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Winnetka Congregational Church IN THIS ISSUE

April 12, 2014 No. 14 Volume XLIX

-Holy Week -Palm Sunday -Lenten Drive -Birthday Reminder -Report from Mission Trip -Easter Egg Hunt -Lenten Devotionals -Holy Land Tour Offer -WSs Library Update -New Members Meeting -Easter Flowers -2020 Vision Update

Holy Week
Sunday, April 13 PALM SUNDAY at 10 am Friday, April 18 GOOD FRIDAY Service at 12-noon (Chapel) Thursday, April 17 MAUNDY THURSDAY service at 7 pm (Sanctuary)

Sunday, April 20 EASTER SERVICES at 9 and 11 am

Church Hours Monday Friday 8-5 Sunday 8:30-Noon Business Office closed Fridays

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Sermons of our pastors are available on our website: Sermons.

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The Messenger is published weekly (semimonthly in June, July and August). The deadline for submission of articles is the Wednesday ten days prior to publication date. Please contact the Desktop Publisher for more information (847-441-3400, ext. 14). Joseph A. Shank, Senior Pastor Jennifer A. Gleichauf, Associate Pastor William A. Mueller, Associate Pastor Robert A. Harris, Director of Music/Choirmaster Elaine Clemens, Director of Childrens Music/Organist Floy Schrage, Business/Facilities Manager Sarah Vollmer, Church School Coordinator Paul Allen, Pastor Emeritus 725 Pine Street, Winnetka, IL 60093 Phone: 847 441 3400; Fax: 847 501 4287 |

Palm Sunday Special Fellowship

On Sunday, April 13, plan to stay after worship for delicious hot cross buns and learn to turn your palm fronds from worship into crosses. Fun for all ages!


We continue a Dairy Drive on behalf of the St. Sabina Social Service Store at 79th & Racine in Chicagos Auburn Gresham neighborhood untill April 13. Such scarce items are much needed and appreciated in a community where unemployment is over 25%. The store provides a place for customers to shop for food and clothing for free.

So, you will find empty milk gallon containers in the narthex and Tolman Hall during this time for coin and cash donations that will be driven to the store along with Mens Clothing collected at our recent Mens Fellowship Springfest BBQ. Lenten
Dair y Drive

April 13: David Myers 14: Paul Arnold, Jonathan Blake 15: Bruce Nichols, Leslie Shank, Susan Snyder 16: Pamela Bauer, Katherine Meyers 17: Frank Lackner, Joseph Shank, Matthew Schmidt, Banks Totten 18: Mark Donnell, Kenneth Jones 19: Julia Garabedian

Happy Birthday

Last week, 23 high school students and six adults traveled to the Dominican Republic to continue working in partnership with a church that has sites in and around Gaspar Hernandez. We continued work to help build a community center, helped to run a day camp for children in the community, and were able to spend a great deal of time building and continuing relationships with the Dominicans, as well as within our group. We worked, played, laughed, were challenged, and learned much. We had an opportunity to live into Gods story of love, and to glimpse how powerful that love can be when people come together as the body of Christ. We thank you again for your support to help make the trip happen! We look forward to sharing more about the trip with you on Youth Sunday and during Fiesta del Sol, both of which will be April 27th.


Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Sunday, April 20, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for all children between the 9 and 11am services. We will start the hunt at 10:30am. Weather permitting.




Each Sunday we are including a devotional in the bulletin for each week during Lent based on the Beatitudes as inspired by a highly recommended book Blessings for Leaders. These devotionals are also available on our website under Worship by scrolling down to Lenten Devotionals.

Proposed Interfaith

Holy Land Tour

The Winnetka Interfaith Council, through the expertise of its President and travel agent. Dr. Mitch Slotnick, is proposing 10-day Interfaith Holy Land Tour for our local congregations sometime next Fall 2014 or Midwinter 2015. Significant sites in the Abrahamic faith traditions of Christians, Jews, and Muslims would be highlighted in the areas of Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee and Jerusalem. Contingent on number of pilgrims, the combined cost for air, basic room and board, and bus would range between $4000-$4500 per person. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact William Mueller at We will be happy to provide you a handout.


The WCC Women's Society is seeking a responsi ble person to digitize the card catalog of the Tyrrell Library in Tolman Hall and set up a system where new additions can be entered by computer. This transition from paper record keeping to on-line access will make the libr ary's collection more available to all church members. This is a job for a volunteer with technical skills and devotion to the church. It can be done from home or at the library, and might be valuable as a volunteer project on a job resume or college application. Please contact Laur ie Morse at 847-835-4123 for more information.

Would you like to learn more about WCC?

Three informational meetings are scheduled with Senior Pastor, Joseph Shank, for those persons interested in learning more about Winnetka Congregational Church and what it means to be a member. Scheduled dates are April 13 at 7 p.m. If you would like to be a part of one of these gatherings, please contact Char Lillquist, Assistant to the Pastors, at or call the church office (847-441-3400).

Last Chance

On Easter Sunday, our Sanctuary is graced with dozens of Easter plants which have been provided by members and friends at a suggested donation of $40. If you would like to give a plant this year in memory or in honor of a loved one, please send this form with a check to the church office. Please respond by Monday, April 14, to be acknowledged in the Easter Bulletin.


Name:________________________________________________________ Phone or Email:_________________________________________________ In Memory Of:_________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

In Honor Of:___________________________________________________


ver the past few weeks the WCC 2020 Vision team has fine-tuned the implementation plan and, significantly, has redeveloped our Mission, Vision, and Belief statements. This was presented to Leadership on Tuesday, March 11. Since then, the 2020 team has worked on further revisions with a goal to gain Council approval on Tuesday April 8 to bring the implementation plan to the congregation for discussion. The plan is posted on our website. More importantly we want to once again engage the congregation in a dialogue. The 2020 team will start a listening tour with Caf Sessions after church on April 13 and 27. Additionally, members of the WCC 2020 team would like to engage with small groups, particularly Spiritual Life, to discuss the plan. We hope that you will invite us to join one of your April sessions. Our goal is to have the congregation ratify the plan at the annual meeting, likely May 4, 2014.

Online Calendar

Parish Calendar
Saturday, April 12 6:30pm Confirmation Fellowship Sunday, April 13 - PALM SUNDAY 8:45am Adult Enrichment: CR 9:30am Child Care: Nursery 10am WORSHIP: S 11am Fellowship: TFH 11:30am WCC Singers: TFH 4:30pm Servants: LL1 6pm Confirmation Class (7 & 8): TFH Monday, April 14 9:15am Zumba: AC 3:30pm Prayer Group: CL Tuesday, April 15 9:15am WERQ w/Candus: AC 7pm NAMI Meeting: LL2 Wednesday, April 16 4pm JK-2nd Grade Choir: MR 4:45pm 3-5 Grades Choir: MR 7pm Prayer Series: CR Thursday, April 17 MAUNDY THURSDAY 9am AA Meeting: TFH 6pm Bell Choir: MR 7pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal: MR 7:30pm MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE: S Friday, April 18 GOOD FRIDAY Noon GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: S Sunday, April 20 - EASTER SUNDAY 8:45am Adult Enrichment: CR 9am EASTER WORSHIP: S 9:30am Child Care: Nursery 10:30am Easter Egg Hunt: Front Lawn 10am Choir Brunch: CR 11am EASTER WORSHIP: S
AMP - Amphitheater AC - Alsdorf Center LC - Conference Library CR - Centennial Room 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 - Womans Society