• Sunday Traditional Worship 9:00 a.m. with Worship and Wonder for Children
  • One and All Worship 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday School for All Ages 10:00 a.m.
January 30, 2019

Congregational Meeting February 3 after 9:00 a.m. Worship Service to vote on and approve 2019 budget
Cancellations Due to Weather  Please listen to WJBC, check our Facebook page, or go to the church website at www.blmfcc.com for information regarding cancellations.
Thank you, Rev. Dr. Jim Warren, for your dedication and service to your church family. Happy 20 th anniversary and best wishes to you and your family!  Find photos of the January 27 celebration on the church website. 
A Thoughtful and Important Memento
If you have not noticed yet, please see the flag presented to Dwight Fowler’s family at his funeral service.
Thank you to Gene and family for thinking of our church family with this precious gift noting Dwight’s WWII Army Artillery service.
The case may be viewed for a few weeks by the office windows then will
be placed in the FCC history room.
Children and Youth
Youth Group 
A Youth Group Schedule can be seen here .
  • February 3 No Youth Group because of the Super Bowl
  • February 10 Youth Group including Kids for Christ (grades K-12 will meet)
  • February 24 Service Project and Dinner TBD based on our “Stuff” Bible Study
Spiritual Growth
Brown Bag Bible Bunch Jim Warren leads this weekly study group on Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. The topic studied each week is the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. Come join us! All are welcome!
New Adult Sunday School Class continues, meeting in #129 after the 9:00 a.m. service (on break February 3). All are welcome for topical studies and studies about books of the Bible. The group is involved with the Rob Bell NOOMA DVD series, which will wrap up in late February or early March. It is likely the group will then begin a Lenten study.
Reach Out
A Clean Shake   The Reach Out Ministry would like for you reach out with a clean handshake. Hand sanitizer is provided in each pew and in One and All. Please pass it down to your friends.
Gifts for Another Table The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is an important resource for many community members. We are collecting the following items in February: rice and rice dinners, potato dinners, pasta of any kind, pasta sauce, Hamburger Helper, dinner meals, cereal, mashed/boxed potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables. Thank you!
Start Fresh is a program that area churches are participating in to help men who are exiting from Lincoln Correctional Center and beginning their lives outside of incarceration. New or gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves are needed. There is a tote next to the Information Center for your donations.
Meals for Abundant Life Church will continue to be served the third Sunday of each month . Mark your calendar now for meals on February 17 and March 17. We need servers and those who can help with desserts or meal preparation. Contact Julie Robinson at
Disciples Women's Ministries News
  • College semesters are well underway. As you remember, our Disciples Women's Ministries group sends Love Boxes to our military personnel and college students on Valentine’s Day.  Donations of items (snacks, etc.) for the boxes are needed and the deadline is this Sunday, February 3. If you haven’t already chosen an item to donate, please consider bringing fun size candy bars or lunch packs of cookies.
  • Saving those Box Tops for Education? Please do! There is a Disciples Women’s Ministries mailbox just outside the office door where you can leave them. Donate your Box Tops and we can make a big impact on a local school. Thank you!

Want to help the Warrens by providing a meal?    
If you would like to help provide meals for the Warren family, please follow the steps below. Thank you!
  • Go to the web site: www.takethemameal.com
  • Type in "Warren" for the family name
  • The Password: Godisgood
  • Sign up for the time(s) when you would like to supply a meal, and just follow the simple steps for delivery 
Please find Thank You notes from the family of Carol Breedlove (sympathy), the family of Joe Juchems (sympathy) , Illinois Voices Theatre Seedling (building use),and Peggy Penn (card shower) on the Centrum bulletin board.
Legacy Circle  Visit the church website (in the Member Portal) to learn about this group whose members have decided to keep the church in their long-term plans.
Epiphany Scriptures and Sermon Topics: Stories That Matter
February 3   Esther 4:9-14  For Such a Time as This
February 10   I Corinthians 13  A Love Story
February 17  Luke 10:38-42  The One Thing Needful
February 24   Acts 8:26-38  Unless Someone Guides Me
March 3   Revelation 3:14-22  A Lukewarm Church

Serving Schedule
Serving Schedules are included in each Messenger and in the Friday Email (sent via email to all who have subscribed) two days before worship services. These are to help you as a final reminder of your duties. Ministry areas send initial serving calendars or schedules for each area of duty, and we hope you have already marked your calendar. When you find it necessary to find a substitute, please try to trade with someone else and don’t forget to tell the church office at 309-829-9327 or office@blmfcc.org as soon as you can. Knowing who is actually serving is important to the staff and leadership for various reasons. Thank you for your help!

