December 3rd 2017

Christmas Luncheon for Seniors, hosted by the deacons, will be served after the morning service today. All seniors are welcome to join us in the fellowship hall, immediately after the service for food, fun, and fellowship. 

65+ ers! Please remember our Christmas get together is on Thursday the 14th of December. Coffee ready at 10. The meeting starts at 10:30. We will have a bit of a program, with some extra singing. Then….. our Christmas potluck. Turkey will be cooked for you. You’re invited to bring your favourite food to share. Trusting we will see many of you there. 

Fall Congregational Meeting this Tuesday, December 5th! Join us for a coffee and fellowship at 7 pm. The meeting starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Come hear all about Kids Camp, Ministry Shares, Long-Term planning and see the proposed budget for 2018. Hope to see you all there! Members unable to attend are invited to participate by filling out an absentee ballot, available at the Welcome Centre, and placing it in the box provided. 

How can you help Jingle Jam???? That's super easy. Please share the posters about Jingle Jam on your facebook page. Please email your friends and let them know about our show. Invite family, friends, neighbours and offer to sit with them. This show is for EVERYONE!!!!! Those who know about Jesus and those who have not met Him yet. We can't do church without YOU and we can't do this show without your support. Let's do church together! For more info email me at cwinter@mountainviewcrc.org. Jingle Jam: The BIG Give. Friday December 8th at 7:00 p.m. & Saturday December 9th at 1:00 p.m. P.S. The 26 children in the show think we can get 500 people in the audience. Let's show them we can do it! 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Performing Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join us for our Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday December 9th at 7:30pm 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. 

COFFEE BREAK is having a Christmas social on Tuesday, December 12 at 9:45-11am and we would love you to join us for Christmas baking and fellowship. Please bring a friend. As always, child care is lovingly provided. 

Our evening coffee break will meet at church this week and next. On the 13th we meet at Helmie’s place for our Christmas get together. Our first meeting in January will be on the 10th. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

The Mountainview Book Club will be meeting again on tonight 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. 

Middle School Christmas Pajama Party!! On Sunday December 10th, wear your Christmas pajamas and come for games and food. Note: Time is changed to 6:30-8pm for that night. (snacks and hot chocolate for that night; no dinner). 

Youth Christmas Party @ Conversations Café in Beamsville, Sunday December 17th from 1-4pm. Bring food to share. Drinks are to be purchased in the café. Come and play your favourite games and just hang out. 

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP with packing Seafarer parcels tomorrow afternoon 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. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on November 26, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $13,208 = 77% of total weekly budget. 

A.M. Bible League: $2035; P.M. Crossroads Prison Ministries: $1116; Benevolence, Karen Refugee family: $1520; World Renew, Rohingyan Refugee Crisis: $500; Beacon Christian School (Shalom): $221.45; Kids@Mountainview: $25.85; Euro Relief – Tyler Couperus: $200 Total Offerings: $19,166.30 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: December 10th A.M. – Upper Deck Ministries 

P.M. – Voice of the Martyrs Canada 

Meet the Budget Sunday: This is a gentle reminder from FA$T that "Meet the Budget" is scheduled, DV, for Sunday, December 10. Much numerical information has already been provided in this regard. At this point we'll simply add the fact that the year 2017 is 90% over, with 5 Sundays left in the year, but we have achieved 73% of our ministry shares budget. While this imbalance is cause for concern we trust that the Spirit will motivate the Mountainview congregation to prayerfully consider this challenge and that the response will be favourable and indicative of the generosity that is so often demonstrated. Thank you to all those who have given and continue to give as you have been blessed. FA$T Team

World Renew Giving Tree: In this season of giving, you can stand in the gap with someone who lives in extreme poverty. Mountainview's Christmas tree is covered with ornaments that have giving suggestions for people in need around the world. You are invited to choose an ornament and bring it, along with your donation, to put in the World Renew offering on Christmas Day! A bag of beans, a goat, and a family water filter are a few of the ways you can fill the gap this year. Learn more at worldrenewgifts.net or call 800-730-3490! 

