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In late August, I returned to one of my favorite retreat houses outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. I didn’t attend alone. In fact,

I joined a friend who was not only one of the co-hosts for the weekend but also someone I had invited to the retreat 10 years earlier. Rich now has participated in eight retreats and always brings others with him, sharing this rich, formational experience. At this retreat, I continued the tradition of invitation by bringing two other men from Christ Church with whom I’ve had great spiritual conversations. It was a significant encouragement for me to read their texts after returning home. Let’s just say God is at work! Jesus consistently invited people to come and see. He invited them to take those next steps on their faith journey. Noticed them. Included them. And by doing so, loved them. We are on the threshold of the Thanksgiving and Christmas


of what an invitation shows you when you are invited to be part of something. You’re noticed, valued, thought of, welcomed and included. This was an essential practice in the ministry of Jesus.

seasons. We very easily can become self-focused with all the planning, wrapping, baking, cooking and doing. My prayer and challenge to us as we are doing all those things is that we would do so with our eyes open to notice our neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. May we notice them to invite them to deeper relationship. I didn’t say invite them to church per se. For some of our friends and neighbors, that might be a step too far. For others this is a great time as they are very open to attending a holiday music concert or special service. Some of our friends would do better with an invitation to coffee or a meal at your house, or maybe to your small group’s game night. May we realize the impact one can make, through a simple invitation letting them know they are welcomed, noticed and loved. WHOM CAN YOU ENCOURAGE WITH AN INVITATION?

Rev. Dr. Eric Haskins, Adult Ministry Pastor

Something to Celebrate

Grow MINISTRY Spiritual formation and personal growth. COMMUNITY MATTERS • TAKE A STEP FORWARD: JOIN A SMALL GROUP Register: Contact: Heather Franklin | | 630.321.3922 At Christ Church, we believe in the power of tight-knit communities, where you can feel known and loved. Registration for fall small groups is now open. Sign up online to get plugged into a close community of believers and grow in your faith.

• SUNDAY GROUPS & CLASSES For more information please visit:

Our Downers Grove branch is in their new location

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE Saturday | November 9 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 2 S 361 Glen Park Rd., Lombard Invite your neighbors, friends and family for a wonderful afternoon of celebration. We will have worship, tours of the building, fun activities, food and more. Let’s rejoice about what God has done and still is doing in our community and throughout the Butterfield corridor area.

Finding friends, a sense of belonging and a place to learn more about God can be easy in one of our adult classes and groups held at our Oak Brook location. Discover which Sunday group is right for you. Adult Bible Study Pathfinders | 9:00 a.m. | Room 261–262 Oasis | 10:45 a.m. | Room 152 Sunday Forum | 10:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall 3 Bible Study and Tough Issues | 10:45 a.m. | Room 251 Bridge CommUNITY (Cross-Cultural Focus) | First & Third Sundays 10:45 a.m. | Boardroom Friendship Bible Class (Teens and Adults with Disabilities) | 10:45 a.m. | Room 264

• LOOKING TO LEARN MORE about all our various groups? Move closer into the Christ Church community by joining one. Visit: Find a listing of all our CLASSES at:

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Tuesday | December 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Oak Brook Auditorium Register: | Cost $20 Contact: Suanne Camfield | | 630.321.3930 The Women’s Christmas Celebration (formerly known as the Advent Tea) is a wonderful opportunity to ring in the beauty of Christmas while connecting with other women. Join us for an evening of delicious food (appetizers and desserts), festive music and a unique Christmas message — be sure to invite your friends! Help make the evening even more special by volunteering to serve as an event host. For more details and to register, visit our website.


We walk alongside families during the fundamental growing years of their children to help nurture a strong foundation of faith.

Family. Faith. Fun.


5:00–6:00 p.m. Parents and children attend programs. 6:00–6:30 p.m. Families share a meal.


SECOND SATURDAY Parents of Students through Grade 5 November 9 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.



Join our community of parents. Both Family Nights groups gather each month for interactive teaching, engaging conversations and encouragement in faith formation and community. Information:

Wonder-Full Friday is a phenomenal two-part, faith nurturing experience for children age 3–5 and their parents. $60 per session | Register (all sessions): Fridays | 9:15–10:45 a.m. Age 3–5 and Potty-trained | Room 140 SESSION 1 | November 1, 8, 15 & 22 SESSION 2 | February 21 & 28, March 6 & 13, 2020 Part 1 | 9:15–10:00 a.m. | Parent/caregiver and child engage in an interactive sacred story, special craft and prayer time. Part 2 | 10:00–10:45 a.m. | Children stay to play, sing and have a snack while parents enjoy 45 minutes of coffee and fellowship in our Commons area. Class size is limited to 12 children due to the small group setting. Child care is provided for children age 2 and younger.

