August 25 and September 1, 2018
 Hello, <<First Name>>
In this Issue:
Parking lot closure 
Care and Calling

WCC Reads (conclusion)
Rally Sunday - September 9 at 10 A.M.
First Friday Potluck
Blessing of the Animals
Family Promise
Keeping Faith: Sisters of Story EVENT
Summer Hours - Automatic Doors Locking
Directory Changes
Snowbirds -Directory Changes
Need setup for a meeting at WCC
Help Wanted - Photo/VideoGraphers

Prayer Group - You, Too!
Everybody Move program for children
Green Team
A Just Harvest 
iPhone Photographers Needed!
Happy Birthday
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff

Sunday Fellowship Set Up | Sign Up
Sunday Worship - Scripture Reader | Sign Up 
Sunday Worship - Call to Discipleship | Sign Up
Sunday Worship - Usher/Greeter | Sign Up 
Sunday Worship - Acolytes | Sign Up
Volunteer at A Just Harvest | Sign Up
THIS Friday, August 24 | 12:20 P.M.
GOLFERS - This is your final call!
THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON, August 24, we will carry on the tradition of the Bob Buchanan Golf Outing to raise funds for the Servants Mission Trip. Started by Dinny Cosyns, who has recently moved to Arizona with husband, Peter, we will be adding her name to the title of the event in honor of her commitment to this great day!
Please contact Elaine Clemens ( if you will be joining us for an afternoon of fellowship, golf, food, and AWARDS!
Gathering time is 12:30 with the first tee off at 1 P.M. Food, beverages, and AWARDS will take place afterwards.
Hope you will be able to help us carry on the wonderful tradition of the Bob Buchanan-Dinny Cosyns Golf Outing.

To All,
The church parking lot will be closed Tuesday 9/4, Wednesday 9/5 and Thursday 9/6 for repairs, seal coating and striping. If a rain date is needed the parking lot may also be closed on Friday 9/7. All vehicles must vacate the lot on these dates.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Lloyd Culbertson, Director of Operations
Winnetka Congregational Church
(O) 847-999-9404 | (M) 847-417-3965​
THIS Saturday, August 25 | 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.
All about how to be a confident, effective lay caregiver

This is a reminder to those who are attending, and an invitation to anyone who didn’t RSVP or who might have changed their mind!
We have 22 people coming to be trained. Trainers are Carol Jansson, JS Hedegard, and Pastor Jeffrey. Lunch from The Grand!

Training! Fun! Practical! Interesting!

9:00 A.M. -- 1:00 P.M., lunch included (no charge)

Everything you need to know to be a confident, effective lay caregiver!

Attending does not commit you to be a commissioned Care and Calling minister, but it does qualify you to be one!  Remember: you only do what you want to do and have time to do in this ministry.

Come and find out more….. 
Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403,
Wednesday, August 29 | 1 P.M. and 7 P.M.
WCC Reads concludes

On Wednesday, August 15, WCC hosted the Venerable Ajahn Thapakorn, abbot of Wat Buddha Dharma in Willowbrook, for an afternoon and evening presentation on Theravada Buddhism, part of WCC Reads, our month-long study of Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. If you were not able to attend but would like to experience the event, follow this link to view the evening session:  WCC Reads concludes this Wednesday, August 29, at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room. 
Questions?  Pastor Jeffrey Phillips,, (847) 999-9403.

Sunday, September 9 | 10 A.M.
Rally Sunday | Program Year Starts
9 A.M. Spiritual Enrichment (former Adult Enrichment)
10:15 A.M. Church School  REGISTRATION LINK
Do you feel like reading Scripture or leading Call to Discipleship, be an Usher/Greeter or setting up Fellowship Sunday mornings at 9 and during our program year on Sundays at 10 A.M.?
We would love to have you!
Opportunity 1: ACOLYTE (5th - 8th Graders) | SIGN UP HERE!
Opportunity 2: LAY READER (Adults, Youth) | SIGN UP HERE!
Opportunity 4: GREETER / USHER | SIGN UP HERE!
Dawn HuntsmanAdministrative Assistant, at (847) 441-3400
Great Opportunity to SERVER at A Just Harvest | SIGN UP HERE!
Friday, September 7 | 6:30 P.M.
First Friday Potluck Gathering
Members of the First Friday Potluck Gathering invite all WCC members and well-wishers to our monthly celebration of friends and food. A fireside wine and hors d'oeuvres hour precedes our potluck, with foods prepared at home or picked up from a local deli bar.

