HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SIMCOE IMMANUEL CHURCH BULLETIN September 9, 2018

Weekly Church or Local Ministry to Pray For:

This week, we lift up in prayer the ministry of the Calvary Pentecostal Church and their leader Sr. Pastor Jay Black.

You're Invited into Christian Community at York University—York University is back on track, holding classes and welcoming students for 2018-19.  LOGOS Christian Community never left.  In fact, during the uncertainty of a 5-month strike, LOGOS experienced deeper communion as the desire for connection only increased.  If you’re near us, come find friendship, encouragement and challenge with LOGOS campus ministry of the CRC.  We're a diverse group on a multi+ campus, building community among students and in our neighbourhood.  Connect with @logosyorku, lccyork.org, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ruth at 647-608-3967.

BEGINNINGS—3K Walk/Run/Roll Event—Join Beginnings Family Services for its 25th annual 3K Walk/Run/Roll event on Saturday, September 15th at Dundas Driving Park, Hamilton or walk and raise money in your neighborhood if you're not able to make it to Hamilton, and send us photos that we can share on Facebook.  Registration opens at 9:00 am with the run starting at 9:30 am.  This is a family-friendly event held in the center of Dundas Driving Park, and includes fun activities for kids, refreshments and a light lunch.  Minimum donation of $25 if no pledges; all proceeds support the pregnancy counselling work of Beginnings.  To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.beginnings.ca/.

Cross-Cultural Training Opportunity—World Renew is offering a two-day cross-cultural training for those exploring a career in missions or in an international development context.  Not sure if God is calling you to overseas ministry?  This training will also equip and give you the foundations for serving wisely in your community.  The training will be on Friday and Saturday, September 14th & 15th at 3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON.  Our session leaders are seasoned development workers, pastors, teachers and professors.  Come away with new tools as you learn about World View, Justice and Community Transformation, Spiritual Care, Up-stander and Gender Justice, Safety & Risk Management, Culture Shock and more. Please contact Alyssa Woudstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  Registration is $50/person.  You do not currently have to be serving with World Renew to participate. Questions?  Email us!

Countryside Camp and Conference Centre FUN FAIROn Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Countryside Camp and Conference Centre is holding their fundraising Fun Fair.  This event hosts thousands and offers attractions and events for guests of all ages; Inflatable Rides, Animal Train, Climbing Wall, Kidsland Adventure area with games for the kids, a tea room with Dutch treats for the young at heart and food; Dutch food specialties as well as fresh made pies and baked goods in our Country Store and Produce Tent.

Bob DeVries is back as our very own Chainsaw Artisan!  His creations will be up for auction during the afternoon of the fair.

This event serves as the largest annual fundraising event of the ministry of Countryside Camp with a Silent Auction, Specialty Auction, and a Cake Auction you won’t want

to miss. All proceeds go to further the ministries of Countryside Camp and Conference Centre.

So mark your calendar.  If you would like to volunteer please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christian College and Careers, Save the Date!The new season of the Young Adult Bible study is about to get underway, and we’re going to kick it off with a BBQ on Sunday, September 23rd!  It’s going to be held directly following the morning service of Meadowlands Fellowship CRC.  Location has yet to be determined, so be sure to connect to the Facebook event “YA Bible Study Kickoff” or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get added to the email chain with updates.

safeTALK Training—Join us on the evening of Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm for safeTALK.  safeTALK is a 3 hour training for anyone 15 years and older regardless of training and experience to become a suicide-alert helper.  Cost is $10 for a workbook.  Training will be hosted at Immanuel CRC.  Space is limited so please RSVP to Andrea Berkel by email or call/text at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 226-567-1714.  More information about the training can be found at livingworks.net

Carpenteros Dinner and AuctionThe Carpenteros and Friends invite you to join us at our 18th annual “Building Hope for Honduras” Dinner and Auction on Thursday, September 27th (doors open at 5:30 pm) at Carmen’s Banquet Center.  You will enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner, and have a chance to bid on unique items in the silent and live auctions.  Tickets are still only $85 per person ($50 tax receipt issued for each ticket purchased), so round up your friends, neighbors, Bible study group, and co-workers.  Every penny raised will benefit self-sustaining community development in Honduras, so please call now to order your tickets.  Audrey (905-648-3460/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Dave 905-647-9793 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or any of your local Carpenteros, or visit our website at www.carpenteros.ca.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Classis Hamilton Annual Fall Youth RetreatSept 28th – 30thJoin us for a great way to kick off your youth ministry season!  Worship led by Colin Wouda, with speaker Brigette Vanhuisstede reflecting on the theme “REAL” – Renewed, Engaged, Active, Loved.  It’s a full weekend of worship, service opportunities, small group time, and campfires and big group games.  Saturday afternoon break-out sessions offer art, prayer walks, on Biblical relationships, prayer and more - all at the natural setting of Countryside Camp in Cambridge.  Self-register (Eventbright.com - search Classis Hamilton retreat) $140 per person.  Young adults – are you interested in leading or helping?  We need you!  Contact the planning team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.  Spots are limited so register early!  More info at www.classishamilton.ca/youth-ministry/

CCC Information Evening and AGMThe Christian Counselling Centre invites you to attend a combined information evening and annual general meeting on Friday, September 28th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at New Street Christian Reformed Church, 3422 New Street, Burlington ON.

