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!

Half the Bible in Half a Day – You’re invited!

You’re invited to our Northview Women Fall Kick-off event, Half the Bible in Half a Day!

We thought it might be fun to make you a video with some information about the event. Watch it below!

Invite to Half the Bible in Half a Day from Northview Church on Vimeo.

 
Details:

Wednesday September 10, 5:30 pm

$10 includes supper

Register here!

Merry Christmas from Snowy Northview! Interpreting Scripture, Women’s Weekend and more!

Merry Christmas from Snowy Northview!

It’s the last day before Christmas Holidays! Woo Hoo!

I thought I would take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, trusting that God will meet with you as you celebrate the birth of Jesus, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

Some updates from Northview Women are linked below:

Our latest blog post:
Can the Average Christian understand the message of scripture and interpret it well?

Our latest “Bonus” podcast:
“New Years Resolutions” – will be posted here soon.
We were joined by Ezra Okoti.  He answered the question, “How did you get here from Africa?”

Northview Women’s Weekend: January 31 to Feb 2, 2014
Join us at Stillwood Camp from January 31 – Feb 2nd.
Bring your daughter, niece, mom or friend! (ages 13 & up)
Promo video coming soon!

Register On Line: Here
Schedule and Information: Here

Monday Night Bible Study: An Overview of the Bible
Begins January 13, 2014
Register On Line: Here

MOM’s
Begins January 14, 2014
Register On Line: Here

Wednesday Morning Bible Study:  4 options to choose from
Begins January 15, 2014
Register On Line: Here

Merry Christmas!

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women

Reading Your Bible Isn’t an Option

As Christians we are encouraged to read our Bible regularly.  Can I propose that this isn’t really an option?  If we want to finish the race that God has called us to run, reading our bible is a necessity. Why?

1) Because God’s Word purifies us.  Just before he was betrayed, Jesus prayed for all those who would believe in Him: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)  To sanctify means to make holy, to purify or free from sin.  Jesus tells us here that God’s Word is the agent of sanctification.  Biblical Truth frees us from the stain and power of sin.

2) Because God’s Word transforms us.  Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  We are inundated with advertising, ideas and messages which run contrary to God’s will and His values.  If we are not actively seeking to “be transformed” by renewing our minds in His Word, we will conform to this world.

3) Because God’s Word corrects and trains us.  Paul reminded Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

4) Because God’s Word puts us in our place and humbles us.Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).  JI Packer says “Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit;  the spirit, that is, that spawns great thoughts of man and leaves room for only small thoughts of God”.  Our God is great, we are not!  We need to read His Word to be reminded of our own limitations and His infinite power.

5) Because if we don’t know God’s truth, we will be deceived:  “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

“But I don’t want to read the Bible,” you say? “I don’t have time. I don’t like to read. It feels like I’m doing it for the wrong reasons if you tell me I have to.”  Well, I’ll let you in on a secret; it’s a daily decision for me too.  Each time I sit down to read God’s Word there are many other things calling for my attention and sometimes I succumb to laziness and distraction.  I have to consciously decide to read as an act of obedience. As I do, I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to me through His Word; I pray that He will make me “hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6).  I meet regularly with a study group because I need accountability.  Left to my own devices, I would be  ”Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above”.

If you still need convincing, read Psalm 119 and list all the benefits of knowing God’s Word.

Happy Reading! (Or, if reading isn’t an option, Happy Listening!) Follow this link to subscribe to an ESV Podcast.

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women

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Northview Women Updates

  • 140 women are participating in our “Overview of the Bible” study on Wednesday Mornings, and many more are working through the study on their own;  watching our on-line teaching and working through the workbook.  Check out the sessions and email us if you want to join in.  Scroll down to the bottom of the Wednesday Morning Study page here and click on the button that says “View Sessions”.
  • 60 – 70 women are participating in the ‘Jesus the One and Only’ Study on Monday nights.
  • Our Tuesday morning MOM’s group is a great place to visit with other MOMs and grow in your faith!  This week Rebecca Schroeder, a family counsellor will be speaking on connecting with your child. View info on MOMs here.
  • Brandie (Director of Youth), Thaleia (Pastor of Care) and me (Kristal) just recorded our first podcast yesterday :-).  We will inform you when it is on-line so that you can listen in. We plan to do this every other week; our goal is to talk through biblical responses to issues that all of us face everyday.  If you have suggestions for a podcast name or topics, feel free to email them in!  You can reply to this blog post, or email brandie@northview.org.
  • Stay tuned for info on our upcoming Women’s Retreat: Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2014.

 

Winter 2013 Updates!

Hello Everyone,

Watch the videos below and follow the links to find out what’s happening in Women’s Ministry in early 2013!

Oasis Mornings – Winter 2013 Semester

This winter session at Oasis, we will be offering a variety of classes providing instruction and equipping for life and for ministry.

Watch the video below to hear a description about each class! Register online here.

 

Oasis Evenings – Winter 2013 Semester

Join us at Oasis Evenings as Priscilla Shirer teaches us how to live beyond our circumstances and expect to see God move in miraculous ways day after day. Without a doubt, we can find and follow God’s purpose for our journey. We can make it to the Promised Land!  Watch the video for more information, and register online here!

 

Northview Women’s Weekend – 2013

Watch this teaser for the 2013 Northview Women’s Weekend! Register online here!

Northview Women age 13+ are invited to join us at Stillwood Camp on February 1-3 for our 2nd annual Women’s Weekend! The weekend will include teaching sessions led by Kristal Toews, Brandie Bradshaw and Dolly Oliech, and lots of opportunities to visit, laugh, pray and play together – basketball, volleyball, zumba, hikes, movies, skits and more.

Feel free to email women@northview.org if you have any questions!