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Beyond the Bricks!

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,  

We are resuming in-person worship this Sunday, October 18th, at 9:00AM. Many people are excited to return to church.
Participating in worship, as essential as that is for Christians, is not the only activity expected of us. It's also important to demonstrate our love for one another. Loving God and loving neighbor go hand in hand.
Beyond the Bricks exists to highlight opportunities for you to show your love for your neighbor. This brief electronic newsletter gives you ways to reach out. Please read through this issue to see if there is anything you'd like to do to extend your caring for others.
May this fall be a season of generously sharing our gifts.
Yours in Jesus Christ,
Jim Warren
Donate Blood at the YMCA Gym  
(Drive Hosted by First Christian Church) 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020  
12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
602 S. Main Street
Bloomington, IL  61701 
Please join us for a blood drive.  Visit or call FCC office at 309-829-9327 to schedule an appointment.
Support Faith in Action by Raking Leaves or Eating at Culver's    
Help is needed to rake leaves locally!  Please volunteer to help seniors with fall yard clean up and leaf raking. Contact David at if you'd like to help!
Eat at Culver's at 901 N. Hershey Rd. in Bloomington to help raise funds on Thursday, October 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Print your flyer at
Attend Black Lives Matter in B/N Book Club's Public Discussion of the Book White Rage 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 
The Zoom link for Thursday, October 29 discussion of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide (2016) is  The book was written by Carol Anderson, an African American studies professor at Emory University. Watch a lecture here:

Click More Info button below for a link to Facebook Page. 
Contact:  Marie-Susanne Langille 309-310-2701
Spread the Word about The First Generation Scholarship
Application Deadline:  October 31, 2020

Please spread the word about the Godoy Law Office $1000 The First Generation Scholarship with parents and students in our community. This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the U.S.

To apply, students should answer the following prompt: In a 700-1000 word essay, describe your experience as a first-generation citizen. Describe your own personal immigration success story as a first-generation immigrant or as the child of a first-generation immigrant. Explain the struggles involved and what lessons the experience of being a first-generation immigrant has taught you. 
To learn more about this scholarship, visit The First Generation Scholarship page.
Support Habitat for Humanity and Recycling Furniture for Families' Virtual Chair Auction, "Chairs 4 Change"
Friday, November 6, 2020
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Recycling Furniture for Families (RF4F) is having their annual Chairs 4 Change Auction as a virtual event this year. This year, RF4F is co-hosting the Chairs 4 Change event with Habitat for Humanity of McLean County (HMC) with a collective goal of raising $25,000. Both local nonprofits serve low-income families across McLean County with the aim of fostering stability in the home.

RF4F Executive Director Frank Downes explains, "This event is such a fun, unique way to get the community involved. It also provides crucial funds we depend on to serve families in need. We are very proud and honored to announce our new Chairs 4 Change partner this year. Habitat McLean County does important work building homes with families who need a helping hand."

Chairs 4 Change is a virtual auction of chairs painted and decorated by community members. RF4F and have recruited over 100 local artists, crafty individuals, and families to transform pre-owned chairs into pieces of functional art. A new partner in this year's event is the Children's Discovery Museum. The project for their summer Art Camps was to paint or decorate a chair, producing many amazing chairs created by inspiring young artists.

You can register for the event and view the auction catalog at
All proceeds from the event will be shared equally between these two organizations and will help support their work to help those in need in McLean County. We look forward to your participation at this event!
Visit our websites at:
Support INtegRIty Counseling by Filling a Pig (Bank)
November 16-December 7, 2020
Various Locations

Bloomington-Normal organizations BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities, INtegRIty Counseling, and Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity are working together to fundraise and raise awareness for cultural change here in our community, and we need YOU to join us! 
These groups have hand-decorated 25 piggy banks that will live in local businesses to raise funds for INtegRIty Counseling, supporting their mission to provide mental health resources, social education, and cultural awareness for our community in the accessible and inclusive manner in which they have already begun transforming our Twin Cities. Pigs will also be auctioned off later to raise more proceeds for BCAI. 
Pigs will be distributed the week of November 16 and picked up during the week of December 7.
Support the Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest
West Bloomington is known as a food desert because many people in the community lack access to affordable fresh vegetables. Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest, located at the west end of Illinois Street in Bloomington, was established May of 2016 by Col Connelly and Jan Turner to help combat this lack of access.

The mission of Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest is to provide fresh, organic produce to low-income families in West Bloomington and to facilitate learning opportunities for children and adults through gardening, harvesting, and marketing food grown on site, using sustainable practices.

If you would like to make an online donation to the Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest Fund, or to learn more about the garden and its efforts, please click on the button below.
Stay Up to Date on COVID-19 Community Resources   
Assembled by PATH
McLean County, IL
With the "STAY-AT-HOME Order" in full effect, people are in need of help, emotional support, and resources now more than ever. We know how important it is to stay informed and band together in this time of crisis, so thank you to all the community members who have helped us stay up to date with resources!
We have been making daily updates to our Google Document to keep up with changes. Please visit the link in the button below to see the last COVID-19 community resources.
Volunteer at or Donate to the WBRP  
(West Bloomington Revitalization Project)
724 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
Focus on the Tool Library:   The Tool Library is open for walk-in customers! Tool Library hours are Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday & Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Because the library is a small space, and to protect our customers and volunteers, we can only allow one person to browse at a time. Make an appointment with the button below or by calling the WBRP at 309-829-1200. You can also just stop by the building during our open hours. You can check the inventory in advance at
The WBRP has many goals:
Driven by the voice of residents, the WBRP leads impactful, collaborative efforts of neighbors and local stakeholders that honor our historical and cultural roots, build on the pride and strengths of our neighborhoods and empower residents to be leaders and achieve a vision for a better community.
Maybe you can help!  Find out more by clicking the button below.  And the WBRP is hiring, so check out their website for details. 

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