February 18, 2018


2018 LENTEN SERVICES: The Grimsby Ministerial invites you to attend their Annual Lenten Services and Luncheon to be held at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 10 Mountain Street, Grimsby. (handicapped parking and elevator available)

DATES: Thursday, February 15th to Thursday, March 22nd

TIME: 12 - 12:30 p.m. – Service; 12:30 pm - Luncheon & Conversation

THEME: Grimsby Prays:  Part of serving the Lord is serving the neighbourhoods. He calls us to live and work in. Each week we will look at a different segment of our community and to consider how we can pray for those people who make up our community.

Week #1 - Feb 15th Elected Leaders and Public Servants

Week #2 - Feb 22nd Our Neighbours

Week #3 - March 1st Healthcare Providers (for physical and mental health)

Week #4 - March 8th Seniors (this service will be hosted by Mountainview)

Week #5 - March 15th Children and those who Teach Them

Week #6 - April 22nd The Church and its Witness

The Youth Room is open today Third Sunday of month after the morning service for high school students to come and hang out. Come on out youth!

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!

YOUNG ADULTS 19 AND OVER, you are invited to join us for an evening of fellowship and fun at Different Strokes Pool Hall in Grimsby, on the corner of Mountain Street and Elm, on Saturday February 24th, at 7 pm. Please come one and all; bring your friends!

Mountainview Book Club:  The book club will be meeting again on Sunday evening, Feb. 25, at 7pm in the church library. The discussion will focus on the novel, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.  

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. On Friday, March 2nd, Christians around the world will gather to learn about, pray for and celebrate the Republic of Suriname located on the northeastern coast of South America (a Dutch colony until its independence in 1975). Each year the Christian Churches in the Grimsby Community prepare and participate in a World Day of Prayer service. This year, the local World Day of Prayer Ecumenical Service will be held on Friday, March 2nd at 2 pm at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Grimsby. THEME:  All God’s Creation is Very Good! SPEAKER:  Father Ronald Angervil. Refreshments will be served following the service. Please invite your friends and family to join us in praying with our brothers and sisters around the world.

PRAYER WALK: Saturday March 3rd.meeting at the church at 8:30 am. Anyone interested please let me know so we'll be sure to wait for you. Jane deVisser 905-563-7671 or pjdevissser@sympatico.ca.

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:

Neighbourhood# 3 ~ February 25th; Neighbourhood # 4 ~ March 4th



SHALOM MANOR OUTBREAK ANNOUNCEMENT: (as of February 15, 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.

Lent Prayer Campaign for Indigenous Justice - The CRC has affirmed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But what does that mean? This Lent, the CRC’s Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee invites you to enter into the themes of the Declaration through prayer. This is our prayer this week: For Indigenous people exercising their rights to be peacemakers and builders of healthy communities, even and especially, in those times when those calls disrupt our complacency, we give thanks. Join with us this Lenten season to pray.

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.

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.

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.

NACE friends and supporters, alumnae and current families. Do you have a passion for singing? If so, we are forming an intergenerational choir to perform the finale song at this years NACE fund raising Gala at John Knox on March 24th, 2018. We will come together on Sunday March 4th and March 18th at 4 pm. located in the sanctuary at Mountainview CRC to prepare for this piece. Rehearsals will be under an hour. Please call 905 932 4786 or email Christine Winter cwinter@nace.ca for questions or to sign up. What a neat opportunity to come together for this short, yet memorable production illustrating being 'Connected in Christ'. 

2018 NACE Spring Fundraising Dinner - In support of Christian Education at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek & Covenant Christian School, Smithville. Saturday, March 24, 2018 at John Knox Christian School, Stoney Creek.  Doors Open at 6 PM - Dinner begins at 6:30 PM. Reserve your seat by calling 905.643-2460. *Limited Seating Available*.

Acclaimed music ensemble Arcady presents Handel's Messiah on Sunday March 18, 7 pm, at Pioneer Memorial United Church (Hamilton).  Join us for this inspirational masterpiece as we journey towards Easter. Tickets: $20 at the door; elementary school aged children attend for free.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcady-presents-handels-messiah-tickets-42612983581.

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.

1. On March 7, Redeemer celebrates the launch of its newest academic program: Urban and Intercultural Ministry. Dr. Glenn Smith, Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montréal, will be the guest speaker. Learn more at www.redeemer.ca/ministry-launch.

2. The Canada Council for the Arts, the Hamilton Poetry Centre and Redeemer are pleased to bring a number of poets to campus, including Toronto poet Lara Bozabalian on March 8. More information at www.redeemer.ca/lara-bozabalian.

EDUDEO GO: Walk, Bike, Run or Swim for Christ-centred education. - EduDeo GO is a GO! Over 30 people have already signed up to either run, walk, bike or swim to help build 4 urgently needed classrooms in the Dominican Republic. Join on your own, or as a group. Set a distance goal for April 1 – June 30. Compete with and challenge your friends. Sign up now at edudeo.com/GO.

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.

Save the Date! On April 14 Niagara Christian Gleaners will have their annual fundraising dinner at the West Niagara Agricultural Centre Community Hall on Mud St. in Grassie. More information can be found on the invite cards that will soon be found in the church mail slots. Reserve at  ncgdinner@gmail.com.

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.


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

HR Assistant Position Opening - Do you thrive on details and have strong organizational skills? Do you enjoy coordinating logistics and planning events? If so, we have an opportunity for you! World Renew, an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has an opening for a full time Human Resources Assistant on the Systems team, based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. This position will provide administrative support to the Human Resources (HR) team, the World Renew Director in Canada and other teams as needed. Please visit our website at www.worldrenew.net/careers for more information or to apply. Application deadline is March 4.

Karin Terpstra