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Week of October 14, 2018 
THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC

Throughout Jesus’s ministry, Jesus asks people questions and listens to their responses. In a post-Christian, postmodern world, what if a great question is the beginning of engaging people with the gospel? What if sharing our faith is more about a conversation than a presentation? When we ask questions, we become learners and make space for the Holy Spirit to speak into the lives of our friends and neighbors who believe differently. Prepare by reading: Genesis 3:8-13, Mark 8:27-29

Our fall sermon series is inspired by the book, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversation, by  Mary Schaller and John Crilly, which our staff, elders, deacons, and Senior Leadership Team have been reading. 

Worship services 9 & 10:30 am.
we're also on Livestream Sundays at 9 & 10:30 a.m.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY: 

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

Children's Worship 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.

Please consider a special donation to support World Renew in assisting people impacted by these natural disasters. Cash donations may be placed in the envelope in the worship folder, checks may be made to Elmhurst CRC with World Renew Disaster Recovery in the subject line, or give directly online at WorldRenew.net..

The Single Mothers Support Group is welcoming a well-known author Lori Little (Hope and Help for the Single Mom) , to our October 14th meeting at 12:15 p.m. Come with your children to an Italian Luncheon. The children, infants-12 years will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. for age appropriate activities. Come and bring your friends! Questions? Email jane.loerop@elmhurstcrc.org.

Mothers, we invite you to MOPS this Tuesday, October 16 at 9 am in the Garden Room. Our speaker will be Nadia Swearingen and her topic is Balancing Technology. Snacks and coffee will be provided. We welcome moms of all ages in every season of life. Free childcare provided for children ages 0-36. Questions? Contact Kelly Wilbraham at mops@elmhurstcrc.org

Explore God Chicago is coming in early 2019. We are joining over 500 churches in Chicagoland exploring the “7 Big Questions About God.” We are looking for people to begin Explore God Groups where they live, work, and play. We will train you to facilitate spiritual conversations. Contact Director of Outreach, Jeff Klein.

Explore God Workshop on November 2 & 3, Friday evening & Saturday morning. Having spiritual conversations with people in your life that believe differently can be scary. Join us for this workshop where we will train you to engage the people where you live, work, and play in meaningful conversations about God. And, if you are planning to host an Explore God Group in January or want to learn more, this is for you.

Elmhurst CRC/Calvin College Scholarship: Celebrating 30 years of God’s faithfulness through the Elmhurst CRC Calvin College Scholarship. Join us Sunday, October 21 in the Garden Room from 11:45-12:15. All  scholarship recipients, family members, scholarship supporters, or those interested in finding out more about the scholarship’s past impact and future potential are invited. There will be a short presentation and refreshments.

Congregation members are invited to nominate Elders, Deacons, and Senior Leadership Team members. Serving in these positions is all about personal and spiritual maturity. It’s about caring and compassion for Deacons. It’s about shepherding and teaching for Elders. It’s about leadership and administration for SLT members. We are looking for people to serve in these roles as defined by these qualifications, as well as those found in Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-17. Deacon and SLT nominees may be men or women. Elder nominees are men only. Nominations will be accepted through November 25.
Nominate online at elmhurstcrc.org/nominations; or pick up a paper copy at the Info Center in the church lobby atrium.

GEMS Girls Club is hosting their Christmas Wreath Fundraiser to benefit our ECRC group as well as GEMS groups in Zambia, Africa. The wreaths, sprays, and garland will be coming from Mickman Brothers and are made from fresh Balsam fir. Order from your favorite GEMS girl, or online at elmhurstcrc.org/gems. Or pick up an order form from the table in the atrium. Order deadline is November 1. Pick up date is November 28 from 5-8pm.

Save the Date - ECRC Community Supper​ Wednesday, November 14, 5:30-6:30pm in the Garden Room. Sign up via email at dinner@elmhurstcrc.org. The cost is your donation.

MISSIONS

The Missions Team has budgeted $18,000 to fund Special Project initiatives of up to $4000 to support missions and Christian service ministries (locally and globally) for 2019. Many organizations and lives have been positively impacted by this special project funding in previous years. Christian ministries with ties to Elmhurst CRC can submit an application online by October 31. Go to elmurstcrc.org/missions or contact jeff.klein@elmhurstcrc.org for more details.

SERVE

The Java Stop would love to train some new volunteer baristas! Learn how to make speciality coffee and beverages for Sunday mornings after both services. It’s fun and a fun way for families to work together. For more info email Denise: denomase22@comcast.net.

JOB OPENING
Know someone who might a good fit? We are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director of Elmhurst CRC. READ MORE HERE..

COMMUNITY

Prison Ministry presents: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah with Roderick Dixon and Alfreda Burke. Sunday, October 21, 7 pm at ECRC. Pianist Matt Long will accompany the duo as they talk and sing through a comparison and contrast of both the classic and Jazz-Gospel Messiah versions. Learn how and why this was brought to Illinois prisons and what’s next! FREE event.

Caring Network Illinois (formerly CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage) invites you to join them at their Annual Banquet at Drury Lane's Grand Ballroom, Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6-8:30 pm. The evening will include Caring Network's vision to rescue & redeem families in our community & an opportunity to partner with them in saving lives. Pastor Alistair Begg, author & Bible teacher on Truth for Life Radio Program will be the key-note speaker. To register to sit with our church family, contact Amy VanderMolen, 630-832-6959 or jerryamyv@comcast.net.

Love INC presents Tim Timmons on Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm in our auditorium, with an opening set by ECRC’s Broken Halos. Tickets for this benefit concert are $30 at pickyourticket.com/love-in-concert.

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

PUBLICATIONS
Board Reports, Personnel Changes, Newsletter and all Church Announcements HERE

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 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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