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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 Update
5 Volunteers Deploying! 


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 men and women are leaving for Key West, Florida on Sunday, November 5. They will be working on the island to tear out damaged drywall, remove flooring, tarp roofs, and clear debris. They will be returning on November 11. Please keep these volunteers, their leaders at Samaritan's Purse and the community they serve in your prayers. 


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.

Annual Fall Food Drive 
Christ Church of Oak Brook | Preschool Entrance / Door 5 

Saturday November 18, 9am - 12pm | Sunday November 19, 8 :30am - 12pm 

Saturday | November 18 | 9am - 12pm
Sunday | November 19 | 8 :30am - 12pm

All food collected will be given to the Salvation Army / Christ Church Food Pantry.

Contact: Doug Nelson,

Cary Christian Center Mission Trip
Informational Meeting | Cancelled 

Informational Meeting for Cary Christian Center Mission Trip Cancelled 

Cary Christian Center is located in the Mississippi Delta, and will provides opportunities to serve children in the community in sports camp, Bible lessons, or robotics; work on minor home improvement projects or painting of local homes; or provide help in local Thrift store.

If you would like more information about Cary Christian Center please contact Marian Nealon at



DuPage PADS, Lombard Night Site 
Shifts Available from Sunday 8:30 p.m. to Monday 7:30 a.m. 
December 10 & 11 

A team of volunteers from Christ Church of Oak Brook serve the homeless in Lombard, IL from Sunday evening to Monday morning six times a year.   New volunteers will be paired with seasoned volunteers.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We would be happy to talk you through them.  

Shift 1 - 8:30 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. Make lunches and assist with participants' needs.
Shift 2 - 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. Monitor the night site, welcome late arrivals and warm up dinners.
Shift 3 - 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.  (Monday) Wake up participants, prepare and serve breakfast.
Shift 4 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  (Monday) Clean up crew.

Shift 1, 2 and 3 are open to adults only. Shift 4 is open to adults and children 13 and over with a parent or guardian.  All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and background check. 

What skills do you need?  A desire to serve meals and watch over some of God’s most vulnerable people.

Registration Coming Soon! 

Questions:  Contact group leader Duane Steiner,  


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

November 25, 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
Mission Intensive Training
Friday | December 8 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday | December 9 | 8:30 - 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 Friday, December 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, December 9th from 8:30 am - 11:30 am in the Mosiac Room. 

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.



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 | York Center School
Volunteers Needed | Multicultural Night
December 6 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Multicultural Night Volunteers Needed
Wednesday | December 6 | York Center School | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Volunteers are needed to greet, lead crafts, help with music, assist in the book fair, move art work, and be general helpers at our local school’s annual event.   

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.


Contact: Renee Richel 630.321.3921

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.


Serve Thanksgiving Meals to Kids and Families
Inner City Impact | Cicero
November 19 | 4:30 p.m. 

Inner City Impact

Inner City Impact provides after school programs, camps and leadership development opportunities to children in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Cicero.

Help us to set up, serve and clear tables at Inner City Impact's Thanksgiving Banquet for the kids and families who participate in their programs. No cooking necessary!

This event is on Sunday, November 19th from 4:30PM to 8:30PM at Inner City Impact's new Cicero location, 2348 S. Laramie Ave. Cicero, IL 60804.  

Children 12 and over are welcome to join this serve opportunity if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All volunteers are encouraged to wear black and white. 

To register contact Renee Richel at 630.321.3921, 

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,



Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace
Red Kettle Campaign 
Money Counters and Drivers Needed 

Salvation Army
Red Kettle Campaign



The gift of serving is an expression of love that will never be forgotten. Throughout the holiday season, red kettles are placed throughout communities to collect donations that help provide meals, shelter, and services to men, women, and children. We need your help by volunteering as a driver or by helping to count money at the Salvation Army in the Oakbrook Terrace on Summit Ave. A variety of shifts are available from 9:00 A.M-8:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday.

Money Counters: 

This is a sit down position great for seniors or children, with a parent or guardian.
Volunteers count money and sort bills.  

November 19 through December 23 |Monday thru Saturday 9:30 AM to Noon

Volunteers can select the day or days they wish to participate.   


Must be 21 and approved through our Motor Vehicle Report to drive the Salvation Army 12 seat passenger vans. Responsibilities include: Meet at the corps and deliver kettle worker to their kettle site and/or Meet at the corps and pick up kettle worker at end of the day and return to the corps.

November 19 thru December 23

Monday through Saturday, 9:45 AM to 11:30 AM and again from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.