November 5th, 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, shuffleboard. A fun time of fellowship to hang out with our youth and some friendly competition! 

65+ers - Our next meeting will be Thursday the 9th of November. Coffee ready at 10. Meeting to start at 10.30. This morning we will listen to one of our own tell his story. Come and join us to find out who that may be. Soup and buns will be served for lunch. Hope to see many of you! 

KNITWITS at Hinke Draaistra’s house (Fairhavens) 7 pm. All knitters welcome! 

Friendship – needs 1 L mason jars! If you have extras or want to donate a few from your stores, please bring them to the 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! 

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 19. 

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! 

JOYFUL GIVING! Received on October 29th, 2017: 

Mountainview Ministries (Budget + PAR) $13,122.92= 77% of total weekly budget. 

Resonate Global Mission: $4640.85; Euro Relief,Tyler Couperus: $110; Kid@Mtnvw: $30.50, Benevolence $50; Refugees: $40; Indwell: $200; World Hunger Sunday: $300;; Friendship Group: 

$100; Hurricane Relief: $500; Shalem: $100; Back to God Ministries: $100; Mission Circle Seafarers Parcel: $400 Total Offerings: $19,694.27 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS: November 12th A.M. – Back To God Ministries International 

P.M. – Redeemer University College 

November 19th A.M. – Benevolence 

P.M. – Smithville Christian Highschool 

Crossroads Prison Ministry correction (Nov. 26th): The Crossroads Prison Ministry offers prisoners in many countries correspondence Bible study courses to help them learn more about the Christian faith. The Crossroads office in Canada is located in Burlington and sends out lessons to prisoners throughout our country. Some half dozen members of our congregation are mentors of Crossroads students. They receive about one lesson a week, which they correct and then return to the prisoner along with a personal letter. The head office of this international ministry is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Pastor’s Keyboard – Being Value Driven

Mountainview has been looking to become more “Value” driven. I have been sitting beside my dad here in the Belleville General Hospital for the last twenty-four hours. Hospitals are often quiet during the night, but not always. Several carts carried computer screens and on each computer screen was a list of five values. Each time nurses punch in their patient’s report, they first come up against these values. I was intrigued by what I saw and impressed by the way in which each staff member carries them out. Their first value is Imagine it’s you.” What a great way going into each room, tending each patient lying on the bed. I thought of the golden rule “love your neighbor as yourself.” The second value states “Respect Everyone.” My dad has had six different roommates in the two week’s that he’s been here, with the seventh arriving today. Family members have been amazed at the different characters, personalities and stories that need medical attention from all walks of life and varied backgrounds. I was delighted to have Mountainview share their value. The third value statement read “Take Ownership,” and that speaks to every person on staff, taking their task, their gift, their job description seriously. Take ownership of the decisions you make and the actions you take. Take ownership of the facility in which you work. Care for both patients and place. The fourth value read “We all help providing care.” As family members staying overnight, we are most impressed with nurses, cleaning people, Doctor’s assistants, culinary staff and clerical assistants. Everyone is so helpful. They seem to have time for us as a family, listening to all our questions and concerns, checking in on us on a regular basis. There is a sense of teamwork throughout the floor. The fifth value says; “Always strive to improve.” There is an atmosphere on this floor, and in this hospital, that even makes family members feel like part of the team. This kind of intentionality around values and culture building takes place in hospitals and nursing homes and workplaces and shopping districts and community centers and church fellowships across this nation. Just as hospitals are designed to make people feel welcome, at ease, and tend to illness and disease by making people better, so churches are gatherings of sinners looking for healing, hope, and grace. May our values also shape us towards impacting our community. Pastor Sid


FAMILY FUN FEST - 6 more days till our annual school community family fun event!! Located at Smithville Christian Highschool. We can’t wait to see you all there! Come and meet Paw Patrol from 10am-12pm. All you can eat breakfast begins at 7:30–9:30am; bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, toast. Lunch 11:30am–1:30pm; french fries, poutine, boerenkoel (kale & potatoes with sausage), croquettes, onion rings, chicken caesar wraps, chicken caesar salad, pork on a bun, chili & bun, pea soup, chicken fingers, pizza. Snack Shack 6:00–8:30pm; mini pizza, boerenkoel, croquettes, fish and chips, beef on a bun, nachos and cheese, veggies and dip. Rooms open 9:00am–2:00pm; Marketplace, Kids Zone, Home Décor, Plants, Christmas, Silent Auction, Penny Sale, Milkshakes, Desserts, Bouncy Castles, Cotton Candy, Popcorn balloons, and much much more……Live auction begins at 7:00 pm. Can you help? Please take a look at the volunteer chart, is there spaces you would be willing to help out in? We would love to see you there! Urns are available to pre-order this year. $65.00 for the first and $60.00 for each thereafter. Red, Gold and Natural. To pre-order please call Wendy at CCS 905-957-7796. We are in need of all the bakers out there! If this is something that you enjoy doing? Everyone loves fresh baked goods. Questions? Please contact Elaine Van Hoorn 905-562-8299 or email @ 

We are pleased to send you the November 2017 issue of the ICS Channel 229 and Prayer Letter. We would value your participation alongside the ICS extended community in praying the daily petition. Please read or download the issue at the following link: 

Pray for The Bridge Church Plant in Niagara Falls: 

1. Praise God with us that we finally received our Charitable Status after nearly two years. We thank Ron Keilstra for all his help. 