   

Speaker:  Keith Verburg, Executive Director at the Christian Counselling Centre

Topic:  Stewardship of SelfFinding peace and rest in a fast-paced stress-filled culture.  Which do you practice:  self-denial or self-neglect?  How do you know?  How can you grow in sensitivity and learn to prioritize God’s purposes?  The topic of self-care has thousands of practical and debatable considerations and thousands of legitimate and important cautions that go with them.  Nevertheless, it is an important topic and one we need to think about, for the way we handle it reveals a great deal about our hearts, what we believe about ourselves, and what we believe about God.

Cost:  $20
Register:  Email at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 1-866-833-2741

Journey With MeFree training for ministry with refugees—On Saturday, September 29th, get trained for ministry with refugees in Canada and receive new myth-busting resources and worship songs to support your church as you reach out to refugee neighbours.  This exercise and equipping event from World Renew and the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue will give you a sense of what it's like to walk in a refugee’s shoes to help you to better live into the biblical call to "welcome the stranger".  Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Location: Immanuel CRC (61 Mohawk Rd W, Hamilton); Register at bit.ly/journeywithrefugees.

The Responsibilities of Settler based organizations: TRC Calls to Action and the Social Service sector in Haldimand-Norfolk

This workshop will explore the responsibilities of settler-based organizations in ongoing efforts of reconciliation and decolonization.  This workshop is intended for anyone working with Indigenous individuals and communities who would like to create safer and more accessible services. It will be held on Wednesday, October 10th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Green’s At Renton.  See flyer on bulletin board for more information.

"Helping Without Harming" WORKSHOP—Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada for a "Helping Without Harming" workshop to learn how to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities.  Collaborate with others and discover how food banks, deacon funds, short-term service trips and other benevolent activities can be more impactful and meaningful.  The workshop will take place at Hamilton District Christian High School (92 Glancaster Rd, Ancaster, ON L9G 3K9) on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (refreshments available at 8:30 am).  Registration is free, seating is limited; please register today at www.worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.  For more information please contact Sonya Wonder at the Meadowlands CRC office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you there!

CCC Encouragement Café—The Christian Counselling Centre invites you to an evening of desserts, music, and a story of hope and recovery will be held at the Free Reformed Church in Ancaster on Friday, November 16th at 7:30 pm.  This is a donation based fundraising event.  The guest speaker, Thelma Nienhuis will be speaking about staying afloat when the storm doesn’t end, specifically as it pertains to ongoing grief and chronic illness.  To reserve a spot or table for 8, call the CCC at 1-866-833-2741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JCCS Job Opportunity—Jarvis Community Christian School is seeking OCT qualified teachers or those interested in pursuing a career in teaching.  There are strong possibilities of employment in upcoming and future school years.  If this sounds pleasing to you, please contact COO/Principal Chad Haverkamp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (519) 587-4444.

Shalom Manor & Gardens Volunteer Opportunity—Are you interested in volunteering?  Shalom Manor & Gardens is looking for a reliable volunteer to help in our General Store and Café every other Wednesday afternoon, and several other volunteers to be available to fill in for those who are away.  If you are interested in this, or any of the many other opportunities we have open, please contact Jessica, the Coordinator of Volunteers at (905) 945-9631 ext. 1115 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Work. Walk. Pray.Resonate Global Mission is seeking a hiking/backpacking intern to work alongside long-term missionaries in West Africa.  Hike to remote West African villages and help bring scripture to people in their local language.  Learn more and apply at www.resonateglobalmission.org/hiking.

"The Bridge App" Job Posting—The Bridge App has been developed for the Christian Reformed Church as a tool to connect churches with their communities and community members to the body of Christ.  This app has been so well received by the churches across Canada that there is now a growing list of enhancements waiting to be made.  The app developer is looking to add a person in the role of "Full Stack Developer" to their staff to implement these enhancements.  See the full job posting at thebridgeapp.org/site/careers.  There is no deadline listed for receiving applications; however, the app developer is looking to hire as soon as possible.  Please pass this email along to any of your friends or acquaintances that might be interested in this job opportunity.  Questions?  Contact Dorothy Vandersteen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..