February 17, 2019


Information Evening for Officebearers:  All nominees for the office of elder or deacon, as well as current elders and deacons are invited to an Information Evening on Thursday February 21 at 7:30 pm, in the Choir Room. It is an open meeting: if you believe that God has gifted you for service as an office bearer in the future, please feel free to attend!

Come out and join us at Rico’s Diner.
Flash back to the 50s with a ‘Dinner at the Diner’ and take an evening out to spend with Mountainview’s youth on Saturday February 23rd. Cocktails @ 5:30 and Dinner @ 6:30. All donations support the Mission Trip to Puerto Rico and the All Ontario Youth Convention (AOYC). Gosh we’d love to see ya! Donation envelopes are available at the Welcome Centre for those wishing to support the youth but unable to attend our event.

Middle School next week. Starting a new series GAME PLAN - Bottom Line: "Love is a life style." 

Youth next week. We are going to have a fun night to hang out and play games.


Prayer Walk - On Saturday, March 2nd from 8:30-9:30am we will meet at Tim's across from Coles. Wondered about joining us? We pray together as we walk quietly through the neighbourhood. We pray a Blessing on our neighbours, businesses, schools, teachers’ youth, hospital, Nursing homes etc. Any interest? Please call Jane de Visser at 905-563-7671 or e-mail pjdevisser@sympatico.ca so we can wait/ look for you. For those who aren’t able to walk but would like to be part of the prayers for our community, drives through the neighbourhood while praying also happen.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:  On March 1, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 1,200 communities across Canada will gather at the annual World Day of Prayer. Christian women of Slovenia are inviting the world to “Come to the table—everything is ready”. They are asking people of the world to unite in prayer and immediate action for women touched by injustice.

Women tend to be the first to experience the effects of change because they have fewer material resources and a closer relationship to their community. Each year, the experiences of women from the host country inform the prayers of Canadians.

Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 1 at St. Andrew's Anglican Church (corner of St Andrew's Ave and Main St W) at 2 PM. (It also marks the 225th anniversary of this church where they will welcome us to their historic sanctuary.)  

Refreshments will be available following the service. For more information on the WDP service, please contact Nelly Baarda or Christina Pleizier.


Mountainview Library has some new books and would like to highlight them over the next few weeks. A full list of new books was also place in each mail slot. This week we are highlighting books which explore living out our Christian walk:


Surprised by Hope – Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright. 
Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life, not only after death but before it.  Award-winning author N. T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian’s future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today.

Living a Life You Love by Joyce Meyer
The key to loving your life is found in God’s love for you.  Discover how making Him the focus of all you do will transform your attitude so you can really enjoy your life today.  As Joyce explains, God has already blessed you with what it takes to start LIVING A LIFE YOU LOVE, and this book will show you how.


NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Neighbourhoods are one way we, as a church body, can connect with fellow Mountainview members who live near us.  Each Neighbourhood will be invited to attend a potluck lunch following the morning service. This is an opportunity to get to know the other members in your Neighbourhood, enjoy good food and fellowship together. Mark your calendar to join us, the dates are as follows:
Neighbourhood 2 ~ February 24th; Neighbourhood 4 ~ March 3rd.

 NOTE: There will be NO COFFEE SOCIAL on Potluck Sundays. Offer hospitality – Invite someone home for a coffee and fellowship 😊.



Board Opportunities:
  We are looking for dedicated volunteers to serve as members of the Board of Directors. Each year we look for volunteers with specific skills that can be applied to currently “top of the agenda” issues. This year with the major proposed expansion into Hamilton, Shalom is looking for volunteers with the following skill sets; Legal work, public relations, and Human resources. If you recognize yourself in any of these skill sets, and are willing to assist us with your time and talents or would just like some more information, please contact us at info@shalommanor.ca.

Shalom Manor Job Posting: Are you a RN, RPN or PSW looking to work in a dynamic workplace? Then a career at Shalom Manor is what you are looking for!    We are hiring for part-time and casual RPN and PSW lines and Casual RN lines. For more information or to submit your resume, contact Lauren Gibson at payroll @ shalommanor.ca – we look forward to you joining our Shalom family!!!


Resonate Global Mission: Urgent Need for Missionaries - How is God calling you to spread the gospel? Resonate has an urgent need for people to step into ministry in North America and throughout the world. You might be surprised by how God can use your knowledge, skills, and abilities to expand his kingdom. Explore volunteer and career opportunities by visiting resonateglobalmission.org/go.


Make 2019 a year of great change in more than just your life! Join the EduDeo Belizean HANDS Team in April 2019 to make life-changing differences in the lives of God’s children. Belizean Christian schools are in need of classrooms, upgrades and repairs. This is your opportunity to experience another culture, meet fellow members of the body of Christ, and make an huge impact! For more info, check out edudeo.com/hands or contact John Huizinga at HANDS@edudeo.com. This is the year for change!


