The book of Ruth is all about God's loving kindness, or in the original Hebrew, his "Hesed." God uses people to be his ambassadors of "hesed" to their families, to outsiders, and to the nations. The book of Ruth is a story of human tragedy on many levels and how God works through the tragic to bring healing and redemption to the world. We will spend five weeks digging deep into this amazing story.
We extend our sympathy to Yvonne & Ed Buikema, Amy Buikema, and Todd & Carolee Buikema and family, as well as their extended family, as they mourn the loss of their mother and grandmother, Anne Ven Housen, who passed away on January 9.
Congratulations to Micki & Tony Chan on the birth of their son, Emmett Ying Chan, on November 26.
Prayer Requests: Please pray for healing and strength for Lois Arthur, Doris Baur, Henrietta Hall, Bill Poe, Maria Ramos, Gloria Van Ryn, and Marilyn Ward.
Join us in praying for each other. To send your prayer requests or praises, or to receive a daily email of these requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 630.600.5100.
Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. It’s a day in which we remember and honor the sanctity of ALL human life. This Sunday, we grieve with those who are grieving the loss of a child – and the numbers are staggering. Our insert features the story of Eloise Blaire Kuiper, great-granddaughter of Ticks Groenboom, who was born prematurely and after 31 days of life on earth, went to be Jesus. "Eloise's story shows that there is beauty in every life, at any stage of development, and that's why we wanted to share her life story.” You can read more about her story at crcna.org/life.
Think Spring! Online registration is now open for the Little Lambs Preschool for Spring 2017. Spring semester began January 10, 11 & 12 for children ages 3-6. Registration information at elmhurstcrc.org/littlelambs.
Coffee Break Community Bible Study spring session is in full swing. If you're looking for a warm place to study the Bible this January, you're welcome to come and give us a try. Day and evening times available. Find out more at elmhurstcrc.org/coffeebreak.
Fun & Game Night: Join us for an evening of fun and games at Timothy Christian High School gym on Saturday, January 14, 6 – 7:30 pm. We’ll play games together, meet other families and have lots of fun!
The Single Mothers Support Group (SHE) will begin the new year with a word of encouragement and hope to everyone who attends on January 15, 12:15-2:30 pm. Come with your children and enjoy dinner and fellowship. A free nursery is available for infants, with activities for children up to 12 years. Attendees will be blessed hearing the success stories of three individuals who have been raised by single mothers: Carington Cunnington, mother of triplets; Ben Brooks, a businessman; and Michael Thanauras, a successful real estate businessman. Come and benefit from their personal advice! For further information contact email@example.com.
This week's MOPS meeting (Jan 17) is cancelled. Please note that we will not be meeting this week, but we will resume meetings on February 7 at 9:00 am in the Garden Room. We look forward to seeing you then!
SWIM PARTY. It is cold outside, but warm in Oak Brook Aquatic Center, so come join us for an evening of swimming and splashing on February 4 from 6:00-8:00 pm! The price is only $10.00 per family or $3 per person. Register online at elmhurstcrc.org/events or pick up a form at the information desk.
Please join us for our Heart-Felt Community Supper on February 8 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Garden Room. Our menu will be announced shortly. Join us for this family-friendly event. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 6 at noon. The cost is your donation.
If you have lost a loved one and need time to process and grieve, consider joining our Grief Support Group called GriefShare. We hope that this will be a place for group members to share their stories and process their grief in a safe environment. There are 13 Wednesday sessions January 25-April 19, from 7-8:30pm in room 204. Each session includes a video seminar, encouraging information-packed videos featuring leading grief recovery experts; small group discussion about the weekly video content; and journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly discussion topics. Register by contacting Lisa Capozzoli, Director of Care and Community, at email@example.com or go online at http://elmhurstcrc.org/ministries/care-and-community/grief-support-group
With the beauty and simplicity of music, scripture and song, come and experience rest and healing in the Healing Prayer Service. You will also have an opportunity to receive individual prayer for physical, relational, emotional, and psychological healing. Please join us in the Garden Room on Thursday, January 19, from 7 to 7:45 pm.
Journey to the Center of the Church is a three-week class to help prepare you for membership at Elmhurst CRC. Classes will be held Thursday evenings, February 2, 9, and 16, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Anyone interested in knowing more about Christianity, the Reformed Faith, and membership at Elmhurst CRC is invited to attend these classes. Contact the church office to register. Childcare is available for infants to two years old. Please let us know by January 26 if you need childcare.
