October 8, 2017

Office Administrator - 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. 

Tyler Couperus is leaving tomorrow for a 90 day missions trip to the Greek Island of Lesvos, just off the coast of turkey. Tyler will be working with a Mission Agency called “Euro-Relief”, receiving refugees coming over from Afghanistan and Syria and the Middle East, trying to enter Europe. Tyler is looking to raise funds for this volunteer missions position and covets your prayers and financial support. He is scheduled to return on December 24th. 

500TH ANNIVERSARY REFORMATION DAY COMMEMORATION SERVICE, October 29th, 2017: Mountainview Christian Reformed Church 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. 

Serve Saturday - On November 4 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, please contact Gerry Bijsma at geertbijsma@gmail.com or Jessica VanGeest at duaneandjess@hotmail.com or call 905-563-3676. Child care will be provided to age 3. Sign up sheets will be in the fellowship hall. 

Middle School – October 15th, - Week #2 of "Measure Up" Bottom Line: When you compare yourselves to others, look to God not people. 

Youth – On October 15th We will be starting the series called "Through the Darkness". We are all going to walk through seasons of darkness. And when we do, its important to know how to respond. This week we'll take a look at how Jesus walked with and responded to someone going through a serious tragedy. Through that story we'll discover that the first step toward healing is acknowledging our feelings. 

KNITWITS at Hinke Draaistra’s house (Fairhavens) 7pm. 

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK: There will be NO meeting this weekOctober 11, 2017. 

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. 

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. 

65+ ers . Please mark on your calendars October 19 for our first get together on Thursday morning. Sorry this is the third week but both Bijsmas and Gerritsens are not in town the week earlier. It will be our lunch date. So please remember and pass it on. More news to follow. 

FALL CONCERT: Performing Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join us for a Fall Concert! Come enjoy the musical artistry of Liselotte Rokyta on panflute and concert musicians Andre Knevel and Robertha Luttjeboer on organ and piano. Following the concert please join us for a time of fellowship and refreshments. The concert will take place on Friday October 20th @ 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln & West Lincoln. Tickets: $15 each, or $35 per family (w/children 15 & under.) Available at The Dutch Shop in Grimsby, or at the door on the evening of the concert. 

Lof family looking for Part-time Daycare - I need someone to watch my 1-year old 1 - 2 days a week from 7:30-4:30 either at our home or at your home in Grimsby. If you have a home daycare or are interested in doing daycare please contact me at: puja@that.net or (647)-209-7852. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on October 1st, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $17,947.31 = 105% of total weekly budget. 

Calvin Seminary: $1,703.00; Friendship: $485.00; Shalom Chaplaincy Fund: $1,104.40; Redeemer: $100.00; Upper Deck: $200.00; Span Family: $20.00 Total Offerings: $21, 559.71 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: October 9th A.M. – Thanksgiving; World Renew, Free A Family 

October 15th A.M. – Church Support Ministries-Disability Concerns 

P.M. – NACE 

Pastor’s Keyboard: Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thanksgiving weekend has a way of sneaking up on us. This feast is usually associated with fall season, but the weather around these parts are still trying to convince us that it is summer. Even though the days are getting shorter, temperatures have remained above seasonal norms. We’ve had a wonderfully warm autumn with a lot of morning dew, but little frost. Trees are beginning to lose their leaves but without the colorful splash that we’ve seen in years past. Still, families will gather, turkeys will be carved, potatoes will be passed and pumpkins will be pied while many give thanks for the bounty many Canadians share in. Ever since we were children, it has been ingrained in us to give thanks. When someone gives you something, you make sure you say thank you. And even if it is only once a year, it’s good to be reminded that our blessings do come from someone and it would not hurt to throw up a prayer of gratitude to a greater being, and give thanks. But followers of Jesus know that the direction of gratitude changes the more mature we become. We realize that thanksgiving becomes a way of living and giving, a life style, where we find opportunities to reach out and bless. It’s who we are and It’s what we do. It’s one of the reasons that Mountainview has adopted Gratitude as one of its five values that motivate our mission and drive our ministries. We recognize that it is out of God’s generosity and Christ’s grace that we too are able to give. We are grateful for the work of our deacons and the brown paper bags they’ve placed in our mailslots, to fill with food items that will stock the shelves of Grimsby Life Center, so that we in turn are able to give. On this thanksgiving may your actions bless the hearts of others as you not only give thanks in receiving, but find greater joy in thanks giving. Pastor Sid

