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!”

August 19, 2018_                                                              10:00 a.m.

Welcome on behalf of our pastoral staff

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

Michael Cantrell, 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: John Mendoza, Ron Cecconi, Noreen Love, Shirley Patton, Jim Craver, Gabi Craver GREETERS: Patti Mullin and Melanie Miller LITURGIST: Marge Nelson PASTOR: Rev. Bob Hempel ALTAR FLOWERS: The Sweazey’s

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 fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can't supply is proof that Heaven must be our home. “ - C S Lewis


PRELUDE                                                                                                                                                                                                     Michael Cantrell

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                    

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

our Sanctuary on the left-hand side)



OPENING PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                        Rev. Bob Hempel

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                                                                                                       Marge Nelson

Leader: Praise the Lord! Whether in the silence of our hearts or in the company of all the saints,

let us give thanks to the Lord our God! God’s deeds are great.

All: We will study them our whole life through.

Leader: God shows us compassion and graciousness.

All: We will remember God’s enduring goodness.

Leader: God’s hands work faithfulness and justice.

All: We will follow the ways of the Lord.

Leader: Awe of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Let us praise God forever! (The Presbyterian Church in Canada)


OPENING HYMN                                                                                                                                                                                           #502                                                                                                                                                                                                   

“Be Thou My Vision“



A READING FROM GODS HOLY WORD                                                                                                                                                      Marge Nelson

Psalm 34:9-14

34:9 O fear the LORD, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.

34:10 The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 34:11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the

LORD. 34:12 Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?

34:13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.


Responsorial Hymn                                                                                                                                                                                               Michael Cantrell

“Loving and Forgiving” _ Scott Soper


Congregation—please join in the refrain

“Loving and Forgiving are you, O Lord Slow to anger, rich in kindness, Loving and forgiving are you. “


A HYMN OF PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                         #133

“There is a Spirit in the Air”


PASTORAL PRAYER                                                                                                                                                                                            Rev Bob Hempel

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


THE MORNING OFFERING                                                                                                                                                                                 Michael Cantrell

(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!)                                                       


*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                                                                                                                                                                                     Marge Nelson

On this August morning, we bring our gifts before God who is the Creator of all we have.

These gifts are given in gratitude for what God has given us. May these gifts be used to

help the poor, the lost and the hopeless in our world. We share our gifts in the name of

Jesus, the Christ. Amen. (RLH )



5:15-20 5:15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise,

5:16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

5:17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,

5:19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves,

singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.

5:20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our

Lord Jesus Christ.


A MEDITATION                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rev Bob Hempel

“Merging Heaven and Earth”


A HYMN OF FAITHFULNESS                                                                                                                                                                                    #508

“Lead on O King Eternal”


THE COMMISSION AND THE BENEDICTION                                                                                                                                                         Rev Bob Hempel



POSTLUDE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Michael Cantrell

THE COMMISSION AND THE BENEDICTION                                                                                                                                                         Rev Bob Hempel


POSTLUDE                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Michael Cantrell

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+Large print Bibles, bulletins and hymnals available

*Please Rise where this is marked.


WCC Bell Choir will start rehearsals on Saturday, September 8th 8:30—9:30 am in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. No ability to read music is required. Joyce Kelstrom



Today:              Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am            Worship

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church


6:00 pm             Zumba

6:00 pm             Crafters



9:30 am              No Bible Study until 1st week of September


7:00 pm             Pranic Healing


8:30 pm             AA—Library


9:00 am              Illinois Conference Stewardship Event

10:00 am            Crop Walk Meeting SS Wing

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

Sunday:            Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am            Worship

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!


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


Birthdays through August 26

08/20 Linda Lloyd

08/22 Marcia Burba

08/23 Danny Stratis

08/24 Jay (Joseph) Mills, Patricia Ladner

08/25 Sharon Latimer, Kathy Moore, Cristina Hoffman, Jenny Voegtle

08/26 Jane Bieber, Howard Linville, Noak Christiansen


Anniversaries through August 26

08/19 Marge & George Nelson, 57 yrs.

