A week from today, I will be on a train heading to DC and then down to Savannah, Georgia. I've been invited to keynote at the Georgia Regional Youth Conference held at Saint Simons Island. The young adults who have been planning this whole thing have set up a fantastic theme to address the idea of finding and responding to "calling." And they have linked this wonderful concept to the amazing work of Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go!
As I have moved through this book once more, I am astonished at how well the book and concept align. One of the first proclamations is, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
Well said. I think this points to a sacred truth and one that we must be reminded of (the work of community and church): the gifts you need to respond to God's call - you already have them. The gifts you need to bring healing, to feed the hungry, to forgive and reconcile, to help set others free... you already have them. We as the church already have them. It's something to discover, like the kid with a couple of fish and couple of loaves of bread - we've already got the gifts.
Let us be the community that sees the gifts within one another and encourages one another to use them to serve and Love others. Let us be the church who uses the gifts that we have, to respond to God's calling for us.
See you this Sunday.
Interested in an afternoon of sledding? Several of the children in Sunday school this past week were excited about this. We could also go roller skating. You can talk to me at church or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me. Let me know which you prefer and what Sundays work best for you.
Movie night will return in February, weather permitting. Watch this space for the date!
OFFICER INSTALLATION THIS SUNDAY
Join us this Sunday in worship as we recognize and install our new leaders in service of Christ and the Church.
In the midst of our website renovation, we simplified the email accounts. Pilgrim Christian Church now has two email accounts to reach us by:
1. PCC@ChardonPCC.org is our main email account which will receive all business and personal inquiries. It is also the main account for Cheryl Hederstrom, our office manager.
2. Chris@ChardonPCC.org is Rev. Chris McCreight's church email address.
Thank you for making the electronic move with us!
REV. PAUL BARBINS
Rev. Paul Barbins will be preaching Sunday, February 7th while Rev. Chris is out of town.
LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE: Voices in the Winderness
This lenten season, we will host a worship service every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. The service will be drawn from Jesus' experience in the wilderness - the presence of the Spirit that ushered him out and remained with him; the encounter with God, the world, and self; and the myriad of voices that come within the silence. The service will primarily be a time of prayer and contemplation. Selections of liturgy, scripture, and poetry will be shared and offered as words for reflection. It is something to discern: God's voice in the midst of the voices of the world, the ego, and the darkness. Perhaps that is the work of prayer. I hope that you'll come and join us in this season.
LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Ash Wednesday: February 10. Potluck dinner at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Worship at 7:00pm.
Voices in the Wilderness: Every Wednesday between February 17-March 23 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Maundy Thursday: March 24 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Good Friday: March 25 Ecumenical Service from 12-3pm in the Sanctuary. Evening service at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Easter Sunday: March 27th.
MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH BUNCH
Heather Penrod and Rev. Chris are inviting the middle schoolers to lunch after worship on Sunday, February 14th