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Winnetka Congregational Church
February 22, 2020
Changing of the Guard - Today we say farewell to Lloyd Culbertson who served us as Director of Operations since the summer of 2016. We also welcome Patti Van Cleave as Winnetka Congregational Church's new Executive Director of Operations.
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Pastoral Care: The Leonard Family
Celebrate Mardi Gras | Feb 25

Ashes on the Way | Feb 26
Woman's Society - Event on March 4
The Doctor is In
Labyrinths for Lenten Journey
White Fragility with R. DiAngelo
 | March 16
Silent Auction and Mission Stock
Spiritual Enrichment:
  - Film: "The Howard Thurman Story"
  - March, Lent 2020

WCC Reads: Holy Envy
February Cart Collection: Common Pantry
Green Team 
Video-Worship Service | Feb 16
Inclusion Statement 
Rummage Supports: Deborah's Place
Church Hours
Opportunities to Serve in Worship
Happy Birthday
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
WCC Staff
Great Opportunities to Get Involved In Sunday Worship:
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A Meeting of the Congregation
to approve the 2020 Budget is called for

Sunday, March 8th at 11 A.M. in the Sanctuary.

All are urged to attend this important gathering in the life of our church.
Extended childcare will be available.

Jullie McConnell,
Clerk of the Congregation

Family, Friends, and Fun! 
Tuesday, February 25th 
from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. in Tolman Hall

Enjoy a festive Shrove Tuesday potluck, arts/crafts and games for the kids, music/dancing, and …

You can also contact Elaine Harrison at or call her at 847.999.9409 if you’d like to bring a dish!  

We still need potluck dishes! To bring a dish, please go to Sign-up Genius for potluck: MardiGrasParty.
Pastoral Care Update: The Leonard Family
In December 2018 our dear friend and fellow church member Tom Leonard was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive disease with a poor prognosis. Tom is functioning well enough to be with us in worship and at other church activities, but his condition has made it necessary for him to stop working. This situation has put a financial strain on the Leonard family, which includes Tom’s wife Liz and three daughters Jess, Laura, and Maggie.
After researching all other options regarding financial assistance, Jess Leonard, on behalf of the family, has set up a GoFundMe page. She has written a lovely statement about her dad and the family’s situation. The page name is “Tom Leonard’s ALS Support Fund.” Here is the link.
This is not a church project, nor is the church receiving funds or setting up a fund for the Leonards. Out of our deep love for Tom and the Leonard family, we want you to know about this opportunity to support a fellow church member if you are inclined to do so. We didn’t want this project to exist without your knowledge.
As time goes on, we will let you know how things are going with Tom and family, and how you can assist.  For now, continue to hold the Leonards in prayer, and reach out to them in friendship and compassion.
Questions: Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403,
Ashes on the Way:
Offering a Sense of Connection on the First Day of Lent
Ash Wednesday
February 26, 2020 | 6:00 - 10:00 A.M.
WCC Church Parking Lot

For those unable to attend an Ash Wednesday Service, Winnetka Congregational Church (WCC) offers an innovative yet mindful opportunity for them to receive Ashes on the Way.  
From 6:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. on February 26, 2020, we invite you to drive into the WCC parking lot, enter the roundabout in front of the church, and stop curbside. One of our pastors will come to your car to offer the imposition of ashes and a blessing. If you have a particular joy or concern on your heart, please feel free to share that with the pastor. If you do not wish to receive ashes, you may simply ask for a blessing. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we welcome you to begin the season of Lent with us on February 26.
“At first glance, some might feel that Ashes on the Way is a dumbing down of the sacred, or a bump-and-run approach to a faithful experience, says WCC Senior Pastor the Rev. Jeff Braun. “We have found the exact opposite to be true. Each interaction is an immersive, intimate, and authentic experience. We want and encourage people to attend Ash Wednesday services. Yet, we recognize that sometimes family and work obligations won’t allow that to happen. If people yearn for the sense of connection and reverence that Ash Wednesday can imbue, then it is important that faith and the rituals of faith find us where we are.” 
In addition to our church members, WCC will be available to all who seek a Spirit-filled experience on Ash Wednesday. We encourage you to tell your friends of other denominations, or those with no church affiliation, that Winnetka Congregational Church welcomes them to begin their Lenten season with us on the morning of February 26 and, of course, at our evening worship service in the sanctuary at 7 P.M.
This year marks the fourth year WCC will offer Ashes on the Way, an event that is truly a Godsend for many of our members, as well as folks from throughout the community. For WCC Membership Co-Chairs Kelly Anderson and Brad McLane, Ashes on the Way has become a family tradition: 
"It is surprisingly meaningful to receive this blessing. I went in the morning last year, with a high schooler in tow, and it was a serene way for us to start the day." -- Brad McClane
 “Ashes on the Way allows me to make my faith a priority, even with two young kids and a busy schedule. It’s a ritual we do as a family. I look forward to this day every year and encourage other busy parents to experience this blessing.” -- Kelly Anderson
Woman’s Society - Wednesday, March 4 
10:30A.M. in Centennial Room