08/20 Barbara & James Sweazey, 46 yrs.

08/25 Bethany & Brandon Bures, 8 yrs.

08/26 Elaine & Rev. Robert Hempel, 40 yrs.


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 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


Save Your Caps!

No...Not your baseball caps, we want any and all caps from

shampoo, water bottles, ketchup, etc.  There is an eco-friendly company who will recycle these for us and give us a new picnic table!  The catch is we need 400 pounds.  Lynae Kostohryz is

collecting them, give them to the boy scouts.  The scouts will get them to the Eco Company. Thanks


Help wanted.  Would you be able to work a full day or half day in the church office August 7, August 23—31.  Sue Becerra will be on vacation that week.  Please call the church office if you are available.  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


The crafters are looking for wooden clothespins—the spring tension type.  Please drop them off at the church office. 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.


Pastor Mills is on sabbatical (a time of reflection, study, and rest) during the month of August. If you have a pastoral need– please call the church office (708/865-1282). Rev. Bob Hempel will cover emergency calls (call him at 708/352-2630).


Crafters have started meeting again!! Please come down to the South Basement on Mondays at 6:00 pm. Talented and non-talented crafters welcome (cutting, gluing and painting are some of the jobs needed). We have jobs for all!!




PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Delores Patak, George Nelson, Pastor Godwin Raj, Roger Ewert, Ken Lindstrom, 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, 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 John-son, 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; Richard Schwartz-Beacon Hill; 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, Sta-cie Donnelly, Roger Ewert, Adam Garrett, Quentin Giron, Gunner and his mother Brittney, Herman Goodloe, Ronald Habich, Hans & Ruth Hermann, Erin Hoffman, Karen Kaspar, Alvin Klein, Janice Kostka, Christa Krasneck, Kathy Lecthenberg, Larry Lemon, Brian McKnight, Reggie Mensik, Andrew Olson & Family, The O’Tooley Family, Carol Popple, Richard Russell, Lois Santerior, Patricia Sav-age, Mike Scherer, Serena and Chris, David Shea, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs, Peter Walke, Jody Wright, Scott Ylinen


PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED: Richard Schwartz-Nursing Care Center at Oak Trace; Dave Shea (Barb Mills’ father) - in Cincinnati




Committee and Board Financial Budget reports are due

August 15th. Please start thinking about what your budget now!



9/28 6:00—11:00p Scrapbooking

9/29 9:30am—11 pm Scrapbooking/Cardmaking

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

10/26 6:00-11pm Scrapbooking

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


Mark your calendars and tell your friends>>>>>WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY CHURCH is seeking crafters and/or vendors for the HARVEST OF CRAFTS sale, Saturday, October 20th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Established 15 years Church Craft Sale. Includes homemade crafts made by the church members, Bake Sale, Café serving lunch, Treasures and Trinkets tables, Raffle, and other crafters/vendors. We are selling a space with a table $25.00. (two tables for a cost of $40.00) The table is 2 1/2 ft. by 8 ft. and includes 2 chairs. Limited electrical outlets on a first come first serve basis. Contact Westchester Community Church by Monday, Oct. 1st, 708-865-1282, if interested or have any questions or pick up a registration paper in the narthex.


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.


Grace Lutheran Church will be holding its 3rd Annual Fun Fair on Sunday, August 19th , 11—3 pm. $5 admission includes food and drink ticket. Face painting, cake walk, game tickets, dunk tank, bounce house, food and prizes. Entertainment by the Greg Studebaker Band. More info 708/345-1375 Please support our neighbor church!



Westchester Community Church, United Church of Christ

1840 Westchester Boulevard

Westchester, IL 60154





Reverend Joseph E. Mills, III                      Pastor

Peggy Boswell                                                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, August 26, 2018


USHERS:         Bob VonLaven, Otis Randle, Carol Hoppe, Jeff Markey

GREETERS:    Marge Nelson and Linda Kasanders

LITURGIST:    Noreen Love

PASTOR:         Rev. Bob Hempel