December 9, 2017
In this Issue:
Upcoming Worship/Events
Multi-Faith Mission Trip
Canvass Announcement

Wish Trees Delivery!
Family Promise
Adult Enrichment  
Do you like to take pictures?
Church School Calendar
Confirmation Calendar
Navigators Calendar
Servants Calendar
Volunteer at A Just Harvest
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff
Sunday, December 10 | Immediately following worship

Children’s Gift Fair

This Sunday, December 10 after worship bring your children to WCC for one of the most anticipated events of each year! Children have a great time while also making 10 gifts they can give to family and friends for the holiday. Suggested donation is $15/child with a $60/family cap. Invite some friends to join you! If you have questions, contact Shelli Brown at

Wednesday, December 13 | 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. | Little Chapel
Advent Prayer Vigil

"Pray without ceasing," St. Paul wrote. We observe this season of prayerful waiting by being in continuous prayer on Wednesday, December 13, from 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. in the Little Chapel. You are invited to sign up for a 30-minute session. There will be materials to assist you in your prayers, or you may pray in silence or your own way. These eight hours - and your 30 minute portion of it - are set aside from the busyness of the season so that, as a congregation, we can more deeply appreciate the significance of Advent - God's coming to us in Jesus Christ. No experience needed!  Questions?  Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 441-3400, ext. 23

Monday, December 11 | Between 5:00 and 7:00 P.M.
Poinsettia Open House

Would you like to share Christmas cheer with a fellow WCC member who might appreciate it?  Drop in for refreshments at the Centennial Room between 5:00 and 7:00 P.M. on Monday, December 11, and leave with a small poinsettia to deliver to someone in our congregation who can use a holiday lift. We provide the poinsettia, and the name and address of the person you will deliver to. No experience needed!  Hosted by the Care and Calling Ministry. Questions?  Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 441-3400, ext. 23.

Sunday, December 17 | During worship
Christmas Pageant

We hope you will plan to be with us, to be a part of a very special 102 year old tradition of Winnetka Congregational Church. Come join us for our Annual Christmas Pageant, that will include our youngest children as sheep and our oldest youth as Joseph and Mary. Matter of fact, WCC's first live baby Jesus was James Snyder, and he is now a senior in high school and will be in the Pageant. 

Our children and youth look forward to the Pageant every year, as their role in the Pageant changes almost every year. Also this year, as an added treat, all of the choral music in the Pageant will be provided by our talented youth!
Each year, there is a new little addition or twist to our Pageant. Come and see if you recognize the addition or twist in the 102nd Pageant!
See you on December 17th at our 10 A.M. service.
Christmas Eve services, December 24

4:00 p.m. A Family-Friendly Service
with Trumpets, Harp, Youth Ensemble and Alleluia Singers

10:00 p.m. A Traditional Candlelight Service
with Chancel Choir and Brass Quartet
Multi-Faith Mission Trip – Join our team!

Deadline to sign up: Friday, December 22
Depart: Monday, January 22
Return: Friday, January 26
  • Join our multi-faith mission team as we help our sisters and brothers in Houston to recover.
  • We will be prayerfully partnering with Congregation Hakafa and Morton Grove Muslim Community Center in our first-ever multi-faith mission trip.
  • Our chosen multi-faith approach offers powerful faith and fellowship opportunities with our Muslim and Jewish sisters and brothers.
  • No special skills required. Likely work will range from mucking-out to demo to construction.
  • If you are willing and able-bodied, there is a job for you.
  • Costs are being worked up, but will include airfare.
  • In Houston, we will be working with a credentialed relief organization to ensure that: our work is clearly defined, we have the necessary supplies and support, and we can maximize our impact.
  • Join us as we put our faith in Christ into action while simultaneously witnessing to God’s call to our Jewish and Muslim partners.
  • Help us to make a material difference in the lives of others, and help to show how religion can empower us to celebrate our diversity, work side by side, and build up the beloved community where are all welcome and all have an equally important place and role.
Deadline to sign up: Friday, December 22
To ask questions or to sign up, please email Steve Huels:
Dear Friends,

As we turn from Thanksgiving to the season of Advent we are filled with hope and expectation. And as our fiscal year comes to an end we are hard at work planning for the future. We are blessed that so many of you have responded faithfully to our Annual Giving Campaign and with such generosity. Unfortunately, at this juncture we still are far from meeting our goals. Only one third of those canvassed have responded and we are more than $ 200,000 beneath our financial goal. Annual giving is our most important source of funding. It enables us to plan and offer the diverse ministries that benefit so many. To be the church we envision we need all of your support.

The generous pledge match offered earlier has been extended to the end of the year. Pledge increases up to a total of $25,000 will be matched until December 31st. Pledge increases from existing members will be matched up to $1,000. New pledges will be matched up to $1,000.

