December 10th 2017

PA@M invites you to CHRISTMAS AT THE NOON HOUR: Join us for a quiet moment of reflection, peace and joy on December 13th with organist Ernie Termorshuizen and 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. 

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. 

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! 

Middle School Christmas Pajama Party!! Come out tonight!! Wear your Christmas pajamas and come for games and food. Note: Time is changed to 6:30-8pm for tonight only. Also, snacks and hot chocolate only 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. Please note: There is not youth group on December 10th. 

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. 

A sincere thank-you from Mission Circle to everyone who helped in so many different ways with the Seafarer Parcels. Last Monday we were able to wrap 207 parcels for the sailors arriving in Montreal during the Christmas season. Thank you for your donations, for your knitting of scarves and toques and for helping to pack. And thanks to Westbrook for ensuring that the parcels get to Montreal. Pray with us that the recipients of these gifts will also learn of the greatest gift of all as they read and hear about the birth of Jesus. 

We need to take a minute to celebrate the great work that many of our sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting groups are doing for our church, community and beyond. Mission Circle alone has knitted or crocheted 536 clothes, cloths and blankets; has sewn 116 pieces of clothing for boys and girls; and has made 309 school and personal supply items including 9 afghans. Sister’s in Stitches and Knitwits are doing similar work locally. Praise God for the generous hearts and diligent work of all of these ladies week after week and the grace that it brings into others’ lives. They truly are the hands and feet of Jesus. 

Campbells Discontinuing the “Labels for Education” Program. After supporting thousands of schools over the years, Campbells has decided to switch gears. They now support other initiatives such as Help Hunger Disappear® program, Toonies for Tummies, and Food Banks of Canada. They now only accept labels with the “Labels for Education” logo (shown to the right), found on a limited number of their products. In 2018, they will cease this program altogether. We are thankful for the years our community has supported schools, for the volunteers involved, and for the generosity of Campbells. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on December 3rd, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $14,920.10 = 87% of total weekly budget. 

A.M. Calvin Seminary: $1957; P.M. Bible League: $40; Karen Refugee family: $250; World Renew: $500; Mission Circle: $20; Kids@Mountainview: $13.20; Euro Relief – Tyler Couperus: $60; Resonate Global Mission: $598 Total Offerings: $19,166.30 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: December 17th A.M. – Shalom Manor & Gardens 

P.M. – Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers 

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’s Stare

Sue and I went for a walk along the North-East pier of the Welland Canal, stretching out into Lake Ontario, a week ago Monday. There are two paths along that trail. The center path is a service road and off to the left is a gravel path that walks along the canal. We had reached the end where the gravel path joins up with the service road and there on top of a large dead branch of a stately tree was a female snowy owl, bathing in the warmth of the morning sun. Even though I packed my camera and took a number of shots, more beautiful was seeing this snowy swivel her head and catching her yellow eyes through the lens of a binocular. The next day I got a call from a friend who said, “You’re never going to believe it, but guest what I got?” My first response, was “a snowy owl,” thinking he saw the same one we did. He saw a female snowy owl, but this one was right here at Forty-mile creek. I woke up early the next morning hoping I could still catch it myself, but it was nowhere to be seen, which did not surprise me. A couple of years ago I saw three snowy owls at Forty-mile creek, and they only stayed one day. Then last Sunday someone else came up to me in church and asked if I had heard about the snowy owl, and I asked where? He said, “In Hamilton, people had been coming to check it out.” I then told him about the one at Forty Mile, and the one along the Welland Canal peer, and we were both excited on their return. At the congregational meeting I received another text and this came from someone else who caught a great shot with their cell phone of a male snowy owl sitting on the large steel walkway over a pond at Fifty Point. The all white owl looked straight at the couple with a laser yellow stare. I’m guessing the owls migrated south because waters and lakes further up north have all already frozen over. And I’m guessing that a few of them will return to familiar nesting grounds in a field just south of the new St. Catharines hospital. Just as Canadian Geese flying in formation at one time announced the arrival of fall, so the return of the snowy, announces that winter has come. Our Ministry Coordinator informed me that a couple of snowies have even made their way into Mountainview’s foyer. And what a glorious stare winter can have. 

Pastor Sid 

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

Monday (11th) 7:00 p.m. Cadets, Education Wing, Choir room 

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

Tuesday (12th) 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. Worship, Library 

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Volleyball, Gym 

Wednesday (13th) 9:30 a.m. Mission Circle; (last meeting till January 10th, 2018), Choir room 

Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Christmas @ noon hour, Sanctuary 

Wednesday 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Coffee Break, Library () 

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

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

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

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. MLT, Council room 

Thursday 10:00 a.m. 65+, Choir room 

Thursday (14th) 7:00 p.m. Friendship, Fellowship Hall & Rm. 8 

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

Thursday 7:30 p.m. Executive Council, Council room 

Saturday (16th) 8:30 a.m. Men’s Life, Fireside room 

Sunday (17th) 1:00 p.m. Middle School/Youth, Conversations Café (Beamsville) 

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) 

Better Late than Never!! The NACE Apple Pie committee wants to give a big thank you to all who helped in our apple pie fundraiser this year. What a wonderful day and what a wonderful group of volunteers who came out to help! We raised $9,500.00 for our schools. God is good! Hope to see you all again next year. We can't do it without you! ~ NACE Apple Pie Committee

Sign up for Advent Devotions today - It’s not too late! Take time to prepare for Immanuel, Incarnate at Christmas time with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday reflections sent to your email inbox from World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice through Christmas Day. Join this exploration of the Incarnation of Christ and his daily presence in our lives as we prepare to celebrate his birth. Don’t miss out: Sign up today at crcna.org/advent. 

MIGHTY GOD - As we continue to anticipate and think about the birth of Jesus Christ, we encounter Isaiah’s second name for our Messiah: Mighty God. Join Groundwork as we study Isaiah 9:6-7 and Colossians 2:15 to discover how a baby who will later appear weak as he dies on a cross really is our Mighty God. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes. 

The Ambassadors Christian Male Chorus and Friends are presenting their 2017 Christmas Concer t Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm at Mount Hamilton CRC entitled ‘WHEN WILL HE COME ’, a joyous musical performing “ T h e Win t e r Ro s e ” a SATB Cantata by Joseph M. Mart in. 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!! 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Peter Van Geest