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


Dear Friends in Christ,
Summer is in full swing around the Warren household.  The kids are busy with baseball, softball, cheerleading, music lessons, band camp, church camp, youth mission trip, etc.  I imagine your summer is equally busy.
Although we may be pulled in a thousand different directions, I hope that we don't get so busy that we neglect serving God and loving others.  The two greatest commandments - love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, strength, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself - don't take the summer off.
I pray that, in the busyness of summer, you'll find time to delight in the goodness of God's amazing creation.  Enjoy these summer months!
Jim Warren
A Public Discussion of Americanah
with the BLM in B-N Book Club

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Bloomington Public Library
205 E. Olive St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
Join us to discuss Americanah (2014) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and bring a friend... to our intersectional book club.
Attend a Community Concert Band
Summer Concert in Franklin Park!

June 14 through July 26, 2018 (not July 5)
7:00 p.m. every Thursday 
302 E. Chestnut St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
Concerts are always free and open to the public.  
Families, children, groups are all welcomed!  

The Bloomington-Normal Community Concert Band (CCB) performs a variety of concerts throughout the year around Central Illinois. From concerts 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 like Lexington, Hudson, Towanda and other locations.
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church

FCC is Serving June 17 and July 15, 2018
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 dates and for details.  Or contact Abundant Life (309) 232-8702 to help in any other way.
Attend the Senior Care Network Carnival

Friday, June 22, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
ARC - Activities and Recreation Center
600 E. Willow Street
Normal, IL  61761
Free for Seniors

This resource fair will include vendors and should be a fun afternoon for seniors, featuring refreshments, carnival games, bingo, and raffle prizes. 
Become a Mentor for Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP)  

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) is seeking adult mentors with a passion for youth and philanthropy. Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, a youth-led initiative with Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, is a group of 25-30 high school students from Dewitt, Livingston, Logan and McLean counties with a $10,000 philanthropic budget to allocate grant funds to local youth-focused initiatives.
Mentor responsibilities include:
  • Membership recruitment, planning and establishing a schedule of activities
  • Oversight of organizational logistics
  • Oversight of logistics for the annual grant cycle
  • Oversight of YEP committees
  • Promoting YEP in the community and
  • Enabling the youth to build their presence in their four county service area.
Mentor time commitments range from 5-10 hours weekly including attending IPCF Board bi-monthly meetings, YEP monthly meetings, YEP committee meetings, and community commitments (e.g. volunteering).
To learn more about becoming a YEP mentor, please email us at or call Illinois Prairie Community Foundation at 309-662-4477.

A Conversation with
Sandhya Jha: Building the Beloved Community  

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Centennial Christian Church
1219 East Grove Street, Bloomington, IL
Sunday July 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 
United Christian Church
4351 W. 180th St., Country Club Hills, IL

Rev. Jha will also be preaching at United at 10: 15 AM on the 15th

Event is $5.  Dr. Jha's book will be available for purchase. 

Sandhya Jha  serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area. 

Raised in an interracial and multi-faith family and witness to the ways that racism and xenophobia show up in our society, Sandhya's career has been marked by work to effect public policy change and to build what Dr. Martin Luther King called Beloved Community (at the Oakland Peace Center).

Read more about Dr. Jha and the event on the flyer (button below).  Register at www.
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