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Beyond the Bricks!

Dear Friends in Christ,

Spring keeps teasing us. We'll have a day or two of sunny, pleasant weather, like we did last weekend, to let us know spring is just around the corner. But then we'll get some cold, overcast days to remind us that winter hasn't left us quite yet.

A promise accompanies these spring-like days. It's a promise that the cold dreariness of winter will soon pass, and the new life of spring will burst out all around us. And then I hear Natalie Sleeth's Hymn of Promise:

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In the coldness and darkness of our world, there is a promise waiting to blossom. It's a promise of peace, justice, mercy, and forgiveness. Sometimes sin and injustice weigh so heavily on the buds of hope that it seems all goodness is buried, never to rise again. But then the light of God breaks through the clouds, and our world greens once more. There is hope.

Just as we look for the first crocuses and first robins as heralds of spring, let's keep looking for signs of love and peace emerging around us, heralding the resurrection of God in Jesus Christ into our midst.

Jim Warren
Enter an Art Contest
(If You Are a Westside Youth/Child Preschool - Grade 5)
Sponsored by the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP)
Bloomington, IL  61701
 "What I Love About the Westside"
  Entries are being accepted for a special art contest for Westside youth from Preschool - Grade 5 to tell what they love about their community.    
Attend Fundraisers at Gill Street Spots Bar and Grill  
See Dates and Times Below
Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill

3002 Gill St.
Bloomington, IL  61704
The Kings Carpenters and INtegRIty Counseling are partnering with GroupRaise, which helps arrange local restaurant fundraisers.

Gil Street Sports Bar and Grill will host fundraisers for:  

  • The Kings Carpenters on Tuesday, March 20, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • INtegRIty Counseling on Monday, April 23rd, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Gill Street will give a donation of 20% of all that evening's food sales (excluding alcohol).  Mention the Kings Carpenters or INtegRIty Counseling when you go.  

Attend the "What's So Good About Good Friday?" Art Show 
Good Friday, March 30, 2018
Second Presbyterian Church

404 North Prairie St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
See Times Below

Art will be on display from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Join the artists from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for a reception with light refreshments. At 7:30 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church invites you to worship at the Good Friday Tenebrae service following the reception.

This art show centers on the power of Jesus' crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something beautiful.
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!
Experience a Living Drama of Christ's Ministry and Passion
March 17, 24, 25, 31 and April 7, 2018  
1:00 p.m.
Experience a living drama of Christ's Ministry and Passion this Easter Season
 at the American Passion Play!

Share the story of Christ with friends and family, or experience it together with your Prayer Group, Sunday School Class, Fellowship Group, or Confirmation Class!
For ticket information, call (309) 829-3903 or (800) 354-9640.
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 
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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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
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