October 22 2017

SERVE SATURDAY: November 4th the Outreach team is organizing a "Serve Saturday", a morning where we can bless those in our community by serving them. Come and serve with your small group, friends or church family. Join us first for breakfast at the church and a time of devotions and prayer. After that, we will go out into the community in groups to serve others' needs-helping out at GBF, dusting a home for a senior, raking leaves, cleaning up gardens, etc. If you have a need or know of someone with a need, contact Gerry Bijsma at geertbijsma@gmail.com or Jessica VanGeest at duaneandjess@hotmail.com or call 905-563-3676. Childcare will be provided to age 3. Sign up sheets will be in the fellowship hall

500TH ANNIVERSARY REFORMATION SERVICE: Mountainview CRC welcomes members of Classis Niagara to a Reformation Day Commemoration Service on Sunday, October 29th. Coffee and fellowship are being offered at 6 p.m. with the service beginning at 7 p.m. The service will use the Contemporary Testimony: Our World Belongs to God, as a litany, welcoming voices from the fields of education and ministry, science and medicine, agriculture and business, government and politics, and all areas of life. We have invited Christian Schools, Indwell, Shalom Manor & Gardens, Christian Labor Association, Christian Farmers, Christian Stewardship, World Renew, Shalem Counseling, Redeemer University College, church planters and university chaplains, and other Christ-centered agencies to set up booths in the foyer to welcome and greet all worshipers as we continue to focus on the Lordship of Jesus and the unfolding of his kingdom in all of life. In this service, rather than celebrate the 500th Anniversary, we will commemorate the occasion, reminding ourselves that something was also lost in the separation and division of the body of Christ. Come and join us as we lift up our hearts in worship, honor, confession, and praise. 

The HR Team is seeking to fill the part-time position of Office Administrator, with an anticipated start date of November 6th, 2017.The successful applicant will provide administrative assistance to the ministry activities of Mountainview Church including reception, clerical duties and print production; as further indicated in a detailed Job Summary posted at www.mountainviewcrc.org/office-admin. Applications for the position are to include a letter of interest and résumé. Application Deadline: October 23rd. Kindly direct applications in confidence to: Office Admin Search, c/o Human Resources Team, 290 Main Street East, Grimsby, ON, L3M 1P8 or email hr@mountainviewcrc.org. 

GEMS may need ONE or TWO more counselors as our groups are getting big!! Anyone interested? Also, in February, we would like to have three OPTION weeks where the older girls can sign up for a "bigger craft". Is anyone interested in organizing one of those options? Just email me with questions/ideas. Thanks so much, carrieheidbuurt@hotmail.com. 

Middle School- Meets next October 29th @ 5 p.m.; week #3 of “Measure Up”. 

Youth- Meets next October 29th @ 5 p.m.; Week #2 of the series “Through the Darkness”. Remember to try the challenges you were given. Reminders on facebook and Instagram. 

Mountainview Book Club: The Book Club will be meeting again on Sunday evening, Oct. 22, at 7:00 in the church library. The discussion will focus on the novel by Richard Wagamese, Medicine Walk. You are welcome to join us for the evening. 

Ladies, you are cordially invited to join us for breakfast. Our new location is JJ's on the Docks Eatery 

15 Lake St., Foran's Marina, Grimsby, Ontario, ON L3M2G4 Our next breakfast will be Monday, October 30, 2017, at 8:30 am. We typically meet for a short hour on the last Monday of the month. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with women from the congregation while we enjoy breakfast together. Mark it on your calendar today. Please contact Sylvia Prins ,905-563-6872 gsprins@gmail.com or Nanda Verheul, 905-309-6160 nverheul1@cogeco.ca to reserve your spot. 

PRAYER WALK: we'll be meeting Saturday November 4th. at the church, at 8:30am., first having breakfast with the Serve volunteers and then going for our walk. Anyone interested feel free to join us. For information call Jane deVisser at 905-563-7671. 

