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2012-08-26 August 26 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.

This Friday, August 31, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. here at Bethel, Michelle Hoekstra and Rob de Regt are planning to be married, the Lord willing. You the congregation are invited to witness this celebration of marriage.

Albert Biel is resting comfortably in the Ponoka hospital. He is receiving treatment for pneumonia and is starting to feel a little better.

Please note in your directories that Dustin and Melanie Biel have moved to Ontario and their new address is: Apt. 1106 - 690 Wonderland Rd. N. London, Ontario, N6H 4T7

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, September 2nd 

We have the privilege of witnessing the baptism of Kalley Tenbrinke. We read from Ezekiel 1 and celebrate the “Majesty of God.” In the evening we conclude our look at the Canons of Dort by reading from 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and answer the question “If God is sovereign, what about human responsibility?” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

Bulletin Announcement Deadline

Due to a wedding in the church next week Friday the deadline for the September 2nd bulletin will be Thursday, August 30th at 9 a.m.

WANTED: Passionate Musicians! 

Bethel Youth Retreat 2012, September 7 – 9. Are you part of the amazing Jr. Youth, Young Peoples, or Young Adults of Bethel. Have a passion to serve the Lord through praise and worship? Maybe you know someone who fits this description... Whether you enjoy singing or playing an instrument, we would love to have you come out and join our praise team. Please contact Amberly Venhuis at 403-392-3596 as soon as possible so that we can begin practicing!

Circle of Friends 

Is going well, serving many good meals each week. You can get involved. We need helpers, individual people or families. Helpers arrive on Thursday at about 4:00 p.m. to set up tables, serve the meal and help with the cleanup. We are usually finished around 6:15 p.m. This is a hands on way to reach out to the community. Contact Hilda Nowochin or Barb Vandyk.

Preschool Sunday School 

Is looking for two teachers - one for the 4-5 year old class and one 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 or Laura Duckett at 403-784-3270.

Grades 3 & 4 Sunday School 

Will be changing to a Treasure Seekers (grades 5 & 6) format for this fall. We are currently looking for willing congregation members to go down with the children to further discuss the sermon. All materials will be organized and ready for the kids and teachers. If you do not know what goes on in Treasure Seekers and are curious, go ahead and ask a Treasure Seeker or one of your EMLT members! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Laura Duckett at 403-784-3270.

Bible Study Time

We will be having an information and planning meeting to discuss new topics for a Bible study at Brad and Erin Lewin’s home on Monday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. The current tentative schedule has Bible studies at the Lewin house every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. with a proposed start date of Monday, October 1st. For more information contact either the Lewins or Bouwmans.

Bethel Newsletter

Summer is coming to an end – we are past the middle of August already. Back to school sales are all over. So, the newsletter team is looking to get started again as well. We will be putting our September newsletter together next week Thursday. If you would like to submit something for the newsletter we ask that you have it to either Harriet Luymes, haraug@gmail.com or Anita Geldof, ahgeldof@shaw.ca by Monday, August 27th.

Bethel Youth

Calaway Park! 

Final arrangements for drivers will be worked out today. If you haven’t told me you’re going, do it this morning. All liability/consent forms will need to be filled out and handed in Wednesday morning. If you need another they are located on the table in the foyer. Please note the date for the trip is now Wednesday, August 29th at 7:45 a.m. We will be leaving at 8 a.m. sharp. We will be arriving home around 6 p.m. just in time for family dinner. If you have a coupon for a reduced entrance fee from your mail or from the coupon book Please bring it. If you need more information contact Dana.

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. 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 are located on the table in the foyer. If you need more information please contact Amaris.

Young Adults (18ish – 30ish) – CANYA Ho-Down Hootenanny:

Itchin’ for some good ‘ol fashioned fun with flare?! Don’t want to break the bank while trying? Well gather your partners and come to the barn on Saturday, September 15th starting at 2 p.m. for some boot scootin’, grub munchin’, & epic vehicle adventures/challenges! Don’t quite got the moves like Jagger? No frettin’ necessary – we’ll all learn our do-se-do’s and promenades together! For more info on this CANYA event, please contact Curtis Doornbos at 403-357-8402. To register, please visit http://canym.weebly.com and click on the YA Car Rally & Square Dance tab.

Young Adults: 

Tired of working or just want to get away? Want to have a retreat which is custom designed for you? Then our CANYA (Classis Alberta North Young Adults) Retreat is for you! This will be on September 28th – 30th, 2012 in Canmore, AB. A Retreat like no other, one which ranges from going to the spa to biking down a mountain. If you just want to relax or fill the weekend with activities both our possible. But wait the Best part is coming together to meet fellow Christians in a time of worship and connecting with God on a more spiritual level. Come out and enjoy what Canmore and Banff have to offer! Cost for this event is $100.00 per person and accommodations will be at the Ramada Inn in Canmore Alberta. For more details or to register, please go to www.canym.weebly.com and look for the tab “Young Adults Retreat” or contact Ron deVries at 780-619-6566 canymc@gmail.com. Registration closes on September 23rd.

Campus Ministry Kick-Off BBQ

If you're planning on attending an institution of higher learning (U of A, Grant MacEwan, NAIT, etc.) in Edmonton this fall you're invited to a free Campus Ministry Kick-off BBQ on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther House (10941-88th Ave. across from the Sugarbowl). This is a great opportunity to find out what's happening in the U of A campus ministry this fall, and to meet or reconnect with other students studying in Edmonton. For more info contact Rick at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca.


Volunteer Training for Peer Counselors

At the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre. On Thursdays mornings fromSeptember 13th – November 1st at 9 a.m. till 12 noon. For more information please phone Rebecca at 403-343-1611.

Upswing 2012 Children's Ministry Leadership Conference 

"HEAVEN" will be held at the Ellerslie Road Baptist Church on September 28 and 29, 2012. For more info see poster in foyer

or go to www.upsing.org and check it out online!

Persecuted Church


Thousands of Christians have fled Syria after being accused of supporting the Assad regime or observing a "Western religion." Some believers have been killed, among whom is Atallah Ibrahim Bitar, who was shot to death while taking food to people forced into hiding by a week-long bombardment. Most of the 10,000 Christian residents have left the area of Qusayr, near Homs, "after reportedly being given an ultimatum to leave, a threat which was also echoed by the mosques," according to aid workers in the region. Workers with another ministry described the city as "an extremely dangerous place for those who remain and it is clear that Christians no longer feel safe in their homes." According to a Dutch aid group, 90 percent of Christians living in Homs fled after "fanatics" forced them to leave their homes. An estimated 50,000 people have fled Homs since February. Pray for the divine protection of Christians in Syria. Pray that they will find safe refuge and that they will prosper and flourish wherever they go. Pray for peace in Syria.

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