• Sunday Traditional Worship 9:00 a.m. with Worship and Wonder for Children
  • One and All Worship 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday School for Adults 10:15 a.m.
October 24, 2018
October is:
  • Stewardship Month  Our theme is I am the Church. We are the Church.
  • Pastor Appreciation Month It’s a great time to show appreciation to pastoral staff.
  • The month we celebrate Heritage Sunday   On October 28 we will honor those who have been members 50+ years at First Christian Church, Second Christian Church, Third Christian Church, Stanford Christian Church, or University Christian Church.
November Events:
  •  All Saints’ Sunday November 4
  • “Celebration Sunday” All-Church Event November 18 at FCC 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mark your calendar for this gathering, which will include a meal and a time of Thanksgiving.  (more info soon)
Disciples Women's Ministries ' next meeting will be November 1 at 1:00. The lesson will begin with chapter 9 (pg. 103 & workbook pg. 53, “Intercessory Prayer,” and pp. 56 & 57, “Martyrdom”). 
Drivers Needed   Volunteers are needed to transport those desiring to attend the 9:00 a.m. service. If you would like to be a driver, please call the church office.
Please find find a thank you note from Mickey Armstrong (sympathy) on the Centrum bulletin board.
Is yurt heart at Camp Walter Scott?  
Our region is very proud of our camping ministry, and we want to continue changing the lives of future generations. Some major repairs/ renovations are planned to help us do just that.
In the Fall of 2018, we will be replacing the roof of the dining hall and restoring the bath house facility on the south side of the lake.
In addition to these projects, several others are in the planning phase. This is where we need your help! Your Matching Grant contributions will go toward the purchase and installation of 10 yurts, complete with bunkbeds and electricity, and a splash pad.
Please prayerfully consider a contribution to this program. If you want to make a difference, donate now and your impact will be doubled by the CCIW Matching Fund Campaign. CCIW will match contributions up to $100,000.
We encourage your gifts (www.cciwdisciples.org) by March 31, 2019 to benefit the 2019 camping season.
Spiritual Growth
New Adult Sunday School Class continues, meeting in #129 after the 9:00 a.m. service (on break October 28). All are welcome for topical studies and studies about books of the Bible. Currently, the group is involved with the Rob Bell NOOMA DVD series. 
 Listening to God Update

Prayer Groups continue meeting, with over 90 FCC folks involved, and will continue into November. Each Prayer Group has a leader and follows a guided plan and format.  Visit the church website (click on the praying hands graphic on the home page) for examples of Lectio Divina and other prayer methods, and guidance for creating a spiritual autobiography. Outlines for completed weeks’ sessions are also on the website page. 

A note from your Spiritual Growth Ministry Stewards:
As we’ve been involved in numerous prayer group meetings, at least two things are emerging. We are (hopefully) getting closer in reaching a consensus about how we view FCC’s future ministries, and we are forming a deeper appreciation for those in our groups.
Corporate worship is important, but greeting one another for a few minutes once a week does not offer the opportunity to really know a person. Our small groups, however, have been rich in understanding on a deeper level. This realization has brought many who would like to see small group gatherings continue. As of now, there are two adult Sunday School classes that meet after the 9:00 service. We would also like to offer a book club based on contemporary Christian literature to be explored by small groups. We envision fluidity in our groups as we would likely have different book offerings, times of day/night, and length of study.
Please give this some prayerful thought and give us some feedback as we explore this idea more fully.

Yours in Christ,
Bill Robitske and Patty Thompson

Click here to get to know your Spiritual Growth Ministry Stewards better.
Brown Bag Bible Bunch Jim Warren leads this weekly study group on Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. We are studying Hebrews. Come join us! All are welcome!
Reach Out
Gifts for Another Table Please continue to participate by bringing items in October for the Salvation Army, a great community member.  Needed items include: rice & rice dinners, potato dinners, pasta of any kind, pasta sauce, Hamburger Helper, dinner meals, cereal, mashed/boxed potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables. In November we will collect other types of items for the Regional Alternative School.
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.
Abundant Life Meal for November 18 will be moved to November 25 due to our all-church celebration/meal in conclusion of our Prayer groups. We need servers and those who can help with desserts or meal preparation. Contact Julie Robinson at jerobinson21409@yahoo.com . On Sunday October 21, we served ham, scalloped potatoes, broccoli and rice casserole, and dessert. Those we serve are so appreciative of a home-cooked meal. Please consider helping with this outreach project.
Support INtegRIty Counseling on Tuesday, November 13, and eat at Jason’s Deli in Normal from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.! Mention our fundraiser when you order, and we will get 15% of the evening’s earnings!
Children and Youth
Youth Group 
Upcoming Dates: 

