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!”



October15, 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, 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:                     Ed Monahan, Bruce Achilles, Dorothy Randle, Minnie Rice, Marge Nelson,                                           Sandy Tavernier

GREETERS:                Denice Kaminski & Wayne Scharlach

LITURGIST:                Sue Becerra

PASTOR: Rev.             Joseph E. Mills, III

ALTAR FLOWERS:    Marinier/Triska for folk’s Anniversary


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




“Man was created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord and in this way to save his soul. The other things on Earth were created for man's use, to help him reach the end for which he was created.

- Saint Ignatius


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 


INTROIT                                                                                                           WCC Bell Choir

“It Is Well With My Soul

“Awesome God/Almighty”


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                     

Leader:        It is amazing the power we have,

People:                 To bring to life,

                              to create harm,

                              to change even the earth itself.

Leader:        But we are here today to proclaim the power of God,

People:                 Who is life,

                              who chooses restraint, except for Joy,

who does not change, but in the midst of great change, brings faithfulness and love to bear.

Leader:        Come, let us choose to serve the Lord, and use our power to live within the call and                            responsibility which the Lord requires.


                    IN LOVE, AND IN FAITH!!


*GOD FILLS OUR HEARTS WITH JOY                                                      #405

                                            “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLYWORD                                                   Sue Becerra

From the Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14                                                                  p. 22, NT, Pew Bible

                                                                                                                          p. 34, NT, Large Print


 *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.



“Neighbors in Need”


TIME FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US                                                   Pastor Mills  

“What Kind of Person do You Want the World to See??”


GOD FILLS OUR HEARTS WITH HEALING                                           #21

“This Is My Fathers World”


PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE                                                                  Pastor Mills

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


THE MORNING OFFERING                                                                         

(We will have a second set of baskets today for Coins for Camp,

Where we give change and what we choose to give to help

Our children and youth in need attend our UCC Church Camps.

Please give generously!)


OFFERTORY                                                                                                 Chancel Choir

“Table of Plenty” - Dan Schutte


*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)                                                     Sue Becerra

              You deserve the greatest respect. And You deserve every possible way we can show You that we love You and want to help enact Your plan by helping You with our gifts, our time, and our

commitment. Receive our gifts with our humility, knowing that we really do want to do more, but knowing that in You, we will become more. In thanksgiving to You, through Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                  Sue Becerra

From the Gospel: Epistles: Philippians 4:1-9                                           p. 186, NT, Pew Bible

                                                                                                                   p. 286, NT, Large Print


MEDITATION                                                                                                   Pastor Mills

“The Practice of Self-Control

(and Self Respect)”


*GOD SENDS US FORTH TO BE A BLESSING                                           # 260

                                            “God of Grace and God of Glory”


*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.


Our next Fish Fry will be held on November 3rd 4:30—7:00 pm. Please plan on attending, and bring a friend. We need help also. Thanks.


Names of people whose addresses we need for the roster:

Tammie Barnett, Grace Cecconi, Elizabeth Diaz, John Diaz, Ja-son Dilworth, Kelly Dilworth, Michael Lloyd, Carin Lucas, John & Tina Piest, Jeanette Terry, Florence Washburn, Denise Willey, Brandon Wills, Christina Wills, Serena Ivers and Mark Liotta.


Names of people to have their listing removed from the direc-tory by the Board of Parish Fellowship:

Dora Burke, Robert & Elayne Dalheim, Michael and Brenda Janco, Keith Kucera, William and Joyce Lietzow, Lowell and Harriet Lucas, Mark and Kim Mandarino, Kelly Morgan, Adam and Nicole Pack, Tony and Kathryn Passaglia, Thomas and Karen Pomrening, David and Luette Stratman, Chloe Blair, Stephanie Albachiara and Steven Hermanowski, Mario and Athena Andrade, Carol Voss.


Any comments or inquiries should be made to The Board of

Parish Fellowship



Today:              Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

10:00 am           Worship

11:30 am           Faith Conversations

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


6:00 pm             Zumba

7:00 pm             Sassy Stitchers


11:30 am           EDC event for businesses about fraud—Library

7:00 pm             Cub Scouts


9:30 am             Bible Study

1:00 pm             Community Circle

7:00 pm             Boy Scouts


10:00 am           Pastor and Diane Ollie-Coleman mentoring

6:00 pm             Girl Scouts

7:00 pm             Choir Practice—FFH

7:00 pm             Harvest of Crafts Setup


7:00 pm             Harvest of Crafts Setup

8:30 pm             AA—Library


8:30 am             Bell Choir Practice

              9am—2:30 pm Harvest of Crafts

Sunday:            Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

10:00 am           Worship

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


THANK YOU for signing up to serve on one of our boards, those groups that keep our church working toward our Christian mis-sion. Nevertheless, we still have vacancies that must be filled be-fore the end of the year. That goes especially for these boards: Trustees, Deacons, Parish Fellowship and Christian Education. Please consider which one of these panels you would fit in, then insert your name on the “Come on Board” sign-in sheet in the narthex. Or call Carl Panek at 708-606-4548.


Birthdays through October 22

10/15     Julie Slanker, Lillian Suva, Mary Straube

10/17     Heather Sweazey

10/18     Janice Panek

10/19     Dewayne Rowe

10/21     Lillian Klippel, Eric Else

10/22     RoseAnn Farina-Glazier


Anniversaries through October 22

10/15     Kathy & Ron Cecconi, 28 years

10/15     Kathryn & Tony Passaglia, 23 years

10/19     Cynthia & James Tsilivis, 31 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. Its easy to join in—each session stands on its own!!


