Pre/Marriage Course

Enjoy a free date-night meal and strengthen your relationship
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm (Sep-Dec, Jan-Apr)
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The Pre/Marriage Course is for couples who are seeking to strengthen their relationship. Some couples take the course to invest in their relationship, others need more urgent help. Either way, the course offers a lifetime of practical ideas and tools to help keep your relationship strong. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

On The Marriage Course, you are seated at your own table for two. Each session consists of food and drink, a practical talk and a time for private discussion between you and your partner. Background music ensures that you can chat in complete privacy. You never share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.

Over seven sessions, the course will help you to:

Your kids can attend Awana Club too.  Kids (age 0 – 6th grade) enjoy fun with friends, playing organized gym games, singing, learning values, and earning awards.  Kids participate in age-specific groups: Puggles (age 2), Cubbies (ages 3-5), Sparks (K-1st-2nd), T&T (3rd-4th), or PAK (5th-6th). Kids are safely checked in and out.  Dedicated volunteers invest in each child. Club shirt, book, bag, and awards included with $25 supplies fee.

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Our Neighbors: Curtis and Danielle

By Amy Jo Steinbruecker on March 27, 2015

If you have ever attended an 11am worship hour at Bloomingdale Church, more than likely you’ve seen Head Ushers Curtis and Danielle W. greeting at the  front doors. They always have big smiles and are willing to give  comforting hugs.

We are grateful that some friends invited Curtis and Danielle to an Alpha Course in 2005. Although they both had religious backgrounds growing up, they have had dramatically different experiences and fell away from any organized religion in their adult lives. Curtis was raised Baptist until he was fifteen and then attended meetings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses until he was 18. Danielle was raised Jewish, and had never attended a church before she visited Bloomingdale.

They will tell you that their experiences in the Alpha Course changed their lives. Pastor Bill became a support friend through Wednesday night Alpha, even with his crazy Alpha joke time.

The Alpha Course led Curtis and Danielle to start attending worship and they become more involved in the church fellowship. In September 2006, they both made the commitment to be baptized at BC as followers of Christ.

They attended Joe and Andrea Z.’s first  Alpha 2.0 class. They later went on to lead that course for several years after Joe and Andrea left for international work. Now, Curtis and Danielle are instrumental members of Joe and Andrea’s Barnabas group, a team that seeks to encourage international workers.

As deacons, Curtis and Danielle can often be found serving all around the church. However, if you ask them what their favorite activity outside of worship service is, they will tell you it’s participating in Day Camp with Marina R. every June as well as volunteering during BC’s annual Interdependence Day Celebration. Danielle enjoys the Tuesday night Women’s Break for the lessons she learns each week and the wonderful women in her table group.

Since January 2012, Curtis and Danielle have really enjoyed  facilitating the Date Night/Marriage Course on Wednesday nights. Married for more than 20 years themselves, they know that all enduring  relationships take work. “We would recommend this course to those in all kinds of relationships who want to grow strong together through all situations,” said Curtis.

They have served couples engaged to be married and those who have been married for 40-plus years. “A common misconception is that couples take this class only when they are having trouble,” said Danielle. “We encourage all couples to take it. It certainly  allows you some quiet, private time to strengthen your relationship.”

The course is nicknamed “Date Night” because couples are served a home-cooked meal in a soft-light setting at tables for two. The material produced by the folks that brought us Alpha is presented, and discussion is only between you and your partner. The children’s program, AWANA, functions at the same time, keeping the children (ages 2-Grade 6) safely occupied during the couples’ date night.

Curtis and Danielle know something about children. Their third child, Tyler, is 19 and has grown up at BC. He is currently attending College of DuPage and lives at home with Curtis and Danielle in Addison. Their older children have grown and started families of their own. Daughter Kiara is 25, and she has 5-year-old Joe and 4-year-old Isaiah. Curtis and Danielle’s son Belden is 23 years old and has 2-year-old Lorrell. No one will worry about the Washington house being an empty nest! There is always room for grandbabies, and rescued pups George, Bailey, and Bella who are always eager for the boys to visit.

As Curtis and Danielle approach their 10th year attending BC, they said it is impossible to pick out a single favorite memory. However, if you run into them some Sunday morning just ask them for a story. They will be glad to share one.

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Our Neighbors: sharing stories about some of Bloomingdale Church’s people.


Alpha Marriage Course

By Bill Calvin on January 21, 2015

Imagine an evening where you sit at a candle-lit table, eat a thoughtfully prepared home-cooked and talk only to your spouse or fiancée in a private setting. Each week there is  practical help by way of video coaching from Nicky & Sila Lee, an engaging couple who have been successfully married for over thirty-five years and have four children. The meal is free, and if you have children they are welcome at our children’s club program, Awana which meets in the main facility at the same time.

The Alpha Marriage Course begins on Wed Feb 4, 6:30-8:30 pm in the lower level of the north building. The cost is $13.00 for the two workbooks, but everything else is free. Curtis and Danielle W lead the course and Karla A is the chef.

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Are You Rushing Around?

By Bill Calvin on October 1, 2014

Are you rushing around only to be late half the time and have dirty dishes to clean up once you get home? Why not eat a home-cooked meal with your family here at Bloomingdale Church on Wednesdays from 6:30-6:55PM, and stay for one of the great courses offered below? The dinner is free and delicious. We are offering some healthy choices and there is nothing to clean up. We do this because Jesus said, “freely you have received, freely give.”

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The Alpha Course covers the most important matters of life: Who is Jesus? Who is the Holy Spirit? How does God guide a person? How can I resist evil? Alpha runs from in the fall and winter/spring, from 6:30PM dinner through 8:25PM.

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The Marriage Course is for not only married couples but for those who are engaged or living together. The setting is a romantic candlelit dinner for two. Curtis & Danielle W are the leaders. The Marriage Course runs in the fall and winter/spring from 6:30PM dinner through 8:25PM. This class meets in the lower level of the office building north side of the parking lot. Cost is $6.50 for the workbook.

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Financial Peace University, also known as the Dave Ramsey course, runs for nine weeks in length from 6:30PM dinner through 8:25PM. Ken & Valerie K are the leaders who have taught over 200 people in our church how to handle their finances God’s way. The only cost is for materials.