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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It began last week with packages containing bombs being mailed to notable American political figures and others, then it moved to a Kentucky Kroger where two African Americans were killed, and then it ended up in Pittsburgh where eleven worshippers were murdered at a Jewish synagogue.  "It" is a deadly concoction of hate and violence brewed from prejudice and sin.
You can stand with the victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue this Thursday at a candlelight vigil that will take place at ISU.  The details are below.  You are also invited to join the local Jewish community for their Friday Shabbat service at Moses Montefiore Temple in Bloomington.  An Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place Sunday afternoon, November 18, at IWU.  More details about that service will be forthcoming.
These are all ways we can join like-minded people in our community in support of peace and justice in Bloomington/Normal and in our country.
As Christians, may we join hands and hearts in working tirelessly to see that all people are treated as children of God, and that hate and violence have no place in our society.
Jim Warren
 Candlelight Vigil on ISU Quad for Tree of Life Victims

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 p.m.
  Schroeder Plaza
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
The Jewish community at Illinois State University and Bloomington-Normal will be holding a vigil to mourn the victims of the tragedy that occurred this past Saturday at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. Anyone of any religious or cultural background is welcome and encouraged to attend.

You are also invited to attend the Friday Shabbat Service at 5:30 p.m. at Moses Montefiore Temple to show your support.
"SHARE THE WARMTH" Winter Outerwear Drive for Men

Bloomington-Normal, IL
First Christian Church and Area Churches/Organizations
What Winter outerwear drive for men
How:   Donate gently used or new winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves in all sizes.
When:  October 1 to February 1 
Where:   Drop donations in the "Start Fresh" bins at the Information Center 
Why?   Jesus commands us to love and clothe those in need and many of our neighbors are cold in the winter
Contacts:   If you have any questions, please contact:
Julie Robinson at
Sarah Trefzger at
Thank you in advance for your help!
Together as The Body of Christ we will serve those in need and share God's love.
-- Mathew 25:36
YWCA Trivia

Friday, November 9, 2018
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
1201 N. Hershey Rd.  
Bloomington, IL  61704

West Bloomington Revitalization Project Taste of the West

Friday, November 9, 2018
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Grossinger Motors Arena   
Bloomington, IL  61701
  Members of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project know how to put the fun in fundraising - and how to serve up some great food in the process. The eighth annual WBRP Taste of the West event will be held at Grossinger Motors Arena in Downtown Bloomington on Friday, November 9, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission to the event is on a "pay what you can" basis.

This annual festival of food and fun features chefs and caterers from the area around West Bloomington, as well as a 50-50 raffle and silent auction items, all in support of the programs offered through WBRP, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Attendees will sample and vote on culinary creations presented by chefs from Common Ground Grocery, Grand Café, A-Z Catering and Parties, Nightshop, Hog Nutz BBQ, This is it Furniture (featuring Chef Dave Namoff), and Annie Williams.

The evening will also include a performance by members of the BCAI School of Arts, plus music with MC Joe Palma from Palma Entertainment.  
Rep. Dan Brady will serve as the auctioneer for a variety of items donated by businesses and individuals.
Eat at Jason's Deli and Support INtegRIty Counseling  

Tuesday November 13, 2018
5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
321 S. Veterans Parkway 
Normal, IL  61761
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving November 25 and December 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.

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.
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