December 15 2017

A Christmas Day Invitation: Do you have somewhere to go on Christmas Day? Are all your family festivities over and you find yourself in an empty home? Let's come together as brothers & sisters in Christ and celebrate the birth of our Saviour with each other and with good food & drinks. Kevin & Karen Antonides cordially invite you to come and celebrate Christmas Day with them after the Christmas Day, Dec. 25th church service. They are located at 9 Hunter Road; Grimsby; 905-973-8847. RSVP appreciated, but not required 

GREETING: A warm smile, a shake of the hand, a pat on the back, a quick hug, all make you feel welcomed. Whether church family or guests, we want to make sure that all those coming to Mountainview each Sunday feel at home. Greeting is an important part of that. We are updating the Greeters List for January – July 2018. Can you take a turn to welcome family and friends in God’s house? Please let me know if you can volunteer, on a regular basis (4-5X’s a year) or maybe only once or twice. We’d be glad to have you. If you can no longer serve in this ministry, please also let me know so that I can take you off the list. Please email Alice at aposthumus@mountainviewcrc.org or call 905- 945-0004 ext. 228. 

Christmas has come to the Mountainview Library!! Come visit the library after church to discover new Christmas books and movies" 

PA@M invites you to CHRISTMAS AT THE NOON HOUR: Join us for a quiet moment of reflection, peace and joy on December 20th with organist Peter Ravensbergen, and soprano soloist Laurisa Ravensbergen, as they present the inspiring music of the Christmas season. The busy bustle of life and the commercialism of Christmas often leaves little time for reflection, to consider what the season is really all about. We invite you to do so by taking some time during your noon hour break. Come and hear the inspiring music of the Christmas season. Go back to work relaxed and refreshed, ready to celebrate the true meaning of the season. FREE admission. 

Youth Christmas Party @ Conversations Café in Beamsville, Today 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. 

Like the Mountainview CRC Youth Facebook page OR Follow MountainviewCRCYouth on Instagram! They are great places to see what is happening at youth. There are great pics and encouragement for all to enjoy! 

Kids@Mountainview is having a very special Children's Worship Pyjama Party on Sunday, Dec 24th at 10am. Children are invited to come to church in the pyjamas to help make this celebration a unique one. We will extend our Worship time learning about the greatest Gift of all, Jesus, followed by our small groups for a party. 

Ladies' Breakfast - Just a reminder that there will be no Ladies' Breakfast in the month of December. Our next breakfast is scheduled for Monday, January 31 at JJ's on the Docks Eatery, Foran's Marina, Grimsby. 

POINTSETTIAS: A few extra pointsettias were delivered to fill boxes, so a limited number are STILL available for sale to fundraise for Cadets. Small $7.00; Large $20.00. First come first serve basis. Please contact Gerry Bijsma if you are interested: geertbijsma@gmail.com OR 289-235-9302. 

Mountainview Church is a PEANUT-FREE FACILITY….a holiday treat reminder! 

Please do not bring any peanuts or products containing peanuts into the building. Look for food products with a ‘Peanut Free” or “Made in a peanut free facility” logo. Dare, General Mills, Nestle, Chapmans and many other companies offer these product lines. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on December 17th, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $32,539 = 80% of weekly amount required to meet Budget for year end. As of this collection, we still need approximately $130,000.00 to meet our annual budget. 

A.M. Upper Deck: $2021; P.M. Voice of the Martyrs: $586; 

Resonate Global Mission: $194.30; Benevolence: $200; Jingle Jam (Ronald McDonald Family Room): $625; Shalom Chaplaincy Fund: $488 Total Offerings: $36,653.30 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: December 24th A.M. – Benevolence 

P.M. – Grimsby Life Centre 

December 25th A.M. – World Renew 

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! 

Included in the Budget contributions amount noted above was a generous gift from a Mountainview couple, given via the Christian School Foundation. Why did they give in this way? As part of their year end giving to local Christian schools, this couple uses appreciated securities to also bless Mountainview. Our church isn’t set up to receive this type of ‘in-kind’ gift very easily. We appreciate the willingness of the Foundation to facilitate this type of giving on behalf of Mountainview’s supporters. If you’d like to learn more about this exceptionally tax-efficient means of making a gift - one that completely eliminates any taxable capital gains liability - please contact Mountainview member and Foundation V-P, Henry Koornneef, at 905-641-5114. 

Pastor’s Keyboard – Space For God

Next weekend many family members will be gathering together to celebrate Christmas, and the following weekend more friends will usher in the changing of the calendar and “ring in” the new year of 2018. New Years celebrations include fresh starts. Some will look at curbed spending, decreasing debt and increased savings. Others will focus on losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more. As staff at Mountainview we see the new year as a fresh start in our spiritual disciplines as well. On January 7th we are going to begin a sermon series on “Building Your Prayer Life.” The series comes from a book on prayer written by Don Postema, called Space for God. The first message is entitled “Making Space for God,” followed by a message on January 14th called “My Only Comfort.” On January 21st we will look at “Gratitude, Taking Nothing for Granted,” and Cadet Sunday on January 28th will focus on “God Seeking Us.” February 4th, will help us address “Prayer as Act,” and the series will close with a message on February 11th, called “Wrestling with God.” Many of you are already have active prayer lives, involved in Small Groups, in Coffee Break, and ministry leadership positions. This is an invitation to anyone who wants to strengthen their prayer journey, whether conversations with God are stagnant and stale, or alive and well. On Thursday evenings, starting January 4th, you are invited to pick up a book and come for 9 weeks and walk through Don Postema’s Space for God, while the sermon series “Building Your Prayer Life,” is being preached. Please sign up this weekend or the next so we can determine how many books actually need to be purchased. We will be meeting in the Choir Room every Thursday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. January is a great month to set resolutions towards bettering ourselves, whether it be financially, health wise, or more disciplined in time management. Consider adding spiritual disciplines to your list of resolutions and join us in growing Space for God. 

