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Week of August 19, 2018 

“Kids these days.” In every era of human history, an older generation has muttered condescendingly under their collective breath about the behaviors of young people. In the church, this should not be so! Those of us who are mature in Christ have the responsibility for taking the first step in bridging the generation gap. Wise people are inclined to do this. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child according to their bent, and even when they are old they will not depart from it."

Join us fort two services 9 & 10:30 am beginning August 19.
we're also on Livestream Sundays at 9 & 10:30 a.m.


Congratulations to Elena Bulthuis and Connor VanderBrug who were united in marriage on August 11.

Sympathy to Kris Vos and family in the passing of Kris’ dad, John Poortenga, on August 9.

Sympathy to Doug and Beth Bardolph and family in the passing of Doug’s sister, Carol, on August 14.

JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER: To send your prayer requests or praises, or to receive a daily email of these requests, email or call the church office at 630.600.5100.


Time Change: This Sunday, August 19, we begin our fall two-Sunday worship rhythm with services at 9 & 10:30 am.

We begin our regular schedule for Preschool - 5th graders with an optional singing time for all for the first 15 minutes of the service at both services. Kids can attend children’s worship during the whole service, or go downstairs at dismissal.

Save the date for the ECRC Fest Sunday, August 26 from 4:30-6:30 pm. It's our end of summer celebration as we return to our two-worship Sunday rhythm. We invite you to attend to connect with others and experience church community. There will be music, food, games, bags tournaments, bounce houses, and more... something for all ages. We will provide the grilled meats and the fixings, and invite you to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Let us know what you're bringing by signing up at

Open Auditions: ​Interested in playing or singing to help lead worship at ECRC? We'd like to hear from you and schedule an audition. We're holding auditions on the evenings (and possibly afternoons) of Wed, August 22 and 29. Please contact or with questions or to schedule a time to meet.

GriefShare is a support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Weekly sessions include a video seminar and group discussions. The fall session begins on Wednesday, September 12, and continues on Wednesday evenings through December 12. The meetings run from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. For more information please contact Caryn Rivadeneira, Director of Care, at 630-600-5025 or email

PrimeTime (a monthly gathering of those 55+) invites you to join us on our Wisconsin bus trip. We’ll tour the Pabst Mansion, have lunch at Mader’s restaurant and visit the fabulous SC Johnson campus in Racine. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8 am to 6 pm, a $57 fee covers all expenses. Register at or call (630)530-2924 for more information.

New Ministry - Under the Rainbow: Loving our LGBTQ Covenant Family Members Do you have a loved one who is part of the the LGBTQ community? Would you like to connect with others who are walking this same path? Join us this fall for groups that will meet in homes. Things shared in the group will remain within the group. To learn more, contact Caryn Rivadeneira, Acting Director of Care. She will provide you with more information and put you in touch with the hosts.  Email

Plan Ahead! Registration for fall programs is open on our website.


GEMS Girls Club is looking for counselors for this coming year.  We need one for 3rd grade, two for 5th grade, and two for 6th grade. Our group meets twice a month on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:45. To join this fun and meaningful ministry contact Nancy VanHout at

1st-5th Children’s Worship: Participate in children's worship once a month with our 1st-5th graders this fall! We need a small group leader for the 1st/2nd grade class at the 9:00 service and small group leaders for the 1st grade and 3rd grade classes at the 10:30 service. Contact Kara Hackert


ELIM Dutchfest ​is coming up on September 22. and We need  volunteers to help at the dessert and coffee table for a 2-3 hour shift between 10am - 4pm. It's  a fun job! Contact Debbie Lanenga, 630-779-0543 or to sign up to help.

Men of A-Chord, a male chorus of Christian men who share the joy of singing God’s praises together and upholding each other in prayer on life’s journey, are open to welcoming new members. You don’t have to be a soloist or accomplished singer! Mike Oldenburger from our church is a member and has been truly blessed by being a part of this group, contact him for more info, 630-209-2326.

Cyclists: Save the Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018. Roseland Christian Ministries will be hosting a bike ride to raise funds for the Women's and Children's Transitional Housing program. Interested? Please send your email to for info and updates.

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Church office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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