December 23, 2018


Christmas Cards for Mountainview's Missionaries: There will be Christmas cards available to sign for our missionaries on a table in the foyer today. Please come and sign your name! Thank you, on behalf of the Outreach Team.

Young Adults Event! On December 28th from 7-11 pm we will be having an Escape Room Social. Bring a friend, or yourself. Join us in fellowship and challenge your wits against our escape room. The event will take place at 6648 Yonge St. in Smithville. Come on out!

Wednesday Evening Prayer will not be meeting on Boxing Day, Dec 26, but will resume again on Jan 2, 2019. We welcome anyone to join us Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 pm. May the hope, peace, joy and love of Jesus coming into our world at Christmas bless our hearts and lives each and every day as we look forward to His glorious return! For Prayer Ministry at Mountainview, In His Service,                                                                                                                        Nancy DeVries

PRAYER WALK: Saturday January 5th we'll be meeting at the church at 8:30 am and we walk and pray for about an hour. We've been going out on the first Saturday of the month for quite a few years. If you've ever wondered what we're about come and make a New Years resolution and join us. Some of us walk and those not able to walk drive to areas and pray. We'd love to see more people out to pray for the town of Grimsby. Contact Jane deVisser at or call 905-563-7671.

Ladies’ Breakfast - Just a reminder that we will not meet this month. Our next breakfast will be held in the New Year on Monday, January 28 at 8:30 am.

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 2019. 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 or call 905-945-0004 ext. 221.

World Renew's Gift Catalog UZIMA! Copies are on the welcome table or at Uzima is a Swahili word that means “full of life.” By choosing an item from World Renew's Gift Catalog, you can offer UZIMA — abundant life — to someone who is hungry, poor, and oppressed. You create an opportunity for God to turn everyday events into miracles like enough food, fruitful work, good health, and community service. Mountainview’s Giving Tree campaign is here to encourage you to give. During the Advent season find the Christmas tree decorated with items from the Gift Catalog as you enter the sanctuary. Take one or more and bring it along with your donation to put in to offering on Christmas Day! Our goal is to raise $3,000 through the Giving Tree campaign. Let's help others experience UZIMA!

Hello Congregation, Mountainview has entered into a rental contract with the Nature School Education Centre of Niagara to run their program out of our facility. They are a government certified private school and preschool which meets Ontario curriculum standards while giving students access to an alternative education with a Forest/Nature focus, where learning takes place largely outdoors. This is a 6-month contract that may in some ways impact the congregation, as they will be using the facility Mon-Fri each week. We have reviewed this rental with AST, custodial, ministry leaders and staff and feel that we had addressed most concerns. This is a great opportunity for us to partner with the school by providing space; to connect with kids and families in our community; and for children to be educated in responsible care and stewardship of creation. If any issues arise, please notify the office so they can be properly addressed.



2018 CBC Sing-In - Recorded in mid-December at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montréal, the 39th annual CBC Sing-In will be broadcast on Christmas Day, December 25, on CBC Radio One at 12:00 (noon), again at 4 pm on CBC Music, as well as Dec. 25 at 2 pm on ICI Musique classique, Radio-Canada's classical web radio service. The program is hosted by Julie Nesrallah, produced by Robert Rowat and led by Conductor Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Organist and Director of Music, Dr. Jonathan Oldengarm, the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, and the CBC brass and percussion ensemble. It is available anytime on-line: Enjoy the program!

"BETHEL CRC DUNNVILLE is looking forward to the beginning of ministry of their new lead pastor and his wife, Jeff and Mary Klingenberg from Hagersville CRC. You are warmly invited to share in the joy of God’s provision, to have an opportunity to greet and meet Pastor Jeff and Mary and to bless them by your attendance at the Installation. Please join us on Friday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m. for a time of communal worship and installation followed by a standing reception in the Fellowship Hall. " 

CRC office hosts award-winning lecture series: The January Series of Calvin College, one of the nations leading lecture and cultural arts series, is coming to the Canadian office of the CRCNA in Burlington, from Jan. 3 - Jan. 23, 2019.
Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in his 30 years of covering the world; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland; Jenna Bush Hager, a contributing correspondent on NBC's Today Show; and Rachael Denhollander, known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar, are among the impressive lineup of speakers. 
The experts will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including polarization in politics, immigration, sexual abuse, and climate justice, among many others. For a full list of topics visit us each weekday from 12:30-1:30 pm at the CRCNA office for these free lectures! For more information, email