Join us for the first First Friday of the season on September 7 at 6:30 P.M. in the Centennial Room. No reservation is necessary, but for more information, contact Jane Dowding, 847-736-9064, or Nancy Meislahn, 847-441-6872, co-ordinators of First Friday.

We hope you can join us!  
Saturday, September 22 | 9 A.M. 
Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will happen on Saturday, September 22, at 9:00 A.M. on the WCC portico – even if it’s raining cats and dogs, which we hope it will be.  In addition to cats and dogs, bring your guinea pigs, rabbits, cobras, horses, and pet pelicans. Photos of animals unable to travel will also be blessed. And stuffed animals, too. Why not?  If you would like to remember a pet who passed away, bring a memory, a photo, or an urn to be blessed.  Be sure to invite your neighbors of all species. Questions? Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403. 

We Need a few new volunteers to work with Suzanne Lavin

We have a long-standing tradition at WCC of supporting Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that helps North Shore homeless families obtain stable housing. Accordingly, we host families three times per year in the fall, winter, and spring. In order to continue our long-standing support, we need a few new volunteers to work with Suzanne Lavin, the overall WCC Site coordinator.
Please review the volunteer job descriptions below and let Suzanne know if you can help! (Click this link to contact Suzanne).
  • Volunteer Coordinator: To host one week of Family Promise, we need approximately 40 volunteers. Each night we need a family to bring and serve dinner, a family to lead activities for the children, and two volunteers to stay overnight. The Volunteer Coordinator sends out the Sign-Up Genius and ensures all volunteer slots are filled. In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator trains any new volunteers and stops by the church a few evenings a week to make sure all is going smoothly. Yes, Suzanne, I will volunteer!
  • Food Coordinator: Each week that we host Family Promise, we offer grab-and-go food for the guests, including breakfast foods (like cereal and oatmeal) and snacks (like granola bars and fruit). The Food Coordinator shops for the grab-and-go food, and makes sure there is enough to last the week. Typically the Food Coordinator has to replenish some of the food mid-week. Yes, Suzanne, I will volunteer!
Wednesday, September 12 | 7 P.M.
Interfaith Women to Share Their Stories in Performance
Four women from four religions will tell stories of their faiths through a program, Keeping Faith, Sisters of Story, to be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 at Winnetka Congregational Church (WCC), located at the corner of Pine Street and Prospect, east of the Winnetka Community House. The program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by WCC with additional support from the New Trier Multifaith Alliance, Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, The Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, the Muslim Community Center in Morton Grove, and numerous generous individuals. 

Sisters of Story is an interfaith play, performed by Rohina Malik Hasany (Muslim), Kim Schultz (Christian), Susan Stone (Jewish), with special guest Joyce Litoff (Baha’i), and accompanied by the musician, Lucia Thomas. At the completion of the play, guests will be able to participate in a discussion with the performers and enjoy a reception with desserts from ethnic and women-owned bakeries.
Summer Hours - Automatic Locking & Unlocking of Doors

Please note new summer hours for the automatic locking and unlocking of the main entry doors to the church. Both the Helms Lobby door and the Pine St. door will operate automatically as follows:
Monday – Thursday   8:00 A.M.   5:00 P.M.
Friday      8:00 A.M.   3:00 P.M.
Saturday (Helms only)   1:30 P.M.   4:00 P.M.
Sunday   7:00  A.M.   4:00 P.M.
If you need to gain entry to the church during hours when the doors are locked and you do not have a PIN Code with proper permissions, you may contact Doug Coulter (847) 999-9405 in the Business Office to make the necessary arrangements.
Snowbirds and all who want Directory Changes

In order to have the correct listings published in 2018-19 WCC Directory, please make sure that the information in the last Directory is correct. Notify our office (847) 999-9400) of any corrections to address, email, phone, and family info.

