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for christmas!

Volunteer @ Parkview!

Give the Gift of Your Time this Christmas!

We are having FOUR CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES this year and we need help! There are many opportunities available, including holding babies, coloring with preschoolers, serving communion, assisting guests, and much more!

Please fill out the form below and we'll be in touch!

Thanks for jumping in!

Questions? Please contact Joyce Renik at 815-838-9080.

ray mcelroy
sunday, january 4

Ray McElroy
Sunday, January 4, 2015

In 1995, Ray McElroy was selected as the fourth round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts where he played for four years. He then went on to play for the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Ray is the former Team Chaplain for the Chicago Bears and a full-time professional, motivational speaker who for the past 9 years has been bringing a life-changing message to the masses.

McElroy is a man of faith and family. He is a licensed minister with a Master’s degree in Theology, and is also the founder of A Ray of Hope on Earth, a non-profit organization focused on empowering youth, changing lives and making a difference in young men across America through school tours, biblical and educational programs and youth football camps.

Ray has been happily married to his wife, Michelle, for over 15 years. He is also a proud father of four children, son, Miray; daughters, Jamari, Janae, and Ramiah.


  • Sundays at 9:00 am & 11:00 am

marriage retreat
january 16 & 17

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

Friday, January 16: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 17: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort
Bloomingdale, Illinois

This is a great weekend to enjoy and strengthen your marriage! Join us as we focus on the 5 Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman.

The cost is $109 per couple for the seminar and $109 for your room.

Register at the Ministry Booth in the Foyer or call Walter Altmann at 708-301-3795.


Questions? Contact Jackie at 708-478-7477, Ext. 213.

financial peace
lockport campus

Financial Peace University
Lockport Campus

Tuesdays, January 20 thru March 17, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 pm | Lockport Campus

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a 9-week life-changing program that teaches you to achieve your financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future, and giving like never before. The goal of Financial Peace University is not just information, but also transformation. Nearly 800,000 families have completed FPU with amazing results.

The cost for the 9-week program is $120 for individuals or married couples.
(Childcare is not available for this class.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

7:00 to 8:30 pm | Orland Campus

Need more info before you sign up? Join us for the FPU PREVIEW NIGHT on TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to review the materials and get your questions answered!

More About Financial Peace University

Powerful. Enlightening. Fun.

Class members meet with their class each week to watch a video lesson from world-renowned financial expert Dave Ramsey, and then participate in discussion groups. Dave's style is simple and easy to understand. He will change the way you think about money. You'll actually have fun as you learn!

The registration fee includes the course materials and a lifetime FPU membership, which allows you to attend a FPU class anytime, anywhere, at no extra charge.

Questions? Please contact John DeMarco at 708-655-1913.

parkview students
jr. high & high school


First 3 Wednesdays of the Month
7:00 - 9:00 pm | Lockport Campus

Parkview Students is our community for teens in Jr. High and High School, featuring awesome worship, inspiring teaching, and time to hang out with friends! We meet the first three Wednesdays of the month during the school year.

Join us at PARKVIEW STUDENTS MID-WEEK and don't forget to invite all your friends!!

For info about PARKVIEW STUDENTS, contact Chase Ahlfeld at 815-838-9080, Ext. 105.

bacon night
wednesday, jan. 7

Bacon Night!
For Jr. High & High School Students

Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm
Lockport Campus

Invite your friends for an evening of bacon games, bacon eating, and bacon fun!

See you there!

Questions? Contact Chase at 815-838-9080, Ext. 105.

breakaway 2015
for high schoolers

HS Breakaway 2015

Friday, Feb. 13 - Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Glacier Canyon Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells
Student Cost: $189.00

Do you ever wonder why you're here, or ask yourself "What am I supposed to do with my life"? Do you wish you had a deeper connection with God?

If that describes you, you definitely don't want to miss Breakaway, our annual HS Winter Retreat!

The theme this year is “Praxis - Putting God’s Big Ideas into Practice.” Our guest speaker is Drew Moore, high school pastor at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, and worship will be led by some amazing Parkview musicians!

We will leave from the Orland Park Campus on Friday at 1:00 pm and will return on Sunday at 5:00 pm. Space is limited so register as soon as possible!


If you are interested in volunteering as a leader for this trip, please fill out the application and someone from Parkview Students will be in touch. Thanks!