We will write notes to our WCC Servants and adult Faith Guides who will be traveling to Puerto Rico on a mission trip over Spring Break.  Also, if we get the list of toiletries that are needed for the hygiene kits that the servants will be assembling for the trip, I will let you know and hopefully, we could provide some of the items.

These two small efforts will be so meaningful to the young people and the adults traveling with them. They will let them know that other members of WCC are supporting them and wish them a safe journey while doing the work Jesus asks us to do.
11:30 A.M. Lunch in Tolman Hall

RSVP to Fleury Linn by email: or phone 847-715-9288   The cost of the lunch is $15
PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in attending WCC Reads at 1 P.M., lunch will be over in time for you to attend.
I hope to see you on Wednesday, March 4,
Build It and You Will Come!
Labyrinths to Enrich Lenten Journey
Two labyrinths - one large and one small - are being placed on the floor of Alsdorf Activities Center on Saturday, February 29, 10:00 A.M.-Noon. They will be available for use from Sunday, March 1, through Monday, April 13. 
We need your help to put them down. We will provide all the materials and instructions. Can you assist? It’s fun and educational.  Just show up. Dress comfortably. 
What’s a labyrinth?
In the medieval era, Christians who could not undertake a pilgrimage to the Holy Land might visit a cathedral where they would find embedded in the floor an intricate series of circular paths they could use to symbolically walk to Jerusalem and back. This was the labyrinth. Today, spiritual pilgrims use labyrinths for the same purpose: to walk prayerfully and intentionally in order to connect with God. 
Many thanks to JS Hedegard for serving as our labyrinth project manager again this year.    
Questions? Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403
Dr. Love’s Visit: A Follow-up Opportunity
The weekend of February 8-9 brought the Rev. Dr. Velda Love to Winnetka Congregational Church to encourage sacred conversations about race within our congregation. The conversations continue!
An author recommended by Dr. Love, Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., will be speaking in Evanston on the topic “White Fragility” Monday, March 16, 7:00-8:30 P.M. in the Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. The event is sponsored by Family Action Network and is free to the public. No tickets, no RSVPs; first-come, first-seated!
DiAngelo is affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington. In her 2018 New York Times bestselling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, she explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged. This is what Prof. DiAngelo refers to as “white fragility,” a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves, including the outward display of anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.
DiAngelo is co-author of Is Everybody Really Equal? and author of the 2012 book, What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy.
Learn more about the March 22 event

Questions: Pastor Jeffrey, (847) 999-9403
February Shopping Cart Collection for:
During the month of February, we will be collecting food and hygiene items to support Common Pantry. 

Common Pantry provides emergency food and personal items to about 1,000 persons per month in the northern neighborhoods of Chicago. They host distribution sessions every Wednesday afternoon and evening as well as Thursday afternoon, inviting clients to select some items on their own in their shopping area. 

Following is a list of food and personal care items that are most in need right now. 
Consider buying modest size products (e.g. a few 24 oz containers of cooking oil are preferable to one 64 oz. container). 