Sunday, February 3

Acolyte: George Davis
Child Care: 
  • Trish Logan
  • Michelle Kiesewetter
  • 9:00 Justin & Kim Cox
  • 10:15 Drew & Jenny Henneberg
Jr. Deacons: 
  • Sabrina Campos
  • Averie Kiesewetter
  • Rich Crusius
  • Ralph Lehmann
  • David Bradbury
  • Tamara Shields
Homebound Elders:  
  • Nancy Trefzger
  • John Hensley
Fellowship Host:  Nancy Guither
Fill Candles:  Becky White
  • Ron Gramley
  • Nancy Gramley
Information Center:  --
Scripture:  Camille Taylor
Sound Tech:  James Nussbaum
Time for Children:  Heather Damery           
Video Tech:  Chip Jamerson
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  Vicki Hall
Pulpit:  Jim Warren – Esther 4:9-14
“For Such a Time as This”
The Persian king has threatened to destroy the Jews. Esther, a Jew, has become queen in Persia, and she reluctantly agrees to help her people. Esther’s relative Mordecai conjectures perhaps Esther’s purpose is “for such a time as this.” In difficult and troubled times God raises individuals to struggle for justice.

Sunday, February 10

  • Mackenzie Nichols
  • Kenley Nichols
Child Care: 
  • Trish Logan
  • Marcia Christensen
  • Ted Logan, Matt Nichols
  • Stephanie Reed, Michelle Kiesewetter
Jr. Deacons: 
  • Austin Metz
  • Bethany Warren
  • Ryan Newton
  • Ralph Lehmann
  • Naomi Kosier
  • Becky White
Homebound Elders:  
  • David Bradbury
  • Tamara Shields
Fellowship Host:  Pam Yerkes
Fill Candles:  Becky White
  • Jim Hepperly
  • Carolyn Hepperly
Information Center:  Martha Hunter   
Scripture:  Tamara Shields
Sound Tech:  Brian Metz
Time for Children:  Camille Taylor       
Video Tech:  James Nussbaum
Worship & Wonder Greeter:
Averie Kiesewetter
Pulpit:  Jim Warren – I Corinthians 13
“A Love Story”
This is the familiar “love chapter” often read at weddings. What most people don’t realize is it comes in response to a great deal of conflict happening in the Corinthian church. God’s love is meant to be lived in hard and trying situations

Contact Us
Senior Pastor:   James Warren

Minister Emeritus:   John Trefzger

Dir. Music, Dir. Music & Youth
Ministries: Holly Irvin

Organ/Piano: Lou Ann Fillingham

One and All Music Coordinator:
Bill West

Communications Coordinator:
       Jenifer Petri

Office Receptionist: Maggie Burton

Financial Secretary:
Deborah Stumm

Child Care Coordinator: Trish Logan
Witness of the Faithful
  • 1/20/19: 79, 22
  • 1/27/19: 196

Offering:  $19,067.64
Prayer Concerns
Awaiting Tests/Surgery: Tom Crutchley
  • Jim Fry
  • Connie Lindenbaum
  • Peggy O’Neal
  • Mary Smart
  • Carolyn Stucky
  • Don Gottselig
  • Sharon Warren
Hospice: Harold Goyen
Assisted Living:  
  • Mickey Armstrong (Luther Oaks)
  • Niola Daily (Westminster)
  • Mary Lou Mercier (Home)
  • Glenn Metz (Villas at Holly Brook)
  • Neil & Dorothy Sallee (Westminster)
  • Alma Samuels (Taylors’ home)     
Nursing Homes:    
  • Heritage, Blm. – Merle Murray, Suzanne Summers
  • Heritage, El Paso – Sonna West 
  • Heritage, Normal – Harold Goyen
  • Liberty, Clinton – Corena Meyer
  • Martin Health – Myrna Cable, Marlyn Mahannah, Dorothy Sallee, Barbara Thatcher
  • McLean County – Darlene Bethel
  • Adam Jacobs (Army)
  • Chris Kavanaugh (Marines, CA);
  • Harley Scott (Phillis niece/Navy, VA)
Front of Church
Office Phone 309 829-9327 Fax 309 829-2865
Address 401 W. Jefferson St. Bloomington, IL 61701
Website www.blmfcc.com
Hours Of fice hours have changed. The office is open Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. , and Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.  The office closes for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. every day. The best times to contact the church office are while Maggie is here, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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