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July 9 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 would like to thank you all for all the prayer and support in many different ways you have extended to us after our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, George Opden Dries passed away. Ken & Trudy Salomons, James & Angela Wildeboer & Family, Darran & Gayle Vreugdenhil & Family

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

Vacation Bible School 

Thank you to all who graciously donated or loaned items from the bulletin board list. VBS was a great success, in part due to your contributions. Any items that were loaned are waiting to be picked up downstairs, in Room #3 across from the council room.

Pastor Search Committee: 

What kind of Pastor is Bethel Church looking for? After compiling the congregation surveys, this is our conclusion: We want a man who is a passionate spiritual leader with a warm approachable personality. He is a good listener/communicator and a dynamic preacher who challenges us in our faith walk. The sermon should be his top priority followed closely by developing and maintaining relationships with members of all ages through visits, social gatherings and active participation with the youth.

If anyone has a suggestion for a pastor that we should consider, please fill out a form available at the back of the church by the prayer box. Deposit them in Cora Hoekstra’s mailbox. Also, anyone can read the church profile now. There is a link to it on the Welcome page of the church website at http://www.lacombebethelcrc.org

Book Club

Our next book club meeting is on July 13th, at 7:30 p.m. at Margaret's. The title is "The Nine Lives of Charlotte Armstrong" by Sally Armstrong. For refreshments it is Caroline's turn. See you all there! There will be no meeting in August.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Camp Rehoboth has started well this year, but we still need your help! 

We are still in need of 20 volunteers for the week of July 15-21 and July 22-28. Please consider coming for a week of fun and friendship! If you want to take photos all week, we are looking for techies. (And if you want to watch movies all night, we need a night watch as well.) We have campers signed up and already packing, so we need volunteers badly! If you have thought about coming in the past, make this the year you come. We need you! Apply at www.rehoboth.ab.ca/camps today.

Volunteers needed for Pro-Life Events in Lacombe on Saturday July 29, 2017.

Another Flag Display! 

Red Deer and District Pro-Life and WeNeedALaw/ARPA are organizing a Flag Display in Lacombe during Lacombe Days, along Hwy 2A, between Dairy Queen and McDonalds. This display of 10,000 blue and pink flags is to make people aware of the 100,000 abortions done in Canada every year and to help them realize that Canada needs Laws to protect pre-born children. Many people do not realize that Canada has NO law against killing unborn children until the day they are born. We will need about 20-25 students, youth, or adults to set up the flags from 8-9 a.m. and people to take them down at 4 p.m. We would like 4 people to remain with the display all during the day, working in 2-4 hour shifts, who are willing to hold signs, hand out leaflets of information and/or speak with people who pass by and ask about the display. All flags, signs, and information to help guide our discussions will be provided.

Float in the Parade! 

We need some adults and lots of children who will be given birthday party hats, balloons, etc. as they pretend to have a birthday party on the float. The backdrop will be a baby's face with the words "LIFE is BEAUTIFUL" and the Theme "EVERYONE DESERVES A BIRTHDAY". If you can help out in any way there is a sign up sheet at the back table or please call Lisa Ellens at 403-885-2782 or text Val Beukema at 403-597-7244.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Vietnam 

Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh was arrested in April 2011 because of his Christian witness. In July 2012 he was sentenced to eleven years in prison for "undermining national unity." In May 2017 a delegation from the U.S. Consulate visited Pastor Nguyen in prison. Despite having been warned not to say anything negative against the state of Vietnam, Pastor Nguyen spoke honestly about the tortures, threats and mistreatment he has endured in prison: regular beatings, having shards of glass mixed in with his food, being held in stocks, and having to endure long periods in solitary confinement. Now he is being punished for disclosing this information. His wife, Tran Thi Hong, fears for his health and safety. His health had deteriorated to a life-threatening degree due to ongoing physical and psychological abuse. He was denied medical treatment and Tran was not allowed to bring him any medicine. Pray for Pastor Nguyen's protection and healing while awaiting release from imprisonment. May God use him mightily to bring words of encouragement and eternal life to many in prison. Intercede on behalf of his wife Tran, their son and the congregation who are also in need of protection and pray that the hearts and minds of those in authority will be softened as they witness the Godly conduct of the believers being interrogated so that the laws of the land will be administered with true justice and compassion.

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