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2019-07-14 Bulletin


Next Sunday, July 21st 

Pastor Jake will be beginning a short summer series, looking at trees in the Bible. Trees are found in both the first and last chapters of the Bible and play a role in so many stories. They provide us with so many things that bless our lives; sap, wood, bark, fruit, fresh air, and so much more. We will begin by reflecting on Genesis 2, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

On Sunday, July 28th 

There will be no Bethel Church Worship Service as everyone is encouraged to attend the Lacombe Days Church in the Park at the ME Global Athletic Park. Right after the Community Worship Service, Bethel will be hosting a time of fellowship and fun as Diana Boot will be joining us to share her work in Kampala, Uganda. The fun starts at 12 noon, all are welcome!!


Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Continue to pray for healing for 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 to Gerda Van Essen & Jacob Prins as they both celebrate birthdays this week. Happy Birthday wishes to Gerda as she celebrates on Tuesday and to Jake on Thursday. To both of you we pray for a wonderful day with family and friends and may our Lord continue to bless you into your new year!! J

Invitation: Bradly and I hope to get married this coming Saturday, July 20th, at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will be at Bethel with Pastor Bob Hosmer officiating. We would love to have you join us as you witness our wedding. You have always been there for me, and you were there last Sunday when Bradly did public profession of faith. Bethel will be our home church, and we want to start this new part of our lives with you there. Grace Roolker

Please remember Pastor Peter Sluys as he is in the St. Albert hospital suffering from severe dementia. Please pray for Pastor Peter and his family as they walk this difficult journey that they will experience God’s peace and strength.

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

The Council Social 

will be held on Tuesday, July 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of August Luymes. Elders bring dessert and the Deacons bring salad. We will be walking in the Prayer Labyrinth, so bring good footwear!!

Guys Get Together! Guys put Wednesday, July 17th 

on your calendar as we will be getting together at the Heidelberg’s’ house at 6 p.m. for food and games to help Bradly celebrate his upcoming marriage to Grace on the 20th. It will be a fun time to encourage and bless Bradly as he looks forward to this new step of faith, this new chapter in his and Grace’s life. Bring along lawn chairs and some advice you would like to share about marriage or life in general.

All Hands on Deck!! 

We are excitedthat the plans for the Bethel float to entered in the Lacombe Days Parade are well on the way. Now we need YOU! All willing and able people to help decorate the trailer. Keep the date; Friday, evening of June 26th at the SignMasters shop. Bring tools such as staple guns, hammers, pliers’ etc. with lots of enthusiasm. Pizza will be served after the work is done. If less physical work is more up you alley, we are in need of goodie bag stuffers on Friday morning, June 26th at 9 a.m. at the Church. Coffee will be served with lunch to follow. Please bring a stapler if you have one. We have about 4000 baggies to fill, so we hope you are eager to assist. This invitation is especially for our seniors, we would like everyone to be a part of the intergenerational float and we need your help. Please contact Ann Wildeboer if you need a ride.


As we get busy with our summer activities, travel, visit, see loved ones, or getting married, let us not stop praying for each other. This is a more difficult time to stay faithful in Bible reading, devotions and prayer, so let's be watchful, and pray.


CRC Community Address with Dr. Jeff Weima: 

Please reserve Sunday, September 22, 2019 for a communal gathering at West End CRC, Edmonton. (Time to be determined at a later date.) Dr. Jeffrey Weima, a Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary will speak on Sunday evening to the broader CRC community on Same-Sex Sex: What Does the New Testament Say?

Classis Home Missions

We are looking for a member to be on the Home Missions Committee. We have appreciated having someone from your area serving on our team in the past. Currently we do not have anyone. We meet on the south side of Edmonton to make it as easy as possible for someone from your area to come to meetings. We envision three to four meetings this coming year. This person should be a non-minister. Our hope is that they can serve as our finance/clerk person.


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!

Camp Rehoboth Volunteers Needed: 

Camp Rehoboth is a volunteer-run summer camp ministry for persons with developmental disabilities. Camp is underway, but there is still a need for the following positions: Adult 2 – July 13-19: 10 counsellors, 1 Night Watch

Independent – July 20-28: 1 Nurse/LPN, 5 counselors

Thankfully, the other weeks are full of campers and volunteers!! Please contact camp@rehoboth.ab.ca for more information, or apply online – www.rehoboth.ab.ca/camp/volunteers Thank you!



Eight converts to Christianity, including five members of one family, were arrested on July 1st. The officers, identified as agents from the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), stormed their homes. Bibles were confiscated, along with literature, any religious symbols, laptops, phones and other personal belongings. The officers treated the Christians harshly, even though children were present at the time. They are being held in solitary confinement with no access to lawyers in the local MOIS office. This is only one of numerous arrests in recent months, many of them unreported for security reasons.

Pray that these new believers find the strength to continue trusting in God's sovereignty in their time of need. Pray that the authorities will allow these men and women to return to their families, and that the ongoing international turmoil will not pose more challenges for Christians in Iran.

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