Pilgrim Christian Church

Faith. Hope. Love...

Pilgrim Christian Church is a Loving congregation that gathers just off the Square in Chardon, Ohio. Whoever you are, wherever you are on Life's journey, you are welcome here!

March 1, 2018

Lenten Book Study

The "Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey" book study which is meeting Sunday's

in Lent in the parlor at 11:15 am invites you to join them on Sunday, March 4th to

view the documentary "The Power of Forgiveness." Included are a host of stories

and individuals from the Amish community in Pennsylvania that helped the family of

the husband/father who shot many of their children in their one room school house

to survivor of the Holocaust and Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel. This will last 75

minutes. It is powerful and transforming.

 

Children's Ministry

Movie night returns on March 9th at 6:30 p.m.  All children age 3 and older are welcome to join us for a movie or short videos, snack, and a craft.  If there are enough children, we may split into 2 age groups.  We're usually finished by 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.  We hope to see many of you there!

Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

Mission Support

Thank you for your gracious support for Abby Schmid's upcoming mission trip to Guatemala. This trip is being hosted by Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in conjunction with the non-profit organization Courts for Kids (www.courtsforkids.org).  On this trip, Abby and other students will help a small rural community to build a multi-purpose court for soccer and other group activities. They are looking forward to learning and growing while they are there as they are immersed in local culture. The team departs May 29 and returns June 6, so your thoughts and prayers in that time are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to support Abby, or have more questions about the trip, feel free to let us know. She'll be keeping us updated along the way! 

Donate online:  www.courtsforkids.org
Select the “Donate” button at the top right of the page
Select for “Donations to a North American volunteer”
Apply your gift to “Guatemala-Notre Dame Cathedral”
Write Abby’s name in the comment field
Your donation is tax-deductible and a receipt will be sent to your provided email address

 

Search Committee Meeting:           Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 pm

Membership Committee Meeting:  Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm


Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner

Boy Scout Pack 93 is hosting a spaghetti dinner at PCC
on Saturday, March 3, from 5 – 7:30 pm.  Cost is $9 per
person.  Cost for those who bring food items for Ida’s Cupboard
will be reduced to $8.  
 
What a great way to eat out and support two great missions!

February 15, 2018

Lenten Book Study

Rev. Loar has invited folks to join him in a reading and discussion for Lent of the book "Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps to Forgiving Through Jesus' Beatitudes." It is written by Flora Slosson Wuellner who is a United Church of Christ minister, but has written and spoken to scores of peoples around the themes of prayer, healing and spiritual life. The book costs $8.00. It is not a long book and most chapters provide questions for reflection. We will meet for discussion for 1/2 hour each Sunday after we get refreshments from the Fellowship Hour. If you simply want to order the book and read through on your own, that is fine. Let David Loar know if you would like a copy of the book.

 

Pastoral Search Committee Update
 
The organizational meeting of the pastoral search committee
was held Monday, January 29.  
 
Members of this committee were confirmed as Barb Inderlied, Chris Schmid,
Lynn Felberg, Mariah Moore, Paul Hederstrom, Roz Kvet, Steve Wick,
Ward Lawrence, and Ginger Hannon.
 
Immediately following the PCC Retreat, the committee will meet biweekly for the first couple months
in order to create a schedule of the steps that need to be taken
and begin the work to accomplish them.  The frequency may change thereafter.
 
We will be working closely with representatives from both the DOC
and UCC during the process of the search and seeking input and
comments from the entire PCC congregation.
 
Updates will be provided to the congregation in the weekly e-letter
and monthly Visitor concerning the committee’s progress. 
 

Children's Ministry

Movie night returns in March!  The date will be announced soon.


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

We are in the process of making 1000 new Peace Cranes.  If you would like to help please join us at 7:00 PM on Thursday evenings.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests may be submitted by calling the office or by completing a prayer request form which is found in the pews.  Prayer requests completed on the forms in the pews are collected by a deacon during the children’s sermon and delivered to the pastor’s lectern.  In addition, a prayer request may be rendered verbally in conjunction with the Pastoral Prayer during the worship service.

