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Week of August 20
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THIS WEEK AT ELMHURST CRC

God is inviting each of us into a three-dimensional faith experience: reaching up toward him, going deep within, and stretching out in service toward others. Dr. Sam Hamstra will lead us in examining the inward dynamic of faith, based on Luke 6:12-19. You can read and meditate on this short passage to prepare for next week's worship service.

OUR CHURCH FAMILY

Please pray for the 12 people on the Honduras Work Team who will be in La Entrada, Honduras through August 26 to work at a Youth for Christ camp building missionary housing. Pray for safety and protection. Pray that much will be accomplished.

We extend our sympathy to Kara & Kevin Hackert and family as they mourn the loss of Kara’s grandmother, Irene Blystra, on August 4, and Kevin’s aunt, Phyllis Cottington, on August 2.

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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Search Committee Update: Since Pastor Gregg’s promotion to Lead Pastor in June, the Search Committee has turned its attention to filling our open Associate Pastor position. The Search Committee is pleased to announce that over the summer we engaged Sam Hamstra of Chapter-Next to act as our search consultant, added Pastor DeMey to our committee, finalized the job description for our open Associate Pastor position, and put together an informational packet about ECRC (view at  elmhurstcrc.org/resources/publications/). Sam will now publicize this Associate Pastor opening and over the coming weeks/months we will be receiving applications, screening candidates, and conducting interviews.  Know a candidate we should consider? If, after reading the position description, you have a candidate you think we should consider, contact Sam Hamstra with their name at shamstra@chapter-next.com. We ask you to continue to be in prayer for this process and that we will be able to discern God’s choice to help lead our Church. 

Join us for the ECRC Fest on August 20 from 4:30-7:30 pm. It's a church-wide end of summer celebration as we return to our two-worship Sunday rhythm, connect with those we’ve missed over the summer, and invite others to experience church community here.  There will be music, food, games, bags tournaments, bounce houses, and more...there is something for all ages. We will be providing the grilled meats and the fixings, and invite you to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Side Dish Sign UpLet us know what you're bringing by signing up at elmhurstcrc.org/events

Mark your calendars - it's back! Our two-service worship season begins August 20 when we return to services at 9 and 10:30 am.

This fall we are dedicating the first Sunday services of every month as family services. This is our way of saying intergenerational worship is important. Time for families to worship together is important. Children being a part of the body of Christ is important. There will be no 1st-5th grade children's worship these mornings. Instead the children are asked to stay in the service and be a part of it. We are going to brainstorm ways to get our children involved in what is going on in the worship center. Each service will end with communion as something the kids can participate in or observe. We are really looking forward to finding more ways to help our children know they are an important part of our church family!

Parents, have you registered your children for Little Lambs yet? Little Lambs offers children ages 3 to 6 (and potty trained) a one-day-a-week, biblically-based preschool experience. Half-day kindergartners are welcome! We are eager to welcome the students back for another exciting year. It is easier for us to honor friend requests if you sign up soon. Group assignments will be mailed out shortly. You may pick up a registration form at the information desk or register at elmhurstcrc.org/littlelambs

The nursery is looking to fill paid positions for Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday mornings starting in September. Please contact Michelle DeJong for more information. michelle.dejong@elmhurstcrc.org

Please join us for our New Member Class, Journey to the Center of Church, on October 3, 10, and 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Upper Level Gathering Room. Anyone interested in knowing more about Christianity, the Reformed Faith, and membership at ECRC is invited to attend these classes. Childcare is provided for children under 3 years old. Please let us know if you need childcare by September 26. For more information contact Lisa Capozzoli, Director of Care and Community, at lisa.capozzoli@elmhurstcrc.org.

Our next ECRC Community Supper will be held Wednesday Sept. 13, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. Bring you friends and family to enjoy a delicious supper. Menu items to be announced at a later date. Please RSVP at dinners@elmhurstcrc.org .

Save the Date: The Christian Education Committee is hosting a Celebration of Christian Education event October 8. More details to follow.

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

SERVE

WE NEED YOU! There are so many opportunities to serve this Fall. Prayerfully consider being a part of these ministries.

NURSERY: The nursery is looking for volunteers to serve at both the 9 & 10:30 services. From 5th grade all the way up to your golden years, we would love your help! Contact Michelle DeJong at michelle.dejong@elmhurstcrc.org.for more information.

LITTLE LAMBS: Little Lambs (preschool ministry) begins in three weeks and we need your help to bring the good news of Jesus’ love to the community! We especially need church members to teach the Bible stories to these children. We need seven Bible teachers to come twice monthly. We would love to have more church members walk alongside the many volunteers from the community in the other curriculum areas as well. We need three pianists and four Creative Learning teachers to come twice a month. Prayerfully consider being a part of this ministry. Contact Lynda Clousing at 630-600-5049 or email littlelambs@elmhurstcrc.org for more information. Please pray for this ministry!

