November 28 2018

Just a reminder to all seniors, that you are invited to stay after the morning service next week Sunday, for the annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors. The deacons look forward to serving you a hot lunch. If you have not done so, kindly RSVP Marion Bergshoeff 905-945-3236 or Joan Buma 905-945-0111. NOTE: We will not be holding our usual coffee social following the morning service due to the Senior’s luncheon. Take this opportunity to invite someone over. 

Grimsby Santa Clause Parade on Saturday, December 2nd at 5pm. Would you like to be on our float, or decorate, or participate in any way? If so, Please email cwinter@mountainviewcrc.org. 

Prayer Walk: Saturday December 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. 

The Mountainview Book Club will be meeting again on Sunday, December 3rd, in the church library at 7pm. The discussion will focus on Marilynne Robinson's novel, Lila. Feel free to join us for the evening or call Liz Meijer, 905-945-9374 with any questions about this small group. 

Ladies, you are cordially invited to join us for breakfast at JJ's on the Docks Eatery, 15 Lake St., Foran's Marina, Grimsby. Our next breakfast will be Monday, November 27th, 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. Please contact Sylvia Prins at: 905-563-6872/gsprins@gmail.com or contact Nanda Verheul at:905-309-6160/ nverheul1@cogeco.ca to reserve your spot and mark your calendar! 

Middle School meets Today! for Week #2 of "Reality Show"- Every family is frustrating, so focus on changing yourself. 

Youth Worship Night - We welcome our speakers and Redeemer’s Alpha Praise, as they lead us in worship. Please be in the sanctuary @ 5pm sharp! Young Adults are invited to join too. Food and fellowship afterwards in the Gym. 

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP pack Seafarer parcels on Monday, December 4th starting at 1pm 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 at 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. 

CHURCH CALENDAR: November 27th – December 3rd, 2017

Monday (27th) 7:00 p.m. Cadets, Education Wing, Choir room 

Monday 7:30 p.m. Art’s Small Group, Fireside room 

Tuesday (28th) 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting, Office 

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break 

Tuesday 1:30 p.m. Safe Church, Library 

Tuesday 6:45 p.m. Grief Share, Fireside room 

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Faith Instruction, Youth, Rm 13, 14 

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Volleyball, Gym 

Wednesday (29th) 9:30 a.m. Mission Circle, Choir room 

Wednesday 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Coffee Break, Library (Lesson 5, Question 6) 

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Prayer Group, Prayer room 

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. GEMS, Father/Uncle/Grandpa Western Night, Full Church 

Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Coffee Break Evening, Fireside room 

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. MLT, Council room 

Thursday (30th) 7:00 p.m. Friendship, Fellowship Hall & Rm. 8 

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Library Committee Meeting, Library 

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Praise Team Practice, Sanctuary 

Saturday (2nd) 8:30 a.m. Men’s Life, Fireside room 

Sunday (3rd) 1:00 p.m. Senior’s Christmas Lunch (Fellowship Hall) 

Sunday 3:00 p.m. Jingle Jam practice, Sanctuary 

Sunday 6:00 p.m. Book Club, Library 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on November 19, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $12,436.92 = 73% of total weekly budget. 

Benevolence, Karen Refugee family: $6756.50; World Renew, Rohingyan Refugee Crisis: $17,015; Smithville High: $566.70; Indwell: $100; Shalom Chaplaincy: $646.30; Mission Circle: $80; World Renew, Free a Family: $100 Total Offerings: $37,176.42 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: December 3rd A.M. – Calvin Seminary 

P.M. – Resonate Global Mission 

Thank you for your generous gift towards the ministry of Resonate Global Mission—your congregation is making a difference and building up the global church! We recognize that with these gifts also come the prayers of God’s people. Your congregation’s giving in the amount of $2,406.41 to Resonate: Ministry Share - $2,306.41 and Resonate: Span, John - $100.00 is changing lives and communities. We are grateful to have partners in ministry like you. Your partnership with Resonate means that your congregation is joining God on mission. Through missionaries, church planters, and ministry leaders here in Canada and around the world, you are having an eternal impact. The work of missionaries and church planters has grown the church in amazing ways, but this work isn’t finished yet! More than 1.5 billion people still have not heard the gospel. Together with you, we are continuing to build up God’s church—planting churches and supporting ministry in Canada as well as sending missionaries around the globe to share the good news—to the ends of the earth. Thank you for joining us in living out the gospel. 

