January 7, 2018


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 January – July 2018. 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.

"Still have a VHS machine??? The library at Mountainview is discarding ALL of its VHS movies.... so please help yourself to some free movies in the library now while they last..."

65+’ers PLEASE NOTE: Due to unexpected circumstances our meeting has been moved to January 18. As usual coffee will be ready at 10 for a time of socializing. We are in need of 2 volunteers to bring a pot of soup. You can let the Bijsma's know if you are able. E-mail geertbijsma@gmail.com;  Phone 289-235-9302.

Mountainview Book Club:  The book club will hold its next meeting on Sunday evening, Jan. 14 at 7 pm in the church library.  The discussion will focus on the novel by Lawrence Hill, The Illegal. Visitors and new members are welcome.  Please call Liz Meijer with any questions at 905-945-9374.


January 14th    10 a.m.   Pastor Sid Couperus; Belonging to God; Luke 3:21-24

                                       Celebration of Baptism for Lyla Bylsma & Chloe Visser and Introduction of New Comers

                             5 p.m.   Pastor Sid Couperus; James 5:7-12

January 21st     10 a.m.   Pastor Fred VanderBerg; Gratitude - Taking Nothing for Granted; Luke 17:11-19

                             5 p.m.   Pastor Fred VanderBerg; James 5:13-20

January 28th    10 a.m.   Pastor Sid Couperus; Cadet Sunday; When God is Seeking Us; Ezekiel 34:1-11

                             5 p.m.   Pastor Sid Couperus; Hosea 1:1-2:1

February 4th     10 a.m.   Pastor Sid Couperus; Engaging in Prayer;

                             5 p.m.   Pastor Fred VanderBerg; Hosea 2



THE MAGI - After Christmas, the church calendar turns to Epiphany. Join us in studying Matthew 2:1-11 to explore the story of the Magi, whose visit marks the beginning of the season of Epiphany. Discover what this story about sharing news of a Savior with these Gentile wise men teaches us about God and his greater mission. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

Shalom Outbreak – Visitor restrictions are in effect in the Lakeview (Manor-fourth floor) home area due to an upper respiratory outbreak.  All visiting an isolated resident must wear the gown, mask and gloves provided.  If you are unwell, we ask that you not visit.  Visitors may visit one resident on Lakeview and then leave the building.  Don’t forget to hand sanitize/wash when entering & exiting the building during your visit – handwashing is one of our best defenses against spreading illness.  Thank you for working with us to get and keep our residents safe and healthy! 

Close Encounters - Liz’s preoccupation with his video games causes him to imagine the worst when he and Lucille get lost in the woods. Is it really aliens from Planet Xenon? Check out KC’s “God is Faithful” Memory Jar Activity as you begin this new year! Happy New Year!

January Series 2018 - Coming this January for the 31st year, Calvin College presents the 2018 January Series – the award winning free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekly, lunchtime lectures. This year the series begins on January 3 and continues weekdays through January 23 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST. with topics ranging from millennials and faith to restorative justice, confident pluralism, radical generosity and so much more by top experts in their fields. Thousands in west Michigan will join us on Calvin’s campus for the daily noontime lectures, others will join the conversation by watching the live feed at more than 50 remote webcast sites across the continent (including 16 sites in Michigan), while others will listen online. For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and listening options, visit our website at www.calvin.edu/january.

Great Lakes Christian High School Information evening. Come join us on Thursday January 11th at 7 pm.  Meet the staff, tour the facilities, your questions answered.  Contact www.glchs.on.ca for more info.

Open House and Celebration of Learning: Come to Smithville Christian High School’s annual celebration of students and their work on Thursday, January 18, featuring art, music, worship, student testimonies, praise team and more. Find out about project-based learning, our exciting new approach to electives, and our MacBook-for-every-student program. Info session for prospective students and their families at 7 pm open house from 7:30 to 8:30 and closing program from 8:30 to 9. The refreshments will be great and everyone is welcome. At Smithville Christian, you Belong, Believe, and Succeed.

Young Adults! Join other wonderful folks aged 18-30ish from across Ontario for the 2018 installment of the Young Adult Winter Retreat on January 26-28th, at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock! This year, we will focus on the theme “Culture” & how we’re to represent Christ to our neighbours around us, with Pastor Mike Collins from Providence CRC as our speaker. It will be a weekend full of spiritual encouragement, faith-based discussions, service, workshops, worship, fellowship, and funtivities!  Be sure to register by January 11th to receive the Early Bird rate of just $60 for the entire weekend (after that it goes up to $70).  For more info and to register, visit our Facebook page “Young Adult Winter Retreat” or email ya.retreat.team@gmail.com.  We hope to see you there!!

