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 Church Family,
Jim Warren is on leave of absence.  Please continue to stay involved "Beyond the Bricks" of FCC by reviewing and seizing on opportunities you see listed here or other places you encounter.  One of the joys of being a Christian is using your gifts as you feel called.
Your FCC Staff  
Attend an Illinois Chamber Music Festival Faculty Concert  
Thursday, July 18
7:30 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan University Auditorium
 Presser Hall
1210 Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
The 17th Annual Illinois Chamber Music Festival presents its next faculty concert 
Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Illinois Wesleyan University Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall. 
All concerts are free and open to the public. 
(Please note, the elevator is undergoing repair and may not be in service this summer.)

This Chamber Music Recital features:
Roy Meyer, violin
Leanne League, violin
Lisa Nelson, viola
Geoffrey Dean, cello
Nina Gordon, cello
Irina Kats, piano
R. Kent Cook, piano
Attend Community Concert Band Concerts in Franklin Park
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
July: 18, 25 
Franklin Park 
302 East Chestnut Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
  The Bloomington-Normal Community Concert Band (CCB) performs a variety of concerts throughout the year around Central Illinois. From concerts at Miller Park, Wesley United Methodist Church, and Westminster Village, to the every-Thursday-night summer concerts in Franklin Park, to parade appearances for events in places around central Illinois, concerts are always free and open to the public.   
Families, children, and groups are all welcomed!
Attend Trivia Night at Wesley United Methodist Church 
Friday, July 19 
Doors Open at 6:30; Trivia Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Wesley UMC Wesley Hall
 502 E. Front St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
Free with Light Refreshments Provided
Bring a TEAM of 8 or we can add you to one at the door. 
The top-placing three teams will earn a prize for their knowledge of trivia!
We will provide light refreshments or bring a snack to share.
RSVP by Thursday, July 18, to Greta Long at or 309.798.4962 to reserve your table
Walk-ins welcome!
Attend the Community Drum Circle at the YWCA  
Friday, July 26  
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
YWCA Pavilion
 1201 N. Hershey Road
Bloomington, IL  61704
Join Meryl Brown, MM, MT-BC, DT, a board certified music therapist and state licensed developmental therapist, and Founder and Clinical Director of Developing Melodies Music Therapy Center, as she facilitates an interactive community drum circle. A variety of instruments will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own! The drum circle provides opportunities for spontaneous music making, while also building a sense of community and engagement among participants. Everyone is invited to participate, as it provides immediate opportunities for growth, empowerment, and change.

This is a FREE event and open to all ages and to anyone in the community!

This program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and the McLean County Arts Center.

Donate to "Undies Sundays" to Help Men Leaving Prison:
The Next Fresh Start Ministries Effort  
Led by Second Presbyterian Church 
Sundays in July and August
Donate at First Christian Church 
401 W. Jefferson Street  
Bloomington, IL  61701
Thanks!   With your amazing help, we served 550 men leaving prison  
in the first 27 months! What's Needed Now?
New men's boxers and undershirts to replenish Start Fresh clothing pantry.
How: Please donate new boxers and undershirts (especially sizes LG - 2X)  
When: July & August
Where:   Drop donations at the Info Desk 
Why: Jesus commands us to love and care for those in need, and men coming out of prison are in real need  
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Julie Robinson at or 309-838-4335
Together as The Body of Christ we will serve those in need  
and share God's love.   Mathew 25:36
Learn about Mental Health First Aid
Various Locations
July through November Individual Classes
Bloomington and Normal, IL
The Mental Health First Aid class teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and to connect them with the appropriate care.  Mental Health First Aid is for anyone:  parents, neighbors, college students, teachers, members of faith communities, first-responders, and caring citizens.
Upcoming training classes for this eight-hour course are as follows:
  • 7/29/19: Mental Health First Aid, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, call 309-661-5151 to register
  • 8/9/19: Youth Mental Health First Aid (content covers ages 12-18), OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, call 309-661-5151 to register
  • 10/10/19: Youth Mental Health First Aid (content covers ages 12-18), Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, call 800-323-8622 to register
  • 11/4/19: Mental Health First Aid, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, call 309-661-5151 to register
For more information or to ask questions, contact:  Morgan Rondinelli at or 309-888-5443.
Attend the Grand Opening of Harmony Park 
August 1
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Rollingbrook Park 
1002 S. Hershey Street
Bloomington, IL  61704
  Join us in celebrating the grand opening of Bloomington's first accessible playground! This has truly been a community wide effort and we can't wait to share this much needed amenity with all of you! Everyone is welcome!

