Staying involved in the Bloomington/Normal area, and beyond. 
Where do you fit... Beyond the Bricks?

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

Dear Church Family,
Jim Warren is on leave of absence.  Please continue to stay involved "Beyond the Bricks" of FCC by reviewing and seizing on opportunities you see listed here or other places you encounter.  One of the joys of being a Christian is using your gifts as you feel called.
Your FCC Staff  
Attend Community Concert Band Concerts in Franklin Park
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
June: 20, 27
July: 11, 18, 25 
Franklin Park 
302 East Chestnut Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
  The Bloomington-Normal Community Concert Band (CCB) performs a variety of concerts throughout the year around Central Illinois. From concerts at Miller Park, Wesley United Methodist Church, and Westminster Village, to the every-Thursday-night summer concerts in Franklin Park, to parade appearances for events in places around central Illinois, concerts are always free and open to the public.   
Families, children, and groups are all welcomed!
Participate in Taylorville Tornado Relief Day at  
Davis Memorial Christian Church
Saturday, June 22, 2019  
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Davis Memorial Christian Church
SLAM Taylorville Relief
1500 West Franklin  
Taylorville, IL 62568
Registration fee of $25 covers materials and lunch
Join CCIW for our first SLAM (Service Learning Advocacy Mission) Day assisting with Tornado relief in Taylorville, IL.  We will work to help rebuild in Taylorville following their tornado in December, 2018.  
Over 700 homes were damaged and many still need help.  
SLAM will partner with Mission for Taylorville to provide organized assistance for those in need. Pastor Bill Kerns of Davis Memorial Christian Church is providing Disciples leadership.
Schedule for SLAM Day:
9:30 a.m.:  Meet at Davis Memorial Christian Church for prayer, safety, and assignments.   
Noon:  Lunch will be served at Davis Memorial Christian Church  
4:30 p.m.:  End work day at Davis Memorial Christian Church
Register to join us for our SLAM Relief Day!  Click on button below. 
Donate to "Undies Sundays" to Help Men Leaving Prison:
The Next Fresh Start Ministries Effort  
Led by Second Presbyterian Church 
Sundays in July and August
Donate at First Christian Church 
401 W. Jefferson Street  
Bloomington, IL  61701
Thanks!   With your amazing help, we served 550 men leaving prison  
in the first 27 months! What's Needed Now?
New men's boxers and undershirts to replenish Start Fresh clothing pantry.
How: Please donate new boxers and undershirts (especially sizes LG - 2X)  
When: July & August
Where:   Drop donations at the Info Desk 
Why: Jesus commands us to love and care for those in need, and men coming out of prison are in real need  
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Julie Robinson at or 309-838-4335
Together as The Body of Christ we will serve those in need  
and share God's love.   Mathew 25:36
BCAI Summer Arts Exposure 
July 6-26, 2019
  Illinois Wesleyan Campus State Farm Building
Bloomington, IL  61701
$250 per participant and $150 for each added sibling
Breaking Chains Advancing Increase School of Arts provides socially aware Arts Education and an expression platform to everyone, regardless of income and background. Art, by our definition, is anything that requires the imagination to reach the next level. This, of course, makes art limitless. 
We have a focus on purpose and individuality. Every individual has purpose. By consistently tapping into and using your individual imagination, purpose begins to awaken within. This causes increased ambition, confidence, and vision. 
This year, we are offering topics ranging from dance, martial arts, and culinary, to coding, architecture, and entrepeneurship. Wednesday, July 24, we will be taking a field trip to Chicago to visit the Museum of Mexican Art, the Oriental Institute, and the Smart Museum of Chicago!

 The tuition fee covers the entire program, including the Chicago trip. You are responsible for bringing your own lunch each day!  
Ages 7-14 are welcome to participate and those 14-18 are welcome to participate for free in exchange for a "jr" staff position!

We will have two age group tracks going simultaneously:  
ages 7-10 and ages 11-14
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving July 21, 2019
Abundant Life in Christ Church
108 E. Market Street  
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.  Sign up at the FCC Info Desk or 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.

Attend the Next Meeting of the Black Lives Matter in Bloomington-Normal Book Club 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Normal Public Library 
206 W. College Avenue   
Normal, IL  61761
Join our public intersectional book club to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates' We Were Eight Years in Power (2017). New and occasional members welcome. Bring a friend!

Marie-Susanne Langille's number is 309-310-2701.

Learn about Mental Health First Aid
Various Locations
July through November Individual Classes
Bloomington and Normal, IL
The Mental Health First Aid class teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and to connect them with the appropriate care.  Mental Health First Aid is for anyone:  parents, neighbors, college students, teachers, members of faith communities, first-responders, and caring citizens.
Upcoming training classes for this eight-hour course are as follows:
  • 7/29/19: Mental Health First Aid, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, call 309-661-5151 to register
  • 8/9/19: Youth Mental Health First Aid (content covers ages 12-18), OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, call 309-661-5151 to register
  • 10/10/19: Youth Mental Health First Aid (content covers ages 12-18), Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, call 800-323-8622 to register
  • 11/4/19: Mental Health First Aid, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, call 309-661-5151 to register
For more information or to ask questions, contact:  Morgan Rondinelli at or 309-888-5443.
Volunteer at or Donate to the WBRP  
(West Bloomington Revitalization Project)
724 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
Whether it's repairing tools, painting, assisting with the Bike Co-op or riding the Book Bike to community events, we have something for every volunteer. Stop by during our hours (below) to get more information or to sign up. You can also email for more info.

Monday: 10:00-12:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
              (Bike Co-op open 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday: 10:00-12:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
*Thursday: 2:00-7:00 p.m.
*Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
               (Bike Co-op open 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

                              *need extra help these days
Make a one-time or monthly donation that will help keep the WBRP programs thriving.  Donate Online
Help with the Advocate BroMenn Vegetable Garden  
and Orchard
Location Information Below
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is looking for volunteers to help with a vegetable garden and fruit orchard to benefit Community Health Care Clinic patients and local food pantries. We are asking each group to sign up to commit to weeding the garden as needed over the course of a week.  
You are welcome to sign up for more than one week!
The garden is located two blocks north of Advocate BroMenn at 902 S. Franklin Avenue, Normal, 61761, behind the Community Health Care Clinic. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves and a garbage bag for the weeds. (Note that the sign-up is for the entire week, not just one day.) 
Here is the link to get involved:
Apply to be a Marcfirst Host Home Provider
1606 Hunt Drive  
Normal, IL  61761
Marcfirst's Host Home program assists individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages in McLean County with finding a home designed to encourage independence in a family environment. Host Home Providers open their homes up to individuals supported, allowing the individuals to be immersed in both community and family life. Individuals are matched with a Host Home Provider based on a variety of likes and dislikes.

Host Home providers receive complex training in health and safety, implementation of service plans, and person-centered services. This ensures a quality relationship of support and guidance. Marcfirst staff will visit all homes a minimum of three times per month, checking that the home is safe and individual needs are being met.

Host Home Providers are independent contractors who will be compensated for opening their home to an individual with a developmental disability. Providers make a difference in a person with a disability's life from within their home, by helping individuals achieve their goals, create relationships within the community, and live more independently!
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