September 22, 2018
 Hello, <<First Name>>
In this Issue:
Confirmand/Parents Meeting
Bible Sunday  | Oct. 14 (FORM)
Early Risers | This Friday at Ridgeview Grill
Spiritual Enrichment "CRED"

Woman's Society "Let's Do Lunch" | Oct. 3
Jesus Has Left the Sanctuary | Oct. 7
Arne Duncan on Gun Violence | Oct. 10
Family Promise
Church Directory
Automatic Doors Locking
Help Wanted - Photo/VideoGraphers
Prayer Group - You, Too!
Everybody Move program for children
Green Team 
STRAWS-movie screening | Oct. 24
A Just Harvest 
iPhone Photographers Needed!
Happy Birthday
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff

Great Opportunities to Get Involved In:
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
A Mandatory Parent Confirmation Meeting at 6 P.M. in the Centennial Room

Open to all 8th Graders whether they are involved in WCC or not. 
Invitation to the program went out last week but if you didn’t receive it contact Pastor Jeff at
Student Bibles will be given in worship to 3rd graders on October 14. However, if your child is new to Church School and/or has not yet received a copy of The Beginner’s Storybook Bible, please let us know and we will have a copy of this Bible waiting for them in their Church School classroom on October 14th.
Early Risers for Breakfast
Friday, September 21 | 7:30 A.M.
Do you enjoy a good breakfast and good company? If so, then Early Risers is for you! This will be the first Early Risers gathering, and we hope you will join us before you begin your day or head to work. Each month we will meet at Ridgeview Grill at the corner of Lake and Ridge Avenues in Wilmette. No RSVP, just hope to see you there between 7:30 A.M. and 9 A.M.
Spiritual Enrichment
Sunday, September 23 | 8:45 A.M.
LeAnn Pope will introduce us to Chicago CRED, the organization that is coming for a panel discussion at WCC on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:00 P.M. LeAnn will share the social and theological context for CRED’s work, as well as what led her to be involved with the organization. CRED stands for “Creating Real Economic Destiny.”
Woman's Society "Let's Do Lunch"
Wednesday, October 3 | 12:15 P.M.
On Wednesday, October 3, the Woman's Society opens its program year with a Luncheon in Tolman Hall beginning with a Social Gathering at 12:15 with Lunch following. Fellowship is one of the core missions of the Woman's Society, we look forward to seeing all women in the church take a moment and gather for a nice lunch and fellowship at the church. It is a catered lunch and reservations can be made by contacting Lois-Eve Anderson at 847-272-7107. The cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations need to be made by Monday morning, October 1. Hope to see you there.  
Jesus Has Left the Sanctuary
Sunday, October 7 | 10 A.M
On Sunday, October 7 we will once again undertake an international mission project to help hungry families in Nicaragua. The project will require helping hands of all ages, as we pack 21,000 meals for the "Kids Against Hunger" program. 
This is the sixth annual Jesus Has Left the Sanctuary Sunday at WCC.  We will meet in the sanctuary for a short service and then move down to Alsdorf for the project. We need 120 volunteers to accomplish this project. Children age 7 and under will be decorating and stuffing coloring bags for local children through Families Helping Families Chicagoland.
We also need volunteers on Saturday, October 6 to set up for this event. Some heavy lifting required. If you can volunteer (in the morning), please contact Patti. Thank you!
More information on: Kids Against Hunger.
Contact Patti Van Cleave at 312 343 7571 if you have any questions.
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.?
Opportunity 1: ACOLYTE (5th - 8th Graders) | SIGN UP HERE!

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 2: LAY READER (Adults, Youth) | 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.

The Call to Discipleship Leader leads the congregation through responsive prayer. We would love having youth lead us in the Call to Discipleship each week but we don't limit this function to the youth only. Anybody can volunteer.
Opportunity 4: GREETER / USHER | 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.

If you have any questions or need help with signing up contact
Dawn HuntsmanAdministrative Assistant, at (847) 441-3400
Great Opportunity to SERVER at A Just Harvest | SIGN UP HERE!

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!
Church Membership Directory 
To access the membership directory from your desktop or laptop computer click on the login image below to log into this PDF file (you can save it to your desktop). This document contains bookmarks and email links. It is also searchable if your computer allows such a function.