Stewardship is many faceted. Stewardship Sunday was an inspiring worship service. If you weren’t able to attend please listen to Pastor Jeff’s heartfelt sermon. With” Hearts on Fire” it calls us to become our church in our time – to honor our legacy while embracing a new one. Listen to the witness of youth leader James Snyder called boldly to say “Yes!” Indeed, “Now is Our Time” to move forward in faith.

If you have not pledged please join your fellow members, open your hearts and do so. We are strongest when we are together. Pledges can be made via the attached pledge card, available throughout the church or online.
Fred Gougler
WCC Vice Chair                         
Tom Temple
Co-Chair Annual Giving
Jeff Braun                   
WCC Senior Pastor
David Snyder
Co-Chair Annual Giving
Link to the Sermon: "Houston we have a problem", by the Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun
“Now is Our Time”: Personal Witness about Our 2018 Pledge Campaign: James Snyder
Link to the Annual Giving Letter
You can make your pledge several ways:
Wish Tree Delivery!
Our annual Wish Tree program has begun. We are working once again with A Just Harvest, this year in partnership with Gale School, located close to A Just Harvest. We will provide just under 300 new gifts to all of the students at Gale.

Trees are located in the neo-narthex and Tolman Hall. We encourage WCC families to choose as many tags as you can. Many of the children have not provided a request, so we have a list of suggested gifts for you. Feel free to be creative when shopping and include a gift receipt.

Cold-weather items like mittens, hats and scarves are always welcome. If you are unable to find something to purchase, a Target or Marshalls gift card is welcome.

Gifts must be returned to church by December 10; Delivery of gifts will be on December 17th after church.

Thank you once again for your loyal support of this popular program!

Questions? Call or email Patti Van Cleave 312 343 7571.
Click here to signup for the Wish Tree delivery!
The Design and Environment Committee wishes to send sincere thanks to Nat Roberts and the Winnetka Boy Scout Troop #20, for generously delivering and helping to set up our beautiful Christmas trees. Additional thanks go to the following who provided helping hands:
Brian and Graham Ambrose
Brinton Roberts
John Tilson
Mike and Jake Meiners
Adam Brown
Brad McLane
Stephen Gloyd
Mike Jakobs
Ray Koch
Mark Dudek
Sincere thanks-
Jill Olson and Nicole Jakob
Design and Environment Co-Chairs
Volunteers Needed
January 7-13

Would you like to get involved? Our church will be hosting 3 to 4 families for 1 week starting January 7th. It’s truly a wonderful experience for our volunteers! Our guests, usually with young children, are currently without a home and trying to “get back on their feet” with the goal of full employment and moving into their own apartment. They will be guests in our church for dinner, after-dinner activities, and overnight (in Sunday school classrooms). After one-week they move on to another congregation on the North Shore. See below for the volunteer slots where we still need help. We try to have 2 volunteers (or a family) for each shift. Each overnighter sleeps in a private room (with TV) on a “comfy” mattress. Please add your name to our Sign-up Genius or send an email to Jeanne Ebersole.
Sign-up Genius
Adult Enrichment

- As we mark the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we re-visit the dynamic combination of powerful religious institutions, strong personalities, social class conflict, and new technologies in 16th century Europe. But what were some of the basic theological concepts involved, and do they still hold relevance for us today? Join us in November and December as Pastor Jeffrey Phillips leads us through a special thought-provoking UCC Reformation program.

- On December 17, Peter Cosyns’ popular Christmas music program returns. “Carols from the Archives” will be a discussion of the sources for text and tunes of several popular carols from the 15th and 16th centuries. (Not to worry, you’ll recognize all of them, even those sung in Latin.)
December 10
 Reformation – “Which Do You Prefer, an Angry God or a Cheap Gospel?”
December 17
 Christmas Music with Peter Cosyns - “Carols from the Archives”
December 24 & 31
 No Adult Enrichment
Please join us Sunday mornings in the Centennial Room:

8:45 – fellowship and refreshments  
9:00 – presentation, followed by conversation

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, December 10, 2017    Church School | Gift Fair Sunday
Sunday, December 17, 2017    Pageant (No Church School) | Wish Tree
Sunday, December 24, 2017    One Room Church School (JK-2nd grade) | Winter Break
Sunday, December 31, 2017    One Room Church School (JK-2nd grade) | Winter Break
In order to learn about changes to the calendar as well as receive information about upcoming events and what’s happening in church school, please make sure you’ve signed up to receive email announcements through MailChimp.
Sunday, December 10, 2017    Confirmation Class
Sunday, December 17, 2017    Wish Tree | No Class
Sunday, December 24, 2017    No Class
Sunday, December 31, 2017    No 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 

