September 16, 2018

MOUNTAINVIEW NEWS

Announcements for youth and middle school:

Parents of middle schoolers and youth; please go to the Mountainview website and register for the season before events begin. On the task bar, click on MINISTRIES and then either the Middle School or Youth page. Click “REGISTER” at the bottom of the page. Thanks.

Middle School Kick off!! Friday September 21st at Skyzone in St Catherines. Please purchase your tickets (unlimited glow time) and fill in the waiver online on their website;  https://www.skyzone.com/ca-stcatharines, before the 21st.  We will meet at the church for 6pm and estimate to be back at the church at 10:30pm.  All must wear glow in the dark clothing for this event. Please let Janice know if you are going!
  
Niagara Classis Youth Group Competition; On Saturday September 22nd the youth groups of Niagara classis are gathering at Smithville Christian from 6-9pm for some competition! There will be a bbq, 9 square and Spikeball. Calling the Mountainview Youth to compete with your peers; lets represent!!   

Middle School and Youth start up again Sunday September 23rd from 5-7pm.  We will meet in the gym for dinner first.  See you then.  

Flower Box Fundraiser - The Puerto Rico mission team is building and selling flower boxes for their trip. Two options: square box, fits an 6” pot or triangle prism fits a 4.5” pot; a fall mum is included. A great piece of décor for by your front door. Cost $40 each. Please contact Janice Schwanz to place an order; youthdirector@mountainviewcrc.org or call 289-377-8389.     

Soup and Chili Cook-off Fundraiser - The Puerto Rico mission team is putting on their aprons and cooking up their favourite soup or chili recipes for you. Taste test each one and vote for your favourite: Saturday September 29; 5:30pm-7:30pm @ Mountainview. Cost by donation.

FAITH INSTRUCTION for students in grades 9 through 12 starts up Tuesday September 18th for another church calendar year. We’ll meet for one hour, beginning at 7 p.m. Mr. Tony Kamphuis will be leading grades 9 & 10 through a study of the Heidelberg Catechism- “HC & Me” and Pastor Sid Couperus will be taking grades 11 and 12 through the “Come and See” Please come out and join us! Take that next step in developing your relationship with God.

COMMISSIONING SERVICE ~ As we begin another season, we pray for God's blessing on our ministries at Mountainview. May each of us will find a way to use our gifts within this congregation and our community, eager to serve and grow and help one another. This morning 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-generation group of volunteers. Remember those volunteers who touch your life both directly and indirectly, and take some time to thank them!

CLUSTER GROUPS: We are getting excited for the start of Cluster Groups! Almost 180 people have signed up to participate. We begin Sunday September 30th @ 7 pm in the Sanctuary. If you have not heard from them yet, your Small Group Leader will be in touch with you shortly.

Performing Arts @ Mountainview presents the MOMENTUM Choir in concert on Friday October 19th, 2018 @ 7 p.m. Momentum Choir is a highly disciplined, professionally facilitated performance choir, that consists entirely of musicians living with a disability. The Choir started in 2007, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, in response to an important need in the community. Momentum Choir nurtures the musical talent of people with disabilities. It serves as an artistic channel, empowering musicians with opportunities to showcase their abilities and communicate their love for music. The concert will take place at Mountainview Church, 290 Main St. East in Grimsby. Tickets: $15 each, or $35 per family (w/children 15 & under.) Available at The Dutch Shop in Grimsby, or at the door on the evening of the concert.

SERVE SATURDAY is being organized by the Outreach team on October 13th; a morning where we can bless those in our community by serving them. Join us first for breakfast, devotions and prayer at 8:30 at Mountainview. Then, go out into the community in groups to serve others' needs - fall yard clean ups, helping out at GBF, visiting seniors, doing small projects etc. After your project, join us back at the church at noon for a BBQ lunch and more fellowship.  Need Assistance? Know anyone who needs help? Want to sign up to serve? Please contact Gerry: geertbijsma@gmail.com or Jessica: duaneandjess@hotmail.com905-563-3676. Child care will be provided for children 3 and under. Come and serve with your small group, friends and church family. Come connect with and make a difference in your community!Personal Support Needed for a Mountainview Attendee: A mature person with a good sense of humour is required to provide personal support to a young senior living in Grimsby with various activities including: grocery shopping, meal prep., and community involvement. 2 to 3 afternoons/evenings per week for a total of 10 hours; Days and times negotiable. Wage of $18-$20/hr based on experience. Remuneration for gas. Police check required. Please send your resume and cover letter to islanddan1953@gmail.com

Help needed:  Many of you in our congregation know Eric Slothouber. Eric has moved to 125 Livingston, Unit 27, Grimsby and is attending Mountainview. The deacons have been assisting Eric with driving him to church on Sunday mornings as well as driving him to the YMCA late Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We are seeking volunteers to assist us with this need. Please contact Eric Heinen or any of the deacons if you are willing and able to help out. 