Pastor Sid 

CHURCH CALENDAR: December 11th – December 17th, 2017

Tuesday (19th) 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting, Office 

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

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Volleyball, Gym 

Wednesday (20th) 12:00 p.m. Christmas @ noon hour, Sanctuary 

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

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Knitwits at Hinke Draistra’s house (Fairhavens) 

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

Mountainview Church strives to be a Safe Church! We aim to be a community in which members respect the value of each person. In an environment that nurtures worship and spiritual growth, people should not fear any kind of abusive behaviour. If anyone has a concern or wishes to report an incident of such behaviour, please contact one of these members of the Safe Church Team: Christina Pleizier (289-235-8509); Alice Posthumus (905-945-0004 X 228); Pastor Fred (905-945-0004 X225); Graham Austin (289-235-8292); Joanne Koornneef (905-980-1347) or Janice Schwanz (289-377-8389). 

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

Young Adults! Join other wonderful folks aged 18-30ish from across Ontario for the 2018 installment of the Young Adult Winter Retreat on January 26-28th, at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock! This year, we will focus on the theme “Culture” & how we’re to represent Christ to our neighbours around us, with Pastor Mike Collins from Providence CRC as our speaker. It will be a weekend full of spiritual encouragement, faith-based discussions, service, workshops, worship, fellowship, and funtivities! Be sure to register by January 11th to receive the Early Bird rate of just $60 for the entire weekend (after that it goes up to $70). For more info and to register, visit our Facebook page “Young Adult Winter Retreat” or email ya.retreat.team@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!! 

EVERLASTING FATHER - As Isaiah continues to describe the Messiah, he calls him “Everlasting Father.” Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 1:16-18, and John 14:1-11 to find out what this title would have meant to its original Israelite audience and why it really is an appropriate title for Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes. 

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, Today at 7pm with a time of fellowship to follow. A free will offering will be accepted. Come and get in the Christmas Spirit!! 

Arrest These Merry Gentlemen: Join us for our Christmas program on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 20 at 2:00 pm or Thursday evening, Dec. 21 at 7:00 pm. Location: In the gym at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek. Doors open at 6:30 pm on Thursday evening. Enjoy our performance. 

2017 CBC Christmas Sing-In - Recorded in mid-December at Montréal's Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, the 38th annual Sing-In will be broadcast on Christmas Day, December 25, across Canada and into Europe. Tune in to your local CBC Radio 2 station at 1 pm and again to your local CBC Radio One station at 4 pm Hosted by Katherine Duncan, performers include Organist Dr. Jonathan Oldengarm, soloist tenor John Tessier, Conductor Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée, the Choir of The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, and a brass & percussion ensemble. 

Looking for something for the whole family to do on Boxing Day? Come out to John Knox Christian School Brampton's 25th Annual Boxing Day Hockey Tournament at the Vaughan Iceplex. There will be family skating from 10am-2pm, face painting, games, prizes and more. If you are interested in signing up your Hockey Team to compete in the tournament, please email us at hockey@bramptonjkcs.org or call the school at 905-451-3236. 

Come to a fundraising concert for Jubilee’s Refugee Work! Canadian Worship Leader and Christian Artist Brooke Nicholls (www.brookenicholls.ca) and local band DAWN (John Dahl; Mendelt Hoekstra; Julie Hoff; Gail Poulsen; Scott Vernon) are LIVE, in concert on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30pm at Jubilee Fellowship Church (St. Catharines). Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $12 for seniors and children. All proceeds (including free will offering) will go to support Jubilee’s work with Refugees. Reserve your tickets by calling Jubilee at 905-687-3372. Professional sound by Soundbox Productions. 

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. 

Armand Ruffo, January 18 - The Canada Council for the Arts, the Hamilton Poetry Centre and Redeemer are pleased to bring a number of poets to our campus. Everyone is welcome to attend these readings. More information at www.redeemer.ca/events. 

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. 

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. 

CRCNA Position Openings - The Christian Reformed Church in North America has various employment opportunities in their local office. Visit http://www.crcna.org/jobs for complete descriptions. To apply complete an online application, attaching a current resume and cover letter. 

Dominican Republic Church Construction - Join together with the local church in Los Alcarrizos, Dominican Republic to construct a new church building. Their current building is too small, in very poor shape, and has little ventilation. Church members have been gathering materials together and are really hoping for a team to come and help them this year. For more information visit resonateglobalmission.org/go or contact Bill Thornburg - bthornburg@crcna.org. Deadline for application is January 5, 2018. 

World Renew trip to Haiti - World Renew is organizing an open team to travel to Haiti! Are you passionate about sustainable community development? Deforestation is a serious environmental issue that threatens Haiti. Spend 8 days (March 10-18, 2018) learning about Haiti and participating in reforestation projects. Reforestation helps reduce the impact of mudslides and improves soil quality for increased food security and income for families. Applicants should be able to do physical work in tropical conditions. There may be opportunities for construction work. For more information, please contact Iona Buisman at ibuisman@worldrenew.net. 

Peter Van Geest