November 19th, 2017 

Jingle Jam needs YOU! We are looking for 14 volunteers to help out at our first performance on Friday, Dec 8th and 18 volunteers for our matinee show on Saturday, December 9th. Please stop by the fellowship hall after our time of worship to view the different types of positions available. Loving our neighbour, together! 

Prayer Walk: Saturday Dec.2nd. 8:30am. we'll be meeting at Tim's across from Coles. This is open to anyone interested in the congregation. If you're unable to walk, we also drive through Grimsby and pray for the needs. Contact Jane deVisser 905-563-7671 or e-mail pjdevisser@sympatico.ca if you'd like to join us. 

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 24th! That's when you can get a hot, delicious plate of 'boerenkool met worst' in the church fellowship hall between 5 and 7:30 pm. Boerenkool not your favourite? We also have a variety of soups and chillies to choose from. Free will donations accepted with funds raised going towards the Cadet program. Come and enjoy some great food and fellowship! 

Middle School meets next on Sunday, November 26th. Session #2 of "Reality Show"- Every family is frustrating, so focus on changing yourself. 

Youth/Young Adults are invited to a special worship evening on Sunday, November 26th @ 5 pm in the sanctuary. Redeemer's Alpha Praise is leading us in worship and we have some members of our congregation that will be sharing their testimonies. 

Friendship – needs 1 L mason jars! If you have extras or want to donate a few from your stores, please bring them to the church by tomorrow.Thank you very much! 

GEMS is still looking for more OPTIONS for our Craft weeks at the end of Jan/Feb!! If you are interested and would like more information just email carrieheidbuurt@hotmail.com. It's mainly just organizing and running a craft for weeks for 6-8 of our older girls. We would love to hear from you!! Thanks! 

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP pack Seafarer parcels on Monday, December 4 starting at 1:00 p. m. in the Choir Room? Mission Circle would welcome your assistance. Refreshments will be served and it will be a fun time working together. 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Performing Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join us for our Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm Featuring the Hosanna Choir with Herman DenHollander directing, Organist André Knevel, and Soprano Suzanne Schaafsma. The concert will take place here in the Church. Tickets are $15 per person or $35 per family (w/children 15 & under). Tickets will be available at the Dutch Shop in Grimsby or at the door on the evening of the concert. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on November 12, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $14,934.92= 87% of total weekly budget. 

Back to God Ministries: $2302; Redeemer: $601; World Renew: $173.85; Benevolence: $50; Shalom Chaplaincy: $720; Euro Relief (Tyler Couperus): $50; Seafarers Parcels: $115; Kids@Mountainview: $28.45; Mission Circle: $115; Shalom Chaplaincy: $1178.65 (2 weeks) Total Offerings: $18,975.22 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: November 26th A.M. – Bible League of Canada 

P.M. – Crossroads Prison Ministries 

The Government of Canada is responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis by matching every dollar donated by Canadians until November 28th. This match is on top of the existing match of up to 4:1 available through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which means your donation will be worth up to five times more during the next few weeks. Learn more and give online at worldrenew.net/rohingya 

GIFT CATALOG: This season, you can stand in the gap with people in need by following Jesus into the lives of the poor through the World Renew 2017-2018 Gift Catalog. Have fun together while giving gifts that are meaningful and powerful in this world and the next by helping people who live in scarcity to embrace the fullness that God intends for them. Check out the gift catalog in your mail slot, or go online at worldrenewgifts.net (extra copies available at the Welcome Centre.) 

FA$T would like to inform the congregation that there are plans to have a "Meet-the Budget Sunday" this year like we have had in recent years. More specific and detailed information on this matter will be made available to the congregation next week. In the meantime, this initiative is planned for Sunday, December 10. Please give this matter your serious and prayerful consideration towards the end of meeting our financial commitments for 2017. As you know, the degree to which we meet our Mountainview Ministries financial obligations significantly influences the work the various church ministries can accomplish both locally and farther afield. 

