April 1, 2018


ABSENTEE AFFIRMATION: Council is asking members of the Congregation to affirm the nominees presented for their giftedness and ability to carry out the duties of the office for which they are nominated.  For those members of the congregation members who are unable to attend the morning worship service on April 15th, there are Absentee Affirmation forms available at the Welcome Centre this week and next.

PRAYER WALK: we'll be meeting at Tim's across from Coles in Grimsby on Saturday April 7th; 8:30 - 9:30 am. Anyone interested please e-mail me pjdevisser@sympatico.ca or call 905-563-7671.

Performing Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join them for an EASTER CELEBRATION CONCERT featuring the Stratford Concert Choir, a 90+ voice community choir committed to the presentation of the best of the classical choral repertoire. The concert will take place on Saturday April 7th @ 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for audience participation. Proceeds will benefit the McNally House Hospice. Tickets: $15 each, or $35 per family (w/children 15 & under.) Available at The Dutch Shop or at the door.

65+ers. Come and join us on Thursday April the 12th! Coffee will be ready at 10 and meeting starts at 10:30 am. Tyler Couperus will share about his experiences with EURO relief. If any of you watched him on his blog, you’ll know a little bit of some of the things he experienced. Come and show your support to this young man for such a special mission. Lunch will follow at noon. Hope to see MANY of you there.

8 JOB POSTINGS:  Mountainview Church’s Kids@Mountainview Summer Camp is currently seeking applicants to fill the following position: Lead Counsellors, Children’s Support Coordinator, Camp Counsellors, and Leaders in Training. Details of the positions can be found at: http://www.mountainviewcrc.org/job-postings/. Deadline: April 13th.

SERVE SATURDAY - The Outreach team is organizing a "Serve Saturday" on Saturday, April 21 a morning where we can bless those in our community by serving them. Come and serve with your small group, friends or church family. Join us first for breakfast at 8:30 at the church and a time of devotions and prayer.  After that, we will go out into the community in groups to serve others' needs- spring yard clean ups, helping out at GBF, visiting seniors, doing small projects etc.  Come back to the church at 12, after your project, for a BBQ lunch and more fellowship. If you have a need or know of someone in our community or a neighbour with a need OR to sign up to serve, please contact Gerry Bijsma at geertbijsma@gmail.com or Jessica VanGeest at duaneandjess@hotmail.com or call 905-563-3676. Child care will be provided for children 3 and under.

Mission Trip Opportunity to Nicaragua - The Outreach team is looking at the possibility of forming a team to go to Nicaragua on a Hands Team mission trip in Jan 2019. If you have a desire to help another nation develop schools and feel a nudge to serve God in this way give Andy &Rita Fluit (905 563 5237) a call. We would love to hear from you. Lets talk!



SHARE YOUR PHOTOS - Do you enjoy taking pictures and have an eye for a great photo? Each Friday, we post a photo with Bible text on the CRCNA Facebook page. We’d love to feature your photos! Landscapes and nature close-ups are especially welcome. We can only use photos that you took, or to which you own the rights, and you must have the permission of anyone who appears in the photo. Send photos, your name and church name, to https://www.crcna.org/agency/crc-communications. Thanks!

O.U.R. Center Fostering is an Ontario-based fostering group that works with CAS to place children.  They are presently looking for faith-based families, in particular, who might be willing to help a child that needs a secure, safe and nurturing home. If interested, please find the green cards on the info. table.

THE BANNER:  1.  Banner College Essay Contest - The Banner is pleased to sponsor a writing contest on the topic “Why Christianity Still Matters.” We’ll publish the winning essays in print and/or online and award cash prizes (up to $1,000 USD). Details: https://www.thebanner.org/other/2018/03/banner-essay-contest.

2.  Get the FREE Banner App! - For real-time access to all the latest news and articles. Available for iPhone and Android at your app store. Search for "CRCNA Banner". Visit thebanner.org/ for more info.

3.  The Banner - Keep the Conversation Going! - The once-a-year appeal for The Banner, the monthly magazine of the CRCNA, is coming to your mailbox this month. The Banner is delivered free of charge to every household in the CRC in print and online. To keep the conversation going look for the annual appeal in your mailbox or give online now at www.thebanner.org/donate.

