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THIS WEEK 
SUNDAY WORSHIP JANUARY 17,  2021
Vaccines work by introducing a foreign substance that our bodies then learn to recognize and accommodate. Amazingly, God himself took on the “foreign substance” of humanity in Jesus flesh and has made the ultimate accommodations. Additionally, God offers himself to live within us to begin the work of healing needed not only by humanity, but in the whole of Creation. The Bible sums this up with the paradox that we are “in Christ” (Colossians 2:6) and that Christ is “in us” (Galatians 2:20).

From the Kids Message on Sunday, January 17:
For more information on Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier (illustrator), click here: 

Join us for our new January Series
ONLINE WORSHIP ONLINE or via FACEBOOK  
UPCOMING SERVICES -  Registraton required for in-person - Click for info/registration.  
January 24: Online and In-Person
January 31: Online | 5th Sunday Serve at Church & Neighborhoods

Online Worship: We’ve changed our online viewing platforms from Livestream to Church Online Platform, or CHOP. CHOP was designed by church for churches. We’ve migrated to CHOP to provide you a better overall viewing and user experience, ease of login, enhanced digital hospitality options, as well as it's more cost-effective! So, what do I do now? Join us on CHOP if you’re viewing online Sunday mornings – we’re looking forward to it! CHOP  - access here


REGISTER
Little Lambs Preschool Experience - Spring Session. Looking for a once-a-week preschool experience for your 3-6 year old? We have openings in-perons and onlnie on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Find out more and reigster at elmhurstcrc.org/littlelambs.

Coffee Break Commuity Bible Study  - It's time for our Spring Session.. We are in-person in small, socially-distanced groups Wednesday and Thursday, and our online group is available Thursdays. Find out more at: elmhurstcrc.org/coffeebreak

ANNOUNCEMENTS
5TH SUNDAY SERVE:
Sign up to serve on January 31 @ 10 am. 
Fifth Sunday Serve! An opportunity to get out there and serve the community - together! We've got something for everyone. 
Opportunities include: food distribution, care packages, deep-cleaning and custodial work, blanket making, blood drive and much more. Find 5th SUNDAY SERVE descriptions & sign ups here

PRAYER GATHERING VIA ZOOM  | JANUARY 28 @ 7 PM
Join us for an hour-long Zoom Prayer Gathering. We'll look to Scriptures on New Beginnings to help us pray for this New Year. To join, click here.

ALPHA - it's coming! It all begins February 2 at ECRC.
Join the church-wide ALPHA study this February! What’s Alpha? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Each week includes a short video talk and a discussion where you can share your thoughts and ask your questions. The talks are designed to encourage exploration of the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest, and informal environment. Alpha will be available in-person, online, for families, for small groups, via facebook and for youth. Read all about it here!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING | SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7 @ 11: 15 AM  
This will be an in-person and ZOOM event. Details forthcoming

ECRC STUDENT MINISTRIES SURVEY

Got a student? We'd like to solicit your input and feedback of ECRC Student Ministries via our Parent and Student Surveys. This will assist us in our development and programming for 2021 as well as provide you with an opportunity to tell us about your experiences as you provide us valuable input. STUDENT SURVEY | PARENT SURVEY

KNITTERS FOR COMMUNITY
It’s a New Year! Is it time for a new hobby? If you’ve ever wanted to learn to knit or crochet or if you already can knit or crochet and long to do use your gifts for the benefit of others, join Knitters for Community! This small group gathers (socially distanced, with masks!) at 7 pm on  the first and second Mondays of each month in the Java Stop at ECRC. Next session is January 18. To register or for more information, please email Nancy Jones.

All Events Page HERE.

SERVE

Join the Missions Team and friends in hanging drywall and light labor in getting rooms ready for our sister church – Grace and Peace CRC – in Chicago. No expertise required, teens welcome. It’s Saturdays in January  – come once or for all four. Contact Jack Lanenga via email or mobile 630.779.0544 for more info.

COMMUNITY
The January Series of Calvin University- Our long tradition of offering a free 15-day lecture series continues, but 2021 will look different. This year the January Series will be a completely virtual experience. You can watch each presentation (12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST) on your own devices in your own location, the presentation will be available for the entire day. There are still alot of good lectures left! For more information visit CALVIN..EDU/JANUARYSERIES


MEDIA
Looking for the videos we post throughout the week? They're all online at our video channel at vimeo.com/elmhurstcrc

PRAYER
Send your prayer requests, or to receive a daily email of these requests, email [email protected]  or call the church office at 630.600.5100.

GIVE
Your gifts matter, especially in this time. We ask that you continue your giving ONLINE.

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