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Week of March 26
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THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC

Why Do I Need Corrected Vision? Our vision is distorted by self-interest and personal desires. Human perspective is vastly limited compared to God’s perspective. We make judgments on an entirely different criteria. Jesus opens the eyes of the blind and allows us to begin to see with his eyes. New vision leads us to our live our lives in a completely new direction. 

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

We extend our sympathy to Jim & Pat Snoeyink and their extended family on the passing of Jim's brother, Dave, on March 5.

We extend our sympathy to Bob & Debbie Boomsma and their extended family, and to Jan & John Zielstra and family, on the passing of Bob and Jan's Aunt, Henrietta Hovinga (Aunty Hank), on March 10.

We extend our sympathy to Larry & Janet Slager, and Mike & Diane Otters, and their extended family, as they mourn the loss of their granddaughter and niece, Tara Oskam, who died on March 11. Tara was a 21-year-old Speech Pathology Major at Calvin College. Contributions to the Tara Oskam Speech Pathology Scholarship Fund can be made by contacting Larry and Janet Slager.

We extend our sympathy to Laura Owen and her extended family on the passing of Laura's mother, Ann Owen, on March 21.


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.


CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY

We ask you to join us in completing the online congregational survey. The survey is  designed to gain insight into our congregations’ current thinking as it relates to “living generously” in all areas of our lives. Please allow 10-plus minutes to complete your survey. All responses are confidential and not tracked to individual responders. The survey results will provide a “snapshot” of our current mindset and actions in sharing our time, talent and treasures and together find our collective starting point. Go online today at elmhurstcrc.org/survey. You’ll also be able to take the survey in the lobby after each service this week. Thank you for your participation!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

REV'S OUT: Save the date! Please mark your calendars for Rev's Ministry Celebration, taking place on May 16 at 5:30 pm. More details to come.

LITTLE LAMBS SUMMER CAMP: Registration for Little Lambs VBS '17 is now open. Join us June 6-8 from 9am-11am to learn about the Ultimate Superhero: Jesus! Potty-trained children ages 3 to those entering Kindergarten welcome. Register online at: elmhurstcrc.org/events or find a form at the Information Center. Contact Ashley Slinkman ashley.slinkman@elmhurstcrc.org if you have any questions.

YOUTH DINNER in support of our students going to Colorado Challenge this summer will take place on April 5 from 5:30-6:45 pm. No sign-up needed, but be sure to invite all your friends! Our menu will be roasted pig, pulled pork, fresh salad, baked beans, and mac and cheese. We will have gluten free options available and would love to have everyone come out to support our students heading to Colorado this summer! 

PARENT MEETING FOR COVENANT EDUCATION PLAN (CEP): If you are interested in learning more about ECRC’s Covenant Education Plan, which supports Christian education, or if you would like to participate in the CEP for 2017-18, please attend one of the mandatory meetings. One parent, but preferably both parents, should attend. Meetings will be held in the Upper Gathering Area immediately after both the first and second services on April 2 & 9, and at 7 pm on April 5. In addition, those who wish to use Cedarstone for income verification can come to the Java Stop from 6 to 7:30 pm on April 12, 19, or 23. If you have any questions please contact Mimi Stanton, Christian Education Committee Chair, at mimistanton@comcast.net

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!

COLLEGE EXAM GOODIE BOXES: Attention parents of college students: We will collect donations for the spring exam boxes until April 16 and will be packing the boxes on April 19 at 6 pm. Volunteers to help packing would be welcomed. If you didn’t sign your child up for a box in the fall, the binder will be available at the information desk for you to do so. Please be sure to include their full mailing address. Questions? Contact Kathy Feringa at 630-728-3368 or kathy.feringa@alloyacorp.org.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS: Journey to the Center of the Church is a three-week class to help prepare you for membership at Elmhurst CRC. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, April 18, April 25, and May 2, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Anyone interested in knowing more about Christianity, the Reformed Faith, and membership at Elmhurst CRC is invited to attend these classes. Contact the church office to register. Childcare is available for infants to two years old. Please let us know by April 7 if you need childcare.

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

JOB OPENING

SPECIAL NEEDS COORDINATOR Part-Time Job Opportunity: The Special Needs Coordinator will develop and lead the special needs ministry of our church with the goal of inclusion and discipleship. They will work to provide a nurturing and loving environment for children with special needs and their families; a place where the love of Jesus is felt and relationships are built. The coordinator will seek to provide for the health and safety of all children as well as establish the trust of the parents. For more information go to elmhurstcrc.org.

SERVE

CHILDREN'S CLOTHING: ECRC and guests, as the season changes and you prepare for spring, please consider donating gently used children's clothes to the Single Mothers Support Group. We are looking for spring and summer clothes of infants- size 16 teens. Please place the labeled bags according to size by the Living Tree in the lower level of the church. They will be distributed on April 19. Thank you for your generosity!

CHILDREN'S WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS DESIRED: Would you like to be a part of this fun and meaningful ministry? For the 9 am service we are looking for a once a month small group leader for the 1st/2nd grade group. For the 10:30 am service we are looking for a once a month small group leader for the 1st/2nd grade group, as well as a one-on-one buddy for a preschool student. Please contact Kara Hackert kara.hackert@elmhurstcrc.org if you are interested. Thank you!

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

VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH: Timothy Christian High School has an opening for the boys varsity basketball coaching position. If interested, please contact Athletic Director, Jack LeGrand (legrand@timothychristian.com) to obtain an application. Applications are due by March 24, 2017.

TIMOTHY CHRISTIAN OPEN HOUSE - You are invited to the final open house of the year on April 11 at 7 pm. All families with children entering PreK-12th grade are invited to visit the school, meet the staff, and get your questions answered. Spots are filling up fast! Please contact Dan Quist, Director of Admissions at 630-782-4043 with any questions

Timothy Christian Schools is currently holding its seventh annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser to raise support for their families and students.  If you have not received a form from a student and you would like to participate, please take one of the blank forms by the information center and return it the Timothy Christian Schools Business Office at your earliest convenience.  Thank you for your support of Christian Education and TCS students. 

Roseland Christian Ministries invites you to join them at their Spring Banquet, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness: 40 Years of God’s Faithfulness at Roseland Christian Ministries” on April 20. For more information or to make reservations to attend, please contact Kisha Pleasant at 773-264-5665.


ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND FINANCIAL UPDATE
..in support of the ministries and vision of ECRC. More online at GIVE


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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