October 15 2017

Office Administrator - The HR Team is seeking to fill the part-time position of Office Administrator, with an anticipated start date of November 6th, 2017.The successful applicant will provide administrative assistance to the ministry activities of Mountainview Church including reception, clerical duties and print production; as further indicated in a detailed Job Summary posted at www.mountainviewcrc.org/office-admin. Applications for the position are to include a letter of interest and résumé. Application Deadline: October 23rd. Kindly direct applications in confidence to: Office Admin Search, c/o Human Resources Team, 290 Main Street East, Grimsby, ON, L3M 1P8 or email hr@mountainviewcrc.org. 

500TH ANNIVERSARY REFORMATION SERVICE: Mountainview CRC welcomes members of Classis Niagara to a Reformation Day Commemoration Service on Sunday October 29th. Coffee and fellowship are being offered at 6 p.m. with the service beginning at 7 p.m. The service will use the Contemporary Testimony: Our World Belongs to God, as a litany, welcoming voices from the fields of education and ministry, science and medicine, agriculture and business, government and politics, and all areas of life. We have invited Christian Schools, Indwell, Shalom Manor & Gardens, Christian Labor Association, Christian Farmers, Christian Stewardship, World Renew, Shalem Counseling, Redeemer University College, church planters and university chaplains, and other Christ centered agencies to set up booths in the foyer to welcome and greet all worshipers as we continue to focus on the Lordship of Jesus and the unfolding of his kingdom in all of life. In this service, rather than celebrate the 500th Anniversary, we will commemorate the occasion, reminding ourselves that something was also lost in the separation and division of the body of Christ. Come and join us as we lift up our hearts in worship, honor, confession and praise. 

Serve Saturday - On November 4 the Outreach team is organizing a "Serve Saturday" -a morning where we can bless those in our community by serving them. Come and serve with your small group, friends or church family. Join us first for breakfast at the church and a time of devotions and prayer. After that, we will go out into the community in groups to serve others' needs-helping out at GBF, dusting a home for a senior, raking leaves, cleaning up gardens, etc. If you have a need or know of someone with a need, please contact Gerry Bijsma at geertbijsma@gmail.com or Jessica VanGeest at duaneandjess@hotmail.com or call 905-563-3676. Child care will be provided to age 3. Sign up sheets will be in the fellowship hall. 

GEMS may need ONE or TWO more counselors as our groups are getting big!! Anyone interested? Also, in February, we would like to have three OPTION weeks where the older girls can sign up for a "bigger craft". Is anyone interested in organizing one of those options? Just email me with questions/ideas. Thanks so much, carrieheidbuurt@hotmail.com. 

Middle School- Meets tonight @ 5 p.m.; week #2 of “Measure Up”. 

Youth- Meets tonight @ 5 p.m.; first week of the series “Through the Darkness”. 

Mountainview Book Club: The Book Club will be meeting again on Sunday evening, Oct. 22, at 7:00 in the church library. The discussion will focus on the novel by Richard Wagamese, Medicine Walk. You are welcome to join us for the evening. 

MISSION CIRCLE is looking for unused Christmas cards for the Seafarer Parcels. If you have any, please put them in Betsy Witteveen’s mailslot. Thank you for your help. 

65+ ers Come and join us on the 19th as we will go to Betty’s in Chippewa for lunch. Please give Bijsma,s 289 235 9302 a call or the Gerritsen's at 905 309 5271, so we can arrange rides and make reservations. We will be meeting in the church parking lot at 11am. Hope to hear from many of you. Please and thank you. 

FALL CONCERT: Performing Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join us for a Fall Concert! Come enjoy the musical artistry of Liselotte Rokyta on panflute and concert musicians Andre Knevel and Robertha Luttjeboer on organ and piano. Following the concert please join us for a time of fellowship and refreshments. The concert will take place on Friday October 20th @ 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln & West Lincoln. 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. 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on October 8th, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $14,389.71 = 84% of total weekly budget. 

