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Dear Christian Friends,
                Happy Thanksgiving!
                We come into this season of Thanksgiving knowing that we have much for which to be thankful.  God has blessed each of us abundantly.  Indeed, as I said in last Sunday's sermon, all that we have and all that we are come from God.
                Because all is a gift from God, we are responsible for sharing God's gifts generously.  The season of Thanksgiving reminds us that what God has entrusted to us is to be used wisely and well on God's behalf.
                So, as you count your blessings this Thanksgiving, give thanks as well for what you have to share with others.   
Grace and peace,
Jim Warren
Eat at Jason's Deli and Support INtegRIty Counseling  

Tuesday November 13, 2018
5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
321 S. Veterans Parkway 
Normal, IL  61761
"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
Shop to Support the Harmony Park Project During the
12 Days of Giving at the Gingerbread House   
Wednesday, November 14, 2018  
The Gingerbread House   
915 E. Washington St.    
Bloomington, IL  61701
Shop on November 14th and mention Harmony Park Project,
and 10% will go to support this wonderful project!

The Harmony Park Project is a local partnership raising funds to build a fully accessible and inclusive playground in Bloomington-Normal. Accessible and inclusive playgrounds allow children of ALL abilities the opportunity to play together, improving the play experience for everyone while also promoting social, physical, and psychological health in our community.  
Did you know that of communities in Illinois with over 50,000 people, the only two cities without a local accessible playground are Bloomington and Normal? We truly believe that this playground will improve the overall quality of life within our community, particularly for the 3,000 children in Bloomington-Normal with disabilities and developmental delays who lack a playground where they can play safely and independently. 
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.    
Inside Out:  Accessible Art Gallery  
Holiday Room Opening and Small Business Saturday 
November 24, 2018 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Inside Out:  Accessible Art Gallery 
200 W Monroe St.  Ste. 102   
Bloomington, IL  61701
Our boutique room will become Holiday gift giving paradise.  We will be providing free thank you bags filled with special items to our first 20 buyers, and we will be serving refreshments. Lots of new art from our Gallery and Supporting Artists!

Find a one of a kind art piece or holiday item for yourself and those on your list or purchase a gift certificate to be used on merchandise or class registration.

The Inside Out: Accessible Art Gallery and Cooperative supports the arts, with an emphasis on the visual arts, through the provision of a venue for promoting, exhibiting, experiencing, marketing and creating diverse, high quality art and through participation in the local art community.  In addition, cooperative members support one another in our individual artistic pursuits. 
We're located on the first floor of the Fox & Hounds Hair Studio & Day Spa, across from Refine 309 on the corner of Monroe and Center Streets.
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving November 25 and 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.

Shop the PATH "We Are Building Lives"  
Program to Help Homeless Veterans 
November 28-30 from 9:00a.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:    
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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
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