October 28, 2018


Middle School tonight!  Starting a new series titled VITAL - "What we're for is more important that what we're against."  

Youth tonight!  Continuing the series, THE GREATEST - Move people from a category to a conversation."

GEMS PRAYER PALS!!!  We are looking for 50 women from this church to pair up with a GEM and commit to praying for her this year. The girls absolutely LOVED this when we did it two years ago - It's one way for you to have an impact on the younger generation. The FIRST 50 women who contact me will have this opportunity - so do not delay!!! The girls will be making a special journal in which you can connect with one another, including reasons for prayer, info about life and so on. This journal will be passed back and forth through your church mail slot. In early April, we hope to have a Wednesday night hang out, where you will get to meet one another. At that time you will have the opportunity to bless your prayer pal with a small gift. Please consider this opportunity and get back to carrieheidbuurt@hotmail.com ASAP! Thanks so much!!

Mountainview Book Club:  The Book Club will be meeting again Tonight at 7:00 pm in the church library.  We will be discussing the book, Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn.  Feel free to come if you have read the book or are considering joining.

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. 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, 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 own language to each parcel. What a wonderful way to share the message of salvation. Will you help? All gifts should be received by Oct 28th.

Help is needed to prepare Seafarer parcels on Monday, October 29 from 1-4pm in the Choir Room. Please give Janny Beck a call at 905-719-5612 if you can give us a hand, even if it is only for an hour or two. Join us for a busy, but fun-filled afternoon.

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.

Ladies' Breakfast - You are cordially invited to attend our monthly Monday breakfast on October 29th at 8:30am at JJ’s on the Docks Eatery. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with other ladies from the church in a casual atmosphere. Please contact Sylvia Prins, 905-563-6872/ gsprins@gmail.com or Nanda Verheul, 905-309-6160 / nverheul1@cogeco.ca to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there.

Trick or Canning - It’s that time of year again.  On October 31st we go out into the community to collect food for the GBF.  It is a great event for all and we want you there!  Come with your family, the kids, your small group, friends, etc. We meet at Mountainview in the fellowship hall at 5pm for some pizza to fuel up, break into teams and then head out with a map to collect food door to door. 

PRAYER WALK: Saturday November 3rd from 8:30-9:30am. we'll be meeting at Tim's across from Coles. Contact Jane deVisser for more information. 905-563-7671 or pjdevisser@sympatico.ca.

Come all 65+ers and listen to pastor Sid tell about his famous trip to Egypt and Israel. It will be on November the 8th in the choir room. Coffee will be ready by 10 am. Lunch of soup and buns served at noon. Hope to see many of you.

“Is the Mountainview Library incomplete??” If you would like to see a particular book, topic or author included in our library, kindly drop a note into the wooden box located in the library, and the Library Committee will do their best to add it to your church library!



1. Shalom Manor Outbreak Notice
– Sunrise Court (2nd floor) and Terraceview (3rd floor), in the Manor, are closed due to respiratory outbreak. Please do not visit if you are unwell. Make any stops to these floors your last one before leaving the building. Visits on these units should take place in the resident room. As always, we remind you to use hand sanitizer/wash hands before and after entering Shalom, the units, and/or resident’s rooms; and after contact with a Resident. Thank you for your prayers and for your cooperation in returning our residents back to health.
2. Shalom Manor & Gardens November Sale – Plans are underway for another fabulous November Sale here at Shalom. The auditorium will be converted into a dining area – where you can experience coffee and cake or enjoy a lekker boerenkool lunch. We will have plants, market vendors, pictures with Sinterklaas, crafts, baked items and more. We look forward to you joining us Saturday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It’s been a little more than three months since the closing worship service of Fruitland Special Needs (SN) SERVE 2018. The week was a great success and we really felt that God had blessed us again. It is hard to believe that four years ago we were all just starting this journey with so many unknowns. Each year, when SERVE is over, the host team gathers the review what has happened and look to the future. We met a couple of weeks ago and have decided, for a number of reasons, that we would not host SN SERVE here in Fruitland in 2019. This decision is one that was covered in prayer and did not come easily or quickly. However, we do feel that this is the right direction for us at this time. We cannot begin to thank Mountainview CRC enough for your support and involvement in SN SERVE throughout the past four years. We know that SN SERVE has been a blessing to many people. It’s our prayer that the stories and the experiences will live on. If you would like to join us to hear about SN SERVE 2019 please join us at Fruitland CRC on November 11 during our morning service at 9:30 am. We will be taking some time to reflect on our Special Needs SERVE!