 

Prayer Shawls

Various women in the church knit or crochet shawls.  These are kept at the church.  When we learn that there is an individual or the individual’s family member or close friend who is ill or struggling, members of the congregation gather to pray over and bless the shawl.  The shawl is then presented to the individual as evidence of our care, concern, prayers, support, and encouragement.  For more information, or if you would like to request a prayer shawl for someone, contact any Elder.

February 8, 2018

Ash Wednesday

The Elders will be leading an Ash Wednesday service on February 14th at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. You are invited to reflect on the humble journey with Jesus as he faces the reality of the world as he moves from Galilee to Jerusalem and from community to being abandoned at the cross. The 40 days of Lent, excluding Sundays which are always considered the celebration of the resurrection, enable us to look at our own lives in light of the  life of Christ. Then in Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday, we open ourselves to the profound presence of God in the most god-awful of times. May you have a blessed and holy Lent.

Pilgrim Retreat
 
The annual retreat will be held Saturday, February 17 in the PCC sanctuary from 9 AM to 3 PM.  
A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 and lunch will be served at noon. 
 
The retreat has been renamed Pilgrim Retreat because it is not limited to Consistory. 
All members who are interested in participating in the direction and future of PCC are encouraged to come and participate.  
 
We look forward to your participation!

Lenten Book Study

Rev. Loar has invited folks to join him in a reading and discussion for Lent of the book "Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps to Forgiving Through Jesus' Beatitudes." It is written by Flora Slosson Wuellner who is a United Church of Christ minister, but has written and spoken to scores of peoples around the themes of prayer, healing and spiritual life. The book costs $8.00. It is not a long book and most chapters provide questions for reflection. We will meet for discussion for 1/2 hour each Sunday after we get refreshments from the Fellowship Hour. If you simply want to order the book and read through on your own, that is fine. Let David Loar know if you would like a copy of the book.

 

Pastoral Search Committee Update
 
The organizational meeting of the pastoral search committee
was held Monday, January 29.  
 
Members of this committee were confirmed as Barb Inderlied, Chris Schmid,
Lynn Felberg, Mariah Moore, Paul Hederstrom, Roz Kvet, Steve Wick,
Ward Lawrence, and Ginger Hannon.
 
Immediately following the PCC Retreat, the committee will meet biweekly for the first couple months
in order to create a schedule of the steps that need to be taken
and begin the work to accomplish them.  The frequency may change thereafter.
 
We will be working closely with representatives from both the DOC
and UCC during the process of the search and seeking input and
comments from the entire PCC congregation.
 
Updates will be provided to the congregation in the weekly e-letter
and monthly Visitor concerning the committee’s progress. 
 

Loar's eLog

This Sunday we will look at Jesus' cry from the cross and reflect on how depression and sadness and pain have been both avoided and faced within the community of faith.  Special music will be shared with Jenny Gilles and Bob Condon and they will accompany themselves on stringed instruments.

As I mentioned before I will be gone next week (Monday to Friday) to attend the training event for Appreciative Inquiry. It is in Asheville, NC. I fly in to Cleveland at 12:30 am on Saturday the 17th. I'm going to stay overnight at a hotel near the airport and then come over here to be part of the Consistory/Congregational Retreat on the 17th.

I have seen in recent weeks and especially in the last week the willingness of a number of people of this church to step up and help in vital ways as needed for ministry in serving other people. Ultimately we not part of this church as members with privileges, but we are disciples of Jesus Christ to be servants to a hurting world. 

God's Grace and peace, 
David Loar, Interim/Transitional Pastor

 

Children's Ministry
On Sunday, February 11th, the K-3rd grade class will have a special Valentine's Day lesson.  Hope you can join us then!

Movie night returns in March!  The date will be announced soon.


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

We are in the process of making 1000 new Peace Cranes.  If you would like to help please join us at 7:00 PM on Thursday evenings.

 

Friendship Guild is getting together on February 12 at Barb Inderlied‘s home at 6:30 PM. Sara Dobie Bauer will be giving a presentation on being a published author. She will also be bringing copies of her books! Please bring appetizers, snacks or cookies to share. Beverages will be provided. Hope you can come. This will be a special evening together that you won’t want to miss. Please RSVP to Stephanie Burke.

