January 21, 2018

MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS     

Are you called to serve?

Mountainview’s vision is to transform lives by the love of Jesus, bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world. Within in our community we have Elders and Deacons who serve our congregation and community for their spiritual, personal and physical needs so that each person can experience and grow in the richness of God’s grace.

In the upcoming months there will be an opportunity for those gifted in walking alongside people on their life journeys to become part of Mountainview Church’s ministry team. The process to identify these names has begun. If this is something you would be interested in and feel called to do, or if you know someone you feel is gifted for either one of these roles, please pass their name on to the Clerk, Glenn Heinen, in the next few weeks. You may email Glenn (clerk@mountainviewcrc.org) or place the nomination(s) in his mail slot.

Nominees will be asked to attend a one-hour Information Session where they will hear from current Elders and Deacons and get an understanding of the roles and expectations. At any time, nominees can request a one-on-one meeting with a current Elder/Deacon. 

Please prayerfully consider this opportunity.

Tyler Couperus will be giving a presentation in the choir room on Tuesday evening, at 7:30 on his volunteer experience with Euro Relief on the Island of Lesbos, Greece where he worked with refugee’s fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Congo and Iran, who were trying to make their way into the European Union. Come and join him! The coffee will be on and anyone interested is welcome.  

Pre-Marriage Classes: Pastor Sid and Sue are offering 5 weeks of Pre-Marriage classes working through Timothy Keller’s book “The Meaning of Marriage.” We are offering our first session next week Sunday evening, January 28th, at 7:00 pm. If you are planning to come, purchase the book and we will begin by introducing ourselves and looking at Chapter One. 

Join the Mountainview team for Coldest Night of the Year 2018! It's cold out there! Walk with us on Saturday, February 24 to raise funds for transitional supportive housing in West Niagara (Lincoln, Grimsby, West Lincoln). 2K, 5K or 10K options available. Grab your Small Group, Family and Friends and join the "Mountainview Church, Grimsby" team at bit.ly/cnoy18

NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Neighbourhoods are one way we, as a church body, can connect with fellow Christians who live near us. Each neighbourhood will be invited to attend a potluck lunch following the morning service. This is an opportunity to get to know the other members in your neighbourhood, enjoy good food and fellowship together. Our regular coffee social will still be held while preparations are underway for the luncheon! Mark your calendar to join us, the dates are as follows: Neighbourhood 1 ~ February 4th; Neighbourhood 2 ~ February 11th; Neighbourhood 3 ~ February 25th; Neighbourhood 4 ~ March 4th.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER DINNER!! This year we are changing it up a bit with a new theme: Pirates of the Carribbean. Come sail the seas with us on Saturday February 17thCocktail hour begins at 5pmDinner at 6pm. This year we are also seeking sponsors for tables. What this means is - for $200 you sponsor a table of 8 to cover the cost of the meal, instead of asking for donated items.  These 8 tickets are yours to use or distribute. A sponsor can be an individual, family or a business.  Individual tickets can still be reserved free of cost - you do not have to sponsor a table. Please contact Janice Schwanz to reserve your tickets or if you wish to sponsor a table. Call 289-377-8389 or email; youthdirector@mountainviewcrc.org. Donations on the event help youth to attend AOYC and a mission trip.  This year we are aiming to go to Puerto Rico in March of 2019 with Disaster Relief from World Renew. Cannot attend?  You can still donate; envelopes are at the Welcome Center.

The Youth Room is open today after the morning service for high school students to come and hang out. Also come and get your study break care packages for exam week.   

Youth Event - We are going tobogganing (weather permitting) this Saturday January 27th.  Meet at the church for 7pm.  Bring your toboggans!

Middle school meets next on January 28th.  We begin a new series called "Best Seller - The Bible can be confusing, but context makes it clearer."

Youth meets next on January 28th - We continue our discussion on dating-"A break up does not need to break you."  Continue reading "Questions from the Pickle Jar" and start submitting questions for our panel discussion.  For those who weren't at youth, you have a copy of the book in your mail slots.

Ladies, you are cordially invited to join us for breakfast at JJ's on the Docks Eatery, Foran's Marina, Grimsby. Our next breakfast will be Monday, January 29th, 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!


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LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

World Renew invites us to “Pray Around the Globe”. The prayer guide has been posted on the Bridge App, attached to Friday’s e-blast and paper copies are available at the Welcome Centre!

Shalom Manor & Gardens is happy to announce that we have no outbreaks in our building at the time of this announcement being written.  Thank you for working with us to keep our residents healthy & don’t forget to wash your hands when entering and exiting the building and during your visit – one of our best defenses against spreading illness is handwashing!

Light for the Nations - We all wish for church growth, but how do we react when it happens in ways that make us uncomfortable? Join Groundwork as we study Acts 13 to see how the early church reacts as they experience the same situation and discover what it teaches us about the scope of God’s mission. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Young Adults! - It’s not too late! There is still time to register for the Young Adult Winter Retreat! Join others aged 18-30ish from across the province on January 26-28, 2018 at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock for a weekend assured to be full of spiritual encouragement, faith-based discussions, service, workshops, fellowship, and funtivities! We will be focusing on the theme of “Culture” and how we’re to represent Christ to our neighbours around us, as led by our speaker Pastor Mike Collins. Visit our Facebook page “Young Adult Winter Retreat” or email ya.retreat.team@gmail.com for more details and the link to register. We hope to see you there!