The more the merrier – Three out of every 10 students at Smithville Christian High School are able to attend this amazing Christian school because of the support provided by generous donors. Gifts, large and small, combine to make it possible to award $200,000 in bursaries every year. This year’s Annual Bursary Celebration, held early in March, featured the stories of parents, students and alumni blessed by Christian education, and an invitation to help us reach this year’s $200,000 goal. Information about the campaign and its impact on our school is in your mailbox. Please consider whether you can join, or watch the video at https://youtu.be/gamVr4wxdeI or on our website at www.smithvillechristian.ca. Your prayers and contributions are gratefully appreciated, and donations can be made by cheque, online through our website, or by monthly pre-authorized payments. We are deeply grateful for the support that allows our school to open its doors to so many families each year.

Apply for a Bursary – If you’d like to know more about how you can apply for bursary funding, please contact the school at office@smithvillechristian.ca or download the bursary application form from our website. Smithville Christian High School – a place where students Belong, Believe and Succeed.

REDEEMER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE:  1. Captain America vs. Flannery O'Connor: Heroes and Saints for Unholy Times; April 4th. Creative writing professor and author Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson will deliver a free lecture as part of Redeemer's The World and Our Calling lecture series. More information at www.redeemer.ca/jessica-hooten-wilson.

2. Join us April 6th for “Enliven”, a Spring Concert featuring a collection of highlights from the Redeemer Music department. This is the final performance of the academic year for the concert choir, concert band and jazz ensemble. More details at www.redeemer.ca/enliven.

The Bridge Trivia Night Fundraiser In support of Summer Arts Camp. Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Belleview Tavern, Niagara Falls. Doors Open 6 pm. Starts 7 pm sharp. Great Prizes to be won!! Tickets $25 pp. Tables of 6 (includes fabulous food buffet; buy your own drinks). Grab a group of friends or come by yourself and meet new friends … all welcome! Reserve your spot today! Deadline Mon, April 2nd. Register at admin@thebridgenf.ca OR call: 905-736-0160.

Liberatas Male Choir Concert - Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join Libertas Male Choir for "Hands Across the Ocean" at Smithville Canadian Reformed Church. The choir is directed by Martin Mans and will be accompanied by Andre Knevel on the organ and Liselotte Rokyta on the panflute, with soloist Amber Ruthart. For tickets, please visit http://www.libertasvoices.com or call 905-522-0001.

Looking for an affordable evening of fun for the entire family? You won’t want to miss Brent & Sarah’s Comedy Magic Show! Friday April 13th at 7pm at Cedar Creek Community Church, in Cambridge. The show combines magic, music, comedy and audience participation in a way that feels more like a two-person variety show than a traditional magic act. Tickets are only $5 per person. There will also be a freewill offering during the event. All of the funds raised through this event will be applied to our Stand in the Gap campership program to assist with sponsoring over 70 marginalized individuals from communities across southern Ontario to attend “Camp Shalom” this summer.

IF: WEST NIAGARA: Only 2 weeks left to register for this incredible event for women of all ages who seek to learn how to give God away in the very places He has put us! We will worship together, study scripture together (with gifted Bible teachers: Bianca Olthoff, Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen, Jo Saxton, and many more!) and dialogue about the power and responsibility of sharing the gospel in whatever season of life or place we are in. This event will be held on the evening of April 20th and day of the 21st at Providence Church in Beamsville. The cost of the event is $26USD. It is not to be missed! Go to http://register.ifgathering.com/event/ifwest-niagara to register for the event or follow “IF: West Niagara 2018” on Facebook for more information.                                                                                      

Aging: Challenges and Opportunities - This training event will address the issues we face in “the third third” of our lives as individual believers, as well as the response of the Christian community. Speakers will help us think through faith life, our ability or inability to live independently, caring for aging parents, our interpersonal relationships, and changes in our mental health as we age. Disability Concerns sponsors this event at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Woodstock on April 21. For more information and to register see crcna.org/disability. Register a team from your church; three or more people can get the discount rate of $35.

SHALEM:  1.  Looking to grow in your relationship? Join us for a Couples Weekend Workshop, to learn proven strategies to strengthen your relationship. Hold Me Tight is a weekend workshop designed around seven conversations, all of which have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. Consider attending if you want to connect more deeply, or want to get “unstuck” from your patterns, or if you are in established or new relationships. The workshop is offered through Shalem Mental Health Network and will be in Ancaster, ON on April 21 and 22, 2018. For more information and to register for the training, visit: http://shalemnetwork.org/workshop/holdmetight/ or call 905.528.0353 or toll free 866.347.0041