February 1, 2018

Pilgrim Retreat:  Mark Your Calendar!
 
The annual retreat will be held Saturday, February 17 in the PCC sanctuary from 9 AM to 3 PM.  
A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 and lunch will be served at noon. 
 
The retreat has been renamed Pilgrim Retreat because it is not limited to Consistory. 
All members who are interested in participating in the direction and future of PCC are encouraged to come and participate.  
 
We look forward to your participation!

 

Lenten Book Study

Rev. Loar has invited folks to join him in a reading and discussion for Lent of the book "Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps to Forgiving Through Jesus' Beatitudes." It is written by Flora Slosson Wuellner who is a United Church of Christ minister, but has written and spoken to scores of peoples around the themes of prayer, healing and spiritual life. The book costs $8.00. It is not a long book and most chapters provide questions for reflection. We will meet for discussion for 1/2 hour each Sunday after we get refreshments from the Fellowship Hour. If you simply want to order the book and read through on your own, that is fine. Let David Loar know if you would like a copy of the book.

 

Pastoral Search Committee Update
 
The organizational meeting of the pastoral search committee
was held Monday, January 29.  
 
Members of this committee were confirmed as Barb Inderlied, Chris Schmid,
Lynn Felberg, Mariah Moore, Paul Hederstrom, Roz Kvet, Steve Wick,
Ward Lawrence, and Ginger Hannon.
 
Immediately following the PCC Retreat, the committee will meet biweekly for the first couple months
in order to create a schedule of the steps that need to be taken
and begin the work to accomplish them.  The frequency may change thereafter.
 
We will be working closely with representatives from both the DOC
and UCC during the process of the search and seeking input and
comments from the entire PCC congregation.
 
Updates will be provided to the congregation in the weekly e-letter
and monthly Visitor concerning the committee’s progress. 
 

 

Loar's eLog

This Sunday is Scout Sunday. February 14th this year is both Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day. There will be an Ash Wednesday service in the sanctuary led by the Elders at 7:00 pm. I will be gone February 12th-16th for training in Asheville, NC related to my interim ministry. It is focused around Appreciative Inquiry. AI is a way for an organization to plan for the future and to seek change through focusing on its positive assets rather than trying to fix what people say are the problems. Here is a web site that explains more https://appreciativeinquiry.champlain.edu/learn/appreciative-inquiry-introduction/ 

In my ministry of 42 years, from time to time, I will hear indirectly through other folks that someone is not happy with what I said or did. This happens for all of us and is part of what I described a few weeks ago as triangulation. I strongly encourage anyone who feels like I have said something that has upset them or they strongly disagree with to see about the two of us sitting down to chat about it. That is in the vein of Jesus saying "where two or three of us are gathered together, I am present with you." That passage begins by talking about forgiveness and that folks can only forgive and move on when they meet face to face and are open to the Holy Spirit to work among them. But forgiveness may not be necessary. It may only need to be clarification and further conversation to sort out what was said, what was heard and what was understood.

Grace and peace,
David Loar, Interim Pastor

 

Children's Ministry
Attendance at Sunday School has varied from week to week, but our teachers are always ready for class.  Thanks to Randy Sweet, Heather Penrod, and Abby Schmid for their faithful service.

On Sunday, February 11th, the K-3rd grade class will have a special Valentine's Day lesson.  Hope you can join us then!


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

On February 1, 2018 we will begin making 1000 new Peace Cranes.  If you would like to help please join us at 7:00 PM.

 

Friendship Guild is getting together on February 12 at Barb Inderlied‘s home at 6:30 PM. Sara Dobie Bauer will be giving a presentation on being a published author. She will also be bringing copies of her books! Please bring appetizers, snacks or cookies to share. Beverages will be provided. Hope you can come. This will be a special evening together that you won’t want to miss. Please RSVP to Stephanie Burke.

January 25, 2018

Check out our social media sites: 

Instagram @chardonpilgrimchristian

Facebook @pilgrimchristianchurch

Share them with others.