Food Wish List:     
Canned fruit
Cooking oil
Pasta sauce Soup 
Easy prep meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper) 
Canned meals (i.e. ravioli) 
Ground coffee 
Salad dressing 
Ketchup, mustard, and mayo 

Personal Care Items Wish List: 
Disposable razors
Bar soap
Feminine hygiene products
Disposable diapers 
On Sunday, March 1st, we will hold our “almost annual” Silent Auction to raise funds for church Mission Trips. This year, fundraising will support BOTH the Servants Mission Trip to Puerto Rico over spring break in March, and also the Adult Multi-faith Mission Trip to the Texas/Mexico Border in February.

We are looking for "GOOD STUFF” to sell at the auction. Please consider donating, or help us by soliciting a local merchant.  We are hoping for fun, exciting, adventurous, attractive, delicious items in these categories: 
            - Sports tickets
            - Golf outings
            - Wine & Bar
            - Travel
            - Parties/Restaurants
            - Concerts/Theatre
            - Teens/Kids
            - Fitness/Beauty
            - Home/Garden
            - Photography

As always, our high school Servants will be donating unique offerings of their time & talents. Feel free to get together with church friends for a “combined” donation … maybe some wine bottles, a Ravinia concert, etc. 
Please click here to SIGNUP and/or peek at the list of donations so far:
Questions? Contact anyone on the Auction Team:
Annette Cole, Jennifer Stricklin, Susan Snyder, Susan Temple, & Pastor Sarah

Mission Stock

Thank you for your interest in purchasing Mission Stock to support our Servants on their 2020 Mission Trip. We have a total of 19 youth and 5 adults headed to Puerto Rico in March for a weeklong mission trip. If you would like to invest in our youth and purchase stock, please fill out the form below and either mail it to the address listed, or scan and email it to Pastor Sarah ( We ask for your name and address so that we can send you your Stock Certificate and also a post card from Puerto Rico!
To make your payment, you can either mail a check along with your form to the church, or you can pay online with a credit card or ACH payment using the form at the bottom of this page (make sure you select “Servants Mission Stock” for the fund). Please be sure to send us your Order Form regardless of how you pay.
Thanks for your support of our 2020 Servants Mission Trip Team!

To make a payment online, please click here.
Wednesday, March 11, The Sultan and the Saint. During the Crusades, two men of faith, Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, buck a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in search of peace. The film inspires solutions for the negative atmosphere we find ourselves in today.
Thursday, April 16, GameChangers. Sports, race, and culture come together in this story of the 1965 and ’66 basketball games between New Trier and Marshall high schools as they battle for the chance to compete in the state finals. Fifty years later, rival players come together to shed new light on old memories.
“Five Films, One Focus: What Connects Us?” - documentaries that explore living in relationship and solidarity with neighbors, society, and the planet itself.
All films are free of charge. Invite friends and neighbors.
Do you feel like: 
Reading Scripture or Greet the Worshippers on Sunday mornings at 10?
We would love to have you. Sign up with this link
Worship service
Sunday, February 16

Right Relationships or (Will We Live the Dream?) by the Rev. Jeffrey Braun.
enriching minds, expanding faith, transforming hearts
Spiritual Enrichment
Spiritual Enrichment Sunday sessions happen in the Centennial Room, with refreshments at 8:30 A.M. and program at 8:45.  We conclude at 9:45. Childcare provided! Questions: Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403 or

We are happy to offer childcare for children of all ages during Sunday morning Spiritual Enrichment on an as-needed basis
If you need childcare from 8:30-9:45 on Sunday, please call or text Shelli Brown at (312) 543-2357 no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday.
Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
February 23

Born the grandson of slaves, Howard Thurman became the spiritual wellspring of the civil rights movement, mentoring many of its leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, and U.S. Representative John Lewis.  Thurman’s 1949 book Jesus and the Disinherited is considered a spiritual classic. After learning from Gandhi and the Quakers about the importance of non-violence in movements for social change, Thurman introduced the concept to King.  In turn, King always carried with him a copy of Jesus and the Disinherited.  
A profoundly important African American Christian theologian and mystic of the 20th century, Thurman is also remembered for his years of teaching at Howard University and Boston University School of Theology, and for helping to launch The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, the nation’s first interracial, intercultural church. 
On Sunday morning February 23rd, WCC’s Spiritual Enrichment ministry will view and discuss the second part of Martin Doblmeier’s 2019 documentary, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.  Don't worry if you missed part one; we will catch you up!     

