September 2, 2018


News from Your Prayer Ministry Team:

We have been working on creating new ways of communicating prayer at Mountainview. As you may recall, many years ago we had a “Prayer Chain”. The purpose of the prayer chain was to get a prayer request out quickly to a group of people who signed up to be prayer warriors on the chain. The method was by phone, the first person received the call and then they passed it on to the next and then that person to the next...and so on. We would like to re-introduce this as a “Prayer Blast.” The method: Prayer participants would receive the request by email or phone. No passing on, just receiving and praying!

As a community of believers, it is such a blessing to hold one another up in prayer before our Heavenly Father. If you would like to be a participant in the “Prayer Blast” please sign up by emailing us at We recognize that there may be those of you who are not hooked up to email but would love to participate. Please call us Marg at 905-979-6672 or Nancy: 905-945-1872 to be a part of the Prayer Blast. You will be contacted by phone with the prayer request.

This “Prayer Blast” does not replace prayer requests sent into the office for those who are signed up for the church email. This is an extra form of prayer to get people praying quickly for a situation, or a Praise and Thanksgiving. Marg and I have both experienced a time in which we were faced with an emergency and found ourselves sitting in an emergency waiting room thinking… we just need people praying right now! Or maybe you just received news of joy and you want everyone to be praising God with you, that is the purpose of this Prayer initiative. Once we have everything in place we hope to have this up and running in the Fall Season.



1. Cadets needs 2 new counselors! You can lead your own group or we can pair you up with an experienced counselor so you can learn the ropes. Cadets is a great program for the boys but also a great way for men to get to know one another. Please contact Greg Van Geest at or 289-407-5048.

2. Cadets is looking for people with special interests, skills or hobbies! eg. computers, metal working, electronics, plumbing, cars, health care, police, etc. anything that might be interesting to young boys that you are willing to show them for a night or two.  Hopefully this will help me develop a list of potential contacts to help counselors when they are looking for something different for their cadets to work on.  Note:  both men and women are welcome! :). Please consider this and contact Greg Van Geest if you are interested in helping out in this regard.  Thank you! or 289-407-5048


Coffee Break will begin its new season on Tuesday, October 2nd. Details about the Bible studies and registration will follow. We offer Story Hour and nursery for the children, but we are in need of babysitters. If you are able to babysit any Tuesday morning, please call Helen at 905-945-2128.

Mountainview Photo Club: Do you have an interest in photography?  Come and join us as we set out to Grow & Go this year with workshops on different aspects of photography and outings where we experiment with what we have learned.  We enjoy growing as a group, both in our knowledge of photography and as Christians.  Evening devotions will be based on the Fruit of the Spirit, where we learn how we can Grow and Go with the Holy Spirit.  You will need to bring along a camera that has adjustable settings for the meetings.

Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 24th, at 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room.  Meetings are once a month until the spring. If you would like to join us or wish any more information, please contact Corinne Bosch (905) 945-4519 or email


FIRE DRILL: Sunday September 16th in the AM service,

immediately following the closing song, we will have a Fire Drill.

The Pastor / Ushers will provide you with direction.

Please DO NOT leave the property until the Fire Drill is complete. Afterwards you are encouraged to come back into the gym for coffeeand fellowship.

Thank You all in advance for participating in the Fire Drill and helping to make our building more “FIRE SAFE”.


Flower Box Fundraiser - The Puerto Rico mission team is building and selling flower boxes for their trip. Two options: square, fits an 8” pot or triangle fits a 6” pot (plant not included). A great piece of décor for by your front door. Cost $40 each. To place an order contact Janice Schwanz: or 289-377-8389.    

Soup and Chili Cook off Fundraiser - The Puerto Rico mission team is putting on their aprons and cooking up their favourite soup or chili recipes for you. Come on out to taste test each one and vote for your favourite on Saturday September 29 from 5:30pm-7:30pm @ Mountainview. Cost is by donation.



Smith School, on Oakes Rd., would love to adopt some grandparents. Our Kindergarten and Primary classes need someone to read with and someone to spoil them with praise and words of encouragement. If you have any time during the week (when and how long is totally up to you) please contact Marjorie Hartig at 905-945-8014 or We would love to have you join our Smith School family for the 2018/2019 school year. We need you!

Update on Karen Refugee Prayer Request of August 5th: A few weeks ago you heard about the horrible situation that Adonia Htoo and his family are facing in Thailand. Unfortunately, there has not been much improvement. Adonia’s wife, innocent of any crime, still remains in a Thai prison for charges relating to the Thai visa she had. At this point the Thai prison will not allow their application for bail for Adonia’s wife to reside outside the prison until her final trial, which may be months away. Furthermore, Adonia is only able to visit his wife at the prison for half an hour each week. Their 5 year-old daughter, who was separated from her mother at the airport on their way to Canada last month, is on the other side of the country with Adonia’s relatives. Adonia still openly expresses his trust in God, despite these difficulties. He asks for your prayers. Visit for information, updates, and to learn of other ways to support this family. 

