March 17, 2019


Lost and Found items are on Tables in the Gym Today. They will be out for three weeks. Come gather your things if you want them before they make their way to GBF!

Puerto Rico Team Update: The team has been doing well. Two groups are painting and have completed two homes. One group is doing construction. Please continue to pray for safety, growth and impact. Follow us on Facebook, Mountainview CRC Youth.


Let’s Do Lunch… Lenten Style! The churches of the Grimsby Ministerial (Lakemount, Mountainview, St. Andrew’s, St John’s, St. Joseph’s and Trinity United) invite you to join us for our 2019 Lenten Lunch series, every Thursday from March 7 through April 11. This year the theme is “Building Christ’s Kingdom, Not Our Empires.” Although we have different traditions, structures and emphases in our denominations, we are all called by the same Christ to serve and build up his kingdom. Please join us at St. John’s Presbyterian Church (10 Mountain St. in Grimsby) for a brief time of worship and delicious lunch. Services begin at 12 Noon. Each week a different congregation from Grimsby will feed your spirit and stomach. Mountainview’s turn to host will be March 21st. All are welcome!!


Performing Arts @ Mountainview presents an Easter Concert with the Mattaniah Christian Male Choir with Director: Herman den Hollander, Organist, Andre Knevel and Pianist, Naomi Van Manen. The concert will take place on Saturday March 23rd @ 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will benefit McNally House Hospice. The concert will take place at Mountainview. Tickets: $15 each, or $35 per family (w/children 15 & under) available at The Dutch Shop in Grimsby, or at the door on the concert evening.


Middle School next week. Continuing the series Game Plan - Bottom Line: "Love goes one step further." 
Youth next week. Continuing the series Exposing Exploitation. We will be watching the movie "Priceless", a depiction of what the sex trafficking industry can look like.


Affirmation of Nominees for Elder and Deacon: A pictorial list of Nominees who have agreed to allow their names to stand for office, serving in Council as an Elder or Deacon was distributed in your mail slots this week. If any member of the congregation has a concern about affirming a nominee, they should notify council in writing by March 30th. Professing members of the congregation, in attendance at the morning worship service on Sunday, April 7th, will be asked to affirm these nominees by ballot. The names of the new Council Members will be drawn by lot during the morning service on Sunday April 14th. Absentee Ballots will be available at the Welcome Centre and must be returned, no later than March 30th. (Please place ballots into the box at the Welcome Centre). The Installation of new Office Bearers will take place during the morning Service on Sunday, May 5th.

PROFESSION OF FAITH CLASS: Are you thinking of possibly making public profession of faith in Mountainview, allowing you to become a Full Member of the Congregation? Pastor Sid will be offering a five- week Public Profession of Faith class Tuesday evening’s beginning on March 28th. Join us in the Council Room, coffee will be ready.

DOORWAYS INTO OUR WORLD: The Deacons invite you to join them in special time of thanksgiving and celebration of a diverse group of agencies that focus on mission and needs in our World today. Representatives of these various agencies have been invited to join us Sunday March 31st. It’s an opportunity for us as a congregation to learn more about the agencies we support and the work they do. This is also an opportunity for each of us as individuals to discover how our talents and gifts might be used to serve the global community.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Mountainview Church’s Kids@Mountainview Summer Camp is seeking applicants to fill the following position: Lead Counsellors, Camp Counsellors, and Leaders in Training. Details of the positions can be found at: Application Deadline: March 31st, 2019 Applications for the position are to include a cover letter and résumé. Direct applications to: CAMP DIRECTOR, 290 Main Street East, Grimsby, ON, L3M 1P8 or email:

Kids@ Mountainview Summer Camp registration is now open! Join us for Power Up! Kids will be challenged to raise their game because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit!  “God’s power has given us everything we need to live a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3a, NIrV. At camp your kids will have fun, make new friends, and develop new skills. Full Day Camps are being offered for 6 weeks with a different theme each week, with an Extended-Day option. For more information visit

Prayer Walk: we'll be meeting Saturday April 6th from 8:30am.-9:30 Tim's across from Coles. Please contact Max Meijer for further information. 905-945-9374.