EORO Relief $2725, Resonate Global Mission $2,002.85, Shalom Chaplaincy $306.20, Shalom Thanksgiving $455.95, Afternoon $136.50, NACE $250, Food Grains Bank $60, World Renew $7,980.60, GBF $60, Calvin Seminary $50 Total Offerings: $28,416.81 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: October 15th A.M. – Church Support Ministries-Disability Concerns 

P.M. -- NACE 

October 22nd A.M. – World Renew-Kathleen Lauder 

P.M. – Benevolence 

Pastor’s Keyboard – “Sense of HOME” 

The forest fires in Napa California look absolutely devastating. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to ashes. Many people around North America live in neighborhoods and could easily imagine how devastating it would be to have fire indiscriminately destroy all they own. Fires are different than floods. When Hurricane Harvey hit land shore in Texas and dropped fifty inches of rain around Houston, hundreds of boats were able to come in providing rescue. Flood waters receded and roadways were once again passible. Even though each home sustained incredible damage, houses remained. Water soaked furniture and drywall was kicked to the curb and the rebuilding began. When Hurricane Maria blew through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, entire infrastructures were taken out, where the basics of clean water, electricity and food are still trying to be restored. Each of these “natural” disasters create anxiety in the hearts of people, making many wonder “What next?” Mexico had two earth quakes that caused significant damage in larger cities, causing older buildings to crumble and collapse. It is not only refugees from war torn countries around the world, that find themselves displaced. Residents of North and Central America have been forced to flee their homes from hurricanes, earthquakes and ravaging fires. In the midst of all this devastation and loss, church communities have become places of refuge a safe haven where people, can be surrounded with worship, generosity and grace. There were residents interviewed by television networks who lost everything and in their interview said “God is good. He graciously spared us and we can rebuild.” Faith in the Creator God who revealed his love in and through His Son, has a way of giving us a sense of “home” even when we’ve been displaced. 

Pastor Sid 


Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Thank you for your ongoing support of our ministry in the community and surrounding area. The hurting folks who come through our doors are grateful recipients of the love that flows from your ministry to ours. Thank you for our open hands! May you be blessed as you bless so many others. - The Grimsby Life Service Staff

World Hunger Sunday - World Renew invites you to join us in changing the story for communities around the world. Through daily devotions and activities, you can gather with your family to learn how God is moving families beyond poverty, hunger, and oppression, and equipping them with skills to succeed. Join us on November 5 for this year’s World Hunger Sunday. 

ATTENTION RUNNERS - Are you doing a race this fall? Dedicate your run to help Hurricane survivors! For more details visit www.myworldrenew.net/grmarathon 

Reformation Sunday - In the 500 years since the Reformation, the Bible hasn’t changed—and we still have a calling as Christians like our brothers and sisters from so long ago. Resonate Global Mission works with our church to spread the word of God around the world, and on Sunday, October 29, we will join many other Christian Reformed churches in taking an offering for Resonate. Please prayerfully consider giving through this offering. For more information visit www.ResonateGlobalMission.org. 

N.A.C.E. Family Fun Fest ~ As fall is approaching it is that time of year again where we will be hosting our annual Family Fun Fest (Bazaar). Mark your calendars for November 11, 2017, located at Smithville Christian High School, 6488 Smithville Road, Smithville. All you can eat breakfast will start off our day beginning at 7:30 – 9:30, Lunch from 11:30 – 1:30, Snack Shak is open from 6:00 – 8:30, Rooms are open from 9:00 – 2:00, Live Auction begins at 7:00 pm. 

How can you help? We are looking for donations for our live auction, silent auction, penny sale and Home Décor room. If you have something in mind please do not hesitate to give us a call, we’d love to hear from you. In the next couple of weeks we will be contacting you for your help in food donations to help our day run smoothly. Soon the volunteer list will be online for sign up. If you feel you could help run a room for an hour or two we’d love to have you. Stay tuned for the sign up link. It is going to be a fun filled, very full, community social event and we can’t wait to see you all there! If you have any questions please call Elaine Van Hoorn 905-562-8299 or email her at elaine@vanhoorns.ca. 

WE NEED YOUR HANDS: EduDeo Ministries is still looking for members to join the Open HANDS team to Nicaragua on November 13-23, 2017. We need to send this team to begin a school construction project in San Rafael del Sur. If you are interested and available to join us, please contact Karla-Maria at 905.387.9927 or kponce@edudeo.com. 

ROAD2HOPE 2017 - JOIN THE RACE to transform 150 classrooms across the developing world. Sign up to run for EduDeo Ministries in Road2Hope, a fun, family-friendly event this November 4 or 5 in Hamilton's beautiful Confederation park. Register now at edudeo.com/r2h. 

