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July 31 Bulletin

Bethel News

On Sunday, August 7th

we continue our summer series on James reading James 3:1-12 (text vs. 6) as it reminds us to “Watch our Words”. Words can hurt and words can heal. We need to be wise in what we say so that our community of faith flourishes. Pastor Mike will lead our worship.


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.

We pray for three people in the Lacombe Hospital. Harry Van Stryland is receiving treatments to help keep him comfortable. Rena De Ruiter is in the hospital after she fell in the Lodge. There was some concern regarding various things but she is feeling better. Alice Scholing is recovering nicely from her broken leg.

Church in the Park:

July 24th was a perfect Sunday morning for the annual Lacombe Days “Church in the Park.” People gathered from many of the churches in the community along with many friends to worship together at ME Global Park. The bleachers were full and others sat in lawn chairs. An estimated 1000 people attended. The morning began with a pancake breakfast hosted by Woodynook CRC. Joyful singing was led by Jessica Jacobson and a music team. Pastor Rick Abma from “Neighborhood Life” ministries brought the message based on 1 Peter 1. An offering was received to support the local FCSS “Caring for Children” Fund. A total of $2,500 was given. We thank God for blessing this time of unity in worship.

Thank you 

for all the thoughts, prayers and many visits. We are very thankful that Steve’s surgery went so well. As he does have a long recovery ahead of him, we do ask for continued prayer. Steve & Caroline Ogi

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you. It was so nice to receive a gift from Bethel as we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We are truly blessed to be a part of the Bethel CRC family. Thanks again, Herman & Betty Scholing

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. Please remember Andy & Linda Horlings, Margaret Njuguna, Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst and John & Marian VanderMeer.

Special Note: 

Bethel CRC will be using a new email addressbchurch2@shaw.caPastor Mike’s address has changed to pastor6@shaw.ca Also, the church no longer has a fax number. We would ask that you change your directory to reflect the new addresses.

Vacation Bible School 

had a record number of kids this year (80+), mainly from families outside our church. The program ran smoothly under the expert leadership of Erin Lewin and with the help of many dedicated volunteers. Luke Patterson presented the story of Joseph to the kids and they were fully engaged in the wonder of how God cared for Joseph in difficult times and used him to save the people in the famine. The Egyptian market was also well received and the petting zoo was a big success. By God’s grace we were able to speak the word of truth and God’s love into the lives of many children and their families. We trust that God will bless our efforts to lift up the name of Jesus in our community.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Egypt VBS! 

It was a wonderful week of great new memories, and lots of fun. We had over 70 children through the week, with 30 volunteers making it all run. Thank you to those who contributed time, effort, and energy to our week. Thank you, also, to those who contributed supplies. Please pick them up from the room downstairs, or contact Erin to have the items returned to you. And thank you to all who prayed -- we couldn't have done it without you!

The “Church Renewal Lab” 

will begin 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:

- leadership by experts from Calvin Seminary.

- group learning to encourage each other while each individual church still charts its own path.

- simultaneous teaching about renewal, while also giving tasks to work on.

- moving 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, and Anita Geldof. 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 Bible this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kyle & Erica Van Stryland.

Attention all Young People! 

There will be chicken picking at the Van Strylands’ on Thursday, August 4th. Please meet at the church at 6:00 p.m. and Terry Vandenborn will be there if you need a ride. Chicken picking will commence at 6:30 p.m. We will end the evening with snacks. Hope to see you all there!



A Christian man in Lahore reportedly had his arms chopped off after refusing to denounce Jesus and convert to Islam while in the hands of fanatics. Aqeel Masih, who worked at a petrol station, was kidnapped by Islamists before having his armed severed. Masih has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the extremists. Meanwhile, police claimed that Masih’s arms were “chopped off in a train accident”. Pray that Aqeel may heal from his injury; that he may have the strength to forgive and continue to live his life for the Lord. Thank God for the courage Aqeel received to refuse denouncing his faith. Pray that Christians in Pakistan may richly experience and be encouraged by the nearness of their savior.

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