January 14, 2018



Are you called to serve?

Mountainview’s vision is to transform lives by the love of Jesus, bringing hope, healing and good news in a broken world. Within in our community we have Elders and Deacons who serve our congregation and community for their spiritual, personal and physical needs so that each person can experience and grow in the richness of God’s grace.

In the upcoming months there will be an opportunity for those gifted in walking alongside people on their life journeys to become part of Mountainview Church’s ministry team. The process to identify these names has begun. If this is something you would be interested in and feel called to do, or if you know someone you feel is gifted for either one of these roles, please pass their name on to the Clerk, Glenn Heinen, in the next few weeks. You may email Glenn (clerk@mountainviewcrc.org) or place the nomination(s) in his mail slot.

Nominees will be asked to attend a one-hour Information Session where they will hear from current Elders and Deacons and get an understanding of the roles and expectations. At any time, nominees can request a one-on-one meeting with a current Elder/Deacon. 

Please prayerfully consider this opportunity.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POTLUCKS: Neighbourhoods are one way we, as a church body, can connect with fellow Christians 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. Our regular coffee social will still be held while preparations are underway for the luncheon! Mark your calendar to join us, the dates are as follows: Neighbourhood 1 ~ February 4th; Neighbourhood 2 ~ February 11th; Neighbourhood 3 ~ February 25th; Neighbourhood 4 ~ March 4th. 

Tyler Couperus would like to make a presentation of his volunteer experience with Euro Relief on the island of Lesbos Greece on Tuesday January 23rd at 7:30 pm in the choir room.  Come all who are interested.

65+’ers are meeting on 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 tonight at 7pm 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.

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.

Middle School meets again tonight! We will be finishing our series called "Reality show".  This week's topic is: Every family is forever, so treat them that way.

Youth meets again tonight! We will be spending the next few youth nights talking about relationships and dating.  Parents please note youth will be taking a book home called Questions from the Pickle Jar by Ron De boer.  Youth are encouraged to read this on their own.  Youth will also be coming home with a letter to parents about what we are discussing and some resources for parents to continue the discussion at home.  

The youth room will be open the 3rd Sunday of each month after the morning service for high school youth ONLY to utilize and hang out.  On January 21st, high schoolers, come to the youth room after the service and get a care package for exam week studying!       



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!

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.”

Beyond Jerusalem - True excitement about something that has changed our lives is hard to keep to ourselves. That’s exactly how the first believers began spreading the gospel message. Join Groundwork as we study Acts 8 to discover how God’s plan unfolds even as violence and oppression try to smother the message. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork's weekly emails for future episodes.

January Series 2018 - 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. For more information about the speakers, topics, remote sites and listening options, visit our website at www.calvin.edu/january.

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! - It’s not too late! There is still time to register for the Young Adult Winter Retreat! Join others aged 18-30ish from across the province on January 26-28, 2018 at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock for a weekend assured to be full of spiritual encouragement, faith-based discussions, service, workshops, fellowship, and funtivities! We will be focusing on the theme of “Culture” and how we’re to represent Christ to our neighbours around us, as led by our speaker Pastor Mike Collins. Visit our Facebook page “Young Adult Winter Retreat” or email ya.retreat.team@gmail.com for more details and the link to register. We hope to see you there!

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.

Starting a Missional Community Where You Are - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on mission together in your neighbourhood and community? The Classis Niagara Discipleship Team invites you to a series of breakfast sessions to discover and learn what it means to live on mission and live out the Great Commission. Five Saturday Morning Breakfast Sessions: Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24 and April 7 From 8:30 - 11:30 am at The HUB. Cost is $25/person for the whole training. To register or for more information contact Hilda Vander Klippe: hilda@myvillagechurch.ca905-397-0502; or Allen Kleine Deters: allen@thebridgenf.ca289-687-0169.

FAMILY FIRE - is an online community exploring Spirit-led family, marriage, parenting, in-laws, blended families, and intimacy. Find encouraging articles and devotions at familyfire.com. Subscribe for regular email updates and connect with our Family Fire community on Facebook.

9th Annual HAMILTON PLACE CONCERT – March 31, 2018, Hosanna Choir & Mattaniah Christian Male Choir. Tickets are now available for the annual combined concert of the 130 voice Hosanna Choir & 40 voice Mattaniah Christian Male Choir concert which will once again be held, the Lord willing, at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly called Hamilton Place) on Saturday, March 31 at 7:30pm. In addition to our regular line-up of musicians of Ryan Vandenberg (Organ), Andre Knevel (Organ), Naomi Van Manen (Piano), Scott Harrison & Aaron  (trumpets), the concert will also feature Doug Miller (Flute), and Jaco van Houselt (Tenor).  Tickets are aviailable at $19 & $29, and can be obtained through a choir member, or contact Wendy den Hollander at 905-628-1211 or email her at hdenhollander@yahoo.com or online at www.hosanna-choir.org


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

World Renew has opportunities in the following positions based in Burlington: Program Coordinator, Global Engagement (Full-time; Deadline Jan. 29); Church Relations Associate (Full-time Parental Leave; Deadline Feb. 5); Program Coordinator on the International Disaster Response team (Full-time; Deadline Jan.22). Please visit our website at http://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.

Camp Shalom Summer Staff - If you love Jesus and like working with kids or individuals with special needs, then apply to be on staff at Camp Shalom this summer. Located just outside of Cambridge, Ont., Camp Shalom offers programming for kids in grades 1-12 and for adults with special needs. We are now accepting applications for our summer staff positions. All positions are paid and you must be 17 before Dec. 31st, 2018 to apply. Visit www.countrysidecamp.com to apply and for a list of available positions. Interviews will start February 17th.

 Exodus Vision Tour Led by a Resonate Missionary - Step back into ancient times and walk the paths of the Exodus from Egypt to Israel. From Saturday, April 14, 2018 — Sunday, April 29, 2018, you'll be given a vision of Christ’s historical chosen people so you can build a vision for today’s church. Deadline to apply is March 16. Visit resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

Help Students in Lithuania Reach their Language Goals - This July (July 1-29) you have the opportunity to travel to Lithuania and teach English, lead games, and/or provide spiritual support to students from up to ten different countries. Visit Resonateglobalmission.org/Go to learn more about these opportunities and many more!



























Karin Terpstra