A Big List of (Cool) Church Stuff...
* This Sunday features Rev. Zachary Hancock (pictured at Farm Church in the Carolina heat last summer) preaching "More Hallelujah!" with music by Terry Moran and Friends . The service begins at 10:00 am, but there is also Meditation in Reid Hall starting at 9:00 am and child care all morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Don't forget Coffee Hour following. Why not bring a friend?
* Next Sunday Tom preaches with special music by John Moulder & friends
* During Christmas 2019, because of your amazing generosity, the Community Church purchased 111 Buffalo Bikes - meaning with the 1:1 match, 222 deserving individuals in developing countries have been given the gift of mobility. THANK YOU! For more info on World Bicycle Relief, click HERE
* "P.O.W. - Performance or Wellness?" with Dr. Matt Dewar hosted by Dr. Thomas Dickelman - a two-session seminar @ Gorton - Jan. 8 & 15 - 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. sign up @ church or email Tom
* Adventures in South Africa Trip Mtg Monday, Jan.14 at 7:00 p.m. - Michael Stevenson along with Tom will lead an informational meeting at the Gorton Community Center for the trip to South Africa they'll be leading in February, 2020. Our Adventure will include safaris at the the renowned SABI SABI BUSH LODGE | SABI SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (below) as well as the Five Star Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town as our base. An optional journey to Victoria Falls will also be available (click HERE ). For general trip info, click on Adventures in South Africa . Curious? Definitely interested? Join us! Questions? Email Tom
* MSG will be held at the home of Heather & Tim Richmond in Lake Forest next Monday, January 7th at 6:00 pm. Zach will lead this group for Middle School students. There will be dinner, and it willl all wrap up by 7:30 pm. Questions? Please RSVP to Pam Thanks - see you there!
* Here's are three basic but important ways you can help the church in the year ahead.
No experience necessary!
1) bring flowers on Sunday morning
2) greet people at the door on Sundays before church
3) bring treats for Coffee Hour (we tae care of coffee, set up, etc.) Do just one or do all three! Your call! You can sign up to help out on the back table at church or contact Pam .
* The Community Church is proud to be a sponsor of Gorton's 3rd Annual MountainFilm series , to be held January 25, 26, & 27. A wide variety of films will be shown for all ages, and they are so inspiring! Click MountainFilm for more information.
* Two schedule changes . Both the all-church Bocce (sign up will begin soon for the March 2 event) and Tom's two-part book study on THEM have been re-scheduled. Keep your eyes on the weekly church newsletter for more information.
* Did you remember that the Community Church offers 3 free Meditation experiences each week? And, that the weekday sessions are held at the church office each Wednesday at 6:30 am and 9:00 am? Not to mention the session in Reid Hall at 9:00 am each Sunday before church?
LAUGH IT UP!
On February 2 join us for "LAUGH" with Chelsea Greenbaum (pictured), Laughter Wellness Coach. Chelsea is coming to Lake Forest (Gorton Community Center) to put on a Laughter Workshop for US (The Community Church). Make plans to come. Bring a friend.

5 Things to expect: 
1. A lot of fun 
2. Guaranteed natural laughter (the kind that makes your face and stomach hurt)
3. No jokes to provoke laughs
4. Like nothing you've ever experienced (unless you've previously been to a Greenbaum workshop)
5. At the end of a LAUGH workshop it feels as if you've been to a spa

10 Things to know: 
1. Zach Hancock, Ned Jessen, and Lydia Holzman-Hancock (the person you should really trust) have scouted Greenbaum's laughter workshop and found it intriguing enough to bring her up (she's from Evanston) 
2. Ever since the experience, Zach and Ned, who laughed so hard it hurt, refer to Chelsea as "Chuckles" (in private conversations)
3. You will probably be uncomfortable at some point in the session, unless your name is Tom Dickelman, probably at the front-end of the workshop—don't worry, you'll loosen up
4. LAUGH will be at its best if the room has plenty of people
5. Laughing more in 2019 is a great New Year's resolution 
6. You don't have to bring or prepare anything, just come, Greenbaum does all the heavy-lifting
7. Greenbaum puts everyone at ease and smooths out anything that at first feels unusual or uncomfortable 
8. Ned Jessen will be there
9. When the workshop is over you will be  so glad  you came
10. LAUGH with Chelsea happens 4:30 PM February 2nd at Gorton Community Center in the Grotto - and it's FREE - by Zach Hancock
Ken Hall's Weekend Music

Hi Folks,

This is the month of the guitar at the Community Church!
Jan. 7 - Blazing Stee l, otherwise known as Terry Moran.
Jan. 13 - local legend John Moulder along with Eric VanDuyne
Jan 20 - The All Star Blues Band with Mike Landers, Bruce Williams and of course the amazing Eric VanDuyne back for the second Sunday in a row.
Jan. 27 - is TBD , but rest assured I’m working on some great music for that day as well. 

Mark Your Calendars

Ally Ahern will be performing at Be Market in Lake Bluff on January 11th, at 7 pm and I’ll be lucky enough to back her up on the keyboard. We’re hoping to perform some of the new tunes she’s been writing while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston along with a few tasty jazz standards. 

Too Hot To Handle!! There is no better way to celebrate MLK weekend than to attend this event at the auditorium theatre in Chicago. I’ve been lucky enough to go a few times and it is truly one of the best concerts you’ll ever see. Our own Kim Minichiello sings in the chorus and has a group of tickets for the matinee performance on Sunday January 20th. Let her know if you're interested sings4u@comcast.net . For more information here is a link to the website .

The Love with the one and only Suede will be performing live at Norton’s in Highwood on February 2nd starting at 9 pm.

Happy New Year and see you soon!

Ken