February 11, 2018


Pre-Marriage Classes: Pastor Sid and Sue are in their 2nd of 5 weeks of Pre-Marriage classes working through Timothy Keller’s book “The Meaning of Marriage.” Join us this evening in the choir room at 7pm.

Come out and enjoy a great breakfast while supporting your Cadet Club! The annual Cadet Breakfast will be Saturday, February 24th from 8 – 10 am.  A full breakfast menu will be cooked and served by the Cadets.  Cost is by donation. Thank you for your support!

Sponsor the Mountainview team for the Coldest Night of the Year on February 24! It's cold out there! Help us raise funds for transitional supportive housing in West Niagara (Lincoln, Grimsby, West Lincoln). So far, we're at 39 percent of our $2,000 goal. The 2018 Mountainview team includes: Alice Posthumus, Duane VanGeest, Elaine Kelly and Matt & Maria Oliveira. Visit bit.ly/cnoy18 to sponsor or join the Mountainview team today!

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. 

YOUTH FUNDRAISER DINNER!! This year we are changing it up a bit with a new theme: Pirates of the Caribbean. Come sail the seas with us on Saturday February 17thCocktail hour begins at 5pmDinner at 6pm. This year we are also seeking sponsors for tables. What this means is - for $200 you sponsor a table of 8 to cover the cost of the meal, instead of asking for donated items.  These 8 tickets are yours to use or distribute. A sponsor can be an individual, family or a business.  Individual tickets can still be reserved free of cost - you do not have to sponsor a table. Please contact Janice Schwanz to reserve your tickets or if you wish to sponsor a table. Call 289-377-8389 or email; youthdirector@mountainviewcrc.org. Donations on the event help youth to attend AOYC and a mission trip.  This year we are aiming to go to Puerto Rico in March of 2019 with Disaster Relief from World Renew. Cannot attend?  You can still donate; envelopes are at the Welcome Center.

Middle School meets Today! – We are continuing the series "Best Seller" - The Bible can seem pointless, but it makes you better at life.

Youth meets Today! – Here’s hoping we’ve collected lots of great “Questions for the Pickle Jar" for our panel discussion.



SHALOM MANOR OUTBREAK ANNOUNCEMENT: (as of February 5, 2018) Visitor restrictions are in effect in the Lakeview (Manor-fourth floor) home area due to an Influenza.  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!

"Focus on the Cross" with Today - Lent is a season to focus on the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Receive a free Today devotional series to help you refresh, refocus, and renew your faith during Lent. Subscribe at todaydevotional.com/lent.

Citizen’s for Public Justice’s new E-News bulletin for February is out.  If you are looking for updates on their work in the community, with poverty, or regarding refugee issues, check it out!

Citykidz exists to increase resiliency and inspire BIG dreams for Canadian children living in low-income communities by providing inspirational experiences and nurturing personal relationships, one child at a time. Read their Winter 2018 Newsletter to learn more.

Starting a Missional Community Where You Are. Have you ever wondered what it is like to live on mission together in your neighbourhood and community? The Bridge Missional Communities and Classis Niagara Discipleship Team invite you to the HUB in Niagara Falls for five Breakfast Sessions to learn the ins, outs, how’s and what’s of missional living and how to start a Missional Community. Sessions: Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24 and April 7 from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Cost: $25/person for the whole training. Contact Hilda Vander Klippe at hilda@myvillagechurch.ca, 905-397-0502 or Allen Kleine Deters, allen@thebridgenf.ca, 289-687-0169 for more information or to register. You can also register on the Bridge website at thebridgenf.ca

Equipping and Encouragement Day - Saturday, March 3rd with Marion Lensink of CRCNA:  The Implementation Team, along with our Discipleship Team, invites you to attend a day with Marian Lensink from CRCNA at Bethany CRC in Fenwick. We will learn: 

- how to create community through small groups and personal relationships 

- what it looks like to engage with scripture  

- how to pray with and for others  

- how to become more mission oriented  

All sessions will apply to both personal and small-group growth.  Those in leadership positions would benefit greatly. Marian is engaging, fun and quick-paced.  She will lead us through different exercises, personal reflection and practical application. Doors open @ 8:30 for coffee and we will end by 3pm.  Cost is $15 payable at the door. This includes lunch, coffee and refreshments.  Please register before February 28 by emailing: wvahrmeyer@gmail.com

Has ALCOHOL OR DRUGS taken over your or a loved one’s life? Family Outreach Ontario can help. There are literally thousands of Christian recovering addicts out there… you may be sitting beside one in church next Sunday. Confidentiality guaranteed. Visit our web site for more info at www.familyoutreachontario.com or contact us at 1-888-809-0464. 

