The deacons are looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom house / apartment for rent in Grimsby or Smithville for $1000 - $1500 per month for a family in our congregation. If you, or someone you know has such a unit available, or coming available soon, please contact Rich Kikkert with details.
BOERENKOL & SOUP FUNDRAISER DINNER!!! We will be having a fundraising dinner for 4 of our youth; Luke Huinink, Spencer Zondag, Matthew Toohey, and Sophia Bezemer; who will be travelling to South Africa March break of 2020! We will be making a delicious hot meal of Boerenkool & Soup, followed by a bake sale table to purchase your dessert, or Sunday treats! MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH! DINNER WILL BE SERVED FROM 5:00-6:30! SEE YOU THERE!
The Mountainview Men's Chorus is always welcoming men who would like to sing Christian praise songs, learn harmony and participate in services (and perhaps elsewhere). We meet after the morning service, either in the sanctuary or in the adjacent Choir room. Please let me know of your interest and I will confirm the next practice. David Kelly: (905) 807-1046.
Over the summer a new sign was placed in front of our hospital giving our community a sense of hope (and joy). Many of us have been apprehensive with the news of late and wondered if our beloved hospital will still be in existence in the years to come. As a group of prayer warriors, we have been faithful in attending a Prayer Vigil at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital every Thursday morning, 8:00 for about 15 minutes. Some have been aware of this and we continue to encourage you to attend either in thought or deed. George Prins
AUTUMN FAVOURITES CONCERT: Performing Arts @ Mountainview presents… Autumn Favourites Trio! Come enjoy the musical artistry of organist Andre Knevel, violinist Katrina DeRoche and pianist Naomi Van Manen as they perform a number of selections from your favourite composers. Following the concert please join us for a time of fellowship and refreshments. The concert will take place on Saturday October 5th @ 7:30 p.m. 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.
Coffee Break meets every Tuesday morning from 9:30-11:00 am for Bible study, socializing, support, and fun. Our new season will begin this week on Tuesday, September 17th with a social and an introduction to our new study material. This year you may choose one of the following excellent studies: Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin, A Woman's Wisdom by Lydia Brownback, Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown, or Life's Great Dare by Christa Hesselink followed by a study of Parenting by David Tripp. Your children will be lovingly cared for by our wonderful babysitters and our Story Hour leaders. Come out on September 17. We are looking forward to seeing you and studying God's Word together!
Coffee Break needs additional babysitters. If you are able to babysit any Tuesday morning or if you are willing to be called occasionally to help us out, please call Helen at 905-945-2128.
Please join the evening coffee break group on Wednesday evenings, starting on at 7:15 pm in the Fireside room. The group is studying pastor Sid’s book “Our world belongs to God”; very good material. We are open for new members and would welcome any lady wishing to join our group.
Mountainview Book Club: Our first book club meeting of the new season will be held this Sunday evening, Sept. 15, at 7:00 in the church library. The discussion will focus on the book by local author Stephen Barker, Just Call Me Seemore: A Memoir. Visitors and/or new members are always welcome. Come and join us for the evening if you enjoy reading and discussing books with others.
Fall is almost upon us and Mountainview Volleyball has moved indoors! We meet on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 10 pm. We’ll play in the gym at that same time most Tuesdays till May. We welcome new members looking to get active and connect on the court.
Mountainview Photography Group: We are excited to share that FOCUS will be the theme of our upcoming sessions. We will continue to work on basics to refine and grow our skills, giving us the confidence to shoot in manual mode through hands-on workshops. Our opening devotions will reflect the importance of keeping our focus on God in a world of busyness. We hope you will join us for another season of creative learning together. Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 30th, 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Are you thinking of joining and would like more information about this group? Please contact Corinne Bosch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marg Vermeer (email@example.com).
Middle School and Youth Ministry:
Looking for Middle School Leaders!! Are you up for the challenge of growing with and encouraging Middle School students in their faith? Come talk to Brandon about being a leader.
Upcoming Dates for Youth!!
· Youth BBQ Kick off is this Sunday, September 15th!! Bring the family to 37 Garden Dr. to enjoy a BBQ Dinner. First Youth night small group session to follow. Starts at 3:00 pm, pickup at 7:30 pm
· Middle School Kick off is next Sunday, September 22nd from 5-7:30 pm here at the church. Hope they are ready for an evening of fun and games!
Changes coming to Youth @ Mountainview
Youth Nights and Faith Instruction are combining to become Faith Formation nights! Starting officially on September 22nd Youth will be meeting every Sunday night from 5:00-7:30 pm. Nights will begin with a regular Faith Instruction lesson, followed by dinner and a time to socialize. We will then end the night either with games, praise & worship, or a Youth Alpha small-group session.
