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2014-08-17 August 17 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 Leroy & Heather Otten as they were married this past Friday, August 15th. May our Lord richly bless the two of you in your married years to come!

In celebration of their 45th wedding anniversary (August 20th), the family of Pete & Polly Mooy invite the congregation for cake after the morning service today to help them celebrate. Congratulations to you both, may our Lord continue to bless you in the years to come!

Carina & Andrew Tenbrinke family covet your prayers as Carina prepares for the scheduled kidney transplant on October 1st.

Pray for Pita Doornenbal as she and her family care for Gerry. We pray that the right home and care providers will soon be found for Gerry.

This is Pastor Mike and Barb’s last week away. We pray that they will return rested and renewed. Pray also for a smooth return and transition back to Bethel. And may Pastor Mike return with a strong call to serve God and His people at Bethel.

Pray for safety for the Van Hoffens as they travel across Canada this week. Pray also for Seth that he will stay safe and not suffer from any complications. He and Heather plan to stay in Ontario for 1-2 weeks while Seth has the pins removed from his arm and waits for his casts to come off.

Our family is thankful in so many ways. I am thankful that God called us to Lacombe to serve in Bethel. God has used this summer to prepare me and sharpen me for a life of church ministry. We are thankful for all of you that we have met. It has been wonderful getting to know you. It is sad that we have to part ways at this time. I wish our friendships could continue. We are deeply thankful for your generosity and hospitality. We enjoyed our visits with you and sharing meals with many of you. You also loaned us your possessions so that our home had everything we needed and was very comfortable. Thank you! We are also very thankful to the Lewins for sharing their space and home with us. We not only had their basement but our children spent many hours upstairs playing with their children. Lastly, thank you for the care that you expressed to us after Seth’s accident. We all felt encouraged and uplifted by your kind words and gifts.

In Christ, Pastor Charles, Heather, Ethan, and Seth Van Hoffen

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. 

From Pastor Charles: 

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). My prayer is that you will see the wonderful grace that God has granted to us, His children. May we be astounded at God’s gift of faith that He has given us, and all the spiritual blessings that come with this precious faith. I pray that we will be encouraged and convicted to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. May our heartfelt desire and goal be, “I want to know Him” (Philippians 3:10). May we make every effort to add to our faith (2 Peter 1:5). I pray that we will hunger for God and His Word. Meditate on the Scriptures day and night. And pray continually (1 Thessaonians. 5:17). May the Bethel family be a community that prays fervently for all occasions and circumstances. God bless you, people of Bethel!

Bethel News

Living Members 

will be at the home of Harry & Dorothy Wildeboer tonight at 7:30 p.m. We will be discussing pages 140 – 147.

A note from the Education Ministry Leadership team

We have found our Sunday School teachers for the season and we thank our Lord and you for volunteering!

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.

ITEMS FOR PRAYER

For those who are on holidays for the next few weeks, we pray for safety and God-given rest.

We pray already now for all the ministries that will be starting back up in September. We pray for those leading, that God would use them mightily.

We pray for our children. May they enjoy the last couple of weeks of their summer break. We ask that God would prepare them for the next school year. We also pray for the teachers of L.C.S. and C.A.C.H.S. also the schools of Lacombe as they get ready. We ask God that He would enable the children to learn more about Him and grow in their faith.

Continue to also remember the children that were part of the VBS week.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

Would you like to spend a weekend sailing and /or windsurfing? If you have never tried this before, this is a great opportunity for first timers to learn. Come out to our second annual sailing weekend at the Legion campground on Gull Lake August 22nd - 24th for more information contact Wayne at 403-348-7214

Welcome (Back) to the U Campus Ministry Kick-Off BBQ. 

Are you attending the U of A in the fall? NAIT? Grant MacEwan? You're invited to the CRC Campus Ministry kick-off BBQ on Tuesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm at the Martin Luther House (10941-88 Avenue, across from the Sugar Bowl). Come and reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones. Find out about what's happening in the campus ministry this fall. For more information contact Rick VanManen at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca or join us on Facebook.

Jr. & Sr. High 

It’s that time of year again!! The Annual Bethel Youth Retreat at Bar Harbor is fast approaching. It’s time to think and plan for this event. Mark September 5th - 7th on your calendars and invite your friends. The cost for the event will be $30 and registration/consent forms are located on the table in the foyer. Please contact any of the Bethel Youth Ministry team leaders, Andrew Tenbrinke, Curt Dowling, Jan Rodenburg, Gayle Vreugdenhil or Debby van Iperen if you have any questions.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We praise the Lord for a successful GEMS camp

which was held at Gull Lake this past week. We had OUTRAGEOUS fun, OUTRAGEOUS sun, and OUTRAGEOUS fellowship! You guessed it...our theme for the week was "OUTRAGEOUS!" A big thank you to all the Counsellors, Counsellors-in-training, cooks, handyman/bus driver, chapel leader, and Directors for their OUTRAGEOUS energy and enthusiasm. Also, thank you to all who donated the food required to feed 70 people for a week! Chrissie Nauta and Cindy Grebely

October 9, 2014 

is the date of CLAC National Convention Banquet. Dr. Marc DeVolder will the featured speaker. He is the author of “Get Engaged! A Practical Guide for Improving Employee Engagement.” With his years of experience combined with doctoral studies that focused on unity, diversity, and synergy, Dr. DeVolder has engaged and delighted audiences around the world. The banquet will be held at the Shaw Convention Centre, 9797 Jasper avenue Northwest. It’s going to be a great evening. Don’t miss it. For tickets call John Taekema at 780-454-6181 ext.2329 or Rob Cleveland at 780-454-6181 ext. 2321.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Dear Friends, Today we extend to you an urgent appeal. The widening Ebola crisis in West Africa is claiming lives daily. A state of emergency has been declared in Liberia, and the World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. World Renew is working with local partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia to respond to the virus, which has already killed over 900 people and may spread further unless the necessary precautions are taken to contain it and prevent further transmission. Support World Renew's response today. Your gift will make it possible for World Renew to educate communities in regards to how Ebola is spread, how to prevent it, how to recognize the symptoms, and what to do if one has the symptoms. Protective equipment will be provided to medical centres and essential medicines will be provided to families. Please pray for those who have contracted the Ebola virus and for those at risk of doing so, that they may receive the immediate medical care and attention they need in all of the affected countries. Pray for a swift and effective response by the international community to contain this terrible disease. Pray for World Renew and its staff and partners who are dealing firsthand with this virus and the people it has affected. In Christ, Wayne de Jong Director of Disaster Response & Rehabilitation

PERSECUTED CHURCH

SUDAN: 

While continual prayer for Christians in Iraq is needed, we received a prayer request forFaiza Abdalla, 37,a Christian woman in Sudan. She is in prison on accusations of adultery (she married a Christian man) and of apostasy. While Faiza’a parents became Christians even before Faiza was born, their name Abdalla is recognized as a Muslim name. Faiza was arrested by Immigration officials, when she wanted to join her husband who fled to Southern Sudan two years ago because of persecution. Their marriage was annulled by court and her parents might be in danger of being accused of apostasy as well. Please remember in prayer those who remain wrongfully detained in Sudan for their Christian faith, including Faiza. Ask God to supernaturally protect her while in detention, making a way for her to be released. Please also pray that the Sudanese officials will respect religious freedom for all citizens, so that believers like Faiza and her family will cease to be persecuted for their deeply held beliefs and convictions.

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