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August 6 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.

Congratulations to Willie Stebner as she celebrates her birthday on Thursday, and to Alice Scholing and Fenny Stegerman as they celebrate theirs on Saturday. To each of you ladies, we pray for a wonderful day with family and friends. May you feel the Lord’s goodness on your special day. J

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

TRIPLE BRIDAL SHOWER

Ladies, come join us on Wednesday, August 9th at 7:30 p.m. to bless 3 new brides-to-be - Erin Vandenborn (Jacob Binnema), Heidi Prins (Dereck Carruthers), and Brooke Schamber (Travis Ebens). To help encourage these ladies in this new step in their lives, we thought it would be nice to have you share a favourite recipe with each of them. It is a miscellaneous shower, although gift cards or cash donations are an appreciated option since the brides are either established in their homes or are as in Erin's case, moving to Ontario to a small apartment. Hope to see you August 9th as we honour the brides. Please bring a snack to share.

Prayer Team Ministry: 

In Acts 6:4 after the 12 disciples instructed the congregation to appoint 7 men to serve the congregation and take care of the serving of food to the widows, they said,” But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and the ministry of the word.” And the word of God kept on spreading, and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly. The disciples placed prayer and the ministry of the word as of utmost importance and saw it as the catalyst for God’s spirit to move in a powerful way. God works through us also. Faithfulness to prayer and the word is the catalyst through which we to can expect him to continue to use us and show what new things he may have for us. Let us live and pray expectantly as we have a great God whom we serve!

It’s been about 2 months now that we’ve been meeting for prayer. We meet every second Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Margaret Rolker’s home. We have a group of 3 – 4 people that meet.

At our last meeting we read from Colossians 1:1-14. We learned that ‘as we grow in spiritual understanding and in the wisdom and knowledge of God’ our faith becomes stronger – we are able to handle the challenges we face and know what to ask God for. We often find it easier to operate and respond to life from our own resources rather than from God’s infinite storehouse of supply for our every need.

As we recognize that our weaknesses are similar to those around us we are drawn closer to each other in a common bond – as beggars we point one another to where to find food. “It is not in sharing our strengths that we are drawn closer to one another, but in sharing our weaknesses.”

We regularly pray for the Pastor Search Committee in finding a new pastor. We pray for God to prepare us and the man he has in mind for us, not sooner and not later than the time he determines to see fit. We pray for the Church Renewal Team, for Council, for needs in the congregation, for ourselves and for our world. We welcome items to pray for. Please let Margaret or myself know. And we welcome you to join us. On behalf of the Prayer Team, Henry Eisses

Please note: 

The video called “The War Room” is available in the library for anyone to watch. Great for small groups. It is a humorous and powerful movie on the power of prayer.

Prayer for Renewal: 

This closing prayer of Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit is from the Renewal Lab material we receive. As we journey together we can make this our daily prayer trusting God to give us the ability to discern what he wants us to hear, to learn what he wants us to teach us and for the faith to follow where he wants to take us.

Dear Holy Spirit, living and active presence of Jesus within us and within the church, we pray that you will revive the church in North America, and revive our congregation at Bethel.

Holy Spirit, let that revival begin in me. Renew my heart and give me a vibrant love for Jesus, his people, and for those far from faith and faith family.

Holy Spirit, direct the work of our renewal team. Show us what you would have us do next. Create a wave of divine energy among us. Help us to see that wave as it is building, and help us catch that wave, so we can participate with you in a wonderful dance of cooperation.

In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

It's GEMS Camp this week! 

Please pray for a safe and enriching week for the GEMS girls and all the wonderful volunteer staff that will be attending camp this Tuesday to Saturday at the Rehoboth camp facilities at Gull Lake.

The Day of Encouragement (DOE)

Remember November as you enjoy your summer vacations and warm weather. Register now and save for later, Keynote presentation by CRCNA Executive Director, Steven Timmermans and lunch feature by World Renew DRS director, Bob Laarman. Other workshop leaders include:

* Carmen Voogd - Safe Church Ministries

* Harold Roscher - Aboriginal Ministries

* Mel Slomp - Healthy Church Task Force

* Heather Looy - LGBTQ+

* Mark Stephenson - Disabilities Ministry

* Joyce Borger - Worship Ministry

* Ron Vandenbrink - Diaconal Ministries Canada - A.G.M.

* Karin Linschoten - Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (refugees)

* Cindy Stover & Mike Hogeterp – OSJ/Centre for Public Dialogue

* Howard Lawrence - Abundant Communities

* Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning - Prison ministries

* Julianne Gilchrist - Storytelling and faith formation

Register throughout the month of August for Super Early Bird pricing go to the registration website, www.regonline.ca/DOE2017Edmonton - or contact yournadc@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pro-Life News 

A big thank you to those who participated in the 10,000 flags display, as part of Lacombe Days. 10,000 blue and pink flags were set up along highway 2A in front of McDonalds to raise awareness of the number of lives lost through abortion in Canada. Each flag represented ten lives lost. Please continue to pray for women who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy, that they may choose LIFE over abortion.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

IRAN 

After four years imprisonment for “violating national security”, Iranian Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran was released from Tehran’s Evin prison on August 1st. Naghash Zargaran, 39, a convert from Islam, was first questioned by intelligence officers in January 2010 because of her work with underground churches. In January 2013, she was arrested and sentenced to four years imprisonment. Ten years ago Maryam underwent heart surgery; while in prison she was denied regular medical check-ups. To protest against this she undertook a number of hunger strikes. On a handful of occasions she was allowed to leave prison to receive treatment, but each time forced to return before it could be completed. Her sentence extended by six weeks to make up for the time she had spent outside prison. Prison conditions have traumatized her and left her suffering with depression. In the past few months, a dozen Christians – mainly converts from a Muslim background – have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms, leading two imprisoned Christians to undertake hunger strikes of their own. Thank God for Maryam's release. Pray that she will recover from her ordeal in prison and that her faith may stay strong. Pray for the other imprisoned Christians; may they be protected from discouragement. May they be treated humanely. Pray for all Christians in Iran; may the Lord fill them with trust and holy joy when they live under stressful circumstances.

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