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August 20 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 the following young people who were married this past week: Travis Ebens & Brooke Schamber, married on August 12th and Erin Vandenborn & Jacob Binnema, married on August 18th and Heidi Prins & Dereck Carruthers, married on August 19th. May God be with you all and bless you as you begin your new lives together!

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

Safe Church: 

A reminder to the many volunteers who received a cover letter earlier in June, requesting a criminal record check. To date I have only received a small few. Please take the time to apply for the paperwork to be done. Our policy states that in order to do ministry in Bethel a check must be submitted. If you have any questions about the process or you have lost your letter, please contact Dana van Gyssel at 403-704-9032 after 7 p.m. or at the church on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Bethel Gems 

Are getting ready to start up another year and we are looking for someone who would like to join our fantastic group of ladies as another councillor. We have a lot of fun together and great bunch of girls. So please contact Carina Tenbrinke at 403-782-7903 or Gaylene Tenbrinke at 403-396-0362 if you can help out.

Coffee Break 

In about a month we will be starting up again. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20th at 9:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. We invite all ladies to come join us. Have you never been? Or has it been a number of years since you last came? Please consider yourselves most welcome to join us as we study God's Word together every week!

Servants Needed 

summer is a wonderful time and we want it to last, but the end is approaching. And with that, some of us begin to think of the coming season when we "start-up" our studies and other ministries. Coffee Break is in need of volunteers to make it possible for young mothers to attend bible study. At this moment there is no one who has stepped forward to take care of the little ones. Perhaps you feel led by the Lord to take this role upon you? Please contact Margaret Roolker at 403-782-4506 if you can help out.

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Youth Retreat 2017 

Will be held on September 8th to 10th at Bar Harbour Retreat Centre on Buffalo Lake. Cost for this event will be $40. Please fill out a consent form and return it to Betty Scholing in her mailbox before September 4th. Remember to include the $40.00. Consent forms and a tentative schedule can be found on the back table before entering the sanctuary or on our Bethel Youth Facebook group page. (You need to be a member on the site to download it.) Any questions, please talk to Betty or any of the Bethel youth leaders J. Make sure you invite a friend, we look forward to a fun filled weekend!

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

We praise God 

for the wonderful week of camp spent with the GEMS at Gull Lake. Our thanks goes out to all the staff who volunteered to cook, counsel, nurse, craft and do all the other jobs that needed doing to ensure a successful camp. Thank you also to everyone who donated food. The girls were well fed! And a very special THANK YOU to Chrissie Nauta who will be retiring after 8 years as Co-Director.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Central Alberta Christian High School 

Supporters are reminded to please submit your membership fee to the school no later than September 1, 2017 this year as the Board will be holding a special Society meeting on Monday October 2, 2017 regarding the construction of a new Industrial Arts Building. Our Bylaw 2.3 states “All new members to obtain voting privileges must pay the annual dues assessed no later than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the general meeting.” All memberships are effective for one year.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Sudan 

 A statement was recently issued by the Minister of Education asking Christian-run schools to adhere to the country's official weekend, consisting of Friday and Saturday. Therefore, the schools are now obliged to treat Sundays as a regular workday. Members of the Khartoum state parliament rejected that order; as a result on August 2nd the Sudanese government demolished a church in the city of Omdurman. This past May, a church in the Suba region of Sudan's capital was demolished and two church members detained after refusing to open the church's gates for the demolition. These church members were later released. The Baptist Church in Omdurman was on the list of 27 churches designated for destruction last year. Back in October 2015, an evangelical church was demolished in Omdurman after only 72 hours notice. Government officials refuse to grant permission for the building of any new churches, stating that the existing church premises are sufficient for the needs of the country's Christian minority. Pray that our Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan will find their safety, stability and refuge in the Lord, who promises throughout the Scriptures to be their "Rock," "Fortress" and "Deliverer" in times of trouble. May He grant these believers the courage to remain faithful and true to Him, despite the pressures placed upon them by governmental leaders. Pray for a halt on the destruction of remaining places of worship and that Sudan's officials will soon realize that their actions are not only going against the country's Christian citizens; most importantly, they are opposing the Almighty God Himself.

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