Forms for HS BREAKAWAY Winter Retreat:


Questions? Contact Chelsea at 708-478-7477, Ext. 266.


christian atheist
20s & 30s veritas study

20s & 30s Study

The Christian Atheist

Thursdays, January 8 - February 5
6:45 - 8:30 pm | Orland Campus

In this Bible study based on the book by Pastor Craig Groeschel, we will be led on a personal journey toward an authentic, God-honoring life by taking an honest, hard-hitting, and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if He doesn’t exist.

We believe in God, attend church when it’s convenient, and we generally treat people with kindness. But, have we surrendered to God completely, living every day depending upon the Holy Spirit? During this FREE 5-week study, we will be encouraged to be more than just “Christian” in name only, but to be honest before God, and to break free of hypocrisy to live a more authentic, God-honoring life.

Sessions include When You Believe in God But: 1) Don’t Really Know Him; 2) Don’t Think He’s Fair; 3) Aren’t Sure He Loves You; 4) Trust More in Money; and 5) Pursue Happiness at Any Cost.

Questions? Contact Jordan Carroll at 708-478-7477, Ext. 284.


women's study

by Christine Caine

Christine Caine is no superhero.  She is just like you and she is changing the world.  

Using her own dramatic life story, Christine shows how God rescued her from a life in which she was unnamed, unwanted and unqualified.  She overcame abuse, abandonment, fears and other challenges to go on a mission of adventure fueled by faith.

This compelling Bible study offers life transforming insights about how to not only overcome the challenges and often painful circumstances we all experience, but to actually grow from those experiences and be equipped and empowered to help others.

The cost for the women’s study is $10.00 ($5.00 if you already have the Undaunted workbook by Christine Caine)

Wednesday mornings starting January 21
9:30 to 11:00 am | Orland Park Campus

Thursday evenings starting January 22
7:00 to 8:30 pm | Orland Park Campus
(Childcare is available on Thursday evenings with your registration.)

Not sure if this group is right for you?

You can join us for the first session for …FREE

If you are not sure about this whole groups thing, come and try it out. At the very least, you’ll meet some really cool women!

Just join us on Wednesday January 21 at 9:30 am or Thursday January 22 at 7:00 pm. No registration, No cost, No risk.

Questions? Please contact Leslie Piscia at 708-478-7477, Ext. 269.

And don’t forget to bring a friend because everything is more fun with a girlfriend!!

what we believe
membership class

What We Believe Class

Wednesday, January 14
6:30 to 8:30 pm | Lockport Campus

The What We Believe class is a great way for you to become familiar with the mission and core values of Parkview Christian Church, and we’d love the opportunity to meet you, too!

Led by Pastor Brian Hunt, some of the topics covered include the basics of the Christian faith, our church history and structure, and what we believe about things like communion and baptism. Since this is also our membership class, we’ll talk about that, as well.

Childcare is available upon request and a light meal will be provided.


  • Monday, February 2 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, March 18 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Monday, April 13 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Questions? Please contact Joyce Renik at 815-838-9080.

after we believe
lockport campus

After We Believe Class

Saturday, February 7
8:30 to 11:30 am | Lockport Campus

What is a relationship with God? We hear those words but what does it actually LOOK LIKE? More than that, what role do I play in a relationship with God?

This class is one of our core classes that will provide you with the tools you need to start and build on your relationship with God.

Learn about who you are, how to pray, and how to get involved with the Bible when it seems so incredibly hard to understand! 

Childcare is NOT available for this class.


Saturday, April 18 | 8:30 to 11:30 am

Questions? Contact Joyce Renik at 815-838-9080.

living our beliefs
lockport campus

Living Our Beliefs Class

Saturday, February 14
8:30 am to 12:30 pm | Lockport Campus

A light continental breakfast will be provided.

Did you know God wants to use your abilities, passions, and experiences to serve others, both at Parkview and beyond the church walls?

Join us for this core class experience where you will find out how God has designed you to play an active role in transforming the world. Led by Pastor Brian Hunt, this class will give you practical tools, tips, and some real-life opportunities to begin to change the world for Jesus!

No childcare is available.


Saturday, April 25 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Questions? Contact Joyce Renik at 815-838-9080.


sponsor a child

Child Sponsorships

Child Sponsorship

Since 2005, when Christian Missionary Fellowship International (CMFi) first partnered with Missions of Hope International (MOHi), the child sponsorship program in Africa has quickly increased to over 10,000 children living in extreme poverty, and has also expanded into a remote tribal area in northern Kenya called Turkana.

