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2008-08-10 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 17

we read from John 4:1-14 and we sip from that spiritual spring of living water that bubbles up inside us by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the evening we consider “The puzzle of relationships.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Our Church Family

Alice Kraay is in the hospital and has experienced a mild stroke earlier this past week. Please remember her and the family as they go through this difficult time.

Earlier this week Roger Swier, Ryan Swier, Justin Vander Meulen, Travis Verveda, and Micheal Verveda left for Burks Falls, Ontario along with other Cadet groups from Central Alberta. Pray for safe travels and a wonderful time for our boys and their leaders.


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.


is getting ready to start the new year. We are looking for a few new Counselors. If you might be interested you can contact Wannetta Brander at 403-782-2290.

We will be having a Counselor meeting on August 14th at 7:30 pm at the church.


would like to invite you to join us for a Bagel and Muffin breakfast on Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 am. Join us for breakfast and stay for fellowship until the service. We look forward to seeing you all here.

Bethel Youth News

Attention to all Young Adults

the BBQ at the home of John and Wendy Taekema will take place today, 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

Summer Series for Women

will be meeting this Thursday August 14th at 7 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and gripping discussion on “Women in Church Missions and Ministry”. 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


Prayer Request 

The Calvinist Cadet Corps is asking you to pray that all those attending the international camporee wil have a fun experience and will grow in Christ as a result of the great week of wilderness camping. Camporee began on August 6th and ends August 13th. Today, family and friends are joining the campers for a special morning worship service. Visitors can then have dinner with their loved ones and visit the campsites to see what an international camporee is like. Please pray for safe travel for visitors today and the campers when they leave on Wednesday.

From the desk of Campus Minister Rick VanManen

Greetings from the University of Alberta,We’re less than a month away from the start of an exciting new school year.The campus, which has been fairly quiet for the past two months, is beginningto hum with activity.Please pray for the students, faculty and staff as they prepare for the fall.Thank you for your continual support of this important ministry.If you or anyone you know is studying at the U of A, MacEwan, NAIT or any other college in Edmonton and wish to be on the mailing list, contact Rick at 780-492-5327 or email him at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca.For more information about what’s happening on campus check out the website: seekingwisdom.ca

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.

The Lacombe Hospital & Care Center

is holding an 8 week program beginning September 9, 2008 for adults who are experiencing grief. The deadline for registration is August 25/08. See the poster on the bulletin board for more information.

Denominational News


Serve in West Africa! Christian Reformed World Missions is seeking a Muslim-Ministry Coordinator to serve in West Africa. For a list of requirements and a detailed job description for this and other CRWM openings, visit www.crwm.org.


A key component in both music and dance is rhythm. What about in life? We work, see family, sleep, eat…sometimes it feels like it’s just continually repeating. It all needs to get done, so we just keep on going. But is this rhythm of life in time with God’s rhythm? Or are we missing something really important? Find out on the Aug. 17 Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


Does God really expect us to love our enemies? Why? Help Liz figure it all out on this week’s Kids Corner. Kids Corner is a member of the HisKids.net alliance—working together to provide quality entertainment for kids that is Christ-centred and Bible-based. Visit www.HisKids.net to find more great Christian programs for kids.


Register now for the Partners Worldwide International Business Conference, Business as Ministry: Partnering to End Poverty. Hosted at the Maranatha Conference Centre in Muskegon, MI on October 2-4, 2008, you can meet with businesspeople from around the world and hear inspiring speakers address ending poverty through job creation. To register, go to www.partnersworldwide.org/conference or call 1.800.919.7307 for more information.

Persecuted Church

Somalia, July 10

Islamists shot and killed a Muslim convert to Christianity. 28-year-old Sayid Ali Sheik Luqman Hussein came to Christ from Islam in 2004 and had actively evangelized in the community in which he was working as a teacher. Two Muslim men approached him and asked if he faces Mecca when he prays. Hussein told them that, as a Christian, he does not have to face a specific direction to pray because God is omnipresent. The two Muslim men returned armed and shot Hussein to death. Hussein's wife went into premature labour and delivered a stillborn baby upon hearing of her husband's murder. Remember to pray for Hussein's wife during this doubly tragic time in her life. Pray that she would know God as Emmanuel (God with us) in her grief. Pray for other Christians in Somalia. Hussein is the fifth Christian martyred in the country in the last nine months.

Iran, July 17

Two elderly Christians, Abbas Amiri and his wife, Sakineh Rahnama, have died as a consequence of a police raid on a church meeting in their home. Several believers were arrested; Abbas Amiri was attacked and beaten up by plain clothed security officers. Due to his old age and the extent of his injuries, he died on July 30 at a hospital. Sakineh Rahnama, who was also physically assaulted during the raid, died on August 3 . Her death is blamed on the combination of injuries she suffered and stress from her husband's death. The family had no permission to conduct any kind of memorial or funeral services and had to leave the city immediately. Pray for the family of this couple as they grieve their loss. Pray for courage for local believers as they continue to serve the Lord despite harassment and arrest.

Philippines, July 30

Communist rebels in the Philippines have executed a Christian pastor Josefino Estaniel (45) whom they accused of aiding soldiers in anti-insurgency campaign. The pastor, who had been kidnapped in May, had been subjected to torture during his captivity. Pray for the family, for the safety of other church leaders in the region. There has been a sharp rise in attacks and threats on Christians, and especially church leaders, in recent weeks. On July 29, armed men stopped a mini-bus and murdered four Christian male passengers execution-style in Mindanao. A fifth passenger is still missing. Pray that he might be found alive and returned to his family.


Offering: Native Fellowship

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


Offering: Christian Blind Missions International

Ushers: Bryan Noordhof, Peter Prins

Lift Operator: Ralph Bos

Sound:a.m. Henry G. p.m. Scott

Power Point:a.m. Rick p.m. Veronica

Greeters: Henry & Liz Stad, Herman & Betty Scholing

Coffee: Pete & Cora Hoekstra, Randall & Sue Wildeboer, Devon & Roseanne Bangma

M.O.M. Carina
a.m. Gayle Vreugdenhil, Andrew Tenbrinke, Justin Noort, Thomas Geldof, Patrick Bouwman
p.m. Donna Vandenborn, Pauline Bos

Pre-school teachers: Michele & Meaghan Noort

Weekly Calendar

Tuesday, August 12th

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

Wednesday, August 13th

7:30 p.m. GEMS counselor meeting

Thursday, August 14th

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