With the support of an $11 million gift over five years, Redeemer University College is reducing tuition for Canadian undergraduate students by 42%. The new rate of $9,800 will remain frozen until 2022. The tuition reduction is part of a comprehensive change that will put Christian university education in reach for many more students. Please see redeemer.ca/tuition-reduction for further details.

 Join us on March 1st at for the Inauguration of Dr. Robert J. Graham as the fourth president of Redeemer University College. A standing reception will follow the ceremony. redeemer.ca/inauguration/.


The Peninsula Orchestra, George Cleland, Conductor; Presents a Mid-Winter Concert in support of "OUT OF THE COLD" Featuring LUIS MOLINA, PIANIST: Chopin Piano Concerto #2, Dvorak, Offenbach, Gilbert & Sullivan. Friday, February 22, 7 pm at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, St. Catharines. Freewill Offering to support Out of the Cold. Don't miss this special Musical Evening.

The “Sing in Adoration” Concert featuring the Hosanna & Mattaniah Choirs is coming: April 20th at 7:30 pm at First Ontario Concert Hall, Hamilton. Contact Lois Hanson for tickets: lnhanson12@gmail.com.


Come to Ignite! The Annual Bursary Celebration.
You are invited to Smithville Christian High School’s annual celebration of its bursary program. Three out of every ten students at Smithville Christian High School is able to attend because of the generous support of the donors who contribute to the Annual Bursary Campaign. On Friday, March 1st, join the celebration of what students learn and experience at Smithville Christian High School, and the impact that a Christian education has on them and this world. This year’s event will feature student testimonies, alumni stories, art and music, in a casual dining atmosphere. Tickets are $25 per person or sponsor a table of eight for $200. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss this: it promises to be one of the highlights of the year. For more information or to join the event, contact SCH at 905.957.3255 or office@smithvillechristian.ca.

The Annual Inter-Classis Safe Church Conference
will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 - 3:30 at the Waterloo CRC. All are welcome! This year’s special guest will be Bev Sterk from Lynden, Washington who spoke passionately at last year’s synod about abuse and what the denomination needs to do to prevent it.   Other speakers include Dr. Kathy Smith, adjunct professor of church polity at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, and former crown attorney Henry Van Drunen. There will also be a presentation on the “Circle of Grace” abuse prevention program for children and youth, a presentation on Cyber bullying by the Waterloo Regional Police Department and a session on Mental Health issues.
All ministry leaders (pastors, elders, deacons, youth ministry leaders) and those involved with abuse awareness are urged to attend. For further information and registration visit  www.wmott.ca/scc

Renegotiating Faith: Walking with young adults through a critical season in faith formation. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s recent research study -- “Renegotiating Faith: The Delay in Young Adult Identity Formation and What It Means for the Church in Canada” – will be the focus of an evening conversation at Redeemer University College (co-sponsored with CRC Faith Formation Ministries).  The report’s lead researcher and author, Rick Hiemstra, will present an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations, followed by a panel of experts moderated by FFM’s Dr. Syd Hielema. The evening will provide a clearer understanding of young adult faith lives and suggest specific steps to take for congregations and families as they walk with young adults. The evening is intended to support church leaders, parents, teachers, young adults and teens. Wednesday, March 6 @ Redeemer, 7:30 – 9 pm. This event is free. (The entire report can be found online by googling its title).

Family Faith Formation Tip - Doubts aren’t a sign of weak faith—they’re evidence that people are wrestling with big questions. Create an atmosphere in your home that invites kids to ask questions, express doubts, and think and feel their way into the big questions of life. “What do you think about that?” is a very affirming question, no matter what your age is


St. Catharines Right to Life Dinner: Saturday, March 2 @ 6:00 pm at Holiday Inn Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines.  Guest Speaker: MP Garnett Genuis. Join us for dinner, fellowship and an excellent speaker who will inform, inspire and encourage us. To reserve tickets ($50, $25 for students), call 684-7505 or email: info@chooselife.ca.  


Nanny in East Asia - Do you have a passion for nurturing children and want experience living abroad? Resonate Global Mission has a volunteer service opportunity to provide baby care for one child of a missionary family in East Asia. Learn more by visiting resonateglobalmission.org/nanny.


Do you have a heart for people affected by conflict and natural disasters? Do you have a passion for accountability and a gifting in project administration? World Renew is looking to hire a Project Coordinator to join our International Disaster Response Team Are you passionate about the work of World Renew? Do you have an ability to inspire giving? World Renew is looking to hire a parental leave cover for a Donor Relations Manager to work in BC. Do you have a and interest in or training for working with immigrant or refugee populations? World Renew is looking to hire a Refugee Program Associate in Burlington. More details on these opportunities, and links to apply, can be found at worldrenew.net/careers.



Karin Terpstra