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2009-05-31 May 31 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.

Our Church Family

We are celebrating with our young people who are doing Profession of Faith today. We pray that they may continue to seek God's guidance in their daily walk as they reflect His will for their lives, so others may come to know Him too. The flowers will be presented to them as we praise God together here on this Sunday.

Congratulations to Ruth Sluys as she celebrates her 74th birthday this Wednesday. May God continue to bless you and your family as you celebrate together!

Willie Stebner remains in Red Deer hospital receiving care. We pray for the grace of our Lord to provide what she need through his riches in mercy.

Thank you all for your prayers, visits and cards while Herman was in the Red Deer Hospital.

Herman & Alice Scholing

There will be a bridal shower for Amber Wiersma, engaged to Jonathon Nagel of Michigan. The shower will take place at 7 p.m.on Tuesday, June 2nd at the Lakeside Community Hall(just east of Lacombe). If you have any questions or require driving directions please feel free to call Kelsie Ellens at 403-506-6144. Hope to see you there!!

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys, Ann Swier, and Albert De Waal.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, June 7th

We welcome Pastor Melle Pool to lead our morning service. In the evening we welcome Pastor Jack Hielema from Red Deer. Pastor Mike has a Classical appointment in La Glace.

Pre-School Sunday school

Today is the last day of Pre-School Sunday school for those children who will be entering Grade 1 in the fall. Next Sunday, we will be starting our summer program for the younger children.

Teachers for Pre-School Sunday school

We still need teachers for Pre-School Sunday school for July 5, August 2 and August 30 and a helper for August 23. Please sign up today. If there are weeks with no teachers signed up, then there will be no Sunday School that week and your children will be in church with you. The sign up sheet is located on the back foyer table.

Sunday school teachers

Are needed for the Grades 3 and 4 Sunday school class in the fall. If you are interested in teaching or would like more information, please call Joan Eisses at 403-782-2345 or Mar-Deb de Regt at 403-782-5094. \

Bethel Newsletter:

Another month has flown by and the newsletter team is working on the June issue. We are focusing on Fathers’ Day and Summer and are really hoping for some special contributions from the congregation. An introduction to your Dad maybe, or a description of your day on the job, or special memories of summer with your family or special holiday recipes. Share your stories with us and let's get to know one another better. You can email your contributions to any one on the Newsletter team: haraug@telus.net , awildeboer@xplornet.com , rlduck@platinum.ca or ahgeldof@telus.net . Or put it in the Newsletter mailbox in the foyer. Our deadline for accepting articles will be Monday, June 1st. Looking forward to another interesting edition!

November Mission trip to Mexico:

An update on the church building project in Mexico. Today, May 31st, after the evening service Doug Fullerton will come with a 15 minute picture presentation on how the Mexican church is progressing since he was there at the beginning. Information will be made known on travel costs, cost of staying at the YWAM base in Ensenada and how much will be needed to put walls and a roof on the second floor of the church. This building mission will hopefully take place during the first two weeks of November. Our church has agreed to handle the donations towards this project. Any adult who is interested is invited to attend. Many hands make light work! See you all this evening. Your coordinator August Luymes is willing to answer any immediate questions.

Announcements

Crash, Cash, and Carry

Krista Prins would like to invite you to attend the most spectacular event of the year... "Crash, Cash, and Carry."
Crash: come and receive a crash course on her vision for ministry and what it is that she actually does with YWAM Vancouver.
Cash: there will be opportunity to give financially towards her ministry as she will be sharing about her financial needs and how you can partner with her.
Carry: there will be a time set aside to carry her in prayer, and she would like to let you know how you can pray for her on a regular basis.
This is happening on Thursday, June 4that Peter and Gerry Prins' farm. Food starts at 6:30 and the sharing and prayer time will start at about 7:30. She would love to see you there and catch up with as many of you possible. Please RSVP (so there will be enough food) to Krista at k_prins91@yahoo.ca or 778-686-4365, or to Peter & Gerry at pgprins@albertahighspeed.net or 403-782-4170.

40,50, 60's Young Peoples

Get together will be held June 17th in the Italian Center, 14230 133 Avenue, Edmonton. Bring your friends for a day of fun and reminiscing. Coffee and registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost will be $25 per person. Phone Dorothy Meindersma at 403-782-2620 before June 9th if you would like to go.

Bethel Youth News

Young Peoples

will gather for a social at the Noorts’ after the evening service.

Young Adults

will meet for a Bible study in the Fellowship hall after the evening service.

JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH AND THEIR LEADERS

Keep Friday, June 5th open on your calendar. "CASA AND DINE 2009" is our first ever (and hopefully not our last) progressive dinner. You will start at Vandenborns’ (5826-47 Ave) at 6:30 p.m. and will progress to 3 different homes to complete your dinner. We will end up at Alana's new home for dessert and a special Mexican treat. At that point you can call your parents to pick you up. All you need is your friends (invite, invite, invite), your appetite and of course a signed waiver (you can pick one up in Vandenborns’ mailbox or your parents can sign one when they drop you off). Wolf Creek Community Church Junior High will also be joining us as our guests. Please call Carina or Donna to let us know if you are coming and who will be joining you. We want to make sure we have enough food!
For more info or if you have questions please call Carina 403-782-7903 or Donna 403-782-9993.

Believe Festival 2009

Join thousands of youth from across the nation in the beautiful scenic area of Drumheller, Alberta and experience an entire day of music, fun and fellowship that will change your life forever! Speaker Sid Koop and musical groups Red, Newworldson, Seven Day Slumber are just a few that will be on the stage on August 15, 2009. Early bird prices are $64, after July 1st they will be $79. Are you interested in getting more information for this event? Contact Dana or read the written info from the website, that is posted on the youth bulletin board. If there is enough interest for a group to go together we can look into getting enough people with RV's to camp the night.

Denomination News

WORLD MISSIONS

Compelled by His Spirit: On this Pentecost Sunday, join with Christian Reformed World Missions in celebrating God’s global church, one of many faces, colours, languages, and cultures. With 80 percent of the world’s Christians living outside of North America and Europe, the Body of Christ is truly global. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we can see God’s work being done as local believers and missionaries from many countries reach out with the Good News.

The Persecuted Church

Iran

In an attempt to silence an Iranian Christian human rights activist living in England, Iranian authorities detained his Muslim father. In February, Iranian authorities phoned Abdul Zahra Vashahi (62) and warned him that he would be arrested unless his son stopped his human rights activities. On May 14th, Abdul was arrested in the city of Bandar Mahshahr. Authorities interrogated him about his son, John Vashahi (30), a convert from Islam to Christianity who founded the Iranian Minorities Human Rights Organization. Abdul was released after six days. When John was asked whether he believes it was his faith or his work that led to his father's arrest, he said, "I think it's both, because part of my human rights activity is in regard to Christians in Iran, and we've been in touch with Christians and persecuted churches." Pray for continued strength and wisdom for John as he raises awareness and support for minorities in Iran. Pray that his father will come to know Christ as Lord. Pray for the Church in Iran; There is a growing openness to considering the claims of Christianity, especially among the young. Those who commit the crime of apostasy (leaving Islam for another religion) are often arrested and tried in court. Christians make up less than one-half of one percent of the population. The open witness of the Good News is banned and government spies monitor Christian groups. Believers are discriminated against in education, employment, and property ownership and also face arrests, imprisonment, and sometimes even death. Pray for strength for those who come to Christ despite the threats they may face.

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