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Giving Thanks and Freeing Families from Poverty - Happy Thanksgiving from World Renew! We are so thankful to you and your church for demonstrating the love and generosity of Christ through your prayers and gifts in support of Free A Family®. Through Free A Family® programs in agriculture, health, literacy, and more, families are being equipped to use their God-given skills and resources to care well for their families and strengthen their communities. These programs are carried out through local, Christian partners that use holistic, faith-based approaches to development and nurture a family's relationship with God as they find long-term solutions to poverty. To find out more about Free A Family® or sign up to become a regular supporter for just $27 a month, go to freeafamily.org. 

Help World Renew Respond: World Renew DRS is expanding their hurricane response to include Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Internationally, efforts are underway to alleviate the suffering of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Your prayers and financial support are greatly needed for these and other disaster response efforts in the US, the Caribbean, and around the world. Learn more and give at worldrenew.net or call 800-730-3490 in Canada. 

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. 

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. 

“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. Guest speakers include MPP Sam Oosterhoff. 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/text 905-684-7505 or email info@chooselife.ca. ChooseLife.ca. 

The Ministry to Seafarers of the CRC September newsletter - Please find attached, a link to full version. http://seafarers_Sept2017. 

Celebrate Recovery (CR) at Forestview is celebrating its 1st Anniversary and we are having a fiesta celebration on October 11. If anyone has a hurt, habit or hang-up, or are just curious about what CR is about, why not come out and find out. This will be a non-threatening evening. Come, enjoy some great worship, a story about God’s healing in one man’s life and some great snacks. If you want to know more about CR, contact Don Knechtel at: cr@forestviewcommunitychurch.ca; cell 905-577-3815 

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 13th Smithville Christian High School students are hosting a dinner and auction to raise funds for two life-changing service trips in March of 2018. One team is visiting Theocentric Christian School for the 7th time and another team will be working with Hands at Work for the first time. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. There will be a live auction following the dinner, entertainment and trip information provided by the students. Tickets are $10.00, available from a participating student or the school office – 905-957-3255, office@smithvillechristian.ca. 

AUTUMN 2017 FASHION SHOW - Rose City Kids; Saturday, October 14 @ 6:30 pm; Benefiting Rose City Kids; Bridal, Men, Women, & Children’s Wear; $25 pp/ Limited VIP Seating $75 pp (payment options: cash, chq, cc, e transfer); Park Theatre-99 East Main St. Welland; Doors open @ 6:00 pm; Hors d oeuvres, pastries, door prizes, raffles; For tickets contact us: sonya@rosecitykids.com or 905-788-9800. 

Love Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life, October 17 - Redeemer’s religion and theology department presents a music-accompanied live reading of Henri Nouwen’s letters from Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life — a book filled with a selection of 200 of Nouwen’s most personal and compelling epistles. More information at www.redeemer.ca/love-henri. 

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, 2017 to November 3rd, 2017 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 Oct. 19, 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. 

Family Outreach Ontario Christian Addiction Support Services invites you to an information evening on October 20 at Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church. This evening features guest speaker Claudia Loopstra, wife, mother, grandmother. She has written a memoir, Redemptive Love: Living with an Alcoholic Father. Plan to attend and tell others about it. It will be an evening you will be sure to remember. Doors open at 7 p.m. Presentation: 7:30-9:15 p.m. Presentation followed by refreshments/opportunity to talk with John Kowtecky, Executive Dir, Family Outreach Services and other Family Outreach members. 

