March 4, 2018

MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS

COFFEE SOCIAL & NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Due to the use of the gym and kitchen for our last Neighbourhood Potluck there will not be coffee in the fellowship hall after the morning service today. We encourage you to take this opportunity to offer one another hospitality in your home. Invite someone over for coffee. For those not part of the Potluck, who wish to socialize on site, a coffee station will be set up in the lobby.

Today is Kids Day at the Mountainview Library!! Brand new children's books and movies are available for check out for the first time.  Treats for all children who come to the library after the service today! 😊

Service of Praise & Worship, Tonight @ 7 pm. The service will feature one of Smithville Christian High School’s Student Praise Teams and will include praise & worship music with audience participation. Join us beforehand at 6:30 pm for a time of coffee and fellowship in the lobby. Special guest speaker, Peterson Waihura Wang’ombe, serving with Resonate Global Missions in Kenya, East Africa, will speak about his work with the Nairobi Transformational Network.

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER: Next Sunday morning March 11th we will once again have the privilege of celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Our children will be joining us in the sanctuary for this service. This presents parents with a wonderful opportunity to discuss the meaning of the sacrament with their children at home. Then, we encourage you to bring your children forward with you next Sunday, to watch and receive a blessing or to participate; receiving bread and juice. You can find some information about sacraments with children at the following link:  https://www.crcna.org/FaithFormation/toolkits/welcoming-children-lordssupper/wondering-about-sacraments-children.

Our next 65+ meeting will be on Thursday, March 8th. Come join us for coffee at 10. Meeting starts at 10:30. Our speaker comes from the Alzheimer society. The topic will be “The ins and outs of dementia”. Come and listen and learn. And enjoy soup and buns for lunch. Hope to see many of you there.

2018 LENTEN SERVICES: The Grimsby Ministerial invites you to attend their Annual Lenten Services and Luncheon to be held at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 10 Mountain Street, Grimsby. (handicapped parking and elevator available)

DATES:    Thursday, February 15th to Thursday, March 22nd

TIME:       12 - 12:30 pm – Service; 12:30 pm - Luncheon & Conversation

THEME:   Grimsby Prays:  Part of serving the Lord is serving the neighbourhoods He calls us to live and work in. Each week we will look at a different segment of our community and consider how we can pray for them.

Week #4 - March 8th       Seniors (this service will be hosted by Mountainview)

Week #5 - March 15th     Children and those who Teach Them

Week #6 - April 22nd      The Church and its Witness

 

Note:  No middle school or youth group on March 11th. 

 

Hey Kids, this summer get...AMPED! at Kids@Mountainview Summer Camp, LIVE FULLY ALIVE! Summer Camp registration opens March 12th. Visit the website for more details at http://www.mountainviewcrc.org/kids-summer-camp Questions? Contact Christine at either 905-932-4786 or kids@mountainviewcrc.org.

Wednesday March 14th middle school & youth will be going swimming @ Brock University. Be at the church for 12pm and we plan to be back by 4:30pm.  $15 for swimming and food afterwards. Please let Janice know if you are going.  

ALPHA COURSE starts again on Thursday, March 22nd from 6 - 8:30 pm. We’ll be using a 7-week course called “CAMPUS ALPHA”, a course for young and old. If you know of someone who is searching for truth, or wanting to know more about the Christian faith, come and join us. For more information, please contact Jane deVisser @ 905-563-7671 / pjdevisser@sympatico.ca OR Diane Smit @ 905-563-8654 / dianesmit50@yahoo.com. Invite your neighbours and friends. Info cards for Alpha are available at the Welcome Center and on the Information Table in the foyer. NEEDED: A few people willing to make a meal for our Alpha group. A simple casserole, or soup, salad & dessert would be great!

March 25th:  Middle school - Continuing the series called "Best Seller" and learning how to engage with scripture.  Focusing on the Psalms.

