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Dear Christian Friends,  
Today is known as Giving Tuesday (#givingtuesday). It's the Tuesday after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The purpose of Giving Tuesday is to encourage us to donate to charity.  
The days leading up to Giving Tuesday are devoted to spending our money on things. Giving Tuesday reminds us that often the best use of our money is giving it away to help others.  
I suggest we do what this day urges us to do: give generously to charity. Pick a worthwhile charity and donate to it.  
Give of yourself and your money on Giving Tuesday.  
Peace and grace,
Jim Warren
Help at Heartland Head Start by Providing Child Care

Meetings are the First Wednesday of Each Month
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Heartland Head Start
206 Stillwell St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
A message from Heartland Head Start:  We are looking for people ages 15 and up to help with child care once a month for our Policy Council meeting we have with the parents.  We provide child care from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month. We are looking for 4-5 people every month. I was wondering if you would have any members of the church who would like to come do some volunteer child care for us. Thank you. 
Please contact Erica Tisdale at
Socks for Seniors   
Now through December 14, 2018  
McLean County Museum of History  
200 N. Main St.    
Bloomington, IL  61701
Donate new socks (the funkier the better!) at the museum.  Socks will be distributed to area senior care facility residents.  Sponsored by McLean County Museum of History and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.    
Shop the PATH "We Are Building Lives"  
Program to Help Homeless Veterans 
November 28-30 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and  
December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
McLean County Fairground 
1106 Interstate Dr.  
Bloomington, IL  61705
Please Come out and support PATH in our WE ARE BUILDING LIVES PROGRAM. This program helps homeless veterans find and maintain safe and affordable housing. All funds raised are spent locally. 
There are a lot of great options for Christmas gifts including sports teams' merchandise, toys, jewelry, and so much more!   
All Items are new.   Send questions to:    
Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor 2nd Annual Dedication   
November 28 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Central Illinois Regional Airport
3201 Cira Dr.
Bloomington, IL  61704 
In partnership with America's Gold Star Families and the Sgt. Anthony Maddox Memorial, Central Illinois Regional Airport will host the second annual Fallen Heroes Tree of Honor in Bloomington. The Tree of Honor will stand in the Central Illinois Regional Airport and feature over 200 handcrafted ornaments of fallen soldiers representing 40 states across the USA.

The dedication will take place at the east end of the Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal building.
Bloomington Councilwoman Karen Schmidt will serve as Master of Ceremonies and First Sergeant Michael Rivera, Army National Guard, as the guest speaker for the dedication. Gold Star Father Dale Nannen will share the story of the loss of his son Maj. Reid Nannen, United States Marine Corps.

Immediately following the ceremony there will be an official lighting of the Tree and attendees will be invited to participate in hanging the ornaments.  
The public is invited.
Franciscan Nativity Festival    
November 30 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.  
December 1 and 2 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Chiara Center
 4875 LaVerna Road 
Sprintfield, IL  62707  
Free and Open to the Public 
T he Festival features more than 100 Nativity Sets, many of which are new entries to the annual Festival.  For more information, see .
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving December 16, 2018
Abundant Life in Christ Church
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 date and for details.  Or contact Abundant Life (309) 232-8702 to help in any other way.

"SHARE THE WARMTH" Winter Outerwear Drive for Men

Bloomington-Normal, IL
First Christian Church and Area Churches/Organizations
What Winter outerwear drive for men
How:   Donate gently used or new winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves in all sizes.
When:  October 1 to February 1 
Where:   Drop donations in the "Start Fresh" bins at the Information Center 
Why?   Jesus commands us to love and clothe those in need and many of our neighbors are cold in the winter
Contacts:   If you have any questions, please contact:
Julie Robinson at
Sarah Trefzger at
Thank you in advance for your help!
Together as The Body of Christ we will serve those in need and share God's love.
-- Mathew 25:36
  McLean County Moms Demand Action #EndGunViolence Vigil

Sunday December 16, 2018
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church
1617 East Emerson Street, Bloomington
Join us for prayer, poetry, music and stories of remembrance as we commemorate the six-year mark of the Sandy Hook tragedy, mourn the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue, and honor the victims and survivors of gun violence in our local community.
Gun violence affects people regardless of age, income, location, religion, gender, or race, and we must stand unified to end it.  At hundreds of locations nationwide, we will give voice to all victims and survivors of gun violence and together help #EndGunViolence in America.
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