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Week of April 23
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THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC

Rev's final thoughts about...“DISCIPLESHIP”.  The call of Jesus, “follow me” sounds innocent enough. We want to follow Jesus...to a point. The call is demanding. It ultimately requires that we surrender everything to God’s leading. Following Jesus requires a complete transformation that is difficult, painful and counter-cultural.  Being a disciple of Jesus requires us to be “all in”.  It is a lifelong journey. 

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Please pray for healing and strength for Lois Arthur, Doris Baur, Henrietta Hall, Maria Ramos, Gloria Van Ryn, and Marilyn Ward.

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


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rev's Ministry Celebration: Rev is retiring from full-time ministry after 43 years.  Please join us for Rev's Ministry Celebration on Tuesday, May 16 at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. A reception will start at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00 pm, and a Broken Halos concert and tribute at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP your attendance by May 5 at  elmhurstcrc.org/RevsCelebration or call the church office at 630-600-5100. Rev's Last Worship Service as Lead Pastor will be Sunday, May 21 at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. 

Rev Memories: We encourage you to share your memories and thoughts of Rev with photos, videos and messages/letters. Please email memories to celebration@elmhurstcrc.org or mail printed copies of photos and letters/cards to Rev’s Ministry Celebration--Memories, 149 West Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL  60126.

DIRTY JOBS; Have a job you need done around the house? Yard work, painting, cleaning, or that pile of dirt moved from here to over there? Let the youth group do the work for you as you support them by donation as they head to Colorado Challenge this summer for a time of worship, fellowship, and renewal. Sign up at elmhurstcrc.org/events or email studentministries@elmhurstcrc.org and get your dirty job done today!

 

If you sit in Section 1 (section by the Choir Loft) at the 10:30 am service you are invited to a Coffee and Cookie Reception in the Garden Room on April 23 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet your Elders, Section Leaders, and congregants in your section! Come and help create community at ECRC!

World Vision Global 6K for Water: 6K is the average distance people in the developing world walk for their daily water. Walk, run, or push a stroller with us in the World Vision Global 6K for water, taking place at Christ Church of Oak Brook at 9 am on May 6. Our 1st-5th grade children’s worship children have been sponsoring Harriet in Uganda for the past three years with our offerings. We have been able to provide Harriet with food and education and her village with a latrine and a hand-washing station. Now we would like to take the next step by joining others around the globe in walking to raise money for clean water in other villages. We want to walk so that children can have the clean water they need to be healthy. Your registration fee ($50 for adults, $25 for children age 15 and under) provides lasting water to a child in Africa and and on race day you will walk/run with that child’s picture on your race bib! You will also be mailed a global 6K t shirt to wear the day of the event. Register today at elmhurstcrc.org/events..


PHOTO DIRECTORY: Save the date for our 2017 Congregational Directory photography sessions! We need your help to make our 2017 Congregational Directory complete. We will be providing opportunities for individuals and families to have their photos taken on April 24, 25, 28, May 1, 2, 4, 5 and 30, from 2-9 pm, and on April 29 and May 6 from 10 am-4 pm here at ECRC. Schedule your appointment today online at elmhurstcrc.org/events or after services in the church atrium lobby. 

ECRC APP: Have you downloaded the new ECRC App? The new Elmhurst CRC app gives you with the ability to access Livestream broadcasts, weekly podcasts, the Bible, event information, a full calendar and much more. Download our Elmhurst CRC Church App in the  App Store or Google Play Store . We are also pleased to announce the addition of mobile giving to make it faster and easier to participate in the financial life and ministry of Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Learn more about online giving at elmhurstcrc.org/give

If you sit in Section 1 (section by the Choir Loft) at the 10:30 am service you are invited to a Coffee and Cookie Reception in the Garden Room on April 23 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet your Elders, Section Leaders, and congregants in your section! Come and help create community at ECRC!

Save the date: The youth group is having a trivia night on May 24. It’s going to be an awesome night of great fun that you are not going to want to miss! 