Game Night returns to PrimeTime on February 23. “Keep Calm and Bunco On” is the theme as we gather around Bunco tables and then move on to other games. So come and enjoy the company and friendly competition of friends new and old. If you don’t know the game rules we can teach you! Sign up in the lobby or email Bert or Celia DeJong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you downloaded the new ECRC App? The new Elmhurst CRC app gives you with the ability to access Livestream broadcasts, weekly podcasts, the Bible, event information, a full calendar and much more. Download our Elmhurst CRC Church App in the App Store or Google Play Store . We are also pleased to announce the addition of mobile giving to make it faster and easier to participate in the financial life and ministry of Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. Learn more about online giving at elmhurstcrc.org/give
Please stop by our CareNet Table and pick-up a baby bottle to fill with your pennies, dimes and nickels for the CareNet Baby Bottle Fundraiser! Return your baby bottle filled with coins to our church office by February 5. This fundraiser helps to support CareNet services, which are are offered free of charge to women and men in need of pregnancy tests, counseling, ultrasounds, material goods such as diapers, as well as provide opportunities for emotional and spiritual healing after a previous abortion. So far this year CareNet has served over 500 women and provided 300 ultrasounds, empowering mothers and fathers to choose life
Children's Worship Volunteers Needed: Would you like to be a part of this fun and meaningful ministry? For the 9 am service we are looking for a once a month small group leader for the 1st/2nd grade group. For the 10:30 am service we are looking for a once a month small group leader for the 1st/2nd grade group, as well as a one-on-one buddy for a preschool student. Please contact Kara Hackert email@example.com if you are interested. Thank you!
Sunday (and the third Sunday of every month) you are welcome to bring donations of non-perishable food items, paper goods, and hygiene products in support of the food pantry at the Yorkfield Presbyterian Church. Please drop off items to the area by the information center. The food pantry also accepts coupons, so if you’re not going to use the coupon inserts from your Sunday paper then you can donate them. Thank you!
Timothy Christian Schools (188 W. Butterfield Rd. Elmhurst, IL) is hosting their annual Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night on January 19 at 7 pm. All PreK and Kindergarten teachers will be presenting each of their respective programs, showing off their rooms, and answering any questions you have regarding the PreK/K experience. This parent-only event will begin at 7pm and light refreshments will be provided.
The Adelphe Trio will perform a free classical concert in the Garden Room at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 21. The Trio represents the music/missions organization CREDO which will be serving and playing earlier in the day at "My Brother's Kitchen" in Lawndale.
Over 65 cellists from the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School will be performing an hour of cello music on Sunday February 5 at 2:00 pm at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. The performers range in age from 4-18 and are under the direction of Sally Gross and Alex Revoal. The concert is free and open to the public.
New To You Upscale Resale Store is looking for a part-time manager who is a self-starter and motivated individual and will be able to manage the day-to-day activities of the store 11.5 hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information on the position please contact New To You at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith CRC of Elmhurst invites you to join interested community members for the award-winning January Series of Calvin College, one of the leading lecture and cultural arts series in the country. Fifteen free simulcast presentations on current national and international topics of interest will be presented each weekday, January 4-24, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Check the website for details about speakers and topics: http://calvin.edu/january-series/. Faith CRC is located at 1070 S. Prospect Ave. in Elmhurst, IL
ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND FINANCIAL UPDATE
..in support of the ministries and vision of ECRC. More online at GIVE
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 am to 5 p.m.
Fridays:: 8:30-12:30 p.m.
Nursery is available for children 0 to 36 months old.
Children’s Worship meets for children 3 years old through 5th grade in the lower level
Assisted listening devices are available from an usher or sound booth at the rear of sanctuary.
Large print bulletins are available in the Worship Center inside the doors.
Prayer partners are available after each service to pray with in the southeast rear of the Worship Center.
GROW AND SERVE
Find opportunities to grow and serve in Small Groups , Coffee Break Community Bible Study, Men’s Fraternity, MOPS, GROW, Prime Time (55+) and more.
Grow together, enjoy relationships, be encouraged and empowered with our student ministry programs; Maximum Velocity (6-8th grade) and The EDGE (9th-12 grade)
We love children, and want to help raise up children that love God and serve him.From Nursery (0-3 years old), Little Lambs (3-6 years old), Pathfinders and Cadets (1st-8th grade boys), to GEMS (1st-8th grade girls), and much more.
Rev. Peter Semeyn - Lead Pastor, Dir. of Outreach - 630.600.5029 email@example.com
Rev. Gregg DeMey - Associate Pastor, Dir. of Worship - 630.600.5030 firstname.lastname@example.org