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November 17, 2019 
THIS WEEKEND AT ELMHURST CRC 


THIS SUNDAY'S MESSAGE
No Thanks: Reaching a place of gratitude can be an arduous journey. At least half of the Psalms begin with a protest, complaint or prayer of frustration laid out before God; they are called “laments.” It is honest and real to lay our pain, personal failures, and observations of the world’s injustices into God’s hands. Naming reality with unflinching honesty allows the Holy Spirit open access to these tough places. When the Spirit is there, things begin to change. When things begin to change, hope can blossom. This is the process of gratitude. Psalm 13Psalm130  with Pastor Gregg DeMey.

November 17, 2019 Worship Folder

WORSHIP SERVICE @ 9 & 10:30 AM - SUNDAYS
We're also on Livestream Sundays 

ALL SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER @ 10 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.


WEEKEND ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRATITDE TREES | NOVEMBER 17 & 24
For the next two Sundays, you have the opportunity to show your gratitude to God in a couple different ways. "Gratitude Trees" will be in the lobby after the services. Write something you are thankful for on one of the pinecones provided and/or make a donation to help Local Families with Christmas Gifts, Prison Ministries, Lampstand Ministries, or WorldRenew (out of town? Participate online).  The Deacons are also collecting special offerings during this time.

CHURCH COMMUNITY SUPPER | WEDNESDAY NOV 20 | 5:30-6:30 PM
All are welcome in the Garden Room for Company Chicken, wild rice, roll, corn bread, vegetable, cranberry relish, harvest lettuce salad and dessert. RSVP at dinner@elmhurstcrc.org or call the office 630-600-5100. Cost is your donation. 

KNITTERS FOR COMMUNITY | TUE | NOV 19 | 7 PM 
If you love to knit or crochet, or want to learn how, join our new group meeting in the Java Stop! Bring a project if you have one, and come to learn how knitting can change the lives of others in our communities and around the world. Contact: Nancy Jones, pookiesplayers@hotmail.com 

MOPS | TUE| NOV 19| 9 AM| GARDEN ROOM 
All moms welcome to hear Barbara Mills speak on Prayer. Coffee & light breakfast. Suggested $5 donation. 

RESOURSES:
As the holidays approach, remember that no one needs to struggle alone. Resources are available at church and in the community for help with financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual issues. For information about community resources, visit elmhurstcrc.org/she and click on the RESOURCES link, or contact Caryn Rivadeneira, Director of Care, 630-600-5025 or caryn.rivadeneira@elmhurstcrc.org, or contact a Deacon. 

IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS | WED | NOV 20 | 6:30 PM |JAVA STOP 
Prayer Service with a time of song, Scripture, thanksgiving, lament, and the spiritual practice of Daily Examen. A great time to offer what you have to God - no matter how your heart is feeling. All are welcome!

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS | THU NOV 21| 7-8:30 PM | Room 204
For those who are grieving, the holiday season can be especially painful. We will discuss how to deal with emotions, suggestions for handling traditions, and find hope for the future. Contact: laura.boot@elmhurstcrc.org.

THANKSGIVING SERVICES | THU NOV 28 | 10 AM

COFFEEBREAK BIBLE STUDY
 
s starting a new session and invites you to come! Wed, Nov 20 @ 9am or 7pm, or Thu, Nov 21@9am. The new session will study the book of Esther, about developing godly character under pressure.Contact: kelly.day@elmhurstcrc.org or 630-600-5062.

ZOOM PRAYER | MON NOV 25 | 7 PM
The word for intercession in the Bible reminds us that our calling is not to "try harder" because that's our power, but instead to release the power of God through our prayers. Join us via the magic of technology for prayer from the warmth of your own home. Visit elmhurstcrc.org/events for instructions or email rachel.klooster@elmhurstcrc.org if you're interested and we'll send you the link.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY SERVICES
 K-8th graders- join our Children’s Choir for our December 1 Family Service.
Practice in the Garden Room on Sat, Nov 30 from 10:30-11:30am. 

STUDENT & MILITARY EXAM GOODIE BOX PACK | DEC 6
Help bless our college students and military members! We will be packing boxes on Dec 6 to mail out in time for exams. Accepting donated items to fill the boxes (individually wrapped please): chips, candy, cookies, microwave popcorn, gum, hot chocolate mix, etc. Bring to the large storage closet in the kitchen by Dec 1. Sign up your student or military family member at the binder in the lobby or email kathy.feringa@alloyacorp.org or text 630-728-3368.  

DEACON LUNCH FOR SENIOR | FR DEC 6 | 11:30 AM 
The Deacons are hosting lunch for those 70+ and widows or widowers, to celebrate the season together. RSVP by Nov 22 by emailing rachel.klooster@elmhurstcrc.org or 630-600-5100. Let us know if you need transportation.


SERVE
SHE ministry (Single mothers Helping Each other) is accepting new and gently used TOYS for ages birth - 12 years old for the Christmas toy giveaway. Bring to the bin in the Living Tree area downstairs or to the church office by Dec 5.

THE CHILDRENS LIBRARY  | SUNDAYS|
The Children’s Library, downstairs by the living tree, is looking for volunteers to help children check out books between the services from 10:00 - 10:30am once a month. Contact: kara.hackert@elmhurstcrc.org.

CARE TEAM:
If you enjoy sharing the love of Jesus through acts of compassion, service, and mercy, consider joining the Care Team Ministry (formerly Deaconesses). Open to everyone - there are many options. Like to cook? Join the meal team. Like to drive? Join the transportation team. Enjoy visiting with people, writing cards, or setting beautiful tables at functions? We have teams for that too! This is the perfect "pop in" ministry for newcomers or those without the ability to commit to long-term schedules. Contact: Caryn  R i v a d e n e i r a , D i r e c t o r  o f  C a r e @ 6 3 0 . 6 0 0 . 5 0 2 5 or caryn.rivadeneira@elmhurstcrc.org


COMMUNITY
You are invited to Timothy Christian Schools (188 W. Butterfield Rd.) for the Preschool Information Night on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7pm. Join us to learn more about our 2, 3, and 5-day options, half-day vs. full-day, hear from our teachers, and see our amazing classrooms! Stop on by or preregister at timothychristian.com/open-house. Please reach out to Dan Quist (quist@timothychristian.com) with any questions.  

Spirito! Singers Winter Concert | Sat & Sun | Dec 7&8 | 4 pm & 3 pm
Features 5th - 8th grade ensemble and Men of Spirito! At ECRC. spiritosingers.org/winter-concerts or 630-581-5440. 

PRAYERS
We'll pray for you and with you. 
Contact us at care@elmhurstcrc.org.

ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND 
..in support of the ministries and vision of ECRC.
Text to Give, Text “elmhurstcrc” to 77977.
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Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30  p.m.
Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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