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!”



June 25, 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:                                  Bob VonLaven, Bruce Urbans, Otis Randle, Carol Hoppe, Bob Hempel, Jeff Markey

GREETERS:                            Betty Koenig

LITURGIST:                           Sue Becerra

PASTOR:                                 Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III

ALTAR FLOWERS:               Wayne Scharlach


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




“We are urgent about the body; He is about the soul. We call for present comforts; He considers our everlasting rest. And therefore when He sends not the very things we ask, He hears us by sending greater than we can ask or think." - Richard Cecil

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                                                                                                                                                                                             Pastor Mills


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                               Sue Becerra


Leader:           As important as life is, life in You is greater.

People:                 As important as our Loved Ones are,

                              love for You is greater.

Leader:           As important is the direction we set for our lives,

                       being led by You is far more critical.

People:                 Breathe deeply into us Your Spirit, O Lord.

                              Breathe deep Your Grace, Your Love,

                              and Your Holy Presence that we might become alive.


                       AND FOLLOW WHERE HE LEADS!!


*WE PUT THE LORD FIRST                                                                         Page 12

“Trust and Obey”


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                                                                              Sue Becerra

From the Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39                                                              p. 10, NT, Pew Bible

                                                                                                                          p. 14, 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.


A TIME FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US                                                                                                                           Pastor Mills

“Putting God First”

(What We Put First Controls Us)



           The Invitation And Sentences

           The Questions Of The Candidates

           We Proclaim our Faith—The Apostles Creed— pg. 11

           The Welcome And Reception

           The Greeting (In Unison)

              We celebrate as our church grows. You are a gift, sent to us by God. We pray God’s blessings to be upon You, empowering you always to do faithful ministry. And we pray that You will teach us, by prayer and by example, to help our church to grow in Your Spirit and in Your Love. May you ex-perience an honest welcoming that comes from our trust in You, and with You may others come to know God through our minis-try together. Through Jesus our Lord we pray this. Amen.


WE PRAY RENEWAL FOR ALL                                                                                                                           Page 13

“Sweet, Sweet Spirit“


PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE                                                                                                                           Pastor Mills

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)                                                                                                                           Sue Becerra


              Everything we do is for You. And all of our gifts are for what You need of us. Receive them. Sanctify them. Then make wise our minds so that we might use them according to Your will and the cries You hear from Your beloved world. And this, through Christ Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen.


A MEDITATION                                                                                              Pastor Mills

“More than a Peace…”


*WE PLACE OUR TRUST IN THE LORD                                                                                                                           Page 14

“Blessed Assurance”


*THE COMMISSION AND THE BENEDICTION                                                                                                                            Pastor  Mills


 POSTLUDE                                                                                                     Joyce Kelstrom

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+Large print Bibles, bulletins and hymnals available

*Please Rise where this is marked.


A Meeting for the Mission Trip will be this Thursday, June 29—7 p.m. in the Library. We need your money, proof of your passport, and medical information. We will cover all aspects of the Mission trip at this meeting.


Youth/Adult Mission Trip to Canada is July 14-22. We are now FULL (15 pp.). We absolutely need your support!!! Any financial donations to help with transportation & gas cards for Shell and or/Mobil/Exxon will be appreciated, especially MANNA certificates!!


4th of July Parade:

We need walkers and people to help with the Float.

We will gather 9 a.m. near the intersection of Mayfair and Dorches-ter (we do not know our Float # yet) to put bunting on the float and get ready—please let Pastor Joe know you are coming to help!!

**We will finish working on the Float Tuesday, June 27—4 p.m. at Pastor Mills’ home


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!!


Jay Mills sends you all a big thank you for the three packages he received last week. The food was awesome!!



Today:              Third Sunday after Pentecost

10.00 am           Worship/Church Picnic

11:30 am           Car Wash (till 1:30 or we finish!!)

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


4:30 pm             Prep meeting for VBS

7:00 pm             Zumba


4:00 pm             Float Build at Pastor Mills’ Home


9:30 am             Bible Study

4:00 pm             Float Build—as needed


7:00 pm             Pranic Healing—S. Basement

7:00 pm             Mission Trip Meeting—Library


8:30 pm             AA—Library


10:30 am           Memorial Service for Sandy Scheffel

Sunday:            Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

10:00 am           Worship

11:30 am           Faith Conversations

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


Help is needed in the church office, I will be on vacation August 15 until August 24. If you can help 1/2 a day or the full day, please call the church office 708/865-1282. Thanks Sue Becerra


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 July 2

06/25     Shawna Torres, Matthew Bonner

06/28     Melanie Miller, Teresa McCarthy, Lori Bender

06/29     Richard Dolnics

06/30     Mary Linville, Tammie Barnett, Sean Stanger


Anniversaries through July 2

06/25     Vicky & Dewayne Rowe, 12 yrs.

06/27     Stephanie & Derek Pedersen, 3 yrs.

06/30     Linda & Robert Lloyd, 44 yrs.

