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August 7 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.

We express our condolences to Hilda Van Stryland and Craig and Marcella and Kyle and Erica with the death of a dear husband, father and grandfather. The funeral was yesterday afternoon. May God comfort in his grace in this time of sadness with the hope of eternal life in Jesus our Lord.

Rena DeRuiter was moved by her family to the Rimbey hospital where she is being cared for as her condition continues to be of a concern regarding a recent fall.

Congratulations to Willie Stebner with the celebration of her birthday this coming Thursday and to Alice Scholing with her birthday this coming Friday. May you both be blessed on your special days and in the year ahead!

Carla Geldof and Ian Comeau are looking forward to celebrating their marriage on Saturday, September 2nd in Hamilton, Ontario. There will be an open house on Saturday, September 10th here in Bethel where the church family is invited to come and share in the celebration. Tea and cake, fellowship and sharing, meeting and greeting. Please join us from 2 – 4 p.m.

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

Special Note: 

Bethel CRC will be using a new email address bchurch2@shaw.ca Pastor 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.

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

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.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

CUBA: 

Since December 2014, when Cuba and the United States announced the normalization of relations and U.S. travel restrictions were lifted, many thought conditions for Cubans – including Christians – would improve. However conditions have remained the same or worsened for everyone but a select few. Many Cubans, even Christians, will tell you “Everything is fine” when you ask how their lives are since the country opened its doors. This can be misleading: everyone is afraid of communist informants who live among them. Pastors know they are within their congregations. Evangelism teams have adapted. Churches will send a team of evangelists to conduct outreach programs. While that team is arrested and detained for hours or days, a second team finishes their work. “That’s the normal way they operate,” they say. The government has threatened to close thousands of churches; existing churches are forbidden to add on to their buildings or have a sign on their front doors. New churches are denied building permits. Churches rely on the black market to purchase building materials etc. since the government prevents these transactions in the traditional market. Officials have closed churches by claiming to see “illegally-obtained building material” within the building. Some churches are denied basic utilities like electricity. Pray for Christians in Cuba to stay strong and to keep reaching out to their unchurched neighbours.

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