JANUARY 20, 2019

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEXT WEEK: Continuing the series VITAL - Bottom Line: "Everyone matters to Jesus, so everyone should matter to us." 

 YOUTH NEXT WEEK: Continuing the series Exposing Exploitation. With a lesson on "What role does online technology play in sexual exploitation?"

MOUNTAINVIEW BOOK CLUB:  The Mountainview Book Club will be holding its next meeting tonight, at 7:00 pm in the church library.  We will be discussing The Emperor of Paris by C. S. Richardson.  Visitors, new members always welcome!

 PERFORMING ARTS @ MOUNTAINVIEW PRESENTS AN EVENING OF PRASE with The Niagara Youth String Ensemble; Naomi Van Manen - Piano; Katrina deRoche - Violin and Andre Knevel - Organ. The concert will take place on Friday February 8th @ 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Save & Rebuild West Lincoln Memorial Hospital campaign. The 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.

 OVER 18 EDUCATION EVENT: Join us for a screening of “OVER 18”, Sunday, February 10 at 7 pm. - a Mountainview Education Event. Following the screening will be an opportunity for a Q&A with a panel where together we will find ways to bring hope and redemption. IF YOU ARE A PARENT, GRANDPARENT, THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU!

“Over 18” is a documentary about modern pornography and its effects on children and youth. The goal is to educate families on the realities of pornography, help them to understand the growing epidemic of hardcore porn usage, and propose solutions for preventing exposure and addiction in the first place. Our hope in hosting this screening is to open up the conversation around pornography addiction in our churches and families. We also want to equip people with tools and resources to both protect their kids from harmful sexual content online as well as help those struggling with pornography addiction themselves.

This screening is open to everyone over age 18. Parents may bring their youth at their discretion. Learn more at: over18doc.com   Doors OPEN @ 6:30 pm; EVENT  7-9 pm • Mountainview Church 290 Main St. E., Grimsby • www.mountainviewcrc.org

 DIRECTORY UPDATE:  Our Safe Church Ministry Team was inadvertently omitted in the printing of the new church directory.  It should have been listed under CHURCH LIFE & MINISTRIES.  Please add the following or, at the very least, the names of the committee members to your directories at home for future reference: 

SAFE CHURCH MINISTRY TEAM: to maintain a safe church environment, to provide educational resources to help prevent abuse, and to respond to allegations of abuse by church leaders.  For more information or to report incidents, please contact any member: Christina Plezier (chair) 289-235-8509; Dennis Van Woudenberg 905-818-2093; Joanne Koornneef 905-980-1347; Alice Posthumus (ext. 228); Janice Schwanz 289-377-8389; or Pastor Fred (ext. 225)

PRAYER WALK: Saturday, February 2nd. meeting at Tim's across from Coles at 8:30am.-9:30am. Anyone interested please call Jane deVisser 905-563-7671 or e-mail pjdevisser@sympatico.ca.

RE-GROUP:  Our Re-Group 2019 continues to take place online through the month of January. Simply go to the Mountainview website, scroll across and double click ‘events’. Scroll down and double click ‘Re-Group 2019’. There you will find a number of groups (new and established) that are ready to welcome you. Check it out! Find a group that interests you and whose meeting time fits into your schedule.

 Every Sunday in January there will be someone at the welcome center after the morning worship service to help you to register, if needed. As many experienced during our Cluster Group event, life is better connected! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Fred.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Neighbourhoods are one way we, as a church body, can connect with fellow Mountainview members 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 ~ Jan 27; Neighbourhood 2 ~ February 24th; Neighbourhood 3 ~ February 3rd; Neighbourhood 4 ~ March 3rd.

65+ERS! Please note there will be no meeting this month. We will plan something for a future date. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if any interested members have some suggestions for future activities and plans, we welcome your suggestions!

CAN YOU HELP? One of our Friendship Club members, Susan Dekker, needs a ride to/from church on Sunday mornings from now until April.  Susan lives on Woodlawn Court near Olive Street, north of the QEW in Grimsby.  She volunteers as a nursery attendant every Sunday morning and would really appreciate having a ride to church over the winter months!  If you are able and willing to help, please contact any of our Deacons.

LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE AT MOUNTAINVIEW? Consider the Library Resource Team.  Our purpose is maintaining a lending library which provides Christian materials: books, DVDs, audio books, and children's books for church members.  We meet once a month for 2 hours in the library, beginning with devotions, refreshments, and a planning session followed by maintenance tasks.  We enjoy working together and invite you to think about this option.  Computer skills an asset - not a necessity for all members.  Contact Liz Meijer by phone or email.

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 LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

I AM NOT MY OWN TOUR…Riverside CRC, Wellandport is hosting Jeremy Benjamin and the I Am Not My Own Tour Sunday, February 3rd.  LET'S USE OUR WORSHIP FOR MISSION!  Singer-songwriter Jeremy Benjamin is on tour, teaching, recording and worshipping with congregations across Canada!  Riverside CRC is going to be part of this story, and you’re invited to be a part of the story with us!  Jeremy will lead our 9:30 am morning worship service and record with our congregation his song "I Am Not My Own." We invite you to join us that same evening, February 3 at 7:00 pm for an evening of story and song with Jeremy. Plan to be there and invite your friends and neighbours!  Learn more and invite your friends through the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/274164893458210/

Admission is FREE, but Riverside has a goal to raise $5,000 for this cause!  Please come prepared to give generously as an offering will be taken with proceeds shared with World Renew (45%), Rose City Kids Welland (45%), and Jeremy's worship ministry (10%).  Questions? Visit https://iamnotmyown.org/, email: Monica Zantingh at riversidecrc.secretary@gmail.com, phone: 905-386-6282 (Wednesdays and Fridays).  

EXPLORE ALPHA…Coming to Smithville on Sunday nights 5:30-7:30 pm... beginning Jan 20, 2019. What? A series of 12 interactive weekly sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith; each session includes dinner, a short video talk, and relaxed open discussion on life’s big questions. Who? Anyone curious; there’s no pressure, no follow up, no charge. Location: Smithville CRC. Visit www.alphacanada.org to learn more or to register call 905-957-2116.  Who can you invite?

CONCERT: The Peninsula Orchestra, George Cleland, Conductor.   Presents a mid -winter Concert in support of " OUT OF THE COLD" Featuring LUIS MOLINA, PIANIST:   Chopin Piano Concerto #2, Dvorak, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan.  Friday, February 22, 2019 -- 7 PM. at   Covenant Christian Reformed Church 278 Parnell Road, St Catharines.  Freewill Offering Gratefully Accepted to support the "OUT OF THE COLD" program in Niagara.   Don't miss this special Musical Evening.

NACE Information and Registration Evenings:  Are you or do you know someone Interested in learning more about Christian education? Check out our Information and Registration evenings on January 23 (John Knox in Stoney Creek) or January 24 (Covenant in Smithville) at 7:00 pmCome and find out what our schools have to offer, ask questions, meet parents and teachers, have a tour and find out why so many families choose Christian education. Free childcare provided. Check us out online at http://www.nace.ca/.

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 25-27, 2019, at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock. This year the theme is “Something more Profound: Standing in Awe of God” and we will look at the balance of intellect and emotion in our faith and how this can influence our feelings of awe. We look forward to what Rev. Darren Roorda has to teach us and, as always, we can’t wait to see what God has in store! Visit our Facebook page “Young Adult Winter Retreat” or email ya.retreat.team@gmail.com to register.

 NIAGARA YOUNG ADULTS FELLOWSHIP Grace CRC Young Adults will be hosting the first get together of 2019 for the Niagara Young Adults Fellowship on January 20, 2019.  We will be discussing Francis Chan "Not A Fan"  lesson #4.  Please consider joining us as we open God's word to more understand how we can live our lives according to His will. Afterwards enjoy the social gathering where laughter is a given. The following churches are members of this Fellowship; Grace (Welland), Riverside (Wellandport), Bethany (Fenwick), Bethel (Dunnville), Covenant, Jubilee, Trinity (3 St. Catharines) Faith Fellowship (Niagara Falls), Mountanview (Grimsby), Fruitland, (Fruitland), Providence (Beamsville). See you there!

Emerging Public Intellectual - Jan. 23, 2019 - Dr. Heath Carter, a historian who specializes in the church's role in addressing inequality in America, has been named Redeemer's 2018 Emerging Public Intellectual! On January 23rd, join Dr. Carter at Redeemer as he receives his award and offers the prestigious World And Our Calling lecture. Learn more: redeemer.ca/which-side-are-you-on/.