06/30     Kelly & Chris Mlynarczyk, 5 yrs

07/01     Lea & Wayne Miller, 46 yrs


It’s that time again for the WCC Kitchen! We need the following items for our kitchen: paper towels, zip baggers—gallon and quart, parchment paper, disinfectant wipes, SOS pads, Fantastic or 409 cleaner. Please drop items off in the kitchen, church narthex or office. Thanks


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. FOLLOWING THIS SALE, OR-DERS 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 Sue Becerra in the church office 708/865-1282 or Charlene Dolnics 708/345-1816.


Craft Mondays are back! If you would like to help us make crafts for the upcoming craft sale, join us on Monday, Jun 12 at 6:30 in the South Basement. We usually work for 2 hours. Call Barb Mills, 708-562-0759 with questions.


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!!




PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Benny Locigno, Craig Ma-rousek, Maris Kolb, Pastor Godwin Raj, Dick Widick, Ken Scheffel, Rich Kasey, Kim Powers, Elayne Dalheim, Larry Gor-ski, Martha Tressler, George Nelson, Milton and Patricia Ladner, Jim Wagner, Sandra Fulco, Michael Kelstrom, Louella Kec, Eva Poulos, Ruth Edelmann, Sean



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: 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, Ernst Kniesel, Lavonis and family, Brent Lawrence, Virginia Linzmeier, Bob McCabe, Deb-bie Monsen, Melody Nance, Richard Russell, Rev. Neil Schoff-ner, Serena and Chris, Mary Sugarman, Gwen Toombs, Vanessa, the Zein family in the death of their 8 yr old daughter Saja, Augie and Diane Zimmerman


PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED: Betsy Grimm—Room 301 Park Place, Elmhurst (630/936-4588); Marcia Burba (Burgess Square)


Maris Kolb’s new address:

224 Braeburn Circle

Sugar Grove, IL 60554



Please send a note to Gloria Dearmore:

4628 S. Winsor Dr

Battlefield, MO 65619


WCC Invites Children to a Cross Culture VBS Program: Pass-port to Peru August 7-10, 6:15-8:30 pm. Passport to Peru VBS is for kids from 4 to 11. Looking for helpers for Vacation Bible School. We need help with prep work, set up, working at VBS, and clean up. If you can help out in any way call Tracy 708-712-6043, Cathe 708-343-3918, or Barb 708-562-0759. VBS Prep-ping meeting will be on Monday, June 26 at 4:30 pm in the South Basement.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR VBS: Permanent markers, 1 or 2 blue tarps (just to borrow, we will return them to you). 2 bags of small tootsie rolls, 1 box of saltine crackers, 4 bags of frozen steak fries, 8 bags of Banana chips or plantain chips, 2 bags of pretzels, 1 big container of Gold Fish crackers, 8 bags of popped popcorn-plain or cheddar, 2 – 5 gallon pails of vanilla ice cream, 8 cans of Tropical fruit, 1 Ranch Dressing. A monetary gift for clean water for Op-eration Kid-to-Kid mission project that gives kids the opportunity to help children in remote villages of Peru have access to safe, clean drinking water.

Monetary donations can be given to Sue in the office or to Barb Mills. Any monetary donations not used for VBS supplies will go to clean water for children in Peru.


Car Washes– today (during the Picnic– support our Youth Group), July 30 & August 20


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! We raised just over $1000 for the painting of the exterior of the church and the Cafe and Bake Sale raised just over $300 dollars for the Mission Trip. What a great day!!! Thank you to all who volunteered for set up, hung up posters, working the day of, came to eat and shop at the Flea Market, and the clean up crew. Special thank you's go out to all our great bakers, the scouts that helped in the morning along with Jim and Bruce, the door greeters Charles, Bob, Carolyn and Janet, Lou and Barb in the Cafe and all their helpers, the Franks family who worked the Bake Sale, Lynae and Helga and all their helpers in the treasure and trinkets rooms, Dorothy and BettyAnn for working the Crafters table, Sue and Patti for watching the park-ing lot, Bruce, John, and Pastor Joe for their help with carting out and cleaning up and especially God who blessed us with beautiful weather!



New Members Sunday

June 25, 2017


Being Introduced as a New Member of the Westchester Community Church UCC is:


Jim and Gabi Craver 11618 S. Kilbourn, Alsip, IL 60803, their phone number is 708/417-0778. Jim’s birthday is April 10 and Gabi’s birthday is January 22—their anniversary is September 8, 2012. Their sponsors are Steven and Elizabeth Franks


Representing the Board of Deacons is Lauren McCarthy, and Carol Hoppe the Board of Parish Fellowship, Helga Mendoza.



The Westchester Community Church

A United Church of Christ

Celebrating Over 60 years of Faithfulness to God!!




A 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, July 2 All Church Picnic


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

GREETERS:                                Alice and Allen Meskan

LITURGIST:                                Charles Marinier

PASTOR:                                 Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III


The Theatre of Western Springs will be holding 2 Summer Camps this summer. “Madagascar A Musical Adventure” and “High School Musical “ If you are interested in attending either of these camps please call the theatre 708/246-4043.