March 25th:  Youth - We will finally have our Panel Discussion about the book "Questions from the Pickle Jar".  Come prepared with questions for discussion.  

Join us for a special service of Praise & Worship, Today @ 7 pm. The service will feature one of Smithville Christian High School’s Student Praise Teams and will include a combination of choral music, praise & worship music with some audience participation. Special guest speaker, Peterson Waihura Wang’ombe, serving with Resonate Global Missions in Kenya, East Africa, will speak about his work with the Nairobi Transformational Network.

An offering will be received for Church Support Ministries – Race Relations.  Church Support Ministries is mandated by synod "to design, organize, and implement programs that will assist the denomination, churches, and members in eliminating the causes and effects of racism within the body of believers and throughout the world.” Because there is a need for leaders and their congregations to have more effective ministry in the diverse communities they serve, there is also a need to have assistance in becoming culturally intelligent. The Office of Race Relations offers the resources and tools to develop this capacity.

DOORWAYS INTO OUR COMMUNITY – Sunday March 18th: The Deacons invite you all to a special time of thanksgiving and acknowledgement of the diverse opportunities there are in our community to volunteer. Get to know these organizations within our community who are the “hands and feet of Jesus”.

Joining a ministry is a great way to grow in friendship, knowledge and in your spiritual journey. This is also an opportunity for you to get up close and personal to discover if your talents and gifts can benefit these organizations. At Mountainview and in our community we have many volunteer opportunities available and encourage you to investigate these organizations.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

NEWCOMERS LUNCH! Are you new to Mountainview? Looking to make Mountainview home? Recently transferred your membership? You’re invited to our Newcomers Luncheon March 25th following the morning coffee social. Come meet the staff and leaders of Mountainview, ask some questions, enjoy a social time. Soup & Buns provided. You’re welcome to bring a salad or dessert to share. RSVP to Alice at aposthumus@mountainviewcrc.org or 905-945-0004 x 228.

EASTER CONCERT:  Performing Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join them for an Easter Celebration Concert featuring the Stratford Concert Choir, with Ian Sadler, Artistic Director & Conductor; Imre Oláh, Accompanist & Assistant Conductor and Catharine Sadler, Soprano. The Stratford Concert Choir is a 90+ voice community choir committed to the presentation of the best of the classical choral repertoire. The concert will take place on Saturday April 7th, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the McNally House Hospice. Concert will take place at Mountainview Church, 290 Main St. East in Grimsby. Tickets: $15 each, or $35 per family (w/children 15 & under.) Available at The Dutch Shop in Grimsby, or at the door on the evening of the concert.

THE WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER (WOGP) is coming to Mountainview again, and will be held May 27 – June 2!  Our theme for this year is “Praying Our Story”.  Note the dates on your calendar and look for more information in the coming weeks.


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LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

SHALOM MANOR & GARDENS:  Outbreak is OVER at Shalom! Thank you for your patience & assistance in helping us get through this time. Remember: If you are feeling unwell, we ask you to not visit and wash your hands when entering & exiting the building and during your visit - hand washing is one of our best outbreak defenses. Thank you all for working with us to the benefit of our resident's health!

"Focus on the Cross" with Today - Lent is a season to focus on the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Receive a free Today devotional series to help you refresh, refocus, and renew your faith during Lent. Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/lent.

FAMILY FIRE - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

Has ALCOHOL OR DRUGS taken over your or a loved one’s life? Family Outreach Ontario can help. There are literally thousands of Christian recovering addicts out there… you may be sitting beside one in church next Sunday. Confidentiality guaranteed. Visit our web site for more info at www.familyoutreachontario.com or contact us at 1-888-809-0464. 

Lent Prayer Campaign for Indigenous Justice - The Christian Reformed Church has affirmed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But what does that mean? This Lent, the CRC’s Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee invites you to enter into the themes of the Declaration through prayer. Join with us this Lenten season to pray: crcna.org/DeclarationPrayers.

