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2011-08-21 August 21 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 make the following changes to your church directory.

Don & Amaris Wildeboer, 5630 51 Ave, Lacombe, T4L 1K8

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 28th 

We read from Genesis 13:8-18 and see the Spirit filled kindness of Abraham to his nephew Lot as an example of the fruit of Spirit of kindness in us. We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. In our evening service we read from Genesis 7 and testify to the truth of God’s word, the Bible in our modern culture. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

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 and singers! 

There is a Music Workshop happening here at Bethel THIS Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.! If you enjoy singing or playing an instrument, no matter your experience level, plan to attend! It will be similar to last year, and you will spend time developing your musical talent (your specific instrument, or your voice), getting to know others better, and growing musically as a praise team. Please contact me, Evelyn, at ejeisses@gmail.com or 782-2345 to confirm your attendance if we haven’t already chatted! Snacks and lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Worship MLT 

Will meet August 29th at 7:30 p.m. Please note the change of date.

Bethel September Newsletter: 

After taking a break for the summer, it is time to get back to the monthly newsletters. Thank you for your patience as we dealt with a busy summer and family commitments. We look forward to a new season of the Bethel Newsletter and hope you will continue to give us items to include. As we begin the new year in school and with the education here in church, we encourage you to send us a note about the plans for your program for the coming year. Tell us about your joys as well as your prayer needs. We look forward to being able to keep the family of Bethel informed and being able to pray for and support one another. We plan to produce the next newsletter on September 1st. Please have your contributions delivered to the newsletter team by Monday, August 29th. If there is anyone in the congregation who would like to be involved with this endeavour – please talk to one of us. We would love to have you. Harriet Luymes, Ann Wildeboer and Anita Geldof

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!

Young Adults 

Looking for a super fun, cheap night out? Join us Saturday, September 10th for a Car Rally & Square Dance! 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 check out the poster on the youth bulletin board or, contact Amy Stol at 780-952-6578.

Room For Rent

close to the Century Park LRT Station. Seeking a female roommate to share a three bedroom townhouse in Edmonton. If you are or know someone, who is looking for accommodations for the coming season, check out the poster on the youth and foyer bulletin boards!

Campus Ministries 

Heading off to University or College? Why not make the most of your education by joining a Christian Reformed campus community? The CRC has over 33 campus ministries in North America that are designed to help you find a place on campus to belong and to explore your faith. We are a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and we’d love to have you join our fellowship! To find out if there is one on your campus please go to www.crccampusministry.org. No campus ministry at your school? You can also find the nearest CRC at www.crcna.org and select “find a church”. For further assistance please contact us at: campusministry@crcn.org.

Denominational News

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

Ugandan 

A 14 year-old girl remains in frail health 10 months after her father tortured her for leaving Islam for Christianity. In March 2010, Susan Ithungu came to faith in Christ after an evangelist came to speak at her school. A month later, news reached Susan's father that she had converted to Christianity. He warned her and her brother against attending church or listening to the gospel message, threatening to kill them in broad daylight if they embraced Christianity. Susan was then locked in a room with no sunlight. Her brother was warned against telling anyone of her imprisonment, but would secretly bring her food and water. In October 2010, the boy finally told the neighbours about his sister's situation. They then reported the case to the authorities and police freed her. Susan was extremely weak and unable to walk or talk. "Her hair had turned yellow, she had long fingernails and sunken eyes, and she looked very slim, less than 20 kilograms," said one pastor. Her father was arrested shortly afterward but quickly released. At last report, Susan was still struggling with her health, unable to walk, but able to talk and eat soft foods. "The great news is that Susan is still strong in the Lord Jesus Christ," the pastor said. "She needs prayers and support, so that she can resume her education soon." Thank God for Susan's rescue and pray for her continued healing. Pray many Christians will be emboldened by her story of persevering faith and confidence in Christ (Hebrews 10:32-39). Pray for safety for her brother. Ask God to bring her father to repentance and that he, too, will come to know Christ as Lord.

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