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 and Friends,
As Jim Warren's leave of absence wraps up, 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.   
Perhaps you can find one or two ways to be involved, especially with our new Vision and Mission Statements in mind.   
  • The FCC Vision:  To be a growing church who welcomes all, grows spiritually, and serves others.
  • The FCC Mission:  To invite and welcome all to the Lord's Table, to strengthen our spirituality with God and one another through prayer, worship, study, and fellowship, and to serve our community with compassion.
Peace and all good,  
Your FCC Staff  
Attend the Evergreen Village Supportive Living  
Annual Craft Expo 
Thursday, August 22, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Evergreen Village 
1701 Evergreen Blvd.    
Normal, IL  61761
Upscale vendors, homemade crafts, bake sale, and garage sale treasures! 
Attend the Bloomington-Normal Really Really Free Market
at Miller Park  
Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miller Park Near the Mini-Golf Course 
1020 S. Morris Ave. (near Wood Street entrance)  
Bloomington, IL  61701
How it Works:  People drop things off they don't want. People take things they want. It's really that simple. Some people drop and go, some stick around to "shop," and some stick around to chat. You do not have to bring something to take something. Take all you want, give all you want. You don't need to trade, barter, ask permission, feel weird, or anything. Just come and have fun!

This one is at Miller Park, and it is our BIG monthly one. We have smaller popup-style RRFMs weekly on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest. See Facebook event listing for details.

Wait, it's all free? No catch? Why?  We don't want useful stuff to end up in the garbage. There is an abundance of stuff around us and we think people should share stuff more and buy stuff less. Really Really Free Markets are all over the world. Give it a Google.

If you have a free service, talent, or activity we would love for you to participate. Please contact us before the event.
Donate to "Undies Sundays" to Help Men Leaving Prison:
The Next Fresh Start Ministries Effort  
Led by Second Presbyterian Church 
Sundays through 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
Purchase a Mum to Support the Seniors  
Helped by Faith in Action  
Order by September 3, 2019
Pick up October 2, 2019, between Noon and 4:00 p.m., at the FIA Office
Faith In Action of Bloomington/Normal
 600 East Willow St.   Suite 201
Normal, IL  61761
Mums are 9" and will be $9 each.  They come in a variety of colors:  purple, red, orange, bronze, yellow, and white.  Call the FIA office (number above) to place your order and support this excellent organization.
Be a Part of the Bed Blitz by Being on a Team and/or by Donating a Pillow 
October 12, 2019
YouthBuild McLean County
  724 West Washington St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
It is the fourth annual Bed Blitz event, a community-driven project sponsored by The Tool Library, YouthBuild McLean County, and West Bloomington Revitalization Project, where we will be building beds for children in the McLean County area. The day of the event is October 12, 2019 and is at Youthbuild. To make this event a success, we need help from the community to donate items that will be included with each bed frame and mattress.

Julie Robinson of FCC has signed up a team to participate in the Bed Blitz,
and for FCC to donate ten new pillows to the effort. 
Contact Julie at jerobinson21409@yahoo .com and watch for more information.
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:
  • 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.
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
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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