Loving God and Caring For Our Community Since 1954



A United Church of Christ

(708) 865-1282

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s

journey, you are welcome here!”



August 13, 2017 _                                                                         10:00 a.m.

Welcome on behalf of our pastoral staff

Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III, Pastor 708/562-0759

Joyce Kelstrom, Bell Choir Director

Rev. Ebenezer G. P. Perinbaraj, Pastor Chicago Tamil Church


Thank you for joining us this morning! If you want to learn about membership

at Westchester Community, or would like a pastoral visit, please

make note of it on the green visitor cards in the pew racks in each pew.


USHERS:                          Hans Straube, Mary Straube, Betty Koenig, Kathy Marinier, Mary Linville

GREETERS:                    Charlene & Dick Dolnics

LITURGIST:                    Alice Meskan

PASTOR:                          Diane Ollie-Coleman

ALTAR FLOWERS:        Jill Rouse in memory of Jerry Richmond


INTERNET ACCESS You can access us, and our latest newsletter, at

Any questions? Email Carl Lindstrom at


 HELP US DO A BETTER JOB WITH PRAYER REQUESTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  There are cards for you to write down prayer requests and announcements, if they are immediate please give them to Pastor Joe or one of the ushers, or drop them in the offering plate.  Thank you



(approved at our Annual Meeting, January 22nd)

As disciples of Jesus, living by God’s grace and growing spiritually, we are committed: To Worship, Pray, and Honor the Living Word of God; To Welcome, Love, and Respect all of God’s People; To Choose Tolerance, Reject Prejudice, and Support Diversity; and To Care for, Respond to, and Serve our Neighbors in Need





“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness” . ~Dalai Lama


PRELUDE                                                                                               Joyce Kelstrom                           


(Our Nursery is in the 2nd building connected to the front of

our Sanctuary on the left-hand side)

A GATHERING PRAYER                                                                      Diane Ollie-Coleman


*CALL TO WORSHIP (in unison)                                                           Alice Meskan

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is dying that we are born to eternal life.


*WE SING OF DEVOTION TO THE LORD                                                                                                                          #486

“Have Thine Own Way”


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                                                                                          Alice Meskan

Romans l: 8-17

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the word. 9 For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, 10 asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I am long-ing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—12 or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

13 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish 15—hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also the to the Greek. 17 For it is the right-eousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”


*WE SING THE GLORIA PATRI                                                                                                                           #734

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost.

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen, Amen.


WE SING A PRAYER OF DEVOTION                                                                                                                           #405

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”


PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE                                                                                                                           Diane Ollie-Coleman

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Please Use Debts/Debtors)



OFFERTORY                                                                                                   Joyce Kelstrom

*THE DOXOLOGY                                                                                          #34

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*PRAYER OF DEDICATION (In Unison)                                                                                                                           Alice Meskan

Lord, take these gifts, these gifts of heart, mind, soul, and self. Take these gifts, and my these gifts represent a tree of life to your world. Amen.

A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                                                                                           Alice Meskan

Romans 1: 18-25

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without ex-cuse; 21 for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they become futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claim-ing to be wise, they became fools; 23 and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to im-purity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen

Romans 1: 28-32

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. 29 They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, inso-lent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things de-serve to die— yet they not only do them but even applaud oth-ers how practice them.


A MEDITATION                                                                                               Diane Ollie-Coleman

“Its Not What You Think”



*CLOSING HYMN                                                                                             #405

“My Faith Has Found a Resting Place””


*THE COMMISSION AND THE BENEDICTION                                           


 POSTLUDE                                                                                                            Joyce Kelstrom

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+Large print Bibles, bulletins and hymnals available

*Please Rise where this is marked.


Car Wash is August 20 after church Please stay after worship —Youth will have food for sale and will wash your cars, trucks, and vans.

$5 for cars; $8 for vans/trucks.

This supports our Youth Mission trip and youth events dur-ing the year like Tower Hill.


