December 24th 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 Karin at office@mountainviewcrc.org or call 905- 945-0004 ext. 221. 

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. 

"Still have a VHS machine??? The library at Mountainview is discarding ALL of its VHS movies.... so please help yourself to some free movies in the library now while they last..." 

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 2018

January 5 – Rickie Brouwer January 23 – Lois Hanson 

January 6 – Carol Koornneef January 27– Freddy Booy-Bos 

January 17– Tena Hoiting-Dykxhoorn January 30 – Ann Fisher 

January 21 – John Bergshoeff January 31 – Willy Kamphuis 

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) $16,556.85 As of this collection, we have met 82% of our annual budget and still need approximately $161,000 to meet the budget for 2017. 

Shalom Manor & Gardens: $2139.75; Upper Deck: $40; Calvin Seminary: $95; Rose Cottage: $436.75; Tyler Couperus, Refugee Relief: $100; Shalom Chaplaincy: $593.30; Kids @ MTNVW: $29; World Renew: $185; Voice of the Martyrs: $43; Resonate Global Mission: $18; Benevolence: $115 

Total Offerings: $20,351.65 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: December 25th A.M. – World Renew 

December 31st A.M. – Back to God Ministries International 

P.M. – Budget, End of Year 

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 – Winter Solstice

The longest night of the year seems to come when the light of Christmas seems brightest. Winter has arrived, with the coming of the solstice. Solstice is made up of two Latin words, “sol” and “sistere,” meaning “sun standing still.” Every day the sun seems to appear further South, rising a little later, and sets further South a little later. The arc across the sky is at its lowest point, with the sun staying at eye level the longest. But on this day, December 21st, it seems to pause. Every day now for the next six months, the sun will start rising a little further North-East, a little earlier in the day, and set a little further North-West, climbing higher with each new arc. Even though the harshest temperatures and largest amounts of snow are yet to come, with winter threatening to breathe its frosty temperatures well below zero, the sun will already now, start gaining in intensity and strength. Winter has arrived, but spring is coming. This season of Christmas is filled with bright lights and family gatherings, and New Years celebrations with friends. Once that all blows away, freezing temperatures, snow and long nights will be staring us in the face. The earth will still be spinning, and without our even realizing it, the sun will be rising higher and days will be getting longer. Storms may continue to lash the shores, and they too will blow by. Six weeks will pass by and our senses will take note of the lengthening of days. The church calendar will mark the beginning Lent and those next five weeks will draw our attention towards the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Before it even began, winter will have passed us by and spring will have announced its arrival in so many ways. On this longest night of the year, Sue and I would like to wish you and each of your families the brightest of Christmas cheer, lit by the joy of the birth of Christ. May you enter the New Year of 2018 with much optimism and joy. 

Pastor Sid 

CHURCH CALENDAR: December 25th – December 30th, 2017

Tuesday (26th) 6:45 p.m. Grief Share, Fireside room 

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Volleyball, Gym 

Thursday (28th) 7:30 p.m. Praise Team Practice, Sanctuary 

Please Note: The office will not be open for regular hours this week. Staff will be in, but only to complete necessary work and not at specified times. For any urgent ministry concerns, call Alice: 905-516-4211; for any bulletin or Newsletter news, email the office by Friday morning. If there is anything that is pastorally urgent during this time, please contact Pastor Sid: 289-253-8306, Pastor Fred: 289-260-0568, or your Neighbourhood elder. 

LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

SHALOM MANOR OUTBREAK ANNOUNCEMENT: We are thankful to announce that we have just been cleared of the respiratory outbreak that had taken place in the Mapleview home area. We are thankful that this could be over before the Christmas holiday and this is due to the assistance of residents, families, volunteers and our supporting community in their visits and for their extra hand washing. We look forward to seeing you visit soon! Please remember to be diligent in handwashing and please do not visit if you are ill. 

Thank you, and have a blessed Christmas with those you love! 

NACE Fall Drive - NACE is thankful for each of its dedicated parent and board volunteers who faithfully went through our calling lists to connect with you to thank you for your support and to encourage you to continue to prayerfully and financially support our work with students as we grow more and more 'Connected in Christ' each day. It is not too late for year-end giving if you have not yet been able to. Donations to support our work can be received by cheque mailed to P.O. Box 924, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0, they can be placed in your designated NACE family courier's mailbox at your church, or can be made online at www.nace.ca/support--donate-now.html. Your support enables us to continue each year! Blessings this Christmas and into 2018! 

The Niagara Christian Gleaners are thankful to our Lord for the outpouring of monetary and “in kind” donations they have received in the past few weeks. We hope to begin construction in the spring and begin operations in the fall. For information and updates see www.niagaragleaners.org . If you haven’t already included the Gleaners in your year-end giving and would still like to do so please send cheques to Niagara Christian Gleaners, P.O. Box 458, Vineland, ON, L0R 2C0. If you have questions, please contact Jake Sinke: jakesinke@bellnet.ca. 

Advent thanks - During the Advent season we are reminded of the knowledge of our Christ entering into the world as a servant. Consequently, I become very aware of the servant posture that our churches and members have taken on an ongoing basis. Thank you for the ways and means by which all of you serve as Christ followers in and through the Christian Reformed Church in all of its places across Canada. I can confidently say that the impact of our Christian expression is well respected and being used by God in mighty ways. - Rev. Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director 

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. Simply sign up to receive Think Christian articles by email and the ebook is yours! Learn more at thinkchristian.net/starwars. 

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. 

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!! 

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 

CRCNA Position Opening - The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) has a full-time (30 hrs/wk) opening for a Volunteer and Communications Specialist in our Burlington, Ontario offices. This position will work with Disability Concerns and Safe Church staff and volunteers, assist Christian Reformed Churches in Canada in becoming safe communities where everybody belongs and everybody serves through equipping volunteers, communicating with churches, and planning training events. Visit www.crcna.org/jobs for a detailed description or to apply complete an on-line application, attaching a current cover letter and resume, by December 29, 2017

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. 

Program Coordinator - Are you passionate about coordinating projects and supporting monitoring and evaluation requirements 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 Program Coordinator on the International Disaster Response team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply. The application deadline is January 22, 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