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This week’s Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the penitential season that marks 40 days leading up to Holy Week, capped by our celebration of Jesus’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
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We welcome the Trinity Christian College Choir singing with us today. Trinity Christian College a private Christian college in Palos Heights, Illinois. It was founded in 1959 by a group of Chicago businessmen who wanted to establish a college providing students with a Christian higher education in a Reformed tradition as a college in Illinois. (Wikipedia)
WORSHIP IN-PERSON & ONLINE 10 AM
HEALING PRAYER NIGHT | THU FEB 29 | 7 PM
We’ll come together to experience God's healing touch in all areas of our lives. Through worship, prayer, and deep reflection, we’ll seek restoration and renewal in our marriages, families, personal struggles, physical health, and spiritual journeys. Find out more
CHURCH-WIDE PINEWOOD DERBY | WED MAR 20
Design and compete with your own Pinewood Derby car on Wednesday, March 20. Weigh-ins start at 6 pm and the races begin at 7 pm. You can purchase a car kit for $5 at the Elmhurst Church office or Welcome Center and pick up rules for building your Pinewood Derby Car. Come prepared to show off your creation and face off against other participants!
ENCORE COMMUNITY | MAR 12 | 7 PM
Save the date for Encore! This group is designed for men and women within a few years of retirement as well as those that have retired or semi-retired within the last number of years. There are many questions that come at that stage of life, including “What is my purpose?” and “How do I best honor God in my life transition?” We believe there is a real benefit for us to wrestle with these questions with the help of others. We'll have an interesting panel discussion. Read more here.
NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS | FEB 25
INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Or want to find out more about our church, history, or the Christian Reformed denomination? New members' classes will be held starting soon. Sign up to receive information by emailing [email protected], Hospitality Coordinator, or call 630.600.5100.
SML | SUNDAYS IN MARCH | MAR 3, 10, 17, 24 | 8:45 AM
Sunday Morning Live returns in March with Rev Ben Ribbens speaking on the theme of “Resurrection, New Creation, and a Side Trip to Heaven.” Save the dates!
GIVING STATEMENTS 2023
Thank you for your continued financial support throughout the year—we couldn’t fuel ministry without it! Your 2023 year-end tax/giving statement were emailed and mailed the week of January 28. You can also access your statement at Elmhurst CRC online. Directions here. If you have any questions about the statement, contact Mimi Stanton, Executive Director of Operations.
Winter 2024 Youth Calendar is now available!
Plan now for these ECRC Youth Summer
Colorado Challenge Registration
June 8-16, 2024
Quaker Ridge Camp, Woodland Park, CO
Get all the juicy details here:
ALPHA YOUTH SERIES Next Meeting Sunday, February 25
Six-week sessions engaging in conversations about life, faith, prayer, and Jesus. We’ll be there – come try it for six weeks! Next meeting: Sunday, Feb 25, 5- 7 pm.
(We're off for Super Bowl (Feb 11) and Timberlee Winter Xtreme (Feb 16-18).
SPRINGHILLDAY CAMP - PAID COUNSELOR POSITIONS
SpringHill Day Camp is hiring local counselors aged 16 and up for the week that they are at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, June 24-28. You will have the amazing opportunity to lead a group of ten elementary-aged campers in Bible study, high adventure activities, fun games, and more. You will be needed Sunday evening-Friday afternoon and paid $200. If you are interested in being a part of this meaningful ministry to children, please contact Kara Hackert Curious what SpringHill is all about? Check out: https://www.springhillexperiences.com/
SERVANTS ON STANDBY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Can you help someone now and then? ECRC's Servants on Standby (SOS) provides non-monetary assistance to members/attendees who need some extra help with things such as minor home repairs, transportation needs, bike repairs, cleaning/clearing shelves, moving furniture, etc. If you are able to volunteer from time to time, please contact the Deacon Coordinator at email@example.com to get involved or sign up at elmhurstcrc.org/sos.
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ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING RECAP
Sunday, February 4, we held our annual church congregational meeting after the service; a recap is below, and full meeting resources are here.
Elmhurst Ministries Fund (EMF) 2024 budget was approved.
The following members were elected to the offices of:
Elder: Angela Buikema, Jeff Byma, Doug Smith, Sheri VanderBrug
Deacon: Rick Brown, Becky Hoffman, Steve Kranenborg, Amy VanderMolen
Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Members Presented:
Bill Terpstra and Joel Tameling
Thank you to outgoing members:
Elders: Kathy Folkerts, Gloria Sanchez, Cassie Swierenga, Jon VanderPlas
Deacons: Brad Groenewold, Jack Lanenga, Denise Mason-Smith, Rhonda Tameling
SLT: Aaron Ozinga, Gary Van Prooyen
Thank you to all who serveand served. As a body, we have been blessed with your wisdom, dedication, and passion as you have served faithfully and well, effectively ministering to our members, community, and world.
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
With gratitude to God, the SLT is pleased to announce that Erin Pacheco has accepted the Director of Worship position at Elmhurst CRC. Erin will begin her new role with us on March 11 and will be in worship services starting Sunday, March 17. Please pray for Erin and her family during this significant time of transition, especially as Erin concludes her responsibilities at Trinity Christian College and Hope CRC in Oak Forest.
Take our Serve Survey! God has gifted you in a special way to serve. Let us know where you’re serving now, and identify your talents, gifts, and interests in serving here and locally. Go to elmhurstcrc.org/survey.
Caring Network’s Baby Bottle Drive 2024 begins on Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 21! Pick up a baby bottle, fill it with coins, and return to back to church. Caring Network of DuPage provides free pregnancy consultations and services to help families overcome challenges – and choose life! Return full bottles by February 18. Online giving info at HERE.
Roseland Christian Ministries fundraiser--- Join us Saturday, February 24, from 3 pm-6 pm at ROW 24 in Chicago. Learn how you can Walk With Us as we continue to love our neighbors in Roseland. Tickets include beer, wine and appetizers. A silent auction and raffle will be a highlight! Purchase tickets at https://roselandchristianministries.yapsody.com/. Call 773.264.5665 for more information.
WINTER HYMN SING – Everyone is invited to a Winter Hymn Sing at The Western Springs Christian Reformed Church (5140 Wolf Road) led by The Men of A-Chord on Sunday, February 18, at 5:00 pm. The Men of A-Chord has been singing God’s praises to local churches, retirement homes and high schools for 70 years. A free-will offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the hymn sing. Don’t miss this night of worship and fellowship!
CaringNetwork Pregnancy Resource Center is hiring. Go to caringnetwork.com/careers – Digital Marketing & Comm Asst, Wooddale Center Director, Pregnancy Consultant, and lots more.
DEVOTIONALS & PODCASTS
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