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

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

                All of us would like to know God's will more completely and follow God's will more faithfully, but we find that difficult to do.  We wonder what is God's will for us and how are we to follow it?

                Our Lenten theme is Thy Will Be Done, and it will help us explore knowing and doing God's will in every aspect of our lives.  Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  I invite you to attend our 6:00PM soup supper and 6:30PM worship service that evening and ask what God's will may be for you.

                An important part of following God is loving and serving others.  We created Beyond the Bricks as a means of informing us about opportunities in our community to help others.  Look over this issue of Beyond the Bricks, and perhaps you'll find a way you can make a difference in someone's life.  Assisting seniors, supporting the Block Party, and building affordable housing are all promoted below.

                What is God asking you to do?

In Christ,
Jim Warren
Attend an Antiracism Program at Eureka College This Thursday  
Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Cerf Center
Eureka College
Eureka, Illinois 61530

Jessica Vazquez Torres will present a program titled
Knock, Knock, Who's There? History. U.S. History Who? Examining the Continuing Impact of White Supremacy Ideology & manifest Destiny in the Present Context.
Attend or Help with the  
Faith in Action 2018 Auction and Dinner  
February 10, 2018   5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel Normal
8 Trader's Circle, Normal, Illinois 61761

Please join Faith in Action for a fun filled evening all in the name of helping keep seniors independent and in their own homes. There will be games galore, raffles, a Live Auction & cash bar.  Besides attending, other ways you can help:

SPONSORSHIP:  Did you know that as a Faith in Action volunteer, you can also participate as a Dinner & Auction Sponsor? A $250 contribution qualifies you as an event Friend, and your name will be included on the back of the program. Higher sponsorship levels are also available.
VOLUNTEER: If you are interested in assisting with an activity the evening of the Dinner & Auction, email Terri or call 309-827-7780. 

Together, we can make our 2018 Auction & Dinner not only a success, but a reflection of our community's dedication to our senior neighbors. Please call the office with any questions. Thank you for your help!
Attend the Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast 
to Benefit the 2018 Westside Block Party 
February 17, 2018   8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Applebee's Restaurant
502 N. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington, Illinois 61704

Buy your tickets now for this important fundraiser, funds from which will support the Westside Block Party (aka 20th Annual Neighborhood Block Party), held at FCC in August.  The meal includes bacon! 

Tickets to the Flapjack Fundraiser are on sale at First Christian Church and other locations.  Tickets are $5 and $4 goes to the Block Party. 

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 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
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!
Performances in 2018 are at  in Bloomington, IL. For ticket information, call (309) 829-3903 or (800) 354-9640.
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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
Bloomington's Oldest Continuing Congregation
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