Plans are still in the works so check back closer to the event for updated information. 
Attend the MCCA's Countering Domestic Violence Program
August 5 - 14
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Mid Central Community Action Conference Room 
1301 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
  Mid Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program will be offering its 40-hour Domestic Violence training on August 5 through August 14, 2019 from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. This training provides participants with an overview of the complex social dynamics of domestic violence and intervention principles for working with and supporting domestic violence victims and their children.  
The training will be held at Mid Central Community Action Conference room. Registration fee is $150. There are discounts for students, community partners, and volunteers.
For online registrations, please go to the MCCA website at
For more information and registration please contact Gaynett at or 309-834-9263.  
Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Attend the MCCA's Family Movie Night:  The LEGO Movie! 
August 14
6:00 p.m.
Normal Theater  
209 W. North Street
Normal, IL  61761
$5 Suggested Donation
Join Mid Central Community Action for a night of fun at the Normal Theater. The LEGO movie will be on screen along with various prize giveaways. $5.00 suggested donation to benefit Mid Central Community Action.
Volunteer at or Donate to the WBRP  
(West Bloomington Revitalization Project)
724 W. Washington Street
Bloomington, IL  61701
Whether it's repairing tools, painting, assisting with the Bike Co-op or riding the Book Bike to community events, we have something for every volunteer. Stop by during our hours (below) to get more information or to sign up. You can also email for more info.

Monday: 10:00-12:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
              (Bike Co-op open 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday: 10:00-12:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
*Thursday: 2:00-7:00 p.m.
*Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
               (Bike Co-op open 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

                              *need extra help these days
Make a one-time or monthly donation that will help keep the WBRP programs thriving.  Donate Online
Attend the Building Community: A Restorative Summit

August 8: Cocktail hour from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
August 9: Restorative Summit from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 The Chateau
1621 Jumer Dr.
Bloomington, IL  61704
This summit welcomes anyone interested in building a supportive community including all community stakeholders, restorative practitioners and restorative leaders across the state.  The summit will be interactive and experiential and will engage participants in a dialogue about how to use restorative work to strengthen our communities.  ANYONE is welcome to attend!  (Criminal justice, health care, education, business, clergy, community organizations, etc.)
To register, visit:

Help with the Advocate BroMenn Vegetable Garden  
and Orchard
Location Information Below
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is looking for volunteers to help with a vegetable garden and fruit orchard to benefit Community Health Care Clinic patients and local food pantries. We are asking each group to sign up to commit to weeding the garden as needed over the course of a week.  
You are welcome to sign up for more than one week!
The garden is located two blocks north of Advocate BroMenn at 902 S. Franklin Avenue, Normal, 61761, behind the Community Health Care Clinic. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves and a garbage bag for the weeds. (Note that the sign-up is for the entire week, not just one day.) 
Here is the link to get involved:
Apply to be a Marcfirst Host Home Provider
1606 Hunt Drive  
Normal, IL  61761
Marcfirst's Host Home program assists individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages in McLean County with finding a home designed to encourage independence in a family environment. Host Home Providers open their homes up to individuals supported, allowing the individuals to be immersed in both community and family life. Individuals are matched with a Host Home Provider based on a variety of likes and dislikes.

Host Home providers receive complex training in health and safety, implementation of service plans, and person-centered services. This ensures a quality relationship of support and guidance. Marcfirst staff will visit all homes a minimum of three times per month, checking that the home is safe and individual needs are being met.

Host Home Providers are independent contractors who will be compensated for opening their home to an individual with a developmental disability. Providers make a difference in a person with a disability's life from within their home, by helping individuals achieve their goals, create relationships within the community, and live more independently!
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