December 16, 2018

MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS

GREETING: A warm smile, a shake of the hand, a pat on the back, a quick hug, all make you feel welcomed. Whether church family or guests, we want to make sure that all those coming to Mountainview each Sunday feel at home. Greeting is an important part of that. We are updating the Greeters List for 2019. Can you take a turn to welcome family and friends in God’s house? Please let me know if you can volunteer, on a regular basis (4-5X’s a year) or maybe only once or twice. We’d be glad to have you! If you can no longer serve in this ministry, please also let me know so that I can take you off the list. Please email Karin at office@mountainviewcrc.org or call 905-945-0004 ext. 221.

Performing Arts @ Mountainview Church invites you to CHRISTMAS AT THE NOON HOUR: Join us for a quiet moment of reflection, peace and joy on December 19th with organist Peter Ravensbergen, as he presents the inspiring music of the Christmas season.  The busy bustle of life and the commercialism of Christmas often leaves little time for reflection, to consider what the season is really all about. We invite you to do so by taking some time during your noon hour break. Come and hear the inspiring music of the Christmas season. Go back to work relaxed and refreshed, ready to celebrate the true meaning of the season. Free. For more info. visit www.mountainviewcrc.org.

World Renew's Gift Catalog UZIMA is here! If you haven't received a copy, check the welcome table or visit worldrenewgifts.net. Uzima is a Swahili word that means “full of life.” By choosing an item from World Renew's Gift Catalog, you can offer UZIMA — abundant life — to someone who is hungry, poor, and oppressed. You create an opportunity for God to turn everyday events into miracles like enough food, fruitful work, good health, and community service. Mountainview’s Giving Tree campaign is here to encourage you to give. During the Advent season find the Christmas tree decorated with items from the Gift Catalog as you enter the sanctuary. Take one or more and bring it along with your donation to put in to offering on Christmas Day! Our goal is to raise $3,000 through the Giving Tree campaign. Let's help others experience UZIMA!

Youth will be having their Christmas Party on December 16th. We will be playing games and hanging out in the Youth Zone at Conversations Cafe from 3 – 6 pm and will be going to Your Neighbourhood Pizza just around the corner for dinner. The evening will end around 7pm. Come out and join the celebration! 

Young Adults Event! On December 28th from 7-11 pm we will be having an Escape Room Social. Bring a friend, or yourself. Join us in fellowship and challenge your wits against our escape room. The event will take place at 6648 Yonge St. in Smithville. Come on out!

Hello Congregation, Mountainview has entered into a rental contract with the Nature School Education Centre of Niagara to run their program out of our facility. They are a government certified private school and preschool which meets Ontario curriculum standards while giving students access to an alternative education with a Forest/Nature focus, where learning takes place largely outdoors. This is a 6-month contract that may in some ways impact the congregation, as they will be using the facility Mon-Fri each week. We have reviewed this rental with AST, custodial, ministry leaders and staff and feel that we had addressed most concerns. This is a great opportunity for us to partner with the school by providing space; to connect with kids and families in our community; and for children to be educated in responsible care and stewardship of creation. If any issues arise, please notify the office so they can be properly addressed.


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LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEWS

We are pleased to send you the December 2018 issue of the ICS E-Newsletter.  We would value your participation alongside the ICS extended community in praying the weekly petitions. To read the newsletter or to join us in prayer this month please visit news.icscanada.edu/search/label/prayer.

December’s Issue of CPJJusticeNews is  now available at https://www.cpj.ca/justice-news for those interested in the particular focus of Refugees and Immigration as well as other Canadian and global justice issues.

PLEASE JOIN US! Both NACE (Niagara Association for Christian Education) schools are celebrating Jesus’ birth on Friday, December 21. We would be honoured if you would join us! Covenant Christian School in Smithville will have their assembly at 9:30 am and John Knox Christian School in Stoney Creek will have theirs at 11:00 am. Glory to God! A Saviour is born!  

THANK YOU from NACE for your donations and contributions to our fall drive and for being part of our story as we inspire students to love, learn, and lead together in God's world.  If you haven't yet, you still have the opportunity to support our students, schools and families before year end. Join us in this important work in the lives of our children!

