April 7, 2019


Middle School next week. Continuing the series titled Game Plan - "Love inspires us to act."  

Youth next week. Starting a new series Subject to Change - "Life Changes, God Doesn't"


NEWCOMERS COFFEE SOCIAL! Are you new to Mountainview? Considering making Mountainview your home church? Recently transferred your membership? You’re invited to our Newcomers Coffee Social April 7th in the Fireside Room following the morning service. Come enjoy coffee and cake; meet the staff and leaders of Mountainview, ask some questions, and get to know us. NO RSVP required. Questions contact Alice at aposthumus@mountainviewcrc.org or 905-945-0004 x 228.


Let’s Do Lunch… Lenten Style! Join us for the last Lenten Lunch with the churches of the Grimsby Ministerial (Lakemount, Mountainview, St. Andrew’s, St John’s, St. Joseph’s and Trinity United) this Thursday, April 11. The theme is “Building Christ’s Kingdom, Not Our Empires.” Although we have different traditions, structures and emphases in our denominations, we are all called by the same Christ to serve and build up his kingdom. Please join us at St. John’s Presbyterian Church (10 Mountain St. in Grimsby) for a brief time of worship and delicious lunch. Service begins at 12 Noon.


Kids@ Mountainview Summer Camp registration is now open! Join us for Power Up! Kids will be challenged to raise their game because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit!  “God’s power has given us everything we need to live a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3a, NIrV. At camp your kids will have fun, make new friends, and develop new skills. Full Day Camps are being offered for 6 weeks with a different theme each week, with an Extended-Day option. For more information visit www.mountainviewcrc.org.


ALL ONTARIO CAMPOREE - Attention, Cadets and Counsellors! Have you heard about the All Ontario Camporee in Dunnville this year? All Cadets and Counselor are welcome to come from August 5-10. We are going to have an AWESOME time there with all kinds of activities. Visit the website www.allontariocamporee.com to register and be sure to check out all activities. Cadets can design a CAMP PATCH and earn the Registration Fee back. Questions? Give Peter Vandersar a call at 519-536-1200.


A reminder to anyone using the building: Please WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE WHITE BOARD when you enter and REMOVE IT when you leave. All Groups should have a person assigned to sign in and out and lock up. Please don’t assume that the pair left talking in the church can lock up because not everyone can. When locking up, if no other names are on the board, and you are certain no one else is in the building, make sure the doors are locked the alarm is set before you leave. Thank youyou’re your help to make Mountainview a safe space.



Lent Family Faith Formation Tip - As Holy Week approaches, look for opportunities to prepare your kids for what’s coming. Talk about the Last Supper, and visit tinyurl.com/ChildrenandCommunion for insights into how kids understand communion. In age-appropriate ways, discuss the painful realities of crucifixion. And talk about the miracles described in the Bible as the greatest miracle of all—Christ’s resurrection—approaches. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)


Seeking News Writers from Your Region - Every week and every month Christian Reformed congregations are celebrating milestones, launching new programs, recognizing amazing members, and finding solutions to struggles of doing ministry in our 21-century context. The Banner aims to communicate those stories and we need writers. Are you one? Our news editor would love to work with you to find and tell the stories from your region to the wider church. Inquire at news@thebanner.org today!


Walking Alongside: Youth and Mental Health Conference - Join us Sat., April 27 (8:15am–3:30pm) at Westdale Reformed Church in Hamilton. Stephen Doucet Campbell will address mental health challenges faced by youth and give practical ideas to walk alongside them. Workshops will address youth and addiction, social media, suicide, and depression. Registration fee: $38 USD. Groups (2+ from the same church) for $27 USD per person; student rate: $19 USD. Registration ends April 17. Get details at bit.ly/walkingalongside or contact Miriam Spies at mspies@crcna.org.


The CRCNA, World Renew, and Canadian Foodgrains Bank are partnering to present Faith in Action: Practicing Biblical Advocacy - a workshop that will help you learn how to advocate to elected officials and have your voice heard by local, provincial, and national leaders. April 27th @ Immanuel CRC in Hamilton, 9:30am-3:30pm. Register at www.bit.ly/onadvocacy or contact cstover@crcna.org.


Pray for Inspire 2019 - Inspire 2019 is a conference to connect people from across the 1000+ churches in the Christian Reformed Church for three days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation. This week, please pray for the atmosphere created by visuals and decor at Inspire 2019, and for those planning this often-overlooked but important part of an event. Pray that presentations visuals, direction signs, and decor help to create an environment where people can listen, converse, worship, and be inspired.


Niagara Association for Christian Education (NACE): John Knox Christian School celebrates Christian Education Week from April 8-April 14 with the following events:

  • We will be welcoming our pastors on Wednesday, April 10th, starting at 9 am.

  • Parents and friends, as well as those curious about Christian education, are welcome to see our school in action during our Open House on Wednesday, April 10th from 2:30-3:15 pm.

  • We will be presenting our spring program “The Born Again Identity” in the JKCS school gym on Thursday, April 11th at 7 pm This fun event will feature all our students acting and singing as they present the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be collected to defer the cost of production and for the NACE bursary.

  • Grandparents/Senior Friends Day is set for Friday, April 12th. Seniors are welcome to join us for “The Born Again Identity” at 9 am, classroom visits from 10-10:30 and 11-12, refreshments from 10:40-11 and a light lunch from 12-12:30.

 Covenant Christian School celebrates Christian Education Week from April 14-19 with the following events. Questions? Please feel free to call Mrs. Wendy Colyn at Covenant at 905.957.7796:

We will be welcoming our pastors on Tuesday, April 16th, starting at 9:00 am.

