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Snow Day

Snow Day

Nature’s power was on full display for much of this week in North America. While I prefer to witness God’s grandeur in the form of a horizon full of mountains or the powerful lolling of ocean waves, experiencing temp’s of -24 Fahrenheit with a mind-and-body-numbing wind…   Read More »

Counsel from Council

Counsel from Council

Once a year, the Elders and Deacons at Elmhurst CRC gather together for a Council meeting. We met this past Monday and considered three main issues: (1) The annual budget. This was 100% good news based on the fact that we underspent and over-collected as a congregation in 2018. I…   Read More »

Daily Dose

Daily Dose

Making a decision to change course can seem sudden and dramatic. However, in my experience, genuine change is always preceded by a thoughtful, incremental and slow process. Our nation will pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend. Certainly in our American journey toward…   Read More »

Sisu to You

Sisu to You

My daughter gave me a book for Christmas titled, The Finnish Way by American-Finnish author Katja Pantzar. As far as I know there are no Finn ancestors on any obscure branches of the DeMey family tree. None of us have ever traveled to Helsinki nor any other part of Finland. What drew my…   Read More »

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

2018 is nearly in the books and Auld Lang Syne will be sung at New Year's parties all over the world.       This song leaves me with a bittersweet feeling of nostalgia and good hope for the future. I was able to record a version of this last summer at Treehouse…   Read More »

Worship Angola

Worship Angola

This Sunday at 10 am we have the privilege of worshiping with (some of) the men at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola via a two-way LiveStream feed. If you ask me: it’s one of the best Sundays of the year at Elmhurst CRC Not because the music, prayers, and preaching are at their…   Read More »

Trusted Words

Trusted Words

Public speaking is the leading phobia of North Americans. Surveys reveal that giving a speech is three times more fear-inducing than encounters with ghosts, zombies, or creepy clowns. I readily admit that Sundays make me a little edgy because of my speaking responsibilities. When it…   Read More »

Welcome “Hone”

Welcome “Hone”

This first Monday after Thanksgiving was a snow day for schools in Chicagoland. There are few things as happy as waking up in the morning to the news that all your responsibilities and homework have been wiped out for the day. It’s as if the whole Creation exhales in a big sigh of…   Read More »

Coming and Going

Coming and Going

This month we’ll be saying goodbye to Jack Lanenga who, after serving as Elmhurt Christian Reformed Church's (ECRC) Executive Director for the last seven years is retiring to a new mode of being at church: Full-time servant leader and Grandpa extraordinaire. When Jack announced…   Read More »

Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving Time

I’m convinced that the most precious resource on the planet is the resource of time. Offer a dying person a pile of money, or a luxury yacht, or another year of time, and I guarantee they will choose the gift of time, every time! Time is the most fairly distributed and egalitarian…   Read More »

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