The Drowsy Chaperone - Jan 30 - Feb. 2, 2019 - Redeemer's mainstage musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, will be running from January 30th to February 2nd. With show-stopping songs and dance, this musical within a comedy tells the hilarious tale of a glamorous stage actress and her impending wedding to a tap-dancing groom. With ruffians posing as pastry chefs, will the Jazz Age wedding go off without a hitch?  redeemer.ca/drowsy-chaperone/.

PRAY FOR INSPIRE 2019 - Inspire 2019 is a conference to connect people from across the 1000+ churches in the Christian Reformed Church for three days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation. As we plan and prepare for this event, happening August 1-3 in Windsor, Ont., please join us in praying for the event and all who will attend. This week, registration opens; please pray for all who are considering registering, that God will guide their decisions.

Celebrate Beacon Christian School's 60th Anniversary with us! Join us at our Gala, Saturday, February 2nd at John Michael's Banquet Centre, Thorold, ON. Doors open at 5:30 pm. We are excited to celebrate 60 years of blessings featuring alumni musical talent, historical remembrances, and more! Why not connect with your childhood friends of Beacon (formerly Calvin Memorial) and book a table of 8? All are welcome! Reservations required: advancement@beaconchristian.org or call the school 905-037-7411. Tickets are by donation. All donations over $50/person will be issued a tax receipt.

 60th Anniversary Alumni Choir. Like to sing? Are you an alumnus, past or present parent, or past or present staff member of Beacon Christian School (Calvin Memorial)? Our Alumni Choir will be presenting a few numbers directed by Bram Hoff at our 60th Anniversary Gala. We hope you'll join us! Email Darlene at advancement@beaconchristian.org for more information.

 The Martindale Commons is OPEN! The Martindale Commons is for seniors who would like to live in a Christian environment, can live independently and would enjoy monthly rental accommodations with enhanced services including meals, housekeeping, flat linen laundry, activity programs, scheduled transportation, and an emergency response system. We are hosting open houses on Saturday January 26th from 1:00 pm to 4 pm and Saturday February 9th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am for those that would like to tour the building for available units. Contact accommodations@martindaleplace.com or 905-988-9414.  How can we meet your needs?

SAVE THE DATE - Walking Alongside: Youth and Mental Health - Join us Saturday, April 27, 8:15 am-3:30 pm, at Westdale Reformed Church in Hamilton for a training event on youth and mental health, open to youth and youth leaders, pastors, parents, teachers, disability advocates, service providers, coaches, and other community volunteers. Keynote speaker: Stephen Doucet Campbell, a registered psychotherapist at Shalem Mental Health Network, with experience serving youth with depression, anxiety, and addiction.

THIRD SPACE CAFÉ, a non-profit organization in partnership with the Bridge Missional Communities in Niagara Falls is looking for a bookkeeper for 2-4 hours bi-weekly. Be part of a team that is driven to spread God’s love and grace in Niagara Falls. Interested? Contact: cathybenjamins@gmail.com / 905-736-0160 or visit:  www.thirdspaceonqueen.ca for more information.

CAMP SHALOM SUMMER STAFF - Working at Camp Shalom has been life-changing for so many people. Grow in your faith, meet great new friends, make a meaningful impact on other people and earn money for your future. Located just outside of Cambridge, 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, 2019 to apply. Visit www.countrysidecamp.com to apply and for a list of available positions. Interviews will start February 16th.

CALVIN COLLEGE: Scholarship Essay Contest - The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College would like you to know that the February 1st deadline for submissions to our 27th annual High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest is fast approaching. This year's topic is John Calvin an d Preaching. Scholarships will be awarded to our winners, so if you know of any high school seniors who may attend Calvin College, Dordt College, The King’s University in Canada, Kuyper College, Redeemer University College in Canada, or Trinity Christian College, please feel free to let them know about this opportunity. Details are available on our website at calvin.edu/centers-institutes/meeter-center/fellowships-scholarships/high-school-seniors/

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRIES: Family Faith Formation Tip - In Families at the Center of Faith Formation, John Roberto shares eight things that form faith in the home: caring relationships; celebrating the liturgical seasons; celebrating rituals and milestones; learning the Christian tradition and applying it to life; prayer, devotions, and spiritual formation; reading the Bible; serving and working for justice; and worshiping God. How is your family doing? What would you like to focus on more in this new year? (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation

Karin Terpstra