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2011-06-12 June 12 Bulletin

Our Church Family

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to remember those young and old with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles.

Marcella and I would like to thank the Bethel congregation for their prayers, the cards, meals and help over this last year since I was diagnosed with cancer. We, along with you thank the Lord for His healing hand on me and that the prognosis at this time looks very good. May the honor and praise be to our Father in heaven! Thank you, Craig Van Stryland

Congratulations to Dave Moniuk with the celebration of his 78th birthday this coming Tuesday. May God bless you with a special day with family and friends.

Email correction for your directories: John & Shirley Bos new email address is jbosch@telus.net

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tony & Henny Middag, Ann Vander Wal, Tilly Biel and Lea Dykstra

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Church Potluck

Our last potluck lunch was a hit! (We’ve worked out some of the kinks, e.g. long lines and hungry kids!) Today we are having a Potluck lunch after the morning worship service/coffee. Please bring some food to share and join us for a delicious meal and wonderful fellowship!

Next Sunday, June 19th 

our morning service will be led by Elder August Luymes. In the evening we welcome Pastor Leon Johnston from the Wolf Creek Community Church to lead our worship. Pastor Mike will be in Ontario visiting with family.

Reminder from the Deacons: 

There is one week left to fill your baby bottles with change for the Pregnancy Care Centre. Please bring your filled bottles on Fathers’ Day, next Sunday, June 19th.

Bethel Safe Church Policy: 

TODAY is the second Sunday in a month long campaign to start the process of a mass sign up for police checks. You will be filling out a Lacombe Police Service Criminal Record Check form and leaving a copy of your driver’s license or any piece of photo id. Your Safe Church Volunteer Profile form should be dropped off at the same time. This was given to you in advance to fill out a couple of weeks ago. I will be set up downstairs in the council and photo copy rooms for the whole month of June. Anyone involved with Council, Ministry Leadership Teams, Nursery, Youth leaders, GEMS, Cadets, Sunday School/Children in Worship, Coffee Break/Story Hour and Nursery, Friendship, Ushers and Hall Monitors and Circle of Friends are required to go through this process so that we as a church are covered in our insurance policies. All information will be compiled here at the church and when everyone has submitted all forms, I will then take all required paper work to the police station for processing. If you have any questions about the process or the forms please contact me. Dana van Gyssel

Living Members 

will meet tonight at the home of Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer. We will be looking at Lesson 6 from The Truth Project.

Church Picnic!

It will be on July 1st right behind our church. We will be playing “Minute to Win it”. Please bring lawn chairs and a salad and dessert to share. Coffee will be ready at 11:00 am. We will eat at noon. For more information, talk to a FMLT member.

Bridal Shower 

All ladies and girls are invited to a kitchen and pantry shower in honor of Kayleen Ebens' upcoming wedding to Jesse Sandin. The shower will take place here at Bethel on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Bethel Youth News

Attention all Youth: 

There will be ‘chicken pickin’ at the Van Stryland’s on Monday, June 20th! We will begin with a light supper at 5 p.m. followed by chicken picking. Please meet at the church by 4:30 p.m. if you need a ride or if you need more info contact Wayne or Dana.

Junior & Senior Youth, You have been invited! 

Come celebrate the longer days of Northern Alberta on the peaceful property of Last Lake Guest House, west of Grimshaw, on June 24th- 26th. This will be a weekend of fun, games, team building and learning in Christ. If you are at all interested in this event check out the poster on the youth bulletin board or contact Dana or Wayne for more info.


Volunteer Opportunity! Camp Rehoboth 

provides a one-week camp experience for people with disabilities. As well as a lot of fun activities, part of this experience is teaching them from the Bible and sharing the love of Jesus with them. It is a life-changing and faith-building week for our volunteers as well. Our camper spots are filled, but we still have lots of counsellor openings to fill before July. Please prayerfully consider joining us for one of the following weeks:

R and R week: June 27-July 1

Adult Week 1: July 2-8

Adult Week 2: July 9-15

Independent Week: July 16-22

Contact Linda Rosendal - linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca or check out our website at http://www.rehoboth.ab.ca/camp_program.html for more information.

GEMS Camp 2011! 

August 8 - 12. Registration is now complete with 37 enthusiastic girls and plans are being finalized. We still need one more Cook to complete our staff. Please consider if you can help out! Also, please keep a look out for an opportunity to donate toward the food lists that will be available soon to clubs that are sending girls. Contact: Barb Nauta at 403 652-7078 or abnauta@platinum.ca to volunteer.

Denominational News

Prayer for SYNOD 

The congregations of the Christian Reformed Church in North America are asked to remember the synodical assembly in intercessory prayers on Sundays, June 5th and 12th Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will equip the delegates to serve in faith and obedience and will lead the Christian Reformed Church into new and challenging areas of ministry. May we together experience the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as we strive to know and to do the will of the Lord.

The Persecuted Church


In recent years, a number of Somali Christians have been martyred or publicly named as targets for execution in the country, where Islam is the national religion. With a mere 0.05 percent of the population known Christians, many believers have fled to neighbouring countries in fear for their lives. Nonetheless, new testimonies continue to affirm that many Somalis, including Muslim-background believers, are boldly embracing Christ, despite pressure, threats and violence. A Somali woman who has faced pressure from her Muslim family members since becoming a Christian five years ago recently reported that her husband and children have also left Islam for Christianity. Another Somali, a Muslim-background believer living in Southeast Asia, came to know Christ in recent months. "No matter what will happen to me I will sacrifice my life for Jesus," he said. "I hope you pray for me, whoever you are. I believe that you are my brother or sister in Christ and you will ask Jesus to take away the blindness and sufferings of my Somali people." Praise the Lord for these encouraging testimonies of Christ moving among the Somali people. Pray Somali believers will continue to set Christ apart as Lord without giving in to fear, always prepared to share Christ while living a holy life (1 Peter 3:14-17). Pray suffering Somali Christians will sense the encouragement and love of the various individuals standing with them in their plight.

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