Bus Drivers still needed!  NACE continues to seek bus drivers due to the ongoing shortage. We have a specific need East of Smithville (Fenwick/Welland area) and Caistor Centre (southwest of Smithville), as well an ongoing needs for spare and occasional drivers.  Please contact Kevin Huinink: 519-546-9159 or khuinin@nace.ca or encourage someone you know to do the same.  www.drive4nace.ca.

Here at Niagara Christian Gleaners it’s been thrilling to watch the transitions we’ve made from an amazing build project, to equipment setup and trials and now finally our readiness for full scale food production. Our prayers for adequate produce to meet our needs are also being answered and so with added excitement we are looking for additional volunteers to come help us out. Next week will be particularly busy as we work through our cooler of produce prior to Christmas holidays. Normal hours of serving are typically from 8:30 am until 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at NCG - please visit: https://niagaragleaners.org/volunteer and be part of our easy online signup. Please note that we will be closed for production from Monday, 24 December 2018 until Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

CRC office hosts award-winning lecture series: The January Series of Calvin College, one of the nations leading lecture and cultural arts series, is coming to the Canadian office of the CRCNA in Burlington, from Jan. 3 - Jan. 23, 2019.
Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in his 30 years of covering the world; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland; Jenna Bush Hager, a contributing correspondent on NBC's Today Show; and Rachael Denhollander, known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar, are among the impressive lineup of speakers. 
The experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including polarization in politics, immigration, sexual abuse, and climate justice, among many others. For a full list of topics visit www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakersJoin us each weekday from 12:30-1:30 pm at the CRCNA office for these free lectures! For more information, email communications@crcna.org.

St. Johns Presbyterian Seniors Stride Series – Transitioning into retirement --- We are very excited to announce a series of small group sessions intended specifically for our senior population. A THURSDAY morning designed to discuss senior issues hosted at St. John’s Presbyterian Church 10 Mountain Street in Grimsby beginning on THURSDAY, January 17th, 2019. Gerry McCall, from the Grimsby Life Centre will be leading this discussion group on eight consecutive Thursday mornings running from 10:30 AM – 12:00 noon. Senior’s Stride deals with various topics all centered on the dynamics of the aging process. Sessions will include factors in aging such as – family relationships, retirement, what you thought and what you got, health and well being, dignity, independence and enjoying your senior years. Cost? Donations are always welcome, but not necessary. If you would like to join the  Senior Stride Series, registration is required by Monday, January 14, 2019. To sign up please  leave a message with your name and phone number at either St. Johns Presbyterian Church 905.945.5352 or at the Grimsby Life Centre 905.309.0944.  We are looking forward to this opportunity!

Open House and Celebration of Learning: Grade 8 students, come to Smithville Christian High School’s annual celebration of students and their work on Thursday, January 17, 2019, featuring art, music, worship, student testimonies, praise team and more. Find out about project-based learning, our exciting approach to electives, and our MacBook-for-every-student program. Information session for prospective students (Grades 7 and 8) and their families at 7 p.m., open house from 7:30 to 8:30 and closing program at 8:30. Everyone is welcome, especially prospective students and their families. At Smithville Christian, you Belong, Believe, and Succeed.

Conference: The Prodigal Love of God - Join us April 4-6, 2019, at Dordt College for The Prodigal Love of God Conference: Reencountering Dort at 400 and Beyond. Through invited plenaries and panel discussions, this conference will feature conversations about the historical legacy and the future of Protestantism as well as the opportunities facing the global church in the decades ahead. Confirmed speakers include Marilynne Robinson, Richard Mouw, James K.A. Smith, Timothy George, Paul Lim, Suzanne McDonald, Jemar Tisby, and Tish Harrison Warren. For info go to www.dordt.edu/plg. Register at prodigalloveofgodregistration.eventbrite.com/.

HANDS (Help Another Nation Develop Schools): Through short-tem missions, you can help build safe, Christ-centred schools for children around the world. We’re forming an open HANDS team to got to Belize from April 7-17, 2019 and want YOU to join! Contact John at jhuizinga@edudeo.com or 289-527-0003.


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Youth Unlimited is looking for their next SERVE Director. This is a full-time position based in Grand Rapids, MI, that will work closely with our host teams in the US and Canada. We are seeking someone who is passionate about Youth Ministry and wants to help guide the future of our SERVE program! For more information visit: youthunlimited.org/us/our-team or email Rick Zomer at rick@youthunlimited.org.

Karin Terpstra