Early Bird Rate Ends Soon - You have just a few more days to get the early bird registration rate for "Aging: Challenges and Opportunities", a training event on Saturday, April 21, at Maranatha CRC, Woodstock ON. Sponsored by Disability Concerns, this event will help pastors, elders, deacons, disability advocates, and people in their third third and their loved ones minister within and embrace the life God gives us as we age. For more information and to register, see www.disabilityconference.org.

AOYC 2018 - Now is the time to register for the All Ontario Youth Convention! Come experience God's love through teaching, worship, and fun, with 900+ teens and leaders. High school students and adult leaders can register online at allontario.com/register or visit facebook.com/allontario for more information.

BLANKET DRIVE:  Riverside Christian Reformed Church challenges you to share the warmth of the SON!! Do you have any blankets, mittens, scarves, or hats that you would be willing to donate for the homeless? Would you like to come along when they are brought to the homeless shelters? Blankets, mittens, hats, and/or scarves can be dropped off at Riverside Christian Reformed Church during the week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-5 or on Sundays. If these dates and times do not work for you, please contact Wilma DeHaan, for more information on where you can bring them or how you can help! Contact: Wilma DeHaan - 905-975-3979 eddehaan5@hotmail.com

Exodus Vision Tour - There is still time to sign up for the Exodus Vision Tour (April 14 - 29, 2018). Learn about the ancient Israelite's journey from Egypt, through Jordan, and into the promised land. The deadline for application is March 16. Visit www.resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

NACE friends and supporters, alumnae and current families. Do you have a passion for singing? If so, we are forming an intergenerational choir to perform the finale song at this years NACE fund raising Gala at John Knox on March 24th, 2018. We will come together on Sunday March 4th and March 18th at 4 pm. located in the sanctuary at Mountainview CRC to prepare for this piece. Rehearsals will be under an hour. Please call 905 932 4786 or email Christine Winter cwinter@nace.ca for questions or to sign up. What a neat opportunity to come together for this short, yet memorable production illustrating being 'Connected in Christ'. 

Acclaimed music ensemble Arcady presents Handel's Messiah on Sunday March 18, 7 pm, at Pioneer Memorial United Church (Hamilton).  Join us for this inspirational masterpiece as we journey towards Easter. Tickets: $20 at the door; elementary school aged children attend for free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcady-presents-handels-messiah-tickets-42612983581.

2018 NACE Spring Fundraising Dinner - In support of Christian Education at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek & Covenant Christian School, Smithville. Saturday, March 24, 2018 at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek.  Doors Open at 6 pm - Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Reserve your seat by calling 905.643-2460. *Limited Seating Available*.

Please join us to celebrate the faithful service of Andre Basson as our Brock Chaplain.  You are invited to a retirement open house on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1-4 pm at Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, St. Catharines.  There will be a time of sharing at 2:30 to reminisce and offer congratulations to Andre. For more information call 905-975-8484.

Blanket Exercise and Facilitator Training - Whether you've never experienced a Blanket Exercise, would like to become a facilitator, or would like to update your facilitation training, come and experience this training opportunity. This training will be divided into several sessions, so participants can select the sessions which they'd like to attend. This is also a good opportunity if you're considering becoming a facilitator or updating your facilitation training. Location: CRCNA Burlington office. Dates: Friday March 23rd - Saturday March 24th. Register at bit.ly/blanketexercisetraining.

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.

1. On March 7, Redeemer celebrates the launch of its newest academic program: Urban and Intercultural Ministry. Dr. Glenn Smith, Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montréal, will be the guest speaker. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/ministry-launch.

2. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Hamilton Poetry Centre and Redeemer are pleased to bring a number of poets to campus, including Toronto poet Lara Bozabalian on March 8. More information at www.redeemer.ca/lara-bozabalian.

3.  Spring Mainstage: As It Is In Heaven. March 21-24. Learn about the contours of a Kentucky Shaker faith community in the 19th century with As It Is In Heaven, the latest mainstage play from Redeemer. The play, acted by nine women, is written by Arlene Hutton and directed by Prof. Raymond Louter. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/as-in-heaven.

