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2008-08-17 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 24th

We read from Ecclesiates 3:1-15 and the truth that God will make “Everything Beautiful” in his time. We see that beauty in the Lord’s Supper as it signifies the love of God in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. A reminder to the congregation that there will be no evening service here at Bethel as there will be a special Central Alberta Christian Schools Dedication service at Woodynook CRC at 7:00 p.m.

Our Church Family

This week, keep Rena DeRuiter in your prayers as we pray together as a church family.

We remember Mrs. Alice Kraay and the family at this time as she is in the palliative care unit at the hospital. She is resting comfortably with her family nearby and our Lord Jesus holds them all in his loving care. This week the flowers in the church will be brought to Mrs. Kraay and her family.

Ed and Cora Stol, Scott and Irene Fraser, John and Teena Stol, and families are thankful to provide the following update for their dad and brother, Len Stol. He had his radiation treatment and it has worked out well. While the prostrate cancer and subsequent bone cancer have not disappeared, the doctors have the pain under control. He is at home, in good spirits, eating more, and looking to gain back some of his strength. Praise God from whom all Blessings flow!

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.

This past Friday, August 15th

our church was blessed by a wonderful group of young people from the Gull Lake Centre. (Formerly the Baptist Bible Camp.) They came and washed all the windows in our church as a service project for a camp they were attending last week!

The church secretaries

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

September Newsletter:

Here we go! Time to gear up for the next edition of the Bethel Newsletter. The Newsletter team is excited about the next edition and hearing from all the Ministry Leadership teams. What a great way for each of you to inform the congregation of your plans for the new church year as well as your needs and any prayer concerns. Please be sure to get a short report in by the deadline of August 26th. In September we remember Labor Day so we are looking for some of our members to tell us about their joys and challenges in the work force. Whether you are starting your very first job after graduation, or have just changed jobs or are working at the same place in a long time career - we would love to hear from you and encourage you to get in touch with us - write up something - a paragraph, a poem, whatever - help us make the newsletter something that encourages one another in daily life. We are always looking for poetry and other artistic contributions from our members - we know you are capable - please share with the congregation. In our last Newsletter, there was a call for addresses from our young adults and students away from home. To date, we have had no response. Please take the time to fill in the form included in this next Newsletter and give the congregation the opportunity to stay in touch with you and be encouraged. Looking forward to hearing from you:
Laura Duckett - rlduck@platinum.ca
Harriet Luymes - haraug@telus.net
Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com
Anita Geldof - ahgeldof@telus.net.


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.

Bethel Youth News


It’s time to start thinking about the All Alberta Young Peoples Retreat. This year we are looking at utilizing the gifts of our own members. We are planning on putting a worship team together made up of youth from the Lacombe area. If you would like to be part of this team please call Wayne Bouwman at 782-4273 or 348-7214.

Attention to all Young Adults

the BBQ at the home of John and Wendy Taekema will take place on Sunday, August 24th 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


Lacombe Men’s Ministry Breakfast

meeting will be held this coming Saturday, August 23rd 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.

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 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, 2008. See the poster on the bulletin board for more information.

Fingerprints Playschool

the Lord willing, opens its doors at Rimbey Christian School in October 2008. We intend to offer a faith-based, play oriented program that will make learning fun, incorporating music, stories and physical activity. For further information, please contact Diane Weening @ 403-843-4124.

Part-time Preschool Teacher needed:

Fingerprints Playschool in Rimbey is looking for a teacher - someone who loves God and has a desire to work with children. Job requirements include, but are not limited to, a level 2 ECD or equivalent and current First Aid/CPR level C. Application deadline: August 30, 2008. Please submit resumes by mail or email to Diane Weening, R.R. 1, Bentley, T0C 0J0, weening6@mac.com

Day of Encouragement:

Mark it on your calendars, Saturday, November 8th at The King’s University College. This year’s theme is “How Big is Your Family?” This invitation is for anyone who is interested in being challenged by workshops and service sites, being uplifted by worship and fellowship. Watch for brochures which will be arriving at your church soon.

Denominational News


Christian Reformed Home Missions has announced the appointment of Ben Vandezande as interim director, effective October 1st. We praise God for this answer to prayer! Vandezande will replace John Rozeboom, who is retiring after leading Home Missions for 22 years. Please join us in asking the Lord to be with Ben as he prepares to take on the task of leading the agency for the next two years.


Pray for Rev. Paul Mpindi, French ministry leader, as he leads pastor training events in Benin and Congo this month. More than 2000 pastors and church leaders are expected to attend. Pray that the follow-up training they receive will help them disciple the thousands of listeners who are coming to Christ through the ministry of Back to God Ministries International.


Have you ever heard or used the phrase “I just need to find myself.”? It seems that we’re all looking for our place in this world. Sometimes it feels like we’re just floating through life, no roots to hold us down, blown whatever direction the events in life send us. Where do we find our place in life on this earth? Find out on the August 24th Back to God Hour. Go to www.BacktoGod.net for local stations and times.


A huge storm is headed straight for Liz.Can he save his best friend from disaster? Find out 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.

Persecuted Church


On August 5th, authorities locked up eight Christian students of the Sawa Defense Training Centre in metal shipping containers for objecting to the burning of hundreds of Bibles that had been confiscated from new students. While setting the books on fire, a chief commander warned the students that the centre was a place of patriotism, not a place for "Pentes" (Pentecostals). When the eight male students protested the burning, they were taken into custody and imprisoned in the metal containers that authorities often use to imprison Christians found practicing their faith. Pray that these students will be released. Pray that they will come into a deeper relationship with Christ as they embrace the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:7-10). Pray for other Christians suffering for Christ's sake in Eritrean prisons.


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


Offering: Missions for the Pattersons

Ushers: Rod Venhuis, Bill Noordhof

Lift Operator: Herman Scholing Sr.

Sound: a.m. Ian

Power Point: a.m. Paul

Greeters: Ernie & Willie Stebner, Gerald & Nelly Keitel

Coffee: Art & Judy Hazelhoff, Theresa Geldof, Rod & Barb Venhuis

M.O.M. Carina
a.m. Chelsea Bos, Art Hazelhoff, Kayleen Ebens, Amberly Venhuis, Ryan Noort

Pre-school teachers: Michele & Meaghan Noort

Weekly Calendar

Monday, August 18th

7:30 p.m. Worship MLT meets

Tuesday, August 19th

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

Wednesday, August 20th

7:30 p.m. Youth MLT will meet

Thursday, August 21st

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

Sunday, August 24th

7:00 p.m. Central Alberta Christian Schools dedication service at Woodynook CRC