April 1, 2017
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In this Issue:
Islam Without Extremes...
Yale Program: Violence
A "Purse" for the Rev. Bill
Woman's Society events
Green Team
Designer Sale
Easter Flower Form
Holy Week at WCC
Adult Enrichment
Spring Cleaning at WCC
Canvass Update
Volunteer at A Just Harvest
Nominate for Helms award
Membership Orientation | May 7
A Just Harvest 
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff
Tired, but wired with the Spirit, our High School Servants will lead worship this Sunday, April 2 (which includes Communion), so as to share fresh testimony and inspiration from their work in New Orleans. Please make an extra special effort to attend worship this Sunday, April 2. The Mission Team will then be present in fellowship right after worship to share more stories and to connect with everyone.

Pastor Jeff told us on the phone that things are going great for the team rebuilding homes for good folks who are still trying to get home after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina nearly 12 years ago. They can feel everyone's prayers. The picture above depicting Servants hard at work, was taken on Monday at 11:18 A.M.
As our congregation seeks to grow more closely “together”—with God, within our congregation, and with our sisters and brothers of the world—interfaith understanding and interfaith relations continue to play an integral part. In that spirit, we are excited to announce that Winnetka Congregational Church will host author and speaker Mustafa Akyol This Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 P.M. in the Winnetka Congregational Church sanctuary. Mr. Akyol will speak first and then engage the audience’s questions.

Mustafa Akyol is a regular columnist for The New York Times: International Edition and a speaker followed by the moderate Muslim community. Mr. Akyol is the author of "Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty", which was long-listed for the 2012 Lionel Gelber prize, a literary award for the world's best non-fiction book in English. Recently, Mr. Akyol published "The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims". When Reza Aslan's bestseller "Zealot" came out in 2013 (Reza Aslan was our guest author/speaker in 2013), there was criticism that Mr. Alsan had not addressed his Muslim faith while writing the origin story of Christianity. In fact, Ross Douthat of The New York Times wrote that "if Aslan had actually written in defense of the Islamic view of Jesus, that would have been something provocative and new." Mustafa Akyol's "The Islamic Jesus" is that book.

Mr. Akyol’s TEDx Warwick talk, entitled Faith vs Tradition in Islam, is available here.
Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam
Special thanks to our Adult Enrichment Co-Leader, Pete McNerney, who has made Mr. Akyol’s visit possible.

© 2017 The New York Times
Interfaith Healer: The Surprising Role of Jesus in Islam

Dean Gregory E. Sterling 
cordially invites you to

Violence: A Faithful Response to the Plague
in Our Neighborhoods and Nation

a provocative conversation featuring civic and faith leaders

Thomas Dart
Cook County Sheriff and Justice Reform Advocate
Willie Jennings
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies, YDS
Otis Moss III
'95 M.Div., Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago
Michael Pfleger
Pastor of Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Chicago

 The program will be moderated by
Robin Robinson, award winning journalist and broadcaster,
and currently
Director of Community Affairs at the Chicago Police department.

Monday, April 3
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Chicago Temple
77 W. Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

This event is co-sponsored by Yale Chicago with special thanks to 
The First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.

RSVP to Zoe Hunter
(203) 432-5359
Learn more about this event
Yale Divinity School | 409 Prospect St. New Haven, CT 06511
Honor Pastor William Mueller Upon His Retirement!

Contribute to Bill's "Purse." It is part of our tradition to offer our ministers the gift of a “purse” – a collection of donations from members of the congregation as but one expression of our deep gratitude. Bill and Judi plan to move to North Carolina, and we know this “purse” will go a long way in helping them to settle into their new home. 

Add a Page to Pastor Bill's Memory Book. A page on which you can share memories, stories, photos, drawings with Bill and Judi is in the red basket in the neonarthex. Record your memory right there, or take your page home and return it by April 23.

Come to Pastor Bill's Farewell Dinner on Saturday evening, April 29. Please use the form below to make contributions to the "Purse" and/or make payment for the Farewell Dinner on April 29. 

Attend Pastor Bill’s last WCC Church Service on April 30 and join us afterwards for a Fellowship Reception. 

