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Where do you fit... Beyond the Bricks?

Welcome... to the latest issue of
Beyond the Bricks!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For this issue of Beyond the Bricks, published during the week that we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I want to give you one of his quotes to ponder.  How would you answer this question?
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
Jim Warren
Tour de Chocolat' -- February F1rst Fr1day   
in Downtown Bloomington 
Friday, February 1, 2019
  5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Various Businesses
Bloomington, IL  61701
Break free of the post holiday hibernation and enjoy the sights, the sounds, and the samples of chocolates in our great downtown shops and art galleries!
Become a Special Olympics Volunteer

Special Olympics
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL  61761

Volunteers are the foundation of Special Olympics Illinois. We depend on thousands of volunteers to help coach, conduct competitions and fundraising events, and serve on committees. On the website you'll find a variety of opportunities for which volunteers can register.  February opportunities include the Winter Games.

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, and social skills, and encourage family and community support.
Become a Faith in Action Volunteer

Faith in Action
600 E. Willow St.  Ste. 201
Normal, IL  61761
Encourage someone you know to become a Volunteer, or do so yourself!   Help seniors remain independent and in their home by giving rides to and from medical appointments.  Or, assist seniors with their grocery or other shopping-related tasks once or twice a month. There are many other ways you can help seniors in our community.  See the website for more details. 

You choose how much, how little and how often you wish to volunteer!
You should never feel any pressure.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations:

Tuesday Feb 5, 2019... 2:00-3:30pm
Thursday March 21, 2019... 10:00-11:30am
Click below to sign up to attend a volunteer orientation !

call 309-827-7780 and ask for Robin

See "The Hate U Give" Movie at the Bloomington Public Library

Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bloomington Public Library
Community Room
205 E. Olive St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
Adults and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come to the library to watch The Hate U Give, a movie based on the book of the same title by Angie Thomas. Children age 12 and younger should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. 

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.                        -Twentieth Century Fox 
Attend "Companions on the Journey" at the Chiara Center

Lunches are the First Monday of Each Month
11:30 a.m.
Chiara Center
4875 LaVerna Road
Springfield, IL  62707
$20 per person
Companions on the Journey is the name of a new lunch-time gathering for seniors held monthly to promote positive social connections, to offer an array of speakers on relevant spiritual topics, and to encourage people to enjoy the beautiful spaces at the Chiara Center.  Following a delicious lunch, speakers will offer a 15-20 minute presentation and discussion period. Participants are then welcome to stay for the duration of the afternoon to walk the grounds or to visit any of the spaces, such as the magnificent Church of St. Francis, that characterize this as a place of peace and quiet reflection.  
Reservations are required. Call 217-523-0901 or email  
To learn more about the Chiara Center, visit
Help at Heartland Head Start by Providing Child Care

Meetings are the First Wednesday of Each Month
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Heartland Head Start
206 Stillwell St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
A message from Heartland Head Start:  We are looking for people ages 15 and up to help with child care once a month for our Policy Council meeting we have with the parents.  We provide child care from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month. We are looking for 4-5 people every month. I was wondering if you would have any members of the church who would like to come do some volunteer child care for us. Thank you. 
Please contact Erica Tisdale at
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving February 17, 2019
Abundant Life in Christ Church
108 E. Market St.  
Bloomington, IL  61701
Abundant Life's mission is "to lead people to saving faith in Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel, as defined in the Holy Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).  
We exist to help people get from where they are to where God wants them to be (Philippians 3:13-14)."
Continued contributions are needed along with helpers to serve or make desserts for the meals FCC serves.  Contact Julie Robinson ( if you would like to help on the above date and for details.  Or contact Abundant Life (309) 232-8702 to help in any other way.

"SHARE THE WARMTH" Winter Outerwear Drive for Men

Bloomington-Normal, IL
First Christian Church and Area Churches/Organizations
What Winter outerwear drive for men
How:   Donate gently used or new winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves in all sizes.
When:  Ongoing until February 1 
Where:   Drop donations in the "Start Fresh" bins at the Information Center 
Why?   Jesus commands us to love and clothe those in need and many of our neighbors are cold in the winter
Contacts:   If you have any questions, please contact:
Julie Robinson at
Sarah Trefzger at
Thank you in advance for your help!
Together as The Body of Christ we will serve those in need and share God's love.
-- Mathew 25:36
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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
Bloomington's Oldest Continuing Congregation
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