Worship This Weekend

Lent has begun and so has Rev. Jim Warren's sermon series, "In the Wilderness."  Come this Sunday morning to either the 9:00 traditional service or 10:15 progressive service to hear him preach on Mark 1:12-15.  Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days to prepare himself for his ministry. The wilderness taught him a lot. Likewise, we have much to learn from our sojourn in the wilderness.

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.

The Chancel Choir is preparing a meaningful gift of music for the 9:00 a.m. traditional service.   At the 10:15 a.m. One and All service, the band will have an acoustic sound you will enjoy hearing and singing along with. 

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:
It is a new month and in March we are collecting for the Boys & Girls Club.  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. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
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  
5:00 p.m.            Youth Group for grades 3-12 
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: All those affected by the Coronavirus
OSF ST. FRANCIS (Peoria): Barb Mote
  • Richard Malone
  • Ethan Rocke
  • Mickey Armstrong
  • Maggie Burton
  • Bill Etchison
  • Patt Lee
HOSPICE: Marilyn Kopp
  • Mary Lou Mercier will be 92 on March 3
  • 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
SYMPATHY TO: Peggy Gregg, Nancy (Joseph) Gross, and Grace Lukoskie on the February 13 death of their husband/father/grandfather, Arthur Gregg

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:  Cameron Kelley
Building Lock-up: Joe Bandy
Child Care: Trish Logan, Corin Chapman
·        9:00 Susan Cleaver, Jim Underhill
·        10:15 Doug & Stephanie Reed
Jr. Deacons: Drew Logan, Clark Kosier
Driver:  Ryan Newton, Ralph Lehmann
Elders: Deanne Bryant, Ryan Newton
Visiting Elders:  Scott & Valerie Fisher
Coffee Fellowship: Pam Yerkes
Fill Candles: Deb Bomeli 
Greeters: Art & Camille Taylor, Marla McElroy
Info Desk: Pete Whitmer
Livestreaming Techs: Dave Phillis, Ryan Newton
Scripture: Don Mahannah
Sound Techs: Austin Metz, Brian Metz
Time for Children: Julie Robinson
Video Tech:  Chip Jamerson
Worship & Wonder Greeter: Heather Damery
Pulpit: Jim Warren, Mark 1:12-15,
"There Is Much to Learn in the Wilderness"     
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
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. 
February 28, 2020  
In This Issue

Weather Questionable?

If you suspect Sunday services or another event might be canceled due to inclement weather, see the FCC Facebook page or website, or the WJBC website.
Office Hours

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 will begin meeting this Sunday at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays throughout Lent. 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 Group this Sunday at 5:00 for grades 3-12! We will be preparing for March 15 Youth Sunday.
Youth Lock-In March 20-21, 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., is for 6-12th graders. 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!
Recital This Sunday at 5:00 p.m.  Join Cameron Kidd and Emma Zimmerman (both Drexler Singers) for their sophomore benefit recital!  It will take place in the sanctuary. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go towards the ladies' South African choir. Cameron and Emma will be accompanied by Eva Ferguson.
Blanket Sunday is Observed in March. Learn more during Time for Children this Sunday and in publications very soon.
Youth Sunday March 15

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

I Refuse
Eye of the Storm
The Wound Is Where the Light Gets In
Remind Me Who I Am
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