Come walk with us. We invite you to join us twice a week at the Fleming centre in Beamsville, Monday and Thursday mornings. We get together at 5 minutes to 10 am by the Rinkside Cafe and spend about ten minutes discussing a topic Harry picked out of the Bible, before heading up stairs to get some exercise walking on the indoor track. If you need a break from staring at the wall in the Terrace, or the house needs a break, come and join us for a half hour walk and a coffee. If you walk with a cane, or are able to set a new land speed record, we’ll have someone who will walk with you. Any questions ask or call Harry Kort or John Teitsma, if you don’t know what we look like, you can see our smiling faces in the new directory. PS. We even get some celebrities like Jane De Visser and Hermina Klein showing up on a regular basis along with our historical expert Clarence Alkema. The action starts again on Monday January 8th.  See you then.

Come to a fundraising concert for Jubilee’s Refugee Work! Canadian Worship Leader and Christian Artist Brooke Nicholls (www.brookenicholls.ca) and local band DAWN (John Dahl; Mendelt Hoekstra; Julie Hoff; Gail Poulsen; Scott Vernon) are LIVE, in concert on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30pm at Jubilee Fellowship Church (St. Catharines). Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $12 for seniors and children. All proceeds (including free will offering) will go to support Jubilee’s work with Refugees. Reserve your tickets by calling Jubilee at 905-687-3372. Professional sound by Soundbox Productions.

Armand Ruffo, January 18 - The Canada Council for the Arts, the Hamilton Poetry Centre and Redeemer are pleased to bring a number of poets to our campus. Everyone is welcome to attend these readings. More information at www.redeemer.ca/events.

Euchre Tournament:  The Upper Deck is hosting its Annual Euchre Tournament on Saturday January 20th. It will be at the Upper Deck at 6:30pm. It's $25/person and includes food, drinks, and prizes. Everyone welcome, bring your friends. And don't worry if you don't have a partner.  See you all on the 20th!!! For more information feel free to call Stephanie 905-562-7240.

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost - Until February 2 See Colin Carney's solo exhibition of digital photography, "Not All Who Wander Are Lost," in the Redeemer Art Gallery until February 2. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/colin-carney

Youth Mental Health session with Shaun Baylis, the CEO of Pathstone Mental Health. It is a free community event, and everyone is more than welcome to attend! Come by our school on Thursday, February 8th at 7 pm to learn more about the mental health of our youth, and what we can do to help the coming generations. For more information, please contact us at 905-563-5374 ext. 230 or at slavictoire@glchs.on.ca.

Steve Bell will be in Toronto on February 10th hosting his “For the Journey: Refreshing Christian Faith and Spiritual Tradition for the Weary and the Wary.” – day retreat at Knox Presbyterian Church. Earlybird tickets are only $99 (until January 15th). Visit www.stevebell.com/events for more information.

Save the date! - Living in the third third of life brings both challenges and opportunities. This training event will help disability advocates, deacons and other church leaders, and people in their third third minister within and embrace the life God gives us as we age. “Aging: Challenges and Opportunities” will take place at Maranatha CRC, Woodstock ON, on April 21, 2018. Syd Hielema, Director of the CRC’s Faith Formation Ministry will keynote: “Growing in Faith in the Third Third of Life.”


Redeemer University College is hiring! - Redeemer University College has number of position openings. Visit: http://www.redeemer.ca/staff-openings for more information

Program Coordinator - Are you passionate about coordinating projects and supporting monitoring and evaluation requirements in a disaster response context? If so, this could be the role for you. World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time opening for a Program Coordinator on the International Disaster Response team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply. The application deadline is January 22, 2018.

World Renew trip to Haiti - World Renew is organizing an open team to travel to Haiti! Are you passionate about sustainable community development? Deforestation is a serious environmental issue that threatens Haiti. Spend 8 days (March 10-18, 2018) learning about Haiti and participating in reforestation projects. Reforestation helps reduce the impact of mudslides and improves soil quality for increased food security and income for families. Applicants should be able to do physical work in tropical conditions. There may be opportunities for construction work. For more information, please contact Iona Buisman at ibuisman@worldrenew.net.

Karin Terpstra