September 1, 2019


PRAYER WALK: Saturday Sept.7th. 8:30am.-9:30am. we'll be meeting at Tim's across from Coles. Contact Jane deVisser if you're interested in joining us. 905-563-7671 or e-mail


“Making a big church feel like a small, close-knit community starts here.” Autumn is upon on us and the Small Group Ministry team is encouraging all groups to make plans to re-connect for the Fall Season. Not in a small group? Re-Group takes place during the month of January, but until then there may be room in an existing group for you. Contact a member of the Small Group Ministry Team to get plugged in. Our team consists of Trisha DeVries, Tyler Couperus, Dave DeGraaf, and Sigrid & Rod Blake.  Email us at


ALL VOLUNTEERS: There will be a 20-30 minute Safe Church Training/Refresher session for all volunteers who work with vulnerable persons at Mountainview. (Volunteers for Nursery, First Look, 252 Kids will receive training from Christine Winter at their meeting. Same for Youth/ MS, training to take place with Brandon). If you serve in another ministry, or cannot make the other meetings, you are strongly encouraged to join us on Sunday September 22nd, we begin 15 minutes after the close of the service in the sanctuary. Bring your coffee, come get refreshed!

COMMISSIONING SERVICE ~ As we begin another season, we pray for God's blessing on our ministries at Mountainview and that each of us will find our place of service within this congregation, eager to Glorify God! and Grow in relationships; Go serving one another and our community. On Sunday September 15th, we will be commissioning those who have been called to serve in the various ministries of our church. Mountainview is blessed to have such a diverse inter-generational group of volunteers. Remember those volunteers who touched your life both directly and indirectly and take a moment to thank them!



Looking for Middle School Leaders!! Are you up for the challenge of growing with and encouraging Middle School students in their faith? Come talk to Brandon about being a leader.

 Upcoming Dates for Youth!!  
·         Youth BBQ Kick off is Sunday, September 15th!! Bring the family to 37 Garden Dr. to enjoy a BBQ Dinner. First Youth night small group session to follow. Starts at 3:00 pm, pickup at 7:30 pm
·         Middle School Kick off is Sunday, September 22nd from 5-7:30 pm here at the church. Hope they are ready for an evening of fun and games!

 Changes coming to Youth @ Mountainview
Youth Nights and Faith Instruction are combining to become Faith Formation nights! Starting officially on September 22nd Youth will be meeting every Sunday night from 5:00-7:30 pm. Nights will begin with a regular Faith Instruction lesson, followed by dinner and a time to socialize. We will then end the night either with games, praise & worship, or a Youth Alpha small-group session.



Only a few more volunteers needed for Sunday morning Children’s Ministry: 1 volunteer for Walkers; 1 Youth volunteer for Kids@Mountainview (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month); 1 Name Board Greeter for Children (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month). Thank you to the other 63 people who have already committed to volunteering in Children’s Ministry for this year.

GEMS is starting again at the end of September with a campfire kickoff!! Grades 3-8 girls are invited!!! Registration and info can all be found online on Mountainview's website.  We are looking for a few more ladies to join the TEAM as counselors!  Do you feel a passion for telling girls about God's love?!  Giving them a fun, safe place to spend time with their cool counselor and make friends?!  If you want more info on what this entails, just email Thanks!  


As a community of believers, it is such a blessing to hold one another, our community and our world up in prayer before our Heavenly Father. Mountainview's Prayer Ministry will be meeting weekly again starting this week on Wednesdays in the Prayer room at 7pm to do just that. However due to previously planned engagements we WILL NOT MEET on September 11. Please contact Nancy: 905-945-1872 or email for any questions, prayer requests or praises. All are welcome!


The Mountainview Knitwits are beginning a new season of knitting and other handiwork on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the home of Hinke Draaistra at 7 pm. Bring your completed summer projects for a time of show and tell. If you have an interest in knitting or crocheting, consider joining this fun interest group! New members are always welcome. Contact Pauline Smit at 905-957-0782 for further information.


MISSION CIRCLE starts its 2019 season on Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 am in the Choir Room.  We look forward to seeing everyone again and invite anyone interested in joining to come on out.  If you enjoy knitting, sewing or crocheting, (or want to learn how) there are many projects, both local and further afield, where your talents can be used to be a blessing to others.   Join us for a time of fellowship, coffee/tea and goodies as we work together.  Preschoolers are welcome.  For more information, please call Janny Beck (905-945-9349) or Betsy Witteveen (905-945-8092).


At-Home Faith Formation Tip - Fall can be an overwhelming and anxious time for students of all ages. How could you encourage the students in your family or your church this week? You might bake cookies, share a favorite book, send a card. And pray for them as they discover the gifts God has given them and explore how God might be calling them to use those gifts. (Tip from Faith Formation Ministries;


The Banner's Guide to the Acts of Synod 2019 - Every year, following the CRC's annual general assembly, the denomination publishes a hefty volume detailing all the 'acts' of that year's synod. If you get bogged down in the 50,000-word document or are intimidated to even pick it up, The Banner's 3,000-word guide is for you. Find it at


Youth Justice Project - MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! The Youth Justice Project is an annual video contest funded by NewGround (a program of Diaconal Ministries Canada). Teens from CRCs across Canada are invited to identify an injustice in their community and share ways they hope to address it. Winners will receive money, as well as coaching and support, from NewGround staff. Get more information on our website:



Joshua 4:21-24 – Our board and schools (JKCS, CCS) have announced their long-anticipated rebranding, and are excited to open their doors in just a few weeks as Cairn Christian School in Smithville and Stoney Creek. For further details, we would love for you to read more at (make sure you read both above and below the logo for the statement and press release).