Parents, Grandparents, Young Adults, & Grade 12+ are invited to join us on Oct 20th at Smithville Christian High School to view a screening of the documentary “Over 18”. Over 18 is a clear-eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens, and parents. The goal of the documentary is to educate parents on the realities of pornography, help them understand the growing epidemic of porn usage, and propose solutions for preventing exposure and addiction in the first place. Following the viewing, we will have a panel discussion and Q&A offering hope, redemption, & practical equipping. Doors open at 6:30 pm., viewing starts at 7:00pm. Refreshments provided. There will be a cash resource table. View the trailer at http://over18doc.com. For more info email: info@bethanycrc.ca or check out Bethany Christian Reformed Church’s Facebook page. 

Act to Protect Kids from Online Porn - Porn is often linked to other forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, and yet increasingly violent porn is available to kids online. Canadians have an opportunity now to speak up for stronger Internet controls of porn. Take action at crcna.org/publicdialogue/action-centre. 

Choral Evensong, October 22 Redeemer’s concert choir will sing a choral evensong at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster. The service will be followed by a short half-hour recital by Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen and Stuart Laughton on organ & trumpet. More info at www.redeemer.ca/choral-evensong. 

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. 

GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL – is a local, private, Christian school that has been helping students successfully navigate high school for over 65 years. Our focus is to SEEK, SERVE, AND BECOME LIKE CHRIST in all that we do during the school day and after. The staff at Great Lakes create a safe community that comes alongside families as they guide their teen towards independence. Lifelong friendships are formed here that transcend cultural divides and allow for deeper understanding of one another. Co-curricular activities continue to develop leadership and service skills necessary for a meaningful life. Attend our information evening, 

November 2nd from 7-8:30pm at Great Lakes Christian High School, 4875 King Street, in Beamsville. For more information call Ingrid Kielstra (905 563 6374 x- 212) or visit our website: https://glchs.on.ca/. 

October 26 @ 7:00pm –Parent Series – JOIN THE CONVERSATION with Paul Robertson of Youth Unlimited. (This is the first part of the series for this year. See attached poster for more details.) 

7 Youth Culture Trends Every Parent or Youth Worker Should Know This seminar is designed to help parents, youth workers, and educators better understand the current trends and culture shapers affecting today’s young people. Shapers such as… celebrity narcissism, moral relativism, tolerance, materialism, bullying, youth violence, cheating, cruelty, cohabitation, fatherlessness, overt sexuality, body image pressures, lack of human relationships, power of visual imagery, anxiety and depression, lack of shame, and impact of media on brain development. 

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. 

JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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, then 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! 

The World Communion of Reformed Churches is pleased to offer an internship programme for highly qualified young people who are interested in gaining valuable experience working with an international ecumenical organization. The internships run for 12 months in the WCRC offices in Hannover, Germany, beginning each January. The internship programme is open to English-speaking individuals of WCRC member churches who are aged 30 or younger, including ministers, seminariansor Christian professionals with an interest in working for their churches or the ecumenical movement at any level. Women and individuals from the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply. Interns are given a variety of experiences within the WCRC, including working in these areas: Communications, Communion, Ecumenical Engagement, Justice, Mission, and Theology. Applications for the 2018 internship programme are now being accepted through 15 October 2017. Download an application: PDF, Word Doc. For more information contact: wcrc@wcrc.eu. 

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. 

Martindale Place, a non-profit, Christian organization in St Catharines, is looking for a FT, permanent Accommodations Coordinator. More info visit http://martindaleplace.com/employment-opportunities/. 

MARTINDALE PLACE – JOB POSTING – CASUAL HOUSEKEEPER: We will be hiring a Casual Housekeeper in the near future. For more information, or if you are interested in applying, please check out the posting on our Website: www.martindaleplace.com Or contact Judy or Debbie at the Martindale Place office at 905-988-9414 or by email: office@martindaleplace.com 

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