God Ministries International Chinese website will not only attract Chinese people interested in news and facts, but that they will also be drawn to the devotional messages and come to know Christ.

The Gift of Time:

Have you noticed that we humans never have enough time? So often time appears to be and is out of our control. Thus, we either try to do too much with our “limited” time, or we just give up in despair thinking that our days are just meaningless and empty. What are we to make of our temporal existence? Find out on the Aug. 10 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.

Junk Food Junkies:

What’s wrong with junk food? It tastes so good! Help Liz conquer the Junk Food Challenge on this week’s Kids Corner. Be sure to listen and then email Kids Corner at kids@kidscorner.net for your very own Bible study.

Grow – 2008 – Digging Deeper, Reaching Wider – Children’s Ministry Conference

at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, October 17, 18. Come be inspired by Robert Keeley, author of Helping Our Children Grow in Faith, as well as our state of experiences workshop leader. To register, go to http://www.faithaliveresources.org/grow or call 1-800-333-8300 and ask for Jolanda. There will be a $20 discount per person if you register by August 15th.

Persecuted Church

North Korea

has been described as one of the most repressive and isolated nations in the world. The nation is governed under a state religion called "Juche," meaning "self-reliance." Citizens are required to worship their dead leader, the "Eternal President" Kim Il Sung, and his son, the current dictator Kim Jong Il. There are no human rights of any kind in North Korea. Many citizens attempt to escape the country's deplorable conditions by fleeing to another country, but are frequently forced to return to face interrogation, torture, detention and often death. Those who confess faith in Christ have been known to be executed immediately. Churches have been bulldozed and Christians must practice their faith in secrecy and constant danger. A Christian caught with a Bible can be executed; those worshipping God will be imprisoned with their whole family, where they will be beaten, starved and worked to death. Pray fervently for what remains of the church in North Korea; pray for prisoners of faith; pray for opportunities for Christians to escape the country, if necessary; pray that Christians will have opportunities to share the eternal life available through Jesus Christ.


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. Dana van Gyssel, Judy Hazelhoff, David Hoekstra, Veronica Bouwman, Martha Stad
p.m. Wannetta Brander, Kendra Scholing

Pre-school teachers: Kayleen Ebens & Kristin Van Stryland



Ushers: Peter Zuidhof, Rod Duckett

Lift Operator: Ernie Stebner

Sound:a.m. Travis p.m. Wayne

Power Point:a.m. Kayleen p.m. Stephanie

Greeters: Bill & Eleanor Wildeboer, Roger & Anita Swier

Coffee: John & Teena Stol, Pastor Mike & Barb Vandyk, Paul & Cindy Prins

M.O.M. Amy
a.m. Cora Stol, Laura Duckett, Joseph Geldof, Travis Ebens, Megan Scholing
p.m. Debby van Iperen, Blair van Gyssel

Pre-school teachers: Amberly Venhuis & Kayleen Ebens

Weekly Calendar

Monday, August 4th

7:30 p.m. General Administration LT meets

Tuesday, August 5th

7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting will take place at the Sluys’

Wednesday, August 6th

7:30 p.m. Council Executive meets

Thursday, August 7th

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

7:00 p.m. Summer Series for Women