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. 

We are pleased to send you the February 2018 issue of the ICS Channel 229 and Prayer Letter.  We would value your participation alongside the ICS extended community in praying the daily petition.  Find it at:  news.icscanada.edu/search/label/prayer. Thank you for joining us in prayer.for ICS and its work.

Datenight Comedy: Not your Normal Date Night – Fun & Faith and Focus on the Family Canada present a 2-hour comedy event for couples with a live game show!  Thursday, February 15 at Lakemount.  $15 General Admission; $25 Gold Circle.  For tickets and information visit: FunandFaith.

EDUDEO GO: Walk, Bike, Run or Swim for Christ-centred education - We need to find 25+ people to run, walk, bike or swim to help build 4 urgently needed classrooms in the Dominican Republic. Set a distance goal for April 1 – June 30. Collect pledges. Get active for a great cause! If we don’t have 25 participants by Friday, Feb. 16 – it’s a ‘no GO’ for EduDeo GO. Keep the dream alive by signing up at edudeo.com/GO.

Euchre Tournament in support of the Smithville Christian High School 2018 South Africa Trip. Come out and enjoy a fun evening of euchre, food and fun.  Cost is $20 per person.  Tournament will be held in the Smithville Christian High School lounge or atrium, on Friday, February 23, starting at 7:30 pm.  Contact the school by phone (905-957-3255) or by email (office@smithvillechristian.ca) to reserve your spot.

St. Catharines Right to Life Dinner:  Saturday, February 24, 6 pm at Holiday Inn Parkway Conference Centre, St. Catharines.  Guest Speaker: Josh Brahm, founder of the Equal Rights Institute. Join us for an excellent dinner, fellowship and an outstanding pro-life speaker who will inform, inspire and encourage us. To reserve tickets ($50, $25 for students), call our office 905-684-7505 or email: info@chooselife.ca . More info at ChooseLife.ca  

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 16th. Visit resonateglobalmission.org/exodus for more information.

Experience the Lenten journey and Passion Week through music: Discover Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnum opus and the opera he never wrote, the monumental St Matthew Passion. Saturday March 3rd, 7:30pm FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

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

Training Event on Ministry and Aging - A training event called "Aging: Challenges and Opportunities" will help pastors, elders, deacons, disability advocates, and people in their third third and their loved one’s minister within and embrace the life God gives us as we age. Dr. Syd Hielema will keynote this event at Maranatha CRC, Woodstock ON, on Saturday, April 21. Sponsored by Disability Concerns, the keynote and workshop topics will include growing in faith in the third third of life, resources for ministry with older adults, caring for aging parents, and aging and mental health. For more information and to register, see www.disabilityconference.org. 


Job Opening - NACE (the Niagara Association for Christian Education) invites applications for an Administrative Assistant at its John Knox Christian School location in Stoney Creek.  Full details can be found at www.nace.ca - 'News and Info'.

Indwell is currently recruiting part-time Support Workers at our Wentworth Program and at Strathearne Suites in Hamilton. Application information to join Indwell’s dedicated team can be found at indwell.ca/get-involved/careers

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. We are now accepting applications for our paid summer staff positions. You must be 17 before Dec. 31st, 2018 to apply. Visit http://www.countrysidecamp.comto apply and for a list of available positions. Interviews will start February 17th.

Bethel CRC Dunnville has an interim position of Music Director at 10 hours/week, open for a one year maternity leave beginning April 1. If you feel this is something you are interested in, please contact the church at bethel@dunnvillecrc.ca for more information, including a detailed job description.

Bible League Canada is a Christian charitable organization providing Scripture placement and church planter training worldwide so that people prepared by the Holy Spirit will be brought into relationship with Christ and His church. Our work is based on the conviction that the world needs the living Word of God more than anything else. We are in need of a Ministry Advancement Coordinator, reporting to the VP Ministry Advancement to cover an 8 month maternity leave ending Oct 5, 2018. The Ministry Advancement Coordinator will be an individual who recognizes and has faithfully responded to God’s call to utilize God-given technical and interpersonal skills and personal attributes for God’s glory and in the service of Bible League Canada’s Christian mission.

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

Karin Terpstra