 

Children's Ministry
Thanks to Heather Penrod and Heather Wiley for supervising the youth group while they prepared food for Project Hope.  They cooked spaghetti and meatballs and prepared garlic bread and salad on Wednesday afternoon.  Then, on Thursday, they got everything ready and took it to Project Hope.  Noah Queen, Molly Gilles, Blake Brozic, Samara Ward, and Mykaela Penrod-Smith did a great job!  They plan to do it again in a few months.


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

Pilgrim Retreat:  Mark Your Calendar!
 
The annual retreat will be held Saturday, February 17 in the PCC sanctuary from 9 AM to 3 PM.  
A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 and lunch will be served at noon. 
 
The retreat has been renamed Pilgrim Retreat because it is not limited to Consistory. 
All members who are interested in participating in the direction and future of PCC are encouraged to come and participate.  
 
To allow us to plan for meals, please email Ginger Hannon at g.hannon@roadrunner.com if you plan to attend by Jan 31.
 
We look forward to your participation!

 

Book Club

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.

 

Altar Flowers
A flower chart to sign up to donate flowers for the altar is on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. List your name and if there is a memorial or honor in which the flowers are given. Both vases are a total of $30.00. Mark your donation as "Altar Flowers" and place it in the offering. If you wish a special arrangement to be ordered rather than the standard flowers, contact Cheryl in the office in sufficient time before your date so they can be ordered.

 

On February 1, 2018 we will begin making 1000 new Peace Cranes.  If you would like to help please join us at 7:00 PM.

 

On Monday, February 12 at 6:30 PM the Friendship Guild will meet at Barbara Inderlied’s.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Pilgrim Brass

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.

January 11, 2018

Loar's eLog

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

 

Check out our social media sites: 

Instagram @chardonpilgrimchristian

Facebook @pilgrimchristianchurch

Share them with others.


 

Children's Ministry


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   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 


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.

 

Food Cupboard
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…

Pilgrim Brass

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.

January 4, 2018

Loar's eLog


Albert Schweitzer was an amazing man. One of the greatest organists of the 20th Century and scholar on the music of Bach. He also is one of the major biblical theologians for the Christian church. And then in his later years he went to medical school. became a doctor and served among the poorest of the poor in Africa and thus winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

In his book "The Quest of the Historical Jesus" he closes with this very poetic description of our relationship with Jesus. It has been put to music in a variety of forms and I have sung it in the past as a choir anthem. This Sunday I will reflect on the beginning of the Gospel of John's description of how Jesus came to be with us and this quote of Schweitzer's.

“He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lakeside,
He came to those (people) who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same words: "Follow thou me!" and sets us to the tasks which He has to fulfill for our time. He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is.”


Grace and peace,
David Loar, Pastor

 

Check out our social media sites: 

Instagram @chardonpilgrimchristian

Facebook @pilgrimchristianchurch

Share them with others.


 

Children's Ministry
A big "thank you" to all the children (and adults) who gave me the wonderful Christmas card and gift card to Half Price Books.  A special thanks to Heather Penrod who orchestrated my gift.  It was a big surprise and is greatly appreciated.


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

Congregational Meeting
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.

 

Book Club

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.

 

Food Cupboard
An anonymous member of the Congregation will watch 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. 

December 28, 2017

Loar's eLog

I hope you have all had a gracious time during this Christmas season. In the ancient Christian tradition we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas from December 25 to 12th Night on January 5th. Then we celebrate Epiphany on January 6th with the story of the Magi arriving at the nativity. This Sunday in worship we will sing a variety of carols of Christmas accompanied by the Pilgrim Brass.

Wishing for you a New Year in 2018 of faith, love and forgiveness,
David Loar, Pastor

Check out our social media sites: 

Instagram @chardonpilgrimchristian

Facebook @pilgrimchristianchurch

Share them with others.


 

Children's Ministry

There will be Sunday School and nursery this Sunday, if needed.

A big "thank you" to all the children (and adults) who gave me the wonderful Christmas card and gift card to Half Price Books.  A special thanks to Heather Penrod who orchestrated my gift.  It was a big surprise and is greatly appreciated.

