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Week of February 25, 2018

THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC 
 

For the second Sunday of Lent and of our “Every Step of the Way” series, we turn to the lectionary readings of Genesis 17:1-7, Romans 4:13-25, and Mark 8:31-38. Our sermon, “Name Change,” focuses on how as with Noah, God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and Sarah. God promised that this old couple would be the parents of nations, even though they had no children together. God told them he would miraculously bring new life from these two unlikely parents. God changed their names to emphasize the sureness of his promise. Calvin College’s Wind Ensemble joins our two identical worship services during which we will install new elders and deacons.

Sunday we install the following newly elected elders and deacons to three-year terms of office: Arnie Koldenhoven (elder), Bill Kuiper (elder), Kyle VanderBrug (elder), John Zeilstra (elder), Mike de Waal Malefyt (deacon), Dave Thomas (deacon), Sara van den Berg (deacon) and Tom Vogelzang (deacon).

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

From Ken and Gwen Hoving: We wish to thank the congregation for the expressions of love and support following the death of Gwen’s mother, Dorothy Spoelma.

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

From Senior Leadership Team and Pastor Search Team:: At our recent congregational meeting we provided an update on the search process letting you know that we were in the final stages of discernment with our leading candidate for the Associate Pastor position. Last Friday, that candidate informed us that he was withdrawing his candidacy. He is currently the Lead Pastor at his Church and preaches full time. The opportunity at ECRC is to preach about half of the time.  In the end, this limited preaching position just did not fit what he believes God is calling him to do in ministry. As he stated in his gracious note to the Search Team, "God has clearly impressed upon me His call that preaching is my primary calling. While the pastor position at Elmhurst fits me in so many ways, it doesn’t quite fit the most important aspect of my call as a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." The Search Team does not have an immediate Plan B candidate. The Search Team plans to take a break until Easter and then resume its work under the supervision of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Your continued prayers for God to provide the right person to be our Associate Pastor are much appreciated. Read SLT letter here: elmhurstcrc.org/resources/publications/

The Calvin College Wind Ensemble (Grand Rapids, MI), under the direction of Dr. Tiffany Engle, will present a free concert at Elmhurst CRC on Friday, February 23 at 7 pm. Admission is free; tickets are not required. You are cordially invited to attend.

SHE Movie Night is on Saturday, February 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come with your blankets and children to watch the movie “God's Not Dead”. Please use only the front door only. We will meet in the Garden Room. Snacks will be provided. We do not have an infant or toddler nursery. Please RSVP to jane.loerop@elmhurstcrc.org by February 23.

Please join us for our New Member Class, Journey to the Center of Church, on March 1, 8, and 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Anyone interested in knowing more about Christianity, the Reformed Faith, and membership at ECRC is invited to attend these classes. For more information call the church office at 630-600-5100 or email admin@elmhurstcrc.org. 

Little Lambs Vacation Bible School registration has closed due to maximum capacity for our June 2018 session. If you would like your child to be put on the waitlist please contact ashley.slinkman@elmhurstcrc.org. Thank you for your interest and watch for our fall registration opening day information in March. 

SpringHill Day Camp 2018 registration is closed due to maximum capacity of 340 campers. Additional SpringHill Day Camp opportunities are available at other locations in the western suburbs. Go to springhillcamps.com for dates and locations.

SERVE

“Coins for CareNet” baby bottle campaign for CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage ends Sunday Coin-filled (or check) bottles can be returned to the table near the nursery or the church office. Thank you for your support in caring for women in crisis.

Elmhurst CRC Prison Ministry:  Partner with us on our next Adopt-a-Pod at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center on March 22 at 4 pm.  Additional opportunities available for on-site volunteers in the facilities at Danville, Sumner and Waukegan on April 9 for streaming of the Jazz-Gospel Messiah.  Interested?  Contact John Zeilstra at johnz@evenhousecpas.com or text Jim McMillen at 630.520.8668.

COMMUNITY

Timothy Christian Schools is seeking applicants for the following positions for the 2018-2019 school year: PT Business Education Teacher (must have Type 09 certification, experience teaching MS Office Suite & Google G Suite preferred) and Special Education Teacher (must have Type 09 certification, experience implementing Multi-Tiered System of Supports at the HS level preferred). Contact Principal Brad Mitchell at mitchell@timothychristian.com

The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago present Verdi's Requiem on Sunday, March 11, pm at Elmhurst CRC. ECRC members/attenders can purchase discounted tickets at the group rate of $30 each. Call the Elmhurst Symphony office at 630-941-0202 to get the discounted rate.  More info online at elmhurstsymphony.org.

Roseland Christian Ministries Youth Partnership invites you to a fun filled event on March 3rd to raise funds for our youth programs. Roseland offers a summer day camp for community children, completely free of charge.  In addition, youth activities are offered six days a week during the school year. This fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 3 PM – 6 PM at The Chop Shop in Chicago where refreshments and appetizers will be served. You can push back against violence and homelessness – this is one great avenue to be part of the solution.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://roselandyouthpartnership.yapsody.com/event/index/169121/roseland-youth-partnership

Ready, Set, Grow!  Celebrate how students are growing at Chicago West Side Christian School’s Annual Scholarship Benefit on Thursday, March 8 from 6 – 9.  The event will be at the school (1240 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago).  Join us for inspiring stories, CWSCS’ outstanding choir, a delicious meal and a tribute to Dave Larsen and the Bright Promise Fund, the recipient of this year’s Friend of CWSCS Award.    Valet parking available.   RSVP at www.cwscs.org or call 773-542-0663.


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)
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Church office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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