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Peace in the name of Jesus Christ!

I've enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics and am constantly amazed by the skill and grace of the athletes.

I like the way the Olympics brings the world a little closer together for a few days.  The competition is certainly intense, but so is the generous, courteous, and graciousness displayed by those who are competing.  It feels good to see rivals congratulating and consoling each other, South Korean and North Korean athletes on the same team, and international friendships forming in the Olympic Village.

What happens at the Winter and Summer Olympics every two years is what should be happening in the church every day.  We are the body of Christ, and we seek the reconciliation and healing of all people.  God calls us to be a bridge between races, nations, cultures, and political groups.  The church is indeed a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

May our words and actions demonstrate our Christian commitment to the unity of all humanity.

Yours in Christ,
Jim Warren
Attend "Resistance & Progress: 1960 to the Present"   
The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) cordially invites you to attend Resistance & Progress: 1960 to the Present, a special presentation to reinvigorate its efforts to document and preserve the history of African Americans in McLean County. The event will feature a panel discussion between long-time Bloomington-Normal activists and area youth, living statues representing important figures from McLean County's past, and a dance performance by Breaking Chains and Advancing Increase school of the Arts (BCAI).  Refreshments will be provided.
The History of African Americans in McLean County is truly a testament to the strength of this community.  Let us use this occasion to reflect on everything that has been collected and preserved over the years through the efforts of many. Let us continue to strive for an inclusive and productive community for our children, youth and adults to enjoy.
This event, presented for the entire family, will be an experience you will not want to miss.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Attend the "What's So Good About Good Friday?" Art Show 
Good Friday, March 30, 2018
Second Presbyterian Church

404 North Prairie St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
See Times Below

Art will be on display from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Join the artists from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for a reception with light refreshments. At 7:30 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church invites you to worship at the Good Friday Tenebrae service following the reception.

This art show centers on the power of Jesus' crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something beautiful.
Participate in a Faith Build for Habitat for Humanity
Contact Thrivent Financial about their 2018 partnership with Habitat for Humanity if you'd like to learn more about participating in their first-ever Faith Build and what the project will look like. 

Contact person is: 
Robert L. Borchers , CLTC®
Thrivent Financial®
2101 Eastland Dr Ste D, Bloomington, IL 61704-7917
Office: 309-664-7770 ext: 4
Help Sort Donations for Home Sweet Home Ministries

Home Sweet Home Ministries needs your help! We are greatly seeking volunteers to help sort donations at our warehouse.  Individuals or groups up to 25 in size can sign up to volunteer anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We would love for you to become one of our regulars! Thank you! 
Experience a Living Drama of Christ's Ministry and Passion
March 17, 24, 25, 31 and April 7, 2018  
1:00 p.m.
Experience a living drama of Christ's Ministry and Passion this Easter Season
 at the American Passion Play!

Share the story of Christ with friends and family, or experience it together with your Prayer Group, Sunday School Class, Fellowship Group, or Confirmation Class!
For ticket information, call (309) 829-3903 or (800) 354-9640.
Take an Online Course Just Because You Have a Library Card!
24/7 FREE with your Bloomington Library Card 
    • Video-based courses (personal development, technology, business) 
    • Project Management certification test prep materials available
    • App available (Click "organization." Then enter the URL
Call 309.828.6093 if you need assistance.

Don't have a library card?  Go to the website to find out more (link below).  
Participate in Tee It Up! For The GFPD 2018

May 18-19, 2018 
Weibring Golf Club
Normal, Illinois 
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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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
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