Winter Camp 2018

By Nate Kugel on December 13, 2017

Youth Group Retreat at Lake Geneva Youth Camp for group discussions, a spiritual retreat and winter activities.

This year we are joining Lombard Bible Church and traveling up to Lake Geneva Youth Camp, a beautiful Bible camp of off Lake Geneva, WI. Students can anticipate snow-tubing and broomball, as well as other indoor gym games for the daily activities. These will be supplemented with four worship sessions and opportunities for students to respond to thoughts brought up by our guest speaker.
Whether it’s the travel, the inspiring discussions, or the invigorating activities, students annually appreciate Winter Camp for it’s reflection and break from their normal weekly activities.

We will meet together at 4:30pm to leave on Friday, and return to church by 2:30pm Sunday afternoon.

January 19-21- Cost $135
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Celebrating Advent – The Savior With Us

By Danny Muñoz on December 2, 2017

What is at the center of the Bible’s storyline? Why has the advent season been celebrated by Christians near and far for centuries? The answer to both of these questions is actually quite remarkable. You see, because the answer finds itself in the reality that God loves humanity so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to unite us to him. Sure, we often hear of the death of Jesus Christ (as we should) and of his glorious rising from the grave. To be sure, both of these events are essential to the salvation available in Jesus Christ, but what is often overlooked is the fact that there would be no empty tomb or sacrificial death without there first being a Birth; there is no Calvary without Bethlehem.

Scripture tells us:  She (Mary) will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:  “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). – Matthew 1:21-23

Two words stand out. Both are names. Jesus is a translation from the Hebrew name Yeshua meaning “Yahweh saves.” Thus Christ is fittingly named – Savior. The other name is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” God’s movements throughout history as recorded in Scripture are always downward to humankind. He creates, blesses, makes covenants, speaks through prophets, dwells with his people, gives a desire to remain in his presence – all in spite of the sinfulness of human beings. Yet He relentlessly pursues us out of love. Out of a desire to be the God who is with us. The climactic part of God’s mission to be with us finds its beginning – its advent – in the birth of the Son of God. Where God becomes what he created in order to live the life no one could live, die the death all deserved, be raised again to provide new life, ascend to heaven to guarantee God with us and send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us; God with us indeed.

That is the miracle of Advent season. God in Christ is the fullest revelation of God to man and the reconciliation of God and man. And while there are gifts to be exchanged, time with loved ones to be sought, remember that the real meaning of Advent season is God with us. Hallelujah!

Consider celebrating the Advent of the One who is God with us at a weekend service at Bloomingdale Church (Saturday 5:30, Sunday 8:30 & 11am) or Christmas Eve service (Dec 23 5:30pm, Dec 23 11am & 11pm).

Child Predators: How to Spot Them, How to Stop Them

By Daniel Riem on November 7, 2017

Register for free Jan 27 seminar  >>

There are 60 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States today. One in four women and one in six men were sexually abused before they turned 18. Most never tell, and the problem is getting worse. Our society has become wildly sexualized, and the more sexualized the environment, the more dangerous it is for our children.

We need to do something about this. We have to stop the abuse before it happens.

A community-oriented organization – Bloomingdale Church’s mission is to be a safe and welcoming place, both in our programs and as a positive imprint in our community.

In an ongoing effort to care for and protect our children and teens, Bloomingdale Church has partnered with Truth Alliance Foundation to offer a free seminar to our community entitled: “Child Predators: How to Spot Them, How to Stop Them.” 

Saturday, January 27 – Bloomingdale Church
8:30am – Hot, fresh breakfast
9-10:30am – Seminar (childcare available)

Please Register Here >>

Why offer a seminar?
When enough people become informed, they can carry the message to the rest of their community through the PTA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Park District programs, and so on. Additionally, the informed can begin to recognize the predators and take the steps necessary keep them away from our children. They can begin to identify the signs of abuse and take action to stop it.

Who is the speaker?
Tom Hampson has an extensive law enforcement background including 45+ years as an investigator, directing sexual predator investigations in 20+ countries, co-authored Illinois laws for child protection and developed a model for prosecution of sexual predators. Tom’s current focus is educating groups how to spot and keep sexual predators out of their organizations.

