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2019-06-23 Bulletin


CHURCH OFFERINGS

The offering today is for support for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. CFGB’s goal is a world without hunger. They work toward this goal by: providing food in times of crisis for hungry people in the developing world;

Next Sunday’s offering will be forsupport for the Benevolent Fund. Dear Congregation. Praise be to the Lord for His blessings. We, the Deacons, appreciate the support that you, Bethel congregation, have given us this past year. We have been able to help a number of families that needed our assistance as it has been a difficult time for some. At this time we come to you once again to help us to help those in need. We find our benevolent fund needs to be bolstered up so we can continue God’s work in caring for those in need. We would ask that you prayerfully consider what you can do to help financially. Thank you and may the Lord bless you.

Reminder from the Deacons:

Options for giving to Bethel Church and other causes:

  • Write a cheque and in the memo portion write what the cause you will be supporting.
  • Use the envelope provided in the pews. Please write for which cause you will be supporting and place in the collection plate.
  • Purchase Bethel Offering notes from our Treasurer, August Luymes. Place the note in the offering plate for the cause of the week. Or for the Budget place your notes in an offering envelope provided in the pew, specify that you will be donating to the “Budget”. Please remember to write your name on the envelope.

UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, June 30th 

We will have Elder August Luymes continue our 4-week series on the book of Jonah. We often skip over this prayer of Jonah and yet there is much to learn about confession, trust and God’s mercy.

Jonah: 

Our schedule of worship services for the next month:

  • June 30, 2019: Jonah 2, A Fishy Prayer
  • July 7, 2019: Jonah 3, Unexpected Grace
  • July 14, 2019: Jonah 4, Angry At God
  • Bethel BBQ Potluck Luncheon: 

    After the morning service on June 30th the Fellowship Ministry Leadership Team invites you to join us with our next Bethel Potluck. Please bring a Salad AND a Bag of Chips. The Dessert, Burgers, Buns and all the fixings will be supplied. We look forward to starting up the Summer BBQ season with you! All are welcome!

    OUR CHURCH FAMILY

    Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to pray for Henry Geldof and Steve Ogi. Remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer, Dave Reitsma and Rena DeRuiter. Pray also for those who struggle in silence with ongoing physical, spiritual, and emotional issues. I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:3.

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Rena DeRuiter. Rena celebrates her birthday today! We pray that your day is filled with our Lord’s rich blessings, lots of love and laughter with family and friends.

    Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

    Bethel News

    From the Office:

    Due to the CACHS graduation ceremonies and Canada Day long weekend Dana would like the congregation to know that the deadline for the Sunday, June 30th bulletin will be Thursday, June 27th at 9 a.m.

    Service Schedules: 

    Over the course of the last two weeks summer schedules have been delivered into your mailboxes. A big thank you for those who volunteered in the nursery. If you are unable to do your service PLEASE find your own replacements

    In an effort to stay in touch over the summer months and create better community, starting Friday, July 5th the Bethel Bulletin will be emailed to all members on the mass email list every Friday afternoon. If you are not on that list and would like to add yourself, contact Dana. A little something to look forward to before the weekend starts!!

    It’s my great pleasure to announce that the Bethel Bridge App is up and running with the new directory now installed and ready for your use. Soo many great things are located on the handy tech tool. All that is required of you is to download (The Bridge App for iOS OR Android), discover and use! There is a step by step instruction of the process on the bulletin board in the foyer. If you need of a little more assistance, give Dana a call. Monthly in our Bethel Newsletter I plan on keeping you informed about all things Bridge App. I will focus on the different features for you to discover. I’m excited to go forth, use and discover the many great things we get to use. Please feel free to email or call me to request information at any time during the day, or contact the church during office hours.

    Prayer: 

    Together as a congregation we have much to pray about, much to be thankful for and much to ask. Our hearts can be so full with all that occupies or worries us. It was comforting to be reminded that our heavenly Father is Good! Our Good, Good, Father. Jesus told us that our heavenly Father will do so much more than any earthly father ever could, or would. We have a Father in heaven for which nothing is impossible, and who is in love, makes everything possible. Just tell Him what it is you want or need. Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 25th, 10 a.m. at Margaret's

    Double Wedding Shower Time!! 

    Wedding bells will be ringing for two young couples this summer, and we would like to bless them with a double church shower. Grace Roolker will marry Bradly Smallboy and Ashley Matejka will marry Justin van Gyssel. The shower will be Tuesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. and all ladies and girls are invited to attend. Our theme will be “Your Favourite Recipe”, written out on recipe cards and gift cards. Please bring a snack to share. See you there!

    Bethel Newsletter: 

    The summer newsletter is in the planning stages. Have you got something regarding summer that you would like to share? Or an informative article? We love to have contributions from our Bethel family. Please have your contributions to Anita Geldof or Harriet Luymes by Wednesday, June 26th. We look forward to hearing from you. There will not be a newsletter in August. Look for the next one just before September. Look around this summer for what might be interesting to the rest of the family.

    Book Reading: 

    Members of the VISION Team, and a few others, have recently read the book Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. As we are going through a time of asking what our dreams and visions are for ourselves and our church, and also look into other things, such as renovating, someone said that it would be very beneficial if this book was read by as many members of our congregation as possible. If you are interested, please let Margaret know. Some ladies from the Book Club have expressed an interest already, but we are looking for more people. If you want to know more about this book, there will be an article/review in the upcoming Newsletter.

    Lacombe Days Parade Float: 

    Jonah sailed away from meeting the people God wants to reach, but we will be ‘floating’ to our neighbours this year to let them see who we are during the Lacombe Days Parade. This year we are putting together a float for the parade and Pastor Jake is looking for energetic, excited volunteers to help plan the float. Some who would like to ride along with the float to share Bethel Church with our community, and others to help with the materials for the float. Please touch base with Pastor Jake and we will get this float on the road for July 27th!

    The Lacombe and District Ministerial Association 

    is once again hosting a free breakfast and city wide worship service at ME Global Field on Sunday, July 28th in conjunction with Lacombe Days. The breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and the service will begin at 10 a.m. All are welcome!

    PERSECUTED CHURCH

    Uganda

    Churches in Western Ugandan had joined together for a series of open-air meetings in May. As a result, many community members put their faith in Christ. However, testimonies presented by former Muslims who converted to Christianity brought threats and ultimately an order for the meetings to cease. After death threats were issued, local Christians have expressed fear for their lives. Church leaders in Uganda are calling on the international community to pray for the protection of all endangered followers of Christ, and that those who are newly converted will remain firm in their faith. Even though Islam makes up less than 15 percent of the country's population, this case represents just one of the many challenges experienced by Ugandan Christians. Remember the church leaders who are providing guidance through these times of opposition. May the country's believers remain resolute in their commitment to Christ. We particularly remember those who just recently came to faith in Him because of these meetings. Pray that those opposing the Gospel will also realize their need for God's saving grace.

    Food for Thought: 

    I have a Maker, He knows my name.... There are roughly almost 7.5 billion people on earth. Among all those, God knows your name. What's more, He says: "I have your name engraved on my hand..." Amazing, isn't it?

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