Loving God and Caring For Our Community Since 1954



A United Church of Christ

(708) 865-1282


The Forth Sunday of Easter


“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s

journey, you are welcome here!”



April 22, 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:                     Bob VonLaven, Bruce Urbans, Otis Randle, Carol Hoppe Jeff Markey

GREETERS:                Hans and Mary Straube

LITURGIST:               Marge Nelson

ALTAR FLOWERS: The Linville’s for Maeve’s Baptism


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 respond to all pastoral needs, and would love to have you on our newsletter list. Leave your address, phone number, or update.


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



“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor

 who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.”

― Criss Jami


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 (in unison)                                                                    Marge Nelson

Leader:         God asks us to know Him, to really, truly want to know Him.

People:                God wants from us a commitment,

                            not a promise,

                            but a living commitment to follow, learn,

                            serve, and share what we have learned.

Leader:         Let us come near, to hear His voice.

                    Let us come near, to heed His voice.

ALL:           LET US COME NEAR,

                    TO BE MADE WELL IN HIS WORD,

                    AND TO BRING LIFE TO OUR WORLD!!


*WE SING OF THE GLORY                                                                           #31

“I Sing the Mighty Power of God”  


A READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                Marge Nelson

From the Gospel: John 10: 11-18                                                                    p. 98, NT Pew Bible

                                                                                                                          p. 149, NT Large Print


*WE SING THE GLORIA PATRI                                                                    #734

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.


A TIME FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US                                                      Pastor Mills

“How We Listen””



The Questions for the Families & Godparents

The Congregational Assent

We Share In a Witness to Faith and Support

(We will read together the Apostle’s Creed, found

in the inside front of your Hymnals)

The Pouring of the Waters of Baptism

The Prayer of Baptism

The Acts of Baptism

The Act of Thanksgiving

The Prayer for the Baptized and the Church


WE BRING OUR SPIRITS TO HONOR THE LORD                                      #350

“The Summons”


PRAYERS OF GOD’S PEOPLE                                                                      Pastor Mills

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



The Offertory                                                                                                     WCC Chancel Choir

“Glorious Risen Christ” - Lloyd Larsen

*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)                                                       Marge Nelson

              The world sees our commitment to God by how we support what we believe. And here, it is how we give to help our church be healthy. Receive our gifts, Lord, that they will make the ministries of our church make a difference, and grow in their ability to reach people’s lives at the point of their spiritual and living needs. Thank You, Lord, for giving us the ability to give. Amen.


READING FROM GOD’S HOLY WORD                                                       Marge Nelson

From the Pastorals: I John 3: 16-24                                                                p. 224 NT Pew Bible

                                                                                                                          p.345 , NT Large Print


MEDITATION                                                                                                  Pastor Mills

“What He Asks”


*WE SING OF JESUS’ LOVE                                                                         #260

“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.


June Doers and Goers event is in the works, and we need to know who would be interested in going. Kane County Cougars The date is June 16th, the price will be based on how many at-tend. So if you have any interest in going please respond by email or let us know. All are invited, families are encouraged to attend!! Just let us know if you have interest and how many will be attending. Thanks, Pastor Joe, Howie Linville and Ron Cecconi


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 for their Spring Potluck Salad Luncheon on Wednesday, May 16 at 12 noon in the South Basement/Field Fellowship Hall. Mission pro-ject: $1.00 donation to purchase gift card for family in need. RSVP Jean Stanger 708/344-3867.

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 unus-able items are sold for scrap. Thanks, Your Mission Board



Today:              Fourth Sunday of Easter

9:15 am             Choir Practice

10:00 am           Worship

11:30 am           Lounge Rental

11:30 am           Confirmation

11:30 am           Music Board Meeting

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


7:00 pm             Zumba


7:00 pm             Cabinet

7:00 pm             Cub Scouts


9:30 am             Bible Study

6:00 pm             Choir Practice—Sanctuary

7:00 pm             Boy Scouts


6:30 pm             Brownies/GS

7:00 pm             Pranic Healing


7:00 pm             Youth Group

8:30 pm             AA—Library


8:30 am             Bell Choir Practice

9:00 am             Village of Westchester Community Cleanup Day

                          (meet at the Fountain)


9:15 am             Choir Practice

10:00 am           Worship/Confirmation Sunday

12:30 pm           Chicago Tamil Church Worship


Please sign up for Altar Flowers on the Altar Flower Calendar for the New Year. The price is still $27. You purchase the flower arrangement and take it home after the service. Thanks!!



The Wednesday Bible Study meets each Wednesday, 9:30 am, at Mariner Health (in the front meeting room)

Faith Conversations meets the first and third Sunday of the month. Its easy to join in—each session stands on its own!!

Confirmation meets the 2nd and the 4th Sunday of this month


Birthdays through April 29

04/22     James Slanker, Jim Locigno, Elizabeth Franks, Lelandra Randle, Riley Barker

04/23     Gerald Volkmar

04/25     Shirley Slanker, Kate Monahan, John Moore, Anna Plada, Glenn Smith

04/26     Megan Stetzer, Emma Passaglia

04/27     Ethan Kniesel

04/28     David Else


Anniversaries through April 29

04/26     Kim and Mark Mandarino—32 years


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.


