February 10, 2018
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In this Issue:
Upcoming Worship
Adult Enrichment  
Youth Musical
Play Pickle Ball
Asian Youth Services
Do you like to take pictures?
Church School Calendar
Confirmation Calendar

Navigators Calendar
Green Team
Servants Calendar
Volunteer at A Just Harvest
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff
Upcoming Worship
Sunday, February 11 at 10 A.M.:
Please join us for a special service this Sunday as we welcome the Niles West High School Combined Choirs, directed by WCC’s Matthew Hunter, who will be joining with our Chancel Choir and percussionist Timothy Kelly for a not-to-be-missed rendition of “Glory”. The entire song will be signed by Nora Robinson, who is a first-year student at Lawrence University. “Glory” was the Academy-Award-winning theme from the civil rights movie “Selma”. Bring a friend or neighbor!
Ash Wednesday:
Begin Lent by attending our evening Ash Wednesday service at 7 P.M. on February 14.
For those who cannot make the evening service, we will be offering “Ashes on the Way” here at church from 5:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. on Wednesday, February 14.  Simply pull into the church driveway, stop at the curb outside our main entrance, and one of our pastors will come right to your car, offer a blessing and the imposition of ashes, and then send you on your Lenten way. Please tell your friends and neighbors about this offering, which is open to everyone.
Contribute to a retirement "purse" for long-time Sexton, Ray Koch:

After 15 years on staff at Winnetka Congregational Church, our senior sexton, Ray Koch, has decided to retire. As one expression of our congregation's appreciation of Ray's tenure and contributions, we will be collecting a purse to give to Ray. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by writing a check to Winnetka Congregational Church with "Ray's retirement purse" in the memo line. The deadline for contributions is Monday, February 19th. Ray did not want a party or formal recognition, but he would warmly welcome hearing from you before his last day on February 18, so do stop by his office, call, or send him a card!
The Servants are headed to Alamosa, CO to build houses with Habitat for Humanity for this year's mission trip.  The Registration Deadline is February 14th!! More information here.
Click to Download the Registration Form
Adult Enrichment
January and February
Last year may have marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, but we have just begun to explore its meaning and the ways in which it affects us even in the year 2018. How has it made Christianity more diverse, and how has it affected other religions? And what are the patterns of religious evolution in the 21st century? Join us for rich, informative programs and discussions -- newcomers welcome!
February 11   
 “A Contemporary Jewish View of the Reformation” – guest presenter: Rabbi Rachel Mikva, Chicago Theological Seminary
February 18   
 “Catholic-Protestant Reconciliation” – presenter: the Rev. Jeffrey L. Phillips
February 25   
 “Religious Diversity in the 21st Century” – Great Courses Comparative Religion DVD series
Sunday mornings in the Centennial Room:
8:45 – fellowship & refreshments
9:00 – presentation, followed by discussion

Youth Musical
Mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon, March 18 at 4:30 P.M. Members of our Navigators, Confirmation Class, and Servants will present Once Upon a Parable in our sanctuary. The cast is working hard to prepare this fun musical and they hope you will be able to come enjoy the presentation and support them. The musical will include wonderful songs, an entertaining script, and a great story line. Plan to stay for a light dinner in Tolman Hall that will be provided by the Children and Youth Committee. As always, there will be some surprises. Hope to see you there!
Learn to play Pickle Ball, the fastest growing sport in America in Alsdorf at WCC. Invented for children, but discovered by their grandparents, this is a sport for all ages. Easier than tennis or paddle; serves are underhanded; ball is large whiffle; court is small; net play is diminished by the kitchen line; and doubles reduces the need for mobility.

Chuck Dowding will be in Alsdorf for instruction and play in February during times tabulated below. Paddles and balls are provided. There is no need to sign up; just show up with tennis shoes. Friends are welcome if accompanied by WCC member.

February Schedule: Beginning on February 6th.
Saturdays            2 to 3 (except 17, no play)
Sundays              2 to 3
Tuesdays             4 to 5
Also, February 22 and March 2, Thursdays, 8 to 9 P.M.
Or by special arrangement.

Photo of court in Alsdorf.
Sign In and Sports Waiver

I realize the nature of Winnetka Congregational Church (WCC) Pickle Ball (Activities) and the equipment used in conjunction with those Activities may expose me to hazards or risks that may include minor injuries, broken or sprained limbs, overexertion, or heat exhaustion, along with other, more serious injuries. In consideration of my participation in Activities, I hereby accept all risk to my health or property and release WCC, its Council, officers, agents, employees, independent contractors, and members from any and all liability to me, my personal representatives, estate, heirs, next of kin, and assigns for any and all illness or injury to my person, including death, that may result from or occur during participation in the Activities.

