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June 26 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

Today’s offering is for the Office of Social Justice. The Office of Social Justice helps CRC members love our neighbors in tangible ways. They provide resources to learn about the root causes of poverty, hunger, and oppression, and empower the church to call on those in power to improve systems and enact just public policy. It’s a way to love our neighbors and live our faith. Today we will be collecting an offering that changes lives by giving marginalized people a place to belong in our churches and in our communities!

Next week’s offering is for the Lacombe Food Bank. Please give generously as the need is great during the economic downturn. Thank you!

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 Audrey Noordhof with the celebration of her birthday this coming Friday. May you be blessed with a good day with family and friends and may God be near to you in the coming year.

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

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Due to July 1st bulletin announcements for the July 3rd bulletin will need to be in to the church office by 9 a.m. on June 30th as the church office will be closed on Friday, July 1st. Thank you!

Next Sunday, July 3rd

we continue to grow in wisdom as we read from James 1:19-27. It instructs us to “Listen well to God and others.” Pastor Mike will lead our worship.

The “Church Renewal Lab” 

is offered by Calvin Seminary as a two year ministry process that helps a church be renewed in the ministry to which God has called it. This week Council agreed to become part of the “Renewal Lab” group of churches here in Classis Alberta North. The other churches taking part are: First Red Deer, Rimbey, First Edmonton, Bethel Edmonton, and Stoney Plain CRC. The strengths of the “Church Renewal Lab” process are:

- It is led by experts from Calvin in an ongoing coaching roll so that aspects of renewal are both taught and implemented.

- It is as a group of churches so they can encourage each other while each individual church still charts its own path by the Spirit’s leading.

- The lab simultaneously teaches about renewal, while also giving tasks to work on.

- It moves from the core team to the whole congregation in engaging the call to ministry.

At this time we need to establish the core team for Bethel to lead in the renewal process. We need eight people representing various church ministries. Core team members’ responsibilities would be: a monthly meeting and one training day (Saturday) every 3 months (Sept, Feb, May) with Calvin trainers and the core teams from the other participating churches. One of the first tasks of the core team will be to read two books “Leading Change” by John Kotter, and “From Embers to a Flame” by Harry L. Reeder. So far we have the following core team members from Council: Pastor Mike, Chairman Craig Van Stryland, Elder Henry Eisses, and Youth Elder Wayne Bouwman. If you would be interested in being part of the core team please let Pastor Mike or Craig know. For more information please check the Church Renewal Website www.calvinseminary.edu/the-renewal-lab

Bethel VBS! 

Calling all kids 

put July 25-29 on your parents’ calendar, 9 to 11:30 a.m., and come out for VBS! Explore ancient Egypt with us as we hear about Joseph's story from the man himself, try out Egyptian food and games, and have fun making Egyptian crafts in the marketplace. It'll be a week you won't want to miss. Have your parents pre-register you by visiting www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/hl/LacombeVBS. See you there!

We still need more adult/teen helpers to make VBS happen this summer. If you're around for the week of July 25 - 29 and want to spend a few fun hours in the morning impacting kids for Christ, talk with Erin! We need 3 more family leaders (take the kids around to all the stations in groups of 10 or less), at least one more marketplace vendor, and a Celebration Leader. It's going to be an amazing week, so don't miss the fun! Please call Erin at 403-789-7995.

VBS is in need of some supplies that you might have. 

Look around your house, and if you have some of these items to spare for a week please give Erin a call (403-789-7995), or bring them to the church and add them to the Sunday School room with a VBS label on the door. The things we need include:

-throw pillows for kids to sit on

-2 kiddie pools (the round plastic ones) or a galvanized metal tub of the same size

-baskets of any size to use for decorating and storage

-colorful blankets -- 8 for family groups, more for extra decoration

-old towels for cleaning up after brickmaking

-old shirts to protect clothes during brickmaking

-5 ropes or lassoes

-animal trailer for bringing & returning the animals for the petting zoo

-fencing type material for defining the petting zoo – chicken wire or snow fence, etc.

-Items that can't be returned include:

straw for brickmaking -- a quarter of a square bale

one Bobcat bucket of good mud-making dirt for brickmaking

We'll have another list of food items closer to VBS. Thanks for looking around to see if you have any of these items to spare to make VBS that much better and more fun!

There will be a VBS training night 

on Wednesday, June 29th here at Bethel at 7:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend, please talk with Erin so we can set up an alternative time.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

Bible study will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. at Kyle & Erica Van Stryland’s home.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Day of Encouragement

is still a few months away but NADC would like to mention that this year it will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, (please note the date change). Save the date, more information will follow in the coming months and any questions, contact the NADC Consultant at yournadc@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rehoboth Christian Ministries Camp Program: 

Camp Rehoboth provides a one-week camp experience for people with disabilities (and a week of respite for their caregivers). It is a life-changing and faith-building week for the campers and for the volunteers as well. This year promises to be the best yet as we now have a beautiful new mess hall and improved washroom/laundry facilities. We are still looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Adult (July 9-15): 10 Counsellors needed

Independent (July 16-22): 6 Counsellors needed and 1 Bible Leader

Check out our website at www.rehoboth.ab.ca for descriptions of the weeks. No experience is necessary and full training and support is provided. Bring a friend! For more information, please contact Courtney Vanveen at 780-968-8488 or courtney.vanveen@rehoboth.ab.ca. See you at camp!

Shalom Counselling 

is in need of volunteers to help them out during the Red Deer Westerner Days. Details of who they are looking for are listed on a poster in the foyer bulletin board. See if you qualify!

Help Wanted! Central Alberta Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ

is looking for individuals or couples who are interested in serving on an occasional basis as respite House Parents in the YU-Turn Home. Volunteers would help provide a daily meal, build relationships with the young men in the home and offer care and nurture as they stay in the home, while offering the regular house parent a break from his duties. We are especially in need of care the weeks of July 31-Aug. 5, and Aug. 13-19, but have many other opportunities as well. For more information, please contact Char at 403-352-3542 or charL@cayu.ca

Explore Southern Alberta & Crowsnest Pass with the President! 

Join King's professors Dr. Vern Peters and Dr. John Wood, and King's president Dr. Melanie Humphreys as they explore Southern Alberta on a field trip that will elevate your appreciation for our wider sense of home, expand your understanding of landscape and local conservation issues, and learn how these issues impact our community and affect our way of life. Connect with sense of place and grow in community as we venture on this cultural experience together and engage with God's creation. For more details of this amazing trip please look for the poster on the foyer bulletin board or call 1-800-661-8582 for more information or to reserve your spot.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Nigeria

The estimated 30 million Christians in northern Nigeria form the largest minority in a mainly Muslim environment. They are at risk of violent persecution. The killing of Christians has increased by 62% in 2015: 4028 killings and 198 church attacks. Christians are being crushed but not defeated. Indeed, perfume comes from a crushed rose.

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