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Dear Christian Friends,  
John McCain's funeral was a poignant tribute to an exemplary American. Those who eulogized him spoke eloquently of his commitment to our nation. He was one, we were told, who placed country over self.  
As Christians, we are called to place God over self. Just as McCain lived his life for a higher good, so are we to live our lives for the highest good.
How are you doing on that? How well do you live your life for God?  
May each of us have the courage and faith we need to lead lives worthy of our calling as Christians.  
In Christ,   
Jim Warren
PRAY for the CURE™
  Thursday, September 6, 2018
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
St. John's Lutheran Church
1617 E. Emerson St.  
Bloomington, IL  61701
The eighth annual Bloomington/Normal area PRAY for the CURE™ is a prelude to the Susan G. Komen Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure for breast cancer awareness on Saturday, September 8, 2017.  
PRAY for the CURE™ is a special evening dedicated to prayer, praise and worship for cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care providers. The evening is also a time to pray for the researchers, labs and funding agents who are making the work towards a cure for breast cancer a priority.
Volunteer at INtegRIty Counseling  

Hours Vary
INtegRIty Counseling
502 S. Morris Ave., Suite D
Bloomington, IL  61701

INtegRIty Counseling has expanded its hours and is looking for front desk reception volunteers. We need both regular volunteers (two hours or more per week) and substitute volunteers who can be called when someone is ill or on vacation. We especially need volunteers for late afternoons, evenings, and every other Saturday morning. 

Our reception volunteers answer our phones, do phone screenings, and help schedule clients based on counselor availability.  We are flexible with schedules and are a great volunteer placement for retirees and students. For more information contact Luella at 309-827-9100 or email
The Political Jesus Seminar

Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, 2018
New Covenant Community
210 W. Mulberry St.
Normal, IL  61761

The Jesus of history resisted the political and social realities of his day. Early Christians did the same. Neither one was necessarily successful in their aims, but what do we know about their attitudes toward the economy, immigrants, and war? How did Jesus and emerging Christ communities express concerns for justice and peace? Looking at the world today, what would they say about American politics?

We are excited to announce that the Jesus Seminar on the Road will be coming back to Normal IL on Sept. 14-15, 2018 addressing the very timely topic of "The Political Jesus." See the flyer for registration info and other details.
  Saturday, September 22, 2018
Registration at 9:00 a.m.
Race begins at 10:00 a.m.
Destihl Brewery
1200 Greenbriar Dr.
Normal, IL US 61761 

The proceeds from this event will go to The Adult Protective Service program in aiding the investigation and prevention of abuse of older adults, ages 60+ and adults with disabilities, ages 18-59.  Contact Samantha at 309 834-0507 or if you wish to sponsor or donate.  Race is family-friendly, but no pets, please.
Attend Feeding the Cities

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
First Christian Church
401 West Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
Free, including lunch by Healthy in a Hurry
Feeding the Cities will be a roughly three-hour, free, no-strings-attached networking session on community food issues.  All we're asking for is your time and insight -- we have a venue and full grant funding for all materials and group lunch. Our objective is to foster innovative relationships and, potentially, new and effective initiatives.

Attendees will participate in breakout discussions based on input gathered over the summer, and will receive a post-"summit" summary of key points and issues.  Follow the Facebook page and see the Flyer for more information.

Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec.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.

Experience Ga-AD!

September 26-29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
September 29 and 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Center for Performing Arts Theatre
Illinois State University
Normal, IL  61761
Ugandan playwright Adong Lucy Judith makes a #RedbirdImpact with #diversity with her newest dramatic play, "Ga-AD!" based off the poem, "Loneliest Journey is the Journey of a Faithful Woman". Coming this late September, you can discover the world of Pentecostalism and see her true talents as she highlights the role of women in its church.

Judith, a TED Fellow, is part of a six-week residency at Illinois State's School of Theatre and Dance. The performance is part of the School's Crossroads Project, which is committed to diversity in theatre.
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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
Bloomington's Oldest Continuing Congregation
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