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2018-08-19 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.

Directory Update: Henry & Anita Geldof have changed their email. Please correct your directory to read: ahgeldof@telus.net

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

Coffee Break: 

Ladies, just a reminder that time goes on. Next month will be September and events and activities in the church will slowly start up again. Coffee Break, a women's Bible study, will start September 19th. If you have been a member, this is a reminder. If you have never been to Coffee Break, or it’s been a long time since you last joined other ladies to study God's Word. Feel free to discover a relaxed atmosphere, we have coffee (or tea) together, have time to socialize and catch up, and, of course, time for study and prayer. We are planning to start the year with "Discover the Power of Forgiveness", a 6-lesson study. We also hope to look at the Commandments Jesus gave, and the life of Ruth, an amazing and inspiring woman from the Old Testament. Please Note: we are in need of servant helpers for Nursery! If this is something you feel like doing, please contact Margaret Roolker (403-782-4506)

Book Club: 

There's no meeting in the month of August, but this is a good time to remind you that in September we will get together again. If anyone is interested in joining - there's always room for more! It's fun and relaxing, a good way to get to know each other better, and we've found that each book we read teaches us something. The book for September is "A History of Loneliness" by the author John Boyne. It would be Gerry Prins' turn to ring refreshments. All meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, at the home of Margaret Roolker, at 7.30pm. Our September meeting is on September 13th.

Prayer: 

Please keep praying for the needs and ministries of our congregation. There are a number of members struggling with their health; the Search Team is faced with a daunting task of finding candidates for the position of pastor for us; ministry leaders are beginning to think about the season ahead. Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and also for receptive hearts so He can effectively lead us. Pray for those among us who may not (yet) know the Saviour. Pray for clear indications how the Lord can use you to be a blessing in the lives of others.

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.

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 29th 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.

RIGHTNOW MEDIA WEEKLY FEATURE

YOUTH: 

The new school semester is about to start, is your student ready? Equip your teenagers in your life for the year ahead. Use a youth study to spark genuine conversation about the issues that matter to middle and high schoolers. Ask questions. Listen. Point them to the truth of Scripture. Pray for them. It’s one of the most loving things you can do for a student, whether if they’re strong in their faith or not. Check out some of these titles today! Jesus Changes Everything, Better Than One, Dream Big, and Control. All located on the Rightnow Media site or the App under the Bethel CRC library and then the Weekly Feature. Take a look today!! If you are in need of assistance, please contact Dana.

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Christians in Nepal have been facing pressure which is expected to dramatically increase when the new anti-conversion legislation becomes official on August 17th. While sharing the Gospel has been forbidden under the 2015 constitution, the new law removes even more religious freedoms and adds new punishments for those convicted. A strong influencing factor in establishing this legislation is pressure from Hindu nationalists in neighboring India. Christian worship and training will continue to be allowed, but any outreach would need to be done indirectly. Christians in Nepal are prayerfully considering how to fulfill their mission in the days to come. Lift up the country's Christians who are likewise under threat and, therefore, in need of the Lord's protection. May He grant the Nepali believers wisdom and guidance as they seek ways to continue spreading the Gospel, despite this new legislative opposition.

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