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2009-09-06 Bulletin

 

Our Church Family

Please keep our family of the week, Cathy Dowling in your daily prayers.

Last week we mentioned Darran and Gayle Vreugdenhil were blessed with a baby boy. The name and the date of birth were incorrect. Jason Kent was born on August 21st!

Congratulations to Grace Vander Veen with the celebration of her 101stbirthday this coming Wednesday, September 9th. May God continue to be with you and bless you!

Ruth has been continually losing more red blood cells and consequently blood additions. The cells are rapidly disappearing. She has been transported to the Royal Alexandria hospital in Edmonton last Thursday, for more sophisticated tests. This to make a decision what may be done yet for healing or if none can be had, medically speaking. We do not know what time it will take. I will probably be mostly in Edmonton this week. Pray that the Lord may have the specialists in their fields find the cause and a cure, or that He chooses a miracle. However, Ruth and I are sure that whatever He will choose, even if no healing takes place, it will be to God's glory and our forever joy in Him.

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, September 13th

We tie church and home together with a devotional book on discipleship entitled “Living in Community.” In the evening we read from the prophets Jonah & Nahum and consider the question “What happened to Nineveh?” Pastor Mike will lead the services.  

Note to all Leadership teams:

As it is nearing budget time for 2010, could you each team submit their requests by September 27th. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
August Luymes

The Mexico church building team

organizers would like to meet with all who are planning to go on this work project on Tuesday, Sept 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel CRC. We hope to finalize travel arrangements and get to know each other better. If you are unable to attend this meeting let either Gerry Prins or August Luymes know of your intentions. We hope to see you there.

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 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Story Hour

Here is an opportunity to help! If you are off work or school or at home on Wednesday mornings (9:30 -11:30) Debby van Iperen would love to have a helper of any age in Story Hour. We have found that with a well run Story Hour the children want to come and so in turn encourage their moms to attend Coffee Break. Story Hour is a very important ministry. Contact Debby for any further information at 403-782-0899.

Bethel Youth

Junior & Senior Youth Retreat:

It’s time again to think about the annual Youth retreat! On September 11th we as a group will gather at 5:30 p.m. here in the Bethel parking lot for the 6 p.m. departure for Bar Harbour Retreat Centre. (We may be looking for extra drivers.) Cost for this event is $30 and we also ask for certain food donations (Harriet will have more details about this.) Remember that registration and liability/consent forms are required. The form can be found on the table in the foyer. Completed forms can be given to Dana van Gyssel or placed in her church mail box. Deadline for registration is TODAY, September 6th. If you have any questions, contact Dana!

Tuesday Night Youth 

Will start up again for a brand new season on Tuesday September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you all there!

Announcements

If you are a lady then Coffee Break is for you!! It is not exclusively for community ladies. You also need to be encouraged in your faith life. When was the last time you had a conversation about spiritual matters? I need Coffee Break because it helps discipline my devotional Bible study time which quickly can be neglected. The busyness of day to day tasks can take over. So-o-o, come on Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 to the fellowship hall for singing, prayer and discover what God is saying to you in that week’s lesson. We begin Sept 16th with “Discovering the Parables of Jesus”. Story Hour and Nursery will be available. Pray about your involvement in Coffee Break, for this may be the exact thing that is needed in your life right now. Any questions contact Barb Vandyk.

The 2009 GROW Conference

Join other Sunday school directors, teachers and helpers for an inspiring and encouraging day on October 17, 2009, that will prepare you for the practical challenges of children’s ministry. The theme for this event is “Harvest Hands” with Rev. Bob DeMoor speaking at Covenant CRC, Edmonton.

For more information visit www.FaithAliveResources.org/GROW

The Persecuted Church

South Korea

After receiving complaints from Middle Eastern countries about the evangelistic efforts of its citizens, South Korea is considering banning missionary work in the Middle East "because of safety concerns." According to an unnamed official who spoke to The Korean Times late last week, among the measures being considered are restrictions on the usage of passports and on departures from South Korea for those who have been expelled for evangelization attempts. Members of missionary groups could be prohibited from entering Middle Eastern countries even if they have no records of expulsion. According to the official, "Some organizations keep sending their members to dangerous areas for missionary work. We've received requests from other countries to have them refrain from doing this." The Voice of the Martyrs urges the South Korean government to refrain from interfering, even with the best intentions, in the rights of its citizens to carry out their faith even in dangerous environments. We also urge Christians in free nations to recognize that there are risks in taking the gospel to many parts of the world and to accept the consequences of their obedience. We further call upon mission and church leaders to better plan short-term ministry trips and prepare participants in ways and means of doing evangelism in religiously hostile environments that are in line with the biblical admonition to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16). Pray that the South Korean government will withdraw their plans to restrict the religious freedom of their citizens in this way. Pray that church leaders will stand up and let their concerns be known about these proposals. Pray that church leaders and missions worldwide will recommit themselves to developing ministries in Muslim countries that are in line with the biblical admonition of Matthew 10:16.

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