This Sunday Sept 15th there will be a light breakfast meeting for all those who volunteer / lead at Kids@Mountainview, Middle School and Youth. This is a time to take care of business, cast vision, discuss our "why" and connect with one another. It will begin at 8:45 am. Please inform Christine if you have any dietary needs. Those who are unable to attend the breakfast will need to attend the Safe Church Meeting on Sunday Sept 22nd.
GEMS is starting again at the end of September with a campfire kickoff!! Grades 3-8 girls are invited!!! Registration and info can all be found online on Mountainview's website. We are looking for a few more ladies to join the TEAM as counselors! Do you feel a passion for telling girls about God's love?! Giving them a fun, safe place to spend time with their cool counselor and make friends?! If you want more info on what this entails, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Making a big church feel like a small, close-knit community starts here.” Autumn is upon on us and the Small Group Ministry team is encouraging all groups to make plans to re-connect for the Fall Season. Not in a small group? “Re-Group” takes place during the month of January, but until then there may be room in an existing group for you. Contact a member of the Small Group Ministry Team to get plugged in. Our team consists of Trisha DeVries, Tyler Couperus, Dave DeGraaf, and Sigrid & Rod Blake. Email us at email@example.com
LOCAL DENOMINATIONAL NEWS
At-home Faith Formation Tip - In the book Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP 2016), Tish Warren writes, “We learn the craft of holiness day by day in the living of a particular life . . . we are part of God’s big vision and mission—the redemption of all things—through the earthy craft of living out our vocation, hour by hour, task by task. I want to do the big work of the kingdom, but I have to learn to live it out in the small tasks before me.” How might this insight change your perspective on the small tasks of your daily life? (crcna.org/FaithFormation).
Understanding our Climate Crisis - Climate change has been in the news a lot recently – a heat wave in Europe, flooding in the Great Lakes, melting glaciers on Greenland. If you have questions about what this means for you and your church community, join us for Understanding our Climate Crisis, a six-part series to equip individuals and congregations to have a faithful response to the crisis. Dr. Henry Brouwer, Regional Coordinator for the CRC Climate Witness Project, will lead the series beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm, at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC. Register here: bit.ly/understandingclimate
Safe Church Advisory Panel Training - Join us Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9am to 3pm at the CRCNA Offices (3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON). All those active in safe church ministry are encouraged to attend this training. In addition, the training is also appropriate for church ministry leaders and council members. Bonnie Nicholas, Safe Church director, will facilitate the training, which will feature video segments, interactive learning and a role play. Training includes all materials and lunch. $10 includes lunch and all materials. For more information, or to register, please contact Elaine VanWyngaarden firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marian Lensink email@example.com.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Liturgy of the Ordinary - How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. On September 25th, join Redeemer and CRC Faith Formation Ministries for a day of conversation with award-winning authors Tish Harrison Warren and Jen Pollock Michel. redeemer.ca/liturgy-of-the-ordinary.
Swing for Students! The students of Smithville Christian High School and Cairn Christian School (with campuses in Smithville and Stoney Creek) invite you to support them by playing golf. The annual Christian school fundraising golf tournament will be held on Saturday, September 21 at Sawmill Golf Course. Check-in and lunch at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. You don’t need a foursome to join. Register now: we will make foursomes and you will make new friends. Sponsorship information and the online registration form can be found on the school websites: www.smithvillechristian.ca or www.cairnchristianschool.ca. or you can find forms directly at these links: 2019 Sponsorship form: bit.ly/SponsorSfS2019; 2019 Golfer registration form: bit.ly/GolfSfS2019. New this year – you can pay by credit card and there will be a sponsor scavenger hunt! Looking forward to seeing you on the fairways.
APPLE-PIE-MAKING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please join Cairn Christian School with our annual Apple Pie Making on Friday, October 4, at the Stoney Creek Campus at 8:45 am. It's a day of fun, fellowship, making pies, peeling apples while raising funds for Cairn Christian School. Young and old are invited to join in the fun - even if you have only 1 hour to spare! Bring your favourite paring knife, a bowl and a friend. Lunch will be provided for all those who help. Nursery is also provided for those with young kids. Last year was a huge success, please come and help make this year even better! To volunteer or if you have questions, please call Sheri Nywening (905-563-9209), or Barb Vanderkolk (905-309-4474). To order pies see the order sheet in your church mail slots or call the Stoney Creek Campus office at 905-643-2460.
