HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SIMCOE IMMANUEL CHURCH BULLETIN February 18, 2018

Weekly Church or Local Ministry to Pray For: This week, we lift up in prayer the ministry of the Bloomsburg Baptist Church and leaders Pastor Eleanor Emmott and Andrew Emmott.

Attention Retirees—A new Adult and Youth Bible Study Group is starting this February at Hamilton District Christian High School.  We are inviting retired adults to join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month to gather as a large group, enjoy building community followed by time in small groups.  We pray that this intergenerational gathering time will enable us the opportunity to learn and grow in our faith together.  Please join us starting this Tuesday, February 6th from 9:00 - 10:15 am in the HDCH cafeteria.  Please come to the Tuesday morning sessions that you are able to attend which will include:  February 6th, February 20th, March 6th, March 20th, April 10th, April 24th, May 8th and May 22nd.  This is a special opportunity that is being hosted by the HDCH Christians in Society class and a few senior Redeemer students.  Any questions or concerns please email Pauline VanderVelde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Sunday Night Small Group has just finished our study of the book of James.  For our next meeting, February 25th we are inviting Dr. Henry Brouwer to lead a discussion about Climate Change.  Dr. Brouwer is serving as Regional Coordinator for the Climate Witness Project from the CRC in order to create greater awareness within our churches about the human impact of fossil fuel use on the climate.  We are hoping that many of our congregation will not only participate in this very timely discussion but will also feel free to invite your family/friends to come out.  The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.  If you can, before that meeting, view a very thought stimulating documentary entitled “Before The Flood” - type the following link into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEqBduQIx-Q

Classis Youth Service—Join us on Sunday, February 25th at 6:00 pm for an incredible evening of praise and fellowship at the Ancaster CRC.  All youth and young adults (and friends and family) are welcome.  A special offering will be taken for Notre Dame House, and donations of teen-sized clothing will be accepted for the shelter.  Dress warmly for a bonfire after the service!

Safe Church Conference—The Annual Inter-Classis Safe Church Conference will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at the Waterloo CRC.  All are welcome!  In light of the denominational Safe Church theme, this year’s workshops will include workshops on human trafficking and how to create a safe and just community in light of the state of recent allegations of sexual harassment.  Other workshops will address the popular Netflix’s series “13 Reasons Why” as well as how to have healthy boundaries in ministry relationships.  All ministry leaders (pastors, elders, deacons, youth ministry leaders) and those involved with abuse awareness are urged to attend.  For further information and registration visit www.wmott.ca/scc. or call Atie Ott at 519-576-0965.

Norfolk Pregnancy Centre—Please save the date, Thursday, March 8th to join us at a Fundraising Concert featuring the Haldimand Norfolk Concert Band at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover.  The NPC will offer a Desserts and Beverage Buffet.  Tickets are free, donations are gratefully accepted.

Handel's MessiahAcclaimed music ensemble Arcady presents Handel's Messiah on Sunday, March 18th at 7:00 pm, at Pioneer Memorial United Church (1974 King St. E., 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

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.

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, ON.  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 4th.

9th Annual Hamilton Place ConcertHosanna Choir and Mattaniah Christian Male ChoirTickets are now available for the annual combined concert    will once again be held at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly called Hamilton Place) on Saturday, March 31st at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available at $19 and $29, and can be obtained through a choir member, or contact Wendy den Hollander at 905-628-1211 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or online at www.hosanna-choir.org.Signs & Wonders is a beautiful musical production that celebrates the joy of salvation.  The choir, whose members are orphans and other vulnerable children, present worship music from Uganda and invite audiences to experience an encounter with God.  Through the power of their testimonies the children share stories of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities.  Each story declares the miracle of transformation – from darkness to light; from despair to hope; from loss to purpose; from fear to faith.  

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 1st – June 30th. Compete with and challenge your friends.  Sign up now at edudeo.com/GO.

From Hamilton District Christian HighschoolHere at HDCH we're grateful for our community and the generosity that reflects mutual encouragement and love for our school.  With your support, we aim to make exceptional Christian education as affordable as possible, maintain our facilities, and provide dynamic learning opportunities.  Please support HDCH.  Visit hdch.org/giving/ to donate today.

 

World Renew trip to HaitiWorld Renew is organizing an open team to travel to Haiti! Are you passionate about sustainable community development? Deforestation is a serious environmental issue that threatens Haiti. Spend 8 days (March 10-18, 2018) learning about Haiti and participating in reforestation projects. Reforestation helps reduce the impact of mudslides and improves soil quality for increased food security and income for families. Applicants should be able to do physical work in tropical conditions. There may be opportunities for construction work. For more information, please contact Iona Buisman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.

Music Director NeededBethel CRC Dunnville has an interim position of Music Director at 10 hours/week, open for a one year maternity leave beginning April 1st.  If you feel this is something you are interested in, please contact the church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information including a detailed job description.

LIBERTAS Male Choir ConcertFriday, April 13th at 7:30 pm, join the Libertas Male Choir for "Hands Across the Ocean" at St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. W., Dundas, ON.  For tickets, please visit www.libertasvoices.com or call 905-522-0001.

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.

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.

 

Lance Logan-Keye—Since 2014, Lance has been employed by Six Nations – Grand River Correctional Services as a Youth Justice Worker with the Reintegration and Supportive Services Extra Judicial Measures (ATC-RI/EJM) Program.  In this program, Lance is responsible for providing culturally appropriate programming for Indigenous young persons by intervening in the pathways of offending behaviour in an attempt to decrease each young person’s contact with the justice system.  Prior to this, Lance worked as an Acting Native Corrections Officer in Six Nations at Grand River Correctional Services.  He has also worked as a youth wellness education navigator as well as a cultural advisor for the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre.  As well, Lance spent years working as an “I Am A Kind Man”, program support worker.  He has held numerous counselling roles, and has worked as a domestic violence awareness events coordinator.  Lance holds a Diploma in Native Community Care Counseling and Development from Mohawk College and a Bachelor of Arts-Sociology from Brock University.  He is also certified as a Psychodramatic Bodywork Practitioner.