February 25, 2018

MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS

YOUNG ADULTS 19 AND OVER, you are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and fun at Different Strokes Pool Hall in Grimsby, on the corner of Mountain Street and Elm, on Saturday February 24th, at 7 pm. Please come one and all; bring your friends!

KIDS' DAY AT THE MOUNTAINVIEW LIBRARY SUNDAY, MARCH 4!! - all Mountainview children will want to attend our library next week after church to check out our brand-new children's books and DVDs for the very first time! Special treats will be awarded to all children who attend 😊.

COFFEE SOCIAL & NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Due to the use of the gym and kitchen for Neighbourhood Potlucks there will not be coffee in the fellowship hall after the morning services February 25th & March 4th. We encourage you to take this opportunity to offer one another hospitality in your home. Invite someone over for coffee. For those not part of the Potluck that day, who wish to socialize on site, a coffee station will be set up in the lobby.

Our next 65+ meeting will be on Thursday, March 8th. Come join us for coffee at 10. Meeting starts at 10:30. Our speaker comes from the Alzheimer society. The topic will be “The ins and outs of dementia”. Come and listen and learn. And enjoy soup and buns for lunch. Hope to see many of you there.

2018 LENTEN SERVICES: The Grimsby Ministerial invites you to attend their Annual Lenten Services and Luncheon to be held at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 10 Mountain Street, Grimsby. (handicapped parking and elevator available)

DATES: Thursday, February 15th to Thursday, March 22nd

TIME: 12 - 12:30 pm – Service; 12:30 pm - Luncheon & Conversation

THEME: Grimsby Prays:  Part of serving the Lord is serving the neighbourhoods He calls us to live and work in. Each week we will look at a different segment of our community and consider how we can pray for them.

Week #3 - March 1st Healthcare Providers (for physical and mental health)

Week #4 - March 8th Seniors (this service will be hosted by Mountainview)

Week #5 - March 15th Children and those who Teach Them

Week #6 - April 22nd The Church and its Witness

Mountainview Book Club:  The book club will be meeting again tonight at 7pm in the library. We will discuss the novel, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.  

Ladies' Breakfast - Our next breakfast is scheduled for Monday, February 26th at 8:30 am. Our location is JJ's on the Docks Eatery, Foran's Marina, Grimsby. Come out and join us!

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. On Friday, March 2nd, Christians around the world will gather to learn about, pray for and celebrate the Republic of Suriname located on the northeastern coast of South America (a Dutch colony until its independence in 1975). Each year the Christian Churches in the Grimsby Community prepare and participate in a World Day of Prayer service. This year, the local World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service will be held on Friday, March 2nd at 2 pm at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Grimsby.

THEME:  All God’s Creation is Very Good! SPEAKER:  Father Ronald Angervil. Refreshments will be served following the service. Please invite your friends and family to join us in praying with our brothers and sisters around the world.

PRAYER WALK: Saturday March 3rd.meeting at the church at 8:30 am. Anyone interested please let me know so we'll be sure to wait for you. Jane deVisser 905-563-7671 or pjdevissser@sympatico.ca.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Neighbourhoods are one way we, as a church body, can connect with fellow Christians who live near us. Each neighbourhood will be invited to attend a potluck lunch following the morning service. This is an opportunity to get to know the other members in your neighbourhood, enjoy good food and fellowship together. Our regular coffee social will still be held while preparations are underway for the luncheon! Mark your calendar to join us:

Neighbourhood # 3 ~ Today; Neighbourhood # 4 ~ March 4th

Join us for a special service of Praise & Worship, Sunday March 4th @ 7 pm. The service will feature one of Smithville Christian High School’s Student Praise. Teams and will include a combination of choral music, praise & worship music with some audience participation. Special guest speaker, Peterson Waihura Wang’ombe, serving with Resonate Global Missions in Kenya, East Africa, will speak about his work with the Nairobi Transformational Network.

An offering will be received for Church Support Ministries – Race Relations.  Church Support Ministries is mandated by synod "to design, organize, and implement programs that will assist the denomination, churches, and members in eliminating the causes and effects of racism within the body of believers and throughout the world.” Because there is a need for leaders and their congregations to have more effective ministry in the diverse communities they serve, there is also a need to have assistance in becoming culturally intelligent. The Office of Race Relations offers the resources and tools to develop this capacity.

THE WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER (WOGP) is coming to Mountainview again, and will be held May 27 – June 2!  Our theme for this year is “Praying Our Story”.  Note the dates on your calendar and look for more information in the coming weeks.


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LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

SHALOM MANOR & GARDENS:  Outbreak is OVER at Shalom! Thank you for your patience & assistance in helping us get through this time. Remember: If you are feeling unwell, we ask you to not visit and wash your hands when entering & exiting the building and during your visit - hand washing is one of our best outbreak defenses. Thank you all for working with us to the benefit of our resident's health!

"Focus on the Cross" with Today - Lent is a season to focus on the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Receive a free Today devotional series to help you refresh, refocus, and renew your faith during Lent. Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/lent.

