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In this Issue:
Canvass Announcement
Upcoming Worship

Platform Tennis Party
Yoga Time
Rummage Santa Sale
WS's Christmas Luncheon
Adult Enrichment  
Do you like to take pictures?
A note from Church School
Green Team Tips
Church School Calendar
Confirmation Calendar
Navigators Calendar
Navigator's Project-Don't Forget!
Servants Calendar
Volunteer at A Just Harvest
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Common Pantry Support
Prayer List
Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff
A Thanksgiving Note from our Senior Pastor
President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation was not the first of its kind. Nevertheless, it was the one that decisively set our national day of thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November each year.

As Lincoln so eloquently penned (and, yet, with acknowledgement of his gender-exclusive language):

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that [God’s gracious gifts] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.”

As the poetry of this excerpt implies, Lincoln issued this proclamation even as the Civil War raged both within the American consciousness and upon innumerable blood-soaked battlefields. That he paused, as he did, amidst such seething national strife—and that he called all of us to pause—so as to reverently recount life’s blessings speaks volumes.  It testifies that no matter the state of our Union or of our dis-disunion, it is re-grounding and, in fact, life-giving to gratefully acknowledge the God-given blessings that we can all too easily overlook or take for granted.

Lincoln’s language also suggests two other points, which can inform how we approach this year’s Thanksgiving observances. First, while giving God thanks is rightfully an individual act and discipline, it is equally, if not more potently, a collective one. Giving thanks is something that is best done together.  In fact, we are called to give thanks not only in common company—but for our common company (as hard as that might be to do in light of whatever disagreements or hurts with which we may be laboring personally, nationally, or globally). And second, giving thanks demands and instills humility. By recognizing that life’s greatest blessings spring not from us but from God empowers us to see things in a larger frame, to see things whole. Equally, it empowers us to name where, either individually or collectively, we have impeded God’s love from coming to more fruitful harvest.

No matter where we gather or with whom on Thanksgiving Day, may our hearts be filled by our remembrance of all that is good in our lives and in the world. May we remember, with renewed reverence, the Sacred Source of life’s greatest gifts and of life, itself. And, may we seek with fresh clarity and courageous purpose the myriad, daily ways that we can better embody the blessing God that calls us to be for one another.

Happy Thanksgiving, and God’s Peace,

Dear Friends,

This is the season of Thanksgiving and we are indeed grateful. Grateful for your ministries and the impact they have in our community and the world. Grateful for your presence as we worship together. And grateful for the outpouring of support for our Fall Stewardship Campaign. We are truly blessed in many ways. You have opened your hearts and responded most generously. We are well on our way to meeting our goals but to reach them we need all of your support:
            115 pledges have been received towards our goal of 200
            $ 725,000 has been pledged towards our goal of $ 1,000,000
            Over 40% of our pledges received have increased

To build upon this momentum one of our generous members has offered to match aggregate pledge increases up to a total of $25,000 between now and December 1st. Pledge increases from existing members will be matched up to $1,000. New pledges will be matched up to $1,000.

This is a wonderful way to demonstrate your commitment to WCC, leverage your gift and join the many who have felt called to increase their pledge. Our goal is within reach – we need your help.

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:
December 3 at 4:30 P.M.: Christmas Tree lighting on WCC’s side lawn (music, refreshments, carols, tree lighting)
December 10 immediately following worship: Children’s Gift Fair (a chance for children to make fun Christmas gifts and crafts for themselves and loved ones)
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: 4 P.M. (family-friendly service), 10 P.M.
WCC Platform Tennis Party
Friday, December 1   |   7-11 P.M.
WCC welcomes all players (and non-players) to this all-church event at the Winnetka Park District Platform Tennis Hut (located between the tennis courts, hockey rink and the golf course off Hibbard Road). We will have the use of 6 outdoor heated courts and the Platform Tennis Hut which has a cozy fireplace, TV, ice machine, microwave,refrigerator and bathrooms. It will be potluck so please bring your favorite dish and beverage to share. Learn how to play the game or just watch thru the floor-to-ceiling windows as your WCC members battle it out. You must have tennis shoes on to be on the courts, hats and gloves recommended and dress warmly and in layers. Paddle rackets and balls will be provided. Families with children under 18 are most welcome, but children must have a parent on the court to supervise (per our insurance policy). 
Please RSVP to Elsa De Jaegher, or at 847 373 2415.
Hope you can join the fun!
Yoga Time with Beth Moritz 
    New Group starting Tuesday, November 21st   
Need to distress, decompress, relax and stretch?  Please join your WCC friends for Yoga in Alsdorf (the gym) every Tuesday morning from 9-10 A.M.. Beth Moritz is a recently certified yoga instructor and will be learning alongside us as together we discover the strengths that lie within us all. Please come in comfortable clothing so that you feel free to move and stretch as it appeals to you. 

​Beth will provide blocks, straps and blankets for all.  

Cost will be $10 per class and is open to everyone in our community and is suitable for all levels. So please feel free to bring along a friend! 
If anyone has questions, please contact​: ​or
On Sunday, November 26, we will be saying farewell to two of the Chancel Choir's section leaders, Louise Rogan, and her husband, Sheldon Miller. Louise especially has made wonderful contributions to WCC’s music program both as a chorister and as a soloist. Sheldon has sung in the Choir’s bass section and has made contributions as a pianist.  They will be leaving to live in the UK. Louise, accompanied by Sheldon, will sing a special solo during the morning service.