Cadets is looking for people with special interests, skills or hobbies! eg. computers, metal working, electronics, plumbing, cars, health care, police, etc. anything that might be interesting to young boys that you are willing to show them for a night or two. I would like to develop a list of potential contacts to help counselors when looking for something different for their cadets to work on. Note: both men and women are welcome! :). Please consider this and contact Greg Van Geest if you are interested in helping out in this regard:  greg_vangeest@hotmail.com / 289-407-5048. Thank you! 

Coffee Break begins a new season on Tuesday, October 2nd. Registration is open and studies for the year are listed on the Mountainview website: www.mountainviewcrc.org/coffee-break. We offer Story Hour and nursery for the children, but we need babysitters. Able to babysit any Tuesday morning? Please contact Helen at lhdegraaf@sympatico.ca or 905-945-2128.

ATTENTION: ALL MEN! Men’s Life will commence again on Saturday, September 22nd @ 8:30 am. Our first meeting will be of an organizational nature, as we need to discuss what our focus of study for this term will be. Please come prepared with any ideas and/or study materials which we could use to “gain wisdom and understanding” of God’s Word and His will for our lives. We need YOU to come and learn with us.

Mountainview Book Club: The Book Club meets this evening, Sept. 16, for a discussion on our first book of the new season, Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson. We meet at 7:00 in the church library for refreshments followed by reflections on the novel. Visitors and new members are always welcome.  Questions? Call Liz Meijer at 905-945-9374. 

Mountainview Photo Club: Do you have an interest in photography?  Come join us as we set out to Grow & Go this year with workshops on different aspects of photography and outings where we experiment with what we have learned.  We enjoy growing as a group, both in our knowledge of photography and as Christians.  Devotions will be based on the Fruit of the Spirit and learning how we can Grow & Go with the Holy Spirit.  You will need a camera that has adjustable settings for the meetings. Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 24th, at 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room.  We meet once a month until Spring. If you would like to join us or wish any more information, please contact Corinne Bosch (905) 945-4519 or email bosch.corinne@gmail.com.

PRAYER WALK: we'll be meeting Saturday October 6th. at Tim's across from Coles at 8:30am. walk/drive until 9:30am. For anyone curious about our walks come and join us or give me, Jane deVisser a call. We'd love to have you join us: 905-563-7671 or pjdevisser@sympatico.ca


CHURCH CALENDAR


LOCAL & DENOMINATIONAL NEW 

APPLE-PIE-MAKING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please join NACE for our annual Apple Pie Making on Friday, September 28 at JOHN KNOX CHRISTIAN SCHOOL in Stoney Creek, starting at 8:30 am. It's a day of fun, fellowship, making pies, and peeling apples while raising funds for NACE. Even if you have only 1 hour to spare! Bring your favourite paring knife, a bowl and a friend. Lunch will be provided for all those who help. Childcare is provided. Last year was a huge success, please come and help make this year even better!  Questions? Call Irene Huinink (905.945.6788), Sheri Nywening (905.563.9209), or Barb Vanderkolk (905.309.4474). To order pies see the order sheet in your church mail slot or call the John Knox office – 905-643-2460.

MENTORS NEEDED! The Crossroads Prison Ministry's mentors have been privileged to minister to some 4000 students in over 100 prisons in Canada, by marking their bible lessons and writing them an encouraging letter. Over half a dozen members of our congregation are participating in this exciting ministry. But more mentors are needed to bless the many prisoners who need Jesus to set them "free" while in prison.  Please, consider this opportunity to reach out to those who are looking for someone to show them that Jesus loves them. You can call Martie van Niekerk at 905-928-9011 or one of our congregation's mentors at 945-0367. 

2019 Niagara Church Directory - Christian Courier is beginning work on the Church Directory which is given out to 2200 homes and businesses in the Niagara area. The pages are in full colour. If you own a business, belong to an organization, or know of one that you think would benefit from advertising in the directory, send an email to ncd@christiancourier.ca or phone Ineke at 905-937-3314. Thank you.