Please note that we are planning a special evening service on Sunday, March 24th to mark the Annual Day of Prayer for Crops and Industry; praying God’s blessing and guidance in our community in the seasons ahead. This service will be held in the Sanctuary. Please join us to pray for our community!



Join the East Africa Climate Witness Project Trip! - Are you passionate about climate justice? Do you want to be at ground-zero with people on the front lines of climate justice? This trip is for you! Since the Climate Witness Project is a joint effort between World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice, we have the opportunity to bring a group of nine participants on a trip through Kenya and Uganda. Climate Change affects us all, but people who live in long-term poverty are experiencing it first and most. This ten-day journey will stretch you and your fellow travelers to learn, grow, and act on behalf of those experiencing climate change now. Learn more and sign up for the trip at

Niagara Young Adults Fellowship - Hosted by Bethany Christian Reformed Church, Fenwick on TODAY at 7:30 pm. We will be discussing "Not A Fan" by Francis Chan. The Bethany Youth "Merge" Praise Team will be leading us in Praise and Worship to kick off our evening. The NYAF is a ministry of college age and up. We meet once a month hosted by Niagara Region churches.  Please consider joining us!


Lent Family Faith Formation Tip -
Lent is a time of self-examination. In your family time, ask some of these questions: Did I love people today like Jesus would love them? Did I do things I wish I hadn’t done, or were there things I should have done that I didn’t? Pray together about those things. (Faith Formation Ministries;

Aging: the Final Frontier is a one day conference held on Saturday, March 30 at the Gibson Center in Toronto, 5 minutes east of HWY 404 and Steeles Ave. Co-sponsored by CRC Faith Formation Ministries and CRC Disability Concerns, the workshops will address issues faced by the elderly, those who ministry to and with the elderly in our churches, those who have elderly parents, and those who are pondering what life may be like as one ages. There is a 25% discount for those who come with 5 or more from one church. For more information and to register, google "Aging Final Frontier." 

Walking Alongside - Youth & Mental Health conference - Registration is now open! Come Saturday, April 27 (8:15 am – 3:30 pm) to Westdale Reformed Church in Hamilton. Keynote speaker Stephen Doucet Campbell will address mental health challenges faced by youth and give practical ideas to walk alongside them so they can not only endure but thrive. Workshops will address youth and addiction, social media, suicide, and depression. Regular registration fee is $50. Sign up by March 22 and pay only $35. Student rate is $25. Get details and register at For information, please contact Miriam at  

Keep The Banner Going - The annual appeal for The Banner, the monthly magazine of the CRC, is coming to your mailbox this month. Although The Banner is delivered free of charge to every household in the CRC in print and online, our annual donation appeal makes this possible. To keep the conversation going look for the annual appeal in your mailbox or give online now at

Pray for Inspire 2019 - Inspire 2019 is a conference to connect people from across the 1000+ churches in the CRC for 3 days of worship, workshops, speakers, and conversation. As we plan and prepare for this event, happening August 1-3 in Windsor, ON, please join us in praying for the event and all who will attend. This week, please pray for keynote speaker Ed Stetzer. Pray that God will inspire him as he plans his message and prepares for Inspire 2019, and for conversations he will be part of at the event.

Act Five is an 8-month Christian Gap Year program at Redeemer University College
that is launching in September 2019! The program is designed for students graduating high school who are looking for a year to explore, learn, serve & prepare before deciding "what's next". The application to join the first cohort is open, apply now and learn more at

Redeemer Reads - In the 2018-19 academic year, Redeemer is bringing a number of authors to our campus to celebrate the work of local writers. On March 21st, come out to hear a reading and Q&A panel of poets from the Hamilton Poetry Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

The Walking Wounded: March 24 at 4:00 pm, with Brett Ullman at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. Some of us struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  Coping with tough situations in life sometimes manifest themselves in self injury, eating disorders, suicide, drugs, or alcohol. Brett Ullman addresses how to walk back towards healing and away from our emotions, feelings and thoughts that are keeping us paralyzed in life. No shame fear or hiding is required as we are safe to journey towards healing together. How does our faith fit into our healing journey? There is hope for the walking wounded. Refreshment will be served afterwards.


