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December 16, 2018 

THIS WEEKEND AT ELMHURST CRC 

For this third week of Advent, one of our worship bands, The Broken Halos (and friends!), will present Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb Of God, a musical telling of the Christmas story, from Genesis through Jesus’s birth. The message for today comes from Zephaniah 3:14-17, 19-20. In one of the most poignant images of the Old Testament prophets, God the Father is pictured at once as a battle-tested warrior and as a lullaby-singing daddy. There is a tender joy infused in this passage. And we see that where God is present, when God diverts the enemy, and when God cancels judgement, we find joy. 

Worship service 10 am - SUNDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER
We're also on Livestream Sundays at 9 & 10:30 a.m.

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.


ADVENT 2018

December 16 @  10 am    
Behold the Lamb of God: E
lmhurst CRC's The Broken Halos present Andrew Peterson's masterwork, which places the story of Christ's birth in the context of the whole narrative of the Bible.

December 23 @ 10 am    
Worship with Angola: 
We join in worship via video link with the men of Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus.

December 24 @ 3 & 5 pm
Christmas Event Candlelight Services: 
Celebrate the wonder and glory of the Christmas story
(Nursery available for children ages 0-36 months)

December 24 @ 11:30 pm
Vigil/Communion: 
A special time of worship to usher in the Christmas Day. 

December 30 @ 10 am    
New Year's Eve Reflections


December 31 @ 7 pm
New Year's Eve in the Garden Room​

Nursery available for children ages 0-36 months and Pre-K through K Children's Worship offered at all Sunday Services.

ADVENT 2018 Schedule.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Congregation is invited to a farewell lunch/party for Jack Lanenga, Executive Director, to honor his service with us, on Sunday, December 16 immediately following the worship service in the Garden Room.

ECRC Community Photo Directory The latest editions have arrived! Pick up yours in the atrium lobby or in the church office.

CHILDREN/STUDENTS.

Children’s Worship in December See Advent 2018 schedule for more information. December 9 the kids will sing Christmas carols on the stairs after the 10:00 am service. 

WinterXtreme camps for Middle and High School Students are now open. Register today.
Maximum Velocity (Middle School) is January 11-13, 2019 - Sign up here
The Edge (High School) is February 15-17, 2019. Sign up here

EXPLORE GOD

During the months of January and February we will be participating as a community in the Explore God Chicago Community Outreach. Join us for a series of messages on life’s 7 Big Questions about God, faith, suffering, and purpose. You can get involved by participating in:

  • Prayer kick-off on January 8 @ 7 pm
  • an Explore God group on Sundays at 9, 10:30 and 11:45 am (Jan-Feb). We’d like ECRC regulars to help populate the groups so that if a new person walks into the group, it won’t be to an empty room.
  • Stake a sign in your yard or place of business for the next month – pick up your sign in the atrium lobby


SERVE

The Nursery needs your help on Christmas Eve help at both the 3 pm and 5 pm services. Sign up with michelle.dejong@elmhurstcrc.org.

My Brother's Kitchen Friends and Family Event. Serve lunch to the homeless at My Brother's Kitchen in Lawndale. We will be serving on January 19 from 9:00-1:00 pm. Email kara.hackert@elmhurstcrc.org to sign up. We are able to take 25 people. Interested in serving on a different date? Contact Chris Langkamp (lampstand1@sbcglobal.net) to set up a time for you, your family, or small group.

We need your help spreading the word about all the great things God is doing at ECRC. Love words, love tech? Consider these exciting  opportunities to serve on our communications team: 
Enewsletter Editor(s): Needed to assist in communicate our weekly announcements, events and stories. Looking for a once+ monthly commitment, some editing, and teachable tech skills. Opportunity to develop the enewsletter further as our primary weekly communication vehicle. 
Social Media Team: Can't get enough of Facebook or Instagram? Or maybe want to hone and develop your skills for the workplace? We need you to assist in developing this valuable communication tool as we expand our reach with our excellent worship, programs, events and activities. 
Communication Team: Are you interested in other areas of communication at ECRC? We looking forward to hearing from you.  Contact COMMMUNICATIONS for more information about these and other possibilities

LIFE GROUPS​
Looking for someone to journey along with? Check out some of our life groups available for you: 
GriefShare - Grief Support Group, 
Under the Rainbow: Loving our LGBTQ Covenant Family Members, 
SHE: Single Mothers Support Group,
Prayer Need: We'll pray for you and with you. 

Can we help you find a group? Contact us at care@elmhurstcrc.org, we'd love to help 

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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