Pastor’s Keyboard – Christmas Light

The mild weather helped pull out my Christmas lights on the top shelf in the garage. In some ways it feels like I just got finished putting them up there. Another strand of icicles are only half lit. More bulbs needed to be replaced. My strands are now “old fashioned”. One neighbour already has their entire display lit up. Once again, its time to attack the darkness by plugging in the lights. There are many who leave home in the dark and come home in the same. The month of December is such a nice attack on the dark. Windows are trimmed in white and trees are colored in red, yellow, green and blue. Lasers now swirl entire front walls. Porch lights are turned red and green flood lights planted underneath trees. Entire neighborhoods and communities work to attack the darkness during the month of December, dancing in all the creative light. It’s the same kind of thinking that God seemed to have in sending his Son. He too came attacking the darkness. He too showed himself to be this world’s greatest light. He too came recreating scene one of that first act of creation, when God said; “Let there be light.” I’m probably reading a little more into putting lights on gables and underneath the eaves. But it tends to encourage me up and down ladders, help me hold on to overhangs, assist me to slip underneath shingles and wrap downspouts. Best of plans has me installing when temperatures are still above zero. The reward happens each time again when we sneak up on the night and surprise the darkness with one cord plugged into the power, shocking the entire neighborhood with light! The story of the angels visiting the shepherds has a similar kind of excitement, only amplified terrestrial fold. Putting up lights, reminds us how the Lord attacked the darkness by gifting us with his son as an infant so many years ago. Pastor Sid

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

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. 

A Theology of Star Wars - Are you excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Some of the sharpest thinkers on theology and pop culture explore key themes in the preceding films in “A Theology of Star Wars,” an ebook from Think Christian. Sign up to receive Think Christian articles by email and the ebook is yours! Learn more at thinkchristian.net/starwars. 

God’s Work Goes On - Many of us struggle with over-scheduling and repeatedly find ourselves over-committed. Yet we often wonder, “If I’m not around to do it, who will?” Join Groundwork in studying 2 Kings 2:1-18 to learn more about our servant participation in God’s kingdom work. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes. 

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 Tonight at 7pm 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 jself@worldrenew.net or 1-800-730-3490. 

Blanket Exercise Extended Workshop - Join us November 27 from 9:45am 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. 

LIBERTAS Male Choir – “Sounds of the Season” Christmas concerts: Martin Mans, director; Martin Zonnenberg, organist; Special guest - Barend Wiltjer, tenor from the Urker Mans Formatie. Wed. Nov. 29 at 7:30pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Woodstock; Thurs. Nov. 30 at 7:30pm, Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, Georgetown; Fri. Dec.1 at 7:30pm, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Barrie; Sat. Dec. 2 at 7:30pm, Redeemer University College, Ancaster. Order tickets online: www.libertasvoices.com or contact: info@libertasvoices.com or call 905.522.0001. Adults: $20, Youth (10-14) $10, children under 10 free. 

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. 

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. 

The Ambassadors Christian Male Chorus and Friends are presenting their 2017 Christmas Concert Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Mount Hamilton CRC entitled ‘WHEN WILL HE COME’, a joyous musical performing “The Winter Rose” a SATB Cantata by Joseph M. Martin. For more info call: 905-389-2104 or 905-689-5266 or email: bdehaan@gmail.com or kleis.hensen@gmail.com 

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! 

Redeemer University College is hiring! - Redeemer University College has number of position openings. Visit: http://www.redeemer.ca/staff-openings for more information 

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. 

Serve individuals with disabilities in Nicaragua - Tesoros de Dios is a ministry for children with developmental disabilities in Managua, Nicaragua. If you would like to provide classroom or therapy support, occupational therapy assistance, or serve in another way, contact Lisa Sochacki at lsochacki@crcna.org 

Niagara Christian Gleaners are looking for a Manager at their new Smithville site. Niagara Christian Gleaners is a Christian charitable organisation that wants to help feed the hungry in the third world with the excess of our blessings. Visit our website for more info.:www.niagaragleaners.org. This person must: be a sincere practicing Christian, have a zeal to feed the hungry, have great people managing skills, have good understanding of nutrition and food inspection demands, and have strong organization and computer skills. Send your questions or resume to joebok55@gmail.com. 

CRCNA Position Opening - The Christian Reformed Church in North America has an opening for a full-time Senior Administrative Assistant in our Burlington, Ontario office. This position will provide all administrative assistance and support to the Canadian Ministries Director (CMD), and be responsible for supervision of the Canadian Ministry Office and other uniquely Canadian ministries including the Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee and the Centre for Public Dialogue. Visit http://www.crcna.org/jobs for a complete description, or to apply, complete an online application, attaching a current resume and cover letter by December 1, 2107. 

