October 2018 Highlights

October 4th, Elders and Deacons first met together, addressing several “Council Matters,” that required attention. The first was further conversation around crafting a letter for the congregation, informing the membership of continued pastoral care being given to all members of our congregation around a challenging pastoral care situation. Second, due to increased responsibilities at work, our chairperson Mr. Doug Stuive asked if our vice chair Peter Heersink, would step into the role of chair a little earlier than planned, allowing Doug to finish his term of office as vice chair of council. Peter accepted the request and council approved the motion. Our new chair of council is Mr. Peter Heersink. The deacons were then excused from the meeting to hold their Deacons Meeting.  while elders remained behind and carried on with their agenda as Elders Meeting.

In the Elders Meeting, the membership of Tyler and Michelle Park was transferred to Smithville C.R.C. Included in the Elder’s agenda are Neighborhood Visit reports, Worship Service Evaluations, Education Ministry Reports, Worship Ministry team reports, Pastor’s Reports that include reports from Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Prayer Ministry and Ministry Coordinator reports. Neighbourhood Potlucks were tentatively scheduled for January 27th, February 3rd, February 24th and March 3rd, with more information coming. Council approved Brandon Vermeer’s contract for interim Youth Director, to give leadership during Janice’s maternity leave. Seven people from Mountainview attended the Global Leadership Summit on October 18th and 19th, in Burlington, including Pastor Sid, Pastor Fred, Alice Posthumus, Annette Klingenberg, Pauline Smit, Erin Van Driel and Max Meijer. The elders worked through questions on the Classical Credentials which focused on “Leadership Development,” with elder Spencer Farrow drafting the final response. Classis was hosted by Mountainview on Thursday evening, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with Pastor Sid, Annette Klingenberg and Eric Heinen serving as Mountainview delegates. A Newcomers Social has been planned for Sunday November 11th following the morning service.

The Deacons were grateful for the pickup truck and trunk load of food that was donated to Grimsby Benevolent Fund, and the World Renew offering of $8120.00, on Thanksgiving Day. Your generosity continues to expose the grace of Jesus Christ that lives in your heart. 

Council met again on October 25th, to receive the Long-Range Staffing Report, to address some concerns around the New Structure Report better fitting our present situation and, articulate next steps in pastoral care. 

During the Month of October Cluster Groups got off to a great start with more than 180 people attending. We began on September 30th, watching the video “Is There More to Life than This.” The second meeting took place on October 14th for those meeting on a Sunday evening, with the video topic being “Who is Jesus?” The third meeting happened on October 21st with the video question asking, “Why Did Jesus Have To Die?” Through these video teachings we believe we are “Glorifying God, Growing with one another in Christ Jesus, and Going together in the Spirit, with the good news of the gospel.” With four more sessions to go in November and December, we are already now planning for a “Regroup Session” of Small Groups for January 20th. 

The Administrative Services Team met on October 16th to continue the hard work of hammering out a budget for the new church calendar year of 2019.

On Monday, October 15th, The Education Ministry Team, consisting of Christine Winter (kids@mountainview) Janice Schwanz (Middle School/Youth) Brandon Vermeer (Youth) Nancy DeVries (Prayer) Carrie Heidbuurt (GEMS) Greg VanGeest (Cadets) Pauline Smit (Library) Tony Kamphuis (Faith Instruction) Alice Posthumus (Ministry Coordinator) and Pastor Sid met, discussing each ministry, finding common ground, sharing new participants and family updates, working through council restructuring and how we might best assist elders, and work out of Mountainview’s Vision Statement. Christine Winter is offering Nov. 24th Parents Night Out, and December 8th Parents Shopping Day to 300 families who attended summer Kids Kamp in 2017 and 2018. Instead of Jingle Jam this year, Christine and Outreach will be offering a Friday evening December 7th Winter Wonderland community event, showing the movie “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” with family friendly activities. A Santa Clause Parade Float is being planned for December 1st with a Narnia Theme. December 23rd will be pajama day at Kids& Mountainview. A planning meeting for these events was held on October 24th. One more item of planning and execution is the October 31st Trick or Canning event that will take place this Wednesday evening, with the Youth inviting GEMS ministry and everyone else to participate.  

Thank you to our Outreach Team who organized a “Serve Saturday” campaign on October 12th, with some 60 people for breakfast, volunteering at six different sights, capping off with a lunch.   

Classis Niagara met on October 18th, at Mountainview guided by the theme “Leadership Development, with Pastor Sid providing opening devotions. Under Authentic Community, we learned Pastor Ken DeBoer from Fruitland will hold his final service with them on January 20th, 2019. Classis Safe Church team is looking for new members. Under Covenantal Relationships, the credentials of Pastor Mike Collins as Commissioned Pastor, were moved to Classis Hamilton, as he has signed a ministerial contract with Faith C.R.C. in Burlington.  Each church in Classis Niagara is also invited to submit one person’s name to attend “The Gathering” in Edmonton, Alberta in May 2019, before Nov. 1st. The 2019 Classis budget was also presented and approved. Under Disciples Making Disciples, reports were received from both The Village Church in Thorold and The Bridge in Niagara Falls. A Brock Campus Chaplaincy Report was presented, with 10 applications for the chaplaincy position received. Following interviews, they hope to have someone in place by January of 2019.

Mountainview Mission Circle, a ministry that has been serving for 50 years, meets every Wednesday morning and includes 15 ladies knitting and sewing for a variety of projects and ministries that have changed throughout that time. On Monday, October 29th, they will be packing 235 parcels for the Seafarers Ministry in Montreal, that include hats, scarves, socks, toiletries, face cloths, candies, cookies, puzzle books, writing paper, envelopes and pens. Well done ladies, WELL DONE!!! 

The agenda has been set for our next Council Meeting, for November 1st, where the budget will be presented, and where the Long-Range Staffing proposal will be processed. Thank you to all who continue to make ministry happen at Mountainview, and for your constant prayers and support.

                                                                                  Council & Staff @ Mountainview

Next Meeting:  Council meets the first Thursday of each month @ 7:30 pm

Karin Terpstra