2019-07-07 Bulletin


UPCOMING SERVICES

Next Sunday, July 14th 

Pastor Jake will continue our look at Jonah and will be reflecting on Jonah 4 with a message of Angry at God. When God’s grace is offered to people who have hurt us and we are unable to see how they are punished for the hurt they’ve caused, we often find ourselves filled with anger and confusion. How do we live with God’s grace to those who have hurt us; a real and haunting question for many of us.

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. 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

Thank you to all the ladies who came to the Bridal Shower on June 25th. I felt a bit overwhelmed and very much pampered. Thank you for the beautiful gifts, gift cards, and well wishes for Bradly and myself. It was a wonderful evening, one I will not easily forget! Grace Roolker

Thank you: Henry and Anita Geldof would like to thank the congregation for their faithful ongoing prayers. Henry’s name has been on the bulletin for quite a while now and we know God is faithful in His care and in hearing your prayers. Overall, things are going somewhat better and Henry is gaining a little weight. There are no more procedures that can be done and only one test left to rule out another idea. He is going for regular chiropractic appointments as well as receiving cold laser treatments. These do seem to be helping in controlling the pain. So we are thankful and live each day rejoicing in the blessings of the day. Thank you so much for your kindness and care. We truly are blessed to be part of the Bethel family of disciples.

Continue to pray for our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

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 27! We are meeting this Monday, July 8th at 8:00 p.m. at the church to begin planning the float. Come on out and we will dream up a theme and plan for our church float!

Prayer Meeting: 

Our regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 10:00 a.m. here at the church.

Book Club: 

Ladies, our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Pauline Bos. Please note the change. The title of our book is The Pearl by Angela Hunt. It is Gerry’s turn to bring refreshments. There will be NO meeting in August.

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 Heidelbergs’ house at 6:00 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.

Book Reading: 

The Book Club would love to organize a general discussion of the book, Letter to the Church by Francis Chan, a book recommendation for our congregation by the Vision Team and others. Please let Margaret Roolker know if you are interested in this discussion.

DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

PERSECUTED CHURCH

Egypt: 

The Facebook page of Fady Youssef Todari, a 25-year-old young man was hacked. When he noticed the critical posts of Islam, he was quick to post a video message apologizing. Despite this, militants called for revenge. Hundreds of Muslim gathered by the home where Fady lived with his father; the house was destroyed, a relative’s house was damaged also. Police arrested 25 of the attackers; Fady, his brother, and two uncles, were arrested also. A meeting was held at the police station to establish peace. Investigations will continue and the individuals considered guilty will be punished. Please intercede for Fady and his family as they face these allegations. Also pray for the authorities as they try to bring peace in this situation, resulting in good relations between neighbours of differing faiths within the community. May those responsible for the destruction of the homes be held accountable, in hopes of them recognizing their own need for a personal relationship with the "Prince of Peace."

Food for Thought:

He will rule from sea to sea... Psalm 72:8

We just celebrated Canada Day. 

What a blessing it is to live in a country that is free. A blessing to know that God rules. Canada's 'Founding Fathers' acknowledged God's rule from sea to sea in this land that spreads from one ocean to another. The rest of this verse in Psalm 72 reads: from the River to ends of the Earth. No end to God's rule, His Sovereignty. His power is without limit in the entire universe. We live in a great country, under an even greater God.

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