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 24, 2018_                                                                      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:         Carl Panek, Howie Linville, Lauren McCarthy, Melanie Miller, Jill Rouse, Craig Marousek

GREETERS;  Helga and John Mendoza

LITURGIST:  Barb Mills

ALTAR FLOWERS:  Wayne Scharlach in memory of my daughter

PASTOR:         Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III


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



I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” - Thomas Merton


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)

A GATHERING PRAYER                                                                                                          Pastor Mills


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                               Barb Mills

Leader:       What have we to fear?

People:                           For God is with us.

                            For God loves us.

                            For God is, and is forever!

Leader:              What have we to fear?

People:                           Even when the storms rage,

                            and the nations war,

                            and hatred speaks its voice of venom,

Leader:              We have no need to fear.

ALL:                   GOD IS FAITHFUL.

                            AND GOD’S WAY IS JUST.

                            GOD’S WAY IS MERCIFUL.

                            AND GOD’S REBUKE IS RIGHTEOUS.

                            COME, LET US GIVE THANKS

                            FOR GOD IS GOOD, AND GOD’S

                            GOODNESS IS FOREVER!!


*WE SING A JOYFUL HYMN                                                                                                          #1 Page 12

“City of God” - Dan Scutte


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                                                  Barb Mills

From the Prophet: Mark 4 : 35-41                                                                                                     p. 37, NT Pew Bible

                                                                                                                                                              p. 54, NT Large Print *WE


PSALM RESPONSE                                                                                                                            Michael Cantrell

“Psalm 103” Jeanne Cotter


A TIME FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US                                                                                         Pastor Mills


(And its Opposite…)

A HYMN OF PRAYER                                                                                                                        #2 Page 12

“You Are My All in All”


PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE                                                                                                           Pastor Mills

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


THE MORNING OFFERING                                                                          

The Offertory                                                                                                                                           Michael Cantrell


*THE DOXOLOGY                                                                                           

"Celtic Alleluia"



              We choose to give to help overcome the fear that paralyzes all churches.  Everyone needs money.  But we need faith more than anything.  We dedicate our gifts to the principle that we will do our part to help our church overcome its daily need, supplying it with “daily bread” to feed and nourish what we can do.  And we pray blessings upon our gifts, because You supply the things we truly need in our spirits and in our relationships.  Thank You, God for Your unending giving, through Jesus our Lord.  Amen.


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                                                             Barb Mills

From the Epistles:  II Corinthians 6: 1-13                                                                                               p. 171, NT Pew Bible

                                                                                                                                                                   p. 242, NT Large Print


MEDITATION                                                                                                  Pastor Mills

“Living Without Fear, Except the Fear of God”


*A HYMN OF BLESSING                                                                                                                        #3, Page 13

“Lead Me Lord” - Becker


*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.


Next Youth Car Wash—this Saturday July 21—8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—Cost $5 for cars; $8 for vans/trucks.

Please bring your vehicles, and support our youth for their Mission Trip later this summer.


Want to March with us in the 4th of July Parade??

We gather at the beginning of the parade route (think corner of Dorchester and Mayfair) - and march together to our church.

We hand out candy to kids and flyers about our church.

Let Sue know if you are willing to help!!



Today:                   Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Church

All Church Picnic

10:00 am               Worship


7:30 am             Pastor at Westchester Economic Dev. Mtg.

6:00 pm             Zumba


7:00 pm             Cub Scouts


9:30 am             Bible Study

11:30 am           Worship—Lexington Square

7:00 pm             Boy Scouts


7:00 pm             Pranic Healing


7:00 pm                 Youth Group

8:30 pm                 AA—Library


Pastor Joe at Offsite Wedding

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

Sunday:                 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

10:00 am               Worship

12:30 pm               Chicago Tamil Church Worship– Pastor Mills preaches



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  July 1

06/25  Shawna Torres

06/26  Rafael Ruiz

06/27  Paul Ruiz, Chuck Yeiser

06/28  Melanie Miller, Teresa McCarthy, Lori Bender

06/29  Richard Dolnics

06/30  Mary Linville, Sean Stanger


Anniversaries through July 1

06/25 Vicky & Dewayne Rowe, 13 yrs. 

06/27 Stephanie & Derek Pedersen, 4 yrs.

06/30  Linda & Robert Lloyd, 45 yrs. 

06/30  Kelly & Chris Mlynarczyk, 6 yrs.

07/01  Lea & Wayne Miller, 47 yrs


KNITTING AND CROCHETING FOR MISSION AND FUN!! Sassy Stitchers meets in our library the third Monday every month 7 p.m. Come out to knit and crochet. Lessons and projects are offered.


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


GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR AND HELP OUR CHURCH!! Buy a Gift Card from MANNA for something you WILL be buy-ing, 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 first Sunday of the month with the distribution on the third 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


Please help us by staying in the sanctuary or narthex during

worship. As part of our safety plan we want to make sure that our children and their teachers are the only ones in the Education wing during worship, and that the office is open after worship.


COMING SOON TO A CHURCH BASEMENT NEAR YOU, summer missions card making session.  Thursday, July 12 from 10 am to 2 pm—WCC South Basement.  Bring a brown bag lunch, beverages/dessert provided.  All supplies for making cards are on hand.  Through various sources, the cards will be delivered to those serving in the military worldwide.  Come and join us.  RSVP or questions, contact Charlene Dolnics 708/345-1816.


We are in desperate need of paper towels for the kitchen.  We are totally out.  If can donate some paper towels we would appreciate it.  Thanks!!



PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES:  Robert 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, 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


IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: 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;  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, Terry Chrabot, Donna Compton, Frank Cosenza, Joan Costello, Sherry Craver, Hank Dajc, Mary Devery, Stacie Donnelly, Roger Ewert, Adam Garrett, Quentin Giron, Herman Goodloe, Ronald Habich, Hans & Ruth Hermann,  Erin Hoffman, Christa Kanineck, Karen Kaspar, Alvin Klein, Janice Kostka, Christa Krasneck, Kathy Lecthenberg, Larry Lemon,  Brian McKnight, Reggie Mensik, Andrew Olson & Family, The O’Tooley Family, Phyllis Picolati, Richard Russell, Lois Santerior, Patricia Savage, Randy Shanahan, Mike Scherer, Serena and Chris, Randy Shanahan, David Shea, Pastor Neil Shoffner, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs,  Peter Walke, Scott Ylinen, Diane, Trayce and Jeff  Zimmerman


PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED:   Dolores Patak—Plymouth Place, George Nelson, Manor Care—Hinsdale; Dave Shea (Barb Mills’ father) - in Cincinnati




YOUTH!!  Our 4th of July Float is going to be awesome!

Help us build it at Pastor Joe and Barb’s home

2823 Mayfair on these dates:

Monday July 2—last touches on the float

Wednesday July 4—come to the church by 8:30 a.m.or by St. Joe’s on Mayfair by 8:45 a.m.


Do you know of anyone graduating High School or College connected to our church??  We would like to recognize them in early June.  Please let the office know, and their degree or any special awards.  Thank you.


Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Game—Conboys Westchester Funeral Home is hosting a FREE outing on Sunday July 22, buses leave 11 am.  Please RSVP 708/562-5900


Committee and Board Financial Budget reports are due

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



9/28       6:30—11:30p Scrapbooking

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

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

10/26     6:30-11pm Scrapbooking

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




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, July 1, 2018


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

GREETERS;  Charlene and Dick Dolnics

LITURGIST:  Peggy Boswell

PASTOR:         Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III