We often include a segment of our weekend worship hours entitled “From The congregation” in which someone in our church family will share a short story concerning their spiritual journey.
Have 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.
I 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.
Adult Education re-convenes on Sun, Aug 21 during the 9:45am hour. With Bible electives, community groups, and a specialty class, there’s something for everyone.
Who is Jesus?
This will be an in-depth study about the person of Jesus. We will examine the writings of Paul to get a closer look at this man who changed the world forever. Sanjay Merchant will lead this study starting 8/21/16. Meets in the sanctuary 9:45- 10:45 a.m.
Names of God
In this class we will learn about a different name of God each week. We will explore when the name first shows up in Scripture, what it reveals about God, and how this aspect of God’s person can affect our lives. This class will be led by Nancy Hellstrom and will begin on 9/11/16. Meets in the north building across the parking lot at 9:45 am.
The Book of Genesis
As Pastor David leads us through the sermon series on Genesis, we will study the same passages each week in this companion class. Come and interact with Genesis and each other as we learn from this historic book. Starts on 9/25 led by Bruce Menkveld. Meets in the Common Grounds West room at 9:45 a.m.
Ongoing Groups that Build Community
The Middle Ground
How do people change? How does a person change spiritually, change character? Some people think it’s a mystery that can’t be solved. There are a dozen teachings in the Bible that tell us how change happens with people. It’s not a mystery. There are very practical things we can do to create change. Chad Smith will lead this discussion in Common Grounds East room at 9:45am on Sundays. Join us!
The Young Families
Parents will meet on Sunday mornings and will follow The Gospel Project. The content will be in sync with the stories the kids will be following on Sunday mornings during Children’s Church. The Gospel Project is a chronological, Christ-centered Bible study that examines how God’s plan of redemption unfolds in Scripture and today. Led by Charlie Audino in the CoffeeHouse @ 9:45am on Sundays.
A class of young, professional adults, single and married who have social events and do community service projects. Hosted by Pastor Bill & Nancy Calvin in the lower level conference room of the north building across the parking lot @ 9:45am on Sundays.
A class for young adults who want to learn, share and grow together. Brent Steinke is the leader. We meet in the lower level of the gray house from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Those who desire to be baptized are required to take a one hour class to better understand what the Bible teaches about baptism, and how to write a good baptism testimony. Our next class will be offered on Sun, Aug 21 & 28, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in the south lobby. Pastor David and Stuart Guild will be teaching this class. For more information or to register contact Pastor Bill Calvin at firstname.lastname@example.org
“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. The 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.
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.