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

Dear People of the Resurrection,
In last Sunday's sermon I said that the resurrection makes all the difference.  Once we experience the risen Christ, our lives - and our world - can never be the same.  The resurrection, and the new life the resurrection makes possible, are gifts from God.
But God doesn't intend for us to keep these gifts to ourselves.  They're meant to be shared with those around us.  As Christ has made a difference in our lives, so God calls us to make a difference in the lives of others.
As you read this issue of Beyond the Bricks, perhaps you'll find ways you can share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.  Perhaps one of these opportunities for growth and service will speak to you.
Let's share Christ this week!
Your friend in Christ,
Jim Warren
Submit a Nomination for the
30th Annual Women of Distinction Awards 

Over the last 30 years, YWCA McLean County has recognized more than 175 Women of Distinction Award winners and hundreds more who have been nominated. We are excited to open the nominations this year to learn about more amazing women in our community. Nominations will be accepted in each of the eight categories through 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Learn more or nominate a woman of distinction here.

All nominees will be celebrated the evening of the Women of Distinction Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Make your reservation here.

YWCA McLean County is also accepting applications for the WINGS award, a scholarship created and funded by previous Women of Distinction winners. Any Woman wanting to Improve her skills for a Notable purpose which allows her to Grow professionally and to achieve Success may apply for a WINGS scholarship up to $1,500. Learn more or apply here.
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving May 19 and June 16, 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.

Participate in Habitat for Humanity Wall Build   
May 18, 2019
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
St. John's Lutheran Church 
1617 E. Emerson Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
People of all ages are welcome to join together around the shared value of service and to help build the walls for one of our newest Habitat homes in Bloomington-Normal!  The afternoon will consist of projects for young and old alike, as well as refreshments and conversations about how our faith traditions call us to love and serve our neighbor and our community.
This is the second installment of the Faith-Based Community Project effort.
The first was the Rice-Packaging Project.
Holly Irvin from FCC is attending.  Contact her at to join her. 
RSVP to Rev. Elyse Nelson Winger
University Chaplain, IWU 
Attend a Personal Development Course Based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Beginning June 4, 2019
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
The HUB  
502 S. Morris Avenue 
Bloomington, IL  61701
Starting this June, INtegRIty Counseling invites you to attend a Personal Development Course based on Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The course will be taught by  Dennis Goodwin who has been certified by the Franklin-Covey organization.  He brings a wealth of information, personal stories and hands-on experience and has consistently received positive feedback for his course delivery.  
The classes begin Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Thanks to Thrivent Financial, all participants will receive their own 7 Habits workbook! The class takes place at the HUB located at the end of the upper parking lot of 502 S. Morris in Bloomington. Registration is limited to 20 participants based on a first come, first served basis so call 309-827-9100 to register yourself and a friend.   
This is a free class but financial contributions are appreciated to help offset the costs of INtegRIty Counseling's services .
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!
Attend Community Concert Band Concerts in Franklin Park
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
June:  13, 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 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, c
oncerts are always free and open to the public.  
Families, children, groups are all welcomed!
Around the Community
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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
Bloomington's Oldest Continuing Congregation
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