Niagara Young Adults Fellowship WHERE: The NEW Smithville CRC; DATE:  October 28th; TIME:  7:30 pm; TOPIC:  Kyle Idelman  "Not A Fan"  Session 2; WHO:  College Age and up; WHY:  Meet Christian Young Adults across the Niagara Region for fellowship, fun, and sharing. FACEBOOK PAGE:  Niagara Young Adults Fellowship. Join the page and let us know if your coming. 

We need your help! NACE continues to actively search for school bus drivers for the 2018-19 school year and for spare drivers. We have two bus routes that have not been running for much of the school year to date and are especially in need immediately for licensed drivers for the short term. If you have a heart for kids or Christian education and would like a part-time job with summers and all holidays off, or know someone who has those skills or interests, think about joining/referring them to NACE. We cover all application expenses and/or will train drivers. Word of mouth has been our most effective recruiting tool to date.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested. More info. at  www.Drive4NACE.ca

1. Classis Niagara invites everyone to our Reformation Service on TODAY at Smithville CRC as we celebrate the 501st Anniversary of the Reformation. The service will begin at 3:00 pm. Gordon Park who is teacher/spiritual leader at Smithville Christian High School will be giving the message. Offering will be for World Renew. Come join us to commemorate this significant event. Please note: There will be no nursery support provided for this service.
2. Help is Only a Call, Click, or Chat Away -
We're making it easier for you and your church to access CRC resources. If you're involved in a church ministry and wonder if your denomination can help with something, just CALL (800-272-5125), CLICK (www.crcna.org/Resources), or CHAT (from any page on www.crcna.org). We're here to serve and would love to connect you with people and resources to support your ministry.
3. CRCNA Open House - You are invited to visit the newly renovated Christian Reformed Church in North America offices at 3475 Mainway in Burlington, Ontario. Tours, treats, and fellowship will be available on November 8 from 10:00-noon. Additional festivities will take place from 3:00-7:00 p.m. including face painting for children. Come and learn about how you are at work in Canada and around the world through the ministry that takes place in this building.

Greet the world by opening your home! Smithville Christian High School is expecting new international students to be arriving soon. We are looking for Christian host families who are familiar with our school who would be interested in providing a caring, Christian environment. Host families are remunerated for expenses. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the expectations and benefits of hosting, please contact Marlene Bergsma at mbergsma@smithvillechristian.ca.

1.  Our Annual Report is available online! For a glimpse of how God is working through Redeemer University College, view our annual report, in a beautiful digital format, at: redeemer.ca/annual-report-2017-2018/.
2. New Horizons is a day at Redeemer for the young-at-heart! On October 30th hear an engaging presentation by a member of Redeemer's faculty, enjoy a hot lunch and be entertained by student musicians. A closing reception allows time to connect with grandchildren or other Redeemer students you may know. Early bird registration deadline is October 13th. For more information visit: redeemer.ca/new-horizons-2018.

Panflute, Organ, Strings Ensemble Concert - On Thursday, November 1st, @ 8:00 pm, Andre Knevel (organ) Liselotte Rokyta (panflute), Katrina DeRoche (violin), and the Niagara Strings Ensemble will be performing at Covenant Canadian Reformed Church in Grassie! Save the date for this evening of enjoyable music and praise. Admission will be $15 at the door. A special admission fee of $10 will be offered to seniors and children under 12 yrs. Any extra proceeds from the concert will go towards Project Zion, Covenant church’s fund to help bring a refugee family to safety.

Choir Concert: The Chorus of Praise (directed by John van Iperen) and Mattaniah Christian Male Choir (directed by Herman den Hollander) be holding a combined benefit concert, the Lord willing, on Friday, November 9 at 8pm at Smithville Canadian Reformed Church. A free-will offering will take place to support Anchor Canadian Reformed Association, an organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities (www.anchor-association.com). All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Shalem Mental Health Network warmly invites you to an evening of prayer for mental health. Join us on November 15, from 7:30 to 9 pm, at the Perkins Centre, 1429 Main Street East, Hamilton. After brief business (a special membership meeting), we will pray together for people struggling with mental illness and emotional well-being, and their loved ones. We’ll also pray for our church and other partners, our service providers, and Shalem itself. Refreshments will be served. We seek to commit to Christ all efforts to support mental health. Please join us!  See www.shalemnetwork.org for more information.


