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September 11 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.

Alice Scholing was scheduled to return home this past Friday after over 2 months in the hospital. We give thanks to God for his healing grace in her life.

September 10th 1966 to 2016. Fifty years ago yesterday we stood in the front of Bethel Church and said our marriage vows before God, our family, friends and you, our Church family. You were here when our sons were born and baptized in Bethel, also when we celebrated 25 years of marriage, and you celebrated with us when Brad and Anita said their marriage vows in Bethel. When our parents passed to their heavenly home, you stood beside us. We thank you all for always being there for us not only during the joyous times but also during the hard times. Our Heavenly Father has blessed us so abundantly these 50 years and we give thanks and honor to Him. Please join us for cake & coffee in the fellowship hall after the morning worship service.

Gerald and Nelly Keitel

Happy Birthday to Lies Boskers as she celebrates her birthday this Friday. May our Lord continue to bless you on your special day and into your new year!

Our family would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the thoughtfulness presented to us and love we have been given during the time that Harry was sick and then in the hospital and during our time of bereavement. Through your prayers and visits, cards and flowers, meals and phone calls, we have been blessed and are grateful. The Van Stryland families

Dear Bethel Church Family, Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and beautiful cards as well as your encouragement, on our recent 60th wedding anniversary celebration. All of our family enjoyed attending Bethel and being able to participate in the service. Thank you to Pastor Mike for his relevant message, as well. Thank you too for joining us in the fellowship hall for coffee and cake! It was a privilege to be able to share this special event with you all and we look forward to continuing to serve the Lord joyfully, in the years ahead.

With appreciation, John & Shirley Bos

Our sincere condolences go out to the Harink family in the recent passing of their mother, Alida Harink at the age of 94. Mrs. Harink was one of the first teachers at the old Woody Nook school. The funeral will be held at Woody Nook CRC on Thursday, Sept 15th at 2:00 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 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.

Ladies, Book Club 

time is coming up again. We will start our new season on September 15th at the home of Margaret Roolker with a potluck meal. Please bring a dish to share. We will be starting our 7th season on our 70th book! We plan to eat at 7 p.m. so come timely. The discussion time will still start at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you all at Margaret's at 5123-52 St., Lacombe. Call 403-782-4506 for info.

Living Members 

will meet at the home of Ralph & Pauline Bos next Sunday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. Please study Chapters 31 & 32.

Coffee Break 

begins on Wednesday, September 21st at 9:30 a.m. We will study Esther from a new format, the Infuse series. What does Esther teach us for today when God is not mentioned once in the entire book? We will discover this together. All ladies welcome and take along a friend.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Youth – Junior high to Senior high and their leaders are away for their annual Youth Retreat at Bar Harbour Camp on Buffalo Lake. This retreat sets the tone for the season of ministry. We pray for God’s blessing on the time of focusing on faith together.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

U of A Campus Ministry—Feed a Student and Save the World. 

Would you like to be more involved in campus ministry the U of A? Do you enjoy cooking? We’re looking for people to prepare a meal for fifteen (or so) hungry students for our Wednesday supper. Crock pot soups and stews are perfectly acceptable. On the evening you cook you’re welcome to join us for our evening after supper activity and spend some time with university students. If you’re interested please contact Rick at rpvanmanen@ualberta.ca

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Burman University 

is presenting an Organ series with Jason Biel who will be presenting an hour long Organ Concert at the College Heights SDA church on Sunday, September 18th at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and $10 per senior or student. All are welcome!

Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel 

March 21 – April 1, 2017. Experience a refreshing renewal of your faith, and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, as you tour the biblical lands with teaching host, Pastor Peter Tuininga, and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See many of the biblical places (Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea, Jericho and much more), and gain spiritual and historical insights which will make the Bible come alive for you. For complete information, cost, and registration, go to toursofisrael.wordpress.com or call Peter Tuininga at 1-289-877-8433 or e-mail peter.tuininga@gmail.com.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

SUDAN: 

A trial of two Sudanese church leaders and a foreign aid worker resumed with Sudan's prosecution accusing them of highlighting the suffering of Christians in war-ravaged areas of the country. The men have been accused of conducting intelligence activities and providing material support for rebels. Some of the charges against them are punishable by death. The Christian aid worker is accused of planning to go into areas "claimed to have been destroyed by the Sudanese army" with the intent to interview civilians regarding concerns of torturous conduct by Sudanese authorities. In Sudan, the demolition of churches and arrests of Christians have increased since President Omar al-Bashir began reasserting Sharia law. Please pray for the accused men and their families as they endure the ongoing court proceedings and allegations presented against them. May fellow believers around the world join in prayer on their behalf and on behalf of all Sudanese Christians suffering persecution for so many years.

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