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2012-08-12 August 12 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 Alice Scholing, Fenny Stegerman as they celebrate their birthdays today. To Pearl Meindersma as hers will be on Tuesday and to Annette Sackmann on Wednesday. Wishing you ladies a wonderful day and may the new year be filled with the Lords richest blessings!

We are thankful to our gracious God that Polly Mooy is benefiting from her treatment in Ponoka. She should be returning home towards the end of August.

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

Next Sunday, August 19th 

We read from John 9:1-34 and we see that “God is Good.”

In the evening we affirm another essential aspect of the Christian FAITH: that God Transforms believers by the power of his grace through the Holy Spirit. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

VBS report: 

God blessed our VBS week with 50+ children every day. Under Kristin’s leadership and with the many eager volunteers who helped we had a fantastic time learning about God’s good creation and his love for us in Jesus. Kids took part in fun and sometimes very wet games out on the field. They made crafts with lots of glue and glitter (you can never have too much glue and glitter). They enjoyed tasty snacks served up by the kitchen team. We finished off with a fun program and a tasty hotdog lunch. Thanks to everyone who helped out and to all the kids who came out.

Bridal shower for Michelle Hoekstra

All ladies and girls are invited to a Bridal shower for Michelle Hoekstra on Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship hall. Michelle and Rob de Regt are planning to be married here in Bethel on August 31st. Please bring a snack to share!

Bethel Youth

Calaway Park! 

After having a wonderful coffee with a small few the idea is to go to Calaway Park for the day. If you are interested in this event I will need to know how many will be going. Strategic planning is needed to coordinate transportation and paperwork. This trip will take place either August 27, 28, or 29th. If you are in grade 7-12 or a young adult you’re more than welcome to join. On Sunday, August 19th we will be meeting in the council room after the morning service for a final count of attendees. Call or email Dana for more info.

TNY Kick Off Retreat 

Grades 7 – 12, It’s that time of year again! We will be going to Bar Harbor once again on September 7-9, 2012. Our special guest speaker is Ron De Vries, our regional Youth Director who has spoken for us in the past. Please feel free to invite your friends for a wonderful weekend of great food, fun, a little beach time and our classic capture the flag game. The cost will be $30 and registration; liability/consent forms will be available next week. If you need more information please contact Amaris.


The Church of All Ages: Children and Intergenerational Worship

Join us for Concordia’s 2012 Worship and Music Symposium on Saturday, August 25, 2012, The Church of All Ages: Children and Intergenerational Worship. Our keynote speakers are Dr. John Witvliet and Mrs. Betty Grit from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both Dr. Witvliet and Mrs. Grit bring a wealth of practical, theological, and ground-level experience in intergenerational concerns. Join us, too, for local voices who will give presentations on working with adolescent voices, the basics of children’s choirs, children in liturgical worship, and the theology of children in worship. For more information and to register online go to: http://worshipsymposium.concordia.ab.ca

An uplifting Hymn Festival will be one of the day’s events, open to all. Even if you are not registered for the Symposium, plan to attend this event at 7:00 p.m. in the Robert Tegler Student Centre at Concordia University College of Alberta.

“We Care, We Ride” for Life

In support of the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre. This will be a full day of activity which includes three meals, music and prizes. Your support is greatly appreciated!When: Saturday, September 15th, 2012. 8-10 a.m. Registration and Breakfast at Bethany Baptist Church, Red Deer, AB. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ride Central Alberta scenic route (approx. 250 km) Lunch in Ponoka, at the Word of Life, 5-7 p.m. BBQ with live Music at Living Stones Church, Red Deer, AB. $25/rider, $10/passenger, includes t-shirt (if registered by August 15th), breakfast, lunch and supper. To register, please call 403-343-1611 or go to the events section at www.support.pregnancycare.ca for more details and to download a pledge form or poster.

CRWRC's 50th Anniversary

Save the Date! On Saturday evening, November 3, 2012 join CRWRC supporters from Western Canada in celebrating the ministry of CRWRC around the world over the last 50 years through food and fellowship. This event will be held at Covenant CRC in Edmonton. Tickets and full details will be available in early Fall.

Persecuted Church

North Korea 

A VOM (Voice of the Martyrs) partner, along with four North Korean defectors now living in South Korea, released 10 gospel balloons into the "Hermit Kingdom" on July 5th. The North Korean believers hope the balloons and their cargo will reach their hometowns in North Korea and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ there. Launching these balloons is a tangible way for North Koreans now living in South Korea to reach out to their home land. The four North Korean Christians wrote their testimonies and included them among the 45,000 flyers delivered by the balloons. This was the fifth balloon launch by the VOM partner this year. Pray that the gospel messages carried by the balloons will bring hope to those who read them. Also pray that North Korea's new leader will bring about positive reform and respect the freedoms of North Korean Christians. Pray that Christians in North Korea will remain steadfast in their faith and be a light to those around them.

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