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!”



December 10, 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                           

Michael Cantrell, Music 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:                 Peggy Boswell and Minnie Rice

LITURGIST:                 Peggy Boswell

PASTOR:                       Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III

ALTAR FLOWERS:     Russ Grosch in memory of Helen Grosch Stevenson


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




“They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” — William Penn


PRELUDE                                                                                                        Michael Cantrell


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

our Sanctuary on the left-hand side)


A GATHERING PRAYER                                                                               Pastor Mills



BELL ANTHEMS                                                                                             WCC Bell Choir

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

“Little Drummer Boy”


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                      Peggy Boswell

Leader:               Make ready the Way of the Lord!

People:                      Decorate a tree; put up lights.

                                  Open our hearts for life; allow His Light

                                  to shine within!

Leader:               Make ready the Way of the Lord!

People:                      Buy gifts for those You love;

                                   get together with family and friends.

                                   Serve that the stranger might find your love

                                   and share as if that one was family to you.

Leader:               Make ready the Way of the Lord!

ALL:                         WITH CAROLS SUNG AND PRAYERS

                                   ISSUED FORTH, WITH THANKSGIVING FOR GOD WHO IS AND WHO                                     IS TO COME, LET US WORSHIP THE LORD!!


*GOD BRINGS US INTO COMMUNITY                                                       #182

“O Come All Ye Faithful”



Carol Hoppe and Tommy Chapiesky


A TIME FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US                                                      Pastor Mills

“What Would You Do To Get Ready For A Baby??”


*WE SING A PRAYER FOR ADVENT                                                          #154

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


HANDBELL SOLO                                                                                          Joyce Kelstrom

“Angel Medley”


WE SING A HYMN OF CHRISTMAS LOVE                                                 #210

“Love Came Down At Christmas”


PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE                                                                      Pastor Mills

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


THE MORNING OFFERING                                                                          

OFFERTORY                                                                                                   Elizabeth Lieberman

“Christmas Lullaby” - Jason Robert Brown


*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)                                                       Peggy Boswell

              God provides life to us each day, in nature itself, to the love of our families, and our ability to work and serve. God provides meaning to us in the midst of the world’s madness, and peace in the midst of strife. May our gifts provide times of healing and ways of learning for others, and strengthen our spirits to serve others in Your Name.

This, as we dedicate our gifts to You, in Your Most Holy Name, Lord God, we pray. Amen.


A Flute Trio

“Deck The Halls”

Shannen McGinn, Madysen Barker, Anna Marousek


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                   Peggy Boswell

From the Prophets: Isaiah 40:1-11                                                                   p. 633,OT, Pew Bible

                                                                                                                           p. 1010, OT, Large Print


MEDITATION                                                                                                  Pastor Mills

“Entering the Wilderness of Grace”


*WE SERVE IN FAITHFULNESS                                                                   #189

“Entering the Wilderness of Grace”


*THE COMMISSION AND THE BENEDICTION                                           


POSTLUDE                                                                                                      Michael Cantrell

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+Large print Bibles, bulletins and hymnals available

*Please Rise where this is marked.


Upcoming Advent Activities—Please Mark your Calendar

TODAY 5pm Christmas Caroling to Shut-ins

December 24 10 am Worship

December 24 10:30 pm Late Night Christmas Eve Worship


WCC card makers have an assortment of handmade greeting cards available in the Narthex for you to send to church members and friends who may need a cheery note. There is a free will donation box. Proceeds help to purchase supplies and are also donated to special mission projects.


2018 WCC Calendars are available in the Narthex on the table by the front door. These calendars are available to us compliments of Conboy Funeral Home.


SANTA'S TOY SHOP IS ARRIVING TO WCC!! Are you looking for a special simple way to spread the Christmas spirit? Help us this Christmas season to bring smiles to children with cancer. The Missions Team will be in the Narthex in Decem-ber to support The Treasure Chest Foundation for Pediatric On-cology. Santa’s Toy Shop has magically arrived here in the Nar-thex with Christmas helpers to help you purchase gifts for the children. Gift cards are available through MANNA to purchase for the older children. Many wonderful ways to bring smiles by shopping here in Santa’s Toy Shop! This is a super easy way to help the children with cancer during this Christmas season. It is always wonderful to share what we can with others.


Our next Fish Fry will be held on January 5, 4:30—7:00 pm. Please plan on attending, and bring a friend. We still need help. Thanks.


Please step up and volunteer your talent and a few hours to keep your church thriving. We still need members to sign up for one of these boards: Trustees, Deacons, Parish Fellow-ship and Christian Education. Contact the 2017-18 Nominat-ing Committee or Carl Panek at 708-606-4548.


If you or a friend need a Pocket Prayer will find them in the narthex in a basket on the table by the greeters.


Please save Marie Calendar and Edwards frozen pie coupons, we can use them for the Fish Fry. Please give to Betty Koenig or drop them off at the church office. Thanks


The Stewardship Pledge Drive is still under way—please turn in your pledge cards as soon as you can. Additional forms are available in the Narthex and church office. Thanks for your Financial Support.



