October 6, 2019 News


Join us for SERVE SATURDAY (Re-scheduled to Sat Nov 2nd): A morning where we can bless those in our community by serving them. Join us for breakfast, devotions and prayer at 8:30 at Mountainview. Then, go out into the community in groups to serve others' - fall yard clean ups, helping at the GBF, visiting seniors, doing small projects etc. Afterwards, join us back at the church at noon for a BBQ lunch and more fellowship.  Need Assistance? Know anyone who needs help? Sign up to serve? Contact Gerry 289-235-9302 geertbijsma@gmail.com or George 905-563-6872 gsprins@gmail.com. Child care provided for children 3 & under. Come and serve with your small group, friends and church family. Come connect with & make a difference in your community!

Looking for one Male Young Adult Leader!! Are you up for the challenge of growing with and encouraging Middle School students in their faith? Come talk to Christine about being a leader.

Mountainview Library:  The church library is open for half an hour before and after the service.  Come and browse through the collection and check out a book or use the self-checkout on the counter outside of regular hours.
Young adult fictionThe Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer:  In the heart of medieval England, a darkness threatens to strangle truth.  Determined to bring light into the mysterious world of the Druids, young Thomas leaves the monastery on an important quest.

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.

Help is needed to prepare Seafarer parcels on Monday, October 28 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.

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, small souvenirs of Canada, 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 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 October 27th.

"2020 Niagara Church Directory” - The 2020 Niagara Church Directory will be published this fall by BK Printing. They are beginning work on the Church Directory which is given out to 2200 homes and businesses in the Niagara area. The pages are in full colour. If you own a business, belong to an organization, or know of one that you think would benefit from advertising in the directory, send an email to Harry Blunt at bezemer@bkprinting.ca or phone Harry at 905-570-1119."



At-home Faith Formation Tip - Today is World Communion Sunday. If you have kids at home, check out the picture book God's Very Good Idea: A True Story of God's Delightfully Different Family by Trillia Newbell. It’s part of a wonderful series called “Tales that Tell the Truth” from The Good Book Company, all of which would be great additions to your picture book library. (Tip from Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)

Safe Church Workshop on November 4th at 7 pm at Ancaster Meadowlands Fellowship.  Our guest for the evening will be Carmen Brubacher, she will be leading a workshop on The Circle of Grace.  She will provide information on implementing it in our local Sunday School Programs.  This is open to Sunday School leaders, teachers, safe church members and all members interested in learning more about the Circle of Grace program.  If interested in attending please contact Elaine VanWyngaarden at dealk@rogers.com so we will know approximately how many people to expect.  Thank you.

Shalom Manor & Gardens is looking for numerous community volunteers that would help to better the lives of those living in this home.  Shalom has many volunteer roles that need to be filled, including Thursday afternoon knitting club, Friday morning hairsetter, students who are looking to fulfill their 40 volunteer community hours in a meaningful manner – gaining new experiences and skills, as well as volunteers to porter residents back and forth to various programs, special events and outings.  To be part of the excitement, fun and family atmosphere of Shalom (training is provided), contact our Coordinator of Volunteers at 905-945-9631, ext. 1115 or e-mail volunteercoord@shalommanor.caLooking forward to seeing you at Shalom!



Estate Planning 101 Without a current plan, government or the courts could have more say about your final wishes than you want. Find out the answers to your questions about making your first plan or updating an existing one at Smithville Christian High School’s free estate planning seminar. People of all ages and all income brackets will learn how a good plan can give you peace of mind and help you leave a legacy, no matter how wealthy (or not) you consider yourself to be. Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm at Smithville Christian High School. To register, please contact wdehaan@smithvillechristian.ca or use the registration link on the bulletin board of the school website www.smithvillechristian.ca

South Africa Fundraising Dinner and Auction - Smithville Christian High School will be hosting their 8th biennial fundraising dinner and auction for South Africa.  The 26 members will be travelling in 2 teams to South Africa during the 2020 March Break.  One team will be visiting our partner school, Theocentric Christian College, and the other will be partnering once again with 'Hands at Work.'  We are tremendously excited about this opportunity and wish to share this with you on the evening of Friday, October 18 starting at 6:00 pm!  Call the school at (905) 957-3255 or send an email to office@smithvillechristian.ca to book your tickets!  


New Horizons is a day at Redeemer for the young-at-heart. Join us on October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 pm to hear an engaging presentation by Dr. Ben Faber, 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. Tickets are available at an early bird rate of $25 if purchased by October 4. On October 5, the ticket price increases to $30. Please RSVP by October 11.