March – Lent 2020
Sunday, March 1, experiencing the labyrinths. Spiritual Enrichment meets today in Alsdorf Activities Center at the usual time – 8:30 gather with refreshments, 8:45 start, 9:45 end. We open our hearts to the Holy through slow, purposeful walking. For those who cannot walk the labyrinths, finger labyrinths will be available. Or just come to sit and be. 
March 8, 15, 22spiritual journeys. Three individuals will share their personal stories of faith – where they started in their relationship with the Holy, twists and turns along the way, where they are now, and what the path ahead looks like.
March 8 – Asif Masmood, member of the Muslim Community Center in Morton Grove and friend of WCC through his participation in the interfaith work trips to Houston and the U.S.-Mexico border.
March 15 – Rev. Sarah Lohrbach, associate pastor for children, family, and youth.
March 22 – Sam Fifer, former member of Winnetka Congregational Church.    
March 29understanding our conservative Christian brothers, sisters, and friends. Our Spiritual Enrichment theme for this year is “Seeing Life Through Others’ Eyes.” We may think we understand evangelical Christians, but how deep and accurate is our understanding? Rev. Marshall Brown, senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church of the Northshore, located in Winnetka, will be our guest.
Except for March 1, Spiritual Enrichment Sunday sessions happen in the Centennial Room, starting at 8:30.  If you need childcare during that time, call or text Shelli Brown at (312) 543-2357 no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before. If you would like to receive regular email updates about Spiritual Enrichment activities, let Pastor Jeffrey know: (847) 999-9403 or
Lent is a time to deepen our faith and grow with others on the spiritual path.  Join us in our all-church book read this Lent – Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor.

Brown, renowned Christian preacher and author of the best-selling spiritual reflections An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark, recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching world religions to undergraduates in Baptist-saturated rural Georgia.

The title comes from the late Swedish Lutheran Bishop and professor at Harvard Divinity School Krister Stendahl, who advised: “When trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.  Don’t compare your best to their worst.  Leave room for holy envy.”
We will discuss the book on the four Wednesdays in March (4, 11, 18, and 25) from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in the Centennial Room.  Participate as your schedule allows; you do not have to be present each week.  If you can’t attend the discussions, read the book on your own!  On March 4, we will discuss the introduction and first three chapters (through page 60), using this guide:

Obtain your copy as you wish. Copies are available at The Book Stall in downtown Winnetka.    

Questions, contact Pastor Jeffrey Phillips:, (847) 999-9403.
Did you know that the WCC Rummage Sale donates to a number of nonprofits agencies? WCC Rummage/Benevolence has created a profile of the month for 12 of the agencies receiving grants. We want to share with everyone how Rummage turns donor’s gifts into support for so many agencies.
Since 1985, Deborah’s Place has provided compassionate care to women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Deborah’s Place was founded by a group of women who believed they could make a difference for women who are homeless. From humble beginnings as a volunteer-run program in a church gym, Deborah’s Place grew first to transitional housing and then to permanent supportive housing. Over time, we developed wrap-around services to complement our housing programs – job readiness training, tutoring and education assistance, health services, case management, counseling and numerous social and life skills activities.  After more than 30 years, Deborah’s Place has helped over 4,000 women move from homeless to housed,from surviving to living. 

Housing Services 

Permanent Housing Programs 
Deborah’s Place offers permanent supportive housing for women in three locations. Participants have private residences, sign leases and pay rent based on income, although rent can be waived in cases where a resident has no income. Unlike shelters, there is no time limit for length of residency in these programs as long as a participant still qualifies for services. Locations: East Garfield Park and Old Town. Staffed 24hrs/7 days week. 