MISSION CIRCLE is looking for unused Christmas cards for the Seafarer Parcels. If you have any, please put them in Betsy Witteveen’s mailslot. Thank you for your help. 

SEAFARER PARCELS: Seafarers arriving in Montreal during December are usually away from home for up to six months of the year. This makes Christmas a lonely time, far away from family and friends. The Montreal Seafarers’ Ministry assists sailors throughout the year and especially during the Christmas season. Christmas gifts are a big part of their ministry at this time. Mission Circle, with your help, has been able to send parcels to Montreal for many years. During the year, Mission Circle ladies knit many scarves, toques or socks. To complete the parcels, we welcome your participation. You can help by donating such items as bars of soap, facecloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, bags of wrapped candy, boxes of small envelopes, puzzle books (Word Search or Sudoku), pens, playing cards, calendars, Reader’s Digests, etc. Your gift can be placed in the marked box under the mail slots. Or you may help with a monetary donation to purchase the needed items. Please use the envelope provided in your mailbox or at the Welcome Center. Cheques should be made out to “Mountainview CRC” with “Seafarer parcels” written on the Memo line. These can be placed in the offering bag or the mail slot by the main office. The Seafarers’ Ministry adds a Bible or New Testament in the seafarer’s language to each parcel. What a wonderful way to share the message of salvation with others. Will you help? All gifts should be received by November 19. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on October 15th, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $12,395.31 = 73% of total weekly budget. 

Disability Concerns $1,802.00, NACE $624.00, Shalom Chaplaincy $648.90, World Renew $500.00, Benevolence $200.00, Free A Family (Thanksgiving Day) $350.00, kids@Mountainview $22.75, Euro Relief – Tyler Couperus $1,740.00 Total Offerings: $18,282.96 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: October 29th A.M. – Resonate Global Mission 

P.M. – Resonate Global Mission 

November 5th A.M. – World Renew-World Hunger Sunday 

P.M. – Ministry to Seafarers in Montreal 

Contribution Statements : have been distributed for the period Jan 1, 2017 to Sept 30, 2017. If I have missed you or you find a discrepancy, please contact me... Will Klein (Financial Administrator) 

Pastor’s Keyboard – Refugees

On Sunday, Thanksgiving weekend, our son Tyler shared with Mountainview that he was leaving for Greece to volunteer with an agency called Euro-Relief, on Lesvos Island in Greece. He was blessed by your encouragement and response and left Toronto airport on Monday night and arrived on the Island on Wednesday. He’s been trying to write online and encouraged us to share his blog with anyone interested in following his journey. If you type in https://thetravellingservant.blogspot.gr, you should be able to access his entries. The nightly news gives us access to much of this information, but quickly moves on to the next story, the next crisis, the next tragedy and the next great sporting event that captures our imagination. John and Shirley Bergshoeff’s brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Anne Bergshoeff are presently working with World Renew, which is partnering with The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh, responding to the international crises of the Rohingya people coming out of Myanmar. The violence against these people started on August 25th of this year, which is less than two months ago, and in a matter of seven weeks, more than 500,000 people have fled one country and stepped into another. People are in desperate need of food, shelter, clean water and sanitary conditions, which only deals with the immediate problems at hand. Harry and Anne also write about their experience and can be Googled at https://theBergshoeffs.org .When you know people on the front lines, in the fields, fighting chaotic forces, they tend to put flesh on newscasts and faces on real people. We not only pray for loved ones and agency relief centers, but also, and especially, for those whose lives have been turned upside down by war, by famine, by religious discrimination and government oppression. Witnessing their struggles, challenges and plight, deepens our gratitude, prompts our generosity and magnifies our grace. For all who are presently housed in “refugee camps,” as Jesus himself once was, we pray for the working of God’s presence. 

