Staying involved in the Bloomington/Normal area, and beyond. 
Where do you fit... Beyond the Bricks?

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The current sermon series is titled Overflowing and is about the overflowing love and grace of God that we experience in our world and in our lives.  I preached about God's overflowing goodness in creation last Sunday and urged us to carefully manage what God has entrusted to us.  We are called to be faithful stewards of God's creation.
Indeed, God calls us to be faithful stewards of all that we have and all that we are.  One way we demonstrate our faithful stewardship is by being involved in our community and with issues affecting our world.  Beyond the Bricks exists to make us aware of such opportunities.
Take a few moments to look over this issue.  Perhaps you'll find a place you can plug into and become involved.  From picking up trash to running a 5K, from watching a play to eating out, there are many ways to connect with our community.
So, take a look at Beyond the Bricks, and make a difference in Bloomington/Normal today!
Your friend in Christ,
Jim Warren
Earth Day: Constitution Trail & Sugar Creek Clean Up

  Constitution Trail and Sugar Creek
Bloomington and Normal, IL
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. to Noon 
Help keep your community clean and healthy--celebrate Earth Day and help out with Bloomington-Normal Clean Up Week. Volunteer with the Ecology Action Center, Bike BloNo, and Friends of the Constitution Trail to clean up along the Constitution Trail and Sugar Creek.

  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work gloves if possible. Trash bags will be provided. Please register using the form at the link below to help us plan for appropriate numbers; refreshments will be provided at the end of the workday.

In the signup form, you will choose to work in one of two groups--either the group meeting at Tipton Park at 9:00 a.m. or the group meeting in the back parking lot behind the Chateau at 9:00 a.m. 
Mental Health First Aid

McLean County Health Department
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sometimes, first aid isn't a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. The Mental Health First Aid class teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate care. Mental Health First Aid is for anyone- parents, neighbors, students, first responders, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens. Contact 309-888-5539 to register.
Coalescence Theatre Project Presents
Central Illinois Premiere of SEVEN!

Normal Theater
209 W North St
Normal, IL 61761

Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018
Times Below
$7 General Admission / $5 Students

Coalescence Theatre Project's Central Illinois Premiere production of the play Seven by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz will be presented at Normal Theater on April 21st at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and April 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Seven will be directed by Marcia Weiss with Don Shandrow as producer and will be presented jointly by Normal Theater and Prairie Pride Coalition.
Featured actors in Seven include Jennifer Cirillo, Anastasia Ferguson, Gayle Hess, Elaine Hill, Nancy Nickerson, Claron Sharrieff and Irene Taylor.
Seven is a collaboration of seven award-winning women playwrights and is based on personal interviews with seven women leaders throughout the world who have triumphed over huge obstacles to create major changes in human rights in their home countries. In the seven interwoven stories we see the commonality of challenge and of bravery.

"Riveting, explosive, and inspiring drama...starkly emotive...reaffirm[s] the belief that one person could indeed make a difference." -Huffington Post.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Normal Theater website (button below) 
or at the door the day of the show.

Attend Fundraiser at Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill  
Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill
3002 Gill St.
Bloomington, IL  61704
Monday, April 23, 2018
4:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
INtegRIty Counseling is partnering with GroupRaise, which helps arrange local restaurant fundraisers.

Gill Street Sports Bar and Grill will host a fundraiser for INtegRIty Counseling, giving a donation of 20% of all that evening's food sales (excluding alcohol) to the non-profit.  Mention INtegRIty Counseling when you go.  
Doggie Dawdle 5K Fun Run/Walk

Tipton Park
2201 Stone Mountain Blvd.
Bloomington, IL  61704

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. to noon

Help the abused and unwanted pets at the Humane Society of Central Illinois by participating in our first 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Doggie Dawdle!

If you are a Dasher (runner) or Dawdler (walker), you will have a place among our animal lovers. At this non-competitive fun-run/walk, everyone is a winner. So, no awards will be given to participants.

Please check in at the registration table between 8:30-9:00 a.m. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m.  You must check-in to receive your bib for participation. Parking will be available at the North Pavilion of Tipton Park.

HSCI's furry friends look forward to seeing you cross the finish line! 
Attention Cancer Survivors

Submit Your Name (Soon) and Participate 
Relay for Life
June 22-23, 2018
Normal, Illinois 
The Relay for Life Survivors Committee, part of Relay for Life of McLean County, which is part of the American Cancer Society's Fight against Cancer,
is asking for your help.

We have for many years had a Survivors' Walk as part of the Opening Ceremonies at The Relay event each June. To start this process we invite ALL Cancer Survivors to contact us and give us a few facts about their cancer, and PERMISSION TO USE THEIR NAME in our listing of Cancer Survivors.  That is all that the survivors need to do.  We will invite them to the Survivors' Free Dinner and entertainment that evening.  Attendance is not required and if they come but can't walk around the track we will provide them a ride around the track for the Survivors' Lap.

Please call Jan or Dennis Fries at 309-829-2589 or 309-825-2589, or email us at The purpose in doing this is to provide encouragement and hope by showing new cancer victims that many do survive and for many, many years.
Participate in Tee It Up! For The GFPD 2018

May 18-19, 2018 
Weibring Golf Club
Normal, Illinois  61761 
This will be the third annual event held in honor of Max Chapman, son of FCC members Todd and Corin Chapman, who was diagnosed in January, 2015 with a very serious, ultimately fatal genetic condition called Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder (PBD).  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in 2010 to fund medical research and support families affected by BPD.  
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