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July 10 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.

Harry Van Stryland was admitted to Red Deer hospital to receive some added care. We pray for strength for each day.

Cora Stol was able to return home from the hospital on Monday. May God’s healing grace be evident in regaining strength and feeling better.

Alice Scholing fell and broke her leg. She was operated on and is back in the Lacombe Hospital. We pray for healing in the weeks ahead.

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

Highlights from the July 6th Council Executive meeting:

1. We discussed the future work of the Neighborhood Life proposal from Rick Abma. We spent time reviewing the past work and future ongoing support for the local mission work that is ongoing.

2. Executive spent time fleshing out some of the details of how to proceed with the new and exciting Church Renewal Lab. We worked mainly on prospective team members and future dates to begin the process.

3. Sherry Tenbrinke has volunteered to take the Life to the Full training conference to help our congregation to become stronger advocates for the developmentally challenged members in our church. We will support her with this new opportunity.

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 (September, February, 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


Young Adults will have a Potluck Social this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Kyle & Erica Van Stryland.

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!

Bethel VBS! Adventurous adults and teens, we need you! Are you prepared to travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, to meander the marketplace, eat the food, hear the music, and learn some new things about Joseph along the way? Then Egypt VBS is just where you need to be this summer! For the week of July 25-29, mornings only, we still need 3 more family leaders and LOTS of assistant's (anyone who has finished grade 5 and up). Call Erin at 403-789-7995 to volunteer your time for an amazing week of working God's will in the lives of children.

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 church. The things we need include: Throw pillows for kids to sit on, baskets of any size for decoration and storage, colorful blankets, old towels for cleaning up after brickmaking, 5 ropes or lassoes, and fencing material for the petting zoo (including something sturdy for the goat). Items that can't be returned include: straw for brickmaking - a quarter of a square bale, and one Bobcat bucket of good mud-making dirt for brickmaking.

Thanks for looking around to see if you have any of these items to spare to make VBS that much more fun!


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Uganda - A nine-year-old boy in Uganda has been hospitalized after his father, a militant Muslim, tied him to a banana tree and set it on fire, as a means of punishing the child for placing his faith in Jesus. Upon hearing Nassif's screams for help, concerned neighbours brought him to the hospital. His father was arrested and later released on bail. Nassif became a Christian when a well-intending neighbour took him to church in another village. This neighbour now fears for his own life since receiving a threatening text message. Please pray for Nassif's full recovery, both physically and emotionally, and for God's protection over his life when he is released from hospital. Ask the Lord to also protect the person who took Nassif to church, as well as the neighbours who brought him to hospital. Intercede for the parents that they may come to know Jesus as their Saviour and let's uphold all believers within Uganda who need protection, especially those living in areas where there is a risk of persecution.

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