Need setup for a meeting or event this summer? 
Are you planning an event for this summer or fall? Please contact Dawn at to make sure all information is on the church calendar. Thank you for your help during this summer vacation time!

Right here for WCC!
Can you share your talents with the task force working on the WCC website to help grow our church? Help us tell our story and share our great church with others. We need photos that capture our essence and facilities along with someone who can help film and edit a two-minute short on WCC. This could be a great resume builder or one-off project for you! Want to learn more? Contact Suzanne Lavin 224-246-5532

Prayer Group – You, Too!

The WCC Prayer Group meets every Monday from 3:30-4:30 in the Conference Library – and you’re invited!  We pray for those listed on the church prayer list, strengthened with a word of scripture and reflection. We also send a note to those for whom we pray. Try it out, participate when you can – no commitment expected. Newcomers welcome, no prior prayer experience needed! When you’re not able to attend physically, you can join us by phone (we’ll give you the number to call in). For more information, contact Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403,     

Everybody Move, Inc., is bringing an early childhood movement and music program to Winnetka Congregational Church. Everybody Move, established in 1997, offers classes at WCC Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for young children 6 months to 4 years of age. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome. The fun and educational hour-long classes will include music, dancing, puppets, instruments, new friends and more. For more information about the program, please visit their website at and you may contact founder and director Celeste Cifala Roy directly at or 773- 426-0002.

Check out the Village Recycling Guidelines here.

Stormwater-Friendly Landscaping

Stormwater-friendly landscaping is an environmentally sound way to moderate the effects of stormwater during heavy rainfall. Some examples of stormwater-friendly landscaping practices include use: of rain barrels and downspouts; permeable pavement; rain gardens; natural landscaping; bioswales; and bioretention basins. It is also important to consider stormwater-friendly lawn care practices. To learn more about stormwater-friendly landscaping and lawn care practices, click here to see the Environmental and Forestry Commission’s Stormwater Best Management Practices Guide for Residents.

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 need four volunteers to serve each month. Please refer to WCC-A JUST HARVEST (link) for important information and to sign up. You may also use the sign-up board.

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.

Patti Van Cleave and Joanne Baker are currently the WCC volunteer coordinators for this program and can be reached by email Patti Van Cleave or Joanne Baker 
Great opportunity to SERVER -- Sign up here!
Calling all amateur photographers! 

We are looking for members who can photograph WCC events. If you have any photography skills and would be willing to lend a hand, please contact Waldek Ziolkowski
Also, just a friendly reminder that if you have any photos from our 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!
Are you interested in membership at WCC? Would you like to know more about the church and its ministry? If you have questions about membership contact Carrie Alt at
23: Linda Maclachlan
24: Steve Huels, Rob Churchwell
25: Cate Barron, Eric Dustman, Jaxson Mackey, Tegan Johnson
26: Lindsay Swift
27: Thomas Scheckelhoff, Arthur Holden, Rebecca Eisner, Chip Cosyns, Chloe Kastelic
28: Jean Henderson, Rachel Resnekov, Kevin Koller, Kyle Koller
29: Pete McNerney, Lindsey Cogan
30: Sandra Scheckelhoff, Robert Sudekum
31: Dorothy Kinnaird
2017-2018 Highlight Reel
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.

August 23, 2018

New and Updated Petitions & Thanksgivings

Lizzie Ritter is improving as she undergoes numerous surgeries at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. She remains in ICU, but is off the ventilator and much more alert. Lizzie is the daughter of Jay and Leslie Ritter. If you would like to send a card, drop it by the pastors' office for Jeff or Jeffrey to take to the hospital.

Connie Casey is home after a twelve-day stay at Glenview Terrace. She is feeling much better and is grateful for the support of her church family through this ordeal.

