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2011-07-24 July 24 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.

Albert Biel is in the Red Deer Hospital being monitored for heart concerns. He will likely be receiving a pace maker in order to stabilize his heart rate. May God grant healing in his grace.

Please note the following change for your church directories: Els Ebens, Box 92, Room D-42, 4508 C & E Trail, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1V9.

Congratulations to Hilda Zuidhof with the celebration of her 86th birthday today and Harry Van Stryland with his 80th birthday and Lillian Mercier with her 83rd birthday, both tomorrow. May God bless you all with a special day of celebration.

Thanks for all the prayers, cards, visits and condolences with the passing of my brother, Gerald Nanninga. Sudden death is always shocking, but we know God is in control. We appreciate being in the family of Bethel. Ray and Eleanor Merkus

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 31st 

We think of the “Fruit of the Spirit: Peace (Shalom),” reading from 2 Samuel 12:15-23. In the evening we read from Hebrews 2:10-18 and confess in our contemporary culture that “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Church secretaries’ summer hours: 

for the next month or so the church secretaries will be in the office on Fridays only from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thank you. 

I just want to say a big thank you to all those who helped out with the Lacombe Days events this past weekend: those who let us borrow stuff, helped with fluffing pompoms, decorating the float or were on it, were course marshals or collected the offering. You all are very much appreciated and I can’t thank you enough for your help. Veronica Bouwman

Please pray for the Central Alberta Cadets and their counselors as they travel by bus to Reed City, Michigan to attend the International Cadet Camporee. They will be leaving July 25th and returning August 5th. Pray that they will have travelling mercies, good camping weather and build new friendships. Pray that each boy and man that attends this camporee will grow in their faith and closer to God. Bethel has 9 boys and 3 counselors, including a junior counsellor attending.

Bethel Youth News

The Young Adult Hike 

In the Rocky Mountains will be on 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

Classis Alberta North’s Restorative Justice Taskforce 

Is please to invite you to two exciting and free restorative justice events with Stan Baker on Friday, July 29th from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Inglewood CRC, 12330 113 Avenue in Edmonton. Please see the church bulletin board for detailed information about the events. Both events are free, but due to space are limited to 24 participants each. To register for the events please send an email indicating which event or both you plan to attend to crcrestorativejustice@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone number and mailing address.

The Persecuted Church

Iraq 

A house church leader has been kidnapped. A girl told how Muslims broke into her home and took her father, Pastor Jamal. It is suspected the militants targeted him for helping lead many Muslims to Christ. Several weeks ago, the home of one of Jamal's recent converts was sprayed with machine gun fire. Many fear that the militants, possibly members of al Qaida, will not give Jamal any option of release but immediately kill him. Throughout Iraq, Christians in environments of violence continue to face the agonizing choice of fleeing their homes or remaining in a climate of fear and pressure. Most Christians have left the country or have been forced to move from their hometowns due to continuous attacks, and it is estimated that less than half of a million Christians remain. Despite threats against them, hundreds of Iraqi Christians in Kirkuk recently celebrated the opening of a new church -- the first to be built in eight years. Pray that Jamal will be released and brought home safely. Pray that he will rest in the knowledge that the Good Shepherd is with him through his sufferings (Psalm 23). Pray that both he and his family will remain faithful to the Lord in this time of trial. Thank the Lord for the opening of the church in Kirkuk. Pray that the Church will continue to strengthen and grow, even amid the ongoing persecution.

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