Pastor’s Keyboard – Pause, Reflect and Hope

Rather than everyone meeting at Elmwood Cemetery 9:30 in the morning, mom asked if we could gather at Maranatha Church at 9:00 and drive to the cemetery in a funeral procession. Everyone lined up in the parking lot, put on their four-way flashers and proceeded to follow the hearse. We drove along College Avenue, across the Moira River, to Cannifton Road, and River Road, to the cemetery. What touched our hearts so deeply was how many people pulled over and stopped along the way. All kinds of cars and trucks and cube vans saw the funeral coach approach, turned to the shoulder and paused, acknowledging this family’s grief. One gentleman in a pickup pulled over and took off his baseball cap. Two yellow vested road crew workers stopped, and one took off his yellow hard hat and stood still while the procession passed by. Another lady walking along the sidewalk stopped walking and simply paused. I’m sure none of these people recognized our cars or knew our dad, but I’m guessing that many of them have lost a loved one themselves. It pleasantly surprised us to see Belleville, a city of 50,000 people, still practicing some small-town habits. The gesture of pulling over, of taking a moment to pause, of noticing and acknowledging another person’s grief is so small, yet received as being so large. Our fast-paced culture has a way of carrying on with life, not leaving a lot of room for pause, reflection, listening to the soul of sorrow, grief and Sabbath rest. But when people take the effort, energy and time to pause, reflect, reach out and visit, touch and speak, blessings abound through entire generations. Christian rituals around grieving and death have a way of breathing new life. Hours of visitation from hundreds of people have a way filling hearts emptied by sorrow and grief. Fellowship and food following a funeral have a way of nourishing souls, rich memories retrieved for the mind. Cards and flowers and visits have a way of reconnecting the disconnected. And pulling over on the side of a road to pause while a funeral procession passes by, acknowledges to all that there will be a time and a day, when the world as we know it will indeed stop, and Christ Jesus will return. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus, come. Pastor Sid

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Looking for a 2-bedroom apartment for a friend. Her current place has sold and she needs to move within two months. Anywhere from Vineland to Smithville to Grimsby etc... are possibilities. If you have one or know of one can you email carrieheidbuurt@hotmail.com with the details. That would be great! Thanks! 

Niagara Christian Gleaners and team, are humbled and excited with the progress with which our Lord has blessed us. The land for the proposed facilities has been secured, plans drawn up and the permit process has begun. Your NCG church rep has flyers and brochures that will be placed in your mailboxes or distributed, in the next few weeks for your review. Our Lord willing, we anticipate commencing construction in the spring of 2018. With thanksgiving, we report that we have received sufficient funds donated to secure the property and hope that you may prayerfully consider how you may assist in this exciting project. You can visit our website at niagaragleaners.org. "For truly I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward." Mark 9:41

Advent Devotional Series - Looking for more meaning in the midst of a busy Christmas season? This Advent, ReFrame Media offers a special email devotional series just for you. With daily devotions and encouragements from Today, Family Fire, Groundwork, and the fun of Kids Corner, we designed it to help your whole family experience the true wonder of Christmas, the coming Christ. Subscribe at reframemedia.com/advent. 

HOSANNA CHOIR- NOVEMBER 20TH Grace CRC in Welland invites you to join us for an evening of music presented by the 140 voice Hosanna Choir under the direction of Herman den Hollander on Monday, November 20 at 8:00 pm. A freewill offering will be held for Elisha house. For more info contact Elisha House or John den Hollander at 289-820-9335. We look forward to seeing you! 

Widening the Circle Training - Join us November 20 from 9 am to 5 pm at The Vine; Hamilton, ON. This interactive faith-based workshop is designed to heighten awareness and facilitate dialogue about the causes and effects of racism in Canada. Participants will also explore steps to wholeness and action steps towards diversity and inclusion. The cost of $25 pp includes refreshments and materials. Register at bit.ly/WTCNov2017. Questions? Call Bernadette Arthur 289-527-6345 

Accountability Through Grace – Bethel CRC’s committee to assist in the understanding of and resistance to involvement with pornography is hosting an information evening on Wed. Nov. 22. at 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 7 pm. All area churches are invited. Brent Thomas and Glen Slingerland committed Christians in service at Elisha House in Welland, are presenting. Q & A and a resource table will be available. The possibility of a “Conquer” workshop series will be discussed. Questions? Contact: George Eygenraam at gaeygenraam@gmail.com. (See mail slots for details) 

SHALOM MANOR & GARDENS NOVEMBER SALE - It is time again, for the November Sale which will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, November 25. We will have a vendor’s market, plants, pictures with Sinterklaas and a warm boerenkool lunch. We hope to see you there! 

The Last Chance Bazaar – is being held at Blessed Trinity in Grimsby in support of Blessed Trinity Music on November 25-26, 2017. Interested vendors, please call Marlene at 905-317-1631. 

