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January 7, 2017
 Hello <<Parent/Guardian First Name:>>
In this Issue:
Canvass Update
Green Team
Transition
Sarah says Thank You!
Sewers & Sewing Machines
Adult Enrichment
Women's Retreat
Memorial Comm. Needs Help 
Join a Fellowship Team
New Trier Food Pantry
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Prayer List

Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff
The Mission Doing team would like to thank everyone who helped fill the 300 wishes on our Christmas "Wish Trees" this year.  Many of you provided multiple gifts, and more than 30 people volunteered to deliver the gifts to the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago last Sunday, where the gifts were distributed to families who have relationships with our soup kitchen partner, A Just Harvest.  A special thank-you goes to Associate Pastor Sarah Walker Cleaveland, who shepherded the project from start to finish.

Many of the recipient families have several children, and despite the cold, brought their families to enjoy treats and crafts provided by our artistic WCC members. In fellowship with these families, we were able to learn of their challenges and hear the gratefulness in their voices for our gifts. 

This outpouring of goodwill from you to others at Christmas time is a remarkable demonstration of generosity. Thank you!
More photos
As of December 2016: 

Amount of pledges received: $843,525
Total number of pledges: 164
% of $1,050,000 goal: 80%
Remaining to meet goal: $206,475
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.
Join Go Green Winnetka for a screening of Before the Flood, a documentary that looks at how climate change is truly changing our world and what communities and individuals can do in response. The movie follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world witnessing the effects of climate change. Along with DiCaprio, the documentary’s subjects also include Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Sunita Narain, Anote Tong, John Kerry, Elon Musk, Alejandro Inarritu, Piers Sellers, and Johan Rockström.

The movie will be screened at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 25th and runs for approximately 90 minutes. 
TRANSITION

Our most sincere sympathy surrounds Eleanor Prince, whose husband, Thomas R. Prince, died on Christmas afternoon, December 25, at Evanston Hospital. A memorial service will be held January 7, 2017 at 2 P.M. in the Sanctuary. Interment will be in Tom’s hometown in Mississippi.
Thank you so much for the lovely baby shower and all of the gifts and well wishes! We felt so inundated with love and care on December 11th, as we have throughout this pregnancy and the whole of our time at WCC. We can’t imagine a better place to raise children and have so appreciated your love and care of Caleb (not to mention the number of gifts you gave him, which prompted him to tell us that he and Baby Hannah were the most special ones in our family). We know Hannah will be loved and cared for beyond our wildest dreams (as she has been already). Thank you!!
                        Adam, Sarah & Caleb
Sarah, Adam, and Caleb welcomed Hannah Lise Walker Cleaveland into the world at 8:49 A.M. on Friday, December 30. Welcome a happy and healthy baby Hannah!
Looking for Sewers & Sewing Machines

The 7th Grade Navigators will be undertaking a sewing project in February and March under the tutelage of member Julie Johnson. We’re looking for a few experienced sewers who would be willing to come help with the technical practicalities of using a sewing machine as well as a few additional sewing machines that the youth could use. If you fit the bill or have a sewing machine that we could borrow, please email Pastor Sarah.

The dates for the project are Sunday February 12 & 26 and March 5, 12, 19 from 6:15-7:30 P.M.

Our Adult Enrichment invites you to its Advent series on Sunday mornings in the Centennial Room. We begin at 8:45 with Refreshments and Fellowship, followed by Program at 9:00.

January 2017

We begin a new video/discussion series on Great World Religions: Christianity presented by Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson
Dr. Johnson is Candler School of Theology’s Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus, Emory’s most distinguished endowed chair. A noted scholar and an award-winning teacher, Johnson taught at Yale Divinity School and Indiana University prior to arriving at Candler in 1992. His research concerns the literary, moral and religious dimensions of the New Testament, including the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James.

A prolific author, Johnson has penned 31 books, more than 70 scholarly articles, 100 popular articles and nearly 200 book reviews. His 1986 book, The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, now in its third edition, is widely used as a textbook in seminaries and departments of religion throughout the world. A decade later, Johnson made national headlines with The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels (HarperOne, 1996), the first book to systematically challenge the Jesus Seminar’s controversial claims, among them that Jesus said only 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him.

A former Benedictine monk, Johnson is a highly sought-after lecturer and has made more than 175 academic presentations.
Join us in the Centennial Room on Sunday mornings at 8:45 for Refreshments and Fellowship, followed by DVD lectures and conversation:
January 8       Christianity Among World Religions
January 15     Birth and Expansion
January 22     Second Century and Self-Definition
January 29     The Christian Story 

You can access the above lectures at:

You can also download and view the Course Guidebook.
We plan to have copies of The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels available for purchase for just $10.

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The Deadlint to sign up is January 10.

The Art of Compassion

Seeing may well be the entryway to empathy. Recent research suggests seeing is more than believing – it can help our brains recognize and respond to the experience of another. If we are paying attention. 

Come join us as together we explore an original method of seeing-and-praying with photography and a variety of artworks, and discuss how we can use our hearts and minds to become more generous and kind.
 
Led By

Diane Hogue, a spiritual director, retreat leader, and writer, specializing in contemplative living, and spirituality and the arts. Diane also serves as affiliate faculty in spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she has most recently taught “Spirituality, Diversity, and the Global Landscape.” Her writing has been published in The Thoughtful Christian, Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, and Call to Worship. A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, Diane sees individuals for spiritual direction in Wilmette.
 
When: Dinner on Friday, January 27th—Dinner on Saturday, January 28th

Where: University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL)

Cost: 
(scholarships available)
$200—single room
$190—shared room
$110—Saturday only
Exploring Grief Group Winter Session at WCC

Winnetka Congregational Church
Every other Monday
from 7 - 8:30 P.M.
January 9th - March 20th


We are pleased to offer our unique Exploring Grief Group starting on January 9th. This series provides a confidential, supportive and educational environment to cope with grief. Four area congregations have come together to underwrite this important service for our community, enabling us to offer it at no charge.

