January 28, 2018

MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS

Prayer Walk Saturday February 3rd from 8:30 - 9:30 am. We are meeting at the church. Please join us! Contact Jane De Visser: pjdevisser@sympatico.ca for more information.

Come out and enjoy a great breakfast while supporting your Cadet Club! The annual Cadet Breakfast will be Saturday, February 10th from 8 – 10 am.  A full breakfast menu will be cooked and served by the Cadets.  Cost is by donation. Thank you for your support!

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 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.

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.” Our first session is this evening at 7:00 pm. 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 3 ~ February 25th; Neighbourhood 2 ~ February 11th; Neighbourhood 4 ~ March 4th. 

YOUTH FUNDRAISING 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.

Middle school meets today! We begin a new series called "Best Seller - The Bible can be confusing, but context makes it clearer."

Youth meets today! - 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, please 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

GROWTH THROUGH CONTROVERSY - Whenever we’re confronted with something new, we’re forced to consider and re-evaluate the legitimacy of what we know. Join Groundwork as we study Acts 15 to see how God works to create growth as the early church believers discern their way through controversy. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Calvin College is offering a Bible study on the theme of justice for 7 weeks, beginning on February 1st. Seven different writers from the Calvin and wider church community have addressed such topics as race, pro-life, creation care, and poverty from a biblical perspective. All studies are available for Justice  Bible Studies. At Calvin, we equip students to think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. This study looks at what “act justly” really means. Join us!

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - Until February 2nd 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

Another’s World: Portraits by Tim Lowly and Christina Sealey, February 8th. Another’s World is an art exhibition curated by Redeemer art student Bethany Kenyon featuring painted portraits by Christina Sealey and Tim Lowly. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/anothers-world.

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 7th, 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; everyone welcome!! 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 is like to live on mission together in your neighbourhood and community? The Bridge Missional Communities and Classis Niagara Discipleship Team invite you to the HUB in Niagara Falls for five Breakfast Sessions to learn the ins, outs, how’s and what’s of missional living and how to start a Missional Community. Sessions: Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24 and April 7 from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Cost: $25/person for the whole training. Contact Hilda Vander Klippe at hilda@myvillagechurch.ca, 905-397-0502 or Allen Kleine Deters, allen@thebridgenf.ca, 289-687-0169 for more information or to register. You can also register on the Bridge website at thebridgenf.ca

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 his creative power.  Experience this unique and innovative semi-stages rendering of one of history’s most trans-formative stories. Saturday March 3rd, 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 16th. Visit resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

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

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 31st. For more information and to apply, please go to www.icscanada.edu/art_in_orvieto.


JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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. We are now accepting applications for our paid summer staff positions. You must be 17 before Dec. 31st, 2018 to apply. Visit http://www.countrysidecamp.comto 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!

Bethel CRC Dunnville has an interim position of Music Director at 10 hours/week, open for a one year maternity leave beginning April 1. If you feel this is something you are interested in, please contact the church at bethel@dunnvillecrc.ca for more information, including a detailed job description.

Resonate Global Mission of the CRCNA has a part-time opening for a Global Connections Local Mission Leader working remotely in the Eastern Canada region (Ontario, Quebec, Maritimes). The position will primarily work with churches to strengthen their engagement with global ministry and promote mission in the global context. A detailed description is available at Resonate. For consideration, complete an online application, attaching a current cover letter and resume.

Karin Terpstra