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2014-08-31 August 2014


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.

Cake and Coffee: Bill and Audrey Noordhof invite you to share some cake with them after the morning service in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, on September 1st, 2014. We praise God for His faithfulness and care through the years. Please join us as we celebrate His goodness. The plant at the front of the church is for the Noordhofs in honor of this special occasion.

We give thanks that Willie Stebner’s hip operation went well. She is recovering nicely back at the Lacombe hospital.

We give thanks that Pastor Charles and Heather are safely back in Grand Rapids. In Ontario Seth had the pins removed from his left arm and the cast from his right. He will need to go back to Ontario in 2 weeks to have the pins removed from the right arm.

Congratulations to Eleanor Wildeboer as she celebrates her birthday this Thursday. May our Lord continue to richly bless you this day and into your new year!

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, September 7th 

We read from Luke 14:17-24 and hear the gracious invitation of our Lord, “Come to the Banquet.” We will respond in celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. In the afternoon we welcome our Young People back from their retreat as they lead us in worship and song.

Lost and Found 

Please take a few moments and look in the box located at the bottom of the stairs by the lift. There are a number of items that have accumulated over the summer months and need to be taken home. All items remaining will be donated to Building Blocks.

BETHEL YOUTH

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. Fruit of the Spirit will be our theme and it will be delivered to us by Matt & Shara Chapek. Matt originally from Kansas City, Missouri and Shara originally from Alberta (she also happens to be Carina Tenbrinke’s sister) met while serving as full time missionaries with YWAM in Lakeside, Montana. In YWAM Shara was a full tume Bible teacher, she has a passion to teach people the truth about the character of God and what his word says. Matt has been a worship leader and was using his love for music as an audio engineer. He is passionate about helping people experience a deeper intimacy with God through his worship leading. Recently God brought this couple to Port Charlotte, Florida to partner with a church called LifeSource Church. Matt has been hired as their new worship pastor and they are both loving their new life in Florida so far. 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. Place your completed form and monies in Dana van Gyssel’s mailbox. 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.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

World Renew – URGENT Conflict Responses

An unprecedented number of people around the world are suffering as a result of violent conflict. World Renew is responding by working with Christian partners to meet the needs of civilian families in Iraq (especially persecuted Christians), Gaza, Ukraine, Nigeria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Our conflict response in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan is also ongoing. Your prayer and financial support is urgently needed to enable World Renew to show God’s love and peace in significant ways in these very challenging contexts. To learn more or to donate, please visit worldrenew.net. You can also call 1-800-740-3490, or mail your cheque (marked “International Disaster Response – Where Needed Most” or towards the conflict response closest to your heart) to World Renew, 3475 Mainway, PO Box 5070, STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8. For further information on our response to these conflicts, please visit http://worldrenew.net/our-stories/world-renew-responds-needs-created-conflict-persecution.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

LAOS: 

On August 6th, five Christians in Savannakhet province were found not guilty of the crime of murdering a convert to Christianity. The believers were arrested on June 23rd after they prayed for the health of Chan, a convert to Christianity who later died from a previously diagnosed illness. In the days following her death, the authorities also intimidated Chan's adult children who are also newcomers to the Christian faith. While it has now been ruled that the Christians did not commit any criminal offence the five remained detained with no date yet set for their release. Savannakhet province is reportedly one of the worst areas in Laos for religious freedom violations. Opposition includes forced evictions, arrests and detentions, disruption of religious meetings and services, forced participation in animist ceremonies, and threats of endangerment. Pray that these believers will soon be released. Also remember Chan's children ; may they all be comforted in knowing that Chan is now experiencing life to the fullest in heaven. May this reality encourage them to continue following Jesus, despite the opposition they have endured during a difficult time of grieving. Pray that religious freedom will be respected throughout Laos.

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