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2010-07-18 July 18 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Jacob Prins as he celebrates his 84th birthday today and Hilda Zuidhof as she celebrates her 85th on Saturday. To both of you we wish you a happy birthday filled with the Lords’ richest blessings!

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

Next Sunday, July 25th

We have the privilege of witnessing the profession of faith of several young people of our congregation: Meaghan Noort, Justin Noort, Brent Venhuis and Dustin Biel. Dustin will also receive the sign of baptism. Later in the service we will all partake of the Lord’s Supper and the assurance that Jesus died for our sins. In the evening we turn to 2 Peter and the reality of suffering in the faith community. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

3 year old pre-school Sunday School Teachers

We are looking for 2 (or more!) volunteers to teach the 3 year old pre-school Sunday School class from September through May. For more information, please contact Jen Zuidhof at 403-782-6672.

Sunshine Singers

As many of you are taking off for holidays throughout the summer we will no longer be having Sunday practices. Check back in a month or two for further notice about when we will start up again!

Praise Team Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about praise teams, improving your vocal technique, and learning new songs? You are invited to Praise Team Workshop day on Saturday, August 21 at Bethel Church. This is for you if you play an instrument or sing- no need to have been involved in music at Bethel previously! Mark your calendars - more details to come!

Bethel Youth News

Young Adult / Young People Summer Challenge Series: 

The young adults prevailed in Kick ball and lead the series 2-1 over the young peoples. The next game is planned for tonight right after the evening service.


Camp Rehoboth

Is well underway, and we are in URGENT need of volunteers for the following positions:

Adult Week 2: July 10-16 – 1 nurse, 2 cooks, 18 counselors

Independent Week: July 17-23 – 10-15 more counselors

Youth Week: July 24 – 30 – 2-3 more cooks

Please contact Linda Rosendal, Kelvin VanDasselaar at Rehoboth, 780-963-4044 if you would like to serve Rehoboth Camp in any of these positions this summer.

linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca or kelvin.vandasselaar@rehoboth.ab.ca


August 9th- 13th. Staff is in place (Praise God!), registration is now complete, and plans are being finalized. Please keep a look out for an opportunity to donate towards the food lists that have been sent out to churches sending girls and staff. This really helps us keep the cost as low as possible. Thank you all, for supporting us with your donations and especially your prayers.

With Praise and Thanks to God

Rimbey Christian Reformed Church is celebrating 25 years as a congregation. A Banquet will be held at the Rimbey Community Centre on Saturday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the evening banquet are available for $20 each from Rose Grutterink at 403-843-6075 (please call after 6:00 p.m.). On Sunday, September 12th there will be a Celebration Service held in the Rimbey Community Centre at 10 a.m. to which you are all invited to attend.

Denominational News

Position Opening

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a full-time Administrative Assistant in Burlington. This position will provide administrative support to the Constituency Relations (CORE) team. For more information or to apply, visit www.crcna.org/pages/opportunities.cfm or www.crwrc.org, by July 21, 2010.

Position Opening

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has an opening for a full time Associate Director for the Connections sub-team in the Burlington office. This position will lead and supervise the Connections sub-team in educating and motivating CRC congregations in North America to ever increasing levels of generosity and engagement. Please visit our website at www.crcna.org or www.crwrc.org for more information and to apply. Application deadline is July 31st.

The Persecuted Church


Muslims recently attacked Christian villages and killed at least eight Christians in northern Nigeria. On July 3rd, five believers, including a primary school teacher and mother of six children, were killed by Muslims. The Muslims also burned down five homes belonging to Christians. Local sources reported that the police had stopped protecting the village on July 2nd after the government failed to pay their salaries. The next evening, Muslims armed with guns and machetes invaded Ganawuri community, near Jos. Three Christians are presumed to be dead. A spokesperson of the Nigerian military's Special Task Force (STF) said the attackers were suspected herdsmen from neighbouring communities of Kaduna State. STF received an emergency call and, upon response, a fire fight ensued with the attackers. One of the attackers was shot and six were arrested. Those arrested have since been handed over to the state police for further investigations. This latest violence came on the heels of a March 7th attack against Christians in Jos in which approximately 500 people, mainly women and children, were murdered. It is estimated that many more thousands of Christians have been killed in northern Nigeria since the introduction of Shariah law in 2001. Please pray against further violence and unrest in Nigeria. Ask the Lord to give strength and wisdom to those in authority to help them deal with this situation. Pray that He will comfort those who are suffering. Pray that the Lord will use the testimony of believers in Nigeria to strengthen His church and greatly add to its number. For more information on persecution in Nigeria, please visit www.persecution.net/nigeria.htm.

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