Through our Cannonball initiative and partnership with CMFi and MOHi, Parkview continues to make a difference in the lives of Kenyan children living in Joska, Turkana, and the Mathare Valley. Recently, a 95-member Parkview team brought business, special needs, construction, self-defense, medical, and leadership training to Kenya, and your generosity has helped to build schools in Joska and Turkana. Also, Parkview families are currently sponsoring 683 Kenyan children.

WHY SPONSOR A CHILD? While much has been done, there is so much more to do. Through sponsorship, you can have a direct, profound, and personal impact on the life of a child. Your donations will ensure that your child has nourishing food, clean water, medical care, excellent education, and the opportunity to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.



Turkana or Mathare Valley (Elementary School)

Joska Girls Boarding School or Ndovoini Boys
Boarding School (Jr. High & High School)

Please come prepared to make a commitment to sponsor a child with a check, debit card, or credit card.

mission trips
2015 calendar


Following is our current schedule of Parkview Mission Trips. 

For some trips, registration has closed but they are listed so that team members can continue to raise funds, and so the Parkview family can be in prayer for our teams as they serve people and bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.

Questions? Please contact Caitlin McNeil at 708-478-7477, Ext. 222.

Vida Nueva Cancun Church Plant
January 18-25, 2015

Kenya Business Team
February 26 to March 9, 2015

Piedras Negras, Mexico
March 1-8, 2015

Dominican Republic
April 14-21, 2015

Indonesia Medical Trip
April 18-30, 2015

Oblong Children's Christian Home
Trip 1: May 15-17, 2015
Trip 2: October 2-4, 2015

Kenya: Pangani
June 11-23, 2015

Kenya: Turkana
June 11-23, 2015

July 8-20, 2015

Czech Republic
July 30-August 10, 2015

Kenya Special Needs
October 23-November 2, 2015

Kenya: Joska
November 27-December 6, 2015

celebrate recovery
fridays @ 7:00 pm
orland park campus

Celebrate Recovery

Fridays @ 7:00 pm @ the Orland Park Campus
Lower Level

The purpose of Parkview’s Celebrate Recovery is to become free from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups through an in-depth step study program and God’s healing power in our lives. This occurs through study, action and commitment to Jesus Christ as we understand the eight recovery principles (based on the Beatitudes in Matthew) and the 12 steps with their Biblical comparisons.  As we apply these principles to our lives, we begin to grow spiritually and become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors.

During Celebrate Recovery, we enjoy praise and worship, followed by a lesson or testimony from one of our members. The fellowship and trust that develops between attendees is a miracle of God’s Grace.

If you have questions about Celebrate Recovery, please contact us in confidence at or call 708-478-7477, Ext. 240.

Recovery Groups

  • Newcomers Group - for men first timers
  • Newcomers Group - for women first timers
  • Chemical Dependency - for men (AA, NA)
  • Chemical Dependency - women (AA, NA)
  • Codependency - for women (ALANON, ACOA, CODA)
  • Sexual purity issues - for men
  • Mixed Share Group - for men (Anger, gambling, food, etc.)
  • Mixed Share Group - for women (Anger, gambling, food, etc.)

Twelve Steps and their Biblical Comparisons

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behavior, that our lives had become unmanageable. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is; in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18
  2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. For it is God who is at work in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
  3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
  5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs." Therefore, confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. James 5:16a
  6. We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
  9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
  10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12
  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.  Colossians 3:16a
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may also be tempted. Galatians 6:1



senior connections
for 60+ adults

Welcome to the Senior Connections Ministry

The Senior Connections Ministry (Formerly Triple A) at Parkview is the conduit for adults ages 60 and above to stay connected with others in a spirit-nurturing environment that fosters each member's God-given purpose.

Through active ministry in the church, bible studies, and service projects, Parkview's 60+ population engages in purposeful ministry and growth through a meaningful relationship with Jesus and with one another. If you are interested in being a part of this fun-loving group and want to share your love for the Lord, we would like to have you join us!!

Upcoming Events: 


WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY:  Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Smith Crossing (on 183rd St., east of Parkview).

For more information about the Senior Connection events, please contact Mary O'Loughlin at 708-687-5111.