Today:              Second Sunday in Advent

9:15 am             Choir Practice

10:00 am           Worship

11:30 am           Confirmation

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship

5:00 pm             Caroling to Shut-ins


6:00 pm             Zumba


Noon                 Chamber of Commerce Board

7:00 pm             Trustees

7:00 pm             Missions

7:00 pm             Cub Scouts


9:30 am             Bible Study

7:00 pm             Boy Scouts


6:00 pm             Choir Practice

6:00 pm             Girls Scouts

7:00 pm             Pranic Healing


8:30 pm             AA—Library


8:30 am             Bell Choir Practice

9am-5pm           Deborah’s Messianic Ministries—1st Floor

Sunday:            Third Sunday of Advent

9:15 am             Choir Practice

10:00 am           Worship

11:30 am           Faith Conversations

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church


Birthdays through December 17

12/11     Aaron Miller

12/13     Marge Wanielista, Kay Ulicny

12/16     DelMae Schwass, Matt Kiley

12/17     Dianne Diaz, Lauren McCarthy


Anniversaries through December 17

12/13     Marcia & David Burba, 47 years

12/15     Susan & Rafael Ruiz, 23 years


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 WILL BE DUE ON THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH AND DISTRIBUTED THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH. If you have questions, please call Sue Becerra 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. It’s easy to join in—each session stands on its own!!


Bell Choir practice rehearsals are at 8:30 am every Saturday. We welcome new bell ringers Jr. High and up. Reading music is not a requirement!!


We are sending a BIG thank you out to Bob VonLaven. Bob has spent months repairing and painting the outdoor nativity pieces. Bob and Frank have set them up on the lawn and they look great. Good job, Bob!!!




PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Charles Marinier, Susan Ruiz, Pat Singletary, Wayne Miller, Betsy Grimm, Carmella Locigno, Ann McCarthy, Bruce Urbans, Jan Finnigan, Char Schwass, James Tsilivis, Otis Randle, Sue Casey, Cathe and Aneitra Flynn, Gloria Dearmore, Benny Locigno, Ken Scheffel, Rich Kasey, Kim Powers, Elayne Dalheim, Larry Gorski, Milton and Patricia Ladner, Jim Wagner, Sandra Fulco, Michael Kelstrom, Louella Kec, Eva Poulos, Ruth Edelmann, Sean Tavernier




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, Hillary Belejung, Sherry Craver, Mary Devery, Stacie Donnelly, Gerri Eck, Joe Ender, Logan Erne, Angie Falasz, Adam Garrett, Nicole Gavin, Linda Gibbony, Marilyn Gillham (on hospice), Herman Goodloe, Doug Hall, Ken Hall, Hans & Ruth Hermann, Holly Hiller, Erin Hoffman, Ernst Kniesel, Janice Kostka, Shawna Kriz, Lavonis and family, Brent Lawrence, Virginia Linzmeier, Rev. Jorge Morales, Melody Nance, Andrew Olson & Family, Richard Russell, Lois Santerior, Patricia Savage, Rev. Neil Schoffner, Serena and Chris, Sally Sergey, Mary Sugarman, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs, Vanessa, Augie and Diane Zimmerman


PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED: Ed Hirsch—Butterfield Grand Rapids, Shirley Felske—Cantata/British Home


Sue Ruiz will occasionally be needing rides to and from Dr.’s appointments until she can drive again. If you would be willing to help out, please contact Pastor Joe, Sue Becerra or call the church office.

Transitions Our annual Christmas get together will be at Mary Straube’s house on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm. We will be collecting new unwrapped toys for the children at Constance Morris House. Also, we will be having a wrapped or-nament exchange. Come for food, fun, and fellowship. Call Mary Straube 708/345-9156 or Jan Monahan 630/571-0677 and let us know if you are coming.


Christian Brothers Men’s Group will meet on December 13th, 6-6:30 pm at Stacy’s 845 Mannheim Road, Bellwood. If you are attending, please RSVP Ed Monahan 630/571-0677.


St. John’s food pantry is in need of plastic grocery bags. Please save them and put them in the box in the Narthex or give them to Elaine Hempel or the Church Office. Thanks

Bring food for St. Johns church, our church and Westchester Food Pantry. 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


Westchester Park District is conducting a Chicago Christmas Lights Tour on Thursday December 14, 3-9 pm. Why not sit on a nice warm bus and tour Chicago’s beautiful lights and forget about the parking. Details are available by calling the Westchester Park District 708/865-8200, the cost is $45, registration is required.


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

Michael Cantrell                                            Organist/Choir Director

Joyce Kelstrom                                                  Bell Choir Director

Carl Lindstrom                                              Website Manager


Pastoral Staff Serving Next Week, December 17

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

GREETERS:    Lou and Frank Bender

LITURGIST:    Kathy Marinier

PASTOR:         Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III