Career + Calling Networking Expo - Employers can now register for a table at the Career + Calling Networking Expo! The October 30 event is an opportunity for exhibitors to connect students to co-ops, internships, work-integrated learning and future careers. redeemer.ca/networking-expo


Hello from the Cairn Christian School Funfest team! We are planning and gearing up for another great year! Please save the date NOV 9, 2019 @ Smithville Christian Highschool. Please pray for this event as it is an important support for the work of our schools. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions or would like to donate to this fundraiser please contact Christine Vangeest at christinevangeest@gmail.com or 905-359-0204. Thank you!   


Calvin ESSAY CONTEST - The H. Henry Meester Center for Calvin Studies proudly announces our 28th annual High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest. This year’s topic is Calvin and the Biblical Patriarchs. Deadline for submission is February 3, 2020. Winners will be awarded scholarships to one of several Reformed colleges and universities, as listed on our website. Details: calvin.edu/centers-institutes/meeter-center/fellowships-scholarships/high-school-seniors/

Life Chain is Today!  Please join us today Sunday, October 6 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the intersection of Main St and Christie St in Grimsby for Life Chain! Please park in the public parking lots (out of courtesy for the customers of the Food Basics plaza we try to leave that lot free as much as possible). We will be there rain or shine! May God bless this hour of silent witness and prayer! 

40 Years of Refugee Sponsorship through World Renew - For 40 years, Christian Reformed churches and community groups have been sponsoring refugees through World Renew/CRWRC. Come celebrate God's faithfulness, refugees' resilience, and committee members' courage and compassion! We will gather on Saturday, October 19 at Hamilton District Christian High School from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. There will be stories and food and fellowship with Canadians from around the globe. Questions? Contact Bette-Ann Bruulsema (betteann@rogers.com) or Rick DeGraaf (rickdg6@gmail.com).

The HAMILTON TIGER CATS invite you to join them for a Faith and Family Night! Held on October 19th against Ottawa. After the game join a discussion between chaplain Steve Kearns and a number of players who will speak about their faith journey and how it impacts their lives on and off the field. The discussion will be followed by some time on the field for the attendees where the kids can play as well as take photos and receive autographs from the players who are present. Cost $30 per ticket, please contact Luke Vermeer 905-547-2287 ext. 295.

TRIVIA NIGHT- SATURDAY OCTOBER 19th:  Our Fundraising Trivia Night for our International Seafarers Mission Outreach is only a few weeks away. We need to hear from you by Friday October 11. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, supper at 6:00 pm and Trivia starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20- per person and includes, food and beverages. We will have a silent auction as well.   Make up your own team of 8 or come on your own and join a team. Come enjoy an evening of fun, food and fellowship. ALL ARE WELCOME!  All proceeds go towards the “Seafarers Ministry.” of John and Grace Van Huizen. Come join us at the Wellandport Community Center. Churches get your teams together and may the best team WIN! RSVP BY EMAIL OR CALL:  John and Grace Van Huizen - john.air2sea@yahoo.ca.  (289-213-0252) Dick and Joanne Drenth-VanDyke- vandyke.dj@gmail.com  (905-774-3721).

John Knox Christian School in Brampton Invites You to celebrate 60 years of God's faithfulness. For 60 years, John Knox Christian School has been helping students become rooted in faith as they grow in knowledge and actively engage the world around them. Join us at 82 McLaughlin Rd South in Brampton, Ont on Saturday, October 19, from noon until 2 as we recall those early years, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate how God has blessed the school and used it to be a blessing to others. All alumni, former and current staff, former and current board members, and other community members are welcome. We hope to see you there.

You are Invited to the Grimsby Life Centre Ministry’s 2019 Annual Benefit Banquet - If you enjoy jazz, a good meal, great fellowship and an awesome silent action, come and be inspired at this fall event. The date is Friday, October the 25th. Doors open at 6:00 pm; dinner served at 6:30 pm and the location is the Grand Olympia in Stoney Creek. If you would like to reserve a seat or if you have any silent auction item that you would like to donate, please contact the Grimsby Life Centre office at 905.309.0944.  A free will offering is held during the evening. Looking forward to seeing you there!

A Reason to Celebrate - October 26, 2019 - The Ambassadors have been singing since 1969 under the direction of our founding director Harold de Haan with Laura Pin and Jessica Norg as our accompanists. We are based in Hamilton and invite new choristers from neighbouring communities to join us for weekly rehearsals and several concerts each year. Please join us, at the Calvin Christian School in Hamilton, for the celebration of 50 years of God’s amazing blessings, as we continue to faithfully bring a message of Hope, Joy, Peace and Love in song. Doors open at 5 pm with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, dinner and a variety of entertainment. Tickets are available by reservation for $39.50 each. Email  ambassadorschristianmalechoir@gmail.com or call 1(905)-689-6350 OR 1(905)-327-3106



Karin Terpstra