HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SIMCOE IMMANUEL CHURCH BULLETIN October 15, 2017

Weekly Church or Local Ministry to Pray For This week, we lift up in prayer the ministry of Old Windham United Church and Rev. Paul Currie..

 “Same Kind of Different As Me”—There is an inspiring new movie coming out on Friday, October 20th that tells a true story of homelessness, healing, and hope.  Based on the New York Times best-seller, it recounts the inspiring true story of a successful businessman with a broken marriage, an emotionally scarred homeless man with sensitivity beyond his circumstances, and the woman who helped them experience a bond that crossed any personal, cultural or economic divides that could have separated them.

Want to make a difference?Come and hear four dynamic people talk about how individuals can make a difference in our community or around the world.  Grace United Church continues its tradition of a fall speaker series in Port Dover.

Concert of Music and Song—Andre Knevel (piano & organ) and Liselotte Rokyta (pan flute) welcome guests ‘Chorus of Praise’, a male choir under the direction of John van Iperen, for an evening of music to the glory of God.  Please join us, as these musicians blend their talents, on Wednesday, October 18th at 8:00 pm, at the Rehoboth United Reformed Church, Ancaster.  Further info? (905)765-6124.

Ten Thousand Villages sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st, at the First Baptist Church in Simcoe.  Please come out and support FAIR TRADE.  We are also looking for volunteers to staff the toy, game and packaged food table.  We will need help on Friday, from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm and then again on Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  If this is something that you would be interested in helping with, please contact Bert or Harriet Stam at 519-426-9153, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a shift.

Family Outreach Ontario Christian Addiction Support Services invites you to an information evening on Friday, October 20th at Vineyard Canadian Reformed Church, Beamsville (town of Lincoln), ON.  This evening features guest speaker Claudia Loopstra, wife, mother of two, grandmother of eight.  She has written a memoir, Redemptive Love:  Living with an Alcoholic Father.  Please plan to attend and tell others about it as well. It will be an evening you will be sure to remember.  Doors open at 7:00 pm with the presentation running from 7:30 - 9:15 pm.  Refreshments and an opportunity to talk with John Kowtecky, Executive Director, Family Outreach Services (and other Family Outreach members) to follow.

Alcohol or drugs in your family or social circles?  Get educated before you try to “fix” it.  Visit us at www.familyoutreachontario.com, email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1888-809-0464.

Musica de la Esperanza—Join the Maranatha Mission Team this Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 pm at Maranatha CRC, York and help us raise funds for the Cristo Transforma Men’s Rehab Centre in the Dominican Republic.  You will be treated to some wonderful performances from the Keeler Sisters, pianist/soloist Karina Houwer and the Sing-Capella Men’s Quartet.  Tickets can be ordered/purchased from Teresa W at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 289-237-5822.

Fall ConcertPerforming Arts @ Mountainview invites you the join us for a Fall Concert!  Come enjoy the musical artistry of Liselotte Rokyta on panflute and concert musicians Andre Knevel and Robertha Luttjeboer on organ and piano.  Following the concert please join us for a time of fellowship and refreshments.  The concert will take place on Friday, October 20th at 7:30 pm at Mountainview Church in Grimsby.  Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln & West Lincoln.  Tickets are available at The Dutch Shop in Grimsby, or at the door on the evening of the concert.

Youth Service in Aylmer CRC—The Youth Group in Aylmer will be hosting their annual area-wide Youth Service on Sunday, October 22nd at 5:00 pm.  EVERYONE, especially youth and leaders, are encouraged to come.  Pastor Dirk Miedema will be bringing the message entitled "The Recabites", based on Jeremiah 35.  Come as you are; however, in keeping with the message, you may even want to consider alternative attire (ie. hat, non-matching socks or shoes, odd coats etc.).  Afterwards, please join us for delicious homemade soup, buns, fruit, and refreshments.

 

Reformation Day Evening Service—All are welcome to join with Simcoe, York, Hagersville and Jarvis CRC's to praise God for the spiritual renewal that the Reformation sparked.  This year's 500th anniversary will be celebrated, the Lord willing, on Sunday, October 29th  at 7:00 pm at Jarvis Ebenezer CRC.  Pastor Ben Ponsen will lead worship, Pastor Daryl DeKlerk will preach from Zechariah 14:20-21 on "The Reformation's Legacy and Bright Future" and Pastor Wim de Vries will lead us in communion.  Refreshments will be served following the service.

Ray Vanderlaan ConferenceWhen the Time Had Fully ComeNovember 3rd – 5th in Drayton—Ray Vanderlaan is known as an excellent Bible teacher.  He travels to Israel frequently leading others to understand the Bible in the context and culture that it was written.  We read the Bible through our 'western' eyes; Ray will help you to read it with new eyes.  If you want to know a little more about Ray Vanderlaan:

https://www.thattheworldmayknow.com/1726

To register click on the church's website and follow the links:  http://www.draytonreformed.org/

REFORMATION 500—You are invited to join us at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 472 Richmond St., London, on Sunday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.  This event is absolutely FREE--and, so is the parking that will be provided at London Life parking lot on Clarence immediately on the east side across the street from the Cathedral.

Available Free in the Digital Library - “You’re Invited” is available free to all in the CRC through the Digital Library (crcna.org/Library).  This one-week devotional helps parents or caretakers explain what the Lord's Supper is all about, get children ready to participate, and encourage the whole family to respond in gratitude for this very special gift from God.

Respect Life Fundraiser Dinner—Hamilton Right to Life is pleased to announce the annual fundraising dinner will be held Tuesday, October 24th at Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre. This year’s guest speaker is Bishop Crosby speaking on the theme “Everybody Matters”.  For more information or to purchase your tickets, please contact:  Marge Postuma at 905 765 5623 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cor Boekee at 905 765 2043 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

College and Careers/Young Adults Corn MazeYou're invited to join us at Hanes Corn Maze in Dundas on Friday, October 27th at 7:00 pm.  It's located at 1001-Hwy #5 West, Dundas.  For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Hosted by members of Ancaster Meadowlands Fellowship. Hope to see you there.

Great Wolf Lodge, 2017—It's that time of year again!  A block of roots has been reserved during the annual Fall PA days for our Christian schools.  Discounted rates are available for the dates of October 26th & 27th.  Room rates start at $179.99/night. Our group booking code is: 1710CHRI_001.  To book your room go to:  www.greatwolf.com/niagara or call 1-866-949-9653.  Booking deadline is September 26th, so reserve early to avoid disappointment!  For further information, please ONLY contact Tammy Veld at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or text:  905-745-5609.

Reformation Day Service—The CRCs of Flamborough, Dundas, Waterdown and Burlington invite our brothers and sisters from the churches of Classis Hamilton to a service celebrating the truths that were affirmed in the Reformation, which began 500 years ago this year.  The service will be at Redeemer University College, on Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 pm.  Let us give thanks to the Lord, for his care and guidance.

INDWELL Celebration Dinner—It’s that time of year!  Join Indwell at our annual Celebration Dinner on Friday, November 3rd starting at 5:30 pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-866-529-0454 to reserve your spot. 

ROAD2HOPE 2017Join the Race to transform 150 classrooms across the developing world.  Sign up to run for EduDeo Ministries in Road2Hope, a fun, family-friendly event this November 4th or 5th in Hamilton's beautiful Confederation park.  Register now at edudeo.com/r2h.

JCCS Annual Dinner & AuctionSave the date for Saturday, November 4th for our Annual Dinner & Auction!  The dinner is from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, followed by the Live Auction starting at 7:15 pm!  If you would be willing to help and donate items to the Auction please email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.