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May 28 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 are wondering if there is anyone who can help us out with our small problem! Small problem being that our van is no more. We are in need of transportation to get back and forth for work and appointments and are looking for a cheap van. A van is needed to transport Steve's wheelchair. If anybody knows or hears about one please let us know. Our phone number is 403-596-2258. Thank you, Steve and Caroline Ogi

Dear Bethel congregation. It has been two weeks since we arrived safely in Welland after a nice trip where we saw all the kids. Our new home is really quite lovely and Barb is enjoying painting and making it our own. The congregation here has been very helpful in making the transition. I have all my books in the church office and it feels quite cozy. I was officially installed this past Friday and this Sunday is my first official service at Grace CRC. It has been a whirlwind of adjustments but God is good and we feel very blessed. We are still working through the pile of sweet treats you gave us at the farewell evening. That was fun. We have new phones so if you would like to call or text, these are our new numbers. Mike: 905-714-4230. Barb 905-714-2280. We read the bulletin online to keep up with things a little bit and we pray for you often.

Blessings, Pastor Mike & Barb

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: please keep Jenny Bajema, Klaas Boskers, Lea Dykstra and Ernie Stebner in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Pastor Search Committee: 

We started our meeting on May 23rd discussing ways we see the Spirit working in Bethel Church and also some things we would like to see changed in our church. Most of our time was spent finalizing the questionnaire.

At today’s potluck lunch, the Search Committee will be providing an update on their progress as well as going through the questionnaire asking for your input on the qualities you are looking for in a new pastor. You are welcome to fill the questionnaire out at the potluck or take it home and return it to Jennifer Zuidhof's mailbox or email it to her at jenzuid@hotmail.com by Sunday, June 4th. Your input is greatly appreciated!

A note from the church secretaries: 

We are usually working in the church office on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you find the front doors locked on those days please ring the doorbell to the left of the doors. We can hear this bell in our office and will come to the door to let you in. Thank you!

A few people from our church have been getting together to form a Prayer Ministry for our congregation as we go through this time of transition and renewal. Prayer is a vital link between earth and heaven. Praying for and with others on a regular basis is an indispensable ministry. Please read more about this in the June Newsletter next week.

Bethel Newsletter: 

The next edition will be in your mailboxes on Sunday, June 4th. Please have any contributions in to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Wednesday, May 31st. Summer time. Graduation. Father’s Day. All good topics for stories or poems or drawings. Recipes for the BBQ or the camp fire. Our goal in the newsletter is to build community among the members of Bethel. We hope to get to know one another better so we can praise together, pray together and encourage one another in daily life as well as in our faith walk with the Lord. Communicating the goings on in our church groups as well as in the denomination helps to build God’s kingdom here as we work together. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Vacation Bible School

Not sure if you'd like to help with VBS? Want to find out more? Ready to sign up for the week, or part of it? If any of these categories fit you, please come to the VBS training night on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. here at Bethel.

Coffee Break News: 

Ladies, we have been busy making plans for the coming season, using the suggestions we've received from some of you, and we have chosen the studies we will do. We are very excited about it all. We also need volunteers to take care of the nursery. Helena Kits and Dorothy Meindersma who have done it so faithfully for so many years, have stepped down, and we need new ladies to take care of our little ones. Please consider prayerfully if this is something you like to do, so the young moms will be given the opportunity to go to Bible study. If you want to know more about Coffee Break, or serve others by helping out in the nursery, please read our little news item in the June Newsletter next week.

The Book Club meeting is coming up again. But please note, it is on Wednesday, June 7th, at 7:30 p.m. Usual place, Margaret Roolker’s home. This month's book is "Abide With Me" by Elizabeth Strout, and it is Debby's turn to bring refreshments.

BETHEL YOUTH

Young Adults 

Bible study will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jessica & Pat Bouwman.

Attention Bethel Cadets! 

Our Spring Camp-Out this year is June 2 to 4. We will meet at Lacombe Christian School parking lot after school and leave for camp. Cost for the weekend is $20/person. We should arrive back at Bethel Church on Sunday at 4:00 pm or earlier if the weather is lousy. We are camping at Kootney Plains near Nordegg. (Abraham Lake). Dads are welcome to join in on all the fun! It will be a bean free weekend. Numbers of attendees are needed TODAY!! Please contact Grant Zuidhof ASAP.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School 

would like to invite you to a farewell assembly and tea for Mel and Sandra Brandsma which will take place on Monday, June 12th. The assembly will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by tea and goodies which will go until 1:00 p.m.

Fayth Ponsen is a new teacher at Lacombe Christian School

planning to move from Ontario to Alberta at the beginning of August 2017. She is looking for an apartment or basement suite to rent in the Lacombe area. If you happen to know of a place or someone she could contact, please email her at: fythpnsn@gmail.com. Thank you!

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Please pray for the people of Marawi, southern Philippines. On Wednesday afternoon extremists descended upon the city, firing gunshots and putting up ISIS flags. Fires broke out, burning a city jail, a Christian school and a chapel. The residents are threatened; homes are being trespassed, and women not in hijabs are being taken away. The black flags are perched on top of a police car and a hospital. Social media screams with pleas for help. A Muslim-background believer (MBB) messaged: “Please pray for the believers of Jesus here in Marawi, that God will protect us. Roman Catholic teachers from Dansalan College (95% Muslim students, 80% Christian staff) have been trapped by ISIS, including the priest.” At the moment, there is no certainty about the situation in Marawi, but the Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9) “Please cover us in prayer as we have Youth Kairos course training now. Most of the participants are MBB youths. Pray that our team would be comforted and enabled by the Lord as they minister to those affected by the siege. Pray that God would grant them wisdom as they navigate the sensitive situation. Pray that everyone affected would be covered in God’s peace and for an end to the fighting. Pray that President Duterte and his government would make the right steps in addressing the crisis. Pray for the ISIS affiliates, that the Lord would prevent them from hurting more people and that somehow they would come to the Lord.

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