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2015-05-24 May 24 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.

Pastor Mike and Barb are with a CRC Pastors and spouse’s Middle East study tour focusing on the biblical events of the Old Testament. Please pray for travel safety and for growth in Bible knowledge and faith in Jesus as Messiah. While Pastor Mike is away (May 14th - June 5th) please call your district Elder if you have any spiritual concerns.

Dear congregation of Bethel CRC, thank you for your love and support in our wedding. A very heartfelt thank you to all the ladies who came out and blessed us at the bridal pantry shower, and for those of you who were able to come to the wedding. We are so grateful for you! Sincerely Sarah and Jeremiah Basuric

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Albert & Tilly Biel, Klaas Boskers, Gerry Doornenbal, Lea Dykstra, Lillian Mercier, Ernie Stebner and Grace Vander Veen in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, May 31st 

Elder Henry Eisses will lead our morning worship. In the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. we have our final WE-Event on “The Covenant led by Mr. Wayne Bouwman.

The next WE event will take place on Sunday, May 31st at 4:00 p.m.

The theme for this event is “LIVING AS GOD’S COVENANT PEOPLE” In this event we’ll explore how the Holy Spirit enables us to live as God’s new covenant people. We will end the event with a BBQ. Please bring a red or yellow salad or dessert that can be shared with others.

Craft Day: 

On Saturday, May 30th we will meet in the fellowship hall from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Coffee, tea and a warm lunch will be provided. If you need transportation we will arrange pick up, but please let us know in advance whether you will be coming or not! Phone Anita Geldof at 403-782-2817 or Margaret Roolker at 403-782-4506. See you there…and bring someone along!

PRAYER ITEMS

Please remember all our students and leaders as many are in Edmonton attending YC2015 UNSTOPPABLE. Over the weekend approximately 16,000 students from all over Western Canada gather to worship and witness the wonders of God. It’s a time of discovery for many and we as leaders ask for your prayers for strength, wisdom and perseverance. The Good News will be preached and Growth in our youth will happen. Praise God!

Neighbourhood Life in Central Alberta

has created many windows of opportunities to love your neighbour. One of those windows has been through "block party month". Neighbourhood Life had hosted 15 last year. The stories from these gatherings have significantly helped re-imagine how we can seek out what God is doing in our neighbourhoods and joining Him (read more at www.rickabma.com) During these spring months, we hear radio promoting the "rock your block" competition among neighbourhoods in central Alberta. We also should take note that "block party month" has arrived (The month of May for Red Deer County and the month of June for Lacombe county). This is also the season for garage sales and other gatherings. These are the windows of opportunities in which we can make simple steps in loving our neighbours. Here the effectiveness is not measured by numbers. And success is not determined by size. Here it's about being present among neighbours with the qualities of Christ. One of the many roles Neighbourhood Life plays is to help neighbours connect. A good place to start is to simply celebrate block party month with some neighbours. Neighbourhood Life can help with its travelling trailer BBQ (free), creative ideas or by helping you host.

Call/ text 403-505-9897 or email www.rickabma@gmail.com.

From the Education Ministry Leadership team:

we are looking for teachers for Pre-school Sunday school for the summer months from June to September. There is a sign-up sheet by the Sunday school rooms. We will also be needing teachers for the new year starting on September 6th. We hope to get enough teachers to be on a rotation of teaching for 2 Sundays and then off for 4 Sundays. Please contact Jess Heidelberg at 587-877-2051.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Cadets

Our annual camp-out is May 29th – 31st. We will meet at Lacombe Christian School parking lot after school and leave for camp between 4 & 4:30 p.m. Cost for the weekend is $20 per Cadet. We should arrive back at Bethel Church on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. or earlier if weather is lousy. We are camping west of Bentley on private property. There is a stocked fishing pond so boys can bring their own fishing rod and tackle boxes if they so desire. We will also need tents to sleep in. Consent forms have been sent out and are needed to be handed in to Grant TODAY if possible. Personal equipment list was sent out, if you need another or more information please contact Grant as soon as possible. Please note, Dads are welcome to join in on the fun! We need to know if you’re coming TODAY!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Soul Patrol Choir 

is accepting registrations for the 2015/16 season. Choir is open to anyone who will be in grades 2-8 next year. Rehearsals are every other Tuesday at Lacombe Christian School from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Includes choir camp, choir tour, dessert night and singing in local churches. Register before Choir Open House on June 2nd to get a choir cd and t-shirt before the summer! Talk to Sherry TenHove for more information or for a registration form, call or text 403-350-9765 or e-mail sherry.tenhove@gmail.com.

The Drama 20/30 class 

will be presenting And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade on June 3rd and 4th. The play will be presented in the CACHS Gym with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the play beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available through the school office at 403-782-4535.

And A Child Shall Lead 

“….is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the “Jewish city” established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty – playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper – all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.”

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Pakistan

The family of Imran Ghafur, a Pakistani Christian who has been imprisoned on blasphemy charges since early 2010. His family shared that Imran spends time praying and singing spiritual songs in the prison at midnight. Sometimes Muslim prisoners join him and ask him to pray for them. Imran also spends time reading the Bible. His family shared that he is anxious to be released so that he can "do missionary work for Jesus." Pray for Imran's release. Pray that, in the meantime, God will bless Imran's missionary work within the prison walls. Pray that the Muslims who have joined him for prayer and song will make a commitment to serve the Lord. Pray for strength and encouragement for Imran's family, they seemed to be in low spirits.

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