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


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The news coming from the Carolinas has been disturbing.  Hurricane Florence caused massive flooding and left a wide path of destruction.  I hope all of us will find a way to help.
I especially want to call your attention to the Week of Compassion.  WoC is our church's disaster relief fund that provides assistance when natural disasters strike.  WoC is already present in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, and will continue to be there as the rebuilding begins and progresses.  I believe strongly in the work WoC does.
If you'd like to contribute to WoC's disaster relief in the Carolinas, note that on your check to First Christian.  Let's do what we can to help those who've been devastated by Florence.
In Christ's love,
Jim Warren
  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.

Support the Harmony Park Project

Bloomington-Normal, IL
First Christian Church Contacts:  Todd and Corin Chapman
The Harmony Park Project is a partnership of local nonprofits with the purpose of purchasing safe and accessible playground equipment within Bloomington-Normal.

The latest news from the Harmony Park Project's Facebook page:
"The Harmony Park Project recently qualified for a grant through our playground equipment vendor, GameTime. This grant will save the project approximately $30,000 bringing the total budget from $330,000 to $300,000!
We have already raised $250,000, which means we only need $50,000 more to complete this much anticipated and needed playground!
Please donate today to drive this project to completion!!"

Click below to donate.
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.
7:00 p.m. (90-minute show with intermission)
Race begins at 10:00 a.m.
Central Catholic High School
1201 Airport Rd.
Bloomington, IL 61704
$40 tickets 
We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered is a concert show celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Led by Michelle Berting Brett and accompanied by a live, 6-piece Nashville band, the show  
re-creates the Carpenters' original sound.  
Experience an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era, and sing along to hits that include "Close to You," "Yesterday Once More," "Rainy Days & Mondays," and many more! 
Purchase tickets in advance via Faith in Action office  
by phone at 309 827-7780 or by clicking the button below.
Sponsored by Mid-Central Community Action
Various Locations
Bloomington-Normal, IL
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Come out and be part of the 2018 Stand Up With Me events and let survivors of domestic violence know they are not alone!  See the attached flyer for many, many opportunities throughout the month, including a rally, cell phone drive, volleyball game, "Purple Day," Domestic Violence Simulation, and drive for donations for Neville House. 
Shifts Throughout the Day
360 Wylie Dr.
Normal, IL 61761
The Third Annual Bed Blitz is a community driven project sponsored by The Tool Library, Youth Build McLean County and West Bloomington Revitalization Project, where we will be building beds for children in the McLean County area. To make this event a success, we need the help of individuals and groups around the community to attend our Bed Blitz event on Saturday October 20th.

There will be two shifts throughout the day and you can sign up with a group to help build beds (no construction experience required!) as an individual or sign up as a group! We will be using a new plan and template this year that simplifies the building process and improves the portability of the bed frames for receiving families allowing our groups to build more beds in less time!
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving 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.

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
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