60+ is a seniors group that gets together the 2nd Saturday of each month for a fellowship dinner in the Common Grounds.

We are a social outreach. We get together to share a meal and get to know each other better. Then we attend the Saturday 5:30 pm service together.


Prayer Retreat – May 5&6

Imagine. A relaxed, refreshing 30 hours in a restful, natural setting. Time to pray alone. Time to pray as a group, and some free time for fun and reflection as well

May 5-6 (Friday evening through Saturday afternoon)

Sign up here (or use the paper registration available in the church lobby).

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Adult Ed Classes – Spring 2017 Offerings

Adult Ed Spring 2017 Offerings (Mar 12 – May 28)
Sundays, 9:45-10:45am

Community Building Classes

Begins with a simple breakfast, a time of friendship building, and prayer prior to the study. Classes are ongoing.

Defenders – Brown Parsonage Upper Level (Open to everyone)
We want to have a clear explanation for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). We aim to engage a secular world with the truth of the Gospel, using reason and love to “take every thought captive to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Wheaton College student Sean L leads the conversation.

Margins: Creating Space for Enjoyable Living – North Building Lower Level, Conference Room (Young Professionals)
Jesus set boundaries in order to live effectively. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the 2-million-copy best-seller Boundaries and developed videos and discussion questions to help people take control of their lives. Pastor Bill Calvin leads the discussion.

1 and 2 Peter Bible Study – Common Grounds, East Room (Middle Ground)
Jesus prayed his followers would be in the world, but not of the world (John 17). Christians find it tough to do both well. Peter’s letters help Christians to live fully present (in the world), but appropriately counter-cultural (not of the world). Chad S leads the discussion.

Parenting Video Series – Coffeehouse (Young Families)
A community of parents becoming friends and strengthening our families. We are discussing the video series “Effective Parenting in a Defective World” while enjoying coffee and snacks. Billy & Allison M and Mark & Stacey R families lead the discussion.

Spanish Speaking Class – South Lobby
¿Es Español su primer idioma? Si su respuesta es, “Si”, queremos invitarle a nuestra clase. Domingos a las 9:45am en el South Lobby. Dirigada por Danny M y Ana T.

Electives

Classes meet for one semester only and are subject-centered and intergenerational.

The Knowledge of the Holy – Common Grounds, West Room
Greg M leads a study on this classic Christian book by A.W. Tozer. This book covers the attributes of God in-depth, such as the Eternality of God, God’s Omniscience, the Faithfulness of God, and the Mercy of God.

With Jesus from Jerusalem to Emmaus – Sanctuary
We are studying Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus as the Word of Life, and Jesus as the Judge. Vinod M leads the class.

Baptism Class – South Lobby (Sun Apr 2)
Have you declared your faith and been baptized as an adult? In this one hour, you will find out the details for our upcoming Easter weekend Baptism service. Writers and videographers will be present to help you prepare your story. Sign up here and/or show up on Sunday, April 2.


Adult Education Winter 2017 – choose a Bible, Christian life, or Community Building class that fits you

By Bill Calvin on January 23, 2017

All classes Sundays 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Bible Electives

Genesis — A thought-provoking well-researched class as Bruce Menkveld spends 20 hours per week in preparation of the same Bible passage that is preached each week. Class meets in the Common Grounds West.

Jesus: From Jerusalem to Emmaus — Another thought-provoking class taught by Vinod Malachi who has an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Topics include: Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy; Jesus as the word of life; and Jesus as the judge, as well as seven others. Class meets in the Sanctuary.

Topical Electives

Christian Style Yoga — This class is taught by a certified Yoga instructor, Chris Gattuso. Chris was healed of a serious illness upon receiving a word of knowledge from the Christian yoga instructor at the first class she attended. Chris then pursued yoga herself and is offering this class in order to glorify God and help people develop healthier bodies. Class meets in the large room on the north side of the church parking lot C.M.A. office building. Enter from backside.

Baptism Class — This class is taught by our pastoral staff. Christians are called to declare their faith in Jesus Christ by being baptized. This one hour class studies what the Bible teaches about baptism and students get help writing their baptism testimonies. Class meets in the Infant Room next to the main lobby.  Classes offered Feb 5, March 5, Apr 2.  

Community Building Classes 

18.20 Somethings Class — This class begins each week with a breakfast and then studies the Psalms under the direction of Brent Steinke and Stuart Guild. Class meets in the top floor of the brown house located on the northwest corner of the church parking lot.

Young Professionals Class — This class begins each week with a breakfast, a community building activity, prayer and the study of Margin — how to have it in your life.  It is led by Pastor Bill and Nancy Calvin. Class meets in the conference room of the north side of the church parking lot C.M.A. office building. Enter from the backside.

Young Families Class In this group, parents come together while their kids are in a children’s Sunday School class. This winter, the group will be following a series on family. Meets in the 264.Coffeehouse.

Middle Ground Class — This class begins each week with coffee and breakfast and then studies the Scriptures. Class members take turns making presentations under the direction of Rev. Chad Smith. Class meets in the Common Grounds East. Class begins Jan 22.

Spanish Speaking Class — ¿Es Español su primer idioma? Si su respuesta es, “Si”, queremos invitarle a nuestra clase. Domingos a las 9:45am en el South Lobby (Dirigada por Danny Muñoz y Ana Torres). La clase comienza 8 de enero. 


“UP” Opportunities [Up, In, Out]

By Nate Kugel 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