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

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

Updates & Opportunities

Hello everyone, here’s some updates on Women’s Ministries, and some opportunities to get involved,

New Podcast with Kristal, Thaleia and Brandie

Kristal, Thaleia and Brandie have started a bi-weekly podcast! You can listen to the first episode here.

Christmas Home Tour

The Women’s Christmas Home Tour is on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Participants pay $10 each to tour through beautifully decorated homes between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. All funds raised will be donated to Your Pregnancy Options. Your Pregnancy Options provides tangible support to people in the community facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide free pregnancy tests, peer counselling, community referrals and supplies to support youth, women, and men.

The Christmas Home Tour team is currently searching for people who are willing to put their homes on the tour. If you would be open to allowing others  a glimpse of how you prepare for Christmas, or if you have a unique idea on how to present the gospel message in your home at Christmas,  contact Anita Geertsma at christmashometour@northview. org.

Women’s Missions Trips 2014

Northview is sending a team to Odisha, India from February 7-23, 2014.

The team will have the opportunity to fellowship with believers in the Indian cultural context, connect with local ministries in prayer and encouragement, and serve alongside local ministry leaders in ministry events including a Women’s ministry conference.

Women from all skill sets and backgrounds are welcome and needed!

For more information, email

Northview Women is also sending a team to Mexico in the Spring of 2014. Doreen Schellenberg leads women on short term (10 day) trips to Mexico every Spring. The trip will include leading kids’ programs at an orphanage, ministry to single moms, crafts and painting, sewing and doing outreach projects in the community.

Contact: Doreen Schellenberg,

Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels

Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels is an orphanage in Uganda that Barb Giraud raised funds to build by selling banana bread. One loaf for one brick! Visit Barb’s blog for more information about the ministry.
Now Barb is looking for some donations to help furnish the home.
 Below is a list of the items that they could use.
 – large area rugs
- coffee tables (2)
- bedside tables
- living room set

If you would like to donate, email Barb at

Northview Women’s Weekend

The Northview Women’s Weekend is coming up from Jan 31-Feb 2 at Stillwood! Mark your calendars, registration will be available soon!
We’d love to hear from you, feel free to email us at :)

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


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
  • Stay tuned for info on our upcoming Women’s Retreat: Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2014.


Beth Moore Simulcast 2013 – Three weeks away!

The Beth Moore Simulcast here at Northview is only three weeks away!

The simulcast will be featuring teaching from Beth Moore, and worship led by Travis Cottrell.

The event will take place here at Northview Church on September 14, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

There are still tickets available, and you can purchase them at this link here. All tickets purchased before September 9 will include lunch :)

Are you interested in volunteering for this event? We would love to have your help. For more information email us at

Northview Women Video and Devotional

Northview Women from Northview Church on Vimeo.

Programs for Northview Women start up soon! Register for

Monday Evening Bible Study

Tuesday Morning MOMs Group

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

For info on all of our programs visit our Northview Women page.


“So That” Devotional Series

About 10 years ago I decided that I wanted to participate in the Vancouver Sun Run.  I have been a runner all my life, but hadn’t pushed myself much past the 5K mark so training for a 10K was a bit of a stretch.  Because I had run for years, however, I thought I didn’t need any advice.  I knew there were training guides available, but dismissed them.  “Those are for people who don’t know what they are doing!”  I thought. :)

You can guess what happened.  I started running and pushed myself too hard and too fast.  I ran the race, but ended up in a lot of pain with sore muscles and sore knees.  The crazy thing is, I didn’t really learn my lesson. I took a few weeks off, and then started up again; doing what I thought was a good idea and never really following a consistent plan.  It has taken me a while to come to my senses, but over the past few months I’ve realized that this approach is simply not sustainable.  If my goal is to stay active for 40 more years, I better start taking some advice and consulting the experts.

Thinking about moving towards physical goals has made me reflect on how we approach spiritual goals too.  The Bible is full of promises for Christians. It presents us with appealing visions of what life can be like.   When I read them I often think, “I want to have that, or be like that”, and then try to figure out how to get results on my own… by my own efforts or my own works. When I do this, however, I’m ignoring instructions that are right in front of me.  If we look closely at the text surrounding biblical promises, we see that the author provides us with instructions on how to attain or move towards the desired result. Sometimes Biblical writers highlight something we need to do, and sometimes they identify what God needs to do in us.  It might be wise to listen to their advice!

Their words instruct us how to live….

  • so that with one mind and one voice we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
  • so that we will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • so that we may know Him better
  • so that we may know the hope to which he has called us
  • so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith
  • so that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God
  • so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes
  • so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
  • so that we may have the full riches of complete understanding
  • so that our daily life may win the respect of outsiders
  • so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in us
  • so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work

As we begin this year, our devotionals will focus on passages containing these two little words: “so that”, because these two words link together instruction and promise.

Do you want to live in such a way “so that [you] may take hold of the life that is truly life”? (1 Timothy 6:19)  If so, join us on this journey :).

Blessings on you today,


Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women



Northview Fall Kick Off – This Weekend

This weekend we officially “launch” the 2012-2013 Ministry year.  We look forward to meeting many of you on Saturday and Sunday at Northview Community Church and hope you plan to join in the fun on Sunday afternoon.  We would encourage you to:


Our Women’s Ministry Booklet. This publication is a great resource which outlines many of the Bible Study, Support Groups and Service opportunities available for women at Northview.  Pick one up this weekend!

DRAW TICKETS for a FREE ENTRY to the upcoming Women’s Retreat (February 1-3, 2013).  Enter your name in the draw! The women’s retreat is for women aged 13+;  Invite your mom, your daughter or your friend(s) to join in.

Beth Moore Simulcast Tickets.  Sunday September 9th is the LAST DAY to purchase tickets which include lunch.  Tickets are $20 each, and will be available at the weekend services and on-line. The Simulcast is Saturday September 15th from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm.

2. CONSIDER JOINING one of our weekly programs…

Oasis Evenings – beginning September 17  (Registration is limited – reserve your spot now!)

MOMs – beginning September 18

Oasis Mornings – beginning September 19

Precepts Bible Studies – ongoing – contact us for information.

Work out Worship – beginning September 11

3. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US with any ideas, dreams or questions about how you can be involved in serving, leading and growing with other women at Northview and in the local community.

See you soon!

Kristal, Sterling and Adele