  • October 28   Youth Group with extended meeting time (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.)  Meet at church, with signed permission slip (available on youth board or church website), for transportation to Kim Cox’s parents’ house where we will have a cookout and games.
  • November 4 Youth Group with Kids for Christ (grades K-12 included)
  • November 11 Youth Group

A Youth Group Schedule can be seen here .
October is
Pastor Appreciation Month!
You’re Invited                 
  An Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
hosted by the
McLean County Interfaith Alliance
Sunday, November 18 th , 4:30 - 5:30pm
Evelyn Chapel, IWU
followed by a reception
  more information to follow
Serving Schedule
Sunday, October 28
Acolyte:  Jeremiah Hall
Child Care: 
·        Trish Logan
·        Heather Damery
·        9:00 Martin Ross, Ryan Newton
·        10:15 Valerie Fisher, Juan Mejia
Jr. Deacons: 
·        Austin Metz
·        Carter Kiesewetter
·        Ryan Newton
·        Rich Crusius
·        Deanne Bryant
·        Mike Robinson
Homebound Elders:  
·        Naomi Kosier
·        Becky White
Fellowship Hosts: 
·        Betty Steinlicht
·        Susan Hinrichsen
Fill Candles:  Ryan Newton
·        John & Kathy Dailey
·        Vicki Hall
Information Center:  Pam Yerkes       
Scripture:  Don Mahannah                    
Sound Tech:   Dave Phillis
Time for Children:   Holly Irvin             
Video Tech:  Todd Chapman
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  
Patti Jamerson
Pulpit:  Jim Warren – Matthew 7:24-27
“Listening to God: A Solid Foundation”
Jesus tells about two houses: one built on rock and the other on sand. The former survives the storm, and the latter was destroyed. Our lives – and our church – need to be built on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, November 4
Acolyte:  Khloe Nussbaum
Child Care: 
·        Trish Logan
·        Naomi Kosier
·        9:00 Nate & Heather Damery
·        10:15 Matt Davis, Stephanie Reed
Jr. Deacons: 
·        Sadie Newton
·        Seth Newton
·        Rich Crusius
·        Frank Lipscomb
·        Gregg Kiesewetter
·        Leslie Frizzell
Homebound Elders:  
·        Deanne Bryant
·        Mike Robinson
Fellowship Hosts:
·        Bill Chaney
·        Susan Chaney
Fill Candles:  Marla McElroy
·        Darrell & Teri Arvik
·        Matt & Naomi Kosier
Information Center:  Teri Arvik         
Scripture:  Nate Damery                   
Sound Techs:  
·        Austin Metz
·        Brian Metz
Time for Children:   Tamara Shields            
Video Tech:  Chip Jamerson
Worship & Wonder Greeter:  
Jenny Hall
Pulpit:  Jim Warren –
All Saints’ Sunday

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

Custodian: Wally Calvert

Child Care Coordinator: Trish Logan
Witness of the Faithful
  • 10/14/18: 162/32
  • 10/21/18: 166/26
Offering: $ 17,645.93
Prayer Concerns

Hospice: Harold Goyen
Awaiting Tests/Surgery:
  • Neil Sallee
  • Pam Yerkes
  • Richard Anderson
  • Sherry Blessing-Varner
  • Sue Brumme
  • Patti Calvert
  • Marcia Christensen
  • Bob Corbett
  • Robert Goodall
  • Andie Henneberg
  • Duff Knudsen
  • Peggy O’Neal
  • Lillie Raymer
  • Mary Smart
  • Joe Violano
  • Helen Joyce Barclay
  • Mary Moran
  • Sharon Warren
Assisted Living:  
  • Mickey Armstrong (Luther Oaks),
  • Alma Samuels (Taylors’ home)     
Nursing Homes:    
  • Blm. Rehab – Marilyn Thompson
  • Heritage, Blm. – Merle Murray,  
  • Heritage, El Paso – Sonna West 
  • Heritage, Normal – Harold Goyen
  • Liberty, Clinton – Corena Meyer
  • Martin Health – Myrna Cable, Marlyn Mahannah, Neil Sallee, Barbara Thatcher
  • McLean County – Darlene Bethel
  • Chris Kavanaugh (Marines, CA);
  • Harley Scott (Phillis niece/Navy, VA)
Sympathy to: 
  • the family and friends of Erma McDaniel on her October 16 death
  • Bettie Schultz and the family and friends of Harry Schultz on his October 18 death
  • Gene Murray and the family and friends of Lois Murray on her October 19 death
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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