 


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 following the 10:00 am worship service.

 

Book Club

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.

 

Wednesday Evening Book Club

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 31st 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.

December 21, 2017

Christmas Eve
Invite your family and friends to join us on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm for carols, scripture, and lighting of candles as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah.

Our Sunday morning 10:00 am worship service on December 24th will include the lighting of the Joy candle on the Advent wreath. The scripture reading is from the Gospel of Luke 1:26-38. This is the visitation by the angel Gabriel to Mary with the news that she will give birth to the Messiah. 

If you have donated a poinsettia, you can take it home with you after the 10:00 am service or the 7:00 pm service this Sunday. Those that remain will be shared with folks as a gift from our church.

 

Loar's eLog

My wife Martha and I will make our annual jaunt to the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee to be with her family the week after Christmas. Martha is from Crossville about 45 miles west of Knoxville. We will drive there on the 26th and be back for worship here on the 31st. After I leave here on Thursday the 21st, I will pick up my daughter Molly in Akron to take her to the airport to fly to St. Louis to be with our daughter Kate. They will drive to Crossville on the 26th as well. Our dogs Winston and Crosby will be at home with a friend of our's who dog/house sits for us.  If I need to be reached during that week, you can call Cheryl in the office or call me on my cell number or email me.  Even though I have been here a short time, I felt a warmth of the spirit of Christ with this community. Martha and I wish you all a blessed and holy Christmas.

Grace and peace,
David Loar, Pastor
 

 

Check out our social media sites: 

Instagram @chardonpilgrimchristian

Facebook @pilgrimchristianchurch

Share them with others.

 

Children's Ministry
Sunday school and nursery will be available on Dec. 24th and Dec. 30th.

Thank you to the following:

Ann Doersam for her help choosing the music for the pageant and for her willingness to help with our pageant;

Barb Inderleid for adapting the pageant for our use and donating the book, "One Rehearsal Plays";

Jenny, Molly, and Sadie Gilles for their musical contribution;

Adam and Mary Van Boxel for agreeing to play Mary and Joseph;

Danielle Queen and Beth Doroghazi for agreeing to corral the sheep;

Heather Penrod for help with props and her help in directing the pageant;

Heather Wiley for her willingness to be prop master for our performance;

our children for their cheerful willingness to perform and for doing a great job;

and our congregation for their continued support of our Sunday school program and their many compliments about this year's pageant!

Merry Christmas to all!


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
 kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

MISSIONS:  GIVING TREE

Missions thanks the congregation for its generosity involving The Giving Tree.  You helped a family starting out from Project Hope and another from WomenSafe.  You gave so that children of prisoners could receive presents from their incarcerated parents.  You supported Texas families and helped in their recovery after the hurricane. Last, but not least, you also gave to the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.  We thank you for helping us celebrate Jesus’ birthday! When we give to others less fortunate, we are giving to Him!  (You gave over $1500!) Thank you!

 

Congregational Meeting

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 following the 10:00 am worship service.

December 7, 2017

Dear Pilgrim Christians,

Our northeast Ohio weather is perfect to observe Advent. Our overcast and cold temperatures reflect on the outside what our insides feel. Not all of us may feel this yearning for the coming of Christ this year as much as some others are. Clearly our lives vary. But it doesn't matter whether its us or others among us, we are a community of faith, disciples of Jesus, on a pilgrim journey...together. And even as we sing the Christmas carols of joy, we also sing the Advent carols of lament and hope.

Here's a little history on Advent to help us reflect on our shared journey.
"The word 'Advent' is derived from the Latin word 'adventus', meaning 'coming,' which is a translation of the Greek word 'parousia.' Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus, his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, and his first miracle at Cana. During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.

"By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas."
 

One of my favorite Christmas carols is "In the Bleak Midwinter." It is both a lament and a celebration of joy. Here are a few verses:

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him Nor earth sustain, Heaven and earth shall flee away When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter A stable-place sufficed The Lord God Almighty — Jesus Christ.

Angels and Archangels May have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim Thronged the air;
But only His Mother In her maiden bliss Worshipped the Beloved With a kiss.