FAMILY FIRE - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

Lent Prayer Campaign for Indigenous Justice - The Christian Reformed Church has affirmed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But what does that mean? This Lent, the CRC’s Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee invites you to enter into the themes of the Declaration through prayer. This is our prayer this week: You know the pain of losing a child. We pray for members of northern communities, as they struggle through the pain of suicide deaths. Bring comfort and peace to these families and communities. Disrupt, unsettle, and heal the forces and broken systems in which children end their lives. Bring healing, strength, and renewal to Indigenous children, youth, and their families. Join with us this Lenten season to pray: crcna.org/DeclarationPrayers.

REGISTRATION FOR AOYC 2018 HAS STARTED! - Join 900+ teens and leaders for a high-energy weekend focused on God's presence with us, in the real stuff of life. Register online at allontario.com/register before March 1 for the best rate. Know someone who wants to come but can't afford registration? Email sponsorship@allontario.com.

Introducing Mimi, the New Children’s Ministry Catalyzer for the CRC! - Exciting News for CRC Children’s Ministry Leaders: Faith Formation Ministries has hired a children’s ministry catalyzer to provide support to CRC children’s ministry leaders! If you’re engaged in ministry with children in the CRC, Mimi is available to have a conversation with you by phone, email, or video chat. She can support you in the areas of: faith formation and child-specific spiritual development; children’s ministry program development and curriculum selection; volunteer engagement and support; and family faith formation. No question is too big or too small! See more information or contact Mimi at chidrensministry@crcna.org.

BLANKET DRIVE:  Riverside Christian Reformed Church challenges you to share the warmth of the SON!!  Do you have any blankets, mittens, scarves, or hats that you would be willing to donate for the homeless?  Would you like to come along when they are brought to the homeless shelters?  Blankets, mittens, hats, and/or scarves can be dropped off at Riverside Christian Reformed Church during the week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-5 or on Sundays.   If these dates and times do not work for you, please contact Wilma DeHaan, for more information on where you can bring them or how you can help!  Contact: Wilma DeHaan - 905-975-3979 eddehaan5@hotmail.com

Smithville Christian High School’s annual bursary campaign. Three out of every ten students at Smithville Christian High School is able to attend because of the generous support of the donors who contribute to the Annual Bursary Campaign. On Friday March 2, 2018, join the celebration of what students learn and experience at Smithville Christian High School, and the impact that a Christian education has on them and this world. This year’s event will feature student testimonies, alumni stories, art and music, in a casual dining atmosphere.  Tickets are $25 per person or sponsor a table of eight for $200. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm Don’t miss this: it promises to be one of the highlights of the year. To join, contact the school at 905.957.3255 or office@smithvillechristian.ca.

Equipping and Encouragement Day - Saturday, March 3rd with Marion Lensink of CRCNA:  The Implementation Team, along with our Discipleship Team, invites you to attend a day with Marian Lensink from CRCNA at Bethany CRC in Fenwick. We will learn: 

- how to create community through small groups and personal relationships 

- what it looks like to engage with scripture  

- how to pray with and for others  

- how to become more mission oriented  

All sessions will apply to both personal and small-group growth.  Those in leadership positions would benefit greatly. Marian is engaging, fun and quick-paced.  She will lead us through different exercises, personal reflection and practical application. Doors open @ 8:30 for coffee and we will end by 3pm.  Cost is $15 payable at the door. This includes lunch, coffee and refreshments.  Please register before February 28 by emailing: wvahrmeyer@gmail.com.

Exodus Vision Tour - There is still time to sign up for the Exodus Vision Tour (April 14 - 29, 2018). Learn about the ancient Israelite's journey from Egypt, through Jordan, and into the promised land. The deadline for application is March 16. Visit www.resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

NACE friends and supporters, alumnae and current families. Do you have a passion for singing? If so, we are forming an intergenerational choir to perform the finale song at this years NACE fund raising Gala at John Knox on March 24th, 2018. We will come together on Sunday March 4th and March 18th at 4 pm. located in the sanctuary at Mountainview CRC to prepare for this piece. Rehearsals will be under an hour. Please call 905 932 4786 or email Christine Winter cwinter@nace.ca for questions or to sign up. What a neat opportunity to come together for this short, yet memorable production illustrating being 'Connected in Christ'. 

2018 NACE Spring Fundraising Dinner - In support of Christian Education at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek & Covenant Christian School, Smithville. Saturday, March 24, 2018 at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek.  Doors Open at 6 pm - Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Reserve your seat by calling 905.643-2460. *Limited Seating Available*.

Blanket Exercise and Facilitator Training - Whether you've never experienced a Blanket Exercise, would like to become a facilitator, or would like to update your facilitation training, come and experience this training opportunity. This training will be divided into several sessions, so participants can select the sessions which they'd like to attend. This is also a good opportunity if you're considering becoming a facilitator or updating your facilitation training. Location: CRCNA Burlington office. Dates: Friday March 23rd - Saturday March 24th. Register at bit.ly/blanketexercisetraining.

Acclaimed music ensemble Arcady presents Handel's Messiah on Sunday March 18, 7 pm, at Pioneer Memorial United Church (Hamilton).  Join us for this inspirational masterpiece as we journey towards Easter. Tickets: $20 at the door; elementary school aged children attend for free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcady-presents-handels-messiah-tickets-42612983581.