2.  How should we to approach conflict in our church communities? Conflicts within churches are real but we can deal with them in a way that deepens relationship, strengthens community, and builds our faith. Join us for a three day hands-on training, including support afterwards, on “Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches”.  The training is offered through Shalem Mental Health Network and will be in Ajax, ON on April 27, 28 and May 12, 2018. If you attend a CAP church, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the training fee. For more information and to register for the training, visit: http://shalemnetwork.org, or call 905.528.0353 or toll free 866.347.0041

“Songs to Warm Your Heart” - You are invited to attend an amazing concert of great choral harmonies with the "Crusader Christian Male Choir" from Sprindale and the “Ambassadors Male Chorus” that will warm your hearts as we praise God for the beauty of Spring. Mark Saturday April 21, 7:30 pm on your calendar and book your tickets with an Ambassador or at 519-755-4865 for an evening of great choral Mass Choir selections and guest artists in this “Festival of Praise.” Where: Mount Hamilton CRC. Tickets are $20.00, also available at the door. Call for Family, Student and Group discounts. Enjoy the AfterGlow reception afterwards and reacquaint yourself with family and friends. We are looking forward to sharing a great evening of praise and worship with you!


SHALOM MANOR ADMINISTRATIVE JOB OPENING. Are you interested in a casual administrative position? Do you have a gift for being detail-oriented?  Then you may be the person that SHALOM MANOR is seeking.  We are looking for someone to provide back-up to our Nursing Administrative Assistants, tasks would include:

·         Scheduling and payroll functions for RNs, RPNs and PSWs

·                                 Schedule/monitor vacation time, float days and sick time to ensure vacant shifts are filled in a timely manner according to policies, procedures and union agreements

·         Assist with the admission of new residents to the Manor

This is a casual administrative position which requires the successful applicant to be flexible to work at short notice. For further information or to submit your application, e-mail payroll@shalommanor.ca.

Mission Thrift Store is currently seeking a Full-Time Receiver who understands and supports the vision and purpose of BFM Foundation (Canada). BFM Foundation (Canada) is a national Christian organization with over 50 Mission Thrift Stores across Canada. The net revenue from all Mission Thrift Stores is devoted to the Joint Ministry of BFM Foundation (Canada) and Bible League Canada. These funds are used to establish adult literacy programs, provide church planter training, children’s ministry programs, and distribute Bibles in many places around the world. The stores are operated primarily by dedicated volunteers. If you feel you have the passion and skill set that would help to advance the purpose of Mission Thrift Store, we look forward to hearing from you!  Please submit your application by email to beamsville@missionthriftstore.com.

Covenant Christian School in Smithville is seeking applications for an Educational Assistant beginning April 9, 2018 for 25-27 hours a week. We are looking for someone who is passionate about Christian education, loves the Lord and His children. You will work one on one with two different students and occasionally with a small group in a grade 5/6 classroom setting along with a service dog. Strength in the areas of implementing and accommodating lessons and helping to create independent strategies are required. An Education Assistant certificate or a Teaching certificate is required. Please send a resume and cover letter to the school, attention Joyce Koornneef or jkoornneef@nace.ca before Tuesday, April 3. Although we appreciate the interest shown by each applicant, we will respond only to those who are selected for an interview. Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, April 5.  To learn more about our school, visit our website www.nace.ca.

NACE Bus Drivers for 2018-19 needed - This job is ideal for someone who loves kids and is highly reliable and confident. We need regular, occasional and spare drivers. NACE covers all expenses for medical, licencing, and vulnerable sector checks, and will provide full training if you are considering getting started! Contact Kevin Huinink at  519-546-9159  or  khuinink@nace.ca for details.

Looking for Adventure? - Explore the world of mission work while also visiting several countries in Central America. As part of the Cohort of Missioners, you will live with college-age students from North and Central America and serve the communities you are a part of. Visit resonateglobalmissoin.org for more information or to apply.

The CRCNA has a full-time (37.5 hrs/wk) opening for a Call Representative in our Burlington, offices. This position will provide excellent service to those calling, emailing, or online messaging with the Christian Reformed Church offices; help church staff and volunteers find resources for local ministry needs; and process orders and update subscription records. To apply, visit www.crcna.org/jobs and complete an online application, submitting a resume and cover letter, by April 6, 2018.

Administrative Specialist Job Opening - Do you enjoy administrative tasks? Do you have experience in fundraising administration? If so, World Renew, an agency of the CRCNA, has an opening for a part-time Administrative Specialist who will be based in Burlington, ON, Canada. Please visit our website at http://www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information, or to apply.

Karin Terpstra