Living 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!”


October 7,  2018_                                                              10:00 a.m.

Welcome on behalf of our pastoral staff

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

Rosemarie Kosik, Organist/Choir Director

Joyce Kelstrom, Bell Choir Director

Pastor Vinod Wesley, Chicago Tamil Church Pastor


Thank you for joining us this morning! If you want to learn about mem-bership 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: Bob VonLaven, Bruce Urbans, Otis Randle, Carol Hoppe, Jeff Markey

GREETERS: Denice Kaminski and Wayne Scharlach

LITURGIST: Carol Hoppe

PASTOR: Pastor Mills

ALTAR FLOWERS: Jeanne Stange in memory of loved ones


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

Any questions? Email Carl Lindstrom at


At The End Of Each Pew Is A Red Folder – please sign your name, and let us know if you are a visitor, or a member. We re-spond to all pastoral needs, and would love to have you on our newsletter list. Leave your address, phone number, or update. There are also touch cards and prayer request cards in this folder. You

may send well wishes to shut-ins and those hospitalized, please fill the cards out and place them in the offering plate.




(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




“The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect.

It means I appreciate what I have and

what I have been blessed with.

I choose to be happy.” - Charles Schultz


 PRELUDE                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Michael Cantrell

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                    

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

our Sanctuary on the left door)


OPENING PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pastor Mills


CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                                                                                                                             Carol Hoppe


Leader:       It is not to compare ourselves with others,

People:              or to compare ourselves with God, which we could never do anyway.

Leader:       It is to give praise and then to live praise.

                   It is to show thanksgiving and then to share by giving.

People:              It is to become what God intends,

the glorious work of God’s hands,

the salt of the earth!





OPENING HYMN                                                                                                                                                                                                                  #81                                                                                                                                                                                            

“We Gather Together”


A READING FROM GODS HOLY WORD                                                                                                                                                                           Carol Hoppe

From the Pastorals: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12                                                                                                                                                                          p. 203, NT, Pew Bible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 p. 312, NT, Large Print Bible


RESPONSORIAL HYMN                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michael Cantrell

”Taste and See”

Congregation-please join in the refrain


“Taste and see, Oh taste and see

Taste and see the goodness of God”


A TIME FOR CHILDREN                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pastor Mills

“Important for a Purpose”

 (Following this time, children will go to their classes

in the adjoining building, located through the front-left door of the sanctuary)


A HYMN OF PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                           #703

“I Am the Bread of Life“

PASTORAL PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pastor Mills

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


THE MORNING OFFERING                                                                                                                                                                                                  WCC Chancel Choir


“Yes I Know” - Anna Waterman


*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)                                                                                                                                                                                  Carol Hoppe

              We are given power over these gifts. God entrusts to us the wisdom to use them for divine purpose; God inspires us to use them in ways that bring hope to the world. To this end we dedicate our gifts, that goodness might abound from them and our use of these gifts, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.


A READING FROM GODS HOLY WORD                                                                                                                                                                              Carol Hoppe

From the Psalmist: Psalm 8                                                                                                                                                                                                      p. 475, OT, Pew Bible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    p. 745, OT, Large Print Bible


A MEDITATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pastor Mills

“By What Name & for What Purpose?”




The Words Of Institution

The Blessing Of The Elements

The Sharing Of The Gifts

We Pray Thanks to God (In Unison)

              May our sharing in Your Spirit bring life to our

Spirits, and through our service witness to Your forgiving and giving Love. Send us forth now from Your table in a way which lets everyone we serve know the New Life made

possible through Your son Jesus. In thanksgiving for You and in Praise to You we pray this. Amen.


A HYMN OF FAITHFULNESS                                                                                                                                                                                                #260

“The Old Rugged Cross”


THE COMMISSION AND THE BENEDICTION                                                                                                                                                                     Pastor Mills


POSTLUDE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michael Cantrell

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+Large print Bibles, bulletins and hymnals available

*Please Rise where this is marked.


OCTOBER-FEST This popular event will take place Saturday, October 13th at “Riverside Restaurant” at 6:00 pm. The meal will be family style. There will be breaded pork tenderloin, chicken, sausage with dumplings and sauerkraut, preceded by soup, ending with dessert. A cash bar is available. All WCC members are welcome! Und you will have a good time! River-side Restaurant is located in Riverside at: 3422 S. Harlem Ave. Call Helga or John by Thursday, October 11th. 708/410-1458






FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2—4:30-7 P.M.!!!!



