April 22, 2018


PROFESSION OF FAITH CLASS: Are you considering making public profession of faith in Mountainview? Becoming a full member of the Congregation? Becoming a member acknowledges and celebrates your relationship with Jesus and His church and provides you with a spiritual family: that will be there to support you and encourage you in your walk with Christ. Becoming a member provides you with a place to discover and use your gifts, joining forces and pooling resources with other Christians in order to make greater impact on our community and the world for Jesus.

Pastor Sid will be offering a five-week Public Profession of Faith class, Tuesday evenings, beginning on April 24th at 7 pm. Join us in the Council Room, coffee will be ready.

AFFIRMATION OF NOMINEES: Council is asking members of the Congregation to affirm the nominees presented for their giftedness and ability to carry out the duties of the office for which they are nominated. This affirmation will take place this morning, April 22nd. Drawing of lots will take place on May 6th and ordination of office bearers will occur on May 13th.

Lost and Found on Tables and coat rack in the Gym Today for the last time. Come gather your things if you want them before they make their way to GBF! 

Middle school today.  We will start a new series called "Stuck" -how when we feel trapped in our friendships, emotions, or decisions, we can make a positive change through our thoughts and actions. 

Youth today: The 'boys' are in charge of our topic for the night and the discussion!  Let Janice know what you plan to talk about and how she can help.  

Youth-Get your AOYC payments in asap please!  

Youth Yard Sale - Spring cleaning is here! Do you have stuff that you no longer use but is still in good shape?  The Mountainview youth are planning a fundraiser yard sale for July 7th and would like you to start putting stuff aside for them to donate to their sale. Proceeds of the sale will go towards their mission trip to Puerto Rico in March 2019. Questions? Contact Janice:  youthdirector@mountainviewcrc.org.

SERVE SATURDAY – The Outreach team is organizing a "Serve Saturday" on Saturday, May 5th a morning where we can bless those in our community by serving them. Come and serve with your small group, friends or church family. Join us first for breakfast at 8:30 and a time of devotions and prayer.  After that, we will go out into the community in groups to serve others' needs- spring yard clean ups, helping out at GBF, visiting seniors, doing small projects etc. After your project, for a BBQ lunch and more fellowship. MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you have a need or know of someone in our community or a neighbour with a need OR to sign up to serve, please contact Gerry Bijsma at geertbijsma@gmail.com or Jessica VanGeest at duaneandjess@hotmail.com or call 905-563-3676. Child care will be provided for children 3 and under.

The Dofasco Male Chorus concert will be on MONDAY April 30th, 7:30 pm, at Mountainview CRC, in support of the Brain Wave Cafe, in partnership with Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers and the Alzheimer Society. Tickets $15 each or $35/family, available at the Dutch Shop in Grimsby or at the door. 

PRAYER WALK: Saturday May 5th. 8:30 - 9:30am. meeting at the church. Please contact Jane deVisser if you're wanting to join us. All are welcome! 905-563-7671 or pjdevisser@sympatico.ca.

THE WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER (WOGP), Praying Our Story: Registration begins next week, April 29, for participation in the Week of Guided Prayer (May 27 - June 2).  This retreat involves spending thirty minutes a day at home, reading a scripture passage, praying, and then coming to church for another thirty minutes to meet with a prayer companion to share your prayer experience.  Meeting times can be scheduled for morning, afternoon, or evening.  There will be limited space available.



Seeking: Summer Term Room Rental - Recent graduate/young female professional seeking a temporary room rental in a Christian home in the Grimsby area, preferably May 1-Sept 1. Current member of Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Woodstock, ON. Please call 519-536-1284 or email rachdieleman@gmail.com if you are seeking a tenant for this upcoming summer. Thank you! 

Once again THANK YOU! Niagara Christian Gleaners board and committees, extend a heartfelt thanks to the many guests, organizers, cooking crew, decorators, potato peelers, servers, and many more!! We are extremely grateful for your generosity in allowing us to meet the challenge of raising $200,000.00, which an anonymous donor will match! Our count after dinner was $203,140.00 with some more gifts still coming in. Above all we thank our faithful God for inclining hearts and supplying the means, so that we may reach out in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As was the case last year, we again had to turn some away, as we were over our capacity. We hope you consider joining us on June 23, for a strawberry social. More information pending.

Use Your Motorhome/RV for Ministry - Jeremy Benjamin (Zeyl) is looking for leads on an available motorhome or van/travel trailer combo to assist with a cross-Canada ministry trip June-Oct 2018. Must be safe, reliable, and contain two bunks and a queen size bed. If you have one available and have a heart for the CRC, please message jeremyzeyl@gmail.com. To learn more about the project, visit iamnotmyown.org

How should we to approach conflict in our church communities? Conflicts within churches are real but we can deal with them in a way that deepens relationship, strengthens community, and builds our faith. Join us for a three-day hands-on training, including support afterwards, on “Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches”.  The training is offered through Shalem Mental Health Network and will be in Ajax, ON on April 27, 28 and May 12, 2018. If you attend a CAP church, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the training fee. For more information and to register for the training, visit: http://shalemnetwork.org, or call 905.528.0353 or toll free 866-347-0041.

