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Beyond the Bricks!

Dear Friends on the Way,  

This is Holy Week, the holiest week of the year for Christians.  The final events of Jesus' life, his crucifixion, and his resurrection took place this week.
John 13 records one incident from Holy Week in which Jesus washed the disciples' feet.  Jesus, who was the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior, took on the posture of a servant and washed the feet of the twelve.  He called on us to follow his example and be the servant of others.  That same evening Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."
Jesus has set the pattern for our lives.  We are to serve and love others, just as he did.
I encourage you to practice loving others this holiest of weeks.  You could hug your kids a little longer, reach out to someone who is lonely, or donate to an organization that is serving the poor and vulnerable.  The possibilities are endless.
Another way to reach out to others with Christ's love is by inviting them to church.  Invite them to join you this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  You could invite anyone who needs to experience the life-giving presence of our resurrected Lord: family members, neighbors, friends, or co-workers.
Share the good news of Jesus Christ and make a difference in someone's life.
Have a blessed Easter,   
Jim Warren
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving April 21 (Easter Sunday), 2019
Abundant Life in Christ Church
108 E. Market Street  
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.  Sign up at the FCC Info Desk or 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.

Attend Take Back the Night 
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00 p.m.
McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main Street 
Bloomington, IL  61701
 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Join us to raise awareness for sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing process.  Hear from featured speakers and participate in a march through downtown Bloomington followed by a candlelight vigil.
Participate in Sound The Alarm (American Red Cross)  
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and throughout the day 
  This spring, April 27, the American Red Cross in Bloomington needs your help to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise funds for lifesaving services during Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. Every day, seven people die in home fires and the Red Cross wants to do everything we can to prevent these needless tragedies.  
Volunteers work alongside fire departments and other local groups, canvassing at-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, educate families about fire prevention and safety, and fundraise for this lifesaving mission. One day of your life can change someone else's forever.   
Event will be held rain or shine! Please arrive to the Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington by 9:00 a.m. for training and orientation.  
Thanks and we can't wait to see you!   
Questions? Please contact Sasha Welch-Moore at 309-677-7272 Ext. 7254
Or email
Please register to volunteer at

Attend the Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day Observance 
May 2, 2019
7:00 p.m. 
Moses Montefiore Temple 
102 Robinhood Lane
Bloomington IL 61701
An invitation:
Every year Moses Montefiore Congregation hosts an annual Holocaust Remembrance Service. This year our Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day Observance is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Temple. This service will feature special guest Eli Adler, who will share his award winning documentary, Surviving Skokie.
During this sacred observance, we will pay tribute to the memory of the six million Jewish victims, along with countless millions of others, who perished as a result of Nazi brutality. We must recognize acts of courage in the face of great evil. We shall continue to stand united as an interfaith community in an effort to create a safe and just world for all.
I hope you will attend, along with your family, and share this invitation with your congregations. If you want more information, please feel free to contact our office. If you plan to attend, please notify the office (click button below or call the office at 309-662-3182) so I might acknowledge your presence.
I look forward to sharing a meaningful Yom HaShoah service with you!
Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe          
Attend the MCCA Seeds of Change Luncheon  
May 14, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Deshstihl Barrel Room
1200 Greenbriar Drive 
Normal, IL  61761
Join Mid Central Community Action for a great meal, and learn more about our programs and commitment to the community. There is no cost for the meal, but donations to our various programs are accepted.  
For more information, email or call Joey Keller at 309-834-9230. 
Participate in or Get Involved with  
Tee It UP! For The GFPD 2019 
May 16 and 17, 2019
Weibring Golf Club 
Normal, IL  61761
We are excited to announce that registration for Tee It Up! For The GFPD 2019 is now open!! You can register online with a credit card at the link below or use a printable registration form.
This year our Reception and Silent Auction will be Thursday, May 16th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and our Golf Scramble will be Friday, May 17th, with tee times at 8:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Weibring Golf Club will once again be hosting our event, and lunch will be included for all golfers. Golf spots have filled up quickly in the past, so don't wait and sign up today!

We're using a new website platform for registration this year that will provide us some additional capabilities, so please let us know if you have any questions as you register.  If you're signing up for both the Reception and the Golf Scramble, you'll just need to do two separate transactions. You can also donate to our event or buy sponsorships directly through the website.  
Our volunteers are amazing and truly make our event what it is and we couldn't make it happen without you! Please sign up today to volunteer. If you signed up in prior years, please fill out the form again at the link below so we have an updated list.  
Participate in Habitat Wall Build   
May 18, 2019
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
St. John's Lutheran Church 
1617 E. Emerson Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
People of all ages are welcome to join together around the shared value of service and to help build the walls for one of our newest Habitat homes in Bloomington-Normal!  The afternoon will consist of projects for young and old alike, as well as refreshments and conversations about how our faith traditions call us to love and serve our neighbor and our community.
This is the second installment of the Faith-Based Community Project effort.
The first was the Rice-Packaging Project.
RSVP to Rev. Elyse Nelson Winger
University Chaplain, IWU 
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