What can I give Him, Poor as I am? — If I were a Shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man I would do my part, —Yet what I can I give Him, —Give my heart.

 

Grace and peace,

David

The Rev. David Loar

 

 

Children's Ministry
The Christmas pageant will be held during the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 17th.  Practice will be on Saturday, Dec 16th, at 10 am.  All children are invited to participate.  If your child can't make the practice, we'll make sure they know what to do on Sunday.  Any parents who want to help with practice and/or the pageant are welcome!

I want to thank Helen Wilson for all her craft material contributions and her willingness to help when she's needed.  Thanks also to Ann Doersam for her help with the music for the pageant.

Nursery and Sunday school will be available on Dec. 24th and 31st, if needed, during the morning worship service.

Looking ahead:  Dec.16th - pageant practice at 10:00 am
                           Dec. 17th - Christmas pageant during worship

Blessings, Vickie Craig   
 kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236


Poinsettia Orders: This Sunday, December 10th will be the final Sunday to place an order for your Christmas Poinsettia. Poinsettias are $6.50.  If you are unable to attend Church and would like to place an order for a Poinsettia please contact the office at 440-285-8791.

 

MISSIONS:  GIVING TREE

There are so many needs in our nation that we decided to make a tree and let you choose where you would like to help this year.  We have four causes and they are:

    THE CLEAR CREEK EDUCATION FOUNDATION  A 5013C to help the hurricane victims in a school system near Houston, Texas  The Yeoman’s, members of our church,  taught here and know the need is real. 100% of your donation will go to help hurricane victims.  

SUGGESTIONS

1. Checks made out to The Clear Creek Education Foundation

2. Gift cards to either Target or Walmart

Some families moved into housing and now have to vacate it due to mold so they are starting over!   

     WOMEN’S SAFE MOM - Gas Card, Warm Throw, Body Lotion, Soap, Shampoo, Pretty Candle

    PROJECT HOPE A family has moved into an apartment.  The Condon/Hederstrom family donated 2 twin beds from their mother’s house and they have bedding.  Here is what they need.

    Boy 12 Loves the Cavs.  Needs boots size Mens 9.5

    Mom Needs Gas card

Please pick the wish, or wishes, you wish to grant and bring it  (them) to church by Sunday, December 17th.   If you purchase gift cards, please take them to the office.

Thank you for giving! When we give, we are giving to Jesus too!  Giving helps to spread His love! 

THE GIVING TREE IS LOCATED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN FELLOWSHIP HALL.

 

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CONCERT

The Olympic Brass will present its Silver Bells community holiday concert at PCC on Saturday, December 16, at 7 pm.

If you have not heard this wonderful group of professional musicians perform, you are in for both great music and an education about some truly unique instruments you may never see elsewhere.

There is no admission cost, but donations to help the musicians defray expenses will be sincerely appreciated.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mark your calendar so you won’t miss this spirited holiday concert!

November 30, 2017

WELCOME DAVID LOAR

The Consistory is pleased to announce that its members voted to call David Loar as our interim (transitional) minister.  David will begin serving on December 1, so there will be additional joy for our Advent season.

As previously communicated, David will serve on a part time basis.  In addition to preaching on Sundays, David will be in the office on Tuesday and Thursday each week.  Scheduled days are subject to change in the event of inclement weather because, well, Chardon is Chardon.

We’d like to thank everyone for the patience, trust, and prayers during this search process.  Let’s thank God for sending David and Martha to us by giving them a warm PCC welcome.

David provided the following biography to help introduce himself and his family to us.

 

MEET DAVID LOAR

David E. Loar and his wife Martha married on Earth Day in 1989.

Martha is a first grade teacher at Old Trail School, an independent school that is located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Martha grew up in the Disciples of Christ church and was DOC until their marriage. She is from Crossville, Tennessee.

The Loars’ daughter Kate was born in 1990.  She is the Director of Development for the St. Louis Fashion Fund, a non-profit restoring the old St. Louis garment district, an incubator for fashion/garment businesses.

Their daughter Molly, born in 1993, is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in sociology at Kent State - Stark. She works for the YMCA in an after school program in Stow and runs a soccer program for multiple pre-schools.

