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2009-09-13 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Our Youth leaders and many of our youth are at Bar Harbour camp on Buffalo Lake for a Youth Retreat. We pray they are blessed with fun & fellowship this weekend!

Please keep our family of the week, Gerald & Nellie Keitel in your daily prayers.

The church council welcomes Willy Stebner as a full professing member to Bethel CRC. Her membership was transferred from the Church of the Nazarene.

Ruth Sluys is in the Royal Alex in Edmonton. She is doing well. The doctors are assessing her condition and considering if further treatments are possible.

We remember Murray Hall in prayer as he continues to struggle with bed sores. He does appreciate visits – his phone number is 403-782-3795.

Congratulations to Simon Swier who will be celebrating his 89th birthday tomorrow, to Lies Boskers celebrating her 86th birthday on Wednesday, and to John Bos for his 81st birthday on Friday. For each of you we pray for health, strength and the Lord’s richest blessings in the coming year!

We give thanks that Tony & Henny Middag could celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this past week on September 10th. May God continue to bless and keep you in his care. The cake today is in celebration of this blessed milestone.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who shared sorrows and condolences with us, those who attended the service in Neerlandia, and those who prayed for the family in the loss of our dear daughter in law, Vicki.

Ray & Eleanor Merkus. “For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It’s all part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to Home.”

Joshua Noordhof & Jolene Hannah would like to invite the church fellowship to share in their joy when they exchange marriage vows and begin their new life together on Saturday, September 19th at the Bentley Hall at 2:00 p.m.

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 20th

We continue reading in our devotional book, “Living in Community” with the focus on worshipping together. In the evening we will read from the prophets Jonah and Nahum and consider the question, “What happened to Nineveh?” Pastor Mike will lead the services.

Preschool Sunday school

starts its new season today. The teachers for the 3-4 year olds are Maddy de Regt, Selina Patterson (until Christmas) and Stephanie Bouwman (after Christmas). Mar-Deb de Regt & Jennifer Zuidhof will be teaching the 4-5 year olds and Donna Vandenborn will be leading us in singing each week.

Children & Worship

Is beginning today as well. All children in Grades 1 & 2 are invited to join us for a time of worship as we experience & praise God through songs, the stories of God, and responding to the stories together. Preschool aged children & Grades 1 & 2 will be dismissed from the worship service after the Children’s message.

Grades 3 & 4 and The Treasure Seekers

Grades 3 & 4 and The Treasure Seekers (formally Grades 5 & 6) will start today. They will be dismissed from the worship service during the last verse of the song of response.

This week! Coffee Break and Story Hour

Begins this Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come out and see for yourself the relaxed, accepting atmosphere that happens each week. We look forward to seeing you. Contact Barb Vandyk with any questions or concerns you may have.


It is that time of year that many people dread. The end of summer! With the coming of fall upon us, OMLT is once again looking at our neighbors. Last year was the first Rake and Serve. The turnout was fantastic and the community response was awesome. The first year brought out the old learning curve. Many items have been changed to make this year run like a top. This year we will be raking yards on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00am to noon. Hot chili on a bun will be served afterward to take the edge off of the cold fall weather and of course coffee and hot chocolate. We would like to ask if you could bring your own rakes and gloves to the event. The bags and disposal of the leaves will be taken care of. Please sign up for this serve event and show our church neighbors that we are here to serve and praise our Lord everyday not just Sunday. OMLT

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

Bethel Youth

Tuesday Night Youth

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


Volunteer Link church coordinator

Bethel is in need of a Volunteer Link church coordinator. If you would like to find out more about this position, please talk to Herman Scholing Jr.

Parkland Men’s Chorus

This year the Parkland Men’s Chorus will celebrate their 20th season of singing. All men are invited to come and join in singing on Monday evenings at the Woodynook CRC at 7:30 p.m. We start our new season on September 21st under the able direction of Larry Johnson. Come and join us as we sing & fellowship together and worship Him in song. For more information call Alan Stolte at 403-885-4379.


Rehoboth’s Board of Directors has designated September as “MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN MONTH.” Annual Association Membership Fees of TEN dollars are renewable in September, PLUS donations of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated. Your $10.00 Membership Fee (per person) and supporting donations insures the continuation of quality services provided in the Lord’s name. Again this year, we are encouraging each person in a family to become a member. Children under the legal age of 18 will be non-voting members. A strong membership base is a great benefit to Rehoboth when negotiating funding for the services we provide. If a Canvasser does not contact you, please send your tax deductible membership fee and donation directly to: Rehoboth Christian Ministries, 3920 – 49 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2J7. Remember to include your full name, address, postal code, and the name of the church you attend, for our records. Thank you for your faithful support of Rehoboth Christian Ministries.

The Persecuted Church


Iranian Christians have requested continued prayers for a number of believers from a Muslim background who are currently in prison or under other forms of pressure. On August 3rd, security officers entered the home of Marzieh Fesahi. After searching the house and confiscating many of Marzieh's personal belongings, the officials have detained her in the notoriously brutal Evin prison in Tehran. On August 23rd-24th, several Christian converts from Islam throughout the western province of Kordestan were detained for several hours and intensely questioned. Authorities have also ordered them to attend hearings at their local Ministry of Information offices.

On August 31st, Iranian authorities arrested twenty-five Christians attending a house church meeting near Tehran. Officials transported the believers to an unknown location where they were interrogated and their personal information was collected. Eighteen of the believers were released while the remaining seven Christians were taken to Evin prison and are detained in solitary cells.

Pray that those detained will know the presence and peace of Jesus in prison. Pray for their release. Pray that Iranian officials involved in harassing and abusing Christians will come to know Christ and respond in faith to His love for them. Continue to pray for Maryam Rustampoor (27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30), who have been detained in Evin prison since their arrest in March. Please remember these brothers and sisters in your prayers.