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2011-08-14 August 14 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.

Congratulations to Annette Sackmann as she celebrates her 84th birthday on Monday. Wishing you the Lord’s richest blessings on your special day and into your new year!

Patrick Finney has a new phone number. 403-391-0605 Please change your directories!

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 21st

We welcome our missionary from Nigeria, Pastor Albert Strydhorst to lead us in worship in the morning. Pastor Willem Delleman from Ponoka will lead our evening service.

From the secretary

To whoever returned the paper cutter, thank you!

The Education MLT

requests leaders or a representative from each education group to join us in the council room for a quick minute after this morning service.

Pre-School Sunday School 

is looking for two teachers for the 3-4 year old class. This class takes place during the morning service and would be a 2 week on, 4 week off rotation. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jen Zuidhof at 403-782-6672.

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! 

This year’s 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! Registration forms and Liability/Consent forms can be found in the front foyer table or get them from any youth leader! For more information about this annual event contact Dana or Wayne

Well a coffee was done, NOW WHAT? 

There is still a few weeks of summer left, what would you like to do? How about the beach, do a little boating maybe? I do have opportunity to get a boat! OR maybe a weenie roast on the beach strikes your fancy. Movies night at the theatre, or here at the church! These are ideas that are rolling around and they are available to you, you just have to say the word and we will make it happen. Let Dana know what you’re thinking!

Denominational News

Disability Concerns: 

The summer issue of Breaking Barriers, a quarterly resource with stories and information for inclusion of people with disabilities in churches and ministries, is now available online at www.crcna.org/disability. This issue features stories about making meetings accessible.

The CRC RJ Justice Taskforce 

will be offering a workshop at the Day of Encouragement which will be on Saturday, November 5th at The King's University College. The title and synopsis of our Day of Encouragement workshop is: Love in Action when Things are Tough. It’s easy to love our Christian brothers and sisters when things are going well, but what about when conflict arises? What’s a helpful framework to use in building relationships, community and connections? How can we ask great questions and then listen to the answers? How does what we do or say impact others? Where does responsibility and accountability fit in? This workshop will address the ways in which restorative practices can strengthen relationships and congregations.

The Persecuted Church


Officials have arrested at least 90 Christians in recent months, including many college students. In May, authorities detained 64 believers in Adi Abeyto, a village near the capital, Asmara. Only six of the 90 arrested have been released. The others are thought to be held at a police station or in the notorious Mitire military prison. It is not clear why the Christians were detained, but college students have reportedly been arrested in recent weeks for refusing to take part in celebrations for the country's Independence Day, May 24th. For example, 26 students from the Mai-Mefhi College of Technology were arrested in June and detained at an unknown location. In 2002, the Eritrean government banned all Christian groups that do not belong to a state-approved church. Since then, thousands of Christians have been imprisoned. 16 are known to have died in custody. Pray that Eritreans imprisoned for Christ will be released. Pray Eritrean Christians will remain steadfast in faith, lovingly proclaiming Christ both inside and outside of prison walls. Pray that those who persecute Christians in Eritrea will repent of their ways and come to faith in Christ.

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