  • We are excited to host our Grandparents and Senior friends on Wednesday, April 17th, coffee will be ready at 9:00 and our Spring Program: “The Treasure You Seek” will be presented at 9:30, followed by classroom visits and a light lunch (11:30 - 12:30). JK and SK will present their short program at 12:10.

  • We will be presenting our program “The Treasure You Seek” on Thursday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. This musical will feature all of students from grades 1-8 as they show us  where our real treasure lies. Admission is only $5.00, call the office to reserve your tickets (905-957-7796).


NEW AGAIN Construction Essentials is a new or gently used renovation and decor store. The proceeds from New Again are designated to Tuition Reduction for NACE Christian Schools. New Again is looking for volunteers (cashiers). We are in need of individuals to help on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s. Store hours are 9-5 on weekdays and 9-4 on Saturday’s. We would welcome any help: half days, full days, or even a couple of hours. For more information or to volunteer please call (289-566-8463) email newagainbeamsville@gmail.com or fill out an online application at newagainstore.ca.

Driving safely, reliably; achieving our mission! NACE is actively pursuing people committed to helping us achieve our mission both now and for September 2019.  We are praying that God will lead people to us who will help to drive our students to and from school.  Bus driving is a beautiful and unique calling.  It's also a calling that affords all holidays and summers free.  We will train you to fulfill this very important work.  Our students and families need you! www.drive4nace.ca


Can you make an Annual Bursary Commitment? The lives of students at Smithville Christian High School are being changed because of the school’s Annual Bursary Campaign. Three out of 10 students are able to attend Smithville Christian and everyone’s experience is being enriched because of donor support. Will you join us? See the Annual Bursary Campaign information card or visit www.smithvillechristian.ca. We hope everyone who loves the Lord and is interested in teenagers learning how they are part of bringing God’s kingdom to come to earth could make a gift – of any size as every contribution makes a difference. Christian high school alumni and alumni parents – consider donating your graduation year – annually or monthly. Want to know more about Christian high school or financial assistance? Please contact us.


Smithville Christian High presents, Arsenic and Old Lace, a comic classic in amateur and professional theatres everywhere. With its odd blend of wacky characters, sinister mystery, dark farcical comedy and off-balance romance, it has become an audience favourite over the years. Smithville’s production promises to be a light-hearted evening of fun, humour, and entertainment! The play will be presented May 3, 4, 9, 10,11 – beginning at 8 pm at Smithville Christian High. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15.00 at the door. Ticket Information: (905) 957–3255. EMAIL: office@smithvillechristian.ca


Join us in celebrating the Opening of Martindale Commons at Martindale Place! If you can join us for the Grand Opening and Dedication on Thursday April 11th from 2-4:30 in the afternoon, please RSVP to accommodations@martindaleplace.com or call 905-988-9414.


Trivia Night Fundraiser - Supporting the Summer Art’s Camp for the Bridge Missional Community. Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm; $25 PP. The Belleview Tavern, Niagara Falls. Grab a group of friends or come by yourself and meet new friends… all welcome! Tables of 6. PRIZES TO BE WON!! Doors Open at 6 pm. Reserve your spot today! admin@thebridgenf.ca OR call: 905-736-0160. Visa, MasterCard, Cash or Cheque accepted


Inspirational Women’s Conference: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Meeting House in Oakville, ON.  All women are invited for a day of inspiration, worship and fellowship, with the theme of In You. I Am. Enough.  My grace is sufficient.  2 Cor. 12:9 Speaker: Megan Fate Marshman, Worship Leader: Brooke Nicholls, Storyteller: Sara Weber, Improv: Lea Wilkening and Natasha Bromfield. Come and be refreshed and renewed; bring your friends, invite someone who is seeking. Early bird registration ends this week April 12th!  Registration is required - please register on-line at: www.inspirationalwomen.ca .


Please come out and join the Teen Challenge Ontario Women’s Centre at their first community Mother’s Day Market at Smithville Covenant Christian School on Saturday May 11th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. This special day will help support the women at the Centre in their battle against drug & alcohol addiction and bring awareness of Teen Challenge to the Niagara community. Our event will feature fresh flowers, handmade jewelry & homemade baked goods for sale along with a soup lunch sold from 11 am - 1:30 pm. Have a coffee and browse for great Mother’s Day gifts and stay for lunch!  We hope to see you there! For more information contact Julie 905-727-3913 ext. 7922


Countryside Camp & Camp Shalom will be celebrating 50 years of God’s faithfulness on May 25th at First Reformed Church in St. Catharines. Celebrate with us over dinner as remember the last 50 years of games, songs, friends, and most importantly changed lives. We are pleased to have special guests Reverend Calvin and Jane Vermulum. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at www.countrysidecamp.com.


Still looking for a summer job? Camp Shalom is hiring! 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. 31, 2019. Positions include male counselors, maintenance, kitchen and lifeguards. Visit www.countrysidecamp.com to apply.


Shalom Manor & Gardens RCA/PSW job openings:  Shalom Gardens is a Christian assisted living community seeking to provide loving, wholistic care to our residents.  We are currently searching for part-time RCA’s (Resident Care Aide’s)/ PSW’s (Personal Support Workers). A PSW Certificate is required.  For more information on these openings and to submit your resume, contact Lauren Gibson at payroll@shalommanor.ca


CRCNA Position Opening: The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time opening for a Communications Team Coordinator in Burlington, Ontario. A detailed description is available at www.crcna.org/jobs. Complete an on-line application attaching a current cover letter and resume by Friday, April 19th, for consideration.


World Renew Career Opportunities - Do you love to see transformation as people are empowered to live healthy, fruitful lives? Do you desire to promote this transformation? World Renew is currently hiring for these two positions: Temporary part-time role of Refugee Program Associate based in Burlington, ON; and Donor Records Specialist based in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, or to apply, visit: worldrenew.net/careers.


Karin Terpstra