THANK YOU to all who came out to peel peaches to support Christian education! It was a great time of fellowship and community building. Your work also raises the profile of our schools in the local community through the peach festival and brings added revenue to our annual budget!

Cairn Christian Schools invite you to our opening assemblies on Tuesday, September 3 at 9:00am to kick of our academic year. Join us as we start a new year, asking God to ‘Lead the Way!’

Swing for Students! The students of Smithville Christian High School and Cairn Christian School (with campuses in Smithville and Stoney Creek) invite you to support them by playing golf. The annual Christian school fundraising golf tournament will be held on Saturday, September 21 at Sawmill Golf Course. Check-in and lunch at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. You don’t need a foursome to join. Register now: we will make foursomes and you will make new friends. Sponsorship information and the online registration form can be found on the school websites: or or you can find forms directly at these links: 2019 Sponsorship form:; 2019 Golfer registration form: New this year – you can pay by credit card and there will be a sponsor scavenger hunt! Looking forward to seeing you on the fairways.

Liturgy of the Ordinary - How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. On September 25th, join Redeemer and CRC Faith Formation Ministries for a day of conversation with award-winning authors Tish Harrison Warren and Jen Pollock Michel.


The Ambassadors Christian Male Choir in its 51st year of Music Ministry with approximately 20 seasoned singers is seeking a new dynamic Christian Director of Music beginning in September 2019 for weekly Wednesday rehearsals in Hamilton Ontario and to perform ~ 8 concerts per season. Interested qualified candidates are invited to respond to , 519-755-4865 or 905-389-2104. If you have a recommendation, we also encourage you to contact us

Campaign Life Coalition Golf Tournament: Our 10th annual Rose Golf Tournament is on September 5th! This is a unique golf fundraiser. First of all, it is played at the scenic and challenging Derrydale Golf Course in Mississauga. Secondly, the golf course is just 12 holes and therefore your time commitment is not too large; you can usually make it home for dinner. Finally, thanks to the immense generosity of Jim & Pat Holmes, owners of Derrydale, all proceeds come back to CLC! Where else can you have a terrific enjoyable afternoon on the links while contributing to the life-saving work of Campaign Life?  And all for just $85, including a steak or chicken lunch!  This golf tournament sells out every year!  Register by calling 416-204-9749 or toll-free at 1-800-730-5358.  Call ASAP to ensure your preferred tee-off time.


YOUNG ADULTS GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Join hundreds of young adults on Saturday, October 5th, at Forest City Community Church in London, Ontario, for a high energy, exciting, and stimulating day on Christian leadership. Our slate of speakers from around the world and from different sectors of society will spark your imagination and the schedule will give you ample opportunities to meet other young adults from southwestern Ontario. Costs are $25 for Student or Early Bird registrations (before Sept. 15) or $40 for Regular registrations. All-day refreshments and lunch included! Bring along non-Christian friends or peers. Questions? Email Mike Wagenman at or search Facebook for the event connected to Mike’s profile. You won’t want to miss this!


If it is family fun and great food you are looking for, you won’t want to miss this year’s Annual Fun Fair at Countryside Camp in Cambridge. This year we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our summer camp ministry “Camp Shalom!” This fun-filled event will have activities for all ages including auctions, games, Grand River Inflatable Rides, animal train, climbing wall, horse drawn carriage rides, and a chain saw artisan. Don’t forget the food; Dutch, Canadian, and Hispanic Specialties. It all happens Saturday 10 am to 3pm, September 21st, 2019. For more information call 519-623-4860,888-226-7722 or click on the link


Hamilton Marathon ROAD2HOPE: November 2nd & 3rd CityKidz will be participating in Hamilton’s Road2Hope marathon and we want YOU to be there!  Our goal is to raise $15,000 and we need your help!  Register to walk or run and collect pledges. Remember to choose CityKidz as the charity that you are supporting when you register. OR help by sponsoring a participants / one of our youth to run. Look up someone you know who is running or search ‘CityKidz’ to pledge to our runners or a team. We also need volunteers on race weekend; you can help by calling 905-544-3996 x243.


Montreal Ministry to Seafarers:  M2S is undergoing many changes with a new logo, a new app and new ways of connecting with seafarers. We want to give you easier access to your ministry at M2S and offer you access to seafarers. Through the app, you can exchange thoughts with a seafarer on what you’re reading in the Bible, access video content and help tell the story of M2S with your friends and family. Download the app here: As Christmas approaches, watch for content that will help you promote the Christmas parcel drive.

Pray with us:  All our efforts are meant to increase our effectiveness in our work and point more seafarers to Christ. We can’t do this without your prayers!

  • Pray that many seafarers and supporters will download the app.

  • Pray for Doni, our summer intern, who is developing content for the app, that she would be inspired by the Holy Spirit and we’d see the fruit of her labours.

·         That the app will serve as an effective tool to tell the M2S story and engage more people.








Karin Terpstra