This is a PDF version of the printed Directory. An updated and most current information is on our website at
The access to the online directory is available for those who subscribe to the members-only part of our website. To subscribe, please contact:

Church Hours - Automatic Locking & Unlocking of Doors

Please note 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.   6:00 P.M.
Friday      8:00 A.M.   3:00 P.M.
Saturday (Helms only)   1:00 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.
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,     

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.

Save the Date

Movie Screening

A 33-minute, award-winning documentary on the devastating impacts of plastic straws and other single-use plastics ... and how we all can be part of positive change
 Wednesday, October 24, 7 P.M. | Centennial Room 
Making a Sea of Change, One Plastic Straw at a Time

STRAWS Trailer

New Sorting Station in Tolman Hall

Did you notice the beautiful wood cabinet that houses our new Sorting Station in Tolman Hall? It was handmade by Tom Churchwell and we are excited to have such a work of art serve such a functional purpose. Please pay extra attention at the sorting station and take the time to empty your liquids, food waste and compostable products, recycling, and landfill in the appropriate container. If you are not sure what goes where, please ask a Green Team member.

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 Kelly Anderson or Brad McLane.
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.

20: Thomas Wille, Laura Kastelic, Kip Kirkpatrick, Suzanne Fain
21: Jim Hansen, George Walper, Megan Chadwick, Matt Aleshire, Peter Seymour, Maggie Seymour, Garrett Ellensohn
22: Fred Gougler, Michelle Ellensohn, David Garcia, James McCarty
23: Mary Tilson, Nora Massey, Tom Maentz
24: Anna Kaplan, Josie Santi, Matthew Underwood, Drew Ellensohn
25: Hutch Gourley, Kirstin Palasz
26: Xerxes Bhote
27: Mark Snyder
28: Jenna Maclachlan, Tara Maclachlan
29: Cynthia Marty, Nancy Carstedt, Emma Tomlinson, Madyn Lewis
30: David Robertson, Greyson Lavin
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.
Thursday, September 20
All Day        Parking Lot Closed for Sealing    
9:00 AM      AA Meeting: TFH
6:15 PM      Bell Choir Rehearsal    LL 2
7:00 PM      Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR

Friday, September 21           
7:30 AM    Early Risers: Away
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR

Saturday, September 22            
9:00 AM    Blessing of the Animals: Front Lawn

Sunday, September 23
9:00 AM      Alleluia Singers: MR
9:00 AM      Spiritual Enrichment
10:00 AM    Worship: Sanctuary
11:00 AM    Fellowship: NN
11:30 AM    WCC Singers: MR
4:30 PM      Navigators: Room 204
4:30 PM      Servants: LL 1
6:00 PM      Confirmation Parent Meeting: CR
Monday, September 24        
3:30 PM    Prayer Group: CL
7:00 PM    Boy Scout Planning Meeting: CR
Tuesday, September 25        
9:00 AM    WS Benevolence: CR
9:15 AM    Everybody Move: Room 102
7:00 PM    Boy Scout Troop 18: AC
7:00 PM    Executive Council: Sr. Pastor’s Ofc
Wednesday, September 26        
9:15 AM    Everybody Move: Room 102
9:30 AM    Woman’s Society Board Mtg: CR
Thursday, September 27        
9:00 AM    AA Meeting: TFH
6:15 PM    Bell Choir Rehearsal: LL 2
7:00 PM    Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
Friday, September 28        
9:00 AM    Women’s Bible Study: CR
Sunday, September 30 Stewardship Sunday 
9:00 AM    Alleluia Singers: MR
9:00 AM    Spiritual Enrichment-Alphabet Soup Pt 1, LGBTQ: CR
10:00 AM    Worship: Sanctuary
11:00 AM    Fellowship: NN
11:30 AM    WCC Singers: MR
4:30 PM    Navigators: Room 204
4:30 PM    Servants: LL 1
6:00 PM    Confirmation Class: LL 2


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

Elaine Clemens, Director of Engagement
Shelli BrownChurch School Coordinator
Jill HuntInterim Organist
Matthew Hunter, Assistant Choirmaster
Josie Santi, Servants Program Leader
Lloyd H CulbertsonDirector of Operations

Waldek A. ZiolkowskiPublisher

Doug CoulterAccountant
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.

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