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August 14 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.

Rena DeRuiter was moved from Rimbey to the U of A Hospital in Edmonton and was operated on to stop a slow bleed in her brain. We give thanks to God that the operation went well and she is expected to return to Rimbey by the weekend.

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

WORLD RENEW - Partnering with the Bowden Institution: 

The Bowden Institution is a medium security facility, which houses about 700 men. Last year, 300 of them (almost 1/2 of the prison population!) took part in the walk-a-thon to do something for people outside the fence. There is a steering committee of 20 men who have been running this under the leadership of the Chaplain Bud Sargent. In the past few years, the funds for the walk-a-thon has been coming in through the efforts of the prison's volunteer network. They have gone back to their family/friends/churches to solicit funds. Last year, they raised about $11,000.00! They are now inviting central Alberta churches to support their fundraising efforts. This year all the funds collected through the walk-a-thon are earmarked for World Renew's feeding program (through Canadian Foodgrains Bank) in Dugda, Ethiopia. The folks in the Bowden facility, and the folks at WORLD RENEW - CFGB are asking Reformed (CRC and other) churches in central Alberta to support this walk-a-thon by pledging a lump sum of money to the "Bowden Chapel Institution Walk-a-thon." Please read the brochure in your mailbox today to find out how you can support this effort and raise money for an organization we value!

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

will have a Bible study this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Kyle & Erica Van Stryland.

Hey Bethel youth

just wanting you to mark your calendars for the youth retreat. It will be on September 9th through 11th at Bar Harbour on Buffalo Lake. Start spreading the word, we have great leaders lined up, games planned, our famous talent show, and great food. Keep your eyes on the bulletin or the Facebook youth page for more updates.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Vietnam 

More than 100 pastors of house churches have been imprisoned for refusing to join a central official church. The government-controlled "official church" wants to combine multiple house churches in order to control and diminish the influence of the thriving independent churches. A particular group of house churches representing a total membership of 3,000 was ordered to merge congregations and meet in a building that can hold only about 500 people. If the pastors refuse to sign a paper saying they would combine, and that their gatherings would not go over 500 people, they will be beaten or thrown into prison. The latest pastors to be imprisoned (more than 60 of them) joined another 42 church leaders who are still behind bars, even though the 15-year sentences they received in 2001 for practising their faith have been completed. Thank the Lord for the witnessing efforts and faith of the persecuted Christians of Vietnam. Pray for radical changes in the hearts of the Communist leaders, especially those who are responsible for implementing and administering Vietnam's laws, so that the work of the Gospel will continue to thrive.

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