Sunday, December 10, 2017    Navigators
Sunday, December 17, 2017    No Navigators—Wish Tree Instead!
Sunday, December 24, 2017    No Navigators
Sunday, December 31, 2017    No Navigators
Join the Chancel Choir
for high schoolers and adults

The chancel choir is composed of singers who can read music, carry a tune and who enjoy the challenge of singing a wide variety of church music. The repertoire includes many genres and styles. Sacred choral works of master composers, music from the spiritual and gospel tradition as well as that of living composers are sung in our worship services. Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursdays, from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Contact Robert Harris for more information on the Chancel Choir.
4:00-5:30 P.M. Servant's Room (LL1)
Sunday, December 10, 2017    Servants
Sunday, December 17, 2017    Wish Tree  11:30-4 P.M.
Sunday, December 17, 2017    No Servants at 4 P.M.
Sunday, December 24, 2017    No Servants
Sunday, December 31, 2017    No Servants
We are still working on scheduling special events (a retreat, bowling, etc). These events might affect this calendar, so please be sure you’ve signed up to receive text messages through and email announcements through MailChimp. | QUESTIONS?

Email a simple holiday card to family and friends.
Reuse gift wrap and wrap things in creative wrappings like children’s artwork, furoshiki (reusable gift-wrap made of fabric), pillow cases, blankets, reusable shopping bags, reusable holiday tins, or comics from the Sunday paper.
Buy local and save resources all around.
When entertaining, use reusable dishes, glassware, silverware, and napkins rather than disposables. Have containers on hand to send guests home with leftovers, freeze for another time, or compost.
Reuse packing boxes, bubble wrap, and peanuts. When you are done with them, break down the boxes and recycle them with your curbside collection, recycle the bubble wrap with other plastics at your local grocery store, and donate the peanuts to the UPS store in Hubbard Woods.
Say ‘no’ to a consumer Christmas and a thousand different ‘must do’ traditions. Instead, say ‘yes’ to a quiet time of reflection and love for your family, friends, and community.
Give the gift of time and attention rather than stuff. Spend time with a loved one doing or learning something you love together. Give coupons/certificates for ‘doing gifts’ like going to a concert, sports events, a movie, ice skating, bowling, a massage, or a bike ride. Or offer to do a chore for someone like go shopping, pet-walking, or yard work.
Give the gift of Nature. Send self-made cards with packets of native flower seeds inside or plant a tree in someone’s honor.
Make a family cookbook that showcases your favorite meals along with great pictures.
Use the money you would spend on gifts to make donations to your favorite charities - either one large one as a family, or smaller ones for each member to choose individually.
Go gift-free and make the gathering about the gathering!
Stay home and enjoy what you already have.
Save energy by avoiding decorations that require an outlet.
Decorate a large plant with lights and ribbons rather than a Christmas tree.

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.
Thanks to our December shoppers and servers:
Ann Grote (shopper);
Steve Huels, Brad McLane, Tara Sadeva,
and confirmands Jack Frohling and Stephen Gloyd (servers).
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, please contact Carrie Alt.
December 2017
10: Nancy Borghesi, Dede McLane, Nancy Santi, Julie Holland, Sean O'Neill, Trevor Rodgers
11: John Cash, Audrey Gottschild, Juliet Farashahi 
12: Claire Gould
13: Paulette Brown, Nancy Meislahn, Rich Franklin, Scott Brown
16: Burke  Kinnaird, Carrie Alt, Nicholas Hayes, Christopher Kirkpatrick, Lillian Diffendale
17: Craig Eisner, Holly Hales, Emily McLane
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, December 8    
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, December 9
9:00 AM    Pageant Rehearsal: S, LL2, TFH

Sunday, December 10
9:00 AM    Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  Gift Fair
11:00 AM  Fellowship: TFH
2:00 PM    Wish Tree Staging: AC
4:00 PM    Servants: LL 1
4:30 PM    Navigators: Rm 202
6:00 PM    Confirmation Class: LL
7:00 PM    Children & Youth Committee: TFH

Monday, December 11
3:30 PM    Prayer Group: CL
5 PM         Poinsettia Party: CR

Tuesday, December 12
6:30 PM    Council Meeting: CR

Wednesday, December 13
4 PM          Pageant Rehearsal: S, LL2, TFH

Thursday, December 14
9 AM         AA Meeting: TFH
6:15 PM    Bell Choir: LL2
7 PM         Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR

Friday, December 15
9 AM           Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, December 16
9 AM          Pageant Dress Rehearsal    

Sunday, December 17   PAGEANT
9 AM           Adult Enrichment: CR
10 AM         Worship/Pageant: S    
10:15 AM    No Church School-Wish Tree: EW
11 AM         Fellowship: TFH
11:05 AM    Alleluia Singers: MR

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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