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2015-09-13 September 13 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.

By God’s grace Martha Warner was able to receive the knee replacement surgery she needed much sooner than expected. We give thanks that all went well and pray for a good recovery.

Congratulations to Lies Boskers as she celebrates her birthday on Wednesday and to John Bos as he celebrates his on Thursday. To you both we wish you a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings!

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, 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. 

PRAYER ITEMS

Youth Retreat 2015: Please remember our youth, their leaders and our guests as we spend our weekend at Bar Harbor Retreat Centre.

Classical Ministry: Hope CRC in Stoney Plain – Pastor Jacob Boer from Montreal

Denominational: Canadian Ministries Refugee response

Bethel News

Next Sunday, September 20th 

We take our theme for this year from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 in the call to “Love God with all our heart, soul and strength.” In the evening we read from Isaiah 37:9-21, 33-38 as King Hezekiah prays and lays his concerns before the Lord. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

URGENT-Treasure Seekers

Would like to start their program next Sunday, September 20th, but we are in need of still some teachers and helpers to run this program. Please consider to share some time with Grade 3 and 4 students after the morning sermon, to discuss the sermon preached. Please contact Ann Wildeboer at 403-782-2061 if you have any questions or if this is a program you are willing to get involved in.

All Treasure Seekers (Grades 3 to 6 as well as Grade 7s who attended TS last year) 

are invited to a pancake breakfast and an introduction to the program on Sunday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall (we will also "cash-in" the points earned last season). Please RSVP to Ann Wildeboer - awildeboer@xplornet.com

From the custodians: 

We request that when moving the round white tables in the fellowship hall that they be lifted and not dragged across the carpet as they leave black marks. Also, please do not block the storage cupboard by the piano with tables. Thank you!

Sound people needed 

we are in need of persons to help run the sound system, especially in conjunction with the worship teams. There is no experience necessary because you will receive training. If this interests you please talk to Wayne Bouwman.

Coffee Break/Story Hour 

begins again on Wednesday, September 16th from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. In response to the Spring Evaluation we will start with studying "A Women and Her World". We look forward to seeing you and a friend for this weekly time of encouragement and growing closer to God each day.

Plan to Protect® 

It’s that time of year again, youth and child registration time! In your mailboxes you will find a form for each of your teens and or children. One form per student and covers all programs here at Bethel. These are not permission forms for an activity but a form stating that they are involved in our programs. They do ask for permission for your child/teen to be photographed for newsletters, social media etc. For the youth form if even asks for permission to contact your teen through email. Please take a moment to study the document. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dana. Please note if your child/teen is involved in many programs I only need the one form for all.

Plan to Protect® 

Our first online criminal record check has been done and delivered to Bethel. According to the online user, it’s pretty painless and straight forward. If you would rather do your record check online or would like more information on the process please contact Dana for more information.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Cadets: 

We are scheduled to do a fundraiser on Saturday, September 19th with September 26th as our weather alternate. We will be cleaning ditches alongside Hwy 11 close to the Joffre Plant. Please meet at Bethel at 8 a.m. then we will travel to the Joffre plant for instruction. We will be doing 5 km on one side of the highway. Do not wear your uniform – wear clothes and footwear appropriate for the weather and walking in the ditches. Snacks will be provided. Dads are also welcome to come and help out. We should be done before lunch. For more information please contact Grant Zuidhof.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Neighbourhood Life discipleship training: 

Imagine the impact your neighbourhood could have on our community. Starting September 20th at 7-8:30 p.m. at Wolf Creek Community Church, we will host the first of 5 interactive sessions that will impact your neighbourhood. Hear the stories from other neighbourhoods in Central Alberta, and join them as we cover the map with many who are discovering what it means to “love your neighbour.” This is about discovering where God is already at work in your neighbourhood and joining Him. Please register by text/call at 403-505-9897 or email at www.rickabma@gmail.com

Central Alberta Christian High School 

is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and well connected individual to promote our school. This position is 8 hours per week, preferably spread over 2 days. Please send resume or further inquiries to either Dean Den Oudsten (ddenoudsten@gmail.com) or Mel Brandsma (mbrandsma@cachs.ca). Please check the poster in the foyer for complete details.

Kings University 

September announcements are posted on the foyer and youth bulletin boards.

From September 23 - November 1

you’re invited to join other Christians in 40 DAYS FOR LIFE 40 days of prayer & fasting for an end to abortion. You’re invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in Red Deer. The vigil will take place outside the Red Deer 49th Street Community Health Centre. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please contact Crystal Calliou at 403-597-0877. Please visit www.40daysforlife.com/reddeer

Sabbath. Solitude. Silence. Scripture. Spirit. Soul. Intermission 

is a weekend silent directed retreat led by Pastor Ron Klok. It is an opportunity to enrich and deepen your life in God. October 23-25 at Star of the North Retreat Centre, St. Albert, AB. $350 per person. For more info: rev.klok@gmail.com and/or www.intermissionsilentretreat.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! 

Are you looking to be encouraged in your Christian walk, in how you disciple or minister to others, or are you simply in need of uplifting? Then plan to attend a day of sharing and training on November 7, 2015 at The King's University when the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference hosts the 2015 Day of Encouragement. This year's theme is "Messy Grace", with a keynote address led by Dr. Syd Hielema. Brochures and registration details will be available in your church by the end of September. For more information contact the NADC office: 780-819-7488 or yournadc@gmail.com .

PERSECUTED CHURCH

North Korea 

is the worst persecutor of Christians in the world. Christians are tortured, imprisoned and murdered. Private, non-state-sanctioned religious activity is prohibited. Anyone discovered engaging in clandestine religious activity is subject to arrest, torture or even public execution. Under the ideology of Juche, the only acceptable religion is "Kim-Il-Sungism." The government is careful to maintain a facade of religious freedom with four "show" churches in its capital city. When Christians are executed, they are typically charged with being spies or being involved in illegal activities. As many as 100,000 believers are thought to worship secretly. Experts estimate that of the hundreds of thousands incarcerated in labour and concentration camps, about 30,000 are Christians. Religious prisoners are typically treated worse than any of the other inmates. Possessing a Bible, saying the words God or Jesus and meeting together are all offenses punishable by death. Pray that Kim Jong-un will respond to Jesus Christ's love and forgiveness. Pray that the Church will continue to grow within North Korea and believers will know how to effectively communicate the hope of the gospel. Pray for safety for North Korean refugees in China who live in hiding and are hunted by Chinese and North Korean agents.

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