Don't Forget Roots & Wings Sunday School This Week!
A Word or Two From Tom...
During 3 of the next 4 weeks (Jan. 13, 27, and Feb. 3), I will be preaching a three-part sermon series inspired by the late Rev. Forrest Church. (Yes, it's a pretty good name for a preacher from Idaho). Church pastored the All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, and though he dealt with a number of demons during his ministry, he had quite an impact on the church locally and nationally. In the last two books he penned prior to his death, Church wrote of a mantra that he lived by in his final two years:
"Want What You Have"
"Do What You Can"
"Be Who You Are"
Each theme will serve as the basis for my upcoming sermons, beginning with this Sunday, "Want What You Have." My reading and work on it at this point in time lead me to believe it will be both provocative and inspiring - as the work of Forrest Church & others along these lines has surely fed me. I hope to see you Sunday. Peace, TD

Sunday at the Community Church
9:00 am meditation
9:00 am childcare through 11:00 am
10:00 am "Roots & Wings" Sunday School
for K to 5 - meet in Chapel
10:00 am worship
"Want What You Have"
Dr. Thomas Dickelman, preaching

Special Music By Chicago
Guitar Legend John Moulder
who will be backed up by Jeff Lackie, Eric Van Duyne,
Jim Seidel and Ken Hall, with special guest vocalist
Bill Bartolotta (pictured). For more info on John,
go to John Moulder . Join us for coffee @ 11:00 am!
Roots & Wings This Sunday
If you have a child in the K to 5 range who has not tried Roots & Wings - Sunday is your opportunity! Consider the theme for this week:
“As I ask questions and try to understand,
my heart and mind stay open.”

Children will be challenged with the following questions:
  1. What can I do to be helpful in this situation?
  2. How can I be more kind to that person?
  3. What is God trying to do through me?

This lesson will literally ROCK - which should be a clue as to some of the fun they are going to have!

Roots & Wings meets during worship in the Glen Rowan Mansion across from the Chapel. Children meet with their teachers Mary Jo Stevenson and Teddi Koch at the beginning of worship and then head across the street for 50 minutes of highly-interactive and enjoyable hands-on learning. Questions? Contact Teddi or Mary Jo
"P.O.W. - Performance or Wellness?" About 55 people joined us at Gorton for the first session of the two-part series featuring Dr. Matt Dewar. If you were not able to catch it, the video should be up soon on our website. At our second and final session this Tuesday night @ Gorton, Matt says "our focus will be far more concrete and not so abstract as our initial session - more specific ideas we can employ to maintain our wellness amidst our zeal for performance." If you'd like to join us stop by Gorton @ 7:00 pm. There's no charge - just please let Pam know in advance so we make sure to have enough chairs set up - thanks! Pam
Adventures in South Africa Trip Meeting Monday Night at Gorton
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
Why Religion? A Personal Story  
by Elaine Pagels

A Community Church Book Discussion Group 
hosted by Zach Hancock 

"A MacArthur “genius” and a professor at Princeton University, Elaine Pagels has long been one of those rare bilingual academics capable of speaking to lay and scholarly readers. Her foundational work,  “The Gnostic Gospels”  (1979), revolutionized our concept of early Christianity, won a National Book Award and became a bestseller. 
Now, at 75, with disdain for “the facile comfort that churches often dole out like Kleenex,” Pagels leads us through the remarkable events of her life by considering the consolations  and the tortures of faith. “Why Religion?” is, as its subtitle states, a personal story, but it’s also a wide-ranging work of cultural reflection and a brisk tour of the most exciting religion scholarship over the past 40 years."
(Excerpted from Washington Post book review hyperlinked below)

Books have been pre-ordered for this book discussion group through Lake Forest Bookstore. Books are $25. If you'd like to participate in the book discussion contact Zach Hancock by  email  or text: 

Book pickup, which will include a few brief thoughts about the book, is scheduled for Thursday Jan 24 at 9 AM at the Jessen Office Building, 117 E. Scranton Ave. Lake Bluff. Please bring cash or check.
We will reconvene on Thursday February 7 at 9 AM (Jessen Office Building) to discuss the book. Just added - a 1/24 7 PM pickup and a 2/7 7 PM discussion to the book discussion group offering. So, there are morning and evening participation options.