Pastor Sid 

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Grade 8 Students, You’re Invited! At Smithville Christian High School, we are committed to making that transition to high school, and the four years that follow it, truly successful for every student – including you! You are invited to Grade 8 Day on Nov. 1, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, where you will get to experience the friendly, caring atmosphere of the school and see the amazing extra-curricular options. Smithville Christian is a place where students truly Belong, Believe and Succeed. 

GRIMSBY LIFE CENTRE Ministries - It's that time of year again! Our Annual Fall Benefit Fundraising Banquet will be held on Friday October 27, 2017 at Winona Vine Estates - 269 Glover Rd, Winona. Our theme this year is Heartbeat at Elm Street! The evening begins at 6:00PM with Silent Auction viewing, followed by a delicious meal and client testimonies. You can either host a table of 10 people or come on your own, whichever way works best for you. We would be honored if you would come to the 2017 Banquet. Please call the office at 905.309.0944 by Friday Oct 20th to RSVP your seat. Also, if you happen to have any silent auction items that you would be willing to donate prior to the event please drop items off at the centre or call us and we would be happy to pick them up. Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you there. 

Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help- Trauma healing equipping session at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC, Ancaster from November 15-17; 8:30am-5pm. Cost $150; includes lunch. Go to the website to register; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/initial-trauma-healing-equipping-session-tickets-37452615782. 

World Hunger Sunday - World Renew invites you to join us in changing the story for communities around the world. Through daily devotions and activities, you can gather with your family to learn how God is moving families beyond poverty, hunger, and oppression, and equipping them with skills to succeed. Join us on November 5 for this year’s World Hunger Sunday. 

Reformation Sunday - In the 500 years since the Reformation, the Bible hasn’t changed—and we still have a calling as Christians like our brothers and sisters from so long ago. Resonate Global Mission works with our church to spread the word of God around the world, and on Sunday, October 29, we will join many other Christian Reformed churches in taking an offering for Resonate. Please prayerfully consider giving through this offering. For more information visit www.ResonateGlobalMission.org. 

NACE FAMILY FUN FEST is just around the corner. November 11, 2017 is the date and will be located again at Smithville Christian High School. 

Breakfast begins at 7:30 – 9:30 all you can eat. Lunch 11:30 – 1:30. Snack shack 6:00 – 8:30. Rooms open 9:00 – 2:00. Live Auction begins at 7:00 pm. 

Do you love to bake? The marketplace is seeking your help to fill up the bake tables. We ask that the baked goods are peanut free please. 

URNS – will be available again this year. 65.00 for the 1st and 60.00 for additional ones. More details will be coming on how to order etc. 

Donations: If you have donations and we haven’t contacted you yet…. Please contact us, we love and value your support. JKCS: jkcs@nace.ca / 905.643.2460 or CCS: ccs@nace.ca / 905-957-7796 or Coordinator: Elaine at elaine@vanhoorns.ca. 

Please pray for the committee and all it’s planning that needs to be done. Please pray for all our volunteers to help wherever they can with this large fundraising community event, we can’t do it without them!! If you have any questions please call Elaine Van Hoorn 905-562-8299 or email at elaine@vanhoorns.ca. 

MUMBLY MANEUVER - Listen to the new episodes this month! Skink and Cole are going to fight! What’s this all about anyway? And why is Liz so happy about it? Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Free Giveaway: Kids Corner’s “Know Your Bible Activity Book, Part 1!” Have fun as you learn about God’s big story! 

WE NEED YOUR HANDS: EduDeo Ministries is still looking for members to join the Open HANDS team to Nicaragua on November 13-23, 2017. We need to send this team to begin a school construction project in San Rafael del Sur. If you are interested and available to join us, please contact Karla-Maria at 905.387.9927 or kponce@edudeo.com. 

ROAD2HOPE 2017 - JOIN THE RACE to transform 150 classrooms across the developing world. Sign up to run for EduDeo Ministries in Road2Hope, a fun, family-friendly event this November 4 or 5 in Hamilton's beautiful Confederation park. Register now at edudeo.com/r2h. 

