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


Dear Christian Friends,
The summer weather reminds us to keep praying for those who live and work outside.  And it reminds us that there are many people who need our help.  Look over this issue of Beyond the Bricks and see if you can find a way to help someone!
Stay cool,
Jim Warren
Adam Larson Concert Tonight!

  Tuesday, July 10  
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Normal Theater
209 W. North Street
Normal, IL  61761

Don't miss an opportunity to listen to our own musically-gifted Adam Larson, saxophonist.  Adam is the son of John and Peg Larson, First Christian Church members. 

An excerpt from Adam's bio:  Larson has released four albums; two under the Inner Circle Music label and two produced independently. Larson's most recent recording "Second City" received a four-star rating from Downbeat magazine, was listed as one of the best releases of 2017 in both Downbeat and Jazziz Magazine, and was prominently featured in several publications.
Round Up for Recycling for Families at Green Top Grocery

During July, 2018 
Green Top Grocery 
921 East Washington St., Bloomington, IL
Green Top Grocery has selected Recycling Furniture for Families (RF4F) as the Green Top Grocery "Round Up at the Register" recipient for July 2018.    
The Round Up at the Register donation program allows shoppers to "round up" to the nearest dollar each time they shop. So, for example if your bill is $17.75, the cashier will ask you if you want to round up to $18 to benefit RF4F. This little change adds up to a significant donation at the end of the month! 
A Conversation with
Sandhya Jha: Building the Beloved Community  

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Centennial Christian Church
1219 East Grove St., Bloomington, IL
Sunday July 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 
United Christian Church
4351 W. 180th St., Country Club Hills, IL

Rev. Jha will also be preaching at United at 10: 15 AM on the 15th

Event is $5.  Dr. Jha's book will be available for purchase. 

Sandhya Jha  serves as founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations creating access, equity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area. 

Raised in an interracial and multi-faith family and witness to the ways that racism and xenophobia show up in our society, Sandhya's career has been marked by work to effect public policy change and to build what Dr. Martin Luther King called Beloved Community (at the Oakland Peace Center).

Read more about Dr. Jha and the event on the flyer (button below).  Register at www.
Help Serve a Meal at Abundant Life in Christ Church
First Christian Church is Serving July 15, 2018
108 E. Market St.  
Bloomington, IL  61701
Abundant Life's mission is "to lead people to saving faith in Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel, as defined in the Holy Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).  
We exist to help people get from where they are to where God wants them to be (Philippians 3:13-14)."
Continued contributions are needed along with helpers to serve or make desserts for the meals FCC serves.  Contact Julie Robinson ( if you would like to help on the above dates and for details.  Or contact Abundant Life (309) 232-8702 to help in any other way.

Emergency Blood Drive at First Christian Church

Friday, July 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
First Christian Church
401 West Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
 Sign up at the First Christian Church Information Center  
or online (see button below). 
INtegRIty Counseling Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Friday, August 3, 2018
11:00 a.m.
INtegRIty Counseling
502 South Morris St.  Suite D
Bloomington, IL  61701
INtegRIty Counseling is moving Two Doors Down to  
Double Our Space and Double our Impact!  
INtegRIty serves to p rovide counseling, outreach services, and programs to all without barriers from Bloomington's West side.   Since we opened in 2014, together with your help we have:
  • Provided hope to over 340 individuals
  • Held over 3,400 appointments
  • Delivered over $450,000 worth of services!
 The McLean County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon cutting for us on Friday, August 3rd at 11:00 a.m. We will serve cookies and beverages after the short ceremony. You are invited to come to the ribbon cutting and see our offices and learn more about our work.  
We hope you can come to celebrate with us.
Help Make the 20th Annual Neighborhood Block Party
a Success!

Saturday, August 4, 2018
9:00 a.m. to noon
First Christian Church
401 West Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
The Block Party distributes over 1000 school kits every August to children in grades K-8th, helping students start school with the supplies they need.  Many churches and organizations are involved in this annual outreach event. 

How can you help?  Click the link below for a Signup Genius list and an easy way to sign up to volunteer.  If you are at FCC, please sign up to bake cookies for the lunch or cakes for the cake walk at the Information Center.
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401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
Bloomington's Oldest Continuing Congregation
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