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Week of December 10
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THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC 

Sunday marks the second Sunday of Advent and features A Festival of Lessons and Carols at both services. Lessons and Carols is a creative telling of the Christmas story using music and Scripture. We continue our “Psalms for Advent” theme, and our meditation for the morning will focus on the words of Psalm 85.

See ALL December Services and Events on our 2017 ADVENT CALENDAR

SUNDAY WORSHIP AT 9 & 10:30 AM. 

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

The Glimmers of Hope trees will be on display after services on December 10. This is our opportunity to raise money to help those in need during the Christmas Season. And just as important, we'll be able to come together as a congregation, teaching our children about the importance of giving in response to the most wonderful gift of all: when God gave us his only son Jesus. We will have four Christmas trees decorating the atrium foyer. Each of them will represent a worthy cause:
Our Church and Community: meeting the needs of people within our church and community by providing them with the essentials for living, such as food and clothing for children and adults.
Our World: via World Renew - buy a chicken, cow, or another item from their catalog to help those in need across the world.  World Renew is the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Angola Prison in Louisiana - provide a special Christmas gift for the prisoners who attend the joint satellite worship service between Elmhurst CRC and Angola. 
Lampstand Ministries: Many of the people that Lampstand Ministries serves live on the street. One of their biggest needs is having personal care bags. Your donation will help buy the personal bags for those in need.
Each tree will have “ornaments” that symbolize gifts you can give. Come with your family and bring your generous spirits! On December 10 we’ll also enjoy the children's worship choir.

Single moms and children are invited to celebrate a festive Christmas party on December 10. A meal will be served at 12:15 pm. We’ll have music and a gift exchange, and the true message of Christmas will be shared by Lisa Capozzoli. Mothers will have the opportunity to choose a gift for their child/children. 

As we go through the book of Esther in January we will be offering small groups on Sunday evenings to go deeper into what we learn from the service. Childcare provided. January 7 will be our kickoff event offering dinner from 5 pm for the family, followed by our first small group at 5:45 pm. Please email Paul Daly at paul.daly@elmhurstcrc.org to indicate your interest. 

We are grateful for you! Thank you for your generosity! Our thanksgiving offering of over $68,000 to these organizations will help spread water and light here and worldwide.

Prison Ministry: The 2018 performance of The Auditorium Theatre's Too Hot to Handel will be held on January 14 at 3 pm to honor and celebrate the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.  Last year we livestreamed this amazing performance to four prisons in Illinois and Angola. This year we've doubled in size and eight prisons will receive the good news of Jesus. We need your help to be inside these prisons during this time, to be there in fellowship with the incarcerated men and women and also children. Intrigued? Find out more, contact John Zeilstra (johnz@EvenhouseCPAs.com) or Jim McMillen at (630) 520-8668. 

SERVE

The nursery is looking for help this Christmas season. Whether you volunteer on a regular basis or would be willing to help just one time, we need you! Specifically we need volunteers for the following days and times: Christmas Eve - 10:00 am, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm; New Year's Eve - 10:00 am. Please contact michelle.dejong@elmhurstcrc.org for more information.


STAFF NEWS

Last week, Lisa Capozzoli, our Director of Care and Community, submitted her letter of resignation. We are grateful for Lisa's dedicated service and the way she shared her many gifts with the congregation. We will all miss Lisa, but will pray for her as she embraces a new opportunity and new chapter of ministry as Visitation and Care Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook. READ Lisa's letter to staff here. 


COMMUNITY

The Timothy Christian High School Music Department presents their annual Christmas Collage Concert here on December 8 at 7 pm. Come hear over half of the student body collaborate for this unique and wonderful performance. The concert is free and there will be an opportunity for free-will donation. 

Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with song! The Men of A-Chord cordially invites you to join them for their annual Christmas Candlelight Concert on December 9 at 7 pm at First Christian Reformed Church of South Holland. Join the singing with the Carols and Songs of the Season celebrating Christ’s birth! A free-will offering will be taken.

The Singing Men of Oak Brook Christmas Concert includes something for every age group, taking place at ECRC at 2:30 pm on December 17. Well-known Advent Season favorites both sacred and secular will be performed by The Singing Men. You will enjoy a Sing-A-Long segment with the performers. The Chicago Brass Band will wow you with their rousing British style, 30 piece all brass band. You will love the organ selections performed by Master Organist Devon Hollingsworth. Don’t miss this afternoon filled with wonderful music!
 

ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND 
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Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5  p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m.


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