GEMS:  (for girls 1st-8th grade) needs additional volunteers as: a 2nd grade co-counselor, 2nd grade assistant helper, 3rd grade (2) assistant helpers, 6th grade co-counselor, as well as craft and games helpers throughout the year. Contact Chris Kocol or Nancy Van Hout at gems@elmhurstcrc.org if you are available to serve. 

CADETS:  (for boys 4th-8th grade) is seeking counselors. If you would like to learn more about this role or volunteer, please Contact Doug Slinkman at cadets@elmhurstcrc.org.

PATHFINDERS:  (for boys 1st-3rd grade) is in need of four men to serve as 1st grade co-leader, two 2nd grade co-leaders, and one 3rd grade co-leader. The leadership team provides materials and holds regular leaders meetings to review club nights in advance, making it as easy as possible for you to serve! Contact Leslie Wolterstorff or Jessica Valdez at pathfinders@elmhurstcrc.org for more information or to volunteer.

CHILDREN’S WORSHIP (Pre/K): There are several opportunities to serve during Pre/K Children's Worship at both services: Classroom Teachers (3 yr olds, 4 yr olds, or 5/6 yr olds), Classroom Helpers, and Large Group Leaders are needed. Serve monthly, every other month, or less. Contact Ashley Slinkman at ashley.slinkman@elmhurstcrc.org to volunteer or learn more.

CHILDREN’S WORSHIP (1st-5th grade): 1st-5th Children's Worship needs you! (1st Service:1st/2nd Grade Group and 3rd/5th Grade Group; 2nd Service: 1st Grade Group, 2nd/3rd Grade Boys Group, 4th/5th Grade Group), once a month One-on-One Buddy for a 2nd grade boy, once a month Large Group Worship/Activity Leaders,  once a month Large Group Story Teller for 9 am service. Contact Kara Hackert at kara.hackert@elmhurstcrc.org to serve in any of these roles.

HOSPITALITY: We are in need of Greeters, Ushers, Information Center Hosts, and Refreshment Hosts at both the 9 & 10:30 am services. Interested in serving? Contact Lisa Capozzoli at lisa.capozzoli@elmhurstcrc.org.


COMMUNITY

Elim Christian Ministries and Timothy Christian Schools 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 for Elim’s Domestic HOPE Packs or the Timothy Christian Schools team in raising funds for renovations in the Timothy Christian elementary school building. For more information, to register to be on a Team, or to support financially , go to elmhurstcrc.org/events.. (Elim  - A Community Services Team Partner

Please consider serving at the joy-filled Elim Dutch Fest on Saturday, September 23. Volunteers are needed to serve at the coffee and dessert table from 10 am to 4 pm. To volunteer and sign up for a time slot please email Debbie Lanenga at lanengadebbie@gmail.com. They are also looking for small groups who would like to engage in a service project for either a morning or afternoon time slot on that day. This is a wonderful opportunity to bond as a group and do something great for Elim as well.  Please contact Renita Van Solkema at renita.vansolkema@gmail.com if you are interested and would like more information. (A Community Service Team Partner)                                                                                                            

New To You Upscale Resale Store currently has an opening for a part-time manager who is a motivated individual, a self-starter and able to manage the day-to-day activities of the store. If interested, please submit a resume to resumesnewtoyou@gmail.com on or before August 25, 2017. (A Community Service Team Partner)

Registration is now open to complete in the 3rd Annual ‘Cue For a Cause on September 3 to benefit the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network (EWAN) (A Community Service Team Partner).  Put your backyard bbq skills to a test and see if your ribs are the best in Elmhurst. New this year--make a chicken dish as well and compete for Grand Champion! Visit the EWAN website at ewanet.org to register. (A Community Services Team Partner).

Save the Date: On August 29 some members of Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church will be pairing up with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center for their Adopt-a-Pod program. We will meet at ECRC at 3 p.m. and carpool to the Center. We’ll have dinner with the kids at 4:30 pm and we will return to Elmhurst by 7:30 pm. If interested, please contact Jim McMillen at 630-520-8668.

ELMHURST MINISTRIES FUND FINANCIAL UPDATE
..in support of the ministries and vision of ECRC. More online at GIVE                                 
YTD anticipated contributions: $1,605,000
YTD actual contributions: $1,590,891                                                           
Annual 2017 budget: $3,075,000

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: Closed during summer.


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.

Pastor:
Rev. Gregg DeMey - Lead Pastor, Director of Worship - 630.600.5030  gregg.demey@elmhurstcrc.org

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