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Christ Church is dedicated to being a blessing to people just around the corner and across our nation. The church launched the CommUNITY ministry (aimed at building bridges between people of different races and cultures), and began an outreach to Muslim neighbors. Through ministries like the Clothing and Canned Food Drives, the Food Pantry and Project Serve, Loving Neighbors and the Military Ministry, Inner City Impact, and the Roosevelt Road Initiative (among many more), Christ Church members and attenders work to be proof of the truth that God is love.

Disaster Relief Updates 


Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey: Texas

Christ Church sent a 10-person team to Victoria, TX to help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey. They returned on Sunday, September 17th and, in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, we plan to send another team very soon. Dates will be announced once they are confirmed. 

Additionally, Christ Church sent $35,000 to further aid in these disaster relief efforts.


Hurricane Irma: Florida

A team of five is currently being put together to work in Key West, Florida from November 5 to November 11.  For details see the Key West Disaster Relief link below. 


We have committed to send $35,000 to Florida, just as we did for Texas. This is a clear demonstration of faith, as the funds for Florida are not in our Mission Budget. We are advancing them anyway with the belief that many of you will increase your giving to the Take Root Fund from which we’ve given these monies. We believe you want us to move quickly to help relieve the suffering we are all witnessing through the media.


Thank you so much for YOUR commitment to serve “others” and for your support of Take Root and our mission outreach efforts at this historic moment in the life of our nation.

Fall Coat Drive
Christ Church of Oak Brook | West Parking Lot 

October 28, 9am - 12pm | October 29, 8am - 12pm

Coat Drive

Coat Drive!

Saturday October 28 | 9:00AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday October 29 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring new and gently used coats off all sizes to our truck in the west parking lot. 

All of the coats go to the Salvation Army / Christ Church Food Pantry.

Contact: Doug Nelson,

Meals on Wheels 'Score Big Against Hunger' Brunch
Volunteers Needed!

November 5 | Shifts Available from 7:00am to 3:00pm.


The Holiday Meals on Wheels 'Score Big Against Hunger' brunch volunteer opportunity is back by popular demand!  

Looking for a fun way to support your community and give back to those who have already given so much?  Volunteer to serve at the Meals on Wheels “Score Big Against Hunger”  on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Drury Lane. Support aging services and allow Holiday Meals On Wheels to achieve its goal of providing hungry, at-risk elders with the most basic of human needs, one nutritious meal a day, every day. 

A variety of opportunities are available.  

7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Many volunteers: Set-up for Auction, Décor, Balloons

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Registration
6 volunteers: 3 Teams for 3 Tables

10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Water & Pop Station
2 volunteers

10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – SNAP Express Checkout
Coordinator: SNAP Representative, arrive at 9:45 a.m. for training 2 volunteers

10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Silent Auction Preview, Appetizer & Beverage Stations, Raffle Sales
2 volunteers for Raffle Table in foyer

Walk-Around: 3 teams of 2 volunteers for both Item and Heads or Tails 50/50 raffles
(12 volunteers’ total)

Raffle Booth in Grand Ballroom: 2 volunteers for coverage from 10:30 to end of event

10:44 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Silent Auction
Volunteers: Table Monitoring

12:45 p.m. – Auction Closing
Many volunteers for closing of the Silent Auction tables and re-bagging packages in numbered bags, & winner notification

1:35 p.m. – On-the-Spot Donations in the Audience
4-6 volunteers to collect completed Donor Envelopes (on tables for guest to complete).

1:55 p.m. or So - Live Auction
6-8 volunteers for spotting and flagging current bids.

General Volunteer Info

ATTIRE: Feel free to dress with the Sorts theme – otherwise, business casual is fine. Wear comfortable shoes

FOOD: You are welcome to enjoy the wonderful food during the Silent Auction Preview or enjoy for the seated portion of the event (assuming you are not scheduled in the afternoon) but your first priority is to your volunteer assignment.

BIDDING: To bid on the Silent Auction, just go to Express Check Out to get a bidder number.



