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2010-06-20 June 20 Bulletin

Welcome to worship this third Sunday of June as we gather in the presence of the Lord by the power of the Spirit to offer God our worship and praise. Do stay for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

Our Church Family

Ann Vander Wal remains in hospital in Lacombe. Grace Vander Veen returned home

Congratulations to Ray Merkus as he celebrates his 72nd birthday Monday, to Dorothy Meindersma as she celebrates her 77th on Tuesday and to Rena DeRuiter as she celebrates her 82nd on Wednesday. To each of you we pray for a fantastic day with family and friends!

Dear Bethel Congregation: As we have stood on the promises and been the recipients of all of God's love, mercy and grace, we still stand in amazement at God's goodness and the blessings received. We would like to thank this congregation for all of your love and support shown to our family during Ryan's recent critical illness.. Your prayers have lifted us up, your gifts have reflected to us the love of God, and for all of this we are ever so grateful. God's love was so evident to us and was often shown through the loving deeds of His people. May His love so shine on all of you! In Christian love, Clayton and Jackie DeGroot and family

With great joy, we invite you to celebrate with us the wedding of Sharon to Greg Thalen on Friday, June 25th at 4:00 p.m., here at Bethel. Craig and Marcella Van Stryland

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, and Herman Scholing Sr.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Highlights from Full Council on June 16, 2010:

  • The new executive was voted in. Paul Prins will take over as Chairman. John deRegt and Donald Wildeboer continue as Vice Chairman and Clerk respectively. Terry Vandenborn will take over the Council Treasurer position, and Ken Tenbrinke is the new General Adjunct.
  • Jonathan Ellens membership has been transferred from Bethel CRC to Neerlandia CRC.
  • The Summer Council Social has been scheduled for 6:30pm June 23, 2010 at Wilf Ebens house.
  • Reminder to all Council members to please hand in their brown Council Handbook.
  • Next Sunday, June 27th

    We unpack Christian Virtue #2 “Contentment.” Is there any envy you struggle with? We read from Gen 4:1-12 and the story of Cain and Abel. In the evening we turn to the fascinating letter of Hebrews as it declares that Old Testament faith is fulfilled in Christ. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

    The Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team

    Is looking for one or two new members! If you enjoy planning social events and would like to get together (for short meetings) with a great bunch of fun-loving people, please talk to Debby van Iperen.

    Church Picnic:

    It's almost time for our annual Church Picnic. It will be on July 1st at Michener Park. We have some exciting things planned and you will not want to miss it! As usual, we are having burgers and hotdogs and we would like everyone to bring a salad or a side dish to share. You may bring some baking also. We would ask that you arrive around 11:00 AM. We will eat at 12:00. Bring lawn chairs, games, balls, frisbees, etc. We are also looking for a volleyball net. There is a sign up sheet just outside of the Sanctuary. Thank you! FMLT - (Debby, Pauline, Natalie, Jackie and Gord)

    Email address change for Evelyn Eisses:

    Her new email address for the church is evelyn@lacombebethelcrc.org

    Bethel Youth News

    Summer Challenge Series:

    The Young Adults lead the series 1-0. Tonight’s game is Ultimate Frisbee, right after the evening service.

    Young Adults

    Don’t take a holiday from God! If any of you want to join a Bible Study over the summer months you are invited to a meditative style study based on John 17 starting next Tuesday, June 29. Please let Evelyn (ejeisses@gmail.com) or Theresa know if you are interested!

    Announcements

    Rehoboth Camp Ministry:

    We have 128 Campers registered for this summer’s Camp Rehoboth programs. We are looking for volunteers to serve in the following capacity: June 28 – July 1: 2 cooks, 8 counselors. July 3 – 9: 2 cooks, 19 counselors. July 10 – 16: 2 cooks, 19 counselors. July 17 – 23: 12 counselors, 1 techie. July 24 – 30: 4 cooks, 10 counselors, 1 techie.

    Rehoboth Volunteers

    If you have a week free this summer to serve Rehoboth as a volunteer, you are at least 16 years old (Counselor’s in training can be 14 yrs.), we ask you to prayerfully consider this opportunity! Please contact Linda Rosendal – linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca or call 780-968-8483.