First Name:
Family Name: 
Email address:
In the winter months, WCC will support the work of a Mission Giving partner: Asian Youth Services. Providing FREE after school care, tutoring support, tuition, books school supplies,music lessons and much more, Asian Youth Services is located in the Albany Park neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. A healthy snack is a key component of the outreach that they provide, as most of these children are food-insecure. 

Please provide items to our shopping cart for the children in this program. Any healthy snack is welcome, and they are always also in need of general supplies:
Breakfast bars
Granola bars
Cheese and peanut butter cracker sandwiches
Juice boxes
Small bags of cookies
Paper towels 
Toilet paper
13 and 30 gallon trash bags
Clorox wipes for cleaning
Wide ruled notebook paper
Hand sanitizer
Calling all amateur photographers! 
Occasionally, we are looking for congregational members who can photograph WCC events.If you have any photography skills and would be willing to lend a hand, please contact Waldek Ziolkowski or Christy Shellenbarger.
Also, just a friendly reminder that if you have any photos from the 2017-2018 program year, please make sure to send them to Waldek. They may be used during the Highlight Photo Slideshow at our annual meeting in May. If you send us your photos, there's a better chance you'll be featured in the show!
Sundays 10:15—11:15 A.M. (unless otherwise noted)
Sunday, February 11, 2018  Church School    
Sunday, February 18, 2018  One Room Church School (JK-2nd gr.) Lent I | Presidents’ Day Weekend
Sunday, February 25, 2018  Church School    
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February 11, 2018    No Confirmation Class
(attend the Ash Wednesday service instead)

ASH WEDNESDAY, February 14 at 7 P.M.

February 18, 2018    No Confirmation Class
February 25, 2018    Confirmation Class
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Navigators - 6th and 7th graders!
Sundays from 4:30-5:30 P.M. at Winnetka Congregational Church

QUESTIONS?: Contact Elaine Clemens 

February 11, 2018    Navigators
February 18, 2018    No Navigators
February 25, 2018    Navigators

Sunday, March 4, 2018      Navigators
Sunday, March 11, 2018    Navigators
Sunday, March 18, 2018    Navigators
Sunday, March 25, 2018    Navigators

Navigators February Service Project

During February, our Navigators’ Youth Group (6th/7th graders) will be collecting items for emergency hygiene kits that will be sent to Disaster Ministries of the United Church of Christ.

With our Adult Mission Group just returning from Houston, we are reminded that there are many ways that we can be assistance to those who experience hardship. We hope that you will bring items during the month of February to support our project.

Items needed:
(Collection box will be located in the neo-narthex.)

Hand towels (not fingertip, bath, dish or micro-fiber)


Wide-tooth combs

Finger nail clippers

Toe nail clippers

Bath size bars of soap in the wrapper


Standard Band-Aids 

If you prefer, you can make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase items and to pay the processing fee for each kit. Checks can be made out to the church, with Navigators’ in the memo. Please give checks/cash to Elaine Clemens or Jane Huels.

4:00-5:30 P.M. Servant's Room (LL1)
Sunday, February 11, 2018    Servants
Sunday, February 18, 2018    No Servants
Sunday, February 25, 2018    Servants
Sunday, March 4, 2018          Servants
Sunday, March 11, 2018        Servants
Sunday, March 18, 2018        Servants 
Sunday, March 25, 2018        Servants
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As we head into spring and the prospect of more rain than snow, we need to be mindful of heavy rain events and the possibility of flooding. Based on the concept of Ozone Action Days, Friends of the Chicago River has introduced Overflow Action Days, which alert people that before, during, and after rain storms we need to reduce the amount of water that goes down our drains and into the sewer system, thereby reducing the risk of combined sewer overflows.  
Even in communities with separate sewer systems like Winnetka, reducing water use during heavy rains will have an effect by reducing the amount of pollutants carried by the stormwater through the outfalls and into our waterways. 
Water conservation can play an enormous role in protecting our waterways. Although the Overflow Action Days campaign focuses on water conservation to eliminate combined sewer overflows, conserving water in general is also relevant. 
Here are some ways to reduce your water consumption in general and specifically during heavy rain events:
Water Conservation In General
  • Install low-flow shower heads and shorten your showers when possible; shaving 3 minutes off a 10-minute shower saves 12 gallons of water
  • Use a fully loaded dishwasher. Instead of washing your dishes by hand, run a full load of dishes in a dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water.
  • Wear it again. Before washing your clothes ask yourself, can I wear this again? Jeans and other clothing can easily be worn multiple times before washing.   
  • Flush your toilet less. You read it. We said it.
  • Replace old faucets and shower heads with more efficient ones.  A family could save up to 700 gallons a year.
  • Turn off your faucet when you are not using it, i.e. brushing your teeth, washing your face, washing dishes.
  • Plant native gardens
Water Conservation During Heavy Rain Events
  • Shorten or eliminate your shower
  • Don’t run the dishwasher or the washing machine 
  • Capture stormwater in rain barrels or holding tanks 
To sign up for email alerts on Overflow Action Days, visit