“Defending Life Where You Are" St. Catharines Right to Life Speaker's Workshop: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:00am – 12:30pm at St. Alfred's Hall, 272 Vine St., St. Catharines. Lunch and refreshments provided. No fee. Topics will cover Pro-Life 101, how to answer the tough questions, and an update on assisted suicide in Ontario. Everyone welcome. For info and to register, call 905-684-7505 or email info@chooselife.ca. ChooseLife.ca. 

MC NALLY HOUSE: We are launching a region wide campaign called “It won’t kill you to talk with us” promoting an online survey we want EVERYONE to fill out. The survey can be found at www.ItWontKillYouToTalkWithUs.ca The survey will be available from October 6th, to November 3rd, and takes approximately 7 minutes to complete. 

Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers presents: VON Niagara’s FREE 4-Part Caregiver Education Series: “From Strength to Strength” at Mountainview CRC. Thursdays Nov. 2 & 16, and Dec. 7; 1:30-3:00pm. Do you want to learn about managing stress, staying on top of your responsibilities, tackling common emotions of guilt and anger, linking to community resources? Register, or for more information contact Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers: 905-309-5071; Email info.rcvv@gmail.com OR Miriam Cahn at the VON: 905-523-1055 x408; Email miriam.cahn@von.ca. 

October 24 - New Horizons is a day at Redeemer for the young-at-heart. Join us on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to hear from professor emeritus Dr. Jim Payton, enjoy a delicious hot lunch and be entertained by student musicians. A closing reception allows time to connect with grandchildren or other Redeemer students you may know. To register, visit www.redeemer.ca/new-horizons. 

Christian Civility in Terrifying Times, October 26 - Find out how Dr. Richard Mouw, one of the most influential evangelical voices in North America, has carved a lifelong path to foster Christian civility at this free event. More information at www.redeemer.ca/richard-mouw. 

IDOP 2017 - November 5 & 12 have been designated the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. Join with Christians worldwide to pray for persecuted and suffering believers in Jesus Christ. "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering" (Hebrews 13:3). Check out Voice of the Martyrs: http://www.persecution.com/the Office of Social Justice: justice.crcna.org/religious-persecution, or another site committed to praying for our sisters and brothers around the globe. 

Alcohol or drugs in your family or social circles? Get educated before you try to “fix” it. Visit us at www.familyoutreachontario.com, email us info@familyoutreachontario.com or call 1888-809-0464. 

MULLY - IN ROSE CITY KIDS THEATRE! PLAYING NOVEMBER 18 @ 7:00 pm: 99 East Main street, Welland (Free event-free parking on streets and across the road @ city hall/court house) Recommended ages: 10 and up (100 minutes) "MULLY is a stunning and poignant microcosm of the Kingdom of God. In Him, we are transformed from orphans to sons and daughters, just as Charles Mully has transformed thousands of street-bound orphans into a vibrant, flourishing family. His story, brilliantly captured in this film, will move and encourage you. Run, don’t walk, to see this film!” 

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. 

There’s Help for Marriages in Crisis - Every marriage hits bumps in the road. But what happens when the bumps become huge roadblocks? "Marriages in Crisis," an ebook from Family Fire, helps you find hope and see God at work in the most difficult time of your life. It’s yours free when you subscribe to Family Fire at familyfire.com/marriageincrisis. 

