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Week of April 22, 2018 


Paul’s big idea in 1 Corinthians 15 is stated in verse 20, our text for the morning: “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” First fruits is a recurring biblical concept and the primary and best of the resources we have and that, by faith, we offer back to the Creator. Seen in this light, Jesus’ resurrection is the first, best glimpse of what is going to happen to all who follow him. TIt is “Compassion” Sunday. Compassion International has tables in the narthex with information on how to sponsor a child, and the Compassion Experience will be available to tour starting at 10 am.                            

Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
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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.

The Compassion Experience!

The Compassion Experience is here! It’s a free interactive event designed to take you through the true lives and stories of children living in developing countries.

Join us for The Compassion Experience; an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Apr 20, 21 & 23: 11:00 am - 6:40 pm, Apr 22 : 10:00 am - 5:40 pm For more information, to register, or to volunteer visit:


Little Lambs Spring Program - The Lions Weren't Hungry Last Night – is this week Monday through Thursday, April 23-26 at 7 pm. Each Little Lambs preschool class has a scheduled evening performance. Plan on staying for refreshments in the Garden Room after each program.

ECRC is hosting a community-wide day of prayer on Thursday, May 3 (National Day of Prayer). We’ll have rooms open and prayer stations available (9 am – 6 pm) with opportunities for a time of music and guided prayer (12 – 12:30 pm), concluding with an evening service of prayer (7 – 8:30 pm – come and go as your schedule allows). More info online at

Have you registered? All fall ministry programs are now open for registration: Cadets & Pathfinders Boys Club, GEMS Girls Club, Coffee Break Bible Study, Mothers of Preschoolers and more. Go to for info and registration details.

Little Lambs Preschool Fall Sessions are now open for registration!  If you have a child ages 3-6 who would like to attend and be part of the Little Lambs Preschool this fall – register now for your first choice of day and session time. Don’t delay  - more details at

On Wednesday, May 23​ PrimeTime will explore “The Reagan Trail - Illinois towns that shaped a president.” Leaving Elmhurst Church at 8 a.m. we’ll travel to Dixon and Tampico, Illinoisto visits sites that shaped our 40th president. A $53 fee covers all transportation, meal and entrance fees. We will return home by 5 pm. Space for both events is limited, so for more information or to register for either event, contact or call Bert or Celia DeJong at (630)530-2924.

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 ECRC Youth Group do the Dirty Jobs for you! Then make a donation to help our high school youth group head to REDLANDS SERVE as they serve that community with sport and art outreach camps and restoration projects. Sign up at

The final Single Mothers Support Group meeting of the season will be on May 6. We will hear the testimonies of single mothers that will encourage everyone who attends. Join us for brunch with your children from 12:15 - 2:30 pm. Clothes will be distributed to the children of all who attend. For further information contact or visit our website at

The weather is getting warmer and it is time to get out to walk!  Why not show your support of ECRC families while you exercise? There are a number of walks that provide funding for organizations that directly impact our ECRC family.  ECRC families are currently connected with the Easter Seals Walk (May 5), MDA Muscle Walk (May 19), Cystic Fibrosis (May 19), World Vision, Epilepsy, Breast Cancer, and Juvenile Diabetes (Oct). If you would like information on any of the following walks or need to add another organization to this list, contact the church office at


ECRC is looking for an Administrative Assistant to start on or about June 1. Responsibilities include production of all ECRC publications, reception, staff support, calendar management and numerous other administrative tasks. The position is 34 hours per week; 30 hours during a portion of the summer. If you are interested (or for a complete position description), please send a letter of application and resume to


The Single Mothers Support Group needs your gently used spring & summer clothes to be distributed to the mothers for their children on May 6.  Sizes infant-teen. Please label the bags according to size & place them by the Living Tree on the lower level of the church or at the home of Jane Loerop, 236 W. Van Buren, Elmhurst. Thank-you for your generosity.

The National Day of Prayer is May 3 and Elmhurst CRC will host a day of prayer for the community. Volunteers are needed for 1-2 hour shifts. No training or experience needed: just a willing spirit to pray! Contact Jack McNamara 630-782-5204 for more information


PrimeTime (a monthly gathering of those 55+) is seeking volunteers to spend a morning at the Northern Illinois Food Depository. On Wednesday, April 25​ we will pack food to provide meals for the 71,000 neighbors who depend on this source for meals each week. Carpool leaves Elmhurst Church at 8:15 am and returns by 1 pm. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant following the food pack.

Hosting SpringHill Counselors (June 11-15) We have 340 children registered for SpringHill Day Camp and we need you to help make it a success.  We desperately need two types of hosts!
Host Homes - SpringHill sends us 60 wonderful college age counselors.  We need places for them to stay for the week. Would you be willing to host a couple?
Tuesday or Thursday Staff Gathering Hosts - On Tuesday and Thursday nights the staff likes to get together for worship and dinner.  Would you be able to provide a meal and a place for them to hang out one of these nights? If interested or would like more information please email you for considering helping with this amazing week of ministry!


Timothy Christian High School will be hosting a two-week summer camp, July 15-29, for students from China. We are currently accepting applications for Host Families from now until April 30. The host family does not need to be directly associated with Timothy Christian Schools. For more information, contact Ryan DeKoekkoek at It will be a great opportunity to make connections, make memories and make a difference!

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