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2015-07-19 July 19 Bulletin


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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 Harry Van Stryland and Lillian Mercier as they celebrate their birthdays on Saturday this week. To Nelly Keitel as she celebrates the following week on Tuesday the 28th. To each of you we pray for a blessed day, filled with the Lord’s richest blessings.

I would like to thank all the Bethel ladies for coming to my bridal shower and for all the gifts you have blessed Shane and I with. Thank you for your support and encouragement you have shown us! Kristin & Shane Duker.

Congratulations to Shane & Kristin Duker as they were married this past Friday here at Bethel. Wishing you many years of happiness and love as our Lord blesses you together.

The congregation is invited to witness the wedding of Megan Scholing & Paul DenOudsten on Friday, July 24th at 1:30 p.m. at Casey’s Cabin. (across from the Physical Education Centre at Burman University) In case of rain, the wedding will take place here in Bethel.

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.

Ladies of Bethel, You are Invited! In celebration of Taylor Duckett (Steven Krause) and Rosanne Bruinsma (Steve Vandyk) weddings’, we will be gathering together for a bridal shower on Friday, August 7th at 7:30 p.m. Fun and Excitement are planned, so come and join in the fun. Please bring a snack to share.

Dear Bethel Family, Eight years ago, our family left Lhasa. Now we have the chance to return for a visit! We go from July 17th – 28th. We see this as a rare opportunity to speak face to face with people we have invested in for many years, most of whom are walking in darkness. We need you to "go" with us to uphold us. So could you remember these specific items on our behalf?

· Health and adjustment to the altitude: it is 12,000 ft and can cause health issues.

· That we see those we need to see and that our conversations are filled with faith.

· That Luke is able to revisit places and memories of his growing up years.

· That we would have no regrets about words unspoken or missed opportunities.

Thank you for standing with us. We know we are never alone!

Mark, Selina, Luke and Levi Patterson

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 26th 

We join the Annual Combined Ministerial Worship Service held at 10:30 a.m. at M.E. Global Athletic Park in Lacombe. A variety of Christian churches take part in the service in prayer, Bible reading, song and message. We come together to worship our one God and Savior Jesus Christ. There will be a free pancake breakfast provided by Woodynook Christian Reformed Church from 8-10:00 a.m. The food is great and it is a blessed time to fellowship with other believers. There is bleacher seating for about 800 people or you can bring a lawn chair and sit on the grass. We look forward to a time of worshipping our loving Lord together. There will be no evening service.

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.

Snack time at VBS! 

This year's program doesn't need any baking done, but we do need supplies to assemble our treats. If you are interested in helping supply some of our snacks, please sign up on the sheets in the foyer so we know what we can count on. Thanks!

VBS 

also needs some supplies for decorating. If you have any climbing/camping/hiking gear that you won't be needing for a couple of weeks, we'd love to have it! Pup tents, sunshade tents, big backpacks, ropes, sleeping bags, etc. Please let Erin know, or bring it to the Children In Worship

classroom before August 6th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Thank you to all 

who participated in making our first annual CRC Grand-slam Slo-pitch tournament (held on July 11th) such a success. The weather was very warm but you persevered. Well done! Neerlandia CRC has captured the Championship for 2015 by the slimmest of margins against a strong Edmonton Covenant team. But don't worry, you will all have to chance to compete for the CRC Grand-slam cup again next year. God willing, we hope to hold this event in 2016 either the weekend of July 8-9 or July 15-16. Mark your calendars and make plans for the second annual CRC Grand-slam Slo-Pitch tournament supporting Classis Alberta North Neighbourhood ministries, The planning team: Quentin Nanninga, Murray Lobert, Rick Abma and Ron deVries

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Israel

Leaflets distributed recently in East Jerusalem are warning Christians to leave the city before the end of Ramadan on July 18th or risk being killed. The leaflets are attributed to a group "Islamic State in Palestine." While Muslim and Christian religious leaders have been quick to condemn the leaflets, alarmed Christians residing in Jerusalem have requested prayer. There have been a number of recent incidents targeting Christians in Jerusalem's Old City, as well as reports of mounting pressure on Palestinian Christians amid fears of local Muslims being radicalized. Ask God to grant our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem a greater awareness of His reassuring presence, peace, guidance and protection during this time. (Psalm 122:6-8).

Smyrna: 

The church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) had experienced great pressure from the Jewish authorities called the synagogue of Satan. No archaeological evidence exists today for such a synagogue. It had closed its doors to Christians, and its leaders were inciting the Roman authorities to persecute the church. The Jews later had a similar role in the martyrdom of the bishop of Smyrna, Polycarp. The crown of life is a possible allusion to the acropolis Mount Pagus that looms over the city. Such ancient writers as Aristides describes it as Smyrna’s crown. They were also promised exemption from the second death. There existed in the ancient world a connection between death and Smyrna. Its name is identical to the Greek word for the sweet smelling spice in which dead bodies were wrapped (e.g. Jesus, John 19:39). A number of mourning myths became associated with Smyrna, particularly the of Niobe whose tear stained face was thought to be etched in the marble of nearby Mount Sipylus.

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