October 21, 2018


GEMS PRAYER PALS!!!  We are looking for 50 women from this church to pair up with a GEM and commit to praying for her this year. The girls absolutely LOVED this when we did it two years ago - It's one way for you to have an impact on the younger generation. The FIRST 50 women who contact me will have this opportunity - so do not delay!!! The girls will be making a special journal in which you can connect with one another, including reasons for prayer, info about life and so on. This journal will be passed back and forth through your church mail slot. In early April, we hope to have a Wednesday night hang out, where you will get to meet one another. At that time you will have the opportunity to bless your prayer pal with a small gift. Please consider this opportunity and get back to carrieheidbuurt@hotmail.com ASAP! Thanks so much!!

Need female youth leaders!  The year has kicked off already, but the search is still on for a few female leaders for the youth group. Has God placed youth on your heart?  We have a great group of youth, who love to hang out. Come encourage our youth in their walk with God. Talk to Janice if you think youth ministry may be where God is calling you to serve. 

Mountainview Book Club:  The Book Club will be meeting again on Sunday evening, October 28, at 7:00 pm in the church library.  We will be discussing the book, Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn.  Feel free to come if you have read the book or are considering joining a book club.

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. 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, 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 own language to each parcel. What a wonderful way to share the message of salvation. Will you help? All gifts should be received by Oct 28th.

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 29 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.

Trick or Canning - It’s that time of year again.  On October 31st we go out into the community to collect food for the GBF.  It is a great event for all and we want you there!  Come with your family, the kids, your small group, friends, etc. We meet at Mountainview in the fellowship hall at 5pm for some pizza to fuel up, break into teams and then head out with a map to collect food door to door. 

PRAYER WALK: Saturday November 3rd from 8:30-9:30am. we'll be meeting at Tim's across from Coles. Contact Jane deVisser for more information. 905-563-7671 or pjdevisser@sympatico.ca.

“Is the Mountainview Library incomplete??” If you would like to see a particular book, topic or author included in our library, kindly drop a note into the wooden box located in the library, and the Library Committee will do their best to add it to your church library!                                           



We need your help! NACE continues to actively search for school bus drivers for the 2018-19 school year and for spare drivers. We have two bus routes that have not been running for much of the school year to date,and are especially in need immediately for licensed drivers for the short term. If you have a heart for kids or Christian education and would like a part-time job with summers and all holidays off, or know someone who has those skills or interests, think about joining/referring them to NACE. We cover all application expenses and/or will train drivers. Word of mouth has been our most effective recruiting tool to date.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested. More info. at  www.Drive4NACE.ca

Classis Niagara invites everyone to our Reformation Service on Sunday October 28th at Smithville CRC as we celebrate the 501st Anniversary of the Reformation. The service will begin at 3:00 pm. Gordon Park who is teacher/spiritual leader at Smithville Christian High School will be giving the message. Offering will be for World Renew. Come join us to commemorate this significant event. Please note: There will be no nursery support provided for this service.

Shalom Manor & Meals on Wheels: Last week was Meals on Wheels Week, and we are happy to say that Shalom has partnered with Community Support Services of Niagara (CSSN) to be part of this important ministry in the Grimsby area.  If you are interested in receiving meals through the meals on wheels program, please go to http://www.cssn.ca/services-view/meals-on-wheels/ or call CSSN at 905-563-9501, ext. 21. 

Greet the world by opening your home! Smithville Christian High School is expecting new international students to be arriving soon. We are looking for Christian host families who are familiar with our school who would be interested in providing a caring, Christian environment. Host families are remunerated for expenses. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the expectations and benefits of hosting, please contact Marlene Bergsma at mbergsma@smithvillechristian.ca.

INVITATION: Edvance Christian Schools Association launch GALA. Christian Education in Ontario is not without its challenges. Christian educators and leaders can often feel isolated, unknown or even threatened. But there is much to celebrate! Christian schools have contributed much to this province and are strongly positioned to contribute going forward. You are invited to celebrate and learn with Edvance Christian Schools Association on Thursday, October 25! Edvance is founded on the strong legacies of three former associations (OACS, Edifide, OCSAA) and is oriented to serving the issues common to all Christian schools. The Edvance launch GALA at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope. Doors open 5:30 pm; event begins 6:00 p.m. Buy tickets or sponsor a table for eight and invite others to join you to your table. Registration Deadline TODAY October 14, 2018:  www.edvance.ca/gala


1.  Our Annual Report is available online! For a glimpse of how God is working through Redeemer University College, view our annual report, in a beautiful digital format, at: redeemer.ca/annual-report-2017-2018/
2. New Horizons is a day at Redeemer for the young-at-heart! On October 30th hear an engaging presentation by a member of Redeemer's faculty, enjoy a hot lunch and be entertained by student musicians. A closing reception allows time to connect with grandchildren or other Redeemer students you may know. Early bird registration deadline is October 13th. For more information visit: redeemer.ca/new-horizons-2018.

Panflute, Organ, Strings Ensemble Concert - On Thursday, November 1st, @ 8:00 pm, Andre Knevel (organ) Liselotte Rokyta (panflute), Katrina DeRoche (violin), and the Niagara Strings Ensemble will be performing at Covenant Canadian Reformed Church in Grassie! Save the date for this evening of enjoyable music and praise. Admission will be $15 at the door. A special admission fee of $10 will be offered to seniors and children under 12 yrs. Any extra proceeds from the concert will go towards Project Zion, Covenant church’s fund to help bring a refugee family to safety.

CELEBRATE WITH THE LIGHTHOUSE - The Lighthouse is celebrating 50 Years working with refugees, newcomers, and the community. Join the celebration on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at our Annual Dinner at Toronto District Christian High School in Woodbridge, ON. Stories from the past 50 years will be shared, along with a special dinner and silent auction. Reserve your spot, or a table of 8, by contacting Tabitha Eastman at 416-535-6262 or tabitha@lighthousecentre.ca. Your reservation is your ticket. A donation request will be made at the dinner.

EduDeo HANDS Team - April 2019 - Have you ever wanted to serve others while being blessed yourself? EduDeo HANDS Teams do exactly that! We have an incredible opportunity for you to join a team heading to Belize in April 2019. You will have the chance to work in the construction of a Christian school, as well as meet the school’s teachers and students. Sometimes, the greatest gift we can offer others is our time to work together and form relationships. Contact John Huizinga at jhuizinga@edudeo.com or 289-527-0003 for more information on this and other HANDS opportunities.


Do you have a passion for working with people from other cultures? Have a passion for seeing international ministry done well? If so, come join the EduDeo Ministries team! We are passionate about impacting children, teachers and communities around the world through Christ-centred education. We are looking for a new International Partnerships Director: someone to lead, guide and grow our relationships with our international partners. Visit edudeo.com/jobs for the official posting - applications due October 29.

Karin Terpstra