Hope Academy Benefit Concert: Hope Academy mission school is sponsoring a Spring benefit concert, featuring members of the Redeemer University College Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen. The concert will include a selection of choral repertoire and instrumental solos. It will be held on March 24 at 7:30 pm at Rehoboth United Reformed Church, Ancaster. Admission can be paid at the door.  Please join us for an evening of praise!   

9th Annual HAMILTON PLACE CONCERT – 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.

EDUDEO GO: Walk, Bike, Run or Swim for Christ-centred education. - EduDeo GO is a GO! Over 30 people have already signed up to either run, walk, bike or swim to help build 4 urgently needed classrooms in the Dominican Republic. Join on your own, or as a group. Set a distance goal for April 1 – June 30. Compete with and challenge your friends. Sign up now at edudeo.com/GO.

Liberatas Male Choir Concert - Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join Libertas Male Choir for "Hands Across the Ocean" at Smithville Canadian Reformed Church. The choir is directed by Martin Mans and will be accompanied by Andre Knevel on the organ and Liselotte Rokyta on the panflute, with soloist Amber Ruthart. For tickets, please visit http://www.libertasvoices.com or call 905-522-0001.

Niagara Christian Gleaners:  The board and committees of Niagara Christian Gleaners are excited to be able to invite you to our 2nd annual fundraising dinner to be held April 14 at the West Niagara Agricultural Centre Community Hall, Mud St, Grassie. Reserve at ncgdinner@gmail.com or call 905-957-1395. Value of dinner ($20pp) will be deducted from donation receipt.  Come and be informed how our Lord has led us this year and how you can be part of this work! Construction will commence this spring D.V., fundraising and promotion events continue as we hope to be able to open Niagara Christian Gleaners later this year! We look forward seeing you on April 14.


JOB & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Your Gifts in Nicaragua - Do you have gifts in maintenance, special education, teaching, or graphic design? Resonate Global Mission has a number of open opportunities for you to serve in Nicaragua.To see all these opportunities and more, visit:  Resonateglobalmission.org/go.

EDUDEO MINISTRIES: We're Hiring! - Want to join a team that’s passionate about changing the world through Christ-centred education? EduDeo Ministries is hiring a new short-term missions coordinator to run their HANDS program. See job posting at edudeo.com/jobs. Applications due March 12.

Shalom Manor & Gardens JOB OPPORTUNITY:  We are looking for that person who has a heart for working with volunteers and who has a heart for Seniors – if you think you may be that person, or are interested in more information about the position then please view our job positing on our website or on Charity Village.  We look forward to hearing from YOU soon! Deadline is midnight Monday March 5th.

Redeemer University College is hiring! - Redeemer University College has a number of position openings. Visit: http://www.redeemer.ca/staff-openings for more information.

CPJ's Public Justice Internship: Are you passionate about public justice? Committed to help eradicate poverty in Canada? Resolved to strive for rights for refugees? Citizens for Public Justice's Internship Program provides recent graduates with the opportunity to explore the meaning of public justice and join us in Ottawa. For one year, from September 2018 to August 2019, two interns will contribute to our work on refugee rights and poverty in Canada. Apply by March 25, 2018. More information is available at cpj.ca/careers.

The CRC Office of Social Justice is hiring! If you are interested in faith, policy, and social justice, apply for our Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellowship. The deadline to apply is March 19. Apply here: careers-crcna.icims.com/jobs/1155/mobilizing-and-advocacy-fellowship/job. The fellowship is a 1-year full-time paid position offered to recent college or university graduates. The fellow helps our office develop and assist in timely and effective advocacy and mobilizing strategies relating to selected issues of U.S. and Canadian policies, especially those that benefit the poor and oppressed. She or he will gain invaluable hands-on experience in real world advocacy and faith-based mobilizing.

Karin Terpstra