Today:              Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

8:45 am              Choir Practice

10:00 am            Worship

11:30 am            Faith Conversation

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church


6:00 pm             Zumba

6:00 pm             Crafters


Noon                  Chamber of Commerce Meeting

7:00 pm             Trustees

7:00 pm             Cub Scouts


9:30 am              Bible Study Westchester Health and Rehab

7:00 pm             Missions

7:00 pm             Boy Scouts

7:30 pm             BLRC meeting w/ Pastor Joe—Library


10:30 am            Pastor/Diane Ollie Coleman mentoring

6:00 pm             Girl Scout—Lounge

7:00 pm             Pranic Healing


Noon                  Pastor/Robert Buckner mentoring

8:30 pm             AA—Library


8:30 am              Bell Choir Practice

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

5:30 pm             Chicago Tamil Church

7:00 pm             Doers and Goers—Octoberfest

Sunday:            Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

8:45 am              hoir Practice

10:00 am            Worship

11:30 am            Coffee Hour

11:30 am            Confirmation

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church



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!


Birthdays through October 14

10/07     Richard Kasey, Robert Dalheim, Cynthis Tsilivis, Lauren Baran, Bonnie Urbans

10/08     Lowell Lucas, Debbie Stanger

10/10     Daniel Bieber, Catherine Stanger

10/11     Dawn Klika, Tyler Blomeke

10/13     Wendy Lindstrom


Anniversaries through October 14

10/09     Amy & Glenn Smith, 31 years

10/12     Charlene & Richard Dolnics, 55 years

10/14     Beth & Tim Stach, 29 years


Through generous donations UCC Disaster Ministries is re-sponding to people affected by 2018 hurricanes both in the US and world. Please donate now to deepen the impact of our imme-diate response and long-term recovery work. Last week Hurricane Florence roared ashore in the US Carolinas, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut created devastation in the Philippines and China. Your donation helps the UCC respond quickly to immediate disaster . If you would like to donate, make a check out to WCC and put

Hurricane Relief in the memo area or not it on your offering envelope. Thanks


If anyone has borrowed tables from the church this summer, please return them. We need as many tables as possible for the Harvest of Crafts. Thanks


GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND HELP OUR CHURCH!!  Buy a Gift Card from MANNA for something you WILL be buying, and a percentage of it (you get what you pay for) goes to help our church!!  This  money will assist the Trustees with the outside painting of the church.  Manna order blanks are available in the church office or narthex.  Make checks payable to WCC.  Orders are due the last Sunday of the month with the distribution on the second Sunday of the month.  If you have questions, please call Sue Becerra in the church office 708/865-1282 or Charlene Dolnics 708/345-1816.


Parish Fellowship is selling note cards, featuring a drawing of our church, designed by Hedy Kniesel.  They are packaged in bundles of 10 cards with envelopes.  The cost is $4.00, please drop your check or cash in the offering plate marked note cards.  Thanks


If you or a friend need a Pocket Prayer will find them in the narthex in a basket on  the table by the greeters. A special thank you to Hedy Kniesel for her handiwork making them.


WCC Mission Card Makers In fall and winter 2017 and spring and summer 2018, the card makers held seven sessions, crafting over 250 miscellaneous greeting cards. Through various sources, the cards were delivered to those serving in the military and oth-ers being treated in VA hospitals. Some cards found their way to the WCC Narthex and Coffee Hour Sundays and FFH for Fish Fry Fridays. Take a card, send a note of cheer to a friend or church member. A free-will donation is appreciated. These funds pay for supplies and postage, but this past year they’ve also supported mission projects including Holy Joe’s Café, Puerto Rico Disaster Relief, Fisher House and Heifer International. Thanks for your donations and support. Next card making ses-sion set for 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 29 and October 27 in FFH. Lunch is provided for $5. Come join the group— Coordinators Charlene Dolnics, Arlene Ivers and Helga Mendoza. RSVP/??? Contact Charlene Dolnics 708/345-1816.


Westchester Community Church could not function without the support of all members and friends. Please consider giving of your time and talent to serve on one of the many boards and committees in need of members for 1, 2, or 3 year terms. For a list of the boards with vacancies (all but the Mission Board) and an ex-planation of each board’s duties, please refer to the poster boards in the Narthex, or see a Nominating Committee Member. Also, if approached by a Committee Member, please be open to serving.

Thank you!

Nominating Committee: Bob Van Laven (Chairman), Kathy Mariner (Secretary), Naomi Else, Carolyn Siska, Wayne Scharlach, Carl Panek, Denise Kaminski, Jan Monahan, and Lauren McCarthy.



PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Pat Lindstrom, Jim Sweazey, Sandra Hixon, Delores Patak, George Nelson, Dave Shea (Barb Mills’ father) Pastor Godwin Raj, Roger Ewert, Sean Tavernier, Mary Gorski, Char Schwass, Shirley Felske, Deb Sundwall, Jim Wagner, Marcia Burba, Kim Powers, Jeannie Rowe, Susan Ruiz, Betsy Grimm, Carmella and Benny Locigno, Ann McCarthy, James Tsilivis, Cathe and Aneitra Flynn, Gloria Dearmore, Rich Kasey, Elayne Dalheim, Milton and Patricia Ladner, Sandra Fulco, Michael Kelstrom, Louella Kec, Eva Poulos, Ruth Edelmann


PEOPLE SERVING OUR COUNTRY OVERSEAS: Scott Johnson, Tyler Kimbler—Vietnam


PEOPLE AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: Lucille Jeffries—Nursing Center at Cantata; Ann Stvan—Bridgeway Christian Village, Dick Widick-Saratoga Grove; Steve

Tomporowski – Wisconsin; Terry Samonds: Anna’s Health-care; Ann Miller—Bethlehem Woods; Sonja Stetzer—Meadowbrook


FRIENDS TO KEEP IN PRAYERS: Allen Family, Jaye Ahoyt, Chris Andersen, Pablo Arellano, Marina Augello, Terry Chrabot, Beverly Cobbs, Tania Chizzo, Donna Compton, Frank Cosenza, Joan Costello, Sherry Craver, Hank Dajc, Dana, Mary Devery,

Stacie Donnelly, Roger Ewert, Ernestine Francies, Terry Garbark, Adam Garrett, Quentin Giron, Gunner and his mother Brittney, Her-man Goodloe, Ronald Habich, Hans & Ruth Hermann, Erin Hoff-man, Karen Kaspar, Jim Kerns, Alvin Klein, Janice Kostka, Christa Krasneck, Brent Lawrence, Kathy Lecthenberg, Larry Lemon, Brian McKnight, Reggie Mensik, Andrew Olson & Family, The O’Tooley Family, Richard Russell, Lois Santerior, Patricia

Savage, Mike Scherer (now home), Serena and Chris, David Shea, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs, Peter Walke, Lester Williams, Jody Wright, Scott Ylinen


PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED: Richard Schwartz-Nursing Care Center at Oak Trace




Harvest of Crafts—Saturday October 20

We need your help—Please sign the signup sheet in the narthex

 Greet our guests at the main door

 Be a parking lot attendant

 Greet guests at the elevator door

 Cashier

 Craft tables

 Treasures and Trinket room helpers

 Donate Bake Sale items

 Donate Treasures and Trinkets items to be sold for $1

 Help crafters/vendors care in items at 7 or 8 am

 Help crafters/vendors carry items out w or 3 pm

Helpers to set up Treasures and Trinkets on Thursday, Octo-ber 18 at 9 am

Helpers to set up the Craft Sale on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm

 Pack up the Craft Sale on Sunday after church


Scrapbooking Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th from 6 to 11 pm (bring a snack to share) and Saturday, Sep-tember 29th from 9:30 am to 11:00 pm. $40 if attending both days, $10 if attending Friday night only, $30 if attending Satur-day only, $15 if attending 1/2 day on Saturday. Lunch and dinner is provided on Saturday. 10% discount if you attend both day. Bring your own photos and scrapbooking papers. We have tons of tools that you will be able to use.


SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, October 20th, from 9-11am, Grass-roots Gardening Group will be at the Westchester Shredding Event at Village Hall selling TULIP BULBS! Bulb planting sea-son will be in full swing so get 'em while they're hot! Approximately 10-12 bulbs per bag, and ONLY $5! ALL proceeds will be going to the Westchester Food Pantry! We will also be selling our first ever cookbook for $5 each (makes a great stocking stuffer this Christmas!). Shredding, Tulips, and Cookbooks, OH MY!!!



Westchester Community Church, United Church of Christ

1840 Westchester Boulevard

Westchester, IL 60154





Reverend Joseph E. Mills, III                      Pastor

Kathy Marinier                                           Church Moderator

Sue Becerra                                                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 14, 2018


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

GREETERS:    Lauren McCarthy and Betty Koenig

LITURGIST:    Kathy Marinier

PASTOR:         Pastor Mills




10/20 9am-2:30pm Harvest of Crafts

10/26 6:00-11pm Scrapbooking

10/27 9:30am—11 pm Scrapbooking/Cardmaking


JUST A NOTE—Community Circle women agreed to discontinue their Wednesday afternoon meetings, but will continue their fellowship.


The Westchester Blood Program extends its thanks to all of the members of our church family who turned out for its July 14 blood drive. The WBP collected 90 units of blood for area hospitals. This year so far, it has taken in 283 units. The next drive will be Oct. 13 at the Community Center