* Having a bad hair day? No worries!
You can get a hat & feed hungry people - See Below!
* Dickelman inspired to continue paint-by-number art -
dinosaur painting up next - See Below!
The Hopeful Times
(with a taste of weird, edition III)
"Worship on the Screen"
This Sunday 10:00 am
"Reflection in the Time of Covid"
message by the Rev. Zachary Hancock
Music by Emi Jarvi
Children's Message by Mary Jo Stevenson
Other Stuff by Tom Dickelman
Community Church Zoom Menu
The Week Ahead
(the links are underlined, bold-faced, & italicized )

Mid-Day Prayers. Noon. Tom. LINK
* * NEW * * Weekly Wellness With Matt Dewar . 5:00 pm. LINK
(the Weekly Wellness Zoom with Matt is limited to 10 folks -
please email Pam Campb ell to reserve a spot)

Mid-Day Prayers. Noon. Tom. LINK
Meditation. 5:45 pm Ann Barbour & Venu Tummalapalli. Community Contemplation

Meditation. 9:00 am. Zach Hancock. Community Contemplation
Mid-Day Prayers. Noon. Tom. LINK

Course in Miracles. 9:00 am Darrell Bloom. LINK
Mid-Day Prayers. Noon. Tom. LINK
Virtual Bohemian School of Uke. 5:30 pm. Elliott Delman. LINK
High School Group. 7:00 pm. Zach & Matt. LINK

Meditation. 9:00 am. Dave Andersen. Community Contemplation
Mid-Day Prayers. Noon. Tom. LINK

Meditation. 9:00 am. Zack Hancock. Community Contemplation

if you use the Zoom app for Community Contemplation and the
Meeting ID: 980 7980 6308 and the Password: hippo
• if you use the Zoom app for High School Group the Meeting ID:
933 0136 4405 and the Password: peace
if you use the Zoom app for Mid-Day Prayer , the Meeting ID is 674 147 814 and the password is peace
• if you use the Zoom app for Thursday morning Course in Miracles the Meeting ID: 996 069 420
• if you use the Zoom app for the Virtual Bohemian School of Uke the Meeting ID: 771 5775 2833
• if you use the Zoom app for Weekly Wellness with Matt Dewar the Meeting ID: 957 5163 9334
All you need to do to participate is click on the link next to the program. If you have questions, email Elliott Delman Darrell Bloom or Dave Andersen
Mid-Day Prayers - Room for You!
Pam,Elliott and Tom recently meeting via Zoom for Mid-Day Prayers. We get together online for a few minutes of catching up followed by a prayer that Tom (and sometimes Zach) leads. We'd love to have you join is Mon - Fri @ noon. Just click on the link above which will take
you to our Zoom!
The Community Church
is "Just Around the Corner!"
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The Community Church Food DRIVE
benefiting Beacon Place and El Puente Latino Food Pantry (both in Waukegan) plans to kick off next week. On Tuesdays & Saturdays we'll be driving the Community Church truck up and down the streets of Lake Bluff - playing music through a loud speaker ala the Good Humor trucks - and encouraging people to bring groceries for the pantries out to the truck. When the truck is not cruising for groceries, it'll be parked and open at the Community Church for drop off.
Next time you're shopping, get something for hungry families!
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Additionally, we've been given $2000 for the Food DRIVE - if it is matched by the Community by May 10th. If you make a donation to the Drive, we'll get you a Collectors Edition "Single Bo" style Community Church hat. Quantities are limited and available to the First 25 Donors. Donations can be made HERE or by sending a check to: Community Church Charities, P.O. Box 26, Lake Bluff, IL 60044.
Thank You From Campbell Schmidt
Thanks to the many, many people in our church who participated in the Stencil Ease Face Shield Program. Lots of folks purchased kits and either gave to others to complete or made a project of completing them. Donated kits have gone to a variety of medical professionals throughout the area. Pictured wearing masks is part of a very appreciative team from the Campbell Schmidt dental practice in Lake Forest.
A Request From Jay Sharman

Dear Community Church Family,

A little over two years ago I began writing a book on Tom and the Community Church. I have over 60 hours of taped interviews, and I'm writing virtually every day. What I need now are stories, reflections, and your thoughts on the impact Tom and the Community Church has had on you. I've received some wonderful responses to date, but it would be helpful to have more. I'd be happy to answer your questions, or you can send your thoughts directly to me by email: Jay Sharman Thanks very much, - Jay
From Dickeland
Paint-by-Number Dinosaurs and
Some Guy Named "Art Impact"
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I had no idea who was moving into the office directly across the street from the inter-planetary headquarters of the Community Church a year or two ago - until the bright green sign went up. Turns out it was some guy named "Art Impact," or so I thought. Now, I know my parents almost named me Clarence Otto Dickelman III, so I am in no place to talk about other people's names.
But, if your last name was Impact would you name your kid Art? If your last name was Power, would you name your kid Will, like Indy car race driver Will Power?
Anyway, it turns out after a recent conversation that Art Impact isn't the name of a guy in the office across the street after all, it's actually a place called the Art Impact Project - a local charity d edicated to enhancing emotional wellness through creative expression. Just like I don't read (or take) directions, I guess I didn't read the whole sign.
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You see, I got a phone call from Vickie Marasco who founded the Art Impact Project, and once it was clear there was no guy named Art Inpact, she told me about how they do art therapy for folks at places ranging from the Lake County Jail to Lake Forest High School to North Chicago Community Partners to Omni Youth Services in Buffalo Grove.
In typical fashion I didn't tune in right away, and asked "What? You've seen my art? And you think I need therapy?"
"No," replied Vickie, though my inner psychic was telling me that she desperately wanted to say "Yes, I've seen your art and you do need therapy."
Instead, she offered, "Tom, I have seen your art in the church Weird Times newsletter, and I'd like you to be the speaker for our May event for partners, donors, and participants. I'm thinking maybe you could do something kinda humorous."
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"So, let me get this right," I asked. "You've see my paint-by-number 'Best Viewed at a Distance' art and THAT inspired you to ask me to do something funny?"
"Not exactly, Tom."
Well, we talked a bit more and Vickie ultimately asked me to speak at their Zoom event in May. (I think we'll make a great team that night. They use ART to make an IMPACT - and over the years people have told me that I'm a PROJECT. ART+IMPACT+PROJECT. Perfect).
And it all made me realize that yet again, art has opened up a door for me! So, I've decided to get out my tiny brush, water colors and thin, 4" x 5" piece of cardboard and I'm gearing up for my next paint-by-number "Best Viewed at a Distance" piece - dinosaurs. I figure I'm best at painting things no living person has every actually seen...
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(stay tuned for more about the good work Art Impact Project
is doing AND to see paint-by-number dinosaurs!)

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, 
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another's hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

--Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
The Community Church - 20 Years of
Great Pictures & Memories
peg y chuck
Peggy Gudbrandsen - shut-in at home in Lake Forest -
and her legendary, late husband Chuck, celebrating their
anniversary with friends at the Lake Bluff Farmers Market