Advent & Christmas Eve 2017

Matthew 1:21 – “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Advent & Christmas Services Schedule

During Advent 2017, we turn to the narrative of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:21-24, to rediscover some practical lessons that will help us experience the holidays with joy and hope. Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, whether you are familiar with church or it’s been many years, or you never attended at all, we invite you to come and worship with us this Christmas season. Bloomingdale Church is a community church that welcomes people from many backgrounds and includes the full spectrum of ages from “millennials” to “builders.” We have lots of young families with small children, middle families, empty-nesters through seniors, including several notably active members well into their 90s.

Sat Dec 2 & Sun Dec 3
First weekend of Advent: Sat 5:30pm, Sun 8:30am & Sun 11am

Sat Dec 9 & Sun Dec 10
Second weekend of Advent: Sat 5:30pm, Sun 8:30am & Sun 11am

Sat Dec 16 & Sun Dec 17
Third weekend of Advent: Sat 5:30pm, Sun 8:30am & Sun 11am
The (5th & 6th grade group) presents a Christmas play as part of the worship hour. On Sat Dec 16, there is also a free dinner following the PAK Play in the Common Grounds. 

Sat Dec 23, 5:30pm & Sun Dec 24, 11pm – Christmas Candlelight services
This one-hour service includes singing Christmas carols, a short message, and a community candle lighting while singing Christmas carols. We want children of all ages to feel included in our Christmas services. All children will be given a “Christmas activity packet.”  Nursery & Children’s Church (age 3 – 4th grade) is available at Saturday 5:30pm service. Parents/guardians are given choice if they prefer their children to participate in entire service or in children’s programming.  

Sun Dec 24, 11am – Christmas Carols & Choir Service
This one-hour service includes singing Christmas carols with the choir and a short message. It is different from the 5:30pm/11pm service. 
All children will be given a “Christmas activity packet.”  Nursery & Children’s Church (age 3 – 4th grade) available. Parents/guardians are given choice if they prefer their children to participate in entire service or in children’s programming.  

Additional Christmas Events

  • Teen Coffeehouse Holiday Volleyball Tourney: Fri Dec 1, 6:30-9:30pm. Sign-up a team of 6>>
  • Crossroads Christmas Play & Cookie Reception: Tue Dec 19, 5pm – DuJardin School
  • Men’s Serving Project: Sat Dec 16, 10am-noon
  • PAK Christmas Play: Sat Dec 16, 5:30pm (with free dinner to follow) & Sun Dec 17, 8:30 & 11am
  • Youth Group Christmas Party: Fri Dec 15, 6:30-9:30pm. Bring white elephant gift
  • Parents Hangout:  Sun Dec 17, 9:45am – Coffeehouse. Drop off your kiddos, enjoy hot drinks & yummy goodies
  • Young Adults Christmas Party: Thu Dec 21, 7-9:30pm

Children & Youth Programming

  • Sunday School/PAK/Youth Group: Sundays 9:45-10:45am – Age 3+
    No Sunday School – Nov 26 (baptism), Dec 24 , Dec 31
  • Awana Club: Wednesdays 6:45-8pm. Register>>   Every Wednesday night. with Christmas recess on Dec 27 and  Jan 3.

The Practice of Generosity and Gratitude

By Danny Muñoz on November 6, 2017

Have you ever noticed that genuinely generous people are full of joy? Or how full of life people who take the time to notice their blessings are?

Generosity and gratitude are two dispositions that illustrate the abundant life Jesus desires to give: “I have come that they may have life, and life to the full.” (John 10:10)

An essential element to this full life Jesus desires for us is love. We encounter God’s love as we receive his generous gifts with grateful hearts. God cares for us so much that he wants us to have tangible, experiential evidence of his kindness. A second way we experience the love of God is when we model his generosity to others. When we selflessly give of our time, talents, and treasures to those around us in need we are putting God’s love on display for the world to see. After all, generosity is gratitude revealed.

Try this:
1) Consider how blessed you truly are and be grateful to the generous Lord above.  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
2) Be generous to those around you as an outworking of the overflow of gratitude you have for your blessings.  “…Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8b

If you practice the art of generosity and gratitude, you will not only be more aware of God’s love in and through you; you will experience God’s abundant life for yourself and allow others to participate in it too!