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Beyond the Bricks!

Dear Christian Friends,

Easter Sunday was a wonderful day!  The music at each service was outstanding, and our joy in the resurrection was overwhelming.  We baptized nine young people at the 9:00AM service!  Christ is risen!

The question now, the week after Easter, is what will we do with the resurrection?  How will our lives be changed by the risen Christ?  What difference will the living Christ make in us?
One way that the resurrection manifests itself in our lives is to cause us to reach out in love to others.  We want to share the gift of God's love with everyone.   We want to make a difference in other people's lives, just as Christ has made a difference in our lives.

How will you do that?  How will you share God's love and compassion with those around you?

Together, let's transform our world for Christ!

In His Name,

Jim Warren
Attend an Open House to Learn More About Home Sweet Home Ministries' Donation Processing Center 

Please kindly consider joining us on April 5th. Come and learn more about Retail Operations and how much of an impact you can have on our community.
No RSVP required. We look forward to seeing you there!
Attend a Black Lives Matter in B-N Book Club Meeting

April 12, 2018
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 
1201 N Hershey Rd
IL 61704
The group will meet to discuss The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (2015) by Tamara Winfrey Harris.
Participate in the 6th Annual Westside 5K Run/Walk

Starting at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal
1615 Illinois Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

April 15, 2018  
Kids' Fit and Fun Run: 10:30 a.m.
5K Run/Walk: 11:00 a.m.

The Westside 5K Run/Walk is a fun and healthy way to promote wellness within our community. The event highlights some of West Bloomington's businesses and non-for-profit organizations. All proceeds will benefit select West Bloomington non-for-profits.
Attend National Healthcare Decisions Day
I'll Have It My Way Author Visit 
Advocate BroMenn Conference Center
1304 Franklin Ave
Normal, IL 61761
Monday, April 16, 2018
7:00 p.m.
I'll Have it my Way is a tool for patients and their families to minimize, if not avoid entirely the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when their end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out and known in advance.  Practical, informative and written in laypersons terms, I'll Have it My Way is a how-to book made personal as you answer questions that will help you to select a proxy and to provide your friends and family with a few simple instructions and wishes.  Every person who wants to direct his or her own health care will benefit from this book.
This event is being sponsored by the Department of Mission and Spiritual
Care at Advocate BroMenn. The first 75 in attendance will receive a free copy of
 I'll Have it my Way.
Attend Fundraiser at Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill  
Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill
3002 Gill St.
Bloomington, IL  61704
Monday, April 23, 2018
4:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
INtegRIty Counseling is partnering with GroupRaise, which helps arrange local restaurant fundraisers.

Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill will host a fundraiser for INtegRIty Counseling, giving a donation of 20% of all that evening's food sales (excluding alcohol) to the non-profit.  Mention INtegRIty Counseling when you go.  
Mental Health First Aid

McLean County Health Department
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sometimes, first aid isn't a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. The Mental Health First Aid class teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate care. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone- parents, neighbors, students, first responders, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens. Contact 309-888-5539 to register.
Doggie Dawdle 5K Fun Run/Walk

Tipton Park
2201 Stone Mountain Blvd.
Bloomington, IL  61704

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. to noon

Help the abused and unwanted pets at the Humane Society of Central Illinois by participating in our first 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Doggie Dawdle!

If you are a Dasher (runner) or Dawdler (walker), you will have a place among our animal lovers. At this non-competitive fun-run/walk, everyone is a winner. So, no awards will be given to participants.

Please check in at the registration table between 8:30-9:00 a.m. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m.  You must check-in to receive your bib for participation. Parking will be available at the North Pavilion of Tipton Park.

HSCI's furry friends look forward to seeing you cross the finish line!

Attention Cancer Survivors

Submit Your Name (Soon) and Participate 
Relay for Life
June 22-23, 2018
Normal, Illinois 
The Relay for Life Survivors Committee, part of Relay for Life of McLean County, which is part of the American Cancer Society's Fight against Cancer,
is asking for your help.

We have for many years had a Survivors' Walk as part of the Opening Ceremonies at The Relay event each June. To start this process we invite ALL Cancer Survivors to contact us and give us a few facts about their cancer, and PERMISSION TO USE THEIR NAME in our listing of Cancer Survivors.  That is all that the survivors need to do.  We will invite them to the Survivors' Free Dinner and entertainment that evening.  Attendance is not required and if they come but can't walk around the track we will provide them a ride around the track for the Survivors' Lap.

Please call Jan or Dennis Fries at 309-829-2589 or 309-825-2589, or email us at The purpose in doing this is to provide encouragement and hope by showing new cancer victims that many do survive and for many, many years.
Participate in Tee It Up! For The GFPD 2018

May 18-19, 2018 
Weibring Golf Club
Normal, Illinois  61761 
This will be the third annual event held in honor of Max Chapman, son of FCC members Todd and Corin Chapman, who was diagnosed in January, 2015 with a very serious, ultimately fatal genetic condition called Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder (PBD).  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in 2010 to fund medical research and support families affected by BPD.  
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