Thank you, Canadian Members of the CRCNA: Sometimes you must wonder what impact we are having as a denomination. This year, the impact ranges from being part of winning the Nobel Peace Prize to launching youth curriculum; from dialoguing with Parliament on key issues to working toward 21st century communication tools for churches. God is good! Thank you for being part of these successes as a member of the CRCNA. May we continue to be used together for God’s glory in 2019! For more info. Feel free to visit:

St. Johns Presbyterian Seniors Stride Series – Transitioning into retirement --- We are very excited to announce a series of small group sessions intended specifically for our senior population. A THURSDAY morning designed to discuss senior issues hosted at St. John’s Presbyterian Church 10 Mountain Street in Grimsby beginning on THURSDAY, January 17th, 2019. Gerry McCall, from the Grimsby Life Centre will be leading this discussion group on eight consecutive Thursday mornings running from 10:30 AM – 12:00 noon. Senior’s Stride deals with various topics all centered on the dynamics of the aging process. Sessions will include factors in aging such as – family relationships, retirement, what you thought and what you got, health and well being, dignity, independence and enjoying your senior years. Cost? Donations are always welcome, but not necessary. If you would like to join the  Senior Stride Series, registration is required by Monday, January 14, 2019. To sign up please leave a message with your name and phone number at either St. Johns Presbyterian Church 905.945.5352 or at the Grimsby Life Centre 905.309.0944.  We are looking forward to this opportunity!

Open House and Celebration of Learning: Grade 8 students, come to Smithville Christian High School’s annual celebration of students and their work on Thursday, January 17, 2019, featuring art, music, worship, student testimonies, praise team and more. Find out about project-based learning, our exciting approach to electives, and our MacBook-for-every-student program. Information session for prospective students (Grades 7 and 8) and their families at 7 p.m., open house from 7:30 to 8:30 and closing program at 8:30. Everyone is welcome, especially prospective students and their families. At Smithville Christian, you Belong, Believe, and Succeed.

Emerging Public Intellectual - Jan. 23, 2019 - Dr. Heath Carter, a historian who specializes in the church's role in addressing inequality in America, has been named Redeemer's 2018 Emerging Public Intellectual! On January 23rd, join Dr. Carter at Redeemer as he receives his award and offers the prestigious World And Our Calling lecture. Learn more:

The Drowsy Chaperone - Jan 30 - Feb. 2, 2019 - Redeemer's mainstage musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, will be running from January 30th to February 2nd. With show-stopping songs and dance, this musical within a comedy tells the hilarious tale of a glamorous stage actress and her impending wedding to a tap-dancing groom. With ruffians posing as pastry chefs, will the Jazz Age wedding go off without a hitch?

Conference: The Prodigal Love of God - Join us April 4-6, 2019, at Dordt College for The Prodigal Love of God Conference: Reencountering Dort at 400 and Beyond. Through invited plenaries and panel discussions, this conference will feature conversations about the historical legacy and the future of Protestantism as well as the opportunities facing the global church in the decades ahead. Confirmed speakers include Marilynne Robinson, Richard Mouw, James K.A. Smith, Timothy George, Paul Lim, Suzanne McDonald, Jemar Tisby, and Tish Harrison Warren. For info go to Register at

HANDS (Help Another Nation Develop Schools): Through short-tem missions, you can help build safe, Christ-centred schools for children around the world. We’re forming an open HANDS team to got to Belize from April 7-17, 2019 and want YOU to join! Contact John at or 289-527-0003.

December’s Issue of CPJJusticeNews is  now available at for those interested in the particular focus of Refugees and Immigration as well as other Canadian and global justice issues.

Bus Drivers still needed!  NACE continues to seek bus drivers due to the ongoing shortage. We have a specific need East of Smithville (Fenwick/Welland area) and Caistor Centre (southwest of Smithville), as well an ongoing needs for spare and occasional drivers.  Please contact Kevin Huinink: 519-546-9159 or or encourage someone you know to do the same.




Karin Terpstra