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.


April Showers: Showering the Fisher House with Kindness! The Fisher House is a home away from home for families of a veteran receiving treatment or surgery at Hines VA Hospital. The home is supported by donations. We will be collecting items that they need and/or monetary donations. Please pick up a reminder raindrop from a Mis-sion Board member carrying an umbrella in the narthex through April.



PEOPLE AT THEIR HOMES: Sean Tavernier, Char Schwass, Joe Sanek, Shirley Felske, Deb Sundwall, Lulling Savage, Jim Wag-ner, Carla Savage, Marcia Burba, Kim Powers, Joan Sanek, Jeannie Rowe, Susan Ruiz, Betsy Grimm, Carmella Locigno, Ann McCarthy, James Tsilivis, Cathe and Aneitra Flynn, Gloria Dear-more, Benny Locigno, Rich Kasey, Elayne Dalheim, Milton and Patricia Ladner, Sandra Fulco, Michael Kelstrom, Louella Kec, Eva Poulos, Ruth Edelmann




PEOPLE AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: Lucille Jeffries—Nursing Center at Cantata; Ann Stvan—Bridgeway Chris-tian Village, Dick Widick-Saratoga Grove; Steve Tomporowski – Wisconsin; Terry Samonds: Anna’s Health-care; Ann Miller—Bethlehem Woods; Donna Wright- Rosewood; Richard Schwartz-Beacon Hill; Sonja Stetzer—Meadowbrook


FRIENDS TO KEEP IN PRAYERS: Allen Family, Jaye Ahoyt, Pablo Arellano, Marina Augello, Donna Compton, Sherry Craver, Hank Dajc, Mary Devery, Stacie Donnelly, Joe Ender, Adam Garrett, Nicole Gavin, Quentin Giron, Herman Goodloe, Ronald Habich, Hans & Ruth Hermann, Ed Hirsch, Erin Hoffman, Christa Kanineck, Karen Kaspar, Alvin Klein, Janice Kostka, Christa Kras-neck, Kathy Lecthenberg, Larry Lemon, Brian McKnight, Reggie Mensik, Andrew Olson & Family, Phyllis, Richard Russell, Lois Santerior, Patricia Savage, Mike Scherer, Frank Schimpf Sr., Serena and Chris, David Shea, Phil Swanson, Gwen Toombs, Peter Walke, Scott Ylinen, Diane, Trayce and Jeff Zimmerman






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 May Transitions date has been changed from May 16 to May 23, more details to follow.



Confirmation Sunday - April 29

Strings of Faith—May 6

Plant Sale Pickup—May 12 at 9:00 am

Pet Blessing—May 12 at 11:00 am

All Church Cleanup—May 19 8:30—noon

New Members—May 20




WCC card makers have an assortment of handmade greeting cards available in the Narthex for you to send to church members and friends who may need a cheery note. There is a free will do-nation box. Proceeds help to purchase supplies and are also do-nated to special mission projects.


Strings of Faith will be our special music guests on Sunday, May 6. Come and celebrate worship with them and us!!


Village of Westchester Cleanup day April 28 - 9am—noon. All are invited to help. Please report to The Westchester Memo-rial Fountain if you can help.


Men’s Group will meet on April 25 at 6:30 pm at Q’s Pizza 4841 Butterfield Rd, Hillside, IL. RSVP Bob VonLaven 630/220-9844 or Hans Straube 708/878-7119.

May Mission Project: Help us gather a flock of chicks for the Heifer Project. Money collected will be sent to purchase chicks for families in an underdeveloped country. The chicks will help feed a family, provide an income, and a way to then share their offspring with others in their community. Please donate and help us help others. Each chick on our church lawn will represent $20, the cost of a flock of chicks. To find out more go to


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Being presented for Christian Baptism during worship is:

Maeve Carmella Diaz, infant daughter of Jill and Shain Diaz. Maeve was born on August 4, 2017 at Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora. Maeve’s godparents are Bridget Hayes and Benjamin Linville.

Officiating is Rev. Joseph Mills. Representing the congregation by the Deacons are Carol Hoppe and Lauren McCarthy






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, April 29


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

GREETERS:    Bill and Ann McCarthy

LITURGIST:    Kathy Marinier

PASTOR:         Rev. Joseph E. Mills, III


We will receive New Members on Sunday, May 20.

If you are interested in membership with our church, or want to learn more, please contact the church office at 708/865-1282


Our all church Spring Clean Up Day will be held Saturday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Come and help spruce up our church!!


Just a gentle reminder… We frequently borrow items from the Craft room, Society, Deacons and Missions rooms, etc. That is generally fine and even encouraged! We would, however; ask anyone who needs something, to please check with someone from these groups or boards, just to make sure it’s O.K. And after, please put the items back where you found them. Thanks!


Our Missions Board has organized a trip to Feed My Starving Children on June 9th 9-11 am at the Aurora location. Please contact Linda Kasanders if you are attending/or register on-line at  Thanks