February 4, 2017
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In this Issue:
Budget Meeting | February 26
Canvass Update
Spring Listening HIGHLIGHTS
A Just Harvest
Rummage Sale | February 5
Adult Enrichment
Exploring Grief
Membership Orientation | February 5
Wish Them a Happy Birthday
Prayer List

Parish Calendar
Contact Your Pastors
WCC Staff
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.  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:
  • Attend our Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 to 7 P.M. in Tolman Hall. (Cajun-inspired costumes, welcome!)
  • Purchase Mission Stock, when it goes on sale starting Sunday, February 26. (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.
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!
Spring Listening HIGHLIGHTS 2016

How and where have you been feeling the Spirit move at WCC this program year?
- Confirmation Retreat
- Youth Involvement
- Mission Trip
- Music
- The Worship & Sermon Messages

From Jeff and the Staff
- Talk about how the Spirit is around us
- New Members
- Interfaith & Community Outreach
- Our Ministries, e.g. Care & Calling, Rummage
- JLS, etc…

Start and Continue:
- Doubling down on Youth
- More fully engaging membership
- Reaching out & growing
- Reincorporating Hymnals
- Running on time
- Silent Prayer
- Engaging homebound & snowbird members
- Programs we love….too many to list…

What at WCC is engaging and nurturing your sense of faith?
- Adult Enrichment
- Music
- Worship & Sermons
- Engagement of our Senior Pastor
- Youth Involvement
- Inclusiveness

Closing Thoughts:
Overall, the summary feedback was overwhelmingly positive with regard to the program year experience and the impact that our new Senior Pastor and staff were having on each of us and our Congregation collectively. Thank you for your input and support as we pursue our Mission together. 

As of January 24, 2017: 

Total pledges received = 180
$ Amount received: $878,925
Goal: $1,050,000
% of Goal: 84%
Balance of goal:  $171,075
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.
Rummage Volunteers and WCC Members Mark Your Calendars!
Super Sunday Sale | February 5
11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

The Book and Men's departments will be open. Plus fabulous gifts for you and your Valentines, as well as lots of great goodies for Easter Baskets and entertaining. Sale will include shoes, lamps, clothing, toys, kitchen, home decor, jewelry and so much more!

Don't miss this sale! Just one way to say thank you for your continued  dedication, support and efforts on behalf of WCC Rummage.

No early birds please. Everyone will be let in together at 11 A.M.

Our Adult Enrichment | Centennial Room | 8:45 A.M. 

As we live into our Spirit-led theme and goal of “together”…

Winnetka Congregational Church’s Spirit-led theme and goal is “together”, which seeks to enhance mutual understanding, care, and community cohesion, both within our congregation and with the world we serve; and to embody Christ’s radical love and welcome.

An integral part of living into this spiritual theme and goal is to engage matters of race so as to increase our understanding of race relations and, as possible, to improve them. As such, Winnetka Congregational Church is excited to continue our focus on race by observing Black History Month (February) through the following programs:

Sunday morning 
February 5 | 8:45 A.M.

We will view the classic 1985 PBS/Frontline: “A Class Divided.” This documentary remains a primary viewing and discussion in social work classes on Promoting Social Justice and Empowerment: The Intersection of Oppression, Privilege, and Diversity in Social Work. On February 5th we will show the 60-minute film in the Centennial Room at 8:45, preceded by refreshments & fellowship at 8:30.

Wednesday evening
February 8 | 6:30 P.M.

We will view and discuss the recent PBS “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” documentary, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. The second part of this series begins at 6:30 P.M., followed by 60-minute discussion facilitated by Sylvia Corcoran, LCSW, CADC, MCEd. She serves as first-level field placement coordinator at Loyola University Chicago: Graduate School of Social Work. Sylvia participated in our discussion on race last fall, and she, like many, has an eye for action. Our colleagues, Cecelia Blue and Dr. Robert Harris will assist us in discussion as well.

Even if you can’t make it right at 6:30, please feel free to arrive when you can.