    GEMS Camp 2010! August 9 to 13, 2010

    At Rehoboth Sonrise Bible Camp, Gull Lake, AB.

    Since we have received less than half of the required number of girls for the camp to go ahead, we would like to invite all girls from Central & Northern Alberta to join us. This is a great camping opportunity! Even if you do not attend GEMS, you are more than welcome to come and enjoy crafts, activities, great food, singing, campfire, worship and sharing the love of Christ together.

    We will spend one day at the Waterslide or indoors at the Recreation Centre. We have openings for about 30 more girls, going into Grade 5 through to Grade 8 in the fall of 2010. The cost is $150. As well, we will be running a JCIT (Junior Counsellor in Training) program for girls entering grade 10. (room for 2 more girls – cost $50.) Cooks are needed. Please contact Bonnie Bennik by phone (403-652-1078), or email (gbbennik@platinum.ca) as soon as possible to register or Barb Nauta (403-652-7078) or (abnauta@platinum.ca) to volunteer.

    Sonrise Camp

    Are you looking for a great place to send your teens for a week this summer? Then look no further. Sonrise Camp is a rustic camp that is located just minutes outside of Rocky Mountain House and is run by First Christian Reformed Church of Rocky. We provide a week of Bible lessons, WIDE games, trips to a local lake, exciting out trips, and much, much more! We offer two camps; one for ages 10 – 12 from July 4 – 9, 2010 and one for ages 13 – 15 from July 11 – 16, 2010. If you would like more information or registration forms, please contact Marie Aasman at mlaasman@hotmail.com or 403-845-4438. (registration deadline is June 25th)

    Camp Councellors

    Are you looking for a great learning experience that will enrich your life? Why not try being a camp counsellor at Sonrise Camp run by First Christian Reformed Church of Rocky Mountain House. The camp is located just minutes from Rocky in a rustic setting. You will spend a week helping campers (either 10-12 year olds or 13-15 year olds) develop a deeper relationship with God through Bible lessons, fun games, awesome out trips and by just being a friend. If you would like more information or a volunteer application form, please contact Marie Aasman at mlaasman@hotmail.com or 403-845-4438.

    Register Now!

    Lacombe Christian School is accepting 2010-2011 kindergarten registrations for children who have reached the age of 5 by December 31, 2010. Forms are available at the school office 5206-58th Street, Lacombe or can be downloaded from the LCS website, www.lacs.ca.

    Denominational News

    Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee 

    Did You Know...that 2 years have passed Prime Minister Harper offered an apology to the native peoples of Canada on behalf of all Canadians? He emphasized that Canadians accept responsibility for the loss of family structure and pride in identity of our aboriginal neighbours and that we are committed to working toward restoring relationships and solving long term problems. Did you know that to this date very little progress has been made? As people of peace, let us work toward knowing our neighbours and caring for them. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day.

    The Persecuted Church

    Somalia

    A 17 year-old woman has faced severe abuse and pressure from her Muslim family since May 10th, when they discovered that she had converted to Christianity. Nurta Mohamed Farah was badly beaten by her family and later taken to a doctor who prescribed medication for a "mental illness." When she refused to abandon her faith, she was forced to take the medication. Islamic scripture was recited to her twice a week, as Somalis traditionally believe that the Qur'an cures the sick, especially the mentally ill. Since the medication and punishments have failed to change Nurta's mind, she has been shackled to a tree during the day and held in a small, dark room at night. "There is little the community can do about her condition, which is very bad," a Christian source said. "I have advised our community leader to keep monitoring her condition but not to meddle for their own safety. We need prayers and human advocacy for such inhuman acts, and for freedom of religion for the Somali people." Ask God to embolden and encourage Nurta as she suffers for her faith. Pray that her steadfast commitment to Christ will soften the hearts of her parents so that they too will know the Lord. Pray for wisdom and guidance for the Christian community in Somalia. Pray that religious freedom will be respected in this nation.

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