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2011-07-10 July 10 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.

Dear Bethel church family. Thank you so much for the love and compassion shown to us with the loss of our dear Ian. Your prayers, hugs, cards, gifts of food and flowers have lifted us up. Your words of comfort have truly blessed us in our time of sorrow. Love, Paul, Cindy & Corinna Prins

Albert Biel is in the Lacombe hospital with concerns about mini strokes. He has better and worse days but remains in good spirits and confident in his faith.

We continue to pray for Paul, Cindy and Corinna Prins in this time of sadness. May the grace and love of Jesus our Lord fill the emptiness you feel.

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

Next Sunday, July 17th 

We gather at 11:00 a.m. at ME Global Park for our annual Lacombe Days combined worship service. There is bleacher seating or you can bring a lawn chair. Wolf Creek Community church will be serving a breakfast beginning at 8:30. There is also the running of the Youth for Christ half marathon before the service. Come out for an exciting morning of Christian fellowship and Worship. In the evening we read from Romans 3 and confess “The Fall: Sin in our modern world.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Lacombe Days

Lacombe Days is coming up this week, July 14-17. The biggest thing is that we are working out the details for our parade float. The parade is on Saturday, July 16th, starting at 10 a.m. On Sunday, July 17th at 11:00 a.m. we will participate in the combined service in the park with the other churches in Lacombe. There will be a Half Marathon on Sunday prior to the church service. We are in need of a number of volunteers to make these events possible. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at the church at 403-782-6400 (leave a message if we are not in) or email me at v.l.bouwman@hotmail.com and I can give you further details. Thank you, Veronica Bouwman.

Bethel Youth News

The Young Adult Hike 

In the Rocky Mountains will be from August 5, 6, & 7. We will be leaving Woody Nook CRC on Friday morning, August 5th at 6:00 a.m. If you have a tent, please let us know. A packing list and itinerary will be sent upon registration. Please submit $50 for registration before July 31st to Pastor Rick Abma. (Woody Nook CRC) rickabma@gmail.com or 403.505.9897.

Announcements

Lacombe Christian School 

Has an opening for a part-time grade 4/5 teacher. Please send resumes, including your statement of faith and references, to tvandoesburg@lacs.ca by Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Denominational News

CRWRC

You Harvested Hope: CRWRC would like to thank all individuals and churches who contributed to our Harvest Hope campaign. Following a denial of funding from CIDA last December, CRWRC asked you to help us raise $825,000 by June 30 to sustain vital programs. As of July 4, CRWRC has received $829,109! Thank you. However, the challenge is not over. We've submitted a number of new proposals to CIDA for this next year and are awaiting word on what we will receive. Each proposal will also require that we raise 25% to match CIDA's 75% contribution. Please pray that CRWRC will receive what it needs to continue its work.

The Persecuted Church

Iran

Last month, Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani, convicted of apostasy for leaving Islam, had his death sentenced for apostasy upheld and confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court. On July 3rd Pastor Youcef's lawyer reported that his case was being returned to the Revolutionary Tribunal and that the Supreme Court would annul the sentence if Youcef renounced his faith. Pastor Youcef remains at serious risk of execution and continues to face extreme pressure to deny Christ. The Revolutionary Tribunal has been instructed to give Youcef more time in which to recant his faith in Jesus, which suggests that while the death sentence remains against him, it may not be as imminent as first thought. There remains some uncertainty, as Pastor Youcef's lawyer has yet to receive written confirmation of the death sentence verdict. Pray Pastor Youcef will be exonerated and released. Pray he will continue to find encouragement and strength in Christ in prison. Pray Iranian officials operating in corrupt and oppressive ways will repent of their actions and come to embrace Christ as Lord. Pray Christians in Iran will set their minds on Christ as they serve Him amid opposition (1 Corinthians 1:10).

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