SERVE

2017 ECRC Work Team for Honduras: Have you ever wanted to go on a mission work team? We are putting together a team of women and men to work at the Youth for Christ camp in Honduras. Skills needed include: a willingness to serve, willingness to work, some heavy construction, painting, electrical work, and odds & ends of building a camp. There will also be an opportunity  to assist with a kids day camp, Bible lessons, crafts, and outdoor things such as a zip-line, climbing wall, disc golf and other areas to assist the local YFC staff. Housing will be at a local hotel with great food and a one-day tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan. Dates are August 19-26. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about participating in this trip, please contact Dan Barak at 630-530-4791 for further details.

SPRINGHILL HOST HOMES: We have 340 children registered for SpringHill day camp this summer. With this increased number of campers we are receiving 20 more counselors. That means we have 60+ counselors that we need to house for the week of June 12-16. If you are able or interested in hosting a couple of wonderful college age students please contact Kara Hackert (kara.hackert@elmhurstcrc.org). You provide them with breakfast and three dinners. They are at church from 7:45 am-5:15 pm. We serve them lunch and they go out together as a staff a couple of nights. It is a fun and meaningful way to support this great ministry. Thank you!


COMMUNITY

The JUSTICE Conference is June 9 & 10 at Willow Creek. The  theme for 2017 is “Love Thy Neighbor,”  challenging us to ask who our neighbors are and how to show love to all God’s children. The line up includes Hillsong United, Trip Lee, Christena Cleveland, Ann Voskamp, Joel Houston, and many others. More information and registration at www.thejusticeconference.com. Register by May 5 with code: ELMHURST20 to get $20 off the ticket price. There are a few volunteer positions still available as well. If you are interested, please contact Angela Buikema at angela@thejusticeconference.com for more information.  

For 19 years the Association for a More Just Society (AJS) has been praying, dreaming and working to bring hope to Honduras. Join AJS co-founder and president Carlos Hernandez and AJS co-founders, Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen to hear them talk about the brave Honduras who are building hope and cultivating justice in their communities and throughout the nation. Come to the Celebration of Justice Dinner on April 29 at 6:30 pm here at ECRC. Please RSVP online at www.ajsus.org/celebration or by calling 800-897-1135.


ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND FINANCIAL UPDATE
..in support of the ministries and vision of ECRC. More online at GIVE
 (as of 3/26/17)

Weekend anticipated contributions: $43,400
Weekend actual contributions: $52,754
YTD anticipated contributions: $648,400
YTD actual contributions: $590,424
Annual 2017 budget: $3,075,000


CALENDAR

Complete Calendar online HERE.


Sunday worship services are streamed live and archived for viewing on the web via LIVESTREAM.  (http://new.livestream.com/ecrc)
For much more info, weekly events, or to give online connect with us at elmhurstcrc.org.


Church office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am to 5  p.m.
Fridays:: 8:30-12:30 p.m.


CHILDREN
Nursery is available for children 0 to 36 months old.
Children’s Worship meets for children 3 years old through 5th grade in the lower level

RESOURCES
Assisted listening devices are available from an usher or sound booth at the rear of sanctuary.
Large print bulletins are available in the Worship Center inside the doors.

PRAYER PARTNERS
Prayer partners are available after each service to pray with in the southeast rear of the Worship Center.

GROW AND SERVE
ADULT MINISTRIES
:
Find opportunities to grow and serve in  Small Groups , Coffee Break Community Bible Study, Men’s Fraternity, MOPS, GROW, Prime Time (55+) and more.
STUDENT MINISTRIES:
Grow together, enjoy relationships, be encouraged and empowered with our student ministry programs; Maximum Velocity (6-8th grade) and The EDGE (9th-12 grade)
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
We love children, and want to help raise up children that love God and serve him.From Nursery (0-3 years old), Little Lambs (3-6 years old), Pathfinders and Cadets (1st-8th grade boys), to GEMS (1st-8th grade girls), and much more.

Pastors:
Rev. Peter Semeyn - Lead Pastor,
Dir. of Outreach - 630.600.5029 peter.semeyn@elmhurstcrc.org
Rev. Gregg DeMey - Associate Pastor, Dir. of Worship - 630.600.5030  gregg.demey@elmhurstcrc.org

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