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Where do you fit... Beyond the Bricks?

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


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Since InNtegRIty Counseling opened its doors, it's been a beacon of light in our community.  They have provided mental health services to hundreds of people who might otherwise have never received those services.  Thank you to Luella and Don Mahannah and all the volunteers who make this vital Christian ministry possible.
You'll see in this issue of Beyond the Bricks that INtegRIty Counseling is holding an open house next Friday, August 3rd.  I hope you'll be able to stop by and congratulate them on their recent expansion.
And take a look at the other opportunities listed below and see where you can make a difference for Christ in our community!
Jim Warren
Get Involved with Homes of Hope
Homes of Hope, Inc.
705 E Lincoln Street, Suite 313
Normal, IL 61761
The dream of providing quality living to adults with intellectual disabilities in Central Illinois began in the early 1990s.  Concerned parents wondering how their children would be cared for when they were unable to do so set the wheels in motion for the construction of our first home or Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA).  Read more at the Homes of Hope website. 
We are looking for new individuals to join any of our three committees. This is a chance for your voice to be heard! Bring your fresh, new ideas to the table and assist us in growing and developing our existing fundraisers and programs! Help us network and spread the good word about our organization and the work that we do. This is a volunteer opportunity but can be used as a reference for a job well done.  

For more information email Holly at: or call the office at 309-862-0607.
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving August 19, 2018
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.

INtegRIty Counseling Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Friday, August 3, 2018
11:00 a.m.
INtegRIty Counseling
502 South Morris St.  Suite D
Bloomington, IL  61701
INtegRIty Counseling is moving Two Doors Down to  
Double Our Space and Double our Impact!  
INtegRIty serves to p rovide counseling, outreach services, and programs to all without barriers from Bloomington's West side.   Since we opened in 2014, together with your help we have:
  • Provided hope to over 340 individuals
  • Held over 3,400 appointments
  • Delivered over $450,000 worth of services!
 The McLean County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon cutting for us on Friday, August 3rd at 11:00 a.m. We will serve cookies and beverages after the short ceremony. You are invited to come to the ribbon cutting and see our offices and learn more about our work.  
We hope you can come to celebrate with us.
Help Make the 20th Annual Neighborhood Block Party
a Success!

Saturday, August 4, 2018
9:00 a.m. to noon
First Christian Church
401 West Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
The Block Party distributes over 1000 school kits every August to children in grades K-8th, helping students start school with the supplies they need.  Many churches and organizations are involved in this annual outreach event. 

How can you help?  Click the link below for a Signup Genius list and an easy way to sign up to volunteer.  If you are at FCC, please sign up to bake cookies for the lunch or cakes for the cake walk at the Information Center.  Please also donate bottled water.  Thank you!
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.

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