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




PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Bruce Urbans, Jan Finnigan, Char Schwass, James Tsilivis, Maris Kolb, Otis Randle, Sue Ca-sey, Cathe and Aneitra Flynn, Betsy Grimm, Gloria Dearmore, Marcia Burba, Benny Locigno, Dick Widick, Ken Scheffel, Rich Kasey, Kim Powers, Elayne Dalheim, Larry Gorski, George Nel-son, Milton and Patricia Ladner, Jim Wagner, Sandra Fulco, Mi-chael Kelstrom, Louella Kec, Eva Poulos, Ruth Edelmann, Sean Tavernier


IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: Jay Mills (now home!!), 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, Hillary Belejung, Stella Biel, Ron Cato, Sherry Craver, Mary Devery, Stacie Donnelly, Gerri Eck, Joe Ender, Logan Erne, Angie Falasz, Adam Garrett, Nicole Gavin, Linda Gibbony, Doug Hall, Ken Hall, Holly Hiller, Erin Hoffman, Ernst Kniesel, Shawna Kriz, Lavonis and family, Brent Lawrence, Virginia Linzmeier, Debbie Monsen, Melody Nance, Andrew Olson & Family, Richard Rus-sell, Rev. Neil Schoffner, Serena and Chris, Mary Sugarman, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs, Vanessa, Augie and Diane Zimmer-man

Special prayers for people struggling in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.



Carmella Locigno (mom to Mary Linville—hip surgery), Ann McCarthy


WE GREIVE WITH: The friends and family of long-time church member Maris Kolb—memorial service will be held on November 25—details to follow. 


Harvest of Crafts

Saturday, October 21, 2017


The sale is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It features: Homemade crafts made by the church members, Treasures and Trinkets for $1.00 , Raf-fle prizes, A Youth Group sponsored Bake Sale and Café serving lunch (hotdogs, chili, chili dogs) We need Bake Sale items, please bring them in on October 20th or October 21 in the morning. Also it is time to start bringing in your Treasures and Trinkets, please the items on the table in the South Basement.


This is a plea from the Nominating Committee to all church members to please consider joining one of our many boards and commit-tees. In that way, you will help the church in its mission. Call Carl Panek at 708/865-1782.


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


Thanks for Giving” is the November Mission Board project. We will be collecting both money and items to fill baskets which will be given to families in need. If you would like to donate money it will be used to buy items for the basket. Otherwise, food items needed are…· Bags of stuffing (herb or corn bread)

· Can or jar of turkey gravy

· Can or fresh sweet potatoes

· Boxed mashed potatoes

· Baking potatoes

· Pickles

· Olives

· Salad dressing

· Dinner rolls

Sandy Taveriner or Naomi Else will be in the Narthex to accept your donation and…“Thanks for Giving” 


The Crafters could use some buttons, any medium or large size please. Just drop them off at the church office.


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!!


Updated posters and registration forms are in the narthex for The Harvest of Crafts.


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


Community Circle welcomes women to join the group at its first meeting of the fall season on Wednesday, October 18 at 1 pm in the South Basement/Field Fellowship Hall. Collection of a box of cereal for family in need. This past year’s projects included contributing food pantry items and monetary collections for a family in need and summer mission trip, along with sending cards to cheer and comfort church members and friends, plus readying items for Harvest of Crafts sale. Meetings include time for fel-lowship, Christian thoughts and refreshments, with additional gatherings at a Christmas party and potluck salad luncheon in May.


BEDS: Sock It To ‘Um! The Mission Team is passing out pa-per socks that a group of Mini Mission Makers/Sunday School Children made to collect your donation to our area’s BEDS pro-gram, which sleeps and feeds the homeless. What a wonderful way to share God’s love with those in need. If you are unable to make a monetary donation, new warm socks are also being ac-cepted and would be a very welcome gift for the cold days ahead.


WCC card makers have an assortment of handmade greeting cards avail-able 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. Proceed help to purchase supplies and are also donate to special mission projects. Next card making sessions are scheduled for 10/28, 11/4, from 10 am to 2pm. Come join us. Lunch is provided for $5. ??? Call Charlene Dolnics 708/345-1816.


If you have taken home towels from the kitchen to wash, please return them. We are completely out of kitchen towels.


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, October 22


USHERS:         Jim Sweazey, Barb Sweazey, Mark Baran, John Mendoza Ron Cecconi

GREETERS:    Lauren McCarthy and Marita Giangreco

LITURGIST:    Debbie Barker P

PASTOR:         Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III


Hear Ye, Hear Ye:

YOUR Mission Board is looking for two (2) volunteers to serve a 1, 2 or 3 year term. We are an active board keeping our congregation supplied with ways to be in mission. Sometimes the focus is local but other times national or world-wide problems need our help. Won’t you consider joining? If you would like more information or feel this board is for you, please call Naomi Else at 708-363-3148 (cell)


Village Theatre Guild in Glen Ellyn presents “Communicating Doors” by Alan Ayckbourn & directed by Lisa Dolnics and pro-duced by Dave Dolnics. On stage Oct. 20 thru Nov. 11. For tickets call 630/469-8230 or