This year, our Lenten series will focus on the last moments of Jesus’ life as portrayed in Luke 22.
Bloomingdale Church welcomes all kids who have completed Kindergarten through the 6th grade (2017-18) to our annual Day Camp on June 12-15, 2018 from 9:30am-12:45pm. Register now or complete paper form at the main office or on first day attending camp (264 Glen Ellyn Rd, Bloomingdale).
Kids love the games, crafts, fishing, and story times with their grade level class, and the high-energy large group program with drama and music. This year’s nature theme, “Friendship National Park,” encourages children to be a friend in order to have good friends. Day Camp promotes the qualities of Character Counts (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship). Bloomingdale Church has been offering Day Camp as a free service to the community for almost 40 years.
Past Camp highlights include a youth band, animated story times, tie-dyed t-shirt crafts, group games outside in the sunshine, fishing at nearby Westlake Park, and free iced coffee for adults at check-in.
This year’s Winter Camp theme was “Answer the Call.” Pastor Stuart described how God calls us in 1 Peter to salvation, to holiness, and to ministry. While enjoying the beautiful hills along Lake Geneva, students played broomball, football, carpetball, pool, and hiked the waterfront, catching views of the neighborhood bald eagles.
The punctuating moment of Winter Camp was the annual ‘Creative Space’ worship time done on Saturday. This activity gave students the choice to pray in confession and for healing, a unique Bible reading practice, or just join in the larger group and sing worship songs. The students took this opportunity seriously and several students concluded on dramatic changes that needed to take place in their lives.
One student responded by saying, “Man, I can’t wait to go school this week. I just feel on fire right now. I want to bring the Church to my friends.”
Bloomingdale Church celebrates its 40th anniversary on April 21-22, 2018.
The fledgling parish began public services on April 2,1978, meeting in the old Marquardt School on Army Trail Road (now Walgreens). Sixteen months later in July 1979, it moved into a new chapel on the church’s newly aquired five-acre parcel on Glen Ellyn Road. The young congregation grew , pacing itself through five construction projects in 1979, 1985, 1989, 1995 and 2008. These building projects added a community gymnasium, an enlarged sanctuary and classrooms for its bustling children’s programs such as Awana clubs and the teen programs. The facility has the teen 264 Coffeehouse, which, with the gymnasium is open every Friday night to provide a safe, well-supervised, and free place for teens.
The Bloomingdale Church attracts people from a variety of backgrounds, emphasizing serving the community and relating the timeless principles of the Bible to people’s lives today. The church has a healthy spectrum of all ages with an abundance lot of families with children and teens. The church retired its mortgage in 2013 and is committed to remain debt-free, directing its resources into serving the community. The lead pastoral couple, Dr. David and Marina Riemenschneider, have lived in Bloomingdale and served at the church for 40 years. Marina has also been a grade school teacher in District 13 and David is the volunteer chaplain for our fire department, Bloomingdale Fire District #1. When asked if he is considering retirement, Riemenschneider responded, “Marina and I hope to go a few more years, as long as the congregation wants us and we sense we are contributing. We do have an immense gratitude to the Bloomingdale Church that has patiently endured us so long.” The church leadership also realizes that it is extremely important to be raising up a new young leadership. Riemenschneider notes, “Five of our pastors are in their 20’s and 30’s and they continue to take on more leadership.” There are seven ordained pastors on the staff. Bill Calvin, the associate pastor, has also served the congregation for the past 15 years. The newest staff include Morgan Lang, a former public school teacher who became the Children’s Director last summer. Scott Reed, a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music became the full-time music director in October. Scott is emphasizing a balance of the traditional and the contemporary forms of music.
The congregation continues to demonstrate a practical concern for under-served and has taken many teams on serving projects in the community and around the world. The church currently has three worship hours each weekend (Saturday at 5:30pm, Sunday at 8:30am and 11am). Newcomers are always welcome. There are free Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:45am each week. The church also hosts an array of programs throughout the week including adult classes such as Alpha, Marriage Class, Recovery Group, Financial Peace, Parenting Class, Feeding the Homeless, Women’s Break, Monday Night Men, 18-20Somethings, Young Couples, Young Families, Mom & Me Play Group, 60Somethings and Divorce Care. The facility is located at 264 Glen Ellyn Road, midway between Army Trail Road and Lake Street. For more information, go to www.bloomingdalechurch.org or call (630)894-0090.
Do you love hanging out with kids? How about a week in the summer having a blast doing singing, fishing, crafting, and playing games? Our annual Day Camp is happening June 12-15 and we are looking for volunteers to create a safe and welcoming event.