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July 3 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.

Please enjoy a piece of cake today after the service in the fellowship hall in celebration of Harry & Hilda Van Stryland's 60th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations to Joan Scott and Ernie Stebner as they celebrate their birthdays this coming Monday and Thursday. To both of you, we pray for a wonderful day with family and friends. May our Lord continue to richly bless you into your new year! J

We pray that the radiation treatments Harry Van Stryland is receiving will be effective in slowing the cancer and providing some relief from the discomfort he is feeling.

We pray for Ed and Cora Stol as Cora recovers from her surgery. May God’s healing grace be evident in regaining strength and feeling better.

A former Bethel member, Annette Sackmann, is recovering at home after spending 3 weeks in the hospital because of a fall. Lawrence and Annette covet your prayers.

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

Next Sunday, July 10th

We continue to grow in “Godly Wisdom” as we read from James 2:1-13. It instructs us to have “No Favorites but rather welcome those who are different.” 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. Council has decided to be part of the “Renewal Lab” group of churches that is beginning in September here in Classis Alberta North. The other CRC churches taking part are: First Red Deer, Rimbey, First Edmonton, Bethel Edmonton, and Stoney Plain. 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. We need nine 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 the book “From Embers to a Flame” by Harry L. Reeder. So far we have the following core team members: Pastor Mike, Craig Van Stryland, Henry Eisses, 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 Book Club

a reminder that there will be a meeting on Thursday, July 14th, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Margaret Roolker. Our book is "Scent of Water" by Elizabeth Goudge. Everyone, as always, is welcome. And please note that there will be NO meeting in August!

Ladies! 

Plans have been made for next season of Coffee Break, beginning September 21st. It will be exciting to see how the studies of Easter, Isaiah, and the Parables of Jesus will impact our lives. STORY HOUR NEEDS A LEADER AND A HELPER. Please prayerfully consider this important ministry aspect of Coffee Break. Those who are able to help or would like more information contact Barb Vandyk at 403-550-3318.

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!

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

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!

Looking for More Feet: 

Operation Christmas Child is going in the parade again this year! Lacombe’s parade is on July 23rd and we are looking for more feet to join us in walking the 3 km parade route! Last year we decorated our 66 Volkswagen Bug and wore red and green shirts to match. If you are interested in joining us let Amber DeSchiffart know at 403-302-8135 call/text or email adeschiffart@hotmail.com. Kids are welcome to join us! If you’re not up for walking the parade route but still want to be involved, we are looking for candy donations. Last year we handed out shoebox stickers & candy with the Wolf Creek Community Church Collection Centre information. This is a great opportunity to be a presence in our community and get people thinking about packing shoeboxes!

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 planned for August 13-14, 2016 please look for the poster on the foyer bulletin board or call 1-800-661-8582 for more information or to reserve your spot.

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