Middle Ground is an excuse to hang out. The purpose is simply a social touchpoint with others in this unique stage of life. This is for couples and singles and please bring your kids!

WHO?

If you can’t see the college years in the rearview mirror any longer or if getting your AARP card in the mail is down the road, then you’ll probably fit in. This is for those of us that may not fit into the 20 somethings, but don’t quite feel like a seasoned saint yet. We’re all somewhere in the middle.

WHEN AND WHERE?

One Friday each month from 6pm-8pm at The Common Grounds. Everyone brings a finger food, appetizer, or dessert to share, so you can come from work without worrying about dinner.

We eat, play a silly game, laugh, and make friends. It’s always a good time.

For more info, contact Chad & Jamie Smith at chads@bloomingdalechurch.org

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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.


Community Groups

By Nate Kugel on February 21, 2017

In a Community Group, 8-12 people meet regularly to help one another know Jesus by being an intentional community of worship, prayer, learning, caring, and outreach.

Groups meet at host homes in Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, and Addison, always include food, and is a time to pursue healthy relationships and spiritual growth.

Community Groups are scheduled on the off weeks of Alpha Gather. 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.

Hosts: Kirk & Amy Jo S.
Details: Adults only; pets present.
Location: Addison
When: 6:30-8pm // March 1, March 15

Hosts: Chris & Allison Steinke
Details: Pets present.
Location: Carol Stream
When: 7-8:30pm, every Wednesday

Hosts: Nate & Anna Kugel
Details: Children and infants welcome & present.
Location: Gray House (#256 on campus).
When: 6:30-8pm // March 1, March 15

// Sign-up for Addison or Bloomingdale Community Group //

 


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. 


“IN” Opportunities [Up. In. Out.]

By Nate Kugel 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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