Pastor’s Keyboard – The Peaceable Kingdom

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, a liturgical season in the Christian calendar that has God’s people yearning for the coming of Jesus, the return Christ and the establishment of his kingdom fulfilled. In these weeks of December, we will look at words from the prophet Isaiah, who is pointing to the future for a Peaceable Kingdom. We are living in anxious times with sexual harassment charges exposed through emboldened spirits of “#me too,” with religious and racial tensions becoming more divided and rhetoric of nuclear strikes more frequent. We are living in troubled times, with entire nations facing hunger and starvation and refugee camps morphing into dependent towns and cities. People are hungering and thirsting for pleasure and dying for meaning and purpose. In the midst of Judah being dismantled and Jerusalem and the temple destroyed, the prophet Isaiah presented God’s people with a vision of a Peaceable Kingdom. Even while the tallest trees were cut down and destroyed, Isaiah pointed to a stump that had a shoot growing out of it. This was the stump of Jesse and the tender shoot would come out of that stump, and from its roots a branch would come forth and bear fruit. “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord- and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2,3. Then Isaiah paints word pictures that baffle the imagination. Edward Hicks was a respected minister in the Quaker tradition who lived from 1780 to 1849, and is most well known for his paintings on Isaiah 11:6-9. He was so drawn into the vision of a Peaceable Kingdom that he proceeded to paint sixty-two different scenes of what the Peaceable Kingdom looked like. In this peaceable kingdom the sexual harasser would sit down with the one harassed, the refugee would be invited into neighboring homes, leaders of opposing nations would be invited to a feast, and the food for that feast would include the warmest of breads and the choicest of wines. And it will come to pass, for that shoot in the stump of Jesse has grown into forests around the world, and we continue to long for and wait for that Peaceable Kingdom to come. Pastor Sid

CHURCH CALENDAR: December 4th – December 10th, 2017

Monday (4th) 9:00 a.m. Packing Seafarers Parcels, Choir room 

Monday 7:00 p.m. Cadets, Education Wing, Choir room 

Tuesday (5th) 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting, Office 

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break, Education wing, Choir room, Fireside room, 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. Congregational Meeting, Library 

Wednesday (6th) 9:30 a.m. Mission Circle, Choir room 

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

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

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Knitwits, at Hinkes 

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. GEMS, Education Wing, Choir Room, Library 

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

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

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

Thursday 7:30 p.m. PMT/DMT, Council room 

Friday (8th) 7:00 p.m. Jingle Jam, Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall 

Saturday (9th) 8:30 a.m. Men’s Life, Fireside room 

Saturday 1:00 p.m. Jingle Jam, Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall 

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Christmas Concert, Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall 

Sunday 6:00 p.m. Middle School/Youth, Rm. 13/14, Gym, Youth room 

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Would you consider a year-end gift that will have real impact? We are launching our Fall Drive in support of Covenant and John Knox Christian Schools. Christian schools are important players in the lives of our students. Our theme this year: “Connected in Christ” outlines our commitment to growing together in our character – to grow in curiosity, compassion, collaboration, perseverance, integrity, and Joy. Look for a letter in your church mailboxes explaining what this Fall Drive hopes to accomplish. Enclosed you’ll see reply cards and envelopes that can be mailed directly to NACE or left in Jason & Melissa VanderWier’s mail slot. Volunteers will begin their follow-up work, but if you want to save them the challenge of connecting with you, you can reply ahead of that, and we’ll remove your name from the call list. We pray that many people will take this opportunity to show their support for local Christian Education and the families that it blesses! Your support makes a real difference in the lives of our students! Kevin Huinink, Executive Director; Niagara Association for Christian Education (NACE) 

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. 

Advent starts today. Is your heart ready? - Celebrating Christmas isn’t a day, it’s a season. Welcome Immanuel, Incarnate in 2017 with Advent devotions from World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting tomorrow, Dec. 4. Join an exploration of 

the Incarnation of Christ and his presence in our lives as we prepare to celebrate his birth. To sign up, go to crcna.org/advent. 

WONDERFUL COUNSELOR - In the famous passage in Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as our Wonderful Counselor. As we look toward Jesus Christ’s birth, join us in studying Isaiah 9:2-6, John 14:15-17, and John 16:12-15 to discover the divine wisdom and help we receive from Jesus Christ our Messiah. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes. 

Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers presents: VON Niagara’s FREE 4-Part Caregiver Education Series: “From Strength to Strength” at Mountainview CRC. Thursday Dec. 7; 1:30-3pm. 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 Heritage Café, Upcoming music/worship events: Friday, December 8th (7-9pm); Worship with Elly Boersma & Dan Kikkert, Friday, December 15th(7-9pm); MacQ & You Christmas Concert. 

The Ambassadors Christian Male Chorus and Friends are presenting their 2017 Christmas Concert Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm 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. 

Come on over to Smithville United Church for a Christmas Cantata - Our choir is performing A Holy Night of Miracles, written and arranged by Lloyd Larson, on Sunday, December 17th at 7pm with a time of fellowship to follow. A free will offering will be accepted. Come and get in the Christmas Spirit!! 

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - Until February 2 See Colin Carney's solo exhibition of digital photography, "Not All Who Wander Are Lost," in the Redeemer Art Gallery until February 2. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/colin-carney. 

JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

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 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 www.crcna.org/jobs for a complete description, or to apply complete an online application, attaching a current resume and cover letter. 

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