Christmas & Advent
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).
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.
Dec 1 at Friday Night Coffeehouse is our annual ‘Holiday Tournament’ for 7-12th Grade.
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Where: 264.Coffeehouse at Bloomingdale Church
When: Friday, Dec 1 from 6:30-11pm
Doors open – 6:30pm
Brief special speaker & Tournament Rules – 7pm
Double-Elimination Tournament begins – 7:30pm
Note: Jr. High/High School tournament will be separate tournaments pending on number of total teams. Be aware if your team is mixed Jr. High and High School students.
Teams are to be 4-6 members.
– Got more than 6? Create a second team! (Students may NOT switch teams throughout the tournament–only one team per student.
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Students from all surrounding areas are welcome to invite students to participate.
Included by not limited to Glenbard North High School, Glenbard West High School, Glenbard East High School, Lake Park High School, Addison Trail High School, Marquardt Middle School, Westfield Middle School, Stratford Middle School, Roselle Middle School, and Jay Stream Middle School.
During the month of December, Children’s Church classes made over 100 Christmas cards, lice-repellant spray bottles, and blankets for the Bloomingdale Church Homeless Ministry that serves in Albany Park, Chicago.
These service projects focused on the importance of serving and giving as an integral part of the Christian life. Since Jesus first loved us, we in turn show that love to others. The Children’s Church classes had a blast making their gifts, and learned about how showing love to others is a reflection of Christ’s love in their own lives. The classes had a blast listening to Christmas music and making their gifts over the month of December.
Thank you to Uzma L., Jasmyne R., and Michelle R. for serving as the Project Coordinators!
Head Lice Repellant
Handmade Christmas Cards
Celebrating the birth of Jesus and creating family memories…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES
Your family is invited to our Christmas Eve candlelight services on Sat Dec 24 at 6pm & 11pm. Nursery available at 6pm. Children are invited to participate in the church service.
We are doing a different service on Christmas Day at 11am. Children are invited to participate in the church service.
A special space to explore faith through story and free play. Kids are invited at the halfway point of all weekend services
- Saturdays, 5:30pm & Sundays, 8:30: ages 4 – 4th grade
- Sundays, 11am: ages 3 – 4th grade
- FYI No Children’s Church: Dec 24/25
A safe and welcoming place for 0-3 years old
- Saturdays, 5:30pm & Sundays, 8:30, 9:45, 11:00am
- FYI No Nursery: Dec 24 @ 11pm; Dec 25 @ 11am; Jan 1 @ 9:45am
Learn the Bible through stories, art, cooking, movies, games, and science experiments
- Sun 9:45-10:45am: Ages 3 – 4th grade
- FYI No Sunday School: Dec 25 & Jan 1
High-energy game time, music, awards, and values learning
- Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm
- FYI No Awana: Dec 21 & 28
5th & 6th grade youth group developing friendships and applying Biblical truths to life.
- Sunday Morning PAK – Every Sunday 9:45am
- FYI No PAK: Dec 25 & Jan 1
SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GROUP
Hang out, student-led worship and teaching
- Sun 9:30ish-10:45am
- FYI: No SMYG: Dec 25 & Jan 1
A safe and welcoming youth community center every Friday Night
- 7th & 8th grade: 6:30-9:30pm (picked up by 10pm)
- 9th-12th grade: 6:30-11pm (picked up by 11:30pm)
- FYI No Coffeehouse Dec 23 & Dec 30