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2011-07-31 July 31 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.

Please pray for the Central Alberta Cadets and their counselors as they are in Reed City, Michigan attending the International Cadet Camporee. They will be returning by bus on August 5th. Pray that they had a wonderful camping experience, built new friendships and travelling mercies coming home . Pray that each boy and man that attended this camporee will grow in their faith and closer to God. Bethel has 9 boys and 3 counselors, including a junior counsellor attending.

Please remember Steven Szelekovszky and Jessica Daly as they will be returning to Australia later this week. May you both travel in his safety and protection.

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, August 7th 

We think of the “Fruit of the Spirit: Patience,” reading from Job 14. In the evening we read from Philippians 2:1-18 and confess the work of the Holy Spirit in our contemporary culture. 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.

Attention all musicians! 

If you are interested in growing musically or joining the music ministry at Bethel you are invited to our second Music Workshop! It is going to be August 27th and 28th more details will come! No matter the level you are at musically, you are invited to have fun, learn lots, and enjoy fellowship! Similar to last summer's workshop, you will receive tools both to improve on your individual musical ability and to grow together as a praise team! Hope to see you there! Evelyn Eisses and the Worship MLT

Bethel Youth News

Bethel Youth Retreat! 

Its that time of year again to start thinking about the retreat! This years event will be taking place on September 9th-11th at Bar Harbour Retreat Centre on Buffalo Lake. It’s open to all students from grade 7-12 and we would encourage all to invite a friend or two. Mark it on your calendars! More information and sign up sheets will be available in the coming weeks.

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.

Young Adults 

Looking for a super fun, cheap night out? Join us Saturday, September 10th for a Car Rally & Square Dance! It will start at Ebenezer CRC in Leduc (South of Hwy 623 on RR 250) at 3:00 p.m. Cost will be $15 per person. This CANYA event was a huge success last year so register soon at www.canyouthministry.com and click “online registration” to reserve your spot! For more information, contact Amy Stol at 780-952-6578.

Denominational News

CRWRC East Africa Drought Response: 

The worst drought in 60 years is threatening 11.6 million people-–an increase of one million in the last two weeks. CRWRC is supporting 100,000 Kenyans until Dec. with $7 million in food aid and is soon expanding into Ethiopia and Somalia. The Canadian government will match (1:1) private donations received by Sept. 16, and CRWRC is eligible to apply to this new CIDA fund. Through CFGB, CRWRC is guaranteed a 4:1 CIDA match towards the food aid portion. To donate, call 1-800-730-3490, visit www.crwrc.org/donate, or mail your cheque marked "CRWRC East Africa Drought Response" to: CRWRC, 3475 Mainway, STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8. Please pray for the millions who are facing starvation.

The Persecuted Church

Laos - A Christian was recently kicked out of his home for taking his daughter to a medical doctor rather than seeking treatment from a witch doctor. Twenty-six-year-old "Noy" lived with his wife and their two children in his in-laws' home. He began facing opposition from his family members when he converted to Christianity because he attended church on Sundays rather than work in the field. When his daughter became ill, the family told Noy to take her to a witch doctor. Instead, Noy said, "I will take my daughter to the hospital. God will rescue her life." His in-laws cursed him and burned his Bible and other Christian books while he was at the hospital. When Noy returned after his daughter's recovery, his in-laws told him he couldn't live there unless he renounced his faith. Noy refused, saying, "How can I forsake the living God?" They then forced him to leave the house. With help from The Voice of the Martyrs workers, Noy and his family have purchased a simple bamboo house, but are without basic necessities such as food, clothing and materials for farming. Thank the Lord that Noy and his family stood firm in their faith and that they are continuing to attend church joyfully. Pray that God will provide for their physical needs and guard their hearts against anxiety. Pray that Christians in Laos will be a bold testimony of love to those around them.

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