Check out the Village Recycling Guidelines here.

Winnetka Congregational Church provides and serves dinner on the first Monday of every month at A Just Harvest community kitchen, located in Roger's Park at 7649 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60626. We are looking for volunteers to shop or to serve from October through August 2018. Please refer to WCC-A JUST HARVEST (link) for important information and to sign up. You may also use the sign up board now located in Tolman Hall.

A Just Harvest serves a hot, nutritious dinner 365 days a year to anyone in need. It is one of Winnetka Congregational Church's longest running mission programs and one of the most personally rewarding.

Kathryn Raysses is currently the WCC volunteer coordinator for this program and can be reached by email.
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 would like to attend an orientation session on Sunday, February 11th following worship, please contact Carrie Alt.
February 2017
11: Jack Dustman
12: Ronan O'Neill
13: Eddie Nayman
14: Jane Gordon, Avalon Felty
15: Nancy Phair, Caroline Kelly, Ryan Simon, Wells Anderson
16: Virginia Ingram, Joan Kuzel
17: Leslie Sholten, Karl Palasz, Cathie Franklin, Caroline Palasz
18: Cari Alexander, Brian Ball
19: Jane Dowding, Charlie Egan, Sarah Blears
20: Theresa Ruiz-Law, Geoff Koss, Jennifer Lindblad, Becca Lindblad, Hunter Wray, Anike Braun
21: Dan Cox, Gregory Klein, Bradley Klein
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.
Friday, February 9
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, February 10
2:00 PM    Pickle Ball: AC

Sunday, February 11
New Member Orientation
9:00 AM    Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  Church School: EW
11:00 AM  Fellowship: TFH
11:05 AM  Alleluia Singers: MR
11:30 AM  WCC Singers: MR
2:00 PM    Pickle Ball: AC
4:00 PM    Servants: LL
4:30 PM    Navigators: Rm 202
5:30 PM    Youth Musical Rehearsal: MR

Monday, February 12    
10:00 AM  Care and Calling Meeting: CL
1:00 PM    WEX Monthly Memoir Class: CR
3:30 PM    Prayer Group: CL
7:00 PM    Floured Apron Mtg 

Tuesday, February 13
9:00 AM    Yoga Class: AC
4:00 PM    Pickle Ball: AC
6:30 PM    Council Meeting: CR

Wednesday, February 14
7:00 PM    Ash Wednesday Service: S

Thursday, February 15
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
6:15 PM    Bell Choir: LL 2
7:00 PM    Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR

Friday, February 16
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, February 17
6:00 PM    Saturday Night Supper: TFH

Sunday, February 18 Lent I
9:00 AM    Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  JK-2nd Church School: EW
11:00 AM  Fellowship: TFH
2:00 PM    Pickle Ball: AC

AMP - Amphitheater
AC - Alsdorf Center
CR - Centennial Room
CL - Conference Library
EW - Education Wing
HH - Harkness House 
JKK - Kindergarten
L - Library
LC - Little Chapel
LL - Lower Level (Youth Rooms)
MR - Music Room
NN - New Narthex
S - Sanctuary
TFH - Tolman Fellowship Hall
WEX - Women's Exchange
WS - Woman's Society

Dawn HuntsmanAdministrative Assistant
847.441.3400, ext. 10

The Rev. Jeffrey D. BraunSenior Pastor
847.441.3400, ext. 16

The Rev. Sarah Walker CleavelandAssociate Pastor
847.441.3400, ext. 15

The Rev. Jeffrey L. PhillipsAssociate Pastor
847.441.3400, ext. 23

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

Elaine Clemens, Assoc. Director of Music/Organist
847.441.3400, ext. 19

Shelli BrownChurch School Coordinator
847.441.3400, ext. 17

Waldek A. ZiolkowskiPublisher
847.441.3400, ext. 27

Lloyd H CulbertsonDirector of Operations
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

Matthew Hunter, Music Intern
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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