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.


Alpha Gather – A Community to Continue after Alpha

By Nate Kugel on September 7, 2016

Alpha Gather is a group of about 30 people who gather once every other week for food, friendship, and growth through teaching, song, and prayer.

Alpha Gather is a group of people who gather, grow in their faith and friendships, and then go into service to the church and community.

FAQ

Is Alpha Gather for me?

  • Yes! All are welcome.
  • Newcomers who are looking to meet people.
  • People who have been around for a while but want to build deeper connections.
  • Alpha or Alpha 2.0 graduates who are looking for their next step.
  • Anyone looking to take the next step in exploring their faith.
  • Awana-clubber’s parents who are looking for something to do while their kids are having fun at Awana.

What is Alpha Gather like?

It’s laid-back like Alpha, but it’s also intentional about enabling you to continue in your faith journey.

What happens at an average session of Alpha Gather?

  • Share food.
  • Sing a song to worship Jesus.
  • Read portions of the Bible, hear a short talk about following Jesus, or hear a faith story from a group member.
  • Pray and be prayed for.

What happens on the Wednesdays when Alpha Gather is off?

We’re glad you asked! If you’d like, you’ll have the opportunity to join a Community Group that meets on the off weeks. Whereas Alpha Gather is an opportunity to connect with a room full of people, the community group will give you a chance to go deeper with a tight-knit group.

When does Alpha Gather meet?

Alpha Gather meets twice monthly on Wednesday nights from 6:35-7:55pm.

It meets for 3 terms a year. Each term consists of 2 meetings per month for 3 months and during the 4th month of the term, the group will “go” and participate in hands-on service.

1st term: September, October, and November meetings; December Service.
2nd term: January, February, and March meetings; April Service.
3rd term: May, June, and July meetings; August Service.

How do I sign-up?

Sign-up for Alpha Gather using this form.


And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.

(Acts 2:42-43 ESV)


Adult Education Fall 2016

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.

Bible Electives

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.

Young Professionals
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.

18.20Somethings
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.

Specialty Class

Baptism Class

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 billc@bloomingdalechurch.org


Alpha at Bloomingdale Horizons Senior Apartments

By Bill Calvin on April 1, 2016

Jim and Merci D met while working in the Scanda House restaurant in 1968. Shortly after graduating from Wheeling High School in 1969, they were married and ultimately raised their family in the Chicago area. Upon retirement, they moved into the Bloomingdale Horizon senior apartments and began making a lot of new friends.

But they were frustrated because they wanted to share their faith with their new friends without offending them. After all, they were living with these people!

When Jim and Merci learned they could combine their ability to cook for large groups with their desire to make more friends without alienating them, they were interested. In short, Alpha is about making friends around a dinner table and offering people a chance to gather in a judgment-free place, and converse about God, faith, prayer, the Bible, healing, the Holy Spirit, and divine guidance.

Jim and Merci asked their new friends at Bloomingdale Horizons if they would be interested in offering the Alpha Course to the residents of their building. Ten people stepped forward to help. People from Jim and Merci’s Bloomingdale Church also came out to help.

Twenty-five people have been showing up for dinner at Alpha. They love the food. They also love the chance to talk about spiritual matters without people getting mad or having to listen to someone get on their soapbox.

Merci says, “People think that seniors have already made up their minds about Jesus but actually we are more open to talking about faith because we know we are nearing the end of our lives. I like it that people are coming to me with requests for prayer now that we are doing Alpha.”


Adult Education Winter Semester Course Offerings

Bible Marathon—Isaiah: 18.20somethings group.
Meets in lower level of the grey house. (Led by Brent Steinke)

The Stewardship of Time and Life: Young Professionals & Young Couples groups.
Meets in lower level of the North Building. Begins Jan 4, 2014. (Led by Bill Calvin)

1 Corinthians—A Dynamic Church Dealing with More Problems than the Italians Have Spaghetti: Young Families group.
Meets in Common Grounds West. (Led by Charlie & Miriam A)

Blurred Boundaries—Why We Feel Busy, Rushed, and Unfulfilled and What We Can Do about It: Middle Ground group.
Meets in Common Grounds East. (Led by Chad S)

Jonah—When You Feel Swallowed Up: Bible Class #1.
Meets in the sanctuary. (Led by Ponch P)

James—Divine Wisdom Simply Put: Bible Class #2.
Meets in Coffeehouse. (Led by Greg M)