THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC
Rev's final sermon as our Lead Pastor will focus on the spiritual journey that we're all called to take. It's a journey that is filled with highs and lows, sorrow and laughter, the predictable and surprises. God uses every experience, situation, and circumstance, both good and bad, to shape us and form us into the people he wants us to be. In the very beginning God said, “It is not good for man to be alone”. Therefore, he puts people in our lives who influence us, comfort us, challenge us, enrage us, stretch us, walk next to us, behind us and in front of us. God gives us lives that are more than we can ever ask or imagine.
We extend our sympathy to Ron Becvar and family as they mourn the loss of Ron’s wife, Peg Becvar, on May 16.
We extend our sympathy to Barb & Wayne Vriesman and family as they mourn the loss of Barb’s mother, Eunice Reitsma Vannette, on May 16.
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 630.600.5100.
Mark Your Calendar – Summer Worship comes early this year! Our Summer Worship is one Sunday service at 10 am from May 28 – August 13. Pastor Gregg DeMey and Pastor Bert DeJong will start our summer with a series on “God’s Job Description: What God Does as Father, Son & Holy Spirit”, and will then move us into the “Dog Days of Summer: messages from the colorful life and times of Caleb”.
DIRTY JOBS; Have a job you need done around the house? Yard work, painting, cleaning, or that pile of dirt moved from here to over there? Let the youth group do the work for you as you support them by donation as they head to Colorado Challenge this summer for a time of worship, fellowship, and renewal. Sign up at elmhurstcrc.org/events or email firstname.lastname@example.org and get your dirty job done today!
We are proud to recognize our middle, high school, college, and graduate school graduates! If your student is graduating from middle school, high school, college, or graduate school at the end of this academic year, please email email@example.com or call the church office at 630-600-5100 by May 26 to let us know the name of the student, the institution from which they are graduating, as well as type of degree (when applicable). We will publish their accomplishments in June.
Please join us for Summer Evening Coffee Break Bible Study! The men & women’s group will be studying “Waiting for God” in an 8-week study that starts on Wednesday, June 7 from 7-8:30 pm. The women’s group will be studying “Women of God” in a 6-week study that starts on Wednesday, June 14 from 7-8:30 pm. For more information or to register, please go to elmhurstcrc.org/coffeebreak or call the church office at 630-600-5100.
GOT CHANGES? If you plan on not being photographed by Lifetouch Photography, we still need your contact information for our 2017 Congregational Directory. Please help us make our 2017 Congregational Directory accurate and complete. Send your name, home address, email, cell and home phone to firstname.lastname@example.org or FILL OUT THIS FORM.
ECRC APP: 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
Join us for TRIVIA NIGHT on May 31 sponsored by The EDGE High School Youth group T. It’s going to be an awesome night of great fun that you are not going to want to miss! Show up, or reserve a table beforehand. Find out all the scoop at elmhurstcrc.org/events
Elim Christian Ministries will be participating in the Chicago Triathlon Super Sprint on August 26 and YOU can join them! Register as an individual or recruit your own relay team and join Elim's team in raising funds for Domestic HOPE Packs. This year's goal is to raise $150,000 so that Elim's adults can assemble and distribute 6,250 HOPE Packs of essential supplies to local Chicago-area kids in need. To donate go to https://www.crowdrise.com/ElimTRI2017. For more information or to register for the Chicago Triathlon Super Sprint contact Laura Schnyders at 708-293-6509 or email@example.com.
2017 ECRC Work Team for Honduras: Have you ever wanted to go on a mission work team? We are putting together a team of women and men to work at the Youth for Christ camp in Honduras. Skills needed include: a willingness to serve, willingness to work, some heavy construction, painting, electrical work, and odds & ends of building a camp. There will also be an opportunity to assist with a kids day camp, Bible lessons, crafts, and outdoor things such as a zip-line, climbing wall, disc golf and other areas to assist the local YFC staff. Housing will be at a local hotel with great food and a one-day tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan. Dates are August 19-26. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about participating in this trip, please contact Dan Barak at 630-530-4791 for further details.
Ready for a vacation with a Purpose? Why not join us this fall building a Christian orphanage in Mexico near the US Border by El Paso, Texas onan adult serve project, taking place September 10-16. We have plenty of jobs to match all skill levels. For more information or to sign up contact Dave Van Kampen(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Greg Lanenga (email@example.com).
Nursery help needed! The nursery is looking for volunteers for both the 9 and 10:30 services, as well as summer help at the 10 am combined service. Students who are completing 4th grade all the way up to great-grandparents are needed! Please contact Michelle DeJong at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Meal providers are needed! We are in need of people to help provide meals to those in our congregation who are recovering from surgery, illness, or rehabilitation. If you are interested in providing a meal please email Lisa Capozzoli, Director of Care and Community, at email@example.com.
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 and a once a month small group leader for the 3rd-5th grade group. For the 10:30 am service we are looking for a once a month small group leader for the 2nd/3rd grade boys group, as well as a one-on-one buddy for a preschool student with special needs. Please contact Kara Hackert firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Thank you!
Everyone is invited to the Annual Memorial Day Hymn Sing on May 28 at 6 pm at Faith Christian Reformed Church (1070 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst). Recording artist, minister, and former solo artist from Moody Bible Institute, Burt Kettinger, will be the director for this evening of patriotic and hymn selections. Donna Erdman and Jan Slinkman will be on the organ and piano. Refreshments will be served after the hymn sing. Don’t miss this night of worship and fellowship!
Thank you to all who participated in the Coins for CareNet. ECRC raised $1473 via the baby bottle fundraiser! CareNet provides women in need with pregnancy tests, counseling, ultrasounds, and material goods such as diapers, as well as provide opportunities for emotional and spiritual healing after a previous abortion, free of charge. Four local centers have seen a record number of women in 2017.
ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND FINANCIAL UPDATE
..in support of the ministries and vision of ECRC. More online at GIVE
YTD anticipated contributions: $962,000
YTD actual contributions: $924,093
Annual 2017 budget: $3,075,000
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