November 12 2017


 MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS November 12th, 2017 Seniors 60+ you're are invited!! The youth invite you to enjoy some dessert and challenge you to games on Friday November 17th from 7-9pm in the gym at the church. There will be a variety of games to choose from; board games, crokinole, cards, shuffle board. A fun time of fellowship to hang out with our youth and some friendly competition! 

A Christmas Luncheon for Seniors, hosted by the deacons, will be served after the morning worship service on December 3, 2017. Please look for an invitation in your mailbox today. Kindly RSVP Marion Bergshoeff 905-945-3236 or Joan Buma 905-945-0111. 

Friendship – needs 1 L mason jars! If you have extras or want to donate a few from your stores, please bring them to church by November 20th.Thank you very much! 

GEMS is still looking for more OPTIONS for our Craft weeks in end of Jan/Feb!! If you are interested and would like more information just email It's mainly just organizing and running a craft for weeks for 6-8 of our older girls. We would love to hear from you!! Thanks! 

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 24th! That's when you can get a hot, delicious plate of 'boerenkool met worst' in the church fellowship hall between 5 and 7:30 pm. Boerenkool not your favourite? We also have a variety of soups and chillies to choose from. Free will donations accepted with funds raised going towards the Cadet program. Come and enjoy some great food and fellowship! 

Middle School meets tonight! We are starting a new series called "Reality Show"- A 3-week series about how when we feel our families are fractured, frustrating, and full of drama, we can choose to improve our attitudes toward them by acting with compassion, love, forgiveness, and respect. 

Youth meets tonight! We are finishing our series "Through the Darkness"-Nothing can pull you from a God who loves you. 

Middle School, Youth and Young Adults - Come out on Friday November 17th from 7-9pm in the gym for a fun night of games/desserts with our senior members. Grab a deck of cards, a board game and challenge a few seniors to a game! 

Grief Share: Most everyone encounters grief in their lives at one time or another. Your grief may be recent, something you have suffered in years past, or something you would like to gain insight on when walking alongside a friend or family member. Grief Share meets weekly to provide support and encouragement for your grief journey. You’ll find a warm, caring environment. Mountainview Church will be offering Grief Share Tuesday evenings starting November 14th from 6:45 - 8:30 pm. Questions? Contact Mireille Vermeer at 905-563-1862, or Donna Feddema at 905-945-3736. 

Seafarer Parcels: Seafarers arriving in Montreal during December are usually away from home for up to six months of the year. This makes Christmas a lonely time, far away from family and friends. The Montreal Seafarers’ Ministry assists sailors throughout the year and especially during the Christmas season. Christmas gifts are a big part of their ministry at this time. Mission Circle, with your help, has been able to send parcels to Montreal for many years. During the year, Mission Circle ladies knit many scarves, toques or socks. To complete the parcels, we welcome your participation. You can help by donating such items as bars of soap, facecloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, bags of wrapped candy, boxes of small envelopes, puzzle books (Word Search or Sudoku), pens, playing cards, calendars, Reader’s Digests, etc. Your gift can be placed in the marked box under the mail slots. Or you may help with a monetary donation to purchase the needed items. Please use the envelope provided in your mailbox or at the Welcome Center. Cheques should be made out to “Mountainview CRC” with “Seafarer parcels” written on the Memo line. These can be placed in the offering bag or the mail slot by the main office. The Seafarers’ Ministry adds a Bible or New Testament in the seafarer’s language to each parcel. What a wonderful way to share the message of salvation with others. Will you help? All gifts should be received by November 19th. 

The first draft of the Classis Niagara directory is complete. Please review your family contact information, on the tables in the Fellowship Hall, to ensure that your data is up to date! Thank you! THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY TO CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION BEFORE WE SEND IT OFF!! 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on November 5, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $15,302.22 = 89% of total weekly budget. 