Questions may be directed to Jeanne Ebersole

Woman’s Society “Let’s Do Lunch!” 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Floured Apron: Sweetening Life’s Possibilities Program at 11:00 A.M. in the Centennial Room
Luncheon at Noon in Tolman Hall

Our April program will be a presentation by Lauren LeBoyer titled, “The Floured Apron: Sweetening Life’s Possibilities.” WCC is pleased to provide weekly access to our kitchen so that this non-profit agency can continue to perform its mission. The Floured Apron helps women rise to their potential by providing mentoring, life skills, and food service training to low income women — empowering them to achieve economic stability through career paths in the restaurant, food service or baking industries. Women in the program are paired with local women from the community who have volunteered to mentor and support them in stabilizing their lives and becoming self-sufficient.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn about this remarkable program supported by our church. Please make luncheon reservations by Monday, April 3, by calling Lois-Eve Anderson at 847-272-7107 or email her. Luncheon cost is $15. Also indicate whether you will attend the 11:00 talk.

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
 - Genesis 1:28

The WCC Green Team was borne out of the belief that humans are to be stewards of the Earth and to manage and preserve its precious resources.

We are looking at many ways to make this happen and will be using this space weekly to share information and guidance. Please contact Steve Huels or any of the Green Team members with ideas or questions for the Team.
Chuck Dowding
Brian Earl
Bill Hayes
Steve Huels
Steve Juliusson
Liz Kunkle
Maggie Meiners
Laurie Morse
Kathryn Raysses
Floy Schrage
Katie Shook
On Easter Sunday, our Sanctuary is graced with dozens of Easter plants which have been provided by members and friends at a suggested donation of $40. If you would like to give a plant this year in memory or in honor of a loved one, please send this form with a check to the church office. Please respond by this Tuesday, April 4, to be acknowledged in the Easter Bulletin.

First Friday Gathering Coming Up on April 7 | 6:30 P.M. Centennial Room
Holy Week at WCC
Sunday, April 9
PALM SUNDAY Worship at 10 A.M. (Sanctuary)

Thursday, April 13
MAUNDY THURSDAY Worship at 7 P.M. (Sanctuary)

Friday, April 14
GOOD FRIDAY Worship at 12-noon (Sanctuary)

Sunday, April 16
6 A.M. - Sunrise Worship Service (indoors if rain)
9 A.M. - Worship Service (with Brass Quartet and Choir)
11 A.M. - Worship Service (with Brass Quartet and Choir)

Easter Egg Hunt immediately after BOTH the 9 and the 11 services.
Adult Enrichment
You are invited to participate in a Wednesday evening, April 5 event facilitated by our Council’s Vice Chair, Fred Gougler, on the late Henri Nouwen’s classic book on forgiveness, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.

Books available for $10. Contact our Adult Enrichment Liaison, Rev. William Mueller at 441-3400, ext.23. Join us in the Centennial Room from 7:00-8:30 P.M.
The March project for our 7th grade Navigators group was to make stuffed fleece animals, under the wonderful direction of church member, Julie Johnson. The group made 30 darling snuggly stuffed animals which will be donated to Family Promise, who will, in turn, distribute them to children of Family Promise families. 

In February, also under the direction of Julie Johnson, the Navigators made 15 fleece blankets which were donated to the Linus Project, who will distribute the blankets to children in hospitals and shelters.

Thank you, Navigators, for making a difference in the lives of 45 children through Family Promise and the Linus Project.
Spring Cleaning at WCC:

Just as we do in our own homes, WCC is preparing for a long-overdue "Spring Cleaning" in early June. As part of this process, we will be cleaning out some of the storage areas that have accumulated items that may no longer be used/needed. Please make certain that if your committee/ministry group uses items stored on Church Property, that they are clearly labeled and organized. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this effort or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Christy Shellenbarger or Lloyd Culbertson.  

As of March 27, 2017 

Total pledges received: 194
$ Amount received: $911,475
Goal: $1,050,000
% of Goal: 87%
Balance of goal: $138,525

In response to God's graciousness as lived out in the mission and ministry of Winnetka Congregational Church, I/we offer this pledge to financially support the facilities, staff, and outreach. Click to Pledge.

