Women’s Spring Bible Studies – An invite from Kristal!

Watch the clip for an invite from Kristal to our Spring Bible studies on the book of Ephesians! Mondays in Abbotsford & Mission and Wednesdays in Abbotsford – beginning after Easter. We hope you’ll join us!

Kristal – Ephesians – Spring 2015 from Northview Church on Vimeo.

Visit northview.org for more information and to register!

Class Options for Winter 2015 Women’s Bible Studies

Northview WomenRegistration is up for Monday Evening & Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Studies – Winter 2015!

The Winter semester of our Women’s Bible Studies follow a class format. Read descriptions of the classes offered below:

Monday Evening Bible Study:

A Bible Study on Ruth & Esther
Taught by Kristal Toews, Carol Duskin & Lezlie Allison
January 12 – March 8
Cost: $20
Everyone likes a good story. When someone says “Once upon a time,” we smile and settle in. The “God-breathed” Old Testament is full of real-life stories: taken together, they point us to Jesus, God’s son. In January we will crack the cover on the stories of Ruth and Esther.
We pause, now, for a moment of honest skepticism: “A study of Ruth and Esther? Oh yes, the ladies’ books of the Bible. Women’s ministry—ladies’ books…. Uh-huh. …And I’ve read them about a bajillion times.” Help/encouragement for closet skeptics: Even if you’ve read or studied Ruth and Esther before, read them again! Read them in light of everything you’ve just learned about God’s big-picture plan from Genesis to Revelation. See them in their “covenant” setting—it’s fascinating.
So, grab your Bible, your study guide and sit down with anticipation of how God will speak to your mind and heart through the stories of Ruth and Esther. They’re HIS stories. Stories of “promises kept.” Stories that really happened. The best kind of stories!

Simeon Course in Biblical Exposition
Video Course & in Class Discussion – Facilitated by Laurie Husband
January 12 – End of May (exact dates will depend on adjustments made for Family Day, Easter Monday & Spring Break)
Cost: $79
Preaching and Literary Genre (20 weeks)
The Bible is one book. Yet, it is also a collection of writings written at different times, and in different literary genres. Each of the genres found in the Bible requires unique reading strategies for both understanding and teaching from within that genre. We don’t read a newspaper article the same way we read a novel. So why would we read and teach the prophetic book of Isaiah in the same way as the Gospel of Mark? In other words, we should employ different techniques when teaching from different parts of the Bible. But this is not always easy to do. Nor is it easy to know how to do it. In this course we focus on how to understand and teach the Biblical genres of Old Testament Narrative, Epistles, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, and Gospels & Acts.

Prior to attending class each week, participants are required to watch a 35-45 minute video, answer questions on the video’s content, and apply the information learned to a specific passage of scripture (approximately 2-3 hours of prep per week). Class time will consist of discussing the video and biblical materials.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study:

Classes for Wednesday Morning Bible study fall under the categories of Theology, Life & Culture.

Theology: A Bible Study on Ruth & Esther:
Taught by Kristal Toews, Carolyn Prins, Sterling Ray & Rebekah Meeker
Cost: $20
Everyone likes a good story. When someone says “Once upon a time,” we smile and settle in. The “God-breathed” Old Testament is full of real-life stories: taken together, they point us to Jesus, God’s son. In January we will crack the cover on the stories of Ruth and Esther.
We pause, now, for a moment of honest skepticism: “A study of Ruth and Esther? Oh yes, the ladies’ books of the Bible. Women’s ministry—ladies’ books…. Uh-huh. …And I’ve read them about a bajillion times.” Help/encouragement for closet skeptics: Even if you’ve read or studied Ruth and Esther before, read them again! Read them in light of everything you’ve just learned about God’s big-picture plan from Genesis to Revelation. See them in their “covenant” setting—it’s fascinating.
So, grab your Bible, your study guide and sit down with anticipation of how God will speak to your mind and heart through the stories of Ruth and Esther. They’re HIS stories. Stories of “promises kept.” Stories that really happened. The best kind of stories!

Life: “I have a friend Who…”
Taught by Thaleia Sawatzky
Cost: $10
What do we do when we have friends or family members dealing with difficult issues? Or what if those “friends” are really us?
In this course, the goal is to gain a greater understanding of various “muck” issues from a Biblical, Psychological and Practical Life perspective. The topics will include: God’s Design for Sexuality, Separation and Divorce, Abuse, Mental Health, Homosexuality and Same-sex Attraction, Grief and Loss, Pornography and other Addictions. In each class we will look at the cultural view, the Biblical view, and we will discuss a variety of practical life application questions for each topic. I will also refer class participants to a variety of resources for each topic (books, articles, websites) and we will spend time in prayer for our “friends” at the end of every class.

Life: Got Kids?
Taught by Robyn Dueck & Laura Wiens
Cost: $10
Got kids? If you do, you are on a challenging, tiring, wonderful journey. The Lord has blessed you with very precious gifts and now comes the task of raising these children to know, love, obey and serve the Lord. This interactive class is designed to come alongside and help you discover what the Bible says about children and family life. We will resource you with tools and practical ideas to take home and try. Bring your questions and let’s discover together how to grow our children to be disciples for Christ. This class is geared towards parents with kids from preschool to grade 5 or 6.

Culture: Engaging with your Punjabi Neighbour
Taught by Imran Daniel & Anju Satjakankha
Cost: $10
Come and be equipped, encouraged, and challenged to engage with your punjabi neighbours. You will hear stories, as well as possibly have a chance to visit one of the local Sikh temples. If you have ever wanted to learn some Punjabi, now is your chance! We will get you started with some basic Punjabi phrases. This class will get you familiar with the history, culture and beliefs of Punjab and Sikh faith.

