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2009-06-28 Bulletin

Next Sunday, July 5th we continue our sermon series on marriage, reading James 1:19-27 as it highlights “Communication.” In the evening we reflect on the Book of Joel. Pastor Mike will lead the services

Our Church Family

Our family of the week is John & Ria Jager. Please keep them in your prayers this week.

Congratulations to all our graduates. We pray that all of you may seek the Lord's guidance as you complete this part of your formal education. As you seek to further your studies, find a job or do some travelling, may His name be praised in all you do. Please feel free to take home one of the plants from the front of the church.

Ruth has returned home from the hospital last Wednesday. She received, among other treatments, a blood transfusion again. Her condition is very fragile, she is not well at all and may have to return to the hospital again. Pray for relief and healing in God's way.

Thank you to everyone who visited me and gave cards while I was ill. Thank you for all your prayers as well. Willie Stebner

Congratulations to Audrey Noordhof as she celebrates her 80th birthday this Wednesday. May God continue to bless you in the new year!

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, July 5th

We continue our sermon series on marriage, reading James 1:19-27 as it highlights “Communication.” In the evening we reflect on the Book of Joel. Pastor Mike will lead the services

The church secretaries

will be in the office this week on Thursday morning, July 2nd and all day Friday, July 3rd.

From the Newsletter team:

June 29th, Monday A.M. is your last opportunity for submissions to July's Newsletter unless you can e-mail Grade 12 grad pictures as soon as possible after their grad ceremony on Monday. Parents, do you have any thoughts about your child moving away? Grads, if you haven't let me know your plans, e-mail them to Harriet at haraug@telus.net as soon as possible. The other theme of the Newsletter will be summer; summer fun, summer recipes, BBQ tips, camping destinations or vacation trips remembered. We look forward to your contributions in the Newsletter box or by e-mail. Anita at ahgeldof@telus.net, Ann at awildeboer@xplornet.com, Laura at rlduck@platinum.ca.

Canada Day

Our annual July 1st Picnic is on July 1st! We will be having our Picnic at Upper Michener Park by the horseshoe pits on July 1st starting at 11:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. We invite the congregation for an afternoon of Fun, Food and Fellowship. Bring your Lawn Chairs, Blankets, Bocci Balls, Horseshoes, Baseball Equipment, and most importantly YOU. We will have a BBQ lunch at noon followed by games and visiting. We are asking each family to bring a salad and dessert big enough to feed your family, to share with everyone. We will provide the burgers and hotdogs. We are looking for BBQ's to use that day, so if you are able to bring one along please indicate this on the sigh-up sheet in the foyer. Please sign up so we know how much food to have.

Picture Directory

We would like to put together a new Picture Directory for Bethel church. There are a number of new faces we see every week and to enable all of us to put names to faces we would like to have a family picture of each family in church. These can be submitted to Natalie Rosendal along with your current address, phone number, cell number and email address (if you wish), as well as birthdays of each family member (we’ll leave out the year if you like) as well as your anniversary date. If you don’t have a current family picture we will be arranging to have pictures taken after church on a Sunday morning in the future. Thank you from the Fellowship ML team.

Lacombe Days Volunteers

Are needed for games for various age groups for Sunday, July 19th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lacombe Days “Tim-br Mart Family Picnic’. Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you can help out.

Bethel Youth News

With a heroic effort and great determination the Young Adults defeated the Young People in the first event of the summer series challenge. The final score in the ultimate Frisbee game was 15-14 for the Young Adults! Tonight, the second event, soccer, takes place after the evening service.

We will see if the Young People can come back and tie the series.

The Persecuted Church


On June 12th, nine Christian foreigners were abducted and three of them killed in Yemen. Reports indicate that they were targeted because they were Christian relief workers suspected of being involved in evangelistic work. According to officials, the Christians left the city of Sa'ada without an armed escort to visit a doctor who lives nearby. The believers left the doctor's home after two hours. Eyewitnesses saw a group of armed men stop the Christians. At approximately 6:45 p.m., one of the women -- a German national -- managed to call a nurse in Sa'ada on her cell phone. However, the nurse could not hear who was calling and hung up. Investigators believe that the kidnappers executed three of the hostages a short time later. The bodies of German nurses in training, Rita Stumpp (26) and Anita Gruenwald (24), and a South Korean woman, Eom Young-sun (33), were found four days later in the Noshour Valley region -- a known hotbed of al-Qaeda activity. According to a member of the security committee in charge of the investigation, the six hostages -- Johannes Hentschel (36), a German doctor, his wife Sabine (36), and their three children, Lydia (4), Anna (3) and Simon (11 months), and a unidentified British engineer -- are alive. At last report they had been handed over to tribesmen. Two suspects have surrendered themselves to Yemeni authorities and have been arrested.

The six abducted relief workers all worked for the Dutch-based World Wide Services Foundation, an aid organization that places medical personnel in hospitals in developing countries. Local imams were reportedly concerned that some of the relief workers were involved in evangelism while providing medical aid. The German Foreign Ministry's task force has deduced that the Germans were known locally as missionaries. Johannes Hentschel was threatened in recent months by angry Muslims who objected to his efforts to share Christ with Muslims. Missionary tracts were found in the belongings of the martyred German nurses. Thank the Lord for the faithful life and work of those killed. Pray that the remaining hostages will be released. Ask God to fill those in mourning with a peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of their grief (Philippians 4:7). Pray for endurance and wisdom for those serving the Lord in Yemen.