Child care is available for children age 3 and younger. Children age 4 to 11 will go to KidZone for worship in the Discovery Center. FOURTH WEDNESDAY Parents of Students Grades Six–12 November 20 | 6:30–8:00 p.m. Middle school children meet for COW group programming from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Child care is available for children age 4 and younger.

CLOUD OF WITNESSES COMEDY AND CAROLS Wednesdays | December 18 | 7:00–9:00 p.m. | Student Center Register: Bring your voice, an ugly sweater and your Christmas cheer as we laugh and sing in the Christmas season. There will be refreshments, treats and of course, lots of laughter! All middle schoolers are welcome.


Mind. Heart. Soul.

As you engage deeper in your discipleship journey, who will you invite to come thrive with us?

January 31–February 2, 2020 | Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, WI Register: Stampede is a weekend-long winter retreat for our awesome middle schoolers. The winter can get pretty stressful with sports schedules, homework and nasty weather. We hope that our students can refresh physically, emotionally and spiritually by joining us for this fun weekend. We will worship, learn and grow as a group through our incredible sessions. We will also have a chance to play laser tag, rock climb, ice skate, snow tube, test out the adventure swing, and maybe even jump into a frozen lake!

Stewardship & GENEROSITY COURAGEOUS GENEROSITY When hearing the story of Daniel and the lions’ den, most people focus on Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den. But what’s curiously missing from the whole story is any description of Daniel’s experience in it. Not one word. And the reason is because Daniel’s courage and faith in the lions’ den isn’t the point. After all, shutting the mouths of the lions was God’s thing. Daniel’s courage and faithfulness was shown in the way he lived that got him thrown into the lions’ den. The real miracle was when his enemies were looking for a way to accuse him but they couldn’t find anything in his life. So they had to make up a law forbidding prayer to anyone but the king as a way to send him to the lions’ den. And yet he still prayed. That’s real courage. That’s real faith. And it was that courage and faith that became the setup for God’s display of faithfulness.


ost people will never have the opportunity to prove God’s faithfulness in the lions’ den because they have not proved their faith in everyday life. They are not going to see God come through for them in a huge way financially because they haven’t learned to trust Him with 10% of what they have. Imagine if our journeys of generosity were courageous. Don’t try to be like Daniel in the lions’ den. Be like Daniel who prayed every day and had integrity. Be like Daniel and serve God continually in every aspect of your life. Have the courage and faith to live generously in such a way that God actually has a platform to show His faithfulness.

We would be happy to connect with you further. Please contact our office at 630.321.3909 or

DID YOU KNOW… Gifts to Christ Church count as a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) for required minimum distributions? If you are 70 ½ or older and have money in a traditional individual retirement account (IRA), you can transfer to Christ Church up to $100,000 of your required minimum distribution (RMD) per individual, per year. These gifts benefit the church and are excluded from your taxable income. For more information on making a rollover gift to Christ Church, contact Robert Huxtable, accounting director, at 630.321.3910.

VETERANS DAY CONCERT Sunday | November 10 | 3:00 p.m. | Sanctuary This is a meaningful and moving annual Christ Church event held to honor and recognize our veterans. Wonderful patriotic and sacred selections will be presented by our 100-voice Chancel Choir and Women’s Ensemble (Noelle Combs, conductor); the internationally acclaimed Chicago Brass Band (Colin Holman, conductor); and the Singing Men of Oak Brook (Reid Taylor, conductor). Admission is free.

Carol Fest

CAROLFEST | FEATURING HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” AND THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS Sunday | December 8 | 3:00 & 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary CarolFest, featuring selections from Handel’s renowned “Messiah,” has become a beloved Christ Church and community tradition. These magnificent family friendly multimedia concerts, conducted by Noelle Combs, are presented by 140-voice Festival Choir, 100-voice Chancel Choir, 40-piece professional orchestra and phenomenal professional soloists. The Kids of the Kingdom Choir performs at the 3:00 p.m. concert only. Between concerts enjoy a lovely Christmas cookie and cider reception in Fellowship Hall from 5:00–6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Child care is provided for children age 4 and younger. For a full schedule of 2019-2020 concerts, visit

Prayer & Care MINISTRY

Adult MINISTRY Support, Care, Community, Learning

We are here when you need us.

Contact: Lisa Capozzoli | | 630.321.6764


The Greenhouse

Choose either date. Tuesday | Nov. 19 | 7:00–9:00 p.m. | Oak Room Wednesday | Nov. 20 | 1:00–3:00 p.m. | Room 262 Registration is required: Cost: $5 for a “Surviving the Holidays” booklet Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be reached? Our “Surviving the Holidays” seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death.