Register online here!

Women’s Missions Trip – Queretaro, Mexico

Children of Hope

The Women’s Missions Trip to Mexico is coming up from April 24 – May 4, 2015!

The trip is led by Carol Stobbe to the Pan de Vida (Bread of Life) orphanage run by Children of Hope. Pan de Vida is located in Queretaro, Mexico.

The team is looking for women of all ages to come along and help with activities such as taking the orphanage girls on outings, painting, teaching ESL, sorting clothes, sewing and participating in outreach to the Otomi indigenous peoples. They would love to have you come along!

The cost is $1800 and there will be fundraising options available.

Interested in joining in? Email us at women@northview.org!

Northview Women’s Weekend 2015

The 2015 Women’s Weekend is coming up from January 30 – February 1, 2015!

This year we are mixing things up and going to a new location: Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center in Stanwood WA, USA! It’s only an hour and a half away, just North of the Tulalip outlet malls in Washington.

Below are some pictures of the new retreat location.

Warm Beach 1

The dining room.Warm Beach Dining Room

A beautiful view from the dining room.

Dining Room View

The cabins.

Cabin

Two-person motel style rooms are available as well, for a higher registration price.

Motel Room

Outside the cabins.Outside Cabins

The grounds.

Grounds

The beautiful view in the Prayer Chapel that is always open for prayer.

Prayer Chapel

And the tidal ocean view that can be seen from walking along the trails.

Ocean View

The women’s weekend is intergenerational and women of all ages are encouraged to attend. Bring your daughter, mother, sister or friend! We’re looking forward to this year and we hope you join us! Over the weekend we will be studying the book of Colossians, to understand what it means to be Mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28).

Here is some registration info:

Register and pay before December 1: Regular registration $140, Student registration $99

Register and pay after December 1: Regular registration $150, Student registration $110

Optional Friday Night Dinner: $5 extra

Optional Semi-Private Room: $35 extra

Optional Horseback Trail Riding: $20 extra

We would love for everyone to be able to attend, so financial assistance is available. If you need financial aid, just email us at women@northview.org.

Register here at this link.

Hurry, the early bird deadline ends December 1!

Schedule:

Registration begins at 4:30pm on Friday, January 30 and the first session will begin at 8:00pm.

Friday Night – Worship & Teaching Session

Saturday Morning Worship & Teaching Session

Saturday Afternoon – Free Time Activities

Saturday Night- Worship & Testimonies

Sunday Morning – Worship & Teaching Session

The last session ends at 11:00am on Sunday, February 1.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions, email us at women@northview.org

Some fun projects next week!

Are you interested in joining in some fun Fall projects with other Northview women? Here are two opportunities for you to get involved and serve:

Dresses for Jaja Barb’s Home for Angels

Can you design, cut, fold, iron or did you have a passing grade in home economics? Join in on October 29, 2014 from 3:30-5:30 pm at MEI Secondary to help make simple dresses for girls in Jaja Barb’s Home for Angels in Uganda! RSVP to mclkdrb@gmail.com by October 27.Pillowcase Dress Girl
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party

Join us for an OCC Shoebox Packing Party on October 30, 2014 in the Atrium. Drop in anytime between 3:00-5:00 pm. Open to all ages! Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided! Please bring your supplies for however many shoeboxes you intend to pack and the $7 needed for shipping for each of your shoeboxes. If you are unable to attend but are interested in donating items or money to go towards the OCC shoeboxes, please let us know. RSVP to sterling@northview.org

Shoebox Stack

How can rebels learn to follow?

Hockey RinkTwo years ago, both of my sons’ hockey teams called themselves the “Abbotsford Rebels.” It caused me to think about how our society values rebellion. In most people’s eyes, those who rebel are more interesting than those who go with the flow; they show spirit and gumption and initiative. Rebels are commended for thumbing their noses at authority because those in charge can’t be trusted; leaders always have their own agenda, and their plans are not in the best interest of the people. North American culture encourages us to be rebels, but then we read the Bible and are confronted with another reality. Scripture identifies rebellion as mankind’s main “problem” and all of us are called, instead, to be good followers: submitting to God first and then to others in authority over us.

In this world which honors rebels we aren’t taught how to follow, so I thought I’d share a few ideas from scripture and from my own experience. We follow better when we …

Remember that God is above every authority. Since God is greater than any person or any institution (1 Peter 3:22), submitting to those in authority over us doesn’t render us powerless, it simply changes our focus. Rather than rebelling, we can pray to the only one who has the power to redeem any situation… that He would change hearts, that He would intervene, that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven, and that He would refine us in the middle of it all.

Realize that leaders will be accountable to God for how they lead us. They are to keep “watch over [our] souls, as those who will have to give an account” (Hebrews 13:17). This is a big deal and it is a heavy burden for any leader to bear, therefore we are to “let them do this with joy and not with groaning.” (Hebrews 13:17)

Recognize that our own dreams and visions may not be born out of pure motives, and therefore we should always be open to critique from God’s word and from other Christians. God says to Jeremiah, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:10)

Relive moments when we have felt the burden of leadership, and support others as we like to be supported. The Northview Women’s Commission is filled with leaders who are opinionated and passionate, who ask good questions and who aren’t afraid to raise controversial issues. However, these women also recognize that because I’m charged with leading this group during this particular time, I have to publicly ‘own’ everything they do and they take this seriously. They make themselves accountable, inform me of any issues which come up, ask for advice, submit to our church’s confession of faith and humbly serve the people of Northview. Their attitude lightens the burden of leadership, and allows me to serve joyfully. I hope that I can do the same for those in authority over me.

Why should we “follow well?” Because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 4:5b-6).

Blessings on you today,

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women