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2014-06-15 June 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.

We thank God for the opportunity to have been here at Bethel for the past 8 years! We are grateful for you as a congregation, for having accepted us into the fellowship. We will cherish the memories. Having sold our condo means moving. Our new home will be in Strathmore, closer to our children. Thank you again and may God bless you all. Lawrence & Annette Sackmann

Congratulations to Ray Merkus as he celebrates his birthday on Saturday. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with much love and laughter with family and friends. May God continue to bless you in the coming year.

Congratulations to Adam & Heather Eisses and to Bennett & Kendra Bayes as each of these couples were married. Adam & Heather were wed on the 7th and Bennett & Kendra on the 14th. To each of you we pray that the Lord will continue to bless you in your marriages.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in prayer.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Dear Bethel Family,

We are deeply thankful for the warm welcome you’ve extended to us. It was such a blessing to arrive at our new home and have it feel cozy right away. The generosity you showed through the groceries and supplies in the fridge, freezer and cupboards as well as the use of your bicycles, extra furniture and linens has been wonderful. Thank you too for the kind words and greetings you’ve already shared during my commissioning service and afterwards at the Soup and Bun Potluck. We are thankful for your willing hands that provided the delicious soup, buns and dessert. Our family loves to fellowship and visit. Please be encouraged to invite us over. J We look forward to getting to know you better. 

In Christ, Pastor Charles and family

Next Sunday,June 22nd 

Pastor Charles will lead the morning service and we will look at Acts 4 – The Boldness of Peter and John. In the afternoon all are invited to come to WE Event # 10 – “Joyfully Ever After”, led by Wayne Bouwman. Following our worship time, we will enjoy a Potluck supper together. Please bring a favorite main dish or salad. Dessert will be provided.

From Pastor Charles: Regarding Pastoral Care, 

I intend to be visiting Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please contact me if you want to schedule a visit for one of these times or another time that is more suitable for you.

From the Pastor Church Relation Committee: 

With Pastor Charles joining us this summer we will be completing an Intern Assessment and would appreciate any feedback or comments in relation to Pastor Charles’ preaching and pastoral work. Please feel free to contact Peter Prins, Betty Scholing or Sue Wildeboer.

Hilites from the Council Executive meeting of June 11th:

1. Pastor Charles Van Hoffen joined us for our meeting in place of Pastor Mike.

2. Reviewed the minutes from all Ministry Leadership teams.

3. VBS planning is underway and going well.

4. Set agenda for full council meeting to be held June 18th.

5. Went over summer preaching schedule.

The Deacons 

would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that so faithfully participate in providing a meal for Circle of Friends. A special thank you to the coordinator Hilda, all the cooks and helpers, all those that help set up and clean up and for all of you that donated meat, produce and baking for the meals that are served every Thursday here at church. The deacons encourage everyone to lend a helping hand if you are able. At the moment +80 meals are served, so if you can help out with cooking or assisting, your help will be greatly appreciated; the cooks are responsible for a meal about every other month. There is a real need for helpers to come in at 4:00 p.m. to set up and then stay for the clean-up, so if you have some time to help please let us know. Donations of meat, garden produce and baking/desserts are always a pleasant welcome. If you are able and willing to help out in any one of these areas or have questions please contact Hilda (403-782-6435) or Ann (403-782-2061).

Vacation Bible School - Good News Farm August 5-8, 2014

VBS is quickly approaching! Our planning team is preparing for a great week of teaching about Jesus, singing, skits, games and crafts. We are still looking for a number of key positions to fill. Please prayerfully consider if this may be a ministry you may serve in. Please contact Pastor Charles with your interest to volunteer as soon as possible.

Positions needed:

Advertising Co-ordinator

Games Leader

Power Point

Sound

Singers

Pianist

Decorating Helpers

3 Shepherds (adults to lead a group of children around)

6 Helpers (youth ages 11-17 who will help the shepherd)

Bridal Shower

There will be a bridal shower for brides to be, Heather Van Stryland (Leroy Otten) and Mallory Ebens (Tim Unger) on Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 pm at the church. All ladies and girls are invited to this time of fellowship and celebration! Please bring a snack to share.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Prayer for Synod 

The congregations of the Christian Reformed Church in North America are asked to remember the synodical assembly. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will equip the delegates to serve in faith and obedience and will lead the Christian Reformed Church into new and challenging areas of ministry. May we together experience the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as we strive to know and to do the will of the Lord.

Synod News 

Find news, photos, live web casts and more on Synod 2014 at www.crcna.org/synod. For daily updates by e-mail sign on to the Synod News List (subscribe at www.crcna.org/synod). The week-long assembly runs from June 13-19 at Central College in Pella Iowa.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rehoboth Camp Volunteers Needed: 

We are only 3 weeks away until Camp begins! We need your help! The following weeks of Camp are in need of volunteers for various positions. Please contact linda.rosendal@rehoboth.ab.ca for more information. Thank you.

R & R, June 30th – July 4th: 5-7 counselors; 1 night watch

Adult 1, July 5th – 11th: 16 counselors; 1 night watch

Adult 2, July 2nd – 18th: 12 counselors; 1 night watch

Independent, July 19th – 25th: 10-12 counselors

Youth Week, July 26th – August 1st: 1 night watch, 1 Bible Leader

Next Year In Jerusalem! 

Has it always been your dream to visit the Holy Land? Come and join us "Next Year in Jerusalem!" from February 15-24, 2015. This time we plan to include a trip to Petra, Jordan. For your itinerary and brochure, contact Pastor John Postuma at 905-765-5623 / postumajohn@gmail.com or Martin Oldengarm at 519-749-9866 / mjoldengarm@bell.net.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

IRAQ

During this critical time as the violence continues to increase, hundreds of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee from their homes. Islamic extremists have taken over cities in the northern part of the country, where the few remaining Christians live. The Islamic extremist group has also been responsible for attacks against Christians in Syria. In 2003, there were a million Christians in Iraq - today there are less than 345,000. And now, hundreds more have been forced to flee due to the violence. The rising influence of radical Islam has accounted for increased attacks, many specifically against Christians. Please pray: For the small handful of Christians who remain - that God will strengthen and protect them. Pray that He will grant them wisdom and opportunities to reflect the light of Christ during this time. For those who have fled their homes, families and material goods. Pray that God would provide for them. That the Islamic extremists would have a true encounter with Jesus, and turn to Him instead.

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