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2018-08-12 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 Alice Scholing and Fenny Stegerman as they celebrate their birthdays today. Wishing you both a day filled with the Lord’s richest blessings with family and friends! J

Dear Friends, warm greetings! If this sounds like a similar announcement as a month ago, it is. Next Saturday, August 18th, our daughter Jessica will be getting married to Ian Friesen in Emo, Ontario. Ian grew up in Emo, the same hometown as Carolyn, though Jessica only met him while tree-planting in the area in 2014. They plan to live in Thunder Bay after getting married. Thanks for your prayers for the wedding. We're looking forward to a wonderful celebration!

Albert and Carolyn Strydhorst

Do remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us. Please keep Jenny Bajema, Klaas Boskers, Rena DeRuiter, Lea Dykstra and Ernie Stebner in your prayers.

Pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

From Youth Ministry Leadership Team: 

We are seeking a committed individual or couple who is called to serve the Young Adults at Bethel. Who are the Young Adults: Young Adults includes all high school graduates up to unmarried individuals age 25. What is the commitment: Young Adults is a self-run group that meets as per their schedule for Bible study and social occasions. Serving this group entails encouraging and facilitating meetings as well as mentor-ship and liaison with YMLT. Please keep this area of need in your prayers. If you feel this is an area that you are passionate about and are willing to serve or if you have questions please call or text Amaris at 403-872-1568.

Rightnow Media: 

Over the last couple of weeks I have contacted a number of members to confirm emails that were sent to RNM. Just making sure that you received the invitation and to see if anyone needed assistance with making their accounts. So far so good! I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so or if you know of someone who would like to be added, to please contact me at the church.

My next step is to introduce you to the goodies that are located in the many categories they suggest for your enjoyment. But as I have found out, part of my job is to partner up with the Pastor, Ministry Team Leaders and Youth of our congregation to find out what you prefer to work with so that I may construct a Bethel CRC library of our own to promote to our congregation and guests for their enjoyment. Two themed categories suggested are: Core Foundations of our Church or OK, I’m a Christian, Now What?? I am working with an account consultant by the name of Nate Hickman, on how to navigate the website and would like to invite anyone who is interested to join the process. On August 22nd at 9 a.m. Nate and I will be working on Empowering Your Team to Make Disciples with the materials we now have access to. Please contact myself, Dana, for more information or to join in on the instruction class.

BETHEL YOUTH

Hey YP's!!!!! 

If you are going into grade 10, 11 or 12 you are invited to the Vandenborn's for supper and a night of 9 Square and Spike Ball. If it’s hot, bring a towel and change of clothing as you might get wet. Pastor Steve will be there as well!!! Bring a friend and get to know your leaders and the Pastor! Wednesday August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. on 5826 47 Ave. Please let Donna or Terry know if you can make it so they can plan enough food! (Ice Tea.....Brisk, right?) If the weather is cold and rainy we will postpone!

Bethel Youth Retreat 2018: 

Will be held on September 7th to 9th at Camp Sonrise in Rocky Mountain House. Cost for this event will be $40. Please fill out a consent form and return it to Amaris or Andrew in their mailbox before August 31st. Remember to include the $40.00. Early Bird registration closes on August 22nd. If you get your form and money in early, your name goes in a draw for a special prize. Consent forms 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 Amaris or Andrew J. Make sure you invite a friend; we look forward to a fun filled weekend!

ANNOUNCMENTS

King’s University: 

Join us Saturday, September 29 for our annual Harvest Banquet! Celebrate God’s goodness with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction. If you have already purchased your tickets, thank you! We look forward to seeing you there, and remember to tell your friends! If you don't have your tickets yet, this is your reminder that early-bird prices are only available until August 15th. You won't want to miss this amazing evening! You can also call the Development office for tickets or more information at 780.465.8314.

Super Early Bird registration for the DOE (Day of Encouragement) is back! 

For the month of August, the first 40 people to register for the 2018 DOE will be able to register at the discounted rate of $40. Because it is early, you do have the option of registering without picking your workshops by selecting the undecided tab. Two features that have been added are a new full day workshop tract for church administrators. This option will be brought to you by Bryan Haley from the CRC's ReFrame Media group called Church Juice. It will include a morning and afternoon workshop that will be focused on a variety of church administrative work. The other new item will be a mid-day musical interlude featuring an emerging Edmonton artist named Clinton Richardson. Check him out on YouTube or at www.clintonrichardson.ca. See the link below to start your registration now... www.regonline.ca/doe2018edmonton. Full presenter bios, workshop descriptions and posters will follow as developed. Questions can be directed to yournadc@gmail.com and we are still looking for local CRC artists and photographers from our churches who would like to display their work on that day. Please contact me! Jesse Edgington - NADC consultant. To take a look at the event for information www.classisalbertanorth.ca/nadc

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Constitutional reforms approved on July 30th have created concerns in the African island nation of Comoros. One area of particular concern to religious minorities in the country is the removal of a clause separating religion and state. Local sources are concerned over how this development is going to affect Christians and other religious minorities. The government would be imposing tougher measures on any citizens who are not Sunni Muslim. More than 95 percent of the population are Sunni, with about two percent Christian. Proselytization of any kind is illegal. May God bring peace to the people of this island nation. Pray for the country's Christians as they seek to please God in their lives and endeavour to reach out to their neighbours with the saving love of Christ.

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