Prayers for healing for Israel Malave, son of Betty Carbol's friend Maria. Izzy is recovering from proton and radiation treatments, anticipating an MRI on the 28th. Maria writes, "Izzy looks so much better, and we are trusting God through all of this."

Ongoing Petitions

For those who are grieving

- For Mary LaMonica on the loss of Mary's brother Robert Dibelka.
Bill Fry and family on the passing of Bill's wife Nancy.
- For Julie Johnson on the death of her dear friend T. Tolbert Chisum.
- For the family and friends of Stephen Shapiro.

Prayers for Kimberly Romic's mother, Janice Schneckloth, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Kimberly also asks our prayers for a friend who lost her job.

Prayers for Dian Eller and Jill Dillingham as Dian attends to her mother and Jill's grandmother Dolores Deutsch who recovers from complications due to surgery.

Susan Gillette asks our prayers for her friend Linda who is battling cancer.

Jeanne Ebersole asks our prayers for her friend Anne McIntosh and her husband, the Rev. Mark McIntosh, and their children. Mark has been diagnosed with ALS.

Continued prayers for Cate Ebersole who is having chemo every four weeks to shrink her benign tumor so that it stops hurting, shrinks to an operable size, or dies.

For those not listed here, but in our hearts, on our minds, and in need of prayer.
Thursday, August 23            
9:00 AM     AA MTG: TFH
10:00 AM Spiritual Enrichment Team: Room 205
Friday, August 24            
12:30 PM Annual Golf Outing @ Winnetka Golf Course
Saturday, August 25            
9:00 AM    Care & Calling Training: CR
Sunday, August 26            
9:00 AM    Worship: South Lawn
10:00 AM Fellowship:  Front Lawn
Monday, August 27            
3:30 PM     Prayer Group: CL
Tuesday, August 28            
9:00 AM    WS Benevolence/Kickoff Mtg: CR
7:00 PM    Executive Council: Sr. Pastor's Ofc
Wednesday, August 29            
1:00 PM    WCC Reads: CR
7:00 PM    WCC Reads: CR
Thursday, August 30            
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
Sunday, September 2            
9:00 AM    Communion Sunday: South Lawn
10:00 AM Fellowship    Front Lawn
Monday, September 3          
Labor Day - Church Closed    
5:00 PM    A Just Harvest: Away
Tuesday, September 4            
9:00 AM     WS Benevolence: CR
Thursday, September 6            
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
7:00 PM    Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
Friday, September 7            
6:30 PM    First Friday: CR
Saturday, September 8          
9:00 AM    Ushers & Greeters Meeting    Sanctuary
Sunday, September 9            
9:00 AM    Spiritual Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM Worship - Rally Sunday: S
11:00 AM Fellowship: TFH
6:45 PM     Hakafa - Rosh Hashana    Sanctuary
Monday, September 10            
8:15 AM     Hakafa - Rosh Hashana: S
9:00 AM    Floured Apron - Class Begins    
9:15 AM    Everybody Move    
3:30 PM    Prayer Group: CL
Tuesday, September 11            
9:00 AM     Floured Apron
9:00 AM    WS Benevolence: CR
9:15 AM    Everybody Move    
7:00 PM    Council Meeting: CR
Wednesday, September 12           
9:00 AM    Floured Apron
9:15 AM    Everybody Move    
7:00 PM    Sisters of Story: S
Thursday, September 13            
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
9:00 AM    Floured Apron 
6:15 PM    Bell Choir Rehearsal: LL 2
7:00 PM    Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
Friday, September 13           
9:00 AM    Floured Apron
9:00 AM    Women's Bible Study: CR
5:30 PM    All Sons Event: TFH


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
The Rev. Jeffrey D. BraunSenior Pastor

The Rev. Jeffrey L. PhillipsAssociate Pastor
Dr. Robert A. HarrisDirector of Music/Choirmaster

Lloyd H CulbertsonDirector of Operations
Elaine Clemens, Director of Engagement
Shelli BrownChurch School Coordinator

Waldek A. ZiolkowskiPublisher

Doug CoulterAccountant
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.

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725 Pine Street, Winnetka, IL 60093
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