2. Pray for continued favour in our community as we grow our partnerships with local organizations and churches. 

3. Pray for our missional community leaders as they engage deeper into their neighbourhoods. 

4. Pray for the Lord’s guidance as we seek to expand our local food redistribution program. 

5. Pray for the Lord’s protection and Holy Spirit power as we step out more boldly into the enemy’s territory. Thank you for all your support. 

Crossroads Ministry Ontario Coffee House Tour - Recently we’ve begun a new initiative that sees Crossroads staff visiting coffee shops in a new community in Ontario each month. We are inviting any and all of our area mentors, donors and individuals/groups who may be interested in learning more about the ministry to join us. Come out meet one another, share stories and find out more about what Crossroads is doing and how God works through prison ministry. On November 8th we’ll be meeting at the Fine Grind Cafe at 37 James St. in St. Catharine’s at 7 o’clock. We would like to invite Mountainview members to attend. A Facebook page for the event has been set up: 

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

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: Office of Social Justice:, or another site committed to praying for our sisters and brothers around the globe. 

Understanding Financial Hardship: On Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 pm, you're invited to attend a local learning presentation addressing key topics for strengthening church benevolence ministry. It seeks to equip church leaders/deacons, but also members of churches who have found themselves walking alongside a family member or friend that is struggling financially. It is also helpful for those struggling themselves. It will be led by Anja Attema, retired financial advisor with a passion for helping the vulnerable, both locally and globally, and hosted in the lounge of Smithville Christian High School (6488 Smithville Rd, Smithville). Take advantage of this learning opportunity and plan to attend! 

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

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 - 8:30-5:00 each day November 15-17, at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC in Ancaster, ON. Register for Trauma Healing Equipping at 

MULLY - IN ROSE CITY KIDS THEATRE! PLAYING NOVEMBER 18 @ 7:00 pm: 99 East Main street, 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!” 

"You're Invited”: 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. It also highlights the story of Joseph, at 13 year old boy who was addicted to pornography. We are showing this video 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 more info about film visit" 

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 3:00pm. 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. 

1. Poetry Readings - The Canada Council for the Arts, the Hamilton Poetry Centre and Redeemer are pleased to bring a number of poets to our campus: November 23 - Rob Taylor - Everyone is welcome to attend these readings. More information at 

2. Fall Mainstage: The Top of the World, November 21-25 - Using the concept of a playground as a larger metaphor — but poetry as the structure — The Top of the World will explore what it means to live with a childlike heart. Matinees and evening performances are available. More information at 

HOSANNA CHOIR- NOVEMBER 20TH Grace CRC in Welland (660 South Pelham Rd) 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! 

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. 

LIBERTAS Male Choir presents - Sounds of the Season Christmas concert series with special guests from the Netherlands. Martin Mans, director; Martin Zonnenberg, organist; Barend Wiltjer, tenor. Nov. 29 at 7:30pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, Woodstock; Nov. 30 at 7:30pm, Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, Georgetown; Dec.1 at 7:30pm, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Barrie; Dec. 2 at 7:30pm, Redeemer University College, Ancaster. For more information and tickets go to, e-mail or call 905.522.0001. Adults: $20, Youth (10-14) $10, children under 10 free. 

Kids Corner, the children’s ministry of ReFrame Media, is working to create Kids in Action, a series of fun, fast-paced, five-minute videos that tell stories of kids and teens doing God’s work in the world — and they’re looking for kids to feature. View a trailer. “The Kids in Action stories will be about elementary school-age children and high school-age teens who have a passion and talent they want to explore and share as they find their role in God’s story,” said Ron VandenBurg, producer and writer of the series. “Their story is part of God’s story.” Because the film crew, headed by videographer and editor Michael Earls, lives in Ontario, Canada, the pilot series will feature stories from within the province. However, VandenBurg noted, “We hope that our circle will widen as we meet new nominated children, teens, and their families.” Nominations are open for future stories. Anyone—family members, teachers, church friends, or mentors—may nominate young people who are serving God in active and interesting ways. Please note: Parental consent is required before sending in the information. 


NACE is STILL looking for bus drivers!! 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 or Welland-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 to work in Hamilton, Simcoe and Woodstock. Application information to join Indwell’s dedicated team can be found at 

The CRCNA – is looking for a Director of Advancement in Canada. Please visit: 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. Please visit our website at 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. 

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 

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