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2009-08-23 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Gord and Chelsea Bos were blessed with a baby boy this past Tuesday, Lincoln Marshal. We give thanks to God for the miracle of life and his wonderful blessings.

We remember Herman Scholing Sr. who was admitted to hospital this week here in Lacombe and also Ruth Sluys as they receive additional care there. May God provide for you each day in his healing grace.

Murray Hall is struggling with a bed sore again and is largely confined to his apartment as the sore heals. He remains strong in the faith and does appreciate visits. His number is 403-782-3795

Pastor Mike and Barb celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this weekend. We give thanks to God for his grace through the years and seek his care and leading in the years to come. The cake after the service today is a little treat to celebrate God’s goodness together. Alsothe flowers today will be presented to Pastor Mike and Barb. Congratulations!

A Big Thank You to everyone who came out to my concert on Wednesday August 12th. Your financial support and prayers will not be forgotten. I will miss everyone, and I promise to keep everyone informed! Thank you again! Steven Szelekovszky

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 30th

We continue looking at the Contemporary Testimony – “Our World Belongs to God” as it declares the truth of Redemption from sin in Jesus. In the evening we have the Christian Education service here in our church. Ponoka CRC is in charge and Pastor Harry Valstar from Wolf Creek will bring the message. Note the service time is 7:30 p.m.

A Double Bridal Shower:

Ladies and girls are invited to a double bridal shower for Jolene Hanna, (fiancée to Josh Noordhof) and Miranda Noordhof in the fellowship hall on Friday, September 11, 2009.

Pre-School Sunday School Teacher Needed.

I am looking for 1 teacher to teach the 3-4 year old class starting in January 2010. Please call Jennifer Zuidhof at 403-782-6672 if you are interested or if you would like more information.

Grade 3/4 Sunday School teacher

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 information.

Desperately Needed - GEMS Counselors

The GEMS program is in desperate need of FOUR Counselors for the upcoming season. The program runs from mid September - April. If there are any ladies willing to assist in any way, please talk to Jeanne Ebens, Wannetta Brander, or Judy Hazelhoff. Please step up and assist with this worthwhile program.

September Newsletter

Another month is gone and it is time to get into the swing of things. The September newsletter is looking for your information. We would like to hear from the different groups as to when they hope to start up - what they are studying and any prayer concerns. Please let us know so we can put together a page of good information for the congregation to refer to. Also, don't forget your contributions for the contest. Please refer to your last two newsletters for reminders or talk to any of the newsletter team. We are looking forward to lots of entries and plenty of fun and great material from the congregation to make the newsletter your own! Any other articles are greatly appreciated. The deadline will be August 31st so we can have the newsletter in your mailboxes on September 6th. Just place your stuff in the newsletter mailbox or email to anyone of the team members. Laura Duckett - rlduck@platinum.ca, Harriet Luymes - haraug@telus.net, Anita Geldof - ahgeldof@telus.net and Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com.

Bethel Youth

The Summer Series Challenge between the Young People and the Young Adults concludes tonight after the service.

Jr. & Sr. Youth

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about our annual retreat at Bar Harbour on beautiful Buffalo Lake. Our special speaker this year is Ron De Vries, a Youth Ministry Consultant for Classis Alberta North. The retreat will take place on September 11-13, 2009, so mark it on your calendars. More information will be in next week’s bulletin plus the registration forms will be available, so look for them. Remember INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! They’ll be glad you did!

Welcome Red Deer College Students:

It’s a great thing to know that a Christian Chaplin is available to encourage and inspire you. I hope to be in the Forum every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. till noon. My email is jackhielema@shaw.ca and phone no. is 403-348-5464. Have a splendid year! Jack Hielema

Announcements

Day of Encouragement

What does compassion in today’s changing world look like for Christians? To explore the answers, come to the NADC’s annual Day of Encouragement, November 7th at The King’s University College. A range of local and national speakers will address this topic and give everyone a chance to learn, interact, and be encouraged to respond to the command to love our neighbor.

The Persecuted Church

MEXICO

At least 20 men falsely accused of participating in a massacre in Chiapas state, Mexico in December 1997, were released from prison. The release of the men, most of them evangelical Christians, came after Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that they had been convicted in unfair trials in which prosecutors fabricated testimony and illegally obtained evidence. "Acteal is a double tragedy," attorney Javier Cruz Angulo reportedly said after the ruling. "On the one hand you have an abominable massacre, and on the other more than 50 human beings imprisoned without proof." The Supreme Court justices stated clearly that they were not ruling on the guilt or innocence of the men, only on the violation of due process. The court will review the cases of another 31 men convicted in connection with the killings, and six more will be given new trials. Thank God for the release of these men after so long. Pray that the remaining prisoners will soon come to trial and be released as well. Pray for safety for those who have been released. There have been threats of violence in their home communities near San Cristobal de las Casas and some reportedly have no home to go back to.

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