Do you have a passion for working with people from other cultures? Have a passion for seeing international ministry done well? If so, come join the EduDeo Ministries team! We are passionate about impacting children, teachers and communities around the world through Christ-centred education. We are looking for a new International Partnerships Director: someone to lead, guide and grow our relationships with our international partners. Visit edudeo.com/jobs for the official posting - applications due October 29.

Interested in joining the team at World Renew? Opportunities presently include a Country Consultant in Cambodia in Grand Rapids a Marketing Communications Writer (parental leave), a Direct Marketing Program Manager opportunity in Burlington and a Donor Relation and Advancement Manager in Grand Rapids. Please visit www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply.

Redeemer University College has various position openings. Applicants are requested to email their application along with a statement that articulates their faith perspective and how it relates to Redeemer University College’s mission and identity as a university in the Protestant and Reformed Christian tradition. More information at www.redeemer.ca/careers.

Report of Classis Niagara Meeting, October 18, 2018

Classis Niagara is a group of 12 Christian Reformed Churches (CRC) and 2 emerging churches located in the Niagara Region. Minister, elder, and deacon delegates from these churches gather as a Classis three times per year to encourage, equip, and empower churches and ministries to engage God’s people in mission.

Welcome: The business portion of the Classis meeting was held at Mountainview CRC. Chair for the meeting was Rev. Woodrow Dixon of Jubilee Fellowship CRC, and vice-chair was Rev. Sid Couperus of Mountainview CRC. Rev. Sid Couperus, who has now completed six years of serving on the Classical Ministerial Council, led devotions by summarizing a number of key highlights and struggles that have been part of the journey in living out the core values of Classis Niagara. He also distributed the brand new Grade 11 & 12 study material he wrote to accompany Our World Belongs to God.

 1.       Leadership Development: Many of the delegates to Classis had spent the day attending the Global Leadership Summit in Burlington where they were inspired by presentations about what leadership looks like in a church, particularly how that centres around relationships, as well as stories by people who had made a significant impact on their community, workplace, or around the world.  The credentials questionnaire asking churches what resources they were providing to help their leaders grow, will be distributed to the churches later this fall. Classis also heard a report from Anna Bailey, the Classis Youth Ministry Champion, about her work and the resources available through Faith Formation Ministries.

 2.      Authentic Community: The Church Counselors for Bethel CRC and Fruitland CRC reported on developments in those congregations. Bethel CRC has extended a call to Rev. Jeff Klingenberg of Hagersville CRC. Rev. Ken deBoer completes his term as interim pastor for Fruitland CRC on January 20th.  Rev. Colin VanderPloeg, Chairperson of the Classis Niagara Safe Church Team, gave a report on the denominational Safe Church Conference held in September. The Classis team will be contacting all the churches in the next few months in connection with the report from Synod 2018 to ensure that policies and procedures for Safe Church guidelines are in place in each church within Classis.

3.      Covenantal Relationships: The new stated clerk, Wendy de Jong, gave a report on the work of the Classical Ministerial Council and reviewed correspondence. Next May 24-26, the second National Gathering for all Canadian CRCs will be held in Edmonton. Classis Niagara is asked to send 7 delegates. Churches will be submitting names of potential nominees later this month and also working through questions to help discern two or three needs, emphases, or challenges they believe the CRCNA should consider in its next ministry plan. Classis will work through this exercise at its February meeting.  Classis Niagara Treasurer, Anita Van Geest, presented the budget for 2019, which was approved for a total of $228,220. Total classical ministry shares are $85.99 per member. Classis approved the transfer of credentials of Commissioned Pastor Mike Collins, who has completed his term as Community Pastor of the town of Lincoln with Providence CRC, and is now beginning a new term as missional pastor at Faith CRC in Burlington.

4.      Disciples Making New Disciples: Rev. Allen Klein Deters gave a report on developments at The Bridge in Niagara Falls. Their new café, Third Space, is doing well, and they welcome businesses to partner with them as benefactors. Rev. Mark deVos, new pastor at The Village Church, reported that they have implemented “The Missional Family,” which are clusters of families that share meals, devotions, Bible study, and service with a chosen organization as they live out their call to claim every square inch for God. Hilda VanderKlippe reported that the Brock Campus Committee received 10 applications for the campus chaplain position. They are currently conducting a first round of interviews and ask for prayers that God will guide them to the right person for this calling. 

 Our next regular meeting is planned for February 8 & 9 (Friday evening and Saturday) at St. Mary’s Conference Centre in Ancaster. For further information about any of the above, please contact your pastor and/or elder or deacon delegate to this meeting of Classis Niagara, or email statedclerkniagara@gmail.com.



Karin Terpstra