LIBERTAS Male Choir presents - Sounds of the Season Christmas concert series with special guests from the Netherlands. Martin Mans, director; Martin Zonnenberg, organist; Barend Wiltjer, tenor. Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m, Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddel Street, Woodstock; Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, 11611 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown; Dec.1 at 7:30 p.m. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 47 Owen Street, Barrie; Dec. 2 at 7:30p.m., Redeemer University College, 777 Garner Rd E, Ancaster. For more information and tickets go to www.libertasvoices.com, e-mail info@libertasvoices.com or call 905.522.0001. Adults: $20, Youth (10-14) $10, children under 10 free 

JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CRC Position Opening - Part-time Director of Advancement-Canada. The purpose of this position is to meet the advancement goals for the denominational office, congregational services, The Banner, other relevant ministries in Canada, and the CRCNA - Canada Foundation. In partnership with ministries in Canada, the focus will be on growing the resources available to these ministries from congregations through ministry share giving, and from individual and major donor gifts through relationship building, advancement campaigns, and direct mail solicitation. Visit www.crcna.org/jobs to complete an online application, attaching a current resume and cover letter, by November 10, 2017

Position Opening in Tanzania! - Are you experienced in community development and interested in working and serving in Tanzania? World Renew, an agency of the CRCNA, has a full time opening for a Program Consultant in Mwanza, Tanzania. We require someone who can speak Tanzanian Swahili. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in partner consultations on program quality, implementation and management, as well as experience in organizational governance and resource development. This position also has responsibility for developing a plan, within the overall Tanzania strategy, for the Lake Zone partners and programming. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information; to apply, submit your current resume, a cover letter indicating your relevant skills and experience and complete the application questions. Application deadline is November 13, 2017. 

SHALOM MANOR JOB OPPORTUNITY – Personal Support Workers and Registered Nurses we need you! Are you, or someone you know, a PSW or RN with a passion for caring for seniors? We presently have casual and part-time PSW positions and casual RN positions. If you think you might be interested in becoming part of the nursing team at Shalom Manor, contact Lauren Gibson, Payroll & HR Administrator at payroll@shalommanor.ca, or via fax at 905-945-1211. We look forward to you joining our team! 

NACE is STILL looking for bus drivers!! If you have had your ‘B’ class drivers license for at least 3 years, have a clean driving record, are able to pass a vulnerable sector check, and relate well with K-12 aged kids, consider driving the Welland-Smithville or Binbrook-Smithville routes. Contact Kevin Huinink, Executive Director, NACE: khuinink@nace.ca or 905-643-2460/905-957-7796 for more details. 

Redeemer University College is hiring! - Redeemer University College has position openings for a Learning Strategist and a Web Designer. More information at www.redeemer.ca/staff-openings. 

President Search - The search for Redeemer's fourth president is underway. The university needs a bold, decisive leader with a well-articulated vision that will ensure a healthy future for the institution. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at www.redeemer.ca/president-search. 

Project Manager Opening in Burlington - Are you an experienced Project Manager and passionate about developing and submitting detailed funding proposals in a disaster response context? If so, this could be the role for you. World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time opening for a Project Manager on the International Disaster Response team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Visit www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply. 

The CRC's Faith Formation Ministries is seeking applicants for the part-time position of Children's Ministry Catalyzer. The catalyzer will develop and maintain support systems for children’s ministry in the CRCNA and will network with children's ministry leaders and classis leadership teams. Candidates should have at least 5 years experience in children's ministry. Visit: tinyurl.com/FFMCatalyzer.for more details. 

Global Prayer Safari in South Africa - From January 31-February 12, travel in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa to pray for church leaders, teachers and students in schools and universities, public officials, staff and patients in hospitals, business leaders, and everyday citizens on the streets. Visit crwm.org/safari for more information or to sign up. 

Immerse Yourself in Mission for One Year - The Cohort of Missioners program (crwm.org/cohort) gives you an opportunity to live with missionaries and serve alongside local mission leaders in Central America while visiting other ministry centers in the region. Discover how your gifts can be used in God's Kingdom! 

Volunteers Needed – Preparing mailings, packing boxes of the Banner or Today, sending out bulletin covers and study materials makes the Christian Reformed Church office and warehouse a busy place. If you’re interested in joining the CRCNA team in Grimsby at our temporary warehouse as an occasional warehouse volunteer, please contact us at 905-336-2920. and ask for ext 4229. We will also need some additional help when we move back to Burlington, later this year. 

Peter Van Geest