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Week of October 22
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This week we visit the fourth of the “Five Solas”: Sola Scriptura, or Scripture Alone. Of the ways God reveals himself, the Bible takes priority--over tradition, personal experience, and pastoral opinions. The Bible is inerrant in what teaches us about God. But, the Bible is not a newspaper, a science textbook, or primarily a history book. The Bible intends to teach us about the heart of God and what we need to know for salvation and righteous living. Pastor Gregg and Ben Ribbens will bring this message using 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5. The Spirito singers join our worship service as well.

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.


 If you sit in Section 1 (choir side) at the 9 am service you are invited to a Coffee/Cookie Reception in the Garden Room on October 22 at 10 am. If you sit in Section 4 (balcony) at the 10:30 am service you are invited to a Coffee/Cookie Reception in the Garden Room on October 29 at 11:30 am. These receptions are a great opportunity to meet Elders, Section Leaders, and congregants in your section!

Congregation members are invited to nominate Elders, Deacons, and Senior Leadership Team members. It's not about age or tenure, but about personal and spiritual maturity. It's about caring and compassion (deacon), shepherding and teaching (elder) and leadership and administration (SLT). 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 I Timothy 3:1-17.  Deacon nominees and SLT nominees may be men or women. Elder nominees are men only. Nominations will be accepted through November 19. Forms are available online at or at the Information Center in the atrium. 

Join us for Visionary Parenting: God’s Grand Vision for the Home, November 10, 6:30-9 pm. The biblical purpose of parenting is to do all in our power to impress the hearts of our children with a love for God. The souls of our children are our most important Great Commission calling. Join Rob Rienow for this special seminar, helping you as parents with tools, tips and resources to encourage and equip you for this mission. Information and registration online at

ECRC is hosting a Go Local Workshop, put on by Resonate Global Mission (, on November 18 from 9 am-2 pm. Go Local is a process by which participants learn and discern new ways to join God in their neighborhoods and follow God in mission together. Participants will discover what Go Local will look like and if our church would benefit from such an initiative

A special PrimeTime Christmas outing is planned for December 9 at 1 pm. A coach bus will take us to Pleasant House Pub in Chicago where we’ll enjoy a late lunch of a British meat pie (beef or chicken) with potato, vegetable, salad, beverage, and dessert.  And then we’ll be off to “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Stage 773 in the Thrust Theater. This stage play is a radio cast presentation of the 1946 classic film starring Jimmy Stewart. We have 38 seats for the lunch and theater, so sign up today after the services, or  callg Bert or Celia DeJong at (630)530-2924 or by EMAIL



Do you know a missions group or Christian service organization with a compelling project for 2018? The Missions Team has decided to award $20,000 of its budget to fund grants of up to $4000 to support local and global ministry projects. Christian ministries with ties to Elmhurst CRC can submit an application by November 1 at The team will want to understand how the project supports the organizational mission, and advancing the Gospel (through word or deed). Contact with questions.

On November 7 we will be returning to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center along with Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. Please consider joining us. On October 29 we'll have a table set up in the lobby about what we're doing to bring the Jazz Gospel Messiah to a total of 8 prisons this year. Please stop by and ask us about the latest happenings.

Help 800 inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary receive a token of God’s love this Christmas. PrimeTime is preparing a small gift bag with items they most requested: a bar of good soap (Irish Spring!), a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pair of socks, some writing paper, and envelopes. All of these gifts will be packed at the November 20 PrimeTime meeting. After we’re done working we will enjoy lunch together at the church. The gifts will be given to the prisoners at the conclusion of a video-linked worship service on December 17.  Sign up today at Elmhurst Church or call Bert or Celia DeJong (630)530-2924 or


Volunteers needed to assist with our annual giving opportunity, Glimmers of Hope, to be held on December 3 & 10 from 8:30 am to 12 pm in the church lobby. We are raising money to support World Renew, Lampstand Ministries, Angola State Prison, and Families in Need. We need order takers and cash/check/credit card processors. If you are interested in serving, or want more information please email Lisa Capozzoli, Director of Care and Community, at

Is your family looking for an opportunity to serve in a ministry together? Look no further! The Java Stop is looking for families with children age 12 or older to serve one Sunday a month (or possibly less). No experience is needed, as you’ll be fully trained. If you’re interested, text Denise Mason-Smith at 708-650-0014 or Bethany DeHaan at 872-205-0005.


You are invited to a special viewing of National Geographic’s 2016 documentary “Before the Flood”, which details the effects of global warming around the world. The viewing will take place at the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium at Trinity College (6601 W. College Drive, Palos Height) on October 23 at 7 pm and is co-sponsored by the Campus Environmental Stewardship Advisory Group (CESAG) and the Climate Witness Project (Office of Social Justice/CRCNA). Refreshments will be served after the viewing. 

Love INC is presenting a Country Musical Salute to Veterans on November 11 at ECRC, featuring Darryl Worley and special guest Andrew Salgado. Tickets for this fundraising event benefiting LOVE Christian Clearinghouse & local Veterans' groups are available at 

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

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

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