Meetings are led by Joellen Hosler, MDiv, LCPC, who has extensive experience with grief and loss through her work with clients and as a Pastor, Joellen designs a special presentation for each meeting tailored to the needs of the registered group. 

For more information or to register for any of the 6-session groups, please contact Joellen at 847-446-6955 ext. 19. 
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 2017 dates for New Member Orientations are February 5th and May 7th.
Memorial Reception Committee Needs More Help 

Would you like to participate in an important and meaningful mission of WCC? If so, please consider joining the WS Memorial Reception Committee. We offer families the opportunity to have a lovely reception at WCC after a Memorial Service. Committee members provide the refreshments: coffee, punch , sweets, nuts, cheese & crackers, fruit and sometimes , tea sandwiches. The committee also sets up the buffet table and is present during the reception to pour beverages and refill refreshment trays if needed. We help the Sextons with the clean up.
 
Communication is all done via email by Co-Chairwomen, Fleury Linn and Laurie Morse. When a reception is desired, committee members receive an email with all the information about how many women are needed to help set up, work and provide refreshments. Members respond if they are available (or not) to help and in what way. 
 
A large committee is needed so that members only need to help when they are available; hence, no pressure. Most receptions are on Saturdays, however, the family is able to pick the day and time. Usually, there is not a lot of notice, which is also why a large committee is helpful. 
 
This is a very rewarding experience for committee members and is so appreciated by those families who are suffering a loss. We are able to offer help when they have so much stress in their lives. 
 
If interested or you would like more information, please contact Fleury Linn or 847-715-9288. 

Come Join A Fellowship Team


On most Sundays following worship, fellowship is offered in Tolman Hall where one of six fellowship teams hosts coffee and treats and conversation with fellow parishioner on a rotating basis. In addition to regular Sunday fellowship, we also host some special after worship events such as the Ice Cream Social on Kick-Off/Rally Sunday in the fall, the church-wide Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the all-church picnic in June. 

Joining a Fellowship team is a wonderful way for both new and established members to get to know other members. If you are interested in joining a team, please let one of us know. 
 
   We welcome your participation!

Judy ArchambaultCristina ChungJen Mackey 
New Trier Food Pantry always needs your help!
 
While WCC members support New Trier Food Pantry by supplying goods to the Pantry the first Sunday of each month, Winnetka Interfaith Council urges us to do it more often than that. Our global community needs as many goods as possible. Please bring your donations and leave them in the shopping cart in the Narthex. Money is also welcomed, of course, with checks made out to New Trier Food Pantry. You can also write a check to WCC with a memo: New Trier Food Pantry. 

This month we collect in the shopping cart: pasta sauce, brown and white rice, cereal, and laundry detergent.
JANUARY 2017
7:
Philip Dustman
9: Elaine Bovaird, Elsa De Jaegher
10: Chang Liu, Brendan Cavanaugh, Andrew McNerney
12: Sharon King, Marjorie Graham, Jon Hesby, Jacob Levin, Katie Shook
13: Betsy Lewis, Claire Manning, Alec Manning
14: Lindsay Brown, Jack Kelly, Molly Haskell
PRAYER LIST
 
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, January 8 is Baptism of the Lord Sunday. Join us for this always inspiring service in the life of our congregation as we continue to follow “the thread” into a new Spirit filled year.

PARISH CALENDAR

 
Sunday, January 8 | Epiphany Sunday
9:00 AM Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM Worship Epiphany Sunday: S
10:15 AM Church School: EW
11:00 AM Fellowship: TFH
11:30 AM WCC Singers: MR
4:00 PM Servants: LL 1
4:30 PM Cherub Choir (JK-2 Gr): MR
5:00 PM Alleluia Singers (3-6 Gr): MR
   
Monday, January 9
9:30 AM Pure Strength: AC
3:30 PM Prayer Group: CL
7:00 PM Exploring Grief - Samaritan Counseling: CR
   
Tuesday, January 10
9:15 AM WERQ Dance Fitness: AC
6:30 PM Council Meeting: CR
   
Thursday, January 12
9:00 AM AA: TFH
6:15 PM Bell Choir: Jr. K Rm
7:00 PM Children & Youth Committee: CR
7:00 PM Chancel Choir: MR
   
Friday, January 13
9:15 AM WERQ Dance Fitness: AC
   
Sunday, January 15 | Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday
9:00 AM Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM Worship: S
10:15 AM Church School: EW
11:00 AM Fellowship: TFH
11:30 AM WCC Singers: MR
4:00 PM Servants: LL 1
5:00 PM Alleluia Singer (2-6 Gr): MR
   
Monday, January 16
OFFICES & BUILDING CLOSED
   
Tuesday, January 17
9:15 AM WERQ Dance Fitness: AC
   
Thursday, January 19
9:00 AM AA: TFH
10:30 AM Safe Church: CR
6:15 PM Bell Choir: Jr. K Rm
   
Sunday, January 22
9:00 AM Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM Worship Renewal of Baptism Vows: S
10:15 AM Church School: EW
11:00 AM Fellowship: TFH
11:30 AM WCC Singers: MR
4:00 PM Servants: LL 1
5:00 PM Alleluia Singer (2-6 Gr): MR
6:15 PM Confirmation Class: Senior Pastor’s study
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
Publisher
847.441.3400, ext. 27

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

Ray Koch
Chief Sexton
847.441.3400, ext. 21

Mark Dudek
Sexton
847.441.3400, ext. 21

Doug Coulter
Accountant
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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