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

Dear Christian Friends,
The last several weeks have seen some severely cold temperatures.  The temperatures have been around 0 degree, with wind chills approaching -20 degrees.  When the weather becomes that brutal I think of those who work and live outside.  I stop and say a prayer for their safety and protection.
It's never hard to find someone for whom we can pray.  Just look at the news and there will be someone in need of your prayers.  From those suffering personal tragedies to those caught in the crossfire of wars halfway around the world, someone cries out to be lifted in prayer.
Who has God placed on your heart to pray for?
Jim Warren
Enjoy Avanti's to Support Central Illinois Pride Health Center  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Avanti's Italian Restaurant locations 
407 S. Main St., Normal, IL  
and 3302 E. Empire St., Bloomington, IL  61701 
Dine-in, Carry-out, or Delivery at either Avanti's in the Bloomington-Normal area from open to close. 20% of sales go to the Center.  Please note:  Flyer (click below) must be presented for donation to be made.  
Attend the Volunteer SoirĂ©e at the 
West Bloomington Revitalization Project  

Saturday, January 27, 2018  2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
724 W. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL  61701 
We need your help! Come learn about volunteering with West Bloomington Revitalization Project and our programs!

We need volunteers to assist our program users, answer frequently asked questions, and check in/out tools and process payments for program fees and sales. But don't worry, we'll teach you everything you need to know. Our programs include the Tool Library, Bike Co-op, Book Bike, Community Gardens, and Veggie Oasis.

Pssst! We'll have Coffee Hound coffee and baked goods to snack on while you learn!
Black Lives Matter in Bloomington-Normal Book Club   
Monday, January 29, 2018  7:00 p.m.
Bloomington, Public Library
205 E. Olive St.
Bloomington, IL  61701

Join us to discuss the recent young adult novel The Hate U Give (2017) by Angie Thomas, soon to be a film directed by George Tillman Jr.

Teenagers (and adults), new and occasional members, warmly welcomed!
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.

DONATIONS:  We are grateful for the work of the Auction & Dinner acquisition team as they bring in phenomenal items for the 2018 Auction & Dinner on February 10, 2018.  There is a need for the following as auction items and prizes for the event:
    • gift cards/certificates
    • service certificates 
    • cash donations to help purchase live auction package components
If you know a business that could be approached for a donation,
contact  Jessie at Faith in Action.

VOLUNTEER:   Finally, 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. January 26 is the deadline for donation submission. Please call the office with any questions. Thank you for your help!
Mark Your Calendar for 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

Please mark your calendars 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.  Tickets to the Flapjack Fundraiser will be on sale at First Christian Church and other locations soon.   
Tickets are $5 and $4 goes to the Block Party.
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First Christian Church || 309 829-9327  |
401 West Jefferson St.  Bloomington, IL  61701
Bloomington's Oldest Continuing Congregation
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