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The Board of Faith in Action is excited to announce Yuletide Magic, a series of opportunities to share your time and treasure with those whose circumstances might not “sparkle and glisten” for them this season. We suggest the following ways to bring some Yuletide Magic to our community partners:

Just Added - Angel Tree for Bethel

Our Community Partner, Bethel Family Resource Center in Chicago Heights, recently provided us a list of individuals under their care who are without homes, and who are currently housed in a local hotel. They have asked for basic assistance with small requests for Christmas.

If you are interested in assisting with the Angel Tree, please click the Link Below. We need all items returned to FCC by Sunday, December 18 in order to deliver before Christmas. Thank you!

Gift Cards
For Bethel Community Center and Anew 


More than warm mittens and a hat, their clients need gas cards, groceries, and things like laundry detergent and diapers. We have identified retailers, restaurants, and gas stations whose gift cards would be very welcome this season.)  Sign up to provide gift cards HERE and frop off cards at FCC between November 20 and December 15. 

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you can drop off a check or make a donation through our online portal HERE  (make sure to put “Yuletide Magic” in the memo line).  Donations should be made by December 10.

Amazon Wish List
For Jones Memorial Center & Bethel


Our Community Partners, Jones Center and Bethel Community Center provide care and services for children in Chicago Heights. They have requested games and activities for children, and we hope to spread a bit of Yuletide Magic for these wonderful community gems that have been serving families for decades.   Visit our Amazon Wish List HERE to purchase items and return to church between November 20 and December 15. 

Intergenerational Service Project for CFFEIM
Wednesday, December 14 from 6 – 8 pm


All ages and abilities are invited to gather in Fellowship Hall to assist the Center for Food Equity in Medicine in its goal of serving 100 families at Christmas.  Our team will assist with easy projects that will provide meals, small gifts, and other items for vulnerable families experiencing health care crisis.  

Like our Blanket Making Night in September, this is the perfect project for all ages to join in fellowship as we provide hand-on outreach to our neighbors.

Sign up to volunteer HERE!

Delivery Day for CFFEIM
Saturday, December 17


The Center for Food Equity in Medicine will deliver holiday meals to their clients experiencing health crisis on December 17. Get your friends together and sign up to assist as a volunteer or a driver.  Gas up your car for a morning of deliveries that are sure to bring some Yuletide Magic to many homes.  
Sign up to volunteer HERE

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Sunday, December 11


The Diaconate Board is sponsoring this year’s project to bring joy and Christmas cookies to our older members, the homebound, and other folks from our congregation who could use an extra dose of Christmas cheer. But we need YOUR help!  Please visit our sign up link HERE to volunteer in one of the following ways:

4 dozen (or more) of your favorite Christmas cookies and drop them off on Sunday morning, December 11 at church.   You can also drop off your donation the week before between 9 am – 1 pm at the church office

Come to Fellowship Hall after worship on December 11 to assist in sorting, packing, and wrapping cookie boxes for delivery

Come to Fellowship Hall at 1 pm on December 11 to pick up and deliver beautiful boxes of delicious cookies to homes (typically 4-5 stops, in the same area)

If you have questions, or have suggestions for cookie recipients, please contact Shari Sweeney at sailonandon@gmail.com.

Help our Community Partners

Anew needs extra hands in early January to assemble informational packets and posters for potential donors throughout the southland. Volunteers are asked to donate one to two hours.

Anew is also offering Domestic Violence training on the first Saturday of each month for those who might like to assist with phone calls and walk-ins from victims as well as attending resource fairs.  supporting their hotline and walk-in clients.

Volunteers can sign up directly with Rachel at Rachel.F@anewdv.org or by calling 708.794.2140 x305. 


Respond Now needs volunteers beginning in December to work in the food pantry and fill orders before, during and after hours.   Volunteers can sign up at aalvarado@respondnow.org or by calling 708.755.4537