GRIMSBY LIFE CENTRE Ministries - It's that time of year again! Our Annual Fall Benefit Fundraising Banquet will be held on Friday October 27, 2017 at Winona Vine Estates - 269 Glover Rd, Winona. Our theme this year is Heartbeat at Elm Street! The evening begins at 6:00PM with Silent Auction viewing, followed by a delicious meal and client testimonies. You can either host a table of 10 people or come on your own, whichever way works best for you. We would be honored if you would come to the 2017 Banquet. Please call the office at 905.309.0944 by Friday Oct 20th to RSVP your seat. Also, if you happen to have any silent auction items that you would be willing to donate prior to the event please drop items off at the centre or call us and we would be happy to pick them up. Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you there. 

“Defending Life Where You Are" St. Catharines Right to Life Speaker's Workshop: Sat., Oct. 28, 9 am – 12:30 pm at St. Alfred's Hall, St. Catharines. Lunch and refreshments provided. No fee. Guest speakers include MPP Sam Oosterhoff. Topics will cover Pro-Life 101, how to answer the tough questions, and an update on assisted suicide in Ontario. Everyone welcome. For info and to register, call/text 905-684-7505 or email info@chooselife.ca. ChooseLife.ca

Love Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life, October 17 - Redeemer’s religion and theology department presents a music-accompanied live reading of Henri Nouwen’s letters from Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life — a book filled with a selection of 200 of Nouwen’s most personal and compelling epistles. More information at www.redeemer.ca/love-henri. 

MC NALLY HOUSE: We are launching a region wide campaign called “It won’t kill you to talk with us” promoting an online survey we want EVERYONE to fill out. The survey can be found at www.ItWontKillYouToTalkWithUs.ca The survey will be available from October 6th, 2017 to November 3rd, 2017 and takes approximately 7 minutes to complete. 

Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers presents: VON Niagara’s FREE 4-Part Caregiver Education Series: “From Strength to Strength” at Mountainview CRC. Thursdays Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & 16, and Dec. 7; 1:30-3:00pm. Do you want to learn about managing stress, staying on top of your responsibilities, tackling common emotions of guilt and anger, linking to community resources? Register, or for more information contact Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers: 905-309-5071; Email info.rcvv@gmail.com OR Miriam Cahn at the VON: 905-523-1055 x408; Email miriam.cahn@von.ca. 

Family Outreach Ontario Christian Addiction Support Services invites you to an information evening on October 20 at Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church. This evening features guest speaker Claudia Loopstra, wife, mother, grandmother. She has written a memoir, Redemptive Love: Living with an Alcoholic Father. Plan to attend and tell others about it. It will be an evening you will be sure to remember. Doors open at 7 p.m. Presentation: 7:30-9:15 p.m. Presentation followed by refreshments/opportunity to talk with John Kowtecky, Executive Dir, Family Outreach Services and other Family Outreach members. 

Parents, Grandparents, Young Adults, & Grade 12+ are invited to join us on Oct 20th at Smithville Christian High School to view a screening of the documentary “Over 18”. Over 18 is a clear-eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens, and parents. The goal of the documentary is to educate parents on the realities of pornography, help them understand the growing epidemic of porn usage, and propose solutions for preventing exposure and addiction in the first place. Following the viewing, we will have a panel discussion and Q&A offering hope, redemption, & practical equipping. Doors open at 6:30 pm., viewing starts at 7:00pm. Refreshments provided. There will be a cash resource table. View the trailer at http://over18doc.com. For more info email: info@bethanycrc.ca or check out Bethany Christian Reformed Church’s Facebook page. 

Act to Protect Kids from Online Porn - Porn is often linked to other forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, and yet increasingly violent porn is available to kids online. Canadians have an opportunity now to speak up for stronger Internet controls of porn. Take action at crcna.org/publicdialogue/action-centre. 

Choral Evensong, October 22 Redeemer’s concert choir will sing a choral evensong at St. John’s Anglican Church in Ancaster. The service will be followed by a short half-hour recital by Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen and Stuart Laughton on organ & trumpet. More info at www.redeemer.ca/choral-evensong. 

October 24 - New Horizons is a day at Redeemer for the young-at-heart. Join us on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to hear from professor emeritus Dr. Jim Payton, enjoy a delicious hot lunch and be entertained by student musicians. A closing reception allows time to connect with grandchildren or other Redeemer students you may know. To register, visit www.redeemer.ca/new-horizons. 

Christian Civility in Terrifying Times, October 26 - Find out how Dr. Richard Mouw, one of the most influential evangelical voices in North America, has carved a lifelong path to foster Christian civility at this free event. More information at www.redeemer.ca/richard-mouw. 

