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2014-08-03 August 3 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 would like to thank the Bethel church community for all the love and encouragement that we received after our Dad/Opa's passing into glory. We are truly grateful for all your caring support, expressions of sympathy and kind words. Sincerely, The Swier & Dowling family.

We continue to pray for Pita and Gerry Doornenbal as they and their family wait for a new home for Gerry.

Pray for Els Ebens as she has moved into the home of Mark and Selena Patterson. Pray for each of them as they adjust to their new living arrangements.

Carina & Andrew Tenbrinke family covet your prayers as Carina has found a kidney transplant match in her brother. They are scheduled to proceed with the transplant for October 1st. They are asking for many prayers as they prepare for this operation.

Dear Bethel Family. What a joy it is to be back among you! We are so blessed to have a warm and welcoming church family to return to. And what a special surprise to arrive in our new home and find the fridge, freezer, and pantry amply stocked with good things from so many of you! We are truly grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness. Please feel free to come by for a visit! Our phone number is 403-782-0252.

Mark, Selina, Luke, and Levi Patterson

Do remember our seniors and shut-ins: keep Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Leah Dykstra, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Next Sunday, August 10th 

Wayne Bouwman will lead our morning worship with the message, “Wanted: More Andrews.” In the afternoon service we will conclude our series on the book of Habakkuk by looking at chapter 3. Here we will explore an “Unshakable Faith and an Undying Joy.”

ITEMS FOR PRAYER

From Pastor Charles: “Abide in me.” These words of Jesus have been reverberating in my mind ever since I met with a small group of men recently for early morning devotions. Like a branch that must be attached to its vine for its livelihood, we must be attached to Jesus. Otherwise the branch withers and eventually dies. So will we, if do not abide in Him. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing of lasting value. I was challenged and convicted that morning. We confessed that there are so many things that cause us not to abide in Jesus. Continual busyness. A million distractions. We realized that if we do not put goals and routines into place, it is so easy to put many other things in place of our relationship with Christ. Two of my goals are to make focused prayer and Scripture memory a daily commitment. In addition to daily devotions, our group was challenged to spend a half a day last week abiding in God. This means each of us were going to spend 3+ hours sitting at the feet of Jesus and basking in His life-giving presence, as we listened, prayed, and meditated on Scripture. Will you join us? Will you also make a commitment to abide in Him? I am very convinced that abiding in God is a necessity for the Christian. And we will be greatly blessed when we attach ourselves to the True Vine.

Dear fellowship of Bethel, by the time you read this, I will already be out of the country. I left on July 25th to start a one-year volunteer placement in Honduras. I want to thank everybody in the congregation for their support, both financially and spiritually. My fundraising is not complete yet, so if you are still considering making a contribution, please do so when possible. You can talk to the deacons if you need to know how to contribute. I will be maintaining a blog online, and will be in touch by email as well. May God bless you! Thanks again, Gary Verburg.

Heartland Vacation Bible School here at Bethel: 

Keep pecking and scratching until you come up with a carload of kids who want to visit Good News Farm ... Summer in the Heartland Vacation Bible School. All children ages 4-10 are invited to attend VBS this week, Tuesday, August 5th through Friday, August 8th from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Bethel families: please fill out your registration TODAY and place in the designated mailbox. For those who are serving at VBS this week: prayer time begins at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Work details and registration will follow.

We need one more Sunday school teacher 

in September for the 3 to 4 year old class. If you would be able to help out, please contact Jessica Heidelberg at 403-782-7992.

Note from the secretaries: 

We are able to print the bulletin in a Large Print format. If you would like to receive a copy please contact us at 403-782-6400 or by email at bchurch2@telus.net. Cindy & Dana

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Christians in Iraq, and especially those from the city of Mosul, are enduring yet more hardship and persecution because of their faith. The militant group called the "Islamic State" (previously known as ISIS), which is presently in control of Mosul, summoned Christian leaders to a meeting on July 17th to notify them of Islamic rules that are to be applied to non-Muslims. When the Christian leaders did not attend this meeting, it was announced that the remaining believers in the city should leave, pay a "protection" tax, or face execution. The Christians were also ordered to leave all of their property behind. We urge you to continue remembering in prayer the numerous displaced members of our persecuted family in Iraq, especially those who were recently forced to flee from the city of Mosul under threat of death. To watch a recent two-minute video clip about the horrific situation presently facing them, visit our multimedia site at Persecution.TV/mosul.

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