World Hunger Sunday: $9576.25; Ministry to Seafarers: $524.85; Shalom Chaplaincy: $643.50; Mission Circle: $115; Shalom Chaplaincy: $1178.65 (2 weeks) Total Offerings: $26,696.97 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: November 19th A.M. – Benevolence 

P.M. – Smithville Christian Highschool 

November 26th A.M. – Bible League of Canada 

P.M. – Crossroads Prison Ministries (see ad below) 

Grimsby Life Centre Ministries A huge thank you! On Friday October 27th 2017 we hosted our annual fall benefit banquet with the theme “Heartbeat on Elm Street” --the essence of our ministry … bringing Christ’s healing and hope to people’s lives. As a ministry centre we are thankful for the businesses and individuals who sponsored tables, donated silent auction items, and attended and volunteered at the banquet. It was another wonderful year with the outpouring of very generous contributions with net proceeds totaling over $50,000.00! We are blessed by you as we continue to offer help and hope to individuals who are dealing with difficult circumstances in their lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – the Grimsby Life Centre Ministry Team

Thank you for giving generously during this year’s World Hunger Campaign! This year our church raised $9 876.25 to support World Renew’s ministry in breaking barriers for people combating poverty, disaster, and injustice. For more information about World Renew, please visit 

GIFT CATALOG: This season, you can stand in the gap with people in need by following Jesus into the lives of the poor through the World Renew 2017-2018 Gift Catalog. Have fun together while giving gifts that are meaningful and powerful in this world and the next by helping people who live in scarcity to embrace the fullness that God intends for them. Check out the gift catalog in your mail slot, or go online at (extra copies available at the Welcome Centre.) 

Pastor’s Keyboard – Seasons of Life

The red leaves outside mom and dad’s apartment at Aldersgate were filtering sunlight, making the tree glow. I was delighted seeing such bright colors in a fall that has been a little less radiant. Leaves were twisting and dancing in a cool afternoon breeze. Dad had been hospitalized already for a week, and we were hoping for recovery, when the doctor’s assistant called and said it looked like his body was beginning to decline. He had not walked since entering the hospital, his mind often confused and most of the time, he slept. My three siblings and I took turns spending the night, close friends dropped in and family members came to visit. When it became apparent that he was not going to recover, we drew close. We had a couple of psalters with us and quietly began to sing. Tears fell onto my glasses, notes got stuck in my throat. The last sense to leave us is hearing. Dad had long been hard of hearing, but these last two weeks, it seemed he did not miss a sound. We sang the next night too, and watched him purse his lips together, yearning to join in song. The few words he spoke betrayed a voice slipped into bass. Thursday was particularly busy with visits from grandchildren, siblings and friends. Mom came by and kissed his forehead dropping a few tears on his face. An hour after midnight, dad breathed his last. When my sister and I realized he was gone, we were not sad or overcome by grief knowing his faith transformed his death into life. He is taken to a place where there is no more suffering, no more sadness, no more death and no more tears. We know there is a time for everything under the sun, a time to plant, a time to uproot, time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to be born, and a time to die. When we took mom home after the funeral on Tuesday, I noticed most of the red leaves on the tree outside had fallen to the ground. Pastor Sid


Looking for a 2-bedroom apartment for a friend. Her current place has sold and she needs to move within two months. Anywhere from Vineland to Smithville to Grimsby etc... are possibilities. If you have one or know of one can you email with the details. That would be great! Thanks! 

Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers presents: VON Niagara’s FREE 4-Part Caregiver Education Series: “From Strength to Strength” at Mountainview CRC. Thursdays Nov. 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 OR Miriam Cahn at the VON: 905-523-1055 x408; Email 

Trauma Healing Equipping - What if, instead of turning away, we acknowledged the trauma we’ve faced and brought it to God for healing? The Trauma Healing Institute believes that trauma is the next mission field, and they've developed materials that have been proven effective worldwide. World Renew and Safe Church Ministry are partnering together to offer this training to CRC ministries and congregations. Trauma Healing Initial Equipping - 8:30 - 5pm each day November 15-17, at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC in Ancaster. Register for Trauma Healing Equipping at 

Indwell invites you to celebrate progress being made in building more affordable housing in Hamilton, including a special announcement! Join us at Parkdale Landing (corner of Parkdale and Melvin in East Hamilton) on Friday, November 17 at 9 am

MULLY - IN ROSE CITY KIDS THEATRE! Playing November 18 @ 7:00 pm in Welland. (Free event-free parking on streets and across the road @ city hall/court house) Recommended ages: 10 and up (100 minutes) "MULLY is a stunning and poignant microcosm of the Kingdom of God. In Him, we are transformed from orphans to sons and daughters, just as Charles Mully has transformed thousands of street-bound orphans into a vibrant, flourishing family. His story, brilliantly captured in this film, will move and encourage you. Run, don’t walk, to see this film!” 