Safe Haven Housing 
Dolores’s Safe Haven in Old Town provides a safe and supportive environment for fifteen women with severe mental illness who have been chronically homeless. These women are considered the hardest to house. Staff reach out and engage women to offer services that result in stable housing and increased quality of life. 

Community Based Housing Programs 
Not all women at Deborah’s Place live in one of the three program sites; many live in their own independent apartments in the community. Deborah’s Place partners with private landlords across the city to provide housing to women coming directly from the street or shelter. We then provide ongoing case management to help them set and achieve their own self-determined goals. 

Support Services 

All Deborah’s Place participants have access to support services designed to meet the diverse needs of women who have experienced homelessness. These services offer different pathways to stability, independence and opportunities for a better quality of life.

Comprehensive Case Management: Case managers assist women in meeting their goals. 
Health Services: Crisis management, health education and referrals, medical/dental assistance.
Employment and Education Services: GED tutoring, computer training, budgeting and life skills.
Therapeutic Services: Counseling, crisis intervention, and art therapy.
Alumnae Services:  On-going assistance in case management, peer support, group gatherings. 
The WCC Women’s Society Benevolence Committee has been supporting Deborah’s Place for 20 yrs.
For more information, the link to Deborah’s Place website is: 
Church Hours - Automatic Locking & Unlocking of Doors
Please note new church season 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:
                                                Unlock        Lock
Monday – Wednesday       8 AM           6 PM
Thursday                               8 AM           9 PM
Friday                                    8 AM           3 PM
Saturday (Helms only)       8 AM           2 PM
Sunday                                   7 AM           2 PM
                                                4 AM           8 PM
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 Lloyd Culbertson in the Business Office to make the necessary arrangements.
Inclusion Statement

As “A House of Worship For All People” Winnetka Congregational Church acknowledges, supports, and welcomes all God’s children whatever their age, culture, race, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or marital status, education, nationality, or cultural background, physical or cognitive ability. 

As called by Christ: we seek to celebrate every person’s dignity, uniqueness, relationships, and God-given gifts; to recognize our inter-connectedness as human beings; and to foster a safe, nurturing community in which each person can live out their faith journey authentically and wholeheartedly.
Looking For Opportunities in Worship?
We would love to have you!​
Scripture Readers
Call to Discipleship Leaders
Ushers and Greeters

Sunday mornings at 10 A.M.

Acolytes - An opportunity for your child to get through a service of worship in a different way. 

Each Sunday, two of our 5th-8th graders serve as acolytes during our morning worship service. Acolytes bring the light of Christ into the sanctuary at the beginning of worship, reminding people that Christ (the light of the world) is in our midst. At the end of the service, acolytes retrieve the light and take it out of the sanctuary, reminding us that God goes before us into the world.

Those of us on staff have heard so many positive comments from people about how meaningful they find the entrance and exit of the light each Sunday and how appreciative they are to have youth as leaders in worship! 

Opportunity 1: ACOLYTE (5th - 8th Graders) | SIGN UP HERE!

Scripture Lay Reader read one of the Scripture passages during morning worship. A copy of the reading will be emailed to you on Thursday and a copy will be on the lectern on Sunday mornings.

Opportunity 2: LAY READER (Adults, Youth) | SIGN UP HERE!

Greeters provide a friendly, helpful beginning to the worshiper’s experience. Greeters welcome people as they enter the building and are there to answer questions and provide directions. As Greeters, you are the first faces and impressions that visitors have when entering WCC.

Ushers are present to foster an atmosphere of friendship and provide structure to the service by welcoming and (if requested) seating members and guests. For some worshipers, an usher is the first person they meet as they enter the Church. All worshipers should feel that we are pleased to see them. Ushers greet everyone and welcome them, providing them with a program/bulletin and any other materials. Ushers also pass offering plates during the service.

Opportunity 4: GREETER / USHER | SIGN UP HERE!

