"Some Great Community Church News"

Annual Fund Update
We have been blessed with a matching gift opportunity
through Friday, Nov. 30 @ 5:00 pm -
all gifts and pledges will be matched up to $25,000!
Thanks to all who have participated;
if you have not as yet made a pledge or gift, please consider doing so.
The easiest way is by sending Tom a confidential email - Tom
The Match ends Friday; the Fund remains open until Dec. 31.
"This Sunday & Beyond..."
the north shore's most popular a cappella choir
back Sunday for the 16th year to sing holiday favorites
Rev. Zachary Hancock, preaching
the sacrament of communion will be offered
Roots & Wings Sunday School for K - 5
(a great Sunday to bring some friends)
9:00 am Meditation - Reid Hall
9:00 to 11:00 am Child Care - Reid Hall
10:00 am - Service - Lily Reid Holt Chapel
10:00 am - Roots & Wings for K - 5
11:00 - Coffee Hour - Reid Hall
Advent at the Community Church

Dec. 2 The Buckthorns & Zach preaches

Dec. 9 Christmas Jazz & Tom preaches

Dec. 16 The Three Fiddlers & Tom preaches

Dec. 20 Longest Night Service, Gorton Community Center 7:00 pm

Dec. 23 Children's Christmas Pageant & the Dancing Bohemian Ukulele Team & Tom preaches

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services @ 3:00 & 5:00 pm with Nic Barnum, Christina Trulio, Ally Ahern & Friends singing with Tom preaching
"Christmas is for Others"
Sunday is "Last Call" for the Beacon Christmas Boutique!
The “Beacon Christmas Gift Boutique” provides Beacon families with the opportunity to shop for their loved ones at Christmas. Bring new, unwrapped gifts to our church office or - ideally - to our 10:00 am Sunday service this Sunday. Questions? Email  Zach .  The church staff will deliver gifts to Beacon on Tuesday morning. Thanks for the support so many have provided!
World Bicycle Relief
Gift Program is BACK!
If you have a loved one for whom you'd like to give a gift - but they don't necessarily need anymore stuff - this is the ideal way to say "Merry Christmas!" and help change lives! Purchase a "Buffalo Bike" (see below) for $147 by making a check out to the Community Church, and World Bicycle Relief will send a new Buffalo Bike to a deserving person in a developing country, and the Community Church will send a Christmas card to your loved one letting then know about your generous gift. Best of all, this year there is again a 2 for 1 match available for us - if you purchase 1 Buffalo Bike, you will actually be purchasing 2! Questions? Call Pam this week at 847.234.8191 or email her @ Pam, or talk to Tom or Zach after church on Sunday.
"For & About Your Children..."
Roots & Wings This Sunday
What a wonderful way to begin our Christmas season with a collection of crèches from all over the world! As the children listen to  The Christmas Creche , they will connect with our affirmation, “Love can flow through me as it flowed through Jesus.”  We’ll enjoy some Christmas carols and talk about the upcoming Christmas Pageant!
A Note For MSG'ers From Zach
I hope all Middle School students can join me at the home of Karl Nagel - his folks are Becky and Blair Nagel - on Monday, Dec. 3. The Nagel's address is 246 West Laurel Avenue, Lake Forest. Our meeting will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30 pm. Please let me know by e-mailing me below if you can come, so we know how much food to provide. I look forward to seeing you! - Zach email

HSG (High School Group) Volunteers @
Feed My Starving Children

Our effort is essential in the fight against world hunger – packing boxes with food makes it possible for FMSC to send boxes of food to starving kids worldwide.There is no better time than the holidays to show our love and give our participation!

December 11 (Tuesday) 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Please email Zach to sign up or to ask a question
Community Church Children's Christmas Pageant
is around the corner on Dec. 23! We need children of all ages
to make the pageant - held during our 10:00 am worship service -
a hit! If your child can participate, please email Sue Gale-Beck
"Music, Music, Music"
Come Uke With Us!
Don't forget the Dancing Bohemian School of Uke led by Elliot Delman continues to meet @ the church office. If you are interested in either learning to play the ululele, or already play and would enjoy jamming with others, send Elliott an email Elliott
Ken Hall's Music World
Not Fade Away is a special event being held at the Lake Bluff Brewery this Saturday. It’s a Celebration of Life in Honor of Keith Kriener. Donations will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Live music will be provided from 7pm to 10 pm by Brett Kriener, Nic Barnum, Fred Koch, yours truly and more.

Sunday: Perennial favorites The Buckthorns will be bringing their annual Christmas show to the chapel. This is not to be missed! Later that day Bob Hasty leads the Highland Park Strings in a concert including works of Bach, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens and Schubert. For more information go to http://dailynorthshore.us6.list-manage.com

December 6 : Bob Hasty conducts the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra in a concert entitled Sounds of the Season. For tickets and more information go to https://www.music.northwestern.edu/events/northwestern-university-chamber-orchestra-4

December 7 : Compass Rose (with Tom Bowling and Elliott Delman) will be performing at Maya Restaurant in Oak Park at 8 PM.

December 9: 4 pm. Bob Miller plays in the percussion section for 
the Wind Ensemble of Lake County at the CLC Grayslake campus:
A Christmas Festival, Leroy Anderson
Russian Christmas Music for Symphonic Band, Alfred Reed
Minor Alternations No. 2, Carols From The Dark Side, David Lovrien
Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson
Greensleeves, arranged by Alfred Reed
Symphony for Brass and Percussion, Alfred Reed

December 12 : 7:30 pm. Lake County Concert Band
Italian Rhapsody, Julie Giroux
An Irving Berlin Christmas, Irving Berlin, arranged by Warren Barker
Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis, Claude T. Smith
O Magnum Mysterium, Morten Lauridsen transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds
German Carol Festival, arranged by James Christensn
Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson 
Russian Christmas Music

Some of you were interested in Linda Taylor’s documentary series on Alzheimer’s. Here is a link http://neurorapt.com She also wanted to recommend this wonderful source for caregivers https://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com  

For those of you who are interested in purchasing the song Auguste D, sung by Amy Susan Heard, you can purchase it here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/auguste-d-single/1434867185
Christmas Eve Tunes
Make sure you get to one of our Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services (3 & 5). They're always memorable, but this year we will be blessed with a particularly excellent music team lead by Ally Ahern, Nic Barnum & Christina Trulio. Can't wait!
Thanks to everyone who supports our church and ministry
and allows us to do the work God calls us to,
and which our community needs...