Pastor Mills will be on Sabbatical the month of August.

If you have pastoral needs, please contact the church office 708/865-1282, or contact Rev. Bob Hempel 708/352-2630 for pastoral emergencies.


Choir Practice will be held on Thursday, September 7th at 7 pm. With our new Music Director. All former and new Choir mem-bers welcome!!


Color Me Happy Party. The Mission Board would like to invite you to have fun at a coloring party. We will be making book marks, some for you and some that can be given to shut- ins when people make a visit. We will have all that you need to make a laminated bookmark so there is no need to bring anything, al-though if you have coloring tools you like bring them along. We will also be collecting school supplies for children in need, watch for those back to school sales. Today after church in the library. A light lunch will be provided. Come enjoy fellowship. Adults and children invited.



Today:              Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am           Worship

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


6:00 pm             Zumba



9:30 am             No Bible Study in August


7:00 pm             Pranic Healing


8:30 pm             AA—Library


Noon                 Wedding– Sanctuary

Sunday:            Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

10:00 am           Worship

11:30 am           Car Wash

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


Use the Big Green Box on the west side of our parking lot for clothes, shoes and linens to raise money for St. John UCC. Items you put in the box are used to help people in need and any unusable items are sold for scrap. Thanks, Your Mission Board


Bring food for St. Johns church, our church and Westchester Food Pan-try. We also need personal products such as liquid soap for the Fisher House for Vets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, shaving cream, lip gloss, etc. for the men and women at Hines VA Hospital and the women’s and children’s shelter. Boxes are in the back of the church for these items . Thanks, Your Mission Board


Birthdays through August 20

08/13     Bonnie Kucera, James Barker

08/14     Sandra Tavernier, Joyce Hubick, Milton Ladner

08/15     Carolyn Savage

08/16     Elaine Dildine, Virginia Hodina, Robert Lloyd

08/17     Eileen Cecconi

08/18     Richard Frandsen, Grace Hermanowski

08/20     Linda Lloyd


Anniversaries through August 20

08/15     Barbara & Allan Boyd, 36 yrs.

08/17     Mary & Howard Linville, 26 yrs.

08/19     Marge & George Nelson, 56 yrs.

08/20     Barbara & James Sweazey, 44 yrs.


GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND HELP OUR CHURCH!! Buy a Gift Card and a percentage of goes to help our church for outside painting!! Manna order blanks are available in the church office or narthex. Make checks payable to WCC. Orders are due the last and first Sunday of the month with the distribution on the second Sunday of the month. ORDERS WILL BE DUE ON THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH AND DISTRIBUTED THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH. (This due to changes by The Manna Group.) If you have questions, please call Alice Meskan in the church office 708/865-1282 or Charlene Dolnics 708/345-1816.


KNITTING AND CROCHETING FOR MISSION AND FUN!! Sassy Stitchers meets on the third Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Library. Please come out to knit and crochet. Lessons and projects are offered.



The Wednesday Bible Study meets each Wednesday, 9:30 am, at Mariner Health (in the back of the facility/Transitions room)

Faith Conversations meets the first and third Sunday of the month. Its easy to join in—each session stands on its own!!


Craft Monday's will return in September! Please continue to work on your home craft projects


Please sign up for Altar Flowers on the Altar Flower Calendar . The price is $27. You purchase the flower arrangement and take it home after the service. Thanks!!




PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Chris Panek, James Tsilivis, Maris Kolb, Otis Randle, Sue Casey, Cathe and Aneitra Flynn, Betsy Grimm, Derek Willey, Gloria Dearmore, Marcia Burba, Benny Locigno, Craig Marousek, Pastor Godwin Raj, Dick Widick, Ken Scheffel, Rich Kasey, Kim Powers, Elayne Dal-heim, Larry Gorski, Martha Tressler, George Nelson, Milton and Patricia Ladner, Jim Wagner, Sandra Fulco, Michael Kelstrom, Louella Kec, Eva Poulos, Ruth Edelmann, Sean Tavernier

IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: Jay Mills, Scott Johnson


PEOPLE AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: Lucille Jeffries—Nursing Center at Cantata; Ann Stvan—Bridgeway Christian Village, Dick Widick-Saratoga Grove; Steve Tom-porowski – Wisconsin; Terry Samonds: Anna’s Health-care; Ann Miller—Bethlehem Woods; Marge Wanielista-Lexington Elm-hurst; Donna Wright- Rosewood; Richard Schwartz-Beacon Hill


FRIENDS TO KEEP IN PRAYERS: Denise Ayala, Mary Kay Baca , Hillary Belejung, Sherry Craver, Mary Devery, Stacie Donnelly, Gerri Eck, Logan Erne, Angie Falasz, Gerri Eck, Linda Gibbony, Doug Hall, Ken Hall, Holly Hiller, Erin Hoffman, Ernst Kniesel, Lavonis and family, Brent Lawrence, Virginia Linzmeier, Debbie Monsen, Melody Nance, Andrew Olson & Family, Richard Russell, Rev. Neil Schoffner, Serena and Chris, Mary Sugarman, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs, Vanessa, Augie and Diane Zimmerman

Special prayers for peace for the people of Venezuela and around the world.



James Tsilivis—Hinsdale


Bell Choir practice starts up again on September 9th at 8:30 am. We welcome new bell ringers Jr. High and up. Reading music is not a requirement.


Fall dates for Scrapbooking and Cardmaking have been set. Mark your calendars: Saturday, September 16, Saturday, Oc-tober 28, and Saturday, November 4. Scrapbooking is from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Bring your pictures, photo books, and pa-per. We have all the tools to help you create awesome memories for your families. Cardmaking is from 10:00 until 2:00. All the supplies are at church. Come and make cards that will be sent to the troops or will be for sale in the narthex.


Card making workshop. Attention card makers and card maker wannabes. Saturday September 9th, the mission board will be hosting a morning of card making, you will learn new techniques and have fun doing so. We will have a guest who will bring all the supplies and provide instruction. It will be a fun time learning new things and visiting with friends and maybe new friends. The cost is $10 per person (an adult/child combo would be one cost for one set of cards). You will make 10 cards and we ask that you donate one or two to the board so we can send them to the troops. We need ten people to make it happen. Bring a friend or two, it’s a nice way to visit and do a good thing at the same time.

Saturday September 9th 10:00-1:00—Fellowship Hall

Bring a bag lunch or money to order if you plan to stay.

Contact Linda Kasanders or Brenna McKenzie


AND THEY’RE OFF! Yes, it’s race time for the Doers and Goers at Arlington Park on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Races be-gin at 1:25 pm and the cost is $10 for general admission tickets at the park. (online $8). You can bring your own food. Please call Sandy and Joe Augello 630/941-9237 or the Sweazeys 630/335-1106 for more info. Everyone is invited.


Can you help with the church office? I will be on vacation on August 29—31, I need someone to be there in the morning. If you can help, please call the church office. Thanks




Westchester Community Church, United Church of Christ

1840 Westchester Boulevard

Westchester, IL 60154





Reverend Joseph E. Mills, III                         Pastor

Peggy Boswell                                                  Church Moderator

Carol Hoppe                                                     Asst. Church Moderator

Susan Becerra                                                  Church Secretary

Wayne Miller                                                    Custodian

Joyce Kelstrom                                                Bell Choir Director

Carl Lindstrom                                                Website Manager


Pastoral Staff Serving Next Week, August 20


USHERS:                                 Ed Hempel, Pete Becerra, Peggy Boswell, Elaine Hempel, Sue Becerra

GREETERS:                                Marge Nelson and Linda Kasanders

LITURGIST:                                Melanie Miller

PASTOR:                                     Rev. Bob Hempel