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2015-07-12 July 12 Bulletin


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.

The congregation is invited to witness the wedding vows between Kristin Van Stryland and Shane Duker on Friday, July 17th at 3:30 p.m. D.V. here at Bethel.

Congratulations to Jake Prins with the celebration of his birthday this coming Saturday. May God bless you with a special day of celebration and be near to you in the coming year.

Bill & Audrey Noordhof have moved to the Lacombe Seniors’ Lodge. They are in Room G95 and their new address is: Box 27, 4508 C & E Trail, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1V9. Their new phone number is: 403-782-3192.

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, July 19th 

We welcome Pastor Jack Hielema from Red Deer First CRC to lead our worship. In the evening we read from Philippians 2:1-18 as it expresses “A Modern view of the Holy Spirit.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

BETHEL Vacation Bible school: 

Calling all kids! Come have fun climbing Everest this summer, and learning how to conquer challenges with God's mighty power! Don't miss all the fun -- August 10th to 14th , 9 AM to noon. Pre-register at www.lacombevbs.ca to reserve your spot.

Bethel Vacation Bible School: 

Come join us on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. to learn how you can be involved in VBS. Lots of cool and amazing jobs to do!


This past weekend, a couple in our neighbourhood, Evan & Shannon, renewed their vows on the shores of Gull Lake after some challenging years. Gull Lake also hosted a recent baptism from the neighbourhood which gave us a great deal to celebrate. These are two great stories of how the gospel is at work in the lives of those who live around us. Neighbourhood Life also hosted another 8 block parties this past month as a way to help Christians reimagine how they live out the presence of Christ right where they live. We have also initiated “prayer walks” which have helped us see the beauty and brokenness in our own and other neighbourhoods. This past weekend was also the first annual “Grand Slam CRC Baseball Tournament”, which rallied 80 people from several churches in Classis Alberta North. Each team was given the opportunity to ask questions about Neighbourhood Life and were briefed on how they could play a simple role in their own neighbourhood. Neighbourhood Life has also just undergone a review which included interviewing leaders of 8 different neighbourhoods in Central Alberta. The evaluation results were very encouraging, and gave Home Missions insight as to how and why the ministry was progressing. Upcoming training will be available starting September 20TH with the help of a “Sustaining Congregational Excellence” grant. There will be a number of new households represented. This is a great opportunity to discover the fresh and creative ways in which Neighbourhood Life is transforming neighbourhoods through loving our neighbours. More details and stories at www.rickabma.com.

Sonrise Mud Run: 

Sonrise CRC is hosting a mud race here in Ponoka for every one of all ages; entering from grade 9 and up! Come join us to get a little muddy and conquer the obstacles along the way! Don’t forget to enjoy the delicious BBQ after the muddy run. Saturday, August 29th. Cost is $25.00. (If paid in cheque, make out to Sonrise Young Peoples) This 5km mud run is for ALL athletic abilities. Help conquer it with fellow mud runners along your side. Race time is approximately at 3 p.m. Location is at Otto & Alice Nieuwland, will send out email with directions and follow up details. Deadline for registration is July 31st. Can register online at sonriseponoka.com under news and events, just scroll down. Any questions or concerns contact Alice Nieuwland at 403-704-5246.



A government demolition program targeting churches continues to take place in coastal Zhejiang province, with the recent destruction of a new megachurch. Yanxia Church, a state-recognized church in Wenling city, was pulled down soon after its completion, reportedly to make way for a new road. Governing officials state that the church's leaders had agreed to a compensation deal, although investigative reports indicate they were pressured into an agreement. Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage the numerous believers who've been affected by this campaign, especially those whose churches have been utterly demolished. May the congregations of this province -- and all across China -- be likened to "a town built on a hill" that's shining so brightly, its light cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

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