March 4, 2017
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In this Issue:
Servants Mission Trip | March 25-April 1
Men's Fellowship
Family Promise 
Islam Without Extremes...
Canvass Update
Volunteer at A Just Harvest
Adult Enrichment
Woman's Society Program
40 Days-40 Items
Hearing Challenges
Exploring Grief
Membership Orientation | May 7
A Just Harvest 
The Status of Women
Join the Floured Apron
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Prayer List

Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff

Renowned College Chamber Choir Visits WCC

The award winning Chamber Singers from the University of South Dakota will present a concert on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 P.M. in our Sanctuary. Their program entitled Circle of Life, comprises unaccompanied choral repertoire of classical and contemporary selections spanning a variety of languages and cultures. As described by the ensemble's director, David Holdhusen, a former conducting student of our choirmaster Robert Harris at NU, We start the program with music that demonstrates the beginning of life and then journey through the significant life milestones in song.
We urge the congregation to attend this concert and to provide a warm welcome to the USD Chamber Singers and to enjoy an evening of superb choral music. The concert will last about one hour and a half with an intermission where a free will offering will be collected.
Servants Mission Trip 2017: A Soulful Journey to New Orleans, A Collective Chance to Help Good Folks Return Home

This year, on behalf of our congregation, our Servants will travel to New Orleans (March 25-April 1). There, we will partner in rebuilding homes with a truly world-class and salt-of-the-earth organization, called SBP (

Our common mission is simple but profound: To bring home good and deserving folks who have been displaced by Katrina’s ravaging waters for over 11 years!
It is our Servants who will be traveling to New Orleans, along with Senior Pastor Jeff Braun and our amazing Faith Guides, Steve Huels and Jennifer Guy.  In that sense, it is the Servants’ trip.  But they do not make this trip alone.  Our Servants journey with our prayers, our hopes, and our love.  In this sense—and in the collective spirit of our church’s theme and goal of “together”—it is the congregation’s trip, as well!

So, join us!  Come stand by and with our Servants as we prepare for, celebrate, and fund this material and prayerful fulfillment of our common Call in Christ!  Join in as we empower both our Servants efforts on our behalf, and, through them, the healing work of SBP.

How to Help:
  • Purchase Mission Stock (Feel free to buy in bulk!)
  • Attend worship on Sunday, March 19, 2017 — during which we will commission the Servants before their mission trip through prayer and the laying on of hands.
  • Attend and bid boldly on items at our Silent Auction in Tolman Hall immediately after worship on Sunday, March 19.
  • Donate a Silent Auction item. Sports or theater tickets, wine, golf or paddle outings, babysitting, dog walking, etc.! Contact Susan Temple if interested. Auction Signup HERE.
  • Pray for the Servants mission team each day of their trip (March 25-April 1).
Your heartfelt generosity and Spirit-sparked support will help to make the Servants’ trip a reality, their work impactful, and their memories lasting.

We thank you, in advance, for your support, enthusiasm, and care!

All men are invited to join us for our Irish Spring BBQ Bratfest on St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17, 5:00-7:30 P.M., in Tolman Hall. Weather permitting, we may fellowship on the patio as well.

Just bring your favorite brew along with an appetizer or side. A free-will offering is always welcome to help underwrite these festive events. First timer? Just bring yourself to this growing and favorite way for WCC men to socialize in a casual setting.

To RSVP or for more information, contact either of our Leprechauns:
     Steve Huels        
     Brad McLane

Need Family Promise Volunteers: March 5-12

Would you like to get involved? Our church will be hosting 3 to 4 families for 1 week starting March 5th. 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 Signup Genius or send an email to Susan Temple.

Still looking for:
• Extra helpers most evenings after dinner as “Activity hosts” playing with children in the gym. This is a great way for new folks to take a peek at this program! Signup Genius
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 on 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.

Special thanks to our Adult Enrichment Co-Leader, Pete McNerney, who has made Mr. Akyol’s visit possible.

As of February 27, 2017: 

Total pledges received = 189

$ Amount received: $901,875

Goal: $1,050,000

% of Goal: 86%

Balance of goal: $148,125

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.
Adult Enrichment

On two Sunday mornings and four Wednesday evenings during Lent, Adult Enrichment will center on the Lenten theme of forgiveness.

To set the tone, on Sunday mornings, March 5 and 12, we will view and discuss a 2-part DVD on The Power of Forgiveness. From Northern Ireland to Ground Zero to the Amish countryside, featuring the late Elie Wiesel, Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh; bestselling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson; and the Rev. James Forbes, this documentary explores the important work of forgiveness and reveals how it can transform our lives. 

Join us in the Centennial Room at 8:45 A.M. for Refreshments & Fellowship, followed by Program at 9:00.

Wednesday evening, March 15, we will welcome a local author and friend, Jeanne Bishop, who will discuss her book Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer. Join us in the Centennial Room from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

3-Week Wednesday evening series, March 22, 29 and April 5, 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.
March 12 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

Sunday, March 12, 2 AM clocks are turned forward one hour to 3 AM. Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later on March 13 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

WCC Rummage has a challenge for you! 

