August 19, 2018


Congregational Conversation

“Open Forum” Meeting: Since the charges against our brother Jonathan Monster were made public, members of our congregation have been struggling with their feelings. They are asking: “What is the appropriate way for our community of faith to respond?” Several members have expressed their thoughts in letters sent to our Council. Their opinions were expressed with passion and vary greatly.

In this difficult time, Council feels that it is wise for our congregation to come together in an “open forum” meeting. During this meeting there will be an opportunity for our members to express their thoughts, to listen to one another, and to pray together. You are encouraged to come. This meeting will take place, our Lord willing, on Tuesday August 28th, starting at 7 o’clock. Will you pray, in the words of Paul ‘continually’ for this meeting and for our congregation?

Worship team @ Mountainview. Worship is a central component of life at Mountainview, and the worship team would be blessed by new participants, particularly those who play core instruments such as piano, guitar, drums, and yes, even organ! If you have a heart for leading worship, experience in singing or in playing an instrument, and have a desire to grow as a musician in team ministry, we would love to hear from you. We encourage especially less experienced musicians to give consideration to this opportunity, as mentoring and coaching are core components of how we operate.

Your prayerful consideration is appreciated. The month of August is a time where we want to give particular attention to having our "doors" open for this opportunity for you to become involved in this area of church life. You can send a note of interest, or questions, to Will Lammers, at Thanks for considering!

OFFICE ASSISTANT: The office is looking for someone who can fill in for vacation relief or the occasional sick day. Need someone able to answer phones, photo copy and do some computer work, with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. If this interests you, please contact Alice Posthumus at, 905-945-0004 x 228 or 905-516-4211.                                                                      



PEACH PEELING: It's that time of year again where we kick off our year of fundraising for Covenant and John Knox Christian Schools. The money raised at these events by willing participants of our communities ALL go toward everyday expenses of running our schools. Please come out and join us for some fun while supporting NACE!

We need peelers Wednesday, August 22 from 9 am to 5pm, AND from 6 pm to 9 pm, Thursday, August 23 from 9 am to finish! We are also in need of childcare helpers, set up crew the Monday before and a clean-up crew on Thursday evening.

If you think you can help or have more questions please visit our Facebook page or contact Jenna Kralt or Jessica VanGeest for more info: or
Find a friend, grab your favourite peeling knife (gloves, apron and lunch provided!) and head on down to John Knox Christian School to help make a difference in our schools!


Ordination Service for Candidate Mark DeVos: All members of Classis Niagara are invited to witness the joyous occasion of the Ordination of Candidate Mark DeVos, as pastor of The Village Church, Thorold. The service will take place on Today, August 19th at 2:00 pm, at St.Johns Church, 2 Carleton St. S., Thorold. We give thanks to God for bringing Candidate Mark DeVos and the Village Church together and pray for many years of blessings on his ministry.

Ancaster Day of Encouragement (DOE) Retired - After a year of careful evaluation and review involving Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) partners, stakeholders, staff and beyond, the decision has been made to no longer offer the annual Ancaster DOE. (This event, along with DMC's AGM, was typically held in October.) Please stay tuned as some exciting new plans are being developed. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact DMC at 1-800-730-3490 or Please also note that this year’s AGM will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 7:30pm (EST), in Burlington

Liberatas in Concert - Drayton Christian Reformed Church - Join us August 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Drayton CRC for Libertas in concert. For tickets see Questions? Email or call 905-522-0001.

Attention all resident family members. Shalom is hosting an End of Summer Festival on Saturday, September 8 and we are hoping many resident family members will be able to attend that day of family and fun!  For more information, please see our website or our Facebook page.

Beginnings 3K Walk/Run/Roll Event - Join Beginnings Family Services for its 25th annual 3K Walk/Run/Roll event on Saturday, September 15th at Dundas Driving Park, Hamilton or walk and raise money in your neighborhood if you're not able to make it to Hamilton and send us photos that we can share on Facebook. Registration opens at 9:00 am with the run starting at 9:30 am. This is a family-friendly event held in the center of Dundas Driving Park, and includes fun activities for kids, refreshments and a light lunch. Minimum donation of $25 if no pledges; all proceeds support the pregnancy counselling work of Beginnings. To register email or visit

Cross-Cultural Training Opportunity - World Renew is offering a two-day cross-cultural training for those exploring a career in missions or in an international development context. This training will also equip and give you the foundations for serving wisely in your community. The training will be on September 14 & 15, 2018 at 3475 Mainway, Burlington. Our session leaders are seasoned development workers, pastors, teachers and professors. Come away with new tools as you learn about World View, Justice and Community Transformation, Spiritual Care, Up-stander and Gender Justice, Safety & Risk Management, Culture Shock and more. Contact Alyssa Woudstra at to register. Registration is $50/person. You do not currently have to be serving with World Renew to participate. Questions? Email us!

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

Alcohol or drugs in your family or social circles? Get educated before you try to “fix” it. Family Outreach Ontario is available for speaking engagements. Call 1888-809-0464 or visit

CPJ: inspired by faith to act for Justice, deals with issues of: poverty in Canada, ecological justice, refugee rights, taxation, and democratic reform. Their Justice-E-News August 16, 2018 update, is now available by following this link: Justice E-News.


Redeemer University College has various position openings. Applicants are requested to email their application along with a statement that articulates their faith perspective and how it relates to Redeemer University College’s mission and identity as a university in the Protestant and Reformed Christian tradition. More information at

We still have openings for school bus drivers for the 2018-19 school year and for spare drivers. NACE covers all expenses for medical, licensing, and vulnerable sector checks, and will provide full training if you are considering getting started! Contact Kevin Huinink at 519-546-9159 or More info. at:

 Shalom Manor & Gardens - We presently are looking for part-time Dietary Aides to join our dynamic team here at Shalom.  We are a unique Christian Seniors long-term care community with residents of a mostly Dutch background.  For a rewarding career, in a Christian setting, send your resume to

"The Bridge App" Job Posting - RELATIONAL. MISSIONAL. LOCAL. The Bridge App has been developed for the CRC as a tool to connect churches with their communities and community members to the body of Christ. It has been so well received by the churches across Canada that there is now a growing list of enhancements waiting to be made. The app developer is looking to add a person in the role of "Full Stack Developer" to their staff to implement these enhancements. See the full job posting at There is no deadline listed for receiving applications; however, the app developer is looking to hire as soon as possible. Questions? Contact Dorothy Vandersteen at


1.  Program Manager, Direct Marketing - Are you passionate about marketing and using your skills to help people living in poverty? If so, World Renew has an opportunity for you! World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time opening for a Program Manager, Direct Marketing within our Constituency Relations (CORE) team. This position will be based in the Burlington, Ontario office and will be responsible for leading the direct marketing program at World Renew. The successful candidate will put his or her direct marketing skills to work developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving cross channel direct marketing campaigns for World Renew's general donor fundraising strategy. In this way you'll help grow the loyal and recurring donor base, welcome and engage new donors, and reacquire lapsed donors for increased financial support and lives changed for the better worldwide. For more information, or to apply, please visit!

2.  RFP - HR Strategist - Are you passionate about people? World Renew seeks to engage a Human Resources (HR) Strategist to provide leadership for the human resources planning of each team and overall organizational structure of World Renew, starting with the evaluation of the field offices. This will include an analysis of current positions and structures, a review of the compensation structure (including policies related to benefits and taxation) and compiling recommendations. The HR Strategist will consult with various staff on their human resource plans and staffing needs essential to support the mission and strategy of the agency. For more information, please see the complete Request For Proposal on our website:



















Karin Terpstra