OFFERING SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 2017

December 3rd A.M. - Calvin Seminary: provides theological training for ordained and un-ordained ministry positions for Christian Reformed Churches in North America as well as leaders for Christ’s church around the world. They also evaluate candidates for ministry, offer continuing education for pastors, and seminars for office bearers. Calvin Theological Seminary advises synod and is a theological resource for all denominational agencies and churches. 

P.M. - Resonate Global Mission: is continuing their partnership with churches in the United States and Canada to plant churches, do campus ministry, train and equip pastors, and develop future leaders. They will also continue to send missionaries overseas, proclaiming the Gospel, and forging lasting partnerships. In addition to this ongoing work, they are tackling new opportunities for ministry. Here in North America, we need experience in international ministry to help churches effectively reach across cultural barriers and forge partnerships within new communities of faith. In other nations, we need expertise in church planting and campus ministry to help people in every nation discover God’s plan for their church, community, and life. With your prayers and financial support, as a single agency we will be able to equip all our churches for ministry and join together with what God is already doing around the world. 

December 10th A.M. - Upper Deck Ministries: seeks to reach out to the youth of our community. The purpose of this centre is to provide a place where community young people can find practical life care and refuge, and be introduced to relationships with Christian adults. Our hope is that through these friendships, some would desire a relationship with Jesus Christ and learn to walk with Him! Please give generously to this local cause. 

P.M. - Voice of the Martyrs Canada: raises a voice for persecuted Christians around the world. It is sometimes hard for Christians in Canada to understand that persecuted Christians do not want us to send all of our funds directly overseas! They urge us to publicize their plight, to tell their stories, to urge governments to intervene on their behalf and to share their prayer requests with Christians in Canada. One of our core values as a mission is to serve the persecuted Church according to its wishes and needs, and not according to our own predetermined strategies. Just as Pastor Wurmbrand left Romania at the command of underground Church leaders to be their voice, we are fulfilling the command of today’s persecuted Church as we share their stories in our monthly newsletter, in books, on the Internet and through television and radio. Join us in raising awareness of the persecuted Church today! 

December 17th A.M. - Shalom Manor & Gardens: is a special Christian, non-profit, long-term care home and retirement centre, serving seniors mostly of Dutch descent who belong to the community of Reformed faiths. Limited government funding does not allow the services our seniors require that meet our expectations and standards. Your gifts will enhance immediate resident care, programs, and debt load. 

P.M. - Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers: For the past 25 yrs. Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers has served the communities of Grimsby, Beamsville, Smithville and Vineland by providing support families who are dealing with a palliative illness. Specifically, to be there for the caregiver allowing them time to rest, shop, or have coffee with a friend while a trained volunteer stays with the person who is ill. The service is not age or disease specific, and there is no fee. 

December 24th A.M. – Benevolence: Your contribution to the Benevolent Fund provides assistance for the needs of our church family and the local community. These include basic needs such as food, clothing, housing and schooling. As our church grows the needs within increase and become more varied. Please continue to support our ministry of benevolence. 

Christmas Eve Candlelight, P.M.- The Grimsby Life Centre: is a ministry that is committed to providing help for the physical, social, and mental well-being of those in crisis. This loving care is demonstrated through on-going counseling, support and care. All services are free and confidential and we depend solely on donations from individuals, churches, businesses, and fund-raising events. Thank-you for your support and prayers. 

December 25th, Christmas Day A.M. – World Renew: envisions a world where people experience and extend Christ's compassion and live together in hope as God's community. Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation. World Renew's worldwide ministry is three-fold: Community Development, Disaster Response & Rehabilitation, and Peace & Justice. 

December 31st A.M. – Back To God Ministries International: is the media ministry of the CRCNA. It proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ through indigenous teams in people’s “heart languages” using the web, radio, television, phone, print, and other media. It opens doors for salvation and discipleship, broadcasting the gospel in otherwise closed regions. BTGMI aired its first radio program in 1939. Today, we are reaching people in almost 200 countries and 10 major languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. 

New Years Eve P.M. – Budget, End Of Year: Our Offering this evening is for Mountainview Ministries (The Budget) – Your contributions allow us to Reach In to each other & Reach Out to our community, through programs such as Coffee Break, GEMS, Cadets, Small Groups, VBS, Friendship and more... It also allows us to keep our facilities running, and in good shape. Your gift this evening will enable us to meet our financial commitments for 2018. 

Peter Van Geest