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Week of February 19
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THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC
The Bible sets the tone for how we are to approach God in worship. In the Old Testament, the primary way of connecting with God is through acts of sacrifice. Sacrifices were made for two main reasons: #1) As offerings of thanks, and #2) As substitution for the guilt of sinful human beings. Now that Jesus has become the perfect, eternal sacrifice on our behalf, we no longer offer formal “sacrifices” as part of our worship together. However, we are still compelled to make offerings of thanks and we still need someone to sacrificially stand in place of our sins. While much has changed, the pattern remains the same. 


OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Prayer Requests

At the 10:30 am service today we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism as Elliana Sue Kostelny, daughter of Becky & Daniel Kostelny; and Anna Joy Reitsma, daughter of Kristin & Curtis Reitsma, are baptized.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for healing and strength for Lois Arthur, Doris Baur, Henrietta Hall, 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 prayer@elmhurstcrc.org or call the church office at 630.600.5100.


Generosity, Stewardship and the Life-Long Journey

Elmhurst CRC has a history of, and reputation for, generosity. In fact, generosity is one of our church’s core values.Generosity without grateful stewardship however, is incomplete. Understanding stewardship is to recognize that everything we are, and everything we have, are gifts entrusted to us by God. God owns it all and He has created us as managers of those gifts.

Because stewardship is one of the ways that defines our relationship with God, it is a deeply spiritual issue. How we manage what He has given us is a reflection of our heart. Therefore the church must be passionate about helping its members be responsible and skillful managers of all of God’s gifts. Stewardship goes far beyond a singular focus on monetary donations. The deeper and more foundational goal is to encourage the members of our church to make life-changing spiritual adjustments in their lifestyle. Stewardship is a life-long journey, not an event or an accomplishment.

The Ten Talents Team was formed to promote and help all of us on that journey: modeling and encouraging us to put into action the reflections of our heart. Our first step together will be a confidential survey asking for your input on prevailing stewardship attitudes and practices. Watch for it – coming in March. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

At the annual Congregational Meeting on February 7 the Elmhurst Ministries Fund (EMF) 2017 budget was approved, and the following members were elected to three-year terms of office: Rick Bulthuis (elder), Dave De Haan (elder), Jack Swierenga (elder), Dave Van Kampen (elder), Angela Buikema (deacon), Steve Corrigan (deacon), Doug Slinkman, Jr. (deacon) and Christopher Valdez (deacon). Installation of the new elders and deacons will be Sunday, March 5.
Thank you to the outgoing elders: Al Heerema, Howard Hoff, Mac Wiener, and Herm Tammeling, Jr.  Thank you to the outgoing deacons: Deb Boomsma, Ted Feenstra, Ron Tazelaar and Andy Staes. All Deacons, Elders and SLT members are listed online at elmhurstcrc.org/about.

Join us for the Cadet Pancake Breakfast fundraiser in the Garden Room on February 25 from 7:30-9 am.  It is a great way to support the Cadets while enjoying breakfast and our church community.

SpringHill day camp registration opened this past Tuesday and we are already half full (we are able to have 340 campers). Camp is June 12-16 from 9 am-4 pm. Register online at www.springhillcamps.com. 

If you sit in Section 1A/1B (Section by the Choir Loft) at the 9 am service, you are invited to a Coffee and Cookie Reception in the Garden Room on February 26 from 10-11 am. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet your Elders, Section Leaders, and congregants in your section!

If you sit in Section 2A/2B at the 10:30 am service, you are invited to a Coffee and Cookie Reception in the Garden Room on February 26 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet your Elders, Section Leaders, and congregants in your section! Come and help create community at ECRC!

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 dejong66@comcast.net.

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 Tuesday evenings, April 18, April 25, and May 2, 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 April 7 if you need childcare.

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

SERVE

On February 19 (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!

The LINK (Love, Interact, Neighbor, Kneel) ministry at ECRC is again searching for volunteer mentors beginning this Spring to work with a homeless client family that will be living in the apartment rented by our church in Addison, IL.  As a church family, we have been partnering with BRIDGE communities for the last eleven years to provide housing and mentorship to a homeless family in DuPage County.  Please consider learning more about this outreach ministry that has been quietly thriving at our church.  Mentorship to a homeless mother and her children is an opportunity to be God's shining light and living water right in the community in which we live.  Contact Bob Boomsma (Bob.Boomsma@trnty.edu) or Rachel Rieger (rboere52@yahoo.com) with any questions or interest in this ministry.

Please help us to create a warm and friendly community here at ECRC by joining the Hospitality Team! We are in need of Greeters and Ushers at the 9 am service. Interested in serving? Contact Lisa Capozzoli, Director of Care and Community, at lisa.capozzoli@elmhurstcrc.org.

 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 kara.hackert@elmhurstcrc.org if you are interested. Thank you!


COMMUNITY

Roseland Christian Ministries Youth Partnership invites you to a fun-filled event to raise funds for our youth programs. Roseland offers a summer day camp for community children, completely free of charge. In addition to the youth camp, they offer after school activities six days a week during the school year. The fundraiser will be held on March 11 from 3-6 pm at loft space located at 1133 West Fulton Market in Chicago. We will be celebrating where we see God in the Roseland neighborhood. Refreshments and appetizers served. For more information and to purchase your tickets please go to roselandyouthpartnership.yapsody.com.  Questions? Please contact Kelly Wilbraham at kwilbraham@me.com.

The Timothy Christian High School Concert Chorale, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble will be performing in a combined concert with Men of A Chord on March 11 at 7 pm. The concert is in the high school auditorium, and there will be an opportunity to contribute to the music department boosters.

Celebrate how students are thriving at Chicago West Side Christian School’s Annual Scholarship Benefit on March 16 from 6 – 9 pm. The event will be held at the school (1240 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago). Experience inspiring stories, CWSCS’ outstanding choir, and wonderful fellowship as you learn how you can help CWSCS students thrive!  RSVP at www.cwscs.org or call 773-542-0663.


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


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 am to 5  p.m.
Fridays:: 8:30-12:30 p.m.


CHILDREN
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

RESOURCES
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
Prayer partners are available after each service to pray with in the southeast rear of the Worship Center.

GROW AND SERVE
ADULT MINISTRIES
:
Find opportunities to grow and serve in  Small Groups , Coffee Break Community Bible Study, Men’s Fraternity, MOPS, GROW, Prime Time (55+) and more.
STUDENT MINISTRIES:
Grow together, enjoy relationships, be encouraged and empowered with our student ministry programs; Maximum Velocity (6-8th grade) and The EDGE (9th-12 grade)
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
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.

Pastors:
Rev. Peter Semeyn - Lead Pastor,
Dir. of Outreach - 630.600.5029 peter.semeyn@elmhurstcrc.org
Rev. Gregg DeMey - Associate Pastor, Dir. of Worship - 630.600.5030  gregg.demey@elmhurstcrc.org

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