You may have noticed that Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church (Elmhurst CRC) is big on "journeys." Honestly, it's not because we don't like rest or because we want to exhaust anyone. It's simply because we believe that being a Christian is more than a box we check on a census form and that living a Christian life is more than keeping up with a set of rules.
Instead, we believe that being a Christian is all about accepting God's grace, following Jesus and learning to become more like him. And we believe that living the Christian life is all about exploring, encountering and experiencing the hope-bringing, life-changing Jesus. Those are life-long journeys—filled with highs and lows, broad vistas and shady wilderness, calm tides and rough waters.
No matter what a journey looks like, we love when Elmhurst CRC gets to be a part of the faith journey of someone's life. This is why — ever since Rev. Katherine Tessman founded this church in Bellwood in the 1920s — we have committed ourselves to community outreach in everything from:
This is why we cherish the wisdom and traditions of our founders and older members while welcoming and utilizing the fresh visions, dreams and gifts of new members and younger generations. This is why we value individuality and diversity — because in each of our unique personalities, gifts and abilities comes a fresh reflection of the image of God and something of value in our journey together.
So what does this mean for you? Well, that we'd love for you to join us! It doesn't matter where your past experiences have led you. It doesn't matter how old you are, who you are, what you wear or what you look like. It doesn't matter where you are in your journey with (or without) Jesus right now.
What matters is that you're curious, wondering about Jesus' promise of grace, of forgiveness, of hope, of this chance to start fresh, to be loved unconditionally. What matters is that you're curious about God's will and purpose for your life. What matters is that you long for others to take this journey of spiritual discovery and of following Jesus with you.
We can't promise you perfection or a journey free from disappointment or frustration. But in our imperfect, broken ways, we'll do our best to help you explore, encounter and experience Jesus. So come by!
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