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2009-07-05 Bulletin

 

Our Church Family

Our family of the week is Walter & Ella Land. Please keep them in your prayers this week.

Canada Day church picnic – it was great to have so many out for our fun time together. The fellowship and games were great for us as church members and even some others who just joined in with us. The highlight was probably the watermelon eating contest. Many thanks to Debby van Iperen and the Fellowship MLT for their great work in organizing, the Cadets for the tent, the cooks for doing up the burgers & dogs just right and everyone for the yummy salads & desserts!

Last Thursday, Ruth Sluys was taken to the Red Deer hospital to investigate her problem of shortness of breath. She has fluid in the lungs and her apparent loss of blood substance is causing a danger of heart stoppage. Pray that the cause for her problems may be found and treatment given. We thank you all so much for showing your care for us in so many ways during this time of testing and waiting. We are lifted up through your prayers and find strength in knowing that our Lord and Savior is going with us through these anxious times.

Wayne, Stephanie, and Jessica Bouwman left early Friday morning for Vancouver SERVE. They are part of a group of 16 youth and 3 leaders from Ebenezer CRC in Leduc. While in Vancouver they will be involved in working in soup kitchens, food banks, helping in day cares, as well as construction to fix up homes for the less fortunate. We ask for your prayers as they work in Vancouver, for the opportunities they will have to share God’s love with those they work with and also for safety for the youth and leaders. They will return home on Sunday, July 12th.

Congratulations to Ernie Stebner as he celebrates his 86th birthday and Tony Middag with his 79th birthday, both on Tuesday, July 7th. May God be with you both on your special day and in the year to come.

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 12th

We continue our sermon series on marriage and the reality that there are problems in marriage but we can solve them in Christ. In the evening we will meet in the fellowship hall for a more reflective service based on readings from Isaiah. Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Thank you 

To all of the volunteers who were able to help out with the “Charity Check Stop” on June 27th. In approximately 2 hours we raised $5099.25 for Volunteer Link and 12 grocery bags of food for the Food Bank. Thank you as well to all those who gave so generously.

Picture Directory for Bethel church

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

Youth Praise team 

There will be a Youth PT practice this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This will give us an extra week to jam around before our service on the 19th! Next practice – Thursday, July 16th. Please let Evelyn know if you can’t make it!

Young Adults 

you are invited to a BBQ at the home of John & Wendy Taekema on Sunday, July 12th at 1 p.m. Bring your friends, a salad or dessert and your lawn chairs and enjoy a time of fun & fellowship…come play beach volleyball, badminton, croquet, bocce ball, horse shoes or just hang out rain or shine. See directions on the poster on the bulletin board or the Newsletter notice.

Sunday’s soccer match

With the strength of desperation the Young People defeated the Young Adults in last Sunday’s soccer match by a very close score of 9-8. This despite the YA’s recruiting a semi-pro player – Anthony Eisses. That means the summer series challenge is now tied at one win a piece. Next Sunday evening the third event, baseball, will test everyone’ skill.

Junior Youth 

Will meet on Friday, July 17th at Andrew & Carina Tenbrinke’s for a campfire & games. Please meet there at 7 p.m. and be picked up at 9:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring lawn chairs as well as a snack & drinks to share. Hot dogs & Smores will be provided. Feel free to invite your friends. For more info, call Carina at 403-782-7903.

Announcements

Lacombe Days

Come join with other churches and our community in the Lacombe Days celebrations on Sunday morning, July 19th at the Michener ball diamonds. The morning starts at 8:00am with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by Wolf Creek Community Church, followed by the Lacombe Ministerial Church Service starting at 9:30am, (bring your own lawn chairs). Directly following the service at 10:30am everyone one is invited to come to the Timbr-Mart Family picnic. The picnic is located south of the horseshoe pits behind ZigZag. There will be games and activities for kids of all ages. You may bring your own picnic lunch or there will be food offered by a team raising funds for a Mission trip to the Dominican Republic. For more information about Lacombe Days check out the websites at: www.lacombedays.ca

Rehoboth Camp 

Is looking for 12 individuals to serve as counselors for our Independent Week of Camp, July 18 - 24. We are also looking for 2 volunteers to help cook in the kitchen for Youth Week, July 25 - 31. If you are 18+ and would be interested in serving Rehoboth as a volunteer, please contact Linda Rosendal at 780-968-8483, 780-963-4044 or email linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca – Thank you!

Day of Encouragement

We live in a rapidly changing world, where our safety, security and worldview are often challenged. Yet we are called to love God and our neighbor, to be merciful and compassionate. So how do we show Compassion in a Changing World? That is the theme for the annual Day of Encouragement, to be held D.V. Saturday, November 7th at The King’s University College. We have a great line-up of workshop leaders and information sessions with keynote speaker Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo, Canadian director of CRWRC. Plan to come, learn and share with others from Northern Alberta CRC’s. Details and information brochures available soon!

The Persecuted Church

Mauritania 

Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting and killing an American aid worker, Christopher Leggett (39), on June 23rd in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. On June 25th, Al-Jazeera TV reportedly received an audio statement from al-Qaeda which stated that "two knights of the Islamic Maghreb succeeded Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. to kill the infidel American Christopher Leggett for his Christianising activities." Leggett worked for a non-governmental organization in Mauritania involved in training and equipping prisoners to re-enter society. He also oversaw a microloan program which fostered the growth of small businesses. He had been a resident of Mauritania for the past seven years along with his wife and four children. Thank the Lord for Christopher Leggett's life as a cross-bearing disciple. Ask God to comfort those who mourn for him. Pray that Christians in Mauritania will be emboldened to follow in their Savior's footsteps and remain steadfast in faith (1 Corinthians 4:9-14,16).

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