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Where do you fit... Beyond the Bricks?

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

Dear Fellow Servants,

The current sermon series, Overflowing, focuses on God's overflowing goodness, grace, and love in our lives and in our world.  Each week I've highlighted different places where God overflows abundantly in and through us.

This Sunday I'll look at how God's goodness, grace, and love overflow into us.  God made us in God's own image; we are the children of God.  I'll talk about how we can care for this gift that God has given us.

I encourage you to read this issue of Beyond the Bricks as an invitation to care for yourself.  Perhaps you'll find in its listings ways that you can help yourself - while also helping others.  Golfing, a book discussion, a social event, going for a walk, and supporting cancer survivors and cancer research are all offered below.  Maybe there's something for you.

Take care of yourself.  You're worth it!

Your friend in Christ,
Jim Warren
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.  

Reception Tickets

 Tee It Up! For The GFPD is coming up soon! Don't forget to buy your tickets to the May 19th Reception and Silent Auction, which will be 6:30-10:00 p.m. at the ISU Alumni Center in Normal. Tickets are only $20. We do expect to sell out before the event, so please buy your tickets soon!

Find out more about the live auction and opportunities to help below.

Attend the Faith in Action Drive for Hope

Tuesday, May 22
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Destihl Brewery
1200 Greenbriar Dr.
Normal, IL  61761
Doors open at 5:30 pm - Raffle begins at 6 pm
$150 / 2 Tickets or $100 / 1 Ticket
Each ticket includes:
* 1 entry to win First Prize * Heavy appetizers * 2 drink tickets *

Faith in Action and the American Cancer Society are coming together to raise awareness and support for our local transportation programs. FIA provides rides to seniors 60 and older and the ACS provides rides to anyone who is receiving cancer treatment with their "Road to Recovery" program. We would love to have your support for this inaugural event between two great, volunteer-driven programs. See below for ticket and prize information ($2,500 First Prize!). Only 200 tickets are available.  
Participate in the NAMI Annual Walk

Saturday, June 2, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Tipton Park
2201 Stone Mountain Blvd, North Pavilion
Bloomington, IL 61704

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Livingston and McLean Counties will hold their annual walk fundraiser.  We are raising funds for our community-based mental health education and support programs.
NAMI runs programs such as Ending the Silence, which educates High School and Middle School students on mental health warning signs, suicide, and what they can do to help. We operate Recovery and Family Support groups. NAMI's support and educational programs are part of the National Registry of Evidence Based Practice.
There is no cost to attend the walk, though donations are encouraged. Teams or individuals may share the donation link below with friends and family. Current members of NAMI may renew their membership by donating at the link as well.
We are also running a raffle. Tickets are available online, and the drawing will take place the day of the Walk. Please consider buying some tickets for a chance to win some of the offered prizes. New items will be added as they come in, and tickets bought are good for a chance at any one of them.
donate, or renew your membership at link below.  Or, buy raffle tickets!
Golf with Mid Central Community Action

Monday, June 4, 2018 
7:00 p.m. 
Crestwicke Country Club
Bloomington, IL

Join Mid Central Community Action for the 5th Annual "Drive Out Domestic Violence and Homelessness" Golf Outing benefiting Neville House and Mayors Manor at Mid Central Community Action.
A Public Discussion of Americanah
with the BLM in B-N Book Club

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Bloomington Public Library
205 E. Olive St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
Join us to discuss Americanah (2014) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and bring a friend... to our intersectional book club.
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.
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