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“Out” Opportunities [Up. In. Out]

By Charlie A on September 20, 2016

At Bloomingdale Church we believe that a healthy church and a healthy spiritual life is built on relationships of “Up, In, Out.”

UP – A REAL GOD CONNECTION THAT HAPPENS DAILY
IN – RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP ME GROW IN MY FAITH
OUT – SERVING AND HELPING OTHERS FIND JESUS AS LORD

“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve and help others find Jesus, consider “OUT” opportunities by completing your MyFit profile and Serving Opportunities form here.

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Mexico Mission Trip (Simply Amazing)

By Brent Steinke on September 20, 2016

14040201_214637172272437_6468518408085355126_nHave you ever known something was good for you, but in the moment you just didn’t want to go through with it? Like at a buffet, you know you should eat your fruits and vegetables, but it’s hard not to be lured over to the make-your-own sundae bar.

Before leaving to go on the mission trip to Guadalajara, Mexico I wasn’t feeling super enthusiastic. I simply didn’t want to deal with the weight of responsibility and effort of a week of service to others.

At this point you may be thinking, “the person writing this is new to church or maybe he’s a kid who’s lazy and maybe his parents are forcing him to go.”  But you’d be wrong, I am a 28-year-old director here at Bloomingdale Church who planned and led this missions trip.

13912602_10101002621437344_7859413462998011319_nI was trying so hard to get myself in the mood to go and serve in Mexico, but like the fruits and vegetables at a buffet. I just couldn’t bring myself to get excited about doing something good when it would be so much easier to just stay home and do anything.

But alas, the date came and I was still responsible for what I needed to do (despite the best efforts in my mind to make it go away). So I followed through.

This trip, serving Jesus and the people of Guadalajara, ended up being one of best trips of my life. I needed to be reminded that God designed us to love Him and love other people, and being focused on doing this for a week straight really helped inspire me toward this perspective:  “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves me.”  (John 12:26)

When we serve Him, God will honor us. And this honoring may look different for different people at different times.  But for me, during this week, God made it one of the most fulfilling and fun adventures of my life.


“IN” Opportunities [Up. In. Out.]

By Charlie A on September 16, 2016

At Bloomingdale Church we believe that a healthy church and a healthy spiritual life is built on relationships of “Up, In, Out.”

UP – A REAL GOD CONNECTION THAT HAPPENS DAILY
IN – RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP ME GROW IN MY FAITH
OUT – SERVING AND HELPING OTHERS FIND JESUS AS LORD

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join a faith community that spurs you on to spiritual maturity, consider these “IN” groups.

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GROUP
Hang out, student-led worship and teaching.
Sundays, 9:30ish-10:45am
Youth Quad

YOUTH SMALL GROUPS
Students hanging out in family homes with the adult teen leaders, building friendships and discussing the Bible.
Sundays, (time??)
Host homes

18.20SOMETHINGS
Young adults community seeking to understand Scripture and how it speaks to their lives.
Sundays, 9:45am
Thursdays, 7:30pm
Brent’s or Stuart’s house

YOUNG COUPLES
New married couples growing in relationships with Jesus, building one another up, desiring to strengthen marriages and become better spouses.
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
Chris & Allison Steinke’s, Carol Stream

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Young, professional adults, single and married, who have social events and do community service projects.
Sundays, 9:45am
North Building – lower level

PARENTS
Parents growing in relationships with Jesus, building one another up, desiring to strengthen families and become better parents.
Sundays, 9:45am
264.CoffeeHouse

WOMEN’S BREAK
Women encouraging women, growing in their faith, discovering supportive relationships with other women of many ages and life experiences.
Tuesdays
Morning Break, 9-11:15 am
Evening Break, 7-8:30 pm.
Common Grounds

MONDAY NIGHT MEN’S BASKETBALL
Men gather for a brief Bible study and then play basketball.
Mondays, 7pm
Gymnasium

MONDAY NIGHT MEN
Men gather for a Bible study and prayer.
Mondays, 7:30pm
Youth Quad

FRIDAY MORNING MEN
Men gather for a brief Bible reflection and then do handy work around the church.
1st & 3rd Fridays @ 9am
Common Grounds

SATURDAY MORNING MEN’S PRAYER
Men gather to pray for men’s families, friends, church, and the world.
Saturdays, 8am
South Lobby

MIDDLE GROUND
Men and women who are somewhere in the middle — not a 20-somethings, but not quite a seasoned saint.
Sundays, 9:45am
Common Grounds

RECOVERY THROUGH CHRIST
Men and women gather for spiritual and emotional healing through a combination of the practical words of the Bible and the 12 Steps of Recovery.
Saturdays, 7:30pm
North Building – lower level

ALPHA GATHER
Diverse group of people meeting once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.
Wednesdays, 6:35-7:55pm
Brick house (264)

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“UP” Opportunities [Up, In, Out]

By Charlie A on September 15, 2016

At Bloomingdale Church we believe that a healthy church and a healthy spiritual life is built on relationships of “Up, In, Out.”

UP – A REAL GOD CONNECTION THAT HAPPENS DAILY
IN – RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP ME GROW IN MY FAITH
OUT – SERVING AND HELPING OTHERS FIND JESUS AS LORD

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)

If you’re looking for an opportunity to cultivate a real, regular God-connection, consider these opportunities:

Bible Reading

Read the daily Scripture from Bloomingdale Church’s message outline or use another daily reading plan. Reflect on it and write short responses.

tapTruths = Summary thoughts, observations to remember.
Application = How should I respond?
Prayer = My expression to God from what I am reading/thinking.

 

Prayer

Find a place and time that you can be alone and be silent, and pray using a prayer model like the Lord’s Prayer or C.A.S.T.:

  • Confession
  • Adoration
  • Supplication
  • Thanksgiving

Worship

Gather with God’s people and offer praise to God together. Worship at Bloomingdale Church is Saturdays @5:30pm and Sundays @ 8:30 & 11am.

Helpful Resources

Apps and Online Resources

Books

  • Brother Lawrence, The Practice the Presence of God
  • A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God
  • Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Woman
  • Kathleen Grant, Praying in the Word of God
  • Philip Yancy, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
  • Bill Hybels, The Power of a Whisper