Come to Smithville Christian High School’s Grandparents and Friends Day on Wednesday, April 25, to learn how computers, technology and arts are changing the way students learn, and what Smithville Christian High School is doing to welcome as many students as possible. Coffee served at 9 a.m., program starts at 9:30, followed by classroom visits and lunch. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend. Valet parking available. For more info, see www.smithvillechristian.ca GP&F Day: It’s not just for seniors! 

 Join us for “Voices for Peacea conference on Peacemaking; Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm at Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre – Toronto. Steeped in the spirituality of Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton, speakers Jim Forest and Shad will present on the foundations of peacemaking as well as personal experiences from the front lines of social justice. Drawing from seasoned activists, leaders in contemplative ministry, artists of spoken word and music, this conference will feed your spirit, ignite your conscience, and inspire you to become a voice for peace! Buy your tickets at eventbrite.ca! Light lunch and refreshments included.


1. Smithville Christian High School Membership Meeting: Our Annual Membership Meeting is being held on Monday, April 30.  We will start with a social time of coffee and interaction with fellow members from 7:45 – 8pm, followed by the meeting.  We look forward to seeing all members there. Thank you!

2. Smithville Christian High School presents “Harvey” This Pulitzer Prize winning play is an exceptionally complex piece of writing. There is nothing trivial about its themes, which include society's perennial need to crush individuals who do not conform to majority thinking and our inability to listen to our fellow humans. May 4 and 5 (Friday and Saturday); May 10, 11, and 12 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Tickets: $12.50 in advance, $15.00 at the door. All performances: 8 pm. To reserve your tickets contact Smithville Christian Office:  905-957-3255 or email office@smithvillechristian.ca.

CPJ's AGM & Toronto Book Launch: CPJ will host its Annual General Meeting and a book launch of our new publication, Journeys to Justice on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Mary Ward Centre, Toronto. The business meeting begins at 6:30pm, and the book launch event starts at 7:30pm. Joe Gunn, CPJ's executive director, will introduce the book, and we will hear readings and commentary from a panel of contributors to the book, including Moira Hutchinson, Peter Noteboom, John Olthuis, Jennifer Henry, Leah Watkiss, and David Pfrimmer. Copies of Journeys to Justice will be available for purchase on site, with signings by attending contributors. For more info contact us at cpj@cpj.ca.

Beginnings Family Day at African Lion Safari - Save the date and get your tickets! Beginnings Family Services invites you to join us for a Family Day at the African Lion Safari on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Kick off your summer and help celebrate our 33rd anniversary. Tickets include admission, an all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch, safari bus and even a face to trunk encounter with an elephant! Everyone is welcome! Visit www.beginnings.ca for a registration form or call (905) 528-6665 for more information.

The more the merrier – Three out of every 10 students at Smithville Christian High School are able to attend this amazing Christian school because of the support provided by generous donors. Gifts, large and small, combine to make it possible to award $200,000 in bursaries every year. This year’s Annual Bursary Celebration, held early in March, featured the stories of parents, students and alumni blessed by Christian education, and an invitation to help us reach this year’s $200,000 goal. Information about the campaign and its impact on our school was in your mailbox or is available on the school website. Please consider whether you can join, or watch the video at https://youtu.be/gamVr4wxdeI or on our website at www.smithvillechristian.ca. Your prayers and contributions are gratefully appreciated, and donations can be made by cheque, online through our website, or by monthly pre-authorized payments. We are deeply grateful for the support that allows our school to open its doors to so many families each year.

Apply for a Bursary – If you’d like to know more about how you can apply for bursary funding, please contact the school at office@smithvillechristian.ca or download the bursary application form from our website. Smithville Christian High School – a place where students Belong, Believe and Succeed.


CAMP SHALOM SUMMER STAFF - Camp Shalom is looking for summer staff. If you love Jesus and like working with kids or individuals with special needs, then this might be for you. Work outdoors, with great people, while making a meaningful impact on campers' lives. All positions are paid and you must be 17 before Dec. 31st, 2018. Visit www.countrysidecamp.com to apply.

NACE Bus Drivers for 2018-19 needed - This job is ideal for someone who loves kids and is highly reliable and confident. We need regular, occasional and spare drivers. NACE covers all expenses for medical, licencing, and vulnerable sector checks, and will provide full training if you are considering getting started! Contact Kevin Huinink at  519-546-9159  or  khuinink@nace.ca for details.


Karin Terpstra