Well, I have gotten started off here in a good dose of Chardon weather! LOL. I always know when I am entering Geauga County on Rt. 322 because the snow is deeper.
I encourage you to be part of the Annual Congregational Meeting on January 21st. There will be some new leadership nominated with Ginger Hannen for Moderator and Chris Schmid for Vice Moderator. I have been already working with them and the outgoing Moderator Paul Hederstrom and I have appreciated all three as they bring their gifts to serve God in the leadership of this church community.
This Sunday my sermon title is "The Happy People" and the scripture is from the portion of the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew called The Beatitudes. I'm going to read two different versions. One from the Common English Bible which is a very good, updated newer translation based on recent biblical scholarship and another version from The Message which is a wonderful translation based more on idion and image than simply word translation. This version starts off the Beatitudes with "You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule." I like a later one especially "You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family."
There are still many of you I haven't really met yet. I am starting to get around to meet shut-ins. If you haven't been to worship recently, even if you only come for one Sunday, I'd love to meet you.
Grace and peace,
David Loar, Pastor
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Sunday School attendance has been low for the past month partly due to the cold weather. We have continued to provide classes for those who attend by being very flexible. I think attendance will continue to be low during the winter months but will pick up again in the spring.
Movie nights will return in March. I spoken to many of the parents, and they prefer Friday nights. Watch for dates to be announced.
Blessings, Vickie Craig
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 following the 10:00 am worship service. All Annual Reports are due to office no later than Sunday, January 14th.
Directory update stickers will be included with donation statements to be mailed
in the coming week. Please affix these to your copy of our directory.
The Pilgrim Christian Church Wednesday evening Book Club will begin 2018 with a new book study. The first book of the year will be “Lies We Believe about God” by Wm. Paul Young. We meet twice a month to discuss what we have read and share our beliefs and ideas. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us. This month we will meet on Jan 17th and Jan 31th at 6:30pm in the Parlor at the church. To get there just walk up the ramp in the alley between the fire station and the church, the door will be open!
For the first class, we will read the first 7 chapters, which is only about 50 pages in the print version. If we do not get through them all we will continue during our second meeting in January!
1.God loves us, but doesn’t like us
2.God is good, I am not
3.God is in control
4.God does not submit
5.God is a Christian
6.God wants to use me
7.God is more he than she
If you have any questions at all or just want to hear a bit more about the group, please call Chris Schmid at 440.667.9953.
An anonymous member of the Congregation will match January Food Cupboard donations up to $1,000. Please remember the hungry after the Christmas season.
In considering items to donate to Ida's Cupboard (food pantry), please include personal hygiene items and feminine products.
DID YOU KNOW…
The Pilgrim Brass Choir began as a pick-up quintet on June 11, 1989, when the group played at PCC’s worship service in Big Creek Park; the group stuck with it.
Brass members are mostly amateurs who love playing and love the Lord. The group’s main focus is to praise the Lord and inspire and help others to do so as well. They credit the Lord for inspiring and enabling them to play well beyond their own expectations.
The Brass has evolved over the years, expanding its ranks to include musicians from nearly a dozen different churches. More than 70 musicians of varying abilities and ages have played with the Pilgrim Brass over the years; a core group has participated for decades.
The Brass offers a unique opportunity to play in a small group of serious players, reading a wide variety of traditional music, and to find satisfaction in serving our churches and community.
The group welcomes the inspiration of younger players and the opportunity to act as mentors to them. It takes pride in mentoring younger players, many of whom have continued with music in their lives through teaching and occasional performance. Any brass player with high school musical ability, and particularly one who feels called to this special ministry, is invited to join the Brass.
The Pilgrim Brass plays every few weeks in church services throughout Chardon and surrounding communities. In additional, they perform at a number of seasonal events. Most notably, they have participated in the performance of Messiah, sponsored by the Geauga Hunger Task Force, for over 20 years.
They have performed at the Geauga Park District’s Winter Solstice observances and Chardon’s Ecumenical Ministry’s Thanksgiving services for more than a dozen years; and at Chardon’s Memorial Day observance over 15 years. They have played at numerous weddings and funerals and presented an hour-long concert during Chardon’s bicentennial celebration.
Practices for this group are conducted at PCC on Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
If you or someone you know are interested in joining Pilgrim Brass or would like information about their performance schedule or availability, please contact Steve Wick.