If you are interested in serving dinner at A Just Harvest the first Monday of any month, please contact Laurie Morse at 847-835-4123.
Nominations for Wilfred Helms award are being accepted. The award honors members for their outstanding service to WCC over the past year. Members are selected by Council during the April council meeting. If you have a candidate please contact any council member or Christy Shellenbarger (emial) or at 847-832-1318.
Are you interested in membership at WCC? Would you like to know more about the church, its history and role in the community? 
If you have questions about membership or are interested in learning more, please contact: Carrie Alt or Brad McLane.
The New Member Orientations is scheduled for May 7th.
April 2017
Sally Tomlinson, Christopher Koller
5: Fern Derning
6: Robert Humphrey, Dan Hurley, Matthew Hurley
7: Laurie Kaplan
8: Betsy Pocock, Marcia Arnold, Margo Pearson, Bert Sullivan, Paula Linn, Dana Shabica, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Laura Leonard, Margaret Woodburn, Ella Kastelic
9: Emily Regan, Ethan Jakob, Christian Van Damme  

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Joan Ramsay, who died Monday, March 13, 2017. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 1 at 3 P.M. in our Sanctuary.
Please keep in mind we update our online Prayer List every Thursday. Each week we email a PRAYER LIST to those among our members who request such a list to know about who to be praying for and with. Our Monday afternoon Prayer Group uses the list to hold these persons listed on the Prayer List in their prayers.You too can pray with and for those persons listed by requesting to add your name to the e-blast Prayer List. Contact the Rev. William Mueller at 441-3400, ext.23.
Sunday, April 2
9:00 AM   Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM   Worship: S
10:15 AM   NO Church School: EW
11:00 AM   Fellowship | Mission Team: TFH
11:30 AM   WCC Singers: MR
4:45 PM   Cherub Choir & Alleluia Singer: MR
5:30 PM   Youth Musical Rehearsal: S
Monday, April 3
3:30 PM   Prayer Group: CL
4:45 PM   A Just Harvest
7:00 PM   Floured Apron Board Meeting: TFH
Tuesday, April 4
7:00 PM   NAMI - Balance for Success: LL2
Wednesday, April 5
9:30 AM   Women of Note: MR
11:00 AM   WS Program  - The Floured Apron: CR
12:00 PM   WS Luncheon: TFH
7:00 PM   Adult Enrichment Lenten Study: CR
Thursday, April 6
9:00 AM   AA: TFH
6:15 PM   Bell Choir: Jr.K Rm
7:00 PM   Adult Enrichment-Mustafa Akyol: S
7:00 PM   Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
7:00 PM   Ladies Euchre night: CR
Friday, April 7
9:00 AM   Women’s Bible Study: CR
6:30 PM   First Friday: CR
Sunday, April 9
9:00 AM   Adult Enrichment: CR
10:15 AM   Church School: EW
11:00 AM   Fellowship: TFH
11:30 AM   WCC Singers: MR
4:00 PM   Servants: LL 1
4:45 PM   Cherub Choir & Alleluia Singer: MR
5:30 PM   Youth Musical Rehearsal: S
6:15 PM   Confirmation Class: Sr. Pastor’s Office
6:15 PM   Navigators: TFH
Monday, April 10
1:00 PM   WEX Monthly Memoir Class: CR
3:30 PM   Prayer Group: CL
7:00 PM   Floured Apron Board Meeting :TFH
Tuesday, April 11
6:30 PM   Council Meeting: CR
AMP - Amphitheater
AC - Alsdorf Center
CR - Centennial Room
CL - Conference Library
EW - Education Wing
JK - Jr. Kindergarten
L - Library
LC - Little Chapel
LL - Lower Level (Youth Rooms)
MR - Music Room
NN - New Narthex
S - Sanctuary
TFH - Tolman Fellowship Hall
WS - Woman's Society

Dawn Huntsman
Administrative Assistant
847.441.3400, ext. 10

The Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun 
Senior Pastor
847.441.3400, ext. 16

The Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland
Associate Pastor
847.441.3400, ext. 15

The Rev. Dr. William A. Mueller
Associate Pastor
847.441.3400, ext. 23

Dr. Robert A. Harris 
Director of Music/Choirmaster
847.441.3400, ext. 19

Elaine Clemens
Director of Children’s Music Organist
847.441.3400, ext. 19

Cecelia J. Blue
Director of Christian Education
847.441.3400, ext. 17

Waldek A. Ziolkowski
847.441.3400, ext. 27

Lloyd H Culbertson 
Office & Facilities Manager
847.441.3400, ext. 12

Ray KochChief Sexton
847.441.3400, ext. 21

Mark DudekSexton
847.441.3400, ext. 21

Doug CoulterAccountant
847.441.3400, ext. 13

Paul Allen, Pastor Emeritus
Joseph A. Shank, Pastor Emeritus

Phone: 847.441.3400


Pastoral Care
A reminder: When you or a loved one is admitted to a hospital or other health care facility, please let your pastors know by phone or email. Due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), such organizations are prohibited from providing confidential information to anyone, including clergy. Contact any of us at 441-3400 or via our emails (images are linked) 
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