Worship This Weekend

Rev. Jim Warren's sermon series, "In the Wilderness," continues this Sunday with "There Are No Shortcuts."  Come to either the 9:00 a.m. traditional service or 10:15 a.m. progressive service to hear him preach on II Corinthians 4:7-11.  Our temptation in the wilderness is to take a shortcut and find the easy way through. Our task is to remain faithful, no matter what that may cost us.

Come hear the Chancel Choir's gift of music at the 9:00 a.m. service and/or the One and All band at the 10:15 a.m. service.  All of the band members will be back and rocking your favorite songs.  Grab a light breakfast to enjoy as you worship in Fellowship Hall.  It's complimentary and a great feature to tell friends about when you invite them to One and All!

Don't be late!  This weekend we move our clocks forward one hour.  Be sure to re-set your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night so you don't miss your favorite service Sunday!

About Lent 2020:
This year's theme is "In the Wilderness." We'll go on a forty day journey through the wilderness to see what we learn about God and about ourselves. When we emerge from the wilderness Easter Sunday we'll be deeper Christians, more prepared to live our faith in our daily lives. This theme and these sermons were suggested by a Lenten sermon series preached by Tim Brusten.

L enten Devotionals are available and can be picked up from the table outside the sanctuary or from the table outside Fellowship Hall. 

Can't attend this Sunday?  Tune in at 9:00 a.m.on our Facebook Page, or on our website ( www.blmfcc.com), to see a live stream of the traditional service!  You can watch  and worship along with folks at FCC.  Be sure to tell your friends! 
food_drive_girl.jpg Gifts for Another Table:
In March we continue our collection for the Boys & Girls Club.  This is a group that uses our church weekdays after school and they do a great service for the community.  Let's support them!  They are most in need of
latex gloves (large and small), 55-gallon and kitchen trash bags, Band-Aids, toilet paper, Ziploc sandwich, quart, and gallon-sized bags, and paper towels.
Don't Miss It
Activities/Events at Our Church
THIS Weekend
9:00 a.m.           Traditional Worship   
                              in the Sanctuary and
                           Worship and Wonder for age
                              4 - 2nd grade in room 128 
10:15 a.m.         Fellowship Time (coffee and  
                              donut holes) in the Centrum
10:15 a.m.         Sunday School for Adults
                              in the Conference Room  
10:15 a.m.         Sunday School for Youth and
10:15 a.m.         Progressive Worship    
                              in Fellowship Hall     
11:15 a.m.          Pastors' Class   
                               in the Founders' Room  
Prayer Concerns
Reminder: Please let the church office know if you know of someone who needs a call or is in the hospital.
PRAYER FOCUS: Not living in fear
LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (Chicago):  Ethan Rocke 
OSF ST. FRANCIS (Peoria): Barb Mote
  • Max Chapman
  • Carol Kline
HOSPICE: Marilyn Kopp
Mickey Armstrong will be celebrating her 102nd birthday on March 10. You are invited to send her a card at Luther Oaks, 601 Lutz Rd., Apt. 116 Bloomington, IL 61705

CURSILLO: Jim Underhill is on the Men's #1200 March 12-15 team.

Serving this Sunday 

Please note:  This is current data as of Friday Email publishing date.  If you know of changes to your own duties, please continue as you have planned.   Please make sure the office is aware of changes.  Thank you!
Acolyte:  Given Kosier
Building Lock-up:  Mike Robinson
Child Care:  Trish Logan, Kathie Chapman
9:00 Libby Nussbaum, Kathy Dailey 
10:15 Drew & Jenny Henneberg
Jr. Deacons: Sadie Newton, Addy Reed
Drivers:  Gary Thompson, Rich Crusius
Elders:  John Dailey, Jill West
Visiting Elders:  Deanne Bryant, Ryan Newton
Coffee Fellowship:  Nancy Pool
Fill Candles:  Marla McElroy
Greeters:  Pete Whitmer, Rick & Sherry Erickson
Info Desk:  Sharron Wright
Livestreaming Tech:  Dave Phillis, Ryan Newton
Scripture:  Nate Damery
Sound Tech:  Dave Phillis
Time for Children:  Scott Fisher
Video Tech: Todd Chapman 
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  Sam Gustafson
Pulpit:  Jim Warren, II Corinthians 4:7-11,
"There Are No Shortcuts in the Wilderness"
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
RSVP for Thursday Food & Fellowship by indicating number attending on an attendance pad.  The group will gather at Hacienda Leon at 12:30 p.m. on March 19.  See your bulletin for details.
Bring your M&Ms Container with coins (or a check or cash) for Blanket Sunday.  These were passed out at Time for Children last week.  Money is being collected throughout March for this important ministry.  See Julie Robinson to donate or for information. 
Find a Flyer at the Info Desk listing fundraising opportunities to support this summer's Mission Trip to Appalachia.
Drop off Plastic Caps and Lids.   Disciples Women's Ministries is collecting clean plastic caps and lids of (almost) all types. The caps can be donated at the Info Desk.  See details in The Messenger.  Thank you and  keep them coming.
Drop Off Gently Used Men's Shoes, Socks, and Belts in all sizes for the Fresh Start Ministry effort benefiting men leaving Lincoln Correctional Center.  This will be a focused "Stepping Out in Love" drive for about three months.

Drop Off School Supplies and other items for school children. Reach Out is collecting supplies for Sheridan School and Bent School.  Teachers have requested a number of specific items.  Please find a detailed list of needed items at the Info Desk or in The Messenger.
Drop off your Box Tops for Education in the Disciples Women's Ministries mailbox outside the church office door.  
Greet a visitor. Greet someone another member has greeted!  Several contacts truly make a person feel welcome.  Please encourage a visitor to sign the friendship pad and include an email address.  A great resource for helping a visitor is the bulletin, and you can also walk them to the Info Desk for another warm greeting,  more information, and a welcome gift! 

"Check In" on Facebook while you are at church. 
March 6, 2020  
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The church office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.   
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See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities. 
Worship & Wonder and  Sunday School for Children and Youth, meet this Sunday.

Pastors' Class continues meeting this Sunday at 11:15 a.m.  The group will meet on Sundays throughout Lent, with the exception of Sunday, March 15 (Youth Sunday). The class is for those in 6th grade or older who are interested in being baptized on Easter Sunday. Meetings will take place in the Founders' Room.
Youth Sunday will be March 15.  Remember to mark your calendars for the dress rehearsal for grades 3-12 to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14.

Youth Lock-In March 20-21, 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., is for grades 6-12. Cost is $10 and the deadline to sign-up with your money is March 15.
Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at noon on Wednesdays.  Jim Warren leads the group, which studies the scripture for the upcoming Sunday.   Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study.  All are welcome!
Blanket Sunday is Observed in March.
Donations can be made to FCC throughout the month of March. 
Youth Sunday will be March 15 at 9:00 a.m.  Don't miss it!  
Thursday Food & Fellowship will gather at Hacienda Leon on March 19 at 12:30 p.m.  See the Reminders section to the left for RSVP instructions.

Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls.  Opportunities to be involved in our community...
One and All Song Lineup  

House of the Lord
Rise Up
God of My Everything
Lord, I Need You
I Will Follow
FCC Vision and Mission Statements
Vision: To be a growing church who welcomes all, grows spiritually, and serves others.
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.

401 W. Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL  61701
  (309) 829-9327

  To contact Jenifer Petri about Church Communications, email her at Info@blmfcc.org or call 309 533-4912