 Attention all resident family members. Shalom is hosting an End of Summer Festival on Saturday, September 8 and we are hoping many resident family members will be able to attend that day of family and fun!  For more information, please see our website or our Facebook page.

Synod of Dort Commemorative Conference - Join us September 14-15 at Calvin Theological Seminary to commemorate the Synod of Dort and its work. The conference brings together a range of experts who will explain in accessible presentations what the Synod did, why this gathering was significant at the time, and how this 400th anniversary can be commemorated in churches and communities today. More info:

Beginnings 3K Walk/Run/Roll Event - Join Beginnings Family Services for its 25th annual 3K Walk/Run/Roll event on Saturday, September 15th at Dundas Driving Park, Hamilton or walk and raise money in your neighborhood and send us photos that we can share on Facebook. Registration opens at 9:00 am; the run starts at 9:30 am. This is a family-friendly event held in Dundas Driving Park including fun activities for kids, refreshments and a light lunch. Minimum donation of $25 if no pledges; proceeds support the pregnancy counselling work of Beginnings. To register email or visit

Cross-Cultural Training Opportunity - World Renew is offering a two-day cross-cultural training for those exploring a career in missions or in an international development context or to give you the foundations for serving wisely in your community. The training will be on September 14 & 15, 2018 at the CRCNA Burlington offices. Our session leaders are seasoned development workers, pastors, teachers and professors. Come away with new tools as you learn about World View, Justice and Community Transformation, Spiritual Care, Up-stander and Gender Justice, Safety & Risk Management, Culture Shock and more. Contact Alyssa Woudstra at to register. Registration is $50/person. You do not currently have to be serving with World Renew to participate. Questions? Email us!

Swing, drive and putt for Christian education: Saturday, September 15 Join us as a sponsor or golfer – or both – at the annual golf tournament for Smithville Christian High School and the Niagara Association for Christian Education. The one-day event will be held at Sawmill Golf Course. Play 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. Shotgun start, best-ball scramble. Noon check- in. You don’t need to have a foursome to register or even be a good golfer. Alumni are especially welcome. To register as a golfer or sponsor, visit the school website at and click on the tournament links on the Bulletin Board.

Grimsby Life Centre Seniors Stride Group – We are excited to announce a new initiative specifically intended for our senior population.  A Tuesday morning seniors’ group to discuss senior issues will be hosted at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Grimsby beginning this fall. Gerry McCall, our seniors’ counsellor, will be leading this discussion group on seven consecutive Tuesday mornings running from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. The intro. meeting is planned for Tuesday, September 25thSenior’s Stride will be dealing with various topics all centered on the emotional dynamics of the aging process: Family relations, ageism, wellbeing, dignity, independence and participation. Donations are welcome, but not necessary. If you’d like to join Senior Stride, registration is required by September 17th, 2018. Please call the Grimsby Life Centre 905.309.0944 to register or for more information. We are looking forward to this opportunity.

The Road to Character - On September 26th the Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship welcomes to campus David Brooks & Anne Snyder, two distinguished speakers and thinkers contributing to faith in public life. Join them to explore lives of learning that aren't just about "getting there" but about who we'll be when we arrive. More at:

Open House: At last! This is not a message from Niagara Christian Gleaners asking for your contributions, but because of your generosity and the gracious dealings of our Lord, we are humbled and extremely pleased to be able to invite you to an open house, ribbon cutting, and barbeque at our new location. This will take place, D.V., on Saturday September 29 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Please mark your calendars and join us with your family  at the Niagara Christian Gleaners site, Smithville Industrial Park, 6251 Spring Creek Rd, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0 . Soli Deo Gloria!


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

We still have openings for school bus drivers for the 2018-19 school year and for spare drivers. NACE covers all expenses for medical, licensing, and vulnerable sector checks, and will provide full training if you are considering getting started! Contact Kevin Huinink at 519-546-9159 or More info. at:

Shalom Manor & Gardens - We presently are looking for part-time Dietary Aides to join our dynamic team here at Shalom.  We are a unique Christian Seniors long-term care community with residents of a mostly Dutch background.  For a rewarding career, in a Christian setting, send your resume to

Interested in joining the team at World Renew? Domestic local opportunities presently include: Program Manager, Direct Marketing, and Communications & Media Internship in Burlington. Please visit for more information, or to apply.

Martindale Place Job Opportunities: Are you or someone you know interested in working in a faith-based environment?  If so, consider applying to Martindale Place – a Christian non-profit senior’s housing campus in St Catharines.  We are getting to ready open our newest building and will require many new staff in all departments.  Some positions include; Life Enrichment, Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk, Housekeepers, Servers, Cooks, Night porter and others.  For more details, please visit   We will also be hosting a Job Fair if you would like to see us in person – see our website for more details about date and time.

Karin Terpstra