Big Worship: The student praise teams of Smithville Christian High School invite you to Big Worship on Friday, March 29, with four student praise teams and Elias Dummer, former front man of The City Harmonic. Come and worship with us and be inspired by talented teenagers using their gifts and passion for leadership and worship. Tickets are $5 per person at the door, or $15 per family and $25 per youth group if reserved in advance via Doors open at 7, event begins at 7:30 pm.


Family Outreach Ontario invites you to an information evening on Thursday, April 4, at Wellandport URC. We are very excited to have Sergeant Detective Richard VanderBoom, with the Hamilton Police Service, as our featured speaker. Rich will describe the various types of drugs that are widely abused, how they are ingested (including the paraphernalia used), and the addictive nature of them; as well as issues around cannabis deregulation. Rich has a lot of knowledge about drugs and drug abuse, is very passionate about this subject and expresses info. well in light of his faith. Also, Mr. H. will tell of his addiction to drugs and his recovery process. Please plan to attend and tell others about it as well.  A collection will be taken to cover our costs. 7:00 - Doors open; 7:30 - 9:15 - Presentation and Q&A period; followed by refreshments and opportunity for talk with John Kowtecky or Family Outreach members.


SAVE THE DATE!!! Saturday April 6th is the NACE Spring Fundraising Dinner. Join us for an evening of mystery in support of Christian Education.  NACE provides quality Christian Education at two campuses:  John Knox Christian School in Stoney Creek and Covenant Christian School in Smithville. The event begins with a punch bowl at 6pm at Smithville Christian Reformed Church. Reserve your seat today by calling 905-957-7796 or emailing  


On Friday, March 29th at 7:30 pm the Teen Challenge Women’s Centre will be presenting at Zion Free Reformed Church and we would like to send an invitation to anyone interested to come and listen to testimonies of women finding freedom from addiction and to learn more about the Teen Challenge ministry. Please join us!

Ontario Women’s Centre Gala Banquet - Join us Thursday April 11, 2019 for our gala banquet, featuring a very special performance of powerful singing and testimonies from the Teen Challenge Ontario Women’s Choir! Tickets are $65 each or $500 for a table of eight. Hors D’oeuvres 5:30pm, Dinner @ 6:30pm. Held at Bellvue Manor, 8083 Jane Street, Vaughan. Tickets:


Rise to the Challenge With EduDeo Go - EduDeo GO is a national walk, run, bike, or swim challenge to raise funds and impact the students of Espacio de Gracia in the Dominican Republic. Working together from April 15 – May 24, we want to collectively walk, run, bike, and swim around the world in 40 days. Will you join us? To learn more and register, visit, or call our office at 1-866-360-4274.


Inspirational Women’s Conference - Join us Saturday, April 27th at the Meeting House in Oakville, ON. With demands of work and family, women often juggle many responsibilities and struggle to be 'enough'. The good news is that Jesus is enough! All women are invited for a day of inspiration, worship, and fellowship, with the theme of In You. I Am. Enough. My grace is sufficient. 2 Cor. 12:9. Speaker: Megan Fate Marshman; Worship Leader: Brooke Nicholls; Storyteller: Sara Weber; Improv: Lea Wilkening and Natasha Bromfield. Come and be refreshed and renewed; bring your friends; invite someone who is seeking! For more information, and to register online, go to or contact Marian at


Do you have a passion for Advancement and Donor Relations? Do you have experience leading a team? World Renew is looking for a Director of Donor Relations. More details on this position and links to apply can be found at


Administrative Job Openings: Shalom Manor is a Dutch, Christian long-term-care home providing loving, wholistic care to our Residents.  We are currently searching for a Payroll Clerk and Human Resources Administrator, both full time positions.  For more information or to submit your resume, contact Lauren Gibson at  Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until Friday, March 22nd.


Are you an inspiring leader who loves challenging a team to be its creative best? We are looking for a visionary MARKETING DIRECTOR to lead our Marketing Team, telling the story of EduDeo Ministries and its partners to our passionate and growing support community – showing them they are making a difference. For more information about this position, or to apply, go to


Youth Director Position at Covenant CRC, St. Catharines - Covenant CRC has a 50% two-year contract Youth Director position opening. Interested applicants are directed to Covenant's website for more information and dates.


Karin Terpstra