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2012-07-15 July 15 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.

Adolf Opdendries passed away this week. He was 84 years old. He was a dear brother-in-law to Simon Swier, Helena Kits, Gerrit and Dorothy Meindersma and an uncle to Trudy Salomons. The funeral will be held this coming week in First CRC in Red Deer. May our gracious God comfort his wife Tina, the family and all those who sorrow.

Albert Biel tripped and fell at home on Monday and sustained various injuries including cracked ribs. He remains in the hospital in Ponoka receiving treatment. We pray for God’s gracious presence for Albert and Tilly.

Annette Sackmann was in hospital for pain management. She was able to return home this week but her activity level is limited. We pray for the sustaining grace of our Lord Jesus for Annette and Lawrence.

Congratulations to Rod and Barb Venhuis with the celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary on July 17th. May God bless you and your family in the years to come! The planter at the front of the church is a gift for the Venhuis family.

Congratulations to Jake Prins with the celebration of his birthday this Wednesday, July 18th. May God bless you on your birthday and in the year to come.

Please make the following changes in your new Church directory:

Peter & Jan Zuidhof, the residence address should be #3 Greystone Drive, not Greystone Ranch.

Tony & Henny Middag, the Box number should be 79 not 49.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Albert & Tilly Biel, Lea Dykstra, Tony & Henny Middag, Lena Spelt, Grace Vander Veen and Ann Vander Wal.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

On Sunday, July 22nd

We join with the other Christian churches of Lacombe to worship. It is our annual Lacombe Days service. It begins at 11 a.m. and is once again at the ME Global athletic field (next to the composite high school). Breakfast will be served on site starting at 8 a.m. by the Wolf Creek Community Church. We will not have a morning service at Bethel but we will have our regular evening service led by Elder Wayne Bouwman.

Itinerary of Worship & Events for the Lacombe Days service - Sunday, July 22nd

7:30 a.m.: Start of the half marathon

8:00 a.m.: Pancake breakfast begins

8:30 a.m.: 10, 5 and 2.5 km races start

10:30 a.m.: Awards presentation for Lacombe Half Marathon

10:45 a.m.: Pancake breakfast concludes

11:00 a.m.: Transition from the half marathon to Church service – Jake Schellenberg (YU)

The Theme for the service is Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

11:05 a.m.: Shadow Lands praise team lead in congregational singing

11:25 a.m.: Offering & congregational prayer with a focus around neighboring

– Pastor Rick Abma (Woodynook CRC) - Bethel CRC will collect the offering

The offering goes to the Youth Unlimited (Youth for Christ) youth centre here in Lacombe because it is in need of funds at this time.

11:35 a.m.: Sermon: Pastor Jamie Veitch (Pentecostal Church)

11:55 a.m.: Shadow Lands lead in one final song

12:00 noon: Benediction – Pastor Leon Johnston (Wolf Creek Community Church)

Council Executive Meeting Highlights:

On July 11th we had our last Executive meeting before we take the summer off. Some things of note:

1. We assigned new Council representatives to the Ministry Leadership Teams that report to Executive. Terry continues with the GALT. Gerald Noort is now a member of the EMLT. Pastor Mike reports back from WMLT. In addition the OMLT is represented by Peter Prins.

2. As per a suggestion from a member of the congregation we are considering creating a vision statement for Bethel. Keep an eye in the coming weeks on your mailbox for a questionnaire to see if a Vision Statement is wanted and ideas for it.

3. Last but not least, we thank Andrew Tenbrinke who volunteered to serve an extra year as a Youth elder; this will even out the Youth Elder rotation.

Lacombe Days

Starts this week! Our church is involved in the parade on Saturday and with the Half Marathon on Sunday morning. Helpers are still needed in both of these events and the time is coming close! If you are able to help decorate the float at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at TimberWolf Truss, 3801 52 Ave., walk alongside the church float on Saturday, or help with the race on Sunday morning, please let Kristin Van Stryland know at 403-784-3545. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Vacation Bible School:

We are still in need of one teacher and a couple of helpers to make sure Vacation Bible School is able to run! If you are able to help out during the week of August 7-10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, please contact Kristin Van Stryland at 403-784-3545.

Vacation Bible School Craft Materials:

The following materials are needed for VBS crafts: toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and any CD’s/DVD’s that you no longer need. Please place materials in box under the church mailboxes. Thank you!

There will be a Vacation Bible school meeting

This coming Tuesday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m. All volunteers for Vacation bible school are asked to attend this meeting at the church.

Bethel Youth

The annual Young Adult hike is July 27th to 29th in the David Thompson area (past Nordegg). We will be leaving from Woody Nook CRC on the Friday at 6 a.m., and returning on Sunday evening. $50 is the registration. Please hand it in to Pastor Rick to register and you will receive more information at that time. Deadline for registration is July 23rd. For more info contact Pastor Rick Abma at 403-505-9897.


Building Blocks Thrift Store

Has one paid position available. Every Saturday, except long weekends, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please contact Bert Tenbrinke at 403-782-7200 or John de Regt at 403-782-5094 if you are interested.

Persecuted Church


More than 10 villages outside the city in Jos were attacked on July 7th, leaving dozens of people dead. Hundreds of Fulani Muslims, many of them wearing military camouflage and bulletproof vests, invaded the villages in the early morning, killing at least 25 people. Several were hospitalized while over a hundred were displaced and sought shelter at churches. The majority of victims were women, children, and the elderly. A mass burial was organized for the following day. While those mourning proceeded to the site, they found the burned bodies of approximately 50 others in a torched church building. The victims had reportedly sought shelter at the church after fleeing their homes. During the funeral service, assailants attacked the crowd. Among those killed were two politicians. The total death toll is reported to be over 100 people. Following the attack, angry youths protested in the streets. Please pray the Lord will heal and restore those who have suffered as a result of these attacks. Pray that Fulani Muslims will know Christ's love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of the Christians (Romans 12:14, 21). Pray for wisdom and guidance for Nigeria's Christian president, Goodluck Jonathan, and for all those who serve with him as leaders of this nation. Pray that Christians will not retaliate but will demonstrate Christ's love and peace
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