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2010-09-05 September 5 Bulletin

Welcome to Bethel this first Sunday of September. We are glad you could join us for worship today. It is good to be together in the house of the Lord. May God be praised and we his people be encouraged in living for him.

Our Church Family

Congratulations to Grace Vander Veen as she celebrates her 102nd birthday this Thursday! We pray that your day is filled with love and laughter with family and friends and may God continue to bless you throughout your new year!

You are invited to an open house in thankfulness, and celebration of Simon Swiers' 90th birthday. This will be held in the Bethel Church Fellowship hall on Saturday, September 11th from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, September 12th 

We welcome Pastor Harold Roscher of the Edmonton Native Healing Center as we focus on the important ministry we have with our First Nations neighbours. Our evening service will be at 4:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m. to accommodate the Youth of our church who are returning from their retreat and who will be leading in worship along with this year’s retreat leader Pastor Rick Abma.

Sunday Afternoon Service: 

For the 4 p.m. church service next week we would like to round out the evening with a pot luck dinner. If you would like to join us please bring a dinner item to share with all. Contact Theresa Geldof by Friday, September 10th.

Coffee Break 

Is beginning Sept 22nd but there is a GREAT NEED for “Story Hour” teachers/helpers. C.B. is not C.B. without a children’s program. This would be Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30. A manual with lesson plans is all set up and very helpful in telling a Bible story, crafts and activities. The class may have 6-9 children ages 4-6. I can help teachers with lesson preparations. Consider helping for a month, 2 months or longer to be intentional with your time this fall. Contact Barb Vandyk if you are able to be an essential part of the Coffee Break program.

Grades 3 and 4 Sunday School 

Will begin classes again on September 12th.

Are you interested in studying the "Truth Project”? 

Margaret & Janneke Roolker will be hosting this study on Monday September 13th, at 7 p.m. and will continue to run until mid December. Our address is 5123-52 Street, Lacombe and the phone number is 403-782-4506. For those who want who would like to join us there will be a coffee and a tea gathering this Friday evening, September 10th, as an introduction to this series.

Bethel Youth News

Are you planning on attending the annual Jr.& Sr. Youth Retreat? 

We are in need of your registration form and $30! So far numbers are low and we need to know soon! Please make sure that your form and fee is handed in to Wayne as soon as possible. If you can’t get your form in today, bring it with you as we gather at the church for departure on Friday, September 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Parents we are in need of drivers 

To take students out to Bar Harbor Retreat Centre, by Stettler, and coming back home on Sunday. If you are available please contact Wayne so we can coordinate rides.

Tuesday Nite Youth 

Will be starting a brand new season in a few weeks! Tuesday, September 21st is the day. Doors will be open at 7 p.m. and the evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a friend we’d love to have more students join our group! If you need more information about the program contact any one of our team, Theresa Geldof, Dana van Gyssel, Wayne Bouwman, Brad Larson or Pastor Mike.

Are you a student studying at the U of A, NAIT, Grant MacEwan, etc. in Edmonton? Meet other Christian students through the CRC Campus Ministry on the U of A campus and become part of an exciting community of ideas and activities. Come to the Campus Ministry Kick-Off BBQ on Tuesday, September 14, starting at 6:00 p.m. (note the change in time) at the Martin Luther House (10941-88th Ave). For more info contact Rick at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca, or check out the new updated website: www.seekingwisdom.ca.

Start Your Engines Young Adults!! 

Classis Alberta North Young Adults are offering you the opportunity to participate in a Car Rally, BBQ and Square DanceonSaturday, September 11thbeginning at 3:30 p.m. at St. Albert CRC. Tickets are only $10.For more information about this great event please contact Curtis Doornbos at 403-357-8402.

Announcements

Fall Changeover at the Building Blocks Thrift Store 

Is set for September 13, 2010 from 9:30 - 2:00. Come out for a day of fun and fellowship. Everyone is welcome and lunch is included.

Lacombe Christian Women’s Club

Will be hosting another wonderful evening of desserts and entertainment. Tuesday, September 14th at 7 p.m. at the Kozy Korner, please RSVP to Connie 885-4653 or Joyce 843-0025 by September 10th. Look for the poster on the bulletin board for more details.

Woody Nook CRC is celebrating 75 years 

Of thanksgiving to God for His abundant goodness. A banquet and program is planned for Friday, November 12th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. A Historic tour is being planned for Saturday afternoon, November 13th. A service of praise and thanksgiving will be on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at Woody Nook CRC. Banquet tickets are $20. Contact Betty Weenink at 403-782-7140 or Jack Siebenga at 403-885-4380.

CACHS Alumni Volleyball Tournament

Advance notice: This tournament will be held December 17th & 18th. If you know of any past alumni not living locally that would be interested in this competition please inform them so they can plan ahead. If you have any questions phone Mel at 403-782-1855 or Colleen at 403-885-4388.

Denominational News

NADC’s annual Day of Encouragement

Please mark your calendars for NADC’s annual Day of Encouragement, “Living Dangerously – Pursuing God’s Mission Together” on Saturday November 6th, at the King’s University College. Everyone is welcome to participate in this day of training, fellowship and encouragement in ministry. Registration forms and brochures will be in your church and on-line soon.

Henry Bosch / Helen van Loo at NADC 780-423-0456

Have You Ever Wondered 

How your donations to CRWRC overseas relief projects are utilized in participation with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank? How does that all work? How is food actually purchased and distributed? Who are the local people working tirelessly to end hunger in their communities? Find out for yourself as CFGB invites you to participate on a Food Study Tour in Ethiopia from January 26th – February 12th, or a Youth Discovery Tour to Guatemala, January 17th – 29th. Contact ServiceLink or CFGB if interested and for further information. See www.crcna.org/servicelink

Global Mission Webinars 

Several CRC agencies and offices have teamed up to provide a fall series of six webinars related to missions. They begin September 22 and run every other week. To see the full lineup of topics and speakers, visit www.crcna.org/MissionWebinars

The Persecuted Church

Egypt 

On August 13th Sheikh Tobah, imam of the village of Shimi, used Friday prayers to incite local Muslims to wage jihad against the local Coptic Christian community. Within hours an Islamic hard-liner named Mohamed Ali Almstaui had attacked a local Copt, Maher Amin, who was washing his taxi. That evening Mohamed led a mob of some 20 Muslims against the Amin family home. When the security forces arrived, they arrested the Christians, ignoring their injuries, so they could pressure them to accept "reconciliation." To uphold the Shariah provision that Christians may not testify against Muslims in court, the Egyptian government enforces "reconciliation" whereby Christians are forced to drop charges in exchange for Muslim assurances that the conflict has ended. However, less than 24 hours after "reconciliation" was brokered, Mohamed led a Muslim mob in another attack against Copts in their homes, on the streets and in their fields. The Copts are greatly distressed by their evident helplessness, knowing that in the absence of legal protection they are essentially without rights and are extremely vulnerable to further violence. Since the government started enforcing "reconciliation" in 2007, violent persecution has soared. Please pray Christians in Egypt will preach the gospel with boldness in areas where incidents of persecution continue to increase (Acts 4:31). Pray the Lord will soften the hearts of those who currently oppose Him and His church. Pray the Lord will give the Christian community in this nation a spirit of faithfulness and confidence

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