Sunday, December 3 | 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Harkness Outreach Center

For all of your holiday shopping needs, this special sale at WCC Rummage  will have books, new clothing for all ages and a variety of gift items in excellent condition. The Men’s Department will be open!! 
Incredible values and every sale represents the spirit of outreach, community effort, fun, fellowship, and service that are the mainstays of our church. All proceeds are distributed to over 40 Metro Chicago non-profit agencies.
Woman’s Society Annual Christmas Luncheon
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 11:30 A.M.
At the home of Eileen Baumgarten
15 Rolling Ridge Road in Northfield
The Woman's Society will be celebrating our Christmas Luncheon at the home of our president Eileen Baumgarten at 15 Rolling Ridge Road in Northfield. The luncheon on December 6 will begin at 11:30 a.m. with our usual social time with lunch following. We will then join together in the living room to sing our favorite Christmas carols accompanied by Eileen on the piano and pipe organ. 
Directions: The circular driveway is large so come in and park all the way at the end so others can follow suit. Carpooling is also encouraged. Willow Road to Sunset Ridge, North to Rolling Ridge Road (first left), follow street around to number 15. 
The cost is our regular $15.00. All members and friends are invited but reserve early as space is limited. 
To make luncheon reservations, contact Lois-Eve Anderson at 847-272-7107 or email her at
Adult Enrichment

 November and December
- 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.)
November 26
Reformation – “Guess What?  You’re a Priest”
December 3
Reformation – “Sola Scriptura”
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!
This past Sunday November 12, 2017 while our members over 8 were volunteering for “Jesus Has Left the Sanctuary,” many of our youngest members were busy working on a service project to keep fires of their own hearts stoked. Our children packed “Cold Weather Bags,” filled with a pair of gloves, a winter hat, and message to warm the heart of  a child in need. 50 bags were decorated and packed with love for “Fill a Heart for Kids” which is based in Lake Forest and services both homeless and foster children. Another 50 bags were decorated and packed with love for “Families Helping Families Chicagoland” which services children in need.  
To learn more about these organizations and how you can help, please visit the following links:
Sundays 10:15—11:15 A.M. (unless otherwise noted)
Sunday, November 26, 2017   One Room Church School (JK-2nd grade) | Thanksgiving Weekend
Sunday, December 3, 2017      Church School | First Sunday of Advent
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, November 26, 2017    No Class
Sunday, December 3, 2017      NO Confirmation Class
     4:30 PM    Tree Lighting: Front Lawn
     5:00 PM    Food, Fun and Fellowship for All Ages: TFH

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
In order to learn about changes to the schedule or last minute announcements, please make sure you’ve signed up to receive text messages through “Remind” and email announcements through MailChimp

Navigators - 6th and 7th graders!
Sundays from 4:30-5:30 P.M. at Winnetka Congregational Church

QUESTIONS?: Contact Elaine Clemens 
Sunday, November 19, 2017  Navigators
Sunday, November 26, 2017  Navigators
Sunday, December 3, 2017      NO Navigators
     4:30 PM    Tree Lighting: Front Lawn
     5:00 PM    Food, Fun and Fellowship for All Ages: TFH

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, November 26, 2017    Servants
Sunday, December 3, 2017      No Servants
     4:30 PM    Tree Lighting: Front Lawn
     5:00 PM    Food, Fun and Fellowship for All Ages: TFH

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?

Change your furnace filter every month
A clean air filter allows your furnace to run more efficiently and can also help improve indoor air quality. You will need to change the filter in your furnace once a month for optimal performance.

Reduce air leakage
Air leaks are a common cause of wasted energy. On the other hand, sealing those air leaks can help you save up to 10 percent on your energy bill.
Saving money on energy does not have to be a challenge. You can start by doing the things listed above and be well on your way to savings.

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.
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.
November 2017
26: Amy Bhote
27: Alan Ramsay, Brad Baumgarten, Emilee Dziersk
28: Emma Katzman
29: Thomas Neuckranz, Gina Logan, Cynthia Churchwell, Wilson Gottschild, Dan Maentz

In October and November, WCC will support the work of Common Pantry with donations to the shopping cart in the narthex.

Celebrating their 50th year of operation, they are the city’s oldest food pantry. Allowing clients to shop using a point system based on family size, they provide emergency food supplies to over 900 families a year. They also offer a weekly lunch, social service support and a monthly produce distribution.
Currently they request the following items:
Diapers – especially size 4 and up
Baby wipes
Ground coffee
Cheerios, any type
Salad dressing
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.
Wednesday, November 22        
9:30 AM    Woman’s Society Board Mtg: CR
Church Building Closes at Noon

Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving
Church Building Closed

Friday, November 24
Church Building Closed

Sunday, November 26
9:00 AM    Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM  Worship: S
10:15 AM  Church School-JK-4th grade
                  One Room School: EW
11:00 AM  Fellowship: TFHall
11:05 AM  Alleluia Singers: MR
11:30 AM  WCC Singers: MR
4:00 PM    Servants: LL 1
4:30 PM    Navigators: TFH

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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