What can we as Followers of Christ do to help youth who have been affected by porn or addicted to it? Upper Deck Youth Centre is hosting a viewing of "Over 18" a documentary that examines the effects of porn on kids, youth, parents, and porn stars on Saturday November 18 at the Upper Deck. The evening will begin at 7pm and will include refreshments. This event is geared to ALL parents, youth leaders/pastors, pastors and youth. We recommend that youth be at least 16 years old or if younger they MUST attend with a parent. For more information about the evening email For more info about film visit 

HOSANNA CHOIR- NOVEMBER 20TH Grace CRC in Welland invites you to join us for an evening of music presented by the 140 voice Hosanna Choir under the direction of Herman den Hollander on Monday, November 20 at 8:00pm. Freewill offering will be held for Elisha house. For more info contact Elisha House or John den Hollander at 289-820-9335. We look forward to seeing you! 

Widening the Circle Training - Join us November 20 from 9am to 5pm at The Vine; Hamilton, ON. This interactive faith-based workshop is designed to heighten awareness and facilitate dialogue about the causes and effects of racism in Canada. Participants will also explore steps to wholeness and action steps towards diversity and inclusion. The cost of $25 pp includes refreshments and materials. Register at Questions? Call Bernadette Arthur 289-527-6345. 

SHALOM MANOR & GARDENS NOVEMBER SALE - It is time again, for the November Sale which will take place from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, November 25. We will have a vendor’s market, plants, pictures with Sinterklaas and a warm boerenkool lunch. We hope to see you there! 

The Last Chance Bazaar – is being held at Blessed Trinity in Grimsby in support of Blessed Trinity Music on November 25-26, 2017. Interested vendors please call Marlene at 905-317-1631. 

CHRISTMAS THEME BENEFIT CONCERT - Two men’s choirs, Crescendo and Men of Note, are performing together and hosting a benefit concert for The Lighthouse, at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church; Woodstock; on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Come and enjoy an evening of music with us! There will be a free will offering to support the work of The Lighthouse. For more information contact Rob Datema at 416-802-5943 or 

We are pleased to bring to you the 2nd Annual Christmas Marketplace hosted by the Bridge Missional Community on Saturday, November 25th from 10am – 3pm at The HUB on Queen, Niagara Falls. Come on out and do some Christmas shopping while supporting local artisans. Live Edge Wood Work and furniture by Greg Hoekstra, Essential Oils, Pottery, Quality Handturned items in wood and acrylic specializing in pens and pencils, Handmade Gifts, Cuban Coffee, holiday decor, baked goods, jewelry & chili and soup bar are among the many unique vendors that will be on display. This is a totally free event and everyone is welcome! 

The Crossroads Prison Ministry is a worldwide organization situated in Burlington, Canada with headquarters in Grand Rapids. Seven members of this congregation are mentors who correct bible lessons written by prisoners as well as writing letters of encouragement. There is a huge need for more mentors as more and more prisons make themselves available to receive the ministry’s lessons. interested in becoming a mentor? Contact them at: or Phone 289-861-1369. The prison ministry is holding their Annual Fundraising Banquet December 1 at the Crossroad centre in Burlington. Tickets are available via their website. Please give this ministry your prayerful consideration. For more information call Irene Van Hoffen at 905-945-5691. 

Stonehouse-Whitcomb Funeral Home, Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers, McNally House and Local Area Churches Invite you to a Community Event......A special Holiday Memorial Service for those who have experienced a recent loss. Trinity United Church, Grimsby. Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 3pm. To ensure that the name of your loved one is included in the Order of Service, please RSVP By November 24th to register by calling 905-945-2755. All are Welcome. Donations of unwrapped toys or non- perishable food items are welcomed. 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – Westdale Reformed Church, Hamilton. It will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 10am-3 pm. There will be a tea room/lunch room, bake sale, silent auction, craft sale, penny sale, games, vendors and a garage sale. Hope to see you there! 

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


NACE is STILL looking for a bus driver!! If you have a clean driving record, are able to pass a vulnerable sector check, and relate well with K-13 aged kids, consider driving our Binbrook-Smithville route. We can train you! Contact Kevin Huinink, Executive Director, NACE: or 905-643-2460/905-957-7796 for more details. 

Shalom Manor & Gardens Job Opportunity - Presently, we have open positions available in the Dietary department at Shalom. If you are interested in applying to be part of the Dietary Team, then please submit your resume to Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Indwell is currently recruiting a part-time Information Technology Technician and Support Worker to work in Hamilton, Simcoe and Woodstock. Application information to join Indwell’s dedicated team can be found at 

Peter Van Geest