The Greenhouse Ministry supports older adults with college-level educational seminars. Thursdays | Fellowship Hall Coffee – 9:30 a.m. | Program – 10:00 a.m.

Music: A Healthy Tool to Manage Stress | November 14

Join Mary Helen Ekstam, a community outreach manager for JourneyCare, as she presents how music can be used as a healthy tool to combat the stress in our lives. Experience firsthand the profound positive effect music has on our brain and our emotions. Learn how you can incorporate music into your life and experience joy and peace daily.

Thursdays | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Student Center Contact: Pastor Dave Bianchin | 630.321.6762 Information: This Christ-centered, 12-Step program, is for those who struggle to be free from addictions and who want to experience God’s healing and renewal.

Spiritual Formation | November 21


Mondays | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Rooms 261–262

First & Third Mondays | 7:00–8:30 p.m. | Room 264

Pop in for a cup of hot coffee or tea, enjoy a sweet or two, converse about the latest news, or share in community prayer for a concern or praise. It’s a place to study Scripture and to grow in your knowledge of God’s Word in the Old and New Testament. Feel free to join us weekly or whenever you can.

Registration is required. Contact: Jean Blidy | 630.321.3936 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support is designed for those who are walking alongside a loved one living with the challenges of mental illness. It is a faith-based, casual, drop-in support group, run by NAMI-trained facilitators, welcoming new members at any time throughout the year.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY First Wednesday | 11:00 a.m. | The Commons Registration is required. Contact: Jean Blidy | 630.321.3936 Are you interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl or sewing a prayer blanket to be given to someone experiencing a special joy or a difficult challenge in life? Join our circle of prayer and creativity as we gather together to pray for those in our lives and encourage one another in our creative interests. THERE ARE MANY GROUPS THAT MEET REGULARLY. Learn more:

Join us as Rev. Lisa Capozzoli unpacks what it means to make ourselves available to God and how our connection to God helps us become who God created us to be.


ASK MINISTRY Growing older can be daunting and the concerns are many. Our mission is to provide practical and reliable resources for those in our church community who have questions or need resources on a variety of topics. ASK is here to share, regardless of age.

ASK CONNEXION TEAM — JOIN US! The ASK Connexion team connects with people through phone calls, written notes and cards and personal visitation. Not only do these servant leaders help our older adults stay connected with their church community, but they alert the ASK team when someone on their list has need of prayer, a pastoral visit or a resource to obtain a service.

Serve MINISTRY Get involved. Make a difference. Change a life. GIVE LIFE-CHANGING GIFTS TO THOSE IN NEED Saturday | December 7 | 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Lunch | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | $5 Information: SPIRIT VILLAGE PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE GIFTS on behalf of people in your life that will provide for the crucial needs of our global and

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domestic mission partners who work tirelessly to protect, uplift and transform the lives of those most in need, as well as to bring the light of the Gospel of our Lord to many around the world. The gift will be used to lift the spirits and address the well-being of a person you may never know, but for whom the love and blessing of Christmas have now been given. It represents a real need requested by one of our partners to help the people they serve. This generosity will not only provide a basic need, but indicate that many people have LOVE, CONCERN and CARE for them. Here’s a brief sampling of this year’s gifts and the support they provide:

This Advent, step out of the ordinary and into the streets and shops of Dickensian England at Spirit Village. Peruse the many old-fashioned storefronts on Main Street to learn about our mission partners near and far, and support their vital ministries. Enjoy wonderful live music, fellowship and tasty treats. Spirit Village is geared for the whole family with plenty of activities for children, including an indoor petting zoo, face painting, balloons and crafts. A delicious lunch ($5) will be served from 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. What a wonderful way for families and friends to revisit the true spirit of Christmas.

• Dental Care • Medical Transportation • Pastoral Training Books • Parenting Books • Tutoring

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Clean Bedding Food for Children Student Backpacks Water Bottles Water for a Village

• Hats, Gloves & Raincoats • Community Dinners • Counseling • Adult Literacy Program • Summer Programs, Camps & Mission Trips

Upcoming Opportunities To Serve Contact: Renee Richel | | 630.321.3921

FALL FOOD DRIVE The Christ Church Food Pantry/Salvation Army provides food, clothing, Bibles and prayer to the hungry in our community. This vital Fall Food Drive — which provides the vast majority of Food Pantry supplies for the year — brings sustenance and hope to hundreds of our neighbors in need. Donations of dry goods and canned foods can be brought to tables in the Commons any time between November 17 and November 28.