IDOP 2017 - November 5 & 12 have been designated the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. Join with Christians worldwide to pray for persecuted and suffering believers in Jesus Christ. "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering" (Hebrews 13:3). Check out Voice of the Martyrs: http://www.persecution.com/the Office of Social Justice: justice.crcna.org/religious-persecution, or another site committed to praying for our sisters and brothers around the globe. 

Alcohol or drugs in your family or social circles? Get educated before you try to “fix” it. Visit us at www.familyoutreachontario.com, email us info@familyoutreachontario.com or call 1888-809-0464. 


CRC Position Opening - Part-time Director of Advancement-Canada. The purpose of this position is to meet the advancement goals for the denominational office, congregational services, The Banner, other relevant ministries in Canada, and the CRCNA - Canada Foundation. In partnership with ministries in Canada, the focus will be on growing the resources available to these ministries from congregations 

through ministry share giving, and from individual and major donor gifts through relationship building, advancement campaigns, and direct mail solicitation. Visit www.crcna.org/jobs to complete an online application, attaching a current resume and cover letter, by November 10, 2017

Position Opening in Tanzania! - Are you experienced in community development and interested in working and serving in Tanzania? World Renew, an agency of the CRCNA, has a full time opening for a Program Consultant in Mwanza, Tanzania. We require someone who can speak Tanzanian Swahili. The idea candidate will have a proven track record in partner consultations on program quality, implementation and management, as well as experience in organizational governance and resource development. This position also has responsibility for developing a plan, within the overall Tanzania strategy, for the Lake Zone partners and programming. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information; to apply, submit your current resume, a cover letter indicating your relevant skills and experience and complete the application questions. Application deadline is November 13, 2017. 

SHALOM MANOR JOB OPPORTUNITY – Personal Support Workers and Registered Nurses we need you! Are you, or someone you know, a PSW or RN with a passion for caring for seniors? We presently have casual and part-time PSW positions and casual RN positions. If you think you might be interested in becoming part of the nursing team at Shalom Manor, contact Lauren Gibson, Payroll & HR Administrator at payroll@shalommanor.ca, or via fax at 905-945-1211. We look forward to you joining our team! 

NACE is STILL looking for bus drivers!! If you have had your ‘B’ class drivers license for at least 3 years, have a clean driving record, are able to pass a vulnerable sector check, and relate well with K-12 aged kids, consider driving the Welland-Smithville or Binbrook-Smithville routes. Contact Kevin Huinink, Executive Director, NACE: khuinink@nace.ca or 905-643-2460/905-957-7796 for more details. 

Redeemer University College is hiring! - Redeemer University College has position openings for a Learning Strategist and a Web Designer. More information at www.redeemer.ca/staff-openings. 

President Search - The search for Redeemer's fourth president is underway. The university needs a bold, decisive leader with a well-articulated vision that will ensure a healthy future for the institution. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at www.redeemer.ca/president-search. 

Project Manager Opening in Burlington - Are you an experienced Project Manager and passionate about developing and submitting detailed funding proposals in a disaster response context? If so, this could be the role for you. World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time opening for a Project Manager on the International Disaster Response team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Visit www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply. 

The CRC's Faith Formation Ministries is seeking applicants for the part-time position of Children's Ministry Catalyzer. The catalyzer will develop and maintain support systems for children’s ministry in the CRCNA and will network with children's ministry leaders and classis leadership teams. Candidates should have at least 5 years experience in children's ministry. Visit: tinyurl.com/FFMCatalyzer.for more details. 

Global Prayer Safari in South Africa - From January 31-February 12, travel in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa to pray for church leaders, teachers and students in schools and universities, public officials, staff and patients in hospitals, business leaders, and everyday citizens on the streets. Visit crwm.org/safari for more information or to sign up. 

Immerse Yourself in Mission for One Year - The Cohort of Missioners program (crwm.org/cohort) gives you an opportunity to live with missionaries and serve alongside local mission leaders in Central America while visiting other ministry centers in the region. Discover how your gifts can be used in God's Kingdom! 

Volunteers Needed – Preparing mailings, packing boxes of the Banner or Today, sending out bulletin covers and study materials makes the Christian Reformed Church office and warehouse a busy place. If you’re interested in joining the CRCNA team in Grimsby at our temporary warehouse as an occasional warehouse volunteer, please contact us at 905-336-2920. and ask for ext 4229. We will also need some additional help when we move back to Burlington, later this year. 

Peter Van Geest