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Thanks-GIF-ing

This past Monday, Elmhurst CRC’s staff assembled next door at Park Place for a five-hour “retreat.” Getting out of our offices and ordinary environments affords us the opportunity to sing, pray, laugh, learn, and see the big picture of what God is doing with fresh eyes.…   Read More »

Cello

Cello

Back in June, on the longest day of the year, I had the pleasure of listening to the world’s foremost cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, play a free concert in at Millenium Park downtown Chicago. Millenium Park claims a capacity of 11,000 people. Some estimates of the number of people gathered…   Read More »

Up and Down

Up and Down

November is the month when nature sends us gifts from above. I typically look to the skies this time of year expecting to see the lovely flutter fall of autumn leaves. Alas, this past week’s gifts from above have mostly been in the form of snowflakes instead!  While nature…   Read More »

Huddle Up

Huddle Up

If you visited an Orthodox Jewish Seminary, you might be surprised to find classes full of animated discussions as groups of students gather around a text from the Hebrew Scriptures and spiritedly converse about it. The Hebrew people call such discussion groups, haverims. A haverim is a…   Read More »

By George

By George

Every Sunday I’ve been able to count on talking to Mr. George Koldenhoven in the back of our sanctuary at Elmhurst CRC. George has not only been a steady presence, but has been the first person to arrive (after staff) for Sunday morning worship. He would motor over from Park Place in…   Read More »

RADIO

RADIO

I’ve loved the radio since I was little. When I was in kindergarten, my parents gave me an AM/FM receiver that looked like a box of animal crackers (small, rectangular, pink background with lots of animals on it for those not old enough to remember). As a young insomniac, I loved to…   Read More »

Prison Time

Prison Time

My daughter graduated from Calvin College this spring on a sweltering, late May Michigan day. I was grateful to enter an air-conditioned fieldhouse with about 3,000 other attendees after waiting (sweating!) in an outdoor line for the better part of an hour. Waiting is a big part of every…   Read More »

Waking Up

Waking Up

You’ve already done something this morning that you share in common with every other person you’ll meet today. Virtually everybody performs this action every single day. Young and old people do it. Women, men, kids, even babies… Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians;…   Read More »

The Stephen Ministry Way

The Stephen Ministry Way

Not long ago, a congregant emailed to ask which room a group met in. The congregant had invited someone new to the group and wanted to walk their guest in to make her more comfortable. To most people, this seems like a small act of kindness — simple hospitality, merely good manners.…   Read More »

Season Opener

Season Opener

Thursday night marked the beginning of the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL). The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers clashed in what turned out to be a low scoring defensive struggle. I watched most of the first half but confess that the lack of offense left me a…   Read More »

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