- Zach  

Greeters, Treats & Flower Patrol!
No experience necessary! Please consider:
1) bringing flowers on Sunday morning
2) greeting people at the door on Sundays before church
3) bringing treats for Coffee Hour (we take care of coffee, set up, etc.)
You can do just one or do all three! Your call! Please 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.
Congrats to Coach Kraig & Toby Jones on The Furnace Girl
Kraig Moreland from our church - affectionately known as "Coach Kraig" to countless LB and LF NVA families - wrote the historic fiction novel The Furnace Girl along with our friend Rev. Toby Jones. Word on the street is that over the last couple of months it has been a best-seller on the North Shore. You can get more info at The Furnace Girl -- or better yet, why not head over to the Lake Forest Bookstore to get a copy?
Kerri winter
The Community Church offers 4 free Meditation experiences each week - weekday sessions are held at the church office each Wednesday at 6:30 am and 9:00 am and on Fridays at 9:00 am. Sessions are also held in Reid Hall at 9:00 am each Sunday.
All are free of charge and open to everyone on planet earth...
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’s Korner

Hi Folks,

Friday: Don’t miss the last chance to hear Ally Ahern sing before she heads back to Boston! She’ll be performing at Be Market in Lake Bluff at 7 pm and I’ll be lucky enough to back her up on the keyboard. She’ll be performing a mix of tasty jazz standards, covers and originals. Be Market serves beer, wine and wonderful vegan/vegetarian fare. 

Sunday: We’re fortunate to have world renowned guitarist John Moulder joining us at the chapel. There will also be a sweet little cameo appearance by singer/songwriter Bill Bartolotta. Filling out the band we’ll have Eric VanDuyne on guitar, Jim Seidel on bass, Jeff Lackie on drums and yours truly on vibes.

Mark your calendars!

January 16th: Soul Message Band live at California Clipper in Chicago starting at 9 pm.

January 18th: Soul Message Band live at Big Ed’s BBQ & Grill in Waukegan

January 20th: Too Hot to Handel at the auditorium theatre in Chicago. There is no better way to celebrate MLK weekend than to attend this event! 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 . For more information here is a link to the website .

January 25th: Daniela Sloan will be performing a The Hungry Brain in Chicago starting at 9 pm. Daniela Sloan (a.k.a. DAJA) is a Chicago native with Colombian roots performing original acoustic soul throughout Chicago. Backed by her guitar and upright bassist Scott Bakshis, she is a powerful and sensual performer singing with the classic sound of Nina Simone blended with the poetry and cadence of Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill. Her original songs move between hip-hop, blues, and Latin, often surprising audiences by integrating Flamenco footwork and spoken word into performances. Daniela is an up and coming Chicago artist, often featured in Chicago’s popular Paper Machete show at the Green Mill Jazz Club. She has been interviewed on NPR and has recorded and performed with European artists Fink and WAEK. She is set to release her second album under the new moniker DAJA in the fall of 2019.

February 2nd: The Love with the one and only Suede will be performing live at Norton’s in Highwood starting at 9 pm and Soul Message Band live at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago for the early show at 5 pm.

February 7th: Soul Message Band live at Fulton Street Collective in Chicago starting at 8 pm.

February 9th: Soul Message Band live at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago for the early show at 5 pm.

February 15th: Soul Message Band live at Big Ed’s BBQ & Grill in Waukegan starting at 9 pm.

February 15th: Steve Rashid -pianist/vocalist - will be performing a wildly entertaining mix of material, including his own witty originals at Studio5 in Evanston.
Steve Rashid is an Emmy winning composer, a performer, producer and recording engineer. He holds a B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Ripon College and a Masters Degree in Music Composition from Northwestern University. He has composed and performed in many musical contexts and in many styles throughout his career. In 1991 Rashid founded his studio, Woodside Avenue Music Productions, through which he has produced and recorded his own music as well as projects for hundreds of other artists and labels, spanning jazz, folk, classical, bluegrass, gospel, country and pop music.

See you soon!