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 Christian Friends,

Last Sunday was Commitment Sunday, and many of us turned in our pledge cards to indicate what we plan to give financially to First Christian Church in 2020. Our giving is one indication of our faithfulness as stewards of what God has entrusted to us. 

Also indicative of our faithfulness as stewards is the giving of our time and talents. God encourages us to give these just as much as God encourages us to give our financial resources. 

If you're looking for ways to be involved in our community, then this issue of Beyond the Bricks is for you. Many opportunities exist for using your time and talents to share God's love with others. Take some time to look over this issue and see if you're drawn to any of these opportunities. You can make a difference by using your time and talents for others. 

I pray that God will find us to be faithful stewards in all things: time, talent, and treasure. 

Peace to you,
Jim Warren
Volunteer to Help Seniors through Faith in Action   
Orientation Dates Below
Faith in Action
600 E. Willow Street, Suite 201
Normal, IL  61761
Looking for a way to help local seniors?
Can you provide occasional rides to appointments?
Fill out a brief Volunteer Interest Form here or give us a call at the office (309-827-7780) to begin the process of volunteering. 

Upcoming Orientation Dates:
Wednesday, December 11 - 11 AM-12:30 PM
Tuesday, January 14 2:30 PM - 4 PM
Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Black Lives Matter in Bloomington-Normal Book Club Meeting  
Wednesday, November 13
7:00 p.m.
Normal Public Library
206 West College Ave.
Normal, IL  61761
Next book:  Stamped from The Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2016) by Ibram X. Kendi. New and occasional members are always welcome at our intersectional book club. 
The first book selection for 2020 will also be announced at this meeting.
Contact:  Marie-Susanne Langille
Take a Break from Cooking and Support Faith in Action   
Wednesday, December 4 
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  
202 Landmark Dr.
Bloomington, IL  61704 

Come to Portillo's and support FIA.
Faith in Action will receive 20% from all purchases.
Attend the Immanuel Bible Foundation Women's Christmas Celebration  
Saturday, Deecember 7
8:30 a.m. 
DoubleTree by Hilton
10 Brickyard Dr.
Bloomington, IL  61704 
$25 per ticket (10 seats per table)
Women's Christmas Celebration event on December 7 at 8:30 am. Over 700 women will be coming together to usher in the Christmas season with a morning of praise, inspiration, and a delicious breakfast. We would love to invite the women in your congregation to join us!
Tickets are on sale at the Broadview Mansion (1301 S. Fell Ave, Normal, IL), and online ( Tickets are $25 each and tables seat 10.
For more information about the event or to learn more about our featured guest, go to:
Participate in the ISU Messiah Sing-A-Long 
Sunday, Deecember 15
3:00 p.m. 
Illinois State University Center for Performing Arts 
Normal, IL  61761
ISU cordially invites you to the Messiah Sing-A-Long, a fundraiser for grants and scholarships for students, coordinated by Friends of the Arts in conjunction with the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts. Please see the flyer for more information, and contact with any questions about the event.

Note many members of the Chancel Choir from FCC plan to participate!
Join with Welcoming America to Support New Neighbors 
Bloomington-Normal, IL, Area and Beyond
Welcoming America provides direction and support to communities to become more inclusive toward immigrants and all residents. Launched in 2009, Welcoming America is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that fosters a culture and policy environment to make it possible for newcomers of all backgrounds to feel valued and to fully participate alongside their neighbors in the social, civic, and economic fabric of their adopted hometowns. Its approach goes beyond a single program or service to work with institutions across the community to reduce the barriers that immigrants face to fully participate and build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents.

To get involved, contact Kris Williams at 
Visit Broadview Mansion, Decorated for Christmas 
Tuesdays and Thursdays by Appointment
1301 S. Fell Avenue
Bloomington, IL  61701
(309) 452-6710
Come visit the beautifully decorated, historic Broadview Mansion,
outfitted with 10 Christmas trees.
Call to schedule a daytime tour

Broadview Mansion is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Please note that the mansion is not wheelchair accessible.
Volunteer as a Reader as Part of the Grandparents are Gifts Program at the Boys & Girls Club 
Now through May 15, 2020
4:00 p.m through 5:00 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal
Bloomington and Normal, IL
We are looking for volunteers for our Grandparents are Gifts program, a small group reading program at the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal.  Come as often as you like.  To get involved, contact Jenny Hall at or by calling 309-829-3034 x109.
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 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
              (Bike Co-op open 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. -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
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