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2010-08-01 August 1 Bulletin

Our Church Family

The following people have some struggles with illnesses. Grace Vander Veen experienced a mild stroke and was admitted to hospital for assessment. Albert Biel is having some tests for various medical problems. We pray God will give them both strength and healing.

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.

Wedding Bells: 

The congregation is invited to the wedding celebration of Dustin Biel and Melanie DeGraaf to be held this coming Saturday, August 7th at 1:30 p.m. here in Bethel church.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, August 8th 

Pastor L.E. Sackmann will lead us in worship in the morning and Elder August Luymes will lead our evening service. Pastor Mike and Barb are in Ontario visiting with his family.

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 Adults Bible Study: 

There will be no Bible study this week, but it will resume on Tuesday, August 10th.

To all Tuesday Night Youth: 

The plans are coming together for our annual kickoff retreat at Bar Harbour Camp. The dates this year are September 10th to 12th. Our speaker is Pastor Rick Abma from Woodynook CRC. If you are in Grades 7-12, plan on coming to this exciting weekend! Look for registration brochures on the table in the foyer.

Attention All Young Adults! 

An Epic Paintballing Adventure is happening and you should join in! Saturday, August 14th at Camo Coulee we will be playing the great sport that is Paintball. Afterwards we will head to the Haayema's Farm nearby for a bbq. For more information or if you are interested you must contact Nic Haayema at 780-619-4523 by August 1st. (Also on facebook, search event "Another Epic Paintball Adventure")


Mr. & Mrs. Club 

Will be having a wiener roast at the home of Jake & Agnes Prins on Wednesday, August 4th at 6 p.m. Please take your lawn chairs, dishes and a salad or dessert.

Wedding Shower

All ladies and girls are invited to attend a friends, family and community shower for Kelsie Ellens and Stuart Wiersma, on Wednesday, August 4th at 7:30 at Wolf Creek Community Church. Come for a time of fun and fellowship. Contact Elisabeth DeVries at 403-782-4555 or for more information.

Lacombe Christian School/Woodynook CRC Museum: 

As the history of LCS, now 65 years old & Woody Nook CRC, now 75 years old, are intertwined, we have been working at setting up a museum to reflect the story of both of these. Our aim is to have the museum finished by November when Woody Nook hopes to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The museum is located in the original school which has been moved to its original site just north of the Woodynook CRC. Many improvements have been done on the building, but help is needed with installing new doors, decorating the inside, sewing new curtains & painting the outside. We will be having an open house at the museum on Saturday, August 14th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Coffee will be on – drop in to see if you can lend a hand or give some encouragement to finish the museum. If you have questions, call the Siebengas at 403-885-4380 or the Weeninks at 403-782-7140.

The Persecuted Church


Magdalene Ashraf, a 22-year-old Christian nurse trainee, was brutally attacked on July 13th by several Muslim men who raped her and threw her from the fourth-floor window of the Medical Center in Karachi. A fellow nurse tricked Magdalene into visiting the office of a Muslim doctor by telling her that he wanted to talk to her about a class assignment. The doctor, Abdul Jabbar Memon, reportedly has a history of sexually abusing Christian nurses in the hospital. Once she was inside the room with the nurse, Dr. Jabbar and at least two other men then attacked her. Describing the assault, Magdalene said: "When I resisted and tried to escape, nurse Fatima slapped both my cheeks and pushed me into Dr. Jabbar. I cried out but no one arrived there to rescue me." After several torturous hours, Magdalene was thrown out the window by the men. At last report, she was hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Her family members have reportedly continued to receive threats from Dr. Jabbar, though he has been arrested. Ask God to give Magdalene healing from the emotional and physical scars of her assault. Pray that her attackers will be brought to justice. Pray that she and her family will trust in the Lord as their protector and guide. Pray for justice for Christian nurses facing similar abuse in Pakistan, where such rape cases frequently go unreported or are ignored by officials.

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