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2019-08-25 Bulletin


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please remember our church family in your daily prayers, at mealtimes and during your personal devotions. Remember those who are unable to worship regularly with us: Jennie Bajema, Bill Wildeboer 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.

Prayer: 

There are a number of people and families in our midst who are mourning recent losses of loved ones. While it is good and comforting to know that they may rest in the Lord, we are here still left with the feelings of grief, sadness and sorrow. But even for this we have Jesus, he to wept at the grave of Lazarus. So let's hold each other up, and remember each one who is mourning when we pray and ask the Lord to give them comfort.

Bethel News

From Pastor Jake: 

The dog days of summer have arrived! It’s a time for vacations, back to school shopping, last trips to the beach and mountains. But it is also a time for ministry leaders to start thinking and planning for the beginning of the church year again! As part of planning for the upcoming church season, Pastor Jake is asking you to let him know if you are a leader of a small group and its name. The goal is to put together a complete list of small groups for people to become a part of and to invite their friends, neighbours, fellow students and co-workers. If you are willing to take a challenge of becoming a leader or co-leader in one of Bethel Church Ministries as we seek to Follow Jesus, Love Others. Serve Our Community and Share Our Faith. Pastor Jake would appreciate an opportunity to sit down with you to explore how he might support you; see what training and resources you might need, so that we can start off strong after Labour Day. Pastor Jake is available to discuss with you how and where God is working in your life, as part of the Bethel Family. We ask that you pray about where God may be calling you to participate in the ministries of Bethel for Him.

Bethel Newsletter: 

Harriet and Anita are getting ready to start putting together the September newsletter. Back to school, the start of programs. If you have something you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please have it to either Harriet Luymes or Anita Geldof by Wednesday, August 28th. We look forward to working again for the Bethel family. Keeping you connected and informed.

Book Club: 

Ladies, soon we will start meeting again. Our September meeting is on Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Margaret Roolker. The book is Educated by Tara Westover. This is a book that made a great impression on many readers as an international bestseller, and is in high demand at bookstores and libraries everywhere. It looks like a promising start for our new season!

BETHEL YOUTH

Bethel Youth Retreat 2019 

will be held on September 13th to 15th at Bar Harbour Retreat Centre on Buffalo Lake. Standard price has now taken effect and will be at $50. 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

Rimbey CRC

is hosting a musical event in the fall, on Saturday, October 19th and the Sunday morning service on October 20th. The focus is primarily on Accapella Worship, all 4 parts in harmony, and you are invited to join us. The songs have already been chosen and are available to anyone interested in learning them, some old and some new. There have been several practices during the summer and starting on September 8th the practices will be weekly. For those who want to gather as choir before the workshop weekend in October, practices will be held on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. so that all participants may attend their own church services. There will be a light lunch offered before for anyone interested, please RSVP. The cost of participation in the weekend event is $35.00. If you are interested in singing in this 'one time only' choir, please email Darlene Buist at darlenebuist@msn.com for all the vocal tracks to practice with. All are welcome and all ages too! For more information call Grace Bennik at 403.783.1957 or email your questions to sygrab@gmail.com . To get a taste of what it might sound like, go to 'youtube praise and harmony' and listen to a number of different songs.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Maranatha CRC 

in Edmonton is happy to announce that Pastor Terence Visser, from Willard Ohio, has accepted our call to become our new pastor. To help us celebrate this happy occasion, we invite all members from Classis Alberta North to attend the installation of Pastor Terence on Sunday, September 01 at 10:30 am, 11905 – 47 Street NW, Edmonton. A potluck will follow.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

China: 

Gao Zhisheng, a prominent human rights lawyer, has personally experienced persecution for many years. His initial arrest was in 2006; since then, he has been released and re-arrested numerous times, often disappearing to undisclosed locations at the hands of the authorities. When Gao had gone missing on August 13th, 2017, family and friends had assumed he had been apprehended by the authorities again. Yet, in reality, two of his supporters had smuggled him out of the province in an attempt to free him from house arrest and keep him safe. After three weeks of intensive searching, the authorities managed to locate him, and Gao has not been seen nor heard from since. Gao secretly penned a book where he describes his sufferings and reveals how he came to faith while being imprisoned for defending Pastor Cahei Zhuohua back in 2004 and 2005.Lift up in prayer Gao and his family and friends as they struggle with the pain and uncertainty of his undisclosed location. Pray that God will intervene for all of China's other persecuted and incarcerated Christians.

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