September 9, 2019 News
The deacons are looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom house / apartment for rent in Grimsby or Smithville for $1000 - $1500 per month for a family in our congregation. If you, or someone you know has such a unit available, or coming available soon, please contact Rich Kikkert with details.
Over the summer a new sign was placed in front of our hospital giving our community a sense of hope (and joy). Many of us have been apprehensive with the news of late and wondered if our beloved hospital will still be in existence in the years to come. As a group of prayer warriors, we have been faithful in attending a Prayer Vigil at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital every Thursday morning, 8:00 for about 15 minutes. Some have been aware of this and we continue to encourage you to attend either in thought or deed.
Coffee Break Ministry:
Coffee Break meets every Tuesday morning from 9:30-11:00 am for Bible study, socializing, support, and fun. Our new season will begin on Tuesday, September 17th with a social and an introduction to our new study material. This year you may choose one of the following excellent studies: Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin, A Woman's Wisdom by Lydia Brownback, Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown, or Life's Great Dare by Christa Hesselink followed by a study of Parenting by David Tripp. Your children will be lovingly cared for by our wonderful babysitters and our Story Hour leaders. Come out on September 17. We are looking forward to seeing you and studying God's Word together!
Coffee Break needs additional babysitters. If you are able to babysit any Tuesday morning or if you are willing to be called occasionally to help us out, please call Helen at 905-945-2128.
Please join the evening coffee break group on Wednesday evenings, starting on September 11th at 7:15 pm in the Fireside room. The group is studying pastor Sid’s book “Our world belongs to God”; very good material. We are open for new members and would welcome any lady wishing to join our group.
Mountainview Book Club: Our first book club meeting of the new season will be held on Sunday evening, Sept. 15, at 7:00 in the church library. The discussion will focus on the book by local author Stephen Barker, Just Call Me Seemore: A Memoir. Visitors and/or new members are always welcome. Come and join us for the evening if you enjoy reading and discussing books with others.
Mountainview Photography Group: We are excited to share that FOCUS will be the theme of our upcoming sessions. We will continue to work on basics to refine and grow our skills, giving us the confidence to shoot in manual mode through hands-on workshops. Our opening devotions will reflect the importance of keeping our focus on God in a world of busyness. We hope you will join us for another season of creative learning together. Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 30th, 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Are you thinking of joining and would like more information about this group? Please contact Corinne Bosch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marg Vermeer (email@example.com).
Fall is almost upon us and Mountainview Volleyball is moving indoors. Our first indoor evening will take place on Tuesday September 10th from 7:30 – 10 pm. We’ll meet in the gym for that time most Tuesdays till May. We welcome new members looking to get active and connect on the court.
Middle School and Youth Ministry:
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.
OnlyTWO more volunteers are needed for Sunday morning Children’s Ministry:
1 Youth volunteer for Kids@Mountainview (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month); and 1 Name Board Greeter for Children (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month)(Welcoming kids and parents and assisting in locating their name tag on the board).
On Sunday Sept 15th there will be a light breakfast meeting for all those who volunteer / lead at Kids@Mountainview, Middle School and Youth. This is a time to take care of business, cast vision, discuss our "why" and connect with one another. It will begin at 8:45 am. Please inform Christine if you have any dietary needs. Those who are unable to attend the breakfast will need to attend the Safe Church Meeting on Sunday Sept 22nd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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).
“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 email@example.com
LOCAL DENOMINATIONAL NEWS
At-home Faith Formation Tip - It’s Grandparents’ Day today! Invite the Christian grandparents in your life (both official and honorary) to share stories of how God has worked in their lives. Making space for these stories honors the elders in your family and encourages younger family members in their walk with Jesus. (Tip from Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation).
The Banner's Guide to the Acts of Synod 2019 is available at thebanner.org/synod.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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: www.smithvillechristian.ca or www.cairnchristianschool.ca. or you can find forms directly at these links: 2019 Sponsorship form: bit.ly/SponsorSfS2019; 2019 Golfer registration form: bit.ly/GolfSfS2019. 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.
REDEEMER UNIVERSITY 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. redeemer.ca/liturgy-of-the-ordinary.
The IF: Gathering is an event for women of all ages who seek to learn how to give God away in the very places He has put us. This year we will study the book of Proverbs and the wisdom it imparts on our daily lives (via simulcast from gifted Bible teachers: Bianca Olthof, Christine Caine, Jennie Allen, Jo Saxton and many more) We will worship together, eat together and connect with the women around us.
This event will be held on the evening of Sept 27th and all day Sept 28th at Providence Church in Beamsville. The cost of the event is $40 before Sept.14th and $45 after. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more info follow “IF: West Niagara 2019” on Facebook or go to ifwestniagara.eventbrite.ca to register for the event.
Come Celebrate with Us! Saturday, October 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm Shalom Manor recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Forty years of following Christ’s example in providing care to our aging Reformed Christian Dutch-Canadian community. We are inviting YOU as members of Shalom’s supporting community to a special presentation of music, words of greetings, thanks and continuing encouragement. This hour-long service will be followed by a time of fellowship, and a time to connect with your partnering community of supporters. So, join us as we recognize our 40 years on this Christ-centered journey here at Shalom Manor!
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! Questions? Email Mike Wagenman at firstname.lastname@example.org or search Facebook. You won’t want to miss this!
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 email@example.com , 519-755-4865 or 905-389-2104. If you have a recommendation, we also encourage you to contact us.