BRING CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO CHILDREN OF THE INCARCERATED ANGEL TREE CHRISTMAS Sundays | November 10 – December 1 | Commons For 2.7 million children in the United States with a parent in prison, Christmas can be a time of loneliness and lack. Follow the biblical call to “remember those in prison,” and bless their children by donating an Angel Tree gift. This heartwarming ministry shares the love of Christ with children of the incarcerated and their families. Every Angel Tree family is also given a free, easy-to-read copy of the Bible. Tags for gift donations will be distributed in the Commons on Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, November 17. Filled gift boxes will be collected Sunday, November 24 and Sunday, December 1.

ENJOY A MAGICAL DAY SPIRIT VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Thursday | December 5 (Set-Up) | 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Saturday | December 7 | 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall Contact: Eileen Hoban | | 630.321.6769 Register: This magical Christmas marketplace invites visitors to experience the joy of giving while supporting the needs of God’s people around the globe — and we need your help to make it happen. For volunteers, a minimal time commitment will yield an unforgettable day. Don Victorian clothes to play the role of a cheery shopkeeper, bank teller or greeter; or provide baked goods for the Spirit Village Café. This is a great opportunity for families to share the joy of serving together.


V O L U N T E E R O P P O R T U N I T Y & D O N AT I O N S N E E D E D

November 17 through November 28 | Collection Table in the Commons




SERVE A THANKSGIVING FEAST FOR CITY YOUTH INNER CITY IMPACT THANKSGIVING BANQUET Sunday | November 24 Register: Inner City Impact (ICI) works with children and teens in neighborhoods where the challenges of daily life severely affect their ability to pursue healthy, happy childhoods. Help make these precious young ones feel safe, loved and appreciated by assisting at the ICI Thanksgiving Banquet. Volunteers will serve from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by setting up, serving and clearing a catered Thanksgiving dinner for children and their families. (No cooking skills required!) ICI is located at 2348 S. Laramie in Cicero.

UPCOMING EVENTS | SERMON & SERVICE NEWS Traditional Lessons and Carols All Services Saturday | Nov. 30 | 5:00 p.m. Sunday | Dec. 1 | 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

LIONHEART | Through November 24

We continue our sermon series featuring passages in the Book of Daniel and focusing on where courage comes into play in our lives. We are learning where we can find the capacity to truly live with a “Lionheart” amid the roaring forces of life today. SPECIAL SERMON SERIES CONNECTIONS | To engage more fully, connect to our weekly Study Guides by texting GUIDE to 630.206.3230 or visit our website at You can also pick up a “Lionheart” bookmark at either of our locations that notes the Bible passages for each week to follow along with us, or download a Bible app such as Bible Gateway if you prefer to reference them digitally.

Sing in Handel’s “Messiah” Festival Chorus Contact: Noelle Combs | Singers (age 16 & older) interested in participating in Handel’s “Messiah” in the CarolFest concerts on December 8 are required to attend two Thursday night rehearsals: November 21 and December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

This sacred hour of worship is based on the model of King’s College (England) and will feature Scripture telling the Christmas story along with songs of the season.

Part 3: Be Thankful Thursday | Nov. 28 10:00 a.m. | Sanctuary All Church Service Join us as we give thanks to God together as one church family. Our Classic and Contemporary Worship teams from Oak Brook and Downers Grove will come together to lead this joyful Thanksgiving celebration with a message from Rev. Dr. Eric Haskins.

Classic Worship | In the Sanctuary, Lessons and Carols will be presented by the Women’s & Mixed Ensembles, soloists, organ and harp. Contemporary Worship In the Auditorium, Lessons and Carols will feature our Contemporary Worship Band and guest storyteller Jon Jorgenson.

Ready to start your projects? Arts Collective 2020 Contact: Stephanie Koklys | Church-wide Art Gallery | Theme: “Mile Marker” | Submissions accepted in March | If you were to map out your life since birth, you would note important moments that have shaped you into the person you are today. We invite you to create an original art piece inspired by a place, person or experience that has impacted you.

WELCOME. Are you new to Christ Church? Fill out an information card and return it to any of our welcome desks in the Narthex or Atrium (or our front desk) and receive a “thank you” gift. We hope to see you again soon!




Gathering in communities of disciples who worship, grow and serve; going into all the world as witnesses of the life-changing love of Jesus.

To root our lives more deeply in Christ for the sake of others, extending flourishing to thousands of others through our 2020 strategic plan. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

• Authentic Worship • Attractive Witness • Intentional Growth • Genuine Community • Generous Service • Life-Changing Love




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Christ Church "Pathways" - November 2019  

Christ Church’s monthly Pathways bulletin includes our latest news and events. There are many offerings open to the public, in most cases fr...

Christ Church "Pathways" - November 2019  

Christ Church’s monthly Pathways bulletin includes our latest news and events. There are many offerings open to the public, in most cases fr...