HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SIMCOE IMMANUEL CHURCH BULLETIN April 15, 2018

Weekly Church or Local Ministry to Pray For: This week, we lift up in prayer the ministry of our church, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, and our leader Pastor Jeff Vandermeer.

Beautiful in God’s EyesEmmanuel Bible Church Women’s Ministry presents “Beautiful in God’s Eyes” featuring award winning writer, novelist and painter, Stacey Weeks (www.staceyweeks.com) on April 21st for 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Your conference fee of $35 includes lunch and a coffee break (to be paid by April 14th).  Questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 519-426-1031.

Teen Challenge Gala—Plan to join us on Thursday, April 26th for our 10th Anniversary Gala at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, ON.  Come hear the powerful testimonies of the Teen Challenge Ontario Women’s Choir and past graduates as we celebrate our Past, Present & Future.  It will be a night to remember!  Buy a ticket for yourself and a friend.  For more information, go to www.tcgta.ca/

Farewell Service—As you may have heard, Mt. Hamilton CRC will soon be moving to Mt. Hope, and become “Mount Hope Community CRC”.  To commemorate this transition, we invite you to a special “Farewell Service” at Mount Hamilton CRC on Sunday, April 29th at 3:30 pm.  There will be nursery provided, and refreshments afterwards.  Please consider joining us for this special afternoon of remembrance and celebration.

Mount Hope Community CRC (former Mt. Hamilton CRC)—Church Directory Changes—Please update your directories with our new address and contact information:

Pastor:  Roelof Peereboom

Address:  Mount Hope Community CRC

        P.O. Box 269

                3076 Homestead Dr.

                Mount Hope, ON

                L0R 1W0

Phone Line #1:  289-759-3076

Phone Line #2:  289-759-3077

www.mounthopecommunitycrc.org

Family Outreach Ontario Special Event—You are invited to an information evening on Friday, May 4th at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Woodstock.  We have a guest speaker lined up that I’m sure you will want to hear: Judy Tomzcak, author of “When the Light at the End of the Tunnel Is Another Train”.  She has an amazing story to tell that will be of particular interest to anyone who has suffered because of a family member's addiction.  A collection will be taken to help cover our costs.  7:00 pm - Doors open, Refreshments/ Meet & Greet; 7:30 - 9:15 pm - Presentation, followed by refreshments/opportunity for talk with John Kowtecky or Family Outreach members.

 “We Believe in Simcoe”—Our 9th annual “We Believe in Simcoe” festival is just under a month away – on Saturday, May12th!    If you haven't volunteered before, sign up and experience this incredible local event!  Ask a friend to join you, and sign up together, to serve at The Activity Fair.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.  Immanuel CRC has been asked to help stock the shelves of the Grocery Store by collecting 175 boxes of granola bars!  Please bring your donation to church by May 6th. 

Adaptive Leadership EventDoes the challenge of leadership in uncharted territory sometimes feel overwhelming?  Resonate Global Mission, Diaconal Ministries Canada, and the Connections Project invite you to an inspiring one-day event exploring Adaptive Leadership and what it can mean for your ministry and congregation, with keynote speaker Tod Bolsinger, author of 'Canoeing the Mountains'. Join us Saturday, April 21st at Hilton Garden Inn (airport), Toronto.  $99/person includes all meals. Space is very limited.  For more information or for registration details, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/CRCConnectionsProject.

Plant and Bake SaleParkview Meadows will be hosting a Plant and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, May 12th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. With an abundance of perennial and annuals to choose from you will surely find something perfect for your Mother or even for yourself.  BBQ lunch will occur from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm.  All proceeds will go directly to resident programming.

Concert of Praise—Come and enjoy a Concert of Praise by award winning organist Dr. John Vandertuin on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 pm in Hope Christian Reformed Church, Brantford.  Blind from birth, Dr. Vandertuin is an internationally acclaimed and recognized organist having received many awards.  This is a free concert with a free will offering.  Visit hopecrc.ca/drjohn for a complete bio and photo of Dr. Vandertuin. 

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 ones 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 21st.  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.

Worship as JourneyA Day of Learning and Renewal is a conference for everyone interested in worship and music, sponsored by Worship Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church of Canada, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Interlude. Featured presenters are Steve Bell (stevebell.com) and Ken Medema (Kenmedema.com) with many additional workshop leaders and an opportunity to join the choir for the evening concert.  This event is on Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for the  conference (CA $35) and 7:00 pm for the Concert (free will offering) at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Avenue, Toronto, ON.  See tinyurl.com/WorshipAsJourney for more event details and registration.

Haudenosaunee Philosophies and Guiding Principles Workshop—As a direct result of the evaluations received following last year’s workshop, “Transforming our Work Through the Eyes of our Community”, the Poverty Action Partnership of Haldimand-Norfolk proudly invites you to attend “Understanding Haudenosaunee Philosophies and Guiding Principles”; a one day workshopto be held at The Royal Canadian Legion in Hagersville on Wednesday, April 25th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Keynote speaker, Lance Logan-Keye, will provide some insight into Haudenosaunee culture and beliefs and will also discuss the legacy of residential schools, intergenerational trauma and the effects of colonization historically to present day.

 

How should we 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 27th, 28th and May 12th. 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

Will Planning ClinicHamilton District Christian High School is pleased to invite you to attend our annual Free Will Clinic on Wednesday, May 16th in the HDCH Library at 7:30 pm.  It is being presented by Christian Stewardship Services.  This is an opportunity to learn the importance of a proper Will and how to support charities that are important to you.  Enjoy desserts and refreshments.  RSVP to Annetta 1-800-267-8890 x217 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AOYC 2018—Now is the time to register for the All Ontario Youth Convention to be held May 18th – 21st in Waterloo!  Come experience God's love through teaching, worship, and fun, with 900+ teens and leaders.  High school students and adult leaders can register online at allontario.com/register or visit facebook.com/allontario for more information.

JK/SK Visit DaysJarvis Community Christian School is having JK/SK Visit Days on Friday, June 8th.  If you are interested in having your child come experience a day in the life of Kindergarten, please contact our school office at 519-587-4444 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We would be delighted to meet your child and take this step together in the growth and development of your child.

Fruitland Special Needs SERVESpecial Needs SERVE is an opportunity for youth/young adult with a disability to be a part of a SERVE experience.  These youth/young adults will walk along side of a peer mentor for this 5-day event that includes worship, small groups, volunteering at worksites, and community building events.  It is a week for youth working together to serve God, and grow and develop in their faith.  Special Needs SERVE is run through Youth Unlimited, and will be hosted in Fruitland with support from area churches.  This year we are hosting at Fruitland CRC the week of July 20th – 26th and we will be on a journey together learning to Love God, Love the World!  Interested and want to know more?  Check out our FaceBook page Fruitland Special Needs SERVE, ask for the info flyer that was also sent to your church OR contact Amber Vanderhout This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Erica Howard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..