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Mexico Missions Trip 2016

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”  This is a command from Jesus to take action outside of our own groups and peoples.  Jesus calls his people to think globally and to think outside the four walls of their homes and local church.

From August 3-8, Bloomingdale Church is sending 11 people to Guadalajara Mexico to serve alongside Dan and Amber Marcello. 11182027_10153200493883670_3889210652505660824_nThe team will run a Day Camp for four different churches in the area. This will include clown skits, music, and a presentation of the good news of Jesus.

The team has been meeting monthly since January to prepare for this trip, all the while praying with one another. The team would love for you to come alongside them in prayer as they go into the world to join in the work that God is already doing.

Communion in the Community [Up In Out]

In our new series, Up In Out, we turn to Jesus’ explanation of communion. This message was presented by David Riemenschneider on July 2 & 3 at Bloomingdale Church.

Sermon Outline [PDF]

Meet R.J. (Raymond) Ziecina, our summer Media Intern

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Hello, my name is R.J. (Raymond) Ziecina. I am interning under Christopher Steinke as a Media Intern this summer.  I was born and raised in Glendale Heights just a few blocks from the church and have been attending Bloomingdale Church most of my life.

This fall I will be a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Marion, Indiana. I am majoring in Christian Worship with a focus in Church Media.

I have had an interest in technology for most of my life, which has led me to have many opportunities such as volunteering with the technology in a few churches. I have attended Christian media conferences and also work with IWU’s TV station.  

Meet Evan Jones, our summer Youth Intern

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Hello there! My name is Evan Jones.  I am interning under Nate this summer as a Youth Intern. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, so feel free to poke fun of my accent ‘eh’!

Currently, I am going into my senior year at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, which is where I met my wonderful fiancee! Her name is Sarah, and I hope you’ll be seeing her around a few times this summer. I am very much looking forward to being part of Bloomingdale, and am so excited to get to know as many people as possible!

Sometimes I have a serious, thoughtful side, and other times my wilder, playful side comes out. I love some academic pursuits – reading, writing.  I also love sports, hiking, biking and other outdoors stuff. Also, if are ever hungry, stop by the brown house to see what I’m cooking – another hobby of mine. Looking forward to getting to know you more this summer!

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Easter Testimonies

This compilation of testimonies was presented during the March 26-27 Easter services at Bloomingdale Church.

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Sometimes volunteering can steer you to a new passion. Sound team volunteer Kirk S knew nothing about operating a sound board or the production of a music team before coming to Bloomingdale Church. Now, if you talk to him you’d know he’s one of those people that can hear things that most of us don’t hear. He’s taken on as a mission to improve the sound quality so our regular attenders and guests can get the best experience possible – whether that’s from the music team, drama team or the message. And since we have a teaching pastor who likes to shake things up occasionally with creative methods like speaking while riding his bicycle around the sanctuary, there is rarely a dull moment in his responsibility.

Kirk and his wife Amy Jo started attending Bloomingdale Church in 2004 when they moved into the Westwind neighborhood near the church. After one visit they were hooked. “By 2005 my wife Amy Jo was in a play with the drama team and I volunteered to do sound on an old portable system in the gym. Things went crazy, the power kept going out due to the lights we were using. I guess that since I came through that unharmed, they felt I could handle sound for one of regular weekend services.”

As Kirk learned more about the technology, he became more engaged. At one point a few years ago, he was between jobs and he took classes at Harper Community College in sound engineering and received his certification. He met sound engineers from all across Chicago involved in a professional organization and he did some work in a recording studio in the city.

Kirk and Amy have both been involved with the high school youth group and teen mentoring program in recent years. One of Kirk’s most impactful experiences was going on a mission trip to San Carlos, Arizona with the teens. “It was an eye opening experience for me. I was invited to be the photographer, but it turned into so much more. I was hesitant to go at first, but I finally agreed (with a little push from Amy). I was glad I did.”

Though he had attended Catholic schools and served as an “altar boy” in his youth, Kirk was far from a church goer in his adult years by the time he met Amy Jo. “My wife likes to tease that she had to drag me to church when we first started attending, and now she has to drag me out after church because I am talking so much to my friends.” These days, Kirk is able to pursue his passion working with sound equipment as a volunteer while he makes his living in property management. If working behind the scenes on sound or screen is something you would like to do, find out more about it at bloomingdalechurch.org/creative. Kirk encourages anyone to try something new like this if you have the interest. Kirk did and has found it very satisfying.