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2011-09-04 September 9 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.

Henry Geldof was given a surgery time for September 14. We are thankful that the doctors are ready to go ahead. Despite some uncertainties about what might be the problem we trust in God’s healing grace.

Grace Vander Veen celebrates her 103rd birthday this Friday. We thank God for the gift of long life and that she continues to manage quite well.

Congratulations to Eleanor Wildeboer as she celebrates her 71st today and Teena Stol as she celebrates her 70th birthday on Friday. To each of you we pray that your day is filled with the Lord’s richest blessings and into your new year!

Please make the following changes to your church directories: Albert & Tilly Biel, # 106, 4004 40 Street Close, Ponoka, AB, T4J 0A3. Phone # 403-790-0114, the new phone number will not be in effect until September 8th.

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, September 11th 

We read from 1 Kings 19:1-18 and see “Faithful Elijah” even though he feels that he is the only one left serving the Lord. Our second service will be at 4 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. as the Youth come back from their retreat and share their theme of “God’s Care” with us. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The Education MLT is looking for a substitute teacher 

For the grade 5/6 Treasure Seeker class. If you are interested in helping out in this ministry please contact Laura Duckett.

It’s that time of year again when our youth will meet together for a time of fun, fellowship and encouragement with their leaders. August and Harriet are excited to be the camp cooks again on September 9th-11th. To help keep costs down we are looking for food donations. The complete grocery list break down is located in the Bethel Newsletter. Please call Harriet, 403-782-2572, if you wish to donate food items or money.

From the Treasurer: 

It’s budget request time again! All Ministry Leadership Teams are asked to go over your budgets and have your numbers ready to be submitted to August Luymes by October 3, 2011. If you have any questions please contact August.

Secretaries hours

Summer is over and the secretaries are back to working two days a week. We will be in the office on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and all Friday’s from 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Parents of Bethel Youth Retreat Attendees: 

we will be in need of extra drivers, if you are available to come help us out please contact Wayne and Dana.

Bethel Youth News

Attention Students! 

Are you going to this year's retreat? Lots of good stuff is happening. Great speakers, great praise team, and of course food prepared by Bethel’s own Luymes team! Please have your forms signed out and placed in Dana’s mailbox or arrive at the church with form in hand. Your parents must sign the form before you can join us. Remember, invite a friend, they'll be glad you did! You can call, email, FB Dana or Wayne if you have any questions.

Youth Retreat Departure 

will take place from the church parking lot. Please be here at 5:30 p.m. so that the leaders can arrange for rides etc. Please note if you will be driving out yourself you may only have family in your vehicle. Need a map? Dana has those to.

Welcome to the U BBQ! 

Join us as we kick off the academic year with a free BBQ on Tuesday, September 13th beginning at 6:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with each other and meet some new people. The BBQ will take place at the Martin Luther House (10941-88th Ave.), across from the Sugar Bowl. Everyone is welcome! If you're coming to the U of A, MacEwan or NAIT for the first time, or you know someone who is, you can get in touch with Rick at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca. For more information about what's happening in the Campus Ministry check out our website at www.seekingwisdom.ca.


Building Blocks Thrift Store 

Is having their fall changeover on Monday, September 12th. Everyone is welcome to help from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Lunch will be served and of course coffee and fellowship are also included. If you have any questions contact Sylvia Schakel at 403-885-2912

Bibles for Missions Thrift Store: 

Needed volunteers, young or older! We are in need of people in all departments. If you can help out please contact Wilma or Joan at 403 340-2522 or come in and visit us at 4936-53 Ave, Red Deer, on the west side of the Superstore parking lot.

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel: 

February 27 – March 9, 2012. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho and much more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information about the cost and registration please call Peter Tuininga at 780 980-1133 or e-mail: ptpastor@telus.net.

Denominational News

Day of Encouragement

Keep Saturday, November 5th open for NADC's annual Day of Encouragement at The King's University College. This year's theme is 'Hospitality - Love in Action' with keynote speaker Cecil VanNiejenhuis. The day promises stimulating workshops, rousing worship and warm fellowship - something for everyone. Brochures and registration information will be available soon. Contact Henry Bosch or Helen van Loo at the NADC office for more information at (780) 423-0456 or hbosch@crcna.org

The Persecuted Church


Muslim extremists, with the alleged help of Nigerian army personnel, killed 24 Christians last month in central Nigeria's Plateau state. The attacks started on August 11th leaving six Christians dead. Also on August 15th Muslim extremists killed nine members of one Christian family along with another believer. On August 14th in Jos, Muslim extremists killed two Christians and injured one woman. A few days later, on August 21st assaults in other villages resulted in the deaths of six more Christians. Sources added that Nigerian army soldiers participated in the assaults or at least accompanied the assailants. Plateau Governor Jonah Jang called for immediate withdrawal of the Nigerian army because he believed Muslims in the army had taken sides with Islamic assailants. "I am convinced that the armed forces are being polluted with the religious crisis in the country," Jang said. "Before now, the military personnel used to stay in the barracks, but today the armed forces have started taking sides in this religious crisis, and if they are not called to order it will be dangerous for the country." Please pray the Lord will have mercy on this nation, pour out His Spirit and loosen the hold the enemy has over many of its people; for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Pray the Lord will give wisdom and strength to those in authority. Ask Him to comfort those who have suffered as a result of ongoing violent attacks.

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