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June 18 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.

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.

Congratulations to Dorothy Meindersma and Rena DeRuiter as they celebrate their birthdays on Thursday and Friday. To each of you we wish a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings with family and friends.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

From the church secretaries: 

Our office hours for the rest of June are as follows: Tuesdays – 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Wednesdays – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Fridays – 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please leave a voicemail message at 403-782-6400 if needed and we will return your phone call as soon as we can. You can also email us at bchurch2@shaw.ca as we monitor this fairly regularly. Thank you!!

Are you going on holidays this summer and interested in having responsible house sitters? 

Mark and Selina Patterson are able to help you out! They will be here from July 1st through August 19th. Please contact Cora Stol at 403-885-5712 for more info.

Council Highlites from the June 14th meeting:

1. The Pastoral Search Committee has finalized our Church Profile and will publish it on the CRCNA website for prospective pastors to peruse.

2. We are working hard to fill our pulpit supply list as we enter the summer months.

3. We are initiating a new concept for prayers during the congregational prayer time in the worship service. We will have a prayer box on the table in the front foyer. If you would like a special prayer request during the congregational prayer, please fill in a card and place it in the prayer box. We will also pray for you during the week.

4. The Council BBQ is set for this coming Wednesday, June 21st at the home of the Vandenborns, 5826 47 Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Elders bring a salad, deacons bring a dessert.

5. We have had a request to transfer the memberships of Pastor Mike, Barb and Paul Vandyk to Grace CRC in Welland, Ontario.

Safe Church, Criminal Record Check Request: 

It’s that time again! Time to update the Police Check Files and handout cover letters to those who are in need of getting theirs done. Your cover letter will state that you do Children/Youth ministry here; if you don’t, and do other ministries please don’t worry. I simply stated this as to make sure that all ministries are covered in the cost that Lacombe Police Department would charge for the service. Any one 16 years and older will need to have the checks done. (Some letters were given to students who will turn 16 in the fall, please hold onto the letter until after your birthday.) Please note if you do not live in the city of Lacombe you are required to visit a RCMP detachment in your area. If you are called back to get finger prints, please have them done, the church will reimburse you for all costs. Anyone I may have missed or anyone who is thinking of future ministry work, request a cover letter. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dana van Gyssel at 403-704-9032 in the evenings or at the Church for the coming two Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Neighbourhood Life update: 

During the past couple months, block party season has kept Neighbourhood Life busy. To have the privilege to be involved with neighbours in their neighbourhoods has been a wonderful experience. If you would like to explore how to begin in your neighbourhood, just ask (403-505-9897). Just last week we were involved with 5 different neighbourhood initiatives in Central Alberta in which there seemed to be a consensus regarding how good it was and why we haven't done this earlier. We also had time to learn with Jim Diers, a neighbourhood activist from Seattle who flew in to join us. He in turn helped us open the doors to Lacombe's Good Neighbour CoffeeHouse and its support for Neighbourhood Life. Finally, we have added to the Neighbourhood Life tool kit by unveiling our Espresso Trike which works very well in connecting neighbours. Continue to follow us or search out more info at www.rickabma.com. And continue to support us by contributing to Home Missions/Neighbourhood Life, or directly to Wolfcreek Church/Neighbourhood Life.

Living Members 

will be meeting at the home of Alex & Ann Wildeboer on June 25th at 7:00 p.m. Please study lesson 4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Roommate

I am looking for a female roommate for a bright two bedroom fourplex suite in Lacombe. Available July 1st. Please contact Lisa Boonstra for further details at 403-783-0045.

Camp Rehoboth Volunteers Needed: 

We will be starting our summer camps soon. God has answered our prayers for more volunteers, but we still need help for the following weeks:

R&R: July 2-7 - Night Watch person

Adult 1: July 8-14 - 2 nurses, 4 counsellors

Adult 2: July 15-21 - Night Watch, Techie, 20 counsellors

Independent: July 22-28 - Bible Leader, Techie, 10 counselors

Youth Week - full, we have all our volunteers!!!

Please contact camp@rehoboth.ab.ca for more information, or apply online – www.rehoboth.ab.ca/camps Thank you! Pray that our Camps go well this summer, that everyone has a great time, stays healthy, we get good weather – but most importantly, that our campers know that God’s Promises Never Fail!

PERSECUTED CHURCH

The Eritrean government has stepped up its campaign against Christians, arresting almost a hundred followers of Christ in recent weeks. Since the government passed a law shutting down many churches, some Christians meet in secret. Evangelicals are at particular risk since a 2002 law was passed -- prohibiting churches other than those of Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran affiliation. However, as a Orthodox leader's incarceration shows, members of permitted churches are also at risk if they criticize the regime. At least 28 Christians have died during their incarceration or shortly after being released as a result of harsh treatment in prison or withheld medical treatment. Those who have survived imprisonment recount facing torture, hard labour, filthy conditions and insufficient food. Thank you for joining us in prayer on behalf of our oppressed Eritrean brothers and sisters. As for those who are in prison, pray that their resolve will be strengthened as they wait for the Lord's deliverance.

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