Exodus Vision Tour Led by a Resonate Missionary - Step back into ancient times and walk the paths of the Exodus from Egypt to Israel. From Saturday, April 14, 2018 — Sunday, April 29, 2018, you'll be given a vision of Christ’s historical chosen people so you can build a vision for today’s church. Deadline to apply is March 16th. Visit resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

Experience the Lenten journey and Passion Week through music: Discover Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnum opus and the opera he never wrote, the monumental St Matthew Passion; a moving depiction of the Easter story, Saturday March 3rd, 7:30pm FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

1. On March 7, Redeemer celebrates the launch of its newest academic program: Urban and Intercultural Ministry. Dr. Glenn Smith, Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montréal, will be the guest speaker. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/ministry-launch.

2. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Hamilton Poetry Centre and Redeemer are pleased to bring a number of poets to campus, including Toronto poet Lara Bozabalian on March 8. More information at www.redeemer.ca/lara-bozabalian.

9th Annual HAMILTON PLACE CONCERT – Hosanna Choir & Mattaniah Christian Male Choir. Tickets are now available for the annual combined concert of the 130 voice Hosanna Choir & 40 voice Mattaniah Christian Male Choir concert which will once again be held, the Lord willing, at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly called Hamilton Place) on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30pm. In addition to our regular line-up of musicians of Ryan Vandenberg (Organ), Andre Knevel (Organ), Naomi Van Manen (Piano), Scott Harrison & Aaron (trumpets), the concert will also feature Doug Miller (Flute), and Jaco van Houselt (Tenor).  Tickets are aviailable at $19 & $29, and can be obtained through a choir member, or contact Wendy den Hollander at 905-628-1211 or email her at hdenhollander@yahoo.com or online at www.hosanna-choir.org.

EDUDEO GO: Walk, Bike, Run or Swim for Christ-centred education. - EduDeo GO is a GO! Over 30 people have already signed up to either run, walk, bike or swim to help build 4 urgently needed classrooms in the Dominican Republic. Join on your own, or as a group. Set a distance goal for April 1 – June 30. Compete with and challenge your friends. Sign up now at edudeo.com/GO.

Liberatas Male Choir Concert - Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join Libertas Male Choir for "Hands Across the Ocean" at Smithville Canadian Reformed Church. The choir is directed by Martin Mans and will be accompanied by Andre Knevel on the organ and Liselotte Rokyta on the panflute, with soloist Amber Ruthart. For tickets, please visit http://www.libertasvoices.com or call 905-522-0001.

Niagara Christian Gleaners:  The board and committees of Niagara Christian Gleaners are excited to be able to invite you to our 2nd annual fundraising dinner to be held April 14 at the West Niagara Agricultural Centre Community Hall, Mud St, Grassie. Reserve at ncgdinner@gmail.com or call 905-957-1395. Value of dinner ($20pp) will be deducted from donation receipt.  Come and be informed how our Lord has led us this year and how you can be part of this work! Construction will commence this spring D.V., fundraising and promotion events continue as we hope to be able to open Niagara Christian Gleaners later this year! We look forward seeing you on April 14.

Training Event on Ministry and Aging - A training event called "Aging: Challenges and Opportunities" will help pastors, elders, deacons, disability advocates, and people in their third third and their loved one’s minister within and embrace the life God gives us as we age. Dr. Syd Hielema will keynote this event at Maranatha CRC, Woodstock ON, on Saturday, April 21. Sponsored by Disability Concerns, the keynote and workshop topics will include growing in faith in the third third of life, resources for ministry with older adults, caring for aging parents, and aging and mental health. For more information and to register, see www.disabilityconference.org.


JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Your Gifts in Nicaragua - Do you have gifts in maintenance, special education, teaching, or graphic design? Resonate Global Mission has a number of open opportunities for you to serve in Nicaragua.To see all these opportunities and more, visit:  Resonateglobalmission.org/go.

Partners Worldwide Canada is seeking to fill the position of Director. This role is responsible for embracing our vision to end poverty so that all may have life and have it abundantly, in the Canadian context. The primary focus of this role is to contribute to the mission and vision of Partners Worldwide Canada by increasing the number of individuals, businesses, churches and foundations who invest their hearts, minds, time, talents, and resources in the fight against global poverty. For those interested in this role, the position description can be found at www.partnersworldwide.org/get-involved. Application deadline is February 28, 2018.

HR Assistant Position Opening - Do you thrive on details and have strong organizational skills? Do you enjoy coordinating logistics and planning events? If so, we have an opportunity for you! World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has an opening for a full time Human Resources Assistant on the Systems team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. This position will provide administrative support to the Human Resources (HR) team, the World Renew Director in Canada and other teams as needed. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information or to apply. Application deadline is March 4.

EDUDEO MINISTRIES: We're Hiring! - Want to join a team that’s passionate about changing the world through Christ-centred education? EduDeo Ministries is hiring a new short-term missions coordinator to run their HANDS program. See job posting at edudeo.com/jobs. Applications due March 12. 

Karin Terpstra