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2019-08-11 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, August 18th

We welcome Mark Patterson as he leads us in worship. From Mark - "For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." When something good happens in your life, doesn't it seem even better if you tell someone else about it? If someone does something special for you, isn't it natural to let others know how much you appreciate what that person has done? As a part of next week's service, you'll have the chance to tell others how you've seen God working in your life. It might be an answered prayer, a divine intervention, a joyous event, or a new insight from the Word. Pay special attention to God's activity in your life this week and come prepared to give God the glory!

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

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. Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world. Please remember Diana Boot, Margaret Njuguna, Mark, Selina & Levi Patterson, Albert & Carolyn Strydhorst and John & Marian VanderMeer.

Birthday wishes go out to Willie Stebner who celebrates her birthday today and to Fenny Stegerman and Alice Scholing with their birthdays tomorrow. May God bless you all on your special day and in the year to come!

Prayer: 

We seem to be living in a society where mass shootings are becoming a trend. And rather often the lines of H. Longfellow's Christmas song, I Heard the Christmas Bells come to mind, as an encouragement: “Hate may seem strong, but, God is not dead, nor does He sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail! One day there will be peace on earth.” Let us pray that He will hasten that day when all tears will be wiped away, and His people may dwell in peace.

Bethel News

Coffee Break Notice: 

Dear Ladies, it’s only August, and a little early to see a Coffee Break announcement but both study leaders, Martha Warner and Margaret Roolker have made the decision to step back for an undetermined period of time as leaders of this women's ministry. Normally Coffee Break starts around the middle of September. There is time for those ladies who are interested to get together and discuss things and to inform the Coffee Break ladies who do not belong to our congregation of the possible changes. May the Lord bless the continuation of this ministry, in whatever form, in the coming season.

Living Members 

coffee will be held at August & Harriet Luymes’ home today, August 11th 7:00 p.m.

At Last and Thanks be to God!! 

The Lacombe Community Refugee Effort has heard from Naema that her sister, Khadija and family have been informed by Canadian Immigration that plans are underway for travel to Canada. We hope this happens in the next weeks. Since they will be staying with Bashar and Naema and family for the first weeks, while we find an apartment or small house near the schools, our immediate needs are for clothing for Khadija, age 31, woman's med, size 10 - 12, (modest with long sleeves), for Mohamad, age 13 – boy’s med size 14 , and for Marwa (girl) age 11 size kids large, size 10/12. Fall clothing is very welcome. We will be looking for household items later. Contact Walter & Ella at 403-782-2425.

BETHEL YOUTH

Calling all YOUTH!! 

Need to start fundraising for the next Mission Trip?? Now is the time!! Chicken Pickin starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24th at Van Strylands’ and we should be done mid-afternoon. Van Strylands’ will be providing snacks and lunch. Please bring a water bottle!! If you are in need of a ride or you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Zuidhof at 403-506-2807.

Bethel Youth Retreat 2019 

will be held on September 13th to 15th at Bar Harbour Retreat Centre on Buffalo Lake. Cost for this event will be $40. 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 any of the Bethel Youth leaders J. Make sure you invite a friend; we look forward to a fun filled weekend!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Record Keeper/Assistant Receptionist: 

Central Alberta Christian High School is seeking a suitable applicant for the position of Assistant Receptionist/Record Keeper for the 2019-20 school year. A candidate for this part-time position must demonstrate and articulate their personal faith and commitment to Christian education, and possess strong interpersonal, communication, computer and organizational skills. A detailed job description is available upon request. Please submit a cover letter and resume electronically to Steven Wildeboer at boardchair@cachs.ca.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Cuba

Ricardo Fernandez Izaguirre, an independent journalist and religious freedom advocate, was detained on July 12th at the same time various religious leaders were being blocked from leaving the country to attend meetings in Washington on religious freedom. On July 19th, the day after the symposium in Washington was finished, Richardo was thankfully released. "I was freed without any explanation -- just as they had arrested me," he announced with relief over the outcome. Praise God for Ricardo's release, while remaining mindful of the need to pray for his protection as he continues to speak out on behalf of those suffering restrictions in Cuba for their faith.

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