If you have any questions or need help with signing up contact
Dawn HuntsmanAdministrative Assistant, at (847) 441-3400
Happy Birthday!

13: Eddie Nayman
14: Jane Gordon, Avalon Felty
15: Nancy Phair, Caroline Kelly, Ryan Simon, Wells Anderson
16: Joan Kuzel, Loann Peterson
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
22: Bonnie Rickard, Terry Booth
23: Granger Kenly
25: Margaret Sudekum, Alexander Davis
26: Craig Kopkas,Tom Pratt
27: Eleanor Prince, Mark Vorhees, Lauren Blake, Jackson Katzman
28: Harris Jackson, Lisa Ebersole, Daniel Malan
29: Alice Kepler, Reese Lavin

1: James Miller, Neva Egan, Deborah Herst, Taft Lewis
2: Susan Wellington, Robert Kyle, Jack Leadholm
4: Nancy Fox, Susan Gillette
5: Janet Smith, Mack Reynolds, Jennifer McCarty, Jeff Braun, Ali Meyers, Erin Law
6: Bill Seymour, Connie Casey
7: Kristin Struckman, Marisa Mulvaney, Ruby Greene, Jonah Wentz
8: Jane Brower, Judy Blunck, Kara Struckman, Ryan Struckman
9: Bob Hastings, Philip Carlson, Martha Gillis, Beth Dustman
10: Russell Bartz
11: Thomas Law
12: Faith Bugel, Casey Santi, Evan Mueller
13: Sarah Woodburn, Chris Blum, Maggie Leonard
14: William McCarty, Susan Gould, Oliver Chung
15: Virginia Neuckranz, Kristie O'Neill, Sarah Healy
16: Annette Cole
17: Clark Wagner, John Davis, Mia Hales
19: Robyn Lindblad, Mimi Trangsrud, Karin Palasz, Matthew McShea
20: Donna McShea, Elizabeth Walther
21: Jack Jadel
22: Thomas Temple
23: Jean Schreiber, James Law, Jack Hales, Graham Gottschild
24: Peggy McNamara, Hilary Gould
25: Ellis Gould, Kylie Alt
26: Peter Cosyns, Harry Grace, Grace Funke
27: Wendy Sherman, Steven Chadwick
28: Heather Crimmins, Ingrid Jansson, Sara Kirkpatrick
29: Mugs Klapperich
30: Bill Moeller, Eric Underwood, Peter Shellenbarger
31: Michael McNerney, Nelson Geraghty

Prayer List
Prayer Requests can be submitted during worship on the orange cards found in the pews. If you would like the concern to be shared with the pastors only, mark the box next to, “Please do not share my request.”  If that box is not checked, the request will be shared with the pastors and the Prayer Ministry that meets every Monday at 3:30 P.M. It will also be included in the weekly Prayer List. Of course, you are invited to contact Pastor Jeff, Pastor Sarah, or Pastor Jeffrey anytime to share a joy or prayer concern.

February 20, 2020

New and Updated Petitions and Thanksgivings

A memorial service will be held for Sue Hartemayer's mother Madelyn Rodgers this Saturday, February 22, at 1:00 P.M. in the WCC sanctuary. Continued prayers for Sue and family.

Judy Blunck fell February 10 and is recovering at Symphony of Evanston. She is feeling much better!

We join with one who requests prayers for our nation and its leaders. Send us leaders "who can restore peace, love, kindness, and honesty."

Tom Leonard and family are in our prayers. Tom's ALS no longer allows him to work, resulting in a dire financial situation for the family. Tom's daughter Jess has set up a GoFundMe campaign. See the article in this week's Messenger and the email that went to the congregation on February 20.

For Leslie Ritter who is recovering from knee surgery. One opportunity remains to prepare and deliver a meal to the Ritters (February 27). Go to Thank you!

Ongoing Petitio
A memorial service for Barbara Malmquist is planned for Saturday, February 29, at 1:30 P.M. in our sanctuary.

Prayers continue for friends and family of Mark Dziersk who passed away last month. For wife Elizabeth and daughters Monroe, Emilee, and Elissa, and many others.