February 8: Part Two
    Hour 1 - Keep Your Head Up
    Hour 2 - Touch The Sky
For further information about the film, visit here.
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Opportunities.

FOCUS on Interfaith: Islam

Dawood Ali, our guest speaker was born in Iowa to a Catholic American mother and a Muslim Indian father. He grew up as a practicing Muslim in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree. While his professional life has been involved with engineering and information technology, in his personal life he has been engaged in Islamic learning and teaching since his teenage years. He was actively involved in the operation of the Institute of Islamic Information and Education since its inception in 1986, eventually becoming its Managing Director. He has been the Director of the Muslim Youth Camp for the Muslim Community Center of Chicago for 15 years, teaching boys 12-18 years old about living life as a Muslim in America. He is currently a speaker for the Muslim community to a variety of audiences, educating the public about Islam and Muslims.

Sunday, February 12 | 9-11: It’s Lead Up, Aftermath, and Effects

The events of September 11, 2001 were a tragedy felt around the world. They did not take place in a vacuum, however. Come hear our speaker discuss how colonialism, American foreign policy, and freedom fighters on the fringes of religion played their parts, and the effect it had on the American Muslim community.

Sunday, February 19 | The Presidential Election and the Rising Tide of Islamophobia

Our recently elected 45th president made many speeches and comments during his campaign denigrating several constituencies living in the United States. Our speaker will explore one of those groups, how demonizing Muslims has become acceptable among certain communities and the effect it is having now that our most visible citizen is taking part. 
Exploring Grief Group Winter Session at WCC

Winnetka Congregational Church
Every other Monday
from 7 - 8:30 P.M.
January 9th - March 20th

We are pleased to offer our unique Exploring Grief Group starting on January 9th. This series provides a confidential, supportive and educational environment to cope with grief. Four area congregations have come together to underwrite this important service for our community, enabling us to offer it at no charge.

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 2017 dates for New Member Orientations are February 5th and May 7th.
Mack Reynolds, Lauren Grote
6: Kimberly Brya, Andrew Holden, Thomas Ball
7: Pamela Krueger, Ray Gillette, Frederick Sudekum, Debbie Kruse, Sarah Wright
8: Lois-Eve Anderson, Pamela Alagel, Dan Shellenbarger
9: Sally Wille
10: Paul Van Zuiden, Heidi Law, Kate Laible, Lindsey Law, Catherine Ritter
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, February 5
9:00 AM    Adult Enrichment “A Class Divided”: CR
10:00 AM   Worship: S
10:15 AM Church School: EW
11:00 AM Fellowship: TFH
11:00 AM  Rummage Sale
11:30 AM WCC Singers: MR
Monday, February 6
3:30 PM Prayer Group: CL
4:45 PM A Just Harvest: Away
7:00 PM Exploring Grief: CR
Wednesday, February 8
9:30 AM Women of Note: MR
4:30 PM Outreach Mission Doing: CR
6:30 PM Part II: Black America Since MLK...: CR
Thursday, February 9
9:00 AM AA: TFH
6:15 PM Bell Choir: Jr. Kindergarten Rm
7:00 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
7:00 PM Children & Youth Committee: CR
Friday, February 10
8:30 AM Mission Giving & Doing: Rm 205
9:00 AM Women’s Bible Study: CR
Sunday, February 12
9:00 AM Adult Enrichment: CR
10:00 AM Worship: S
10:15 AM Church School: EW
11:00 AM Fellowship: TFH
11:30 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
6:15 PM     Confirmation Class: Sr. Pastor’s study
6:15 PM Navigators: AC
Monday, February 13
3:30 PM Prayer Group: CL
Tuesday, February 14
6:30 PM Council Meeting: CR
Wednesday, February 15
9:30 AM Women of Note: MR
Thursday, February 16
9:00 AM AA: TFH
615 PM Bell Choir: Jr. K Rm
7:00 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR
Friday, February 17
9:00 AM Women’s Bible 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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