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August 27 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.

Please keep Steve & Caroline Ogi in your prayers as Steve has issues with his foot and leg. We pray for healing and for patience as they deal with daily trips to the hospital for Steve’s treatment.

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

Bethel Newsletter:

 Summer is drawing to a close and it is time to start thinking about starting up our programs and Bible studies etc. The newsletter team, too, is ready to start again. We hope to have a newsletter in your mailboxes for next Sunday. If you have anything you would like to have included in this edition, please get it to Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Wednesday noon. We will carry on with the Knock, Knock page and the prayer page in efforts to get to know one another and pray more effectively for each other, for our church and for our world. We look forward to starting again, but we really look forward to hearing from the congregation and receiving contributions from you. Photos, essays, poems, notes, stories, memories – please consider ways in which you can help us put together newsletters that are informative, engaging and a blessing to all ages.

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.

Safe Church Special Note: 

When attending in ministry and attendance is taken PLEASE sign yourself in. As the ministry leader/nursery attendant/Sunday School teacher, helper you MUST sign in yourself as a person in the room. Over the summer some have forgotten. With that being said, those who were in the nursery last week please come to the nursery today to sign out their form from last week. Thank you!

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

Day of Encouragement

Super Early Bird registration for the Day of Encouragement ends this week, August 31st. Register now and save at www.regonline.ca/DOE2017Edmonton Full Brochure can be seen on the foyer bulletin board and is available on the NADC facebook page, the DMC website, or by email. Contact yournadc@gmail.com.

The Sea to Sea Bike Tour to End Poverty 

will come to an end this coming Tuesday, August 27, 2017. As many of you know, retired Pastor Gary Bomhof has been part of the tour from the very beginning. The tour started on June 23rd in Vancouver with a ceremonial dipping of the bike tires in the Pacific Ocean and it wound it’s way across Canada and parts of northern Wisconsin & Michigan. The shortest cycling day was 59.8 km, from Vernon to Salmon Arm, B.C. The longest cycling day was 171.7 km from Marquette to Newberry, Michigan. On August 27th the cyclists will arrive at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park in Halifax to greet the Atlantic Ocean. The tour has raised over 1.3 million dollars to help World Renew and other agencies continue the fight against poverty.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Eritrea

Last week, mother of four, Fikadu Debesay died from untreated kidney complications, while imprisoned at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean desert camp known for its intense heat and arid climate. She was detained along with her husband in May, during raids that targeted evangelical Christians. Their 17 year old son was arrested at his school and is detained in a labour camp, and his three younger siblings have been left without parental care. At least 210 Christians have been arrested since May and detained in these desert camps and military facilities – and that’s just the ones we know about. Since 2002 there’s been an ongoing crackdown on non-government-sanctioned churches in Eritrea, but it’s been ramping up in recent months. We need to pray for an end to this. You might feel helpless – but prayer is something we can do. While the family and friends of Fikadu grieve, we can offer our prayers and know that God the Father hears it all. Please pray for Fikadu’s three young children, whose elder brother and father are still detained. Pray that they would have people to surround them with the love, support and care they need at this time and for the release and safety of those in Eritrea still detained in desert camps and military facilities and that the raids targeting evangelical Christians and other religious groups in Eritrea would stop.

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