Contact: Renee Richel,


Pacific Garden Mission Opportunity
20 Volunteers needed to pray, talk, listen, and encourage transient guests. 

October 28, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Pacific Garden Mission

Pacific Garden Mission has been meeting the needs of homeless men, women and children for over 125 years.  Today, that mission remains unchanged. In addition to a warm bed and meals, Pacific Garden Mission ministers to the homeless in order to win the lost for Christ.  Pacific Garden Mission is located at: 1458 S Canal St, Chicago. Street parking is available. 

Pacific Garden Mission has asked us to put together a team of ten men and ten women  to take time to sit with transient guests at Pacific Garden Mission. Volunteers are needed to pray, talk, listen and encourage the guests.

Volunteers will work in pairs.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring a Bible. 


Contact:  Missions Office, 630-321-3921, 



Roosevelt Road Initiative
Childcare Volunteers Needed for PTA Meetings 
Wednesdays at Local Schools 

Roosevelt Road Initiative PTA Meeting Childcare Volunteers

2 Childcare volunteers are needed at each York and Stevenson PTA meeting throughout the school year. You can sign up for one or more meeting.  

Wednesday | November 8 | 6:00 PM | Stevenson School
Wednesday | January 10 | 4:30 PM | York Center School
Wednesday | March 14 | 6:00 PM | Stevenson School
Wednesday | April 11 | 4:30 PM | York Center School
Wednesday | May 9 | 6:00 PM | Stevenson School 

All volunteers must complete our volunteer application process before serving.

York Center School is located at:
895 14th Street, Lombard, IL 60148

Stevenson School is located at:
18W331 15th Street, Lombard, IL 60148


Contact: Renee Richel, 630.321.3921,

Roosevelt Road Initiative
Mission Intensive Training
November 4 and Novem
ber 11 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Mission Intensive Training

Have you wanted to learn more about living missionally?

Have you been interested in getting involved in the Roosevelt Road Initiative?

Join us for a 2 day Mission Intensive Training on November 4 and November 11th from 8:30 am - 11:30 am in room 261. 

We will dive deeper into what it means to be on mission with God in our neighborhoods. This is for beginners and experts alike as we unpack the theology and the practice, the ivory tower and the boots on the ground of learning to love your neighbors and neighborhood well.

Contact: Ben Swihart, 



Roosevelt Road Initiative 
York Community Resource Center

York Community Resource Center  (YCRC)  restores hope and provides opportunities for children, youth and families to reach their fullest potential. Through after school programs, tutoring, and parent groups, YCRC works in Villa Park/Lombard to advance the academic skills of children and youth, and to increase opportunities for all.

Serve your community and make a lasting impact at YCRC by becoming a tutor, or a classroom aide; join the arts and recreation team or assist with special events and field trips. Find joy by sharing your time, talents and energy.

If you are interested in any of the above, or related opportunities click below to start the process of filling out a volunteer application and background check.  Upon its completion a representative from York Community Resource Center will contact you to further explore your desire to serve.


Salvation Army / Christ Church Food Pantry
Volunteer Opportunities Available The Second Week of Every Month 

Wednesday | 5:45 - 6:45pm | Elmhurst
Friday | 3pm to 5pm | Oak Brook Terrace
Saturday | 8am to 12pm | Oak Brook Terrace


Many hands make light work. Please consider joining the Christ Church volunteer team on any or all of the following pantry set up and distribution days.

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month we meet at Life Storage located at 953 S. State 83 (frontage road on the east) in Elmhurst beginning at 5:45 and typically finished by 6:45.

On the 2nd Friday of every month, from 3-5 PM we meet at the Salvation Army church located at 1 S. 415 Summit Ave. in Oak Brook Terrace and set up the food pantry.

On the 2nd Saturday of every month we meet at the Salvation Army church at 1 S. 415 Summit Ave in Oak Brook Terrace from 8-11 AM, distribute food to guests and clean up. 

Register now and you will be contacted by a Food Pantry team leader to answer any questions you have about the time and date(s) that you are available. 

Contact:  Renee Richel,