The IF: Gathering is an event for women of all ages who seek to learn how to give God away in the very places He has put us. This year we will study the book of Proverbs and the wisdom it imparts on our daily lives (via simulcast from gifted Bible teachers: Bianca Olthof, Christine Caine, Jennie Allen, Jo Saxton and many more) We will worship together, eat together and connect with the women around us.
This event will be held on the evening of Sept 27th and all day Sept 28th at Providence Church in Beamsville. The cost of the event is $40 before Sept.14th and $45 after. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more info follow “IF: West Niagara 2019” on Facebook or go to ifwestniagara.eventbrite.ca to register for the event.
Come Celebrate with Us! Saturday, October 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm Shalom Manor recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Forty years of following Christ’s example in providing care to our aging Reformed Christian Dutch-Canadian community. We are inviting YOU as members of Shalom’s supporting community to a special presentation of music, words of greetings, thanks and continuing encouragement. This hour-long service will be followed by a time of fellowship, and a time to connect with your partnering community of supporters. So, join us as we recognize our 40 years on this Christ-centered journey here at Shalom Manor!
SHALOM MANOR & GARDENS:
Shalom Gardens RCA/PSW Job Openings: Shalom Gardens is a Christian assisted living community seeking to provide loving, wholistic care to our Residents. We are currently searching for a part-time uncertified Resident Care Aide/Personal Support Worker. No certificate or experience is required. Part time schedule from 5PM-9PM, 3 to 4 days per week, as well as casual availability. For more information on these openings and to submit your resume, contact Lauren Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Announcement at Shalom! Shalom Manor is thrilled to announce that on September 10 Ontario Long Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton publicly approved funding for 128 additional Long Term Care beds. Theses beds will be located at Shalom’s new location next to Wellingstone Christian Home, Hamilton. Shalom, along with partners Wellingstone and Mt. Nemo and the strong support of the Reformed Christian community, can now move forward with the planning and construction of its second location. This Campus of Care will consist of 128 long-term care beds, 125 assisted living units and specialized amenities. We have long dreamed of being in this position to establish a home in the Hamilton area for our growing population of seniors. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
YOUNG ADULTS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – Join hundreds of young adults on Saturday, October 5th, at Forest City Community Church in London, Ontario, for a high energy, exciting, and stimulating day on Christian leadership. Our slate of speakers from around the world and from different sectors of society will spark your imagination and the schedule will give you ample opportunities to meet other young adults from southwestern Ontario. Costs are $25 for Student or Early Bird registrations (before Sept. 15) or $40 for Regular registrations. All-day refreshments and lunch included! Questions? Email Mike Wagenman at email@example.com or search Facebook. You won’t want to miss this!
Life Chain - Sunday, October 6, 1-2pm - On Sunday, October 6 from 1 - 2pm we plan to gather at the intersection of Main St and Christie St in Grimsby to pray for an end to abortion. We will be joining our prayers with thousands of people in 1600 locations across Canada and the United States who will be forming Life Chains in their communities on the same day!
We will pray silently and hold professionally-printed signs provided at the site. This is a local witness intended to generate thought and discussion within our community and to demonstrate that abortion is not a closed or settled issue in this country. For questions or if you would like to receive promotional information to distribute, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! GET YOUR TEAMS TOGETHER! Trivia Night in support of the International Seafarers Ministry of John and Grace van Huizen is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Wellandport Community Center. Once again, we plan on having a “beef on a bun” supper, silent auction, door prizes, prize for the winning table, drinks and snacks and, of course, lots of thought provoking questions for you to answer! More details will follow in due time but for now, set this date aside , get your teams of 8 persons together, or plan to come on your own and join a team. Tickets will be $20.00 per person at the door. Don’t miss out! Please RSVP to John and Grace Van Huizen- email@example.com or by phone - 289-213-0252.
The Ambassadors Christian Male Choir in its 51st year of Music Ministry with approximately 20 seasoned singers is seeking a new dynamic Christian Director of Music beginning in September 2019 for weekly Wednesday rehearsals in Hamilton Ontario and to perform ~ 8 concerts per season. Interested qualified candidates are invited to respond to firstname.lastname@example.org , 519-755-4865 or 905-389-2104. If you have a recommendation, we also encourage you to contact us.
Hamilton Marathon ROAD2HOPE: November 2nd & 3rd CityKidz will be participating in Hamilton’s Road2Hope marathon and we want YOU to be there! Our goal is to raise $15,000 and we need your help! Register to walk or run and collect pledges. Remember to choose CityKidz as the charity that you are supporting when you register. OR help by sponsoring a participants / one of our youth to run. Look up someone you know who is running or search ‘CityKidz’ to pledge to our runners or a team. We also need volunteers on race weekend; you can help by calling 905-544-3996 x243.