I Am Not My Own - Jeremy Benjamin Zeyl and his family (wife and two children, ages 9 and 5) are returning to Ontario after crossing Canada for the last 5 months on the I Am Not My Own worship & mission tour with CRCNA and World Renew. The tour will continue until May 2019, culminating at the CRC Canadian National Gathering in Edmonton. The Zeyl clan is in need of a home to stay in (November 15, 2018 - April 15, 2019) somewhere in southern Ontario, to continue the fundraising tour from a single, central location. Do you have or know of a home that will be vacant for this period or for part of it? Please contact Lara Schat-Zeyl, lschat@hotmail.com.

Last Chance to Register for Grimsby Life Centre Seniors Stride Group – Gerry McCall, our seniors’ counsellor at St. John’s Presbyterian, will lead seven consecutive Tuesday discussion groups from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. The intro. meeting is on Tuesday, September 25thSenior’s Stride will be deal with topics related to aging: Family relations, ageism, wellbeing, dignity, independence and participation. Donations are welcome, but not necessary. Registration is required by September 17th, 2018. Please call the Grimsby Life Centre 905.309.0944 to register or for more information. We are looking forward to this opportunity.

With thankfulness to our God, Niagara Christian Gleaners board and committees are humbled to inform you that the capital campaign of 2.2 million has been met! Donations will now go to the operating budget as we hope to start production after the open house on September 29th 11 am-3 pm! Please join us then! Thank you for your continued support.

Word & Deed Music Concert Fundraiser - We warmly welcome you to an evening of music performed by Corneil Byl on the organ and piano at Hamilton Free Reformed Church on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 pm. Corneil will be playing a repertoire of classical and various other well-known selections as well as accompanying the audience in singing a number of hymns and psalms. A freewill offering will be taken to support a Word & Deed after-school program in India.

RIGHT TO LIFE EVENTS:

1. St. Catharines Right to Life presents Fatal Flaws, a new documentary showing the perils of legalized euthanasia, on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Harbour Fellowship Church, St. Catharines, at 7 pm. Free admission. Refreshments served. All welcome.  Contact:  info@chooselife.ca or 905-684-7505.
2. Life Chain - On Sunday, September 30 from 1 – 2 pm we plan to gather at the intersection of Main and Christie St. in Grimsby to pray for an end to abortion. We will be joining our silent prayers with thousands of people in 1600 locations across Canada and the US who will be forming Life Chains on the same day! We will peacefully stand, holding provided signs, in honor of the 60 million lives who have been lost to abortion. This is a local witness intended to generate thought and discussion within our community and to demonstrate that abortion is not a closed or settled issue in this country. 

 

St. John’s Presbyterian Women are hosting their Fall Harvest Lunch & Deli Table on Saturday October 13, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Hope to see you there.

Fall Friendship Festival; Saturday, October 20, 2018; ClearView Church, Oakville; 10am - 2pm. Hey, everyone... it's time for another festival! Join us for a day of fun and activities and meet new friends. Come and enjoy music and singing with Jacob Moon. Jacob is a professional musician from Hamilton... you will enjoy his music! Enjoy Jacob Moon’s music at www.jacobmoon.com. Invite your friends and neighbours and forward this invitation to all your friends.

Opening Soon!  The Martindale Commons is preparing to open this October. Martindale Commons is for seniors who would like to live in a Christian environment, can live independently and would enjoy enhanced services including meals, housekeeping, flat linen laundry, activities, scheduled transportation, and an emergency response system.  Units are still available. Contact accommodations@martindaleplace.com or 905-988-9414.   


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

NIAGARA ASSOCIATION FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (NACE):

1. The John Knox Christian School campus of NACE is currently seeking an educational assistant to work alongside one of our primary students. Candidates committed to ‘inspiring students to love, learn, and lead together in God’s world’ are welcome to apply. We are seeking an individual, who, as a valued member of our educational team, is willing and able to provide daily instructional support a student with communication and social needs. The position may include general classroom support as needed. Please forward a cover letter and resume to Bonnie Desjardins at bdesjardins@nace.ca. Questions? Call Bonnie at 905-643-2460. We will review all applications, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
2. We still have openings for school bus drivers for the 2018-19 school year and for spare drivers. NACE covers all application expenses and/or will train you. More info. at: www.Drive4NACE.ca.

Interested in joining the team at World Renew? Local opportunities presently include a full-time vacancy for a Refugee Program Associate position in Burlington and a Communications & Media Internship with the Honduras team. Please visit www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply.

Karin Terpstra