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The Door of Hospitality

The Door of Hospitality

This fall, several Elmhurst CRC staff members will be writing about new beginnings happening around church. This week, Lisa Capozzoli continues telling our “East Side Story” through various doorways of hospitality that ought to remain open. -  Pastor Gregg Our church…   Read More »

East Side Story - A Testament to Vision

East Side Story - A Testament to Vision

Over the next few weeks, several Elmhurst CRC staff members will be writing in this blog about  new beginnings happening around church this fall. First up, our Executive Director of Operations, Jack Lanenga, tells our community’s “East Side Story...” Pastor Gregg It…   Read More »

Get To It…

Get To It…

Every morning, even before I get out of bed, I’m attacked by a herd of wild animals. These familiar beasts are my own thoughts that squawk and sputter, howl, growl, and caterwaul about what I HAVE TO do that day. They say: “Gregg, you HAVE TO write that report by 3:00 p.m. You…   Read More »

Houston, we have a problem.

Houston, we have a problem.

“Houston, we have a problem.” These words were spoken by astronaut Jim Lovell on April 13, 1970. Nearly 56 hours into the Apollo 13 mission to the moon, Lovell’s crew experienced an explosion aboard their spacecraft that plunged them into a fight for their lives.…   Read More »

Open, Part II

Open, Part II

Last Sunday afternoon, Elmhurst CRC threw an awesome party. There were games, live music, tons of kids, dozens of gallons of root beer consumed. It was very clear: our church is open for business. In the midst of the fun, many adults sported gray t-shirts of dubious design. It took me…   Read More »

Open

Open

I was hoping to pen an optimistic paragraph this week on the topic of “Openness.” After all, it’s a week of many new beginnings. Our local schools have embarked on a new academic voyage. Elmhurst CRC is hosting FEST, a big outdoor ministry-kick-off party on Sunday. But…   Read More »

Decency and Good Order, Part  Two

Decency and Good Order, Part Two

Last week I wrote about the paradox of needing “decency and good order” alongside “creative chaos with a messy desk.” This week, I’ll flesh out how these two disparate elements can coexist.  When it comes to our relational lives—our families and…   Read More »

Decency and Good Order

Decency and Good Order

“Let all things be done in decency and in good order.” So says St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthian Church—a church that tended toward the indecent and the chaotic. Paul wrote them multiple letters to love, counsel, cajole, and even browbeat them back onto the…   Read More »

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton

Passing the baton is a mandatory part of a successful relay race in track and field. In the musical world, however, passing the baton is an action rarely seen. It’s difficult for someone regularly referred to as “Maestro” (with a master/guru-whatever-sized ego to…   Read More »

The Runner’s Baton

The Runner’s Baton

It’s a seemingly simple act: handing off a foot-long cylinder of tubular metal to another person. What could go wrong? We pass things to each other every day. Here’s a spoon. Pass the ketchup, please. Can you hand over the mail? These exchanges rarely go amiss. However,…   Read More »

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