Each day of Lent, remove one item from a closet or a shelf that you no longer wear or need and put it into the black bag provided. At the end of the forty days, donate these items to WCC Rummage so that they can be shared with someone who can really use them and raise funds for Woman’s Society Benevolence which supports over 40 area 501 (c)(3) non-profits each year. Visit our website for more information about the mission of WCC Rummage.
Monday, March 13
Religious Leaders Discuss Hearing Challenges at Places of Worship: 
Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer Ph.D. of Congregation Bene Shalom, "The Congregation of the Deaf," along with the Reverend Joseph Mulcrone, Director of Chicago's Catholic Office of the Deaf, will explain their unique work and how they help those with hearing loss deal with the challenging settings in places of worship. Please join us for this informative program in a room equipped with a hearing loop and live captioning. Presented by the North Shore Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. 10 A.M.-noon. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield. Free. 847-784-6040
Exploring Grief Group Winter Session at WCC

Winnetka Congregational Church
March 6 and 20   |   From 7 - 8:30 P.M.

We are pleased to offer our unique Exploring Grief Group. This series provides a confidential, supportive and educational environment to cope with grief.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 New Member Orientations is scheduled for May 7th.

The New Trier Multifaith Alliance (formerly Winnetka Interfaith Council) will soon be sponsoring another of its unique forums exploring the sacred texts of the Abrahamic religions.

This third forum―entitled The Status of Women: Have We Come Far Enough? What Do the Sacred Texts Teach?―will feature Dr. Thomas Mockaitis, as moderator, and four panelists: Ms. S. Valerie Dana, J.D., Bahá’í; Ms. Hind Makki, Muslim; Rev. Heath Howe, Christian; and Rabbi Emily Segal, Jewish. The forum will be held on Tuesday, March 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Winnetka Covenant Church, 1200 Hibbard Road (at Illinois Road), in Wilmette. The forum will be free and open to the public. 

Panelists in the March 14 forum will select passages from their sacred writings to support their perspective on the status of women. Written questions from the floor will be welcomed and shared by the moderator during the last segment of the forum. Hospitality and light refreshments will be offered afterwards.

The New Trier Multifaith Alliance, which fosters respect and understanding among Faiths, has been a source of positive interfaith relations for 50 years in the Winnetka area. The recent joining of additional Faith communities in the New Trier area made the adoption of a new name, indicative of the expanded reach of the organization, timely. 
Please Join the Floured Apron for a Ladies Night out

Wine and Chocolate

Thursday, March 9
Bubbly begins at 7 PM  |  Share
1222 Washington Court, 2nd floor, Wilmette

Sponsored by Share, Guittard Chocolate, Anderson/Gann Wines and the Bottle Shop, Wilmette

Invite Your Friends. We encourage you to bring women that would like to learn about The Floured Apron and have fun at the same time. Let’s spread the word! 


Janet Smith, A. McKinley Reynolds, Jennifer McCarty, Jeff Braun, Ali Meyers, Erin Law
6: William Seymour, Connie Casey
7: Kristin Struckman, Marisa Mulvaney, Ruby Greene
8: Jane Brower, Judy Blunck, Kara Struckman, Ryan Struckman
9: Bob Hastings, Philip Carlson, Martha Gillis, Beth Dustman
10: Russell Bartz
11: Thomas Law
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, March 5 - First Sunday of Lent
   Family Promise
9:00 AM  Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  Church School: EW
11:00 AM  Fellowship: TFH
11:15 AM  WCC Singers: MR
Monday, March 6
3:30 PM  Prayer Group: CL
4:45 PM  A Just Harvest: Away
7:00 PM  Exploring Grief - Samaritan Counseling: CR
Tuesday, March 7
10:30 AM  Safe Church Meeting: CR
7:00 PM  NAMI - Balance for Success: LL 2
7:00 PM  University South Dakota Choir Concert: S
Wednesday, March 8
9:30 AM  Women of Note: MR
Thursday, March 9
9:00 AM  AA: TFH
6:15 PM    Bell Choir: Jr. K Rm
7:00 PM  Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
7:00 PM  Children & Youth Committee: CR
Friday, March 10
9:00 AM  Women’s Bible Study: CR
Sunday, March 12
9:00 AM  Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  Church School: EW
11:00 AM  Fellowship: TFH
11:15 AM  WCC Singers: MR
4:00 PM  Servants: LL 1
4:30 PM  Cherub Choir (JK-2): MR
5:00 PM  Alleluia Singer (2-6 Gr): MR
5:30 PM  Youth Musical Rehearsal: MR
6:15 PM   Confirmation Class: Sr. Pastor’s Study
6:15 PM  Navigators: AC
Monday, March 13
1:00 PM  WEX Monthly Memoir Class: CR
3:30 PM  Prayer Group: CL
Tuesday, March 14
6:30 PM  Council Meeting: CR
Wednesday, March 15
9:30 AM  Women of Note: MR
5:00 PM  Rummage Annual Spring Chairman Mtg: TFH
7:00 PM  Adult Enrichment Lenten Study: 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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