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2009-08-09 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Please keep our family of the week, Andrew, Carina & Jayde Tenbrinke in your prayers.

To celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, the flowers today will be presented to Craig & Marcella Van Stryland. Congratulations!

Albert Biel was able to come home from the hospital this past week and is thankful to the congregation for all their prayers!

We have several seniors celebrating their birthdays this week. Congratulations to Alice Scholing with her 84th birthday on Wednesday, to Pearl Meindersma with her 80th birthday on Friday, and to Annette Sackmann with her 82nd birthday on Saturday. May God bless you all with a special day and be with you in the year to come!

We give thanks to God that Henry Geldof is recovering well from his surgery and was able to return home on Wednesday.

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, August 16th

We read from 2 Samuel 12:1-7 and join the contemporary testimony in confessing we are sinful people. In our modern culture that hides and denies personal sin we acknowledge the Fall and that we are sinners. In the evening we pick up our series on the books of the Bible and the Book of Amos and it calls for “Justice.” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

A Grade 3/4 Sunday school teacher is still needed.

Since we have one teacher from last year we are looking for someone to split the teaching year with. Please call Joan Eisses or Mar-Deb deRegt if you would like to have more info.

Bethel Youth

Summer Series Challenge

Young Adults are leading in the Summer Series Challenge with the Young People. The game is tonight after the evening service.

Youth Praise team:

Grab your sticks, turn up your amps, and warm up your vocal chords for practice this Thursday, August 13th at 7:30 p.m. We will prepare to lead the music for Sunday morning.

Young Adults:

You are invited to a Barbeque at the home of John & Wendy Taekema on Sunday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m. Bring your friends, a salad or dessert and your lawn chairs and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship, come and play sand volleyball, badminton, croquet, bocce ball, horse shoes, etc. or just hang out. Rain or Shine. For directions look for the poster on the youth bulletin board.


Charity Concert

Support a missionary and hit a sweet concert at the same time! Steven Szelekovszky and friends will be hosting an evening of music on August 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Admission is free but a free will offering will be taken to support Steven’s efforts to go back to Brisbane, Australia in September with Youth With A Mission. (YWAM) Refreshments will be available after the performance. Come out and have some fun and enjoy the talents of some of Bethel’s youth! For more information please contact Steven Szelekovszky.

Run For Those Who Cannot Walk

A Better World and Get Fit Camps are having a Charity Walk/Run on August 23, 2009. Distances are either 2Km, 5Km, or 10Km. Registration will be at 9:45 a.m. at the Canadian University College Gym and warm-up will be at the ball field at 9:45 a.m. with the walk/run at 10 p.m. Refreshments, awards and exhibits will be back at the gym at 11 a.m. For more information look for the poster on the bulletin board in the foyer or contact Candace at candace@getfitablerta.ca. Volunteers and participants are needed.

The Persecuted Church


On the evening of August 1st, a mob of angry Muslims attacked local Christians, killing at least eight people, including a seven-year-old child, as well as burning and looting dozens of homes and a church building. The violence came in response to a rumor that Christians had desecrated pages from the Qur'an several days earlier at a wedding in a nearby village. This was the second such attack that Christians in the area suffered due to this rumor. On July 30th, Muslims burned down dozens of Christian homes, killing livestock and damaging church buildings in the village of Korian, a few kilometres from Gojra. In both attacks, Muslim leaders encouraged the violence, using mosque loudspeakers to call on the faithful to defend Islam. According to witnesses, the attackers used a fuel that is particularly difficult to extinguish to set the fires. Please pray that those who have lost loved ones in this senseless violence will know God's comfort. Pray for Pakistani authorities as they seek to restore law and order in the region. Pray that those responsible will be brought to justice. Pray that local Christians will respond to this violence in a Christ-like manner, with forgiveness and without retaliation.