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

Flourishing of Life for All: How are we called to be a prophetic voice for action on climate change? — Join Citizens for Public Justice and Joint Ecological Ministry for "Flourishing of Life for All," a gathering with Heather Eaton. Together, we will reflect on the power and responsibility of religious communities to be a prophetic voice for action on climate change. Karri Munn-Venn, CPJ's senior policy analyst, will also be there with materials for our Give it up for the Earth! campaign so that attendees will be able participate in the campaign right away! Join us on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Mary Ward Centre. For more information, email jemcanada@outlook.com.

Youth Mental Health session with Shaun Baylis, the CEO of Pathstone Mental Health. It is a free community event, and everyone is more than welcome to attend! Come by our school on Thursday, February 8th at 7 pm to learn more about the mental health of our youth, and what we can do to help the coming generations. For more information, please contact us at 905-563-5374 ext. 230 or at slavictoire@glchs.on.ca.

Steve Bell will be in Toronto on February 10th hosting his “For the Journey: Refreshing Christian Faith and Spiritual Tradition for the Weary and the Wary.” – day retreat at Knox Presbyterian Church. Earlybird tickets are only $99 (until January 15th). Visit www.stevebell.com/events for more information.

Starting a Missional Community Where You Are - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on mission together in your neighbourhood and community? The Classis Niagara Discipleship Team invites you to a series of breakfast sessions to discover and learn what it means to live on mission and live out the Great Commission. Five Saturday Morning Breakfast Sessions: Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24 and April 7 From 8:30 - 11:30 am at The HUB. Cost is $25/person for the whole training. To register or for more information contact Hilda Vander Klippe: hilda@myvillagechurch.ca905-397-0502; or Allen Kleine Deters: allen@thebridgenf.ca289-687-0169.

9th Annual HAMILTON PLACE CONCERT – March 31, 2018, Hosanna Choir & Mattaniah Christian Male Choir. Tickets are now available for the annual combined concert of the 130 voice Hosanna Choir & 40 voice Mattaniah Christian Male Choir concert which will once again be held, the Lord willing, at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly called Hamilton Place) on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30pm. In addition to our regular line-up of musicians of Ryan Vandenberg (Organ), Andre Knevel (Organ), Naomi Van Manen (Piano), Scott Harrison & Aaron  (trumpets), the concert will also feature Doug Miller (Flute), and Jaco van Houselt (Tenor).  Tickets are aviailable at $19 & $29, and can be obtained through a choir member, or contact Wendy den Hollander at 905-628-1211 or email her at hdenhollander@yahoo.com or online at www.hosanna-choir.org

Experience the Passion: Discover Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnum opus and the opera he never wrote, the monumental St Matthew Passion. Two choirs, two orchestras, six soloists and one great work by a composer at the pinnacle of hi creative power.  Experience this unique and innovative semi-stages rendering of one of history’s most trans-formative stories. Saturday March 3, 7:30pm – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Exodus Vision Tour Led by a Resonate Missionary - Step back into ancient times and walk the paths of the Exodus from Egypt to Israel. From Saturday, April 14, 2018 — Sunday, April 29, 2018, you'll be given a vision of Christ’s historical chosen people so you can build a vision for today’s church. Deadline to apply is March 16. Visit resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

Upcoming ICS course:  Art in Orvieto - Join the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) this summer for Art in Orvieto, an immersive exploration of art, religion, and theology! Practicing artists and anyone interested in academic engagement with the arts are welcome! Join Dr. Rebekah Smick, Dr. Thomas McIntire, David Holt, and Dr. John Skillen for a three-week in-depth study of Christian understandings of the arts. This course will run July 15 to August 4, 2018, and consists of a graduate seminar and/or artists’ studio workshop in beautiful Orvieto, Italy with guided weekly excursions to Rome, Assisi, and Florence. Meals and accommodations are also provided. Participants are eligible to receive graduate credit or a Certificate of Completion for their work. Application deadline is March 31. For more information and to apply, please go to www.icscanada.edu/art_in_orvieto.


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

World Renew has opportunities in the following positions based in Burlington: Program Coordinator, Global Engagement (Full-time; Deadline Jan. 29); Church Relations Associate (Full-time Parental Leave; Deadline Feb. 5); Program Coordinator on the International Disaster Response team (Full-time; Deadline Jan. 22). Please visit our website at http://www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply.

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.

Camp Shalom Summer Staff - If you love Jesus and like working with kids or individuals with special needs, then apply to be on staff at Camp Shalom this summer. Located just outside of Cambridge, Ont., Camp Shalom offers programming for kids in grades 1-12 and for adults with special needs. We are now accepting applications for our summer staff positions. All positions are paid and you must be 17 before Dec. 31st, 2018 to apply. Visit www.countrysidecamp.com to apply and for a list of available positions. Interviews will start February 17th.

Year-Long Mission Opportunity in Central America - Spend a year learning about what mission work looks like today by living in one of five Central American countries along with other North Americans and Central Americans. You'll take part in hands-on ministry based on your gifts. Visit resonateglobalmission.org/Cohort for more information or to sign-up!

 Help Students in Lithuania Reach their Language Goals - This July (July 1-29) you have the opportunity to travel to Lithuania and teach English, lead games, and/or provide spiritual support to students from up to ten different countries. Visit Resonateglobalmission.org/Go to learn more about these opportunities and many more!

Karin Terpstra