Mel Schwartz is receiving therapy at Westminster Place, Presbyterian Home. We pray that Mel gains strength! We remember Mel's wife Mary Alayne as well.

Elaine Clemens requests prayers of strength, healing, and patience for her brother Ben who had surgery on February 20 to replace the knuckle at the base of one of his fingers.

"The God of your understanding is just that: the God of your understanding. What you need is the God just beyond your understanding."

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, cited in Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others


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.

Parish Calendar
Friday, February 21
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, February 22
1:00 PM    Pickleball: AC

Sunday, February 23 New Member Sunday
8:30 AM    Spiritual Enrichment: CR
9:30 AM    Coffee: NN
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  Church School: EW
11:00 AM  Fellowship: NN
11:05 AM  Cherub Choir: JK/K 
11:30 AM  Navigators: Rm202
4:30 PM    Servants: LL1
6:00 PM    Confirmation Class: LL2

Monday, February 24
3:30 PM    Prayer Group: CL

Tuesday, February 25
9:15 AM    Everybody Move: Rm102
6:00 PM    Mardi Gras: TFH
7:00 PM    Executive Council: Jeff’s Ofc
7:00 PM    NT Multi-Faith Alliance: CR

Wednesday, February 26
6:45 AM    Ashes on the Way    
9:05 AM    Everybody Move: Rm102
7:00 PM    Ash Wednesday Service: S

Thursday, February 27
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
7:00 PM    Choir Rehearsal: MR

Friday, February 28
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, February 29
8:00 AM    Labyrinth Construction: AC

Sunday, March 1 First Sunday in Lent
8:30 AM    Spiritual Enrichment: CR
9:30 AM    Coffee: NN
10:00 AM    Worship: S
10:15 AM    Church School: EW
11:00 AM    Silent Auction: TFH
11:05 AM    Cherub Choir: JK/K 
11:30 AM    Navigators: Rm202
4:30 PM    Servants: LL1
6:00 PM    Confirmation Class: LL2

Monday, March 2 
3:30 PM    Prayer Group: CL
4:30 PM    A Just Harvest

Tuesday, March 3
7:00 PM    NAMI: Rm207

Wednesday, March 4
10:30 AM    WS Meeting: CR
11:30 AM    WS Luncheon: TFH
1:00 PM    WCC Reads: CR

Thursday, March 5
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
1:30 PM    WEX Workshop: CR
6:00 PM    Women’s Euchre Night: CR
7:00 PM    Choir Rehearsal: MR
9:00 PM    Choir Social: TFH

Friday, March 6
Confirmation Retreat    starts
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR
6:00 PM    First Friday: CR

Dawn Huntsman 
Administrative Assistant
The Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun
Senior Pastor
c: 203.913.2574
The Rev. Sarah A. Lohrbach
Associate Pastor for Children, Family and Youth
c: 815.370.0261
The Rev. Jeffrey L. Phillips
Associate Pastor
c: 847.636.6111
Elaine Harrison
Director of Connections Ministry
c: 773.808-4202
Shelli Brown
Church School Coordinator
Matthew Hunter
Director of Music
Jill Hunt
Lloyd H. Culbertson
Director of Operations
Waldek A. Ziolkowski
Maria Sobczak
Paul Allen, Pastor Emeritus
Joseph A. Shank, Pastor Emeritus

Phone: 847.441.3400
AMP - Amphitheater
AC - Alsdorf Center
CR - Centennial Room
CL - Conference Library
EW - Education Wing
HH - Harkness House 
JKK - Junior Kindergarten
L - Library
LC - Little Chapel
LL - Lower Level (Youth Rooms)
MR - Music Room
NN - New Narthex
NR - Nursery
S - Sanctuary
TFH - Tolman Fellowship Hall
WEX - Women's Exchange
WS - Woman's Society
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.

 Jeffrey D. Braun | Jeffrey L. Phillips | Sarah A. Lohrbach
725 Pine Street, Winnetka, IL 60093
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