Christmas Theme Benefit Concert - Two men’s choirs, Crescendo and Men of Note, are performing together and hosting a benefit concert for The Lighthouse, at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church; Woodstock; on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Come and enjoy an evening of music with us! There will be a free-will offering to support the work of The Lighthouse. For more information contact Rob Datema at 416-802-5943 or rob@lighthousecentre.ca

We are pleased to bring to you the 2nd Annual Christmas Marketplace hosted by the Bridge Missional Community on Saturday, November 25th from 10 am – 3 pm at The HUB on Queen, Niagara Falls. Come on out and do some Christmas shopping while supporting local artisans. Live Edge Wood Work and furniture by Greg Hoekstra, Essential Oils, Pottery, Quality Handturned items in wood and acrylic specializing in pens and pencils, Handmade Gifts, Cuban Coffee, holiday decor, baked goods, jewelry & chili and soup bar are among the many unique vendors that will be on display. This is a totally free event and everyone is welcome! 

International Disaster Response Workshop - Managing the distribution of food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Overseeing the construction of earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal. Do these experiences interest you? Please join World Renew’s International Disaster Response team at Clearview Christian Reformed Church in Oakville on Sunday, November 26 at 7 pm for a free workshop about how to volunteer with World Renew and use your management expertise to help families devastated by disasters around the world. If you have any questions or plan to attend, please contact Jonathan Self at mailto:jself@worldrenew.net or 1-800-730-3490. 

Blanket Exercise Extended Workshop - Join us November 27 from 9:45 am to 4 pm at the Woodland Cultural Centre; Brantford. This is a full day of learning about the history of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. You will have the chance to participate in the Blanket Exercise; hear stories from a survivor of the Mohawk Residential School, and tour the Woodland 

Museum and Gallery. The cost of $30 pp includes Survivor Series, museum entry, and refreshments. Register at bit.ly/BENov2017

The Crossroads Prison Ministry is a worldwide organization situated in Burlington, Canada with headquarters in Grand Rapids. Seven members of this congregation are mentors who correct bible lessons written by prisoners as well as writing letters of encouragement. There is a huge need for more mentors as more and more prisons make themselves available to receive the ministry’s lessons. interested in becoming a mentor? Contact them at: martie@cpministries.ca or www.cpministries.ca. Phone 289-861-1369. The prison ministry is holding their Annual Fundraising Banquet December 1 at the Crossroad centre in Burlington. Tickets are available via their website. Please give this ministry your prayerful consideration. For more information call Irene Van Hoffen at 905-945-5691. 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Westdale Reformed Church, Hamilton. It will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am - 3 pm. There will be a tea room/lunch room, bake sale, silent auction, craft sale, penny sale, games, vendors and a garage sale. Hope to see you there! 

Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home, Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers, McNally House and Local Area Churches Invite you to a Community Event......A special Holiday Memorial Service for those who have experienced a recent loss. Trinity United Church, Grimsby. Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 3 pm. To ensure that the name of your loved one is included in the Order of Service, please RSVP By November 24th to register by calling 905-945-2755. All are Welcome. Donations of unwrapped toys or non- perishable food items are welcomed. 

Magnify - On December 1st, join us as we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and begin the Advent season with Genevan psalms, Lutheran chorales, and Bach’s Magnificat. Learn more and buy tickets at www.redeemer.ca/magnify

Prepare Your Heart - Starting December 4, 2017, World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice will distribute a free email devotional to your inbox during Advent. Don’t let Christmas presents overtake the Christmas Presence. Sign up to receive reflections on Christ’s incarnation and daily presence in our lives with Immanuel, Incarnate, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Christmas Day. Go to crcna.org/advent to sign up today! 

Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers presents: VON Niagara’s FREE 4-Part Caregiver Education Series: “From Strength to Strength” at Mountainview CRC. Thursday, 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

JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Shalom Manor & Gardens Job Opportunity - Presently, we have open positions available in the Dietary Department at Shalom. If you are interested in applying to be part of the Dietary Team, then please submit your resume to payroll@shalommanor.ca. Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Indwell is currently recruiting a part-time Information Technology Technician in Hamilton and Support Worker to work in Hamilton, Simcoe, and Woodstock. Application information to join Indwell’s dedicated team can be found at indwell.ca/get-involved/careers

Redeemer University College is hiring! - Redeemer University College has position openings for a Director of Human resources and Accounts Payable Clerk. Visit: http://www.redeemer.ca/staff-openings for more information 

Volunteers Needed – 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