David’s father was a UCC minister (Evangelical & Reformed before the 1957 merger).  David grew up in southern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio, graduating from high school in Sandusky.   His family was centered in Wauseon, Ohio.  His mother's parents were very active in First Christian Church in Wauseon. 

David got his BA from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana; and his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  He has served churches in southern Illinois; Mansfield, Ohio; Crossville, TN; and was also on the staff of the SE Conference of the UCC; Clear Lake City/Houston, TX; the north woods of Wisconsin; and from 1995-2014 as the senior pastor of Fairlawn-West UCC in Akron. 

Since retiring, he has worked part-time at a funeral home, been a beekeeper and gardener, mentored a young man and a refugee family, and served on various boards of local social service agencies.

David enjoys swimming, yoga and hiking. He says for him being next to heaven is canoeing and camping on a whitewater river.

He has traveled over the years on behalf of the wider church to the former East Germany, Hungary, Nicaragua, England, and Egypt.

He has completed the process to be recognized jointly as a UCC and DOC pastor.  In his final year in Crossville, TN, he brought together a small UCC congregation and a DOC congregation who merged officially a year after he left.  He served as the UCC representative on the board of the Tennessee Region of the Christian Church.

David likes to sing, and guarantees you will hear him do so – a cappella! - as part of worship leadership.  He enjoys reading history and is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.


 

Dear Members & Friends of Pilgrim Christian Church,

My wife Martha and I appreciated the great hospitality we experienced this past Sunday as we shared in worship with you and at the waffle brunch. I look forward to meeting you individually in the coming months and to share with you in your ongoing ministry to Chardon, Geauga County and to the wider world in the name of Jesus Christ.

In the coming months I anticipate working with the leaders of the congregation and at times with the congregation as a whole in this interim or transitional time as you give thanks for and move on from Rev. McCreight as your pastor and as you begin to formulate and make clearer the next years of your life as a church and the kind of leader/pastor you will seek for this unfolding time. Having served in local church ministry for 40 years and then growing up in a parsonage as a PK prior to that, it is very clear we are living in different times than any of us have known in what it means to be church. We can't simply get a new person to fill the pastor's role and move on. We seek in these times, just as in a time when a dear one has died or we have had a broken relationship or find ourselves unemployed and so on, to patiently listen to God, to pray, to heal, to grow, and to ask God for the foresight and courage to be his witnesses to the world around us. 

I will be in Chardon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at least from 10 am to 3 pm. Some of that time I will be making visits to those who are hospitalized, home bound or someone seeking to share a pastoral concern. I will be here on Sundays obviously and will be available as needed later in the day. 

We are entering a special time in the Christian year with the seasons of Advent and then from December 25 to January 5 the season of Christmas. We may know already where "this" is headed, but it is still a joy to observe and celebrate this time of waiting and hoping. And who knows...maybe something new and amazing will  be revealed to us no matter how many times we have been through these motions.


Grace and peace,
David
The Rev. David Loar
Interim/Transitional Pastor

 

 


Children's Ministry
Parents and grandparents -  Christian Education will present a Christmas pageant this year.  The date will be either Dec. 17th or 24th (still checking with elders).  If your children or grandchildren will be at church, they are welcome to join us.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Christian Ed is looking for 4 new board members.  If you are interested in working with us or know someone who is, please contact me.

Chi Rho met on November 5th and filled 5 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We also enjoyed hallway bowling, foosball, and air hockey.  Heather Penrod and her helpers, Mykaeyla and Samara, delivered the boxes to Thompson Methodist Church this past Sunday.


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
 kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236

 

MISSIONS:  GIVING TREE
There are so many needs in our nation that we decided to make a tree and let you choose where you would like to help this year.  We have four causes and they are:

    THE CLEAR CREEK EDUCATION FOUNDATION  A 5013C to help the hurricane victims in a school system near Houston, Texas  The Yeoman’s, members of our church,  taught here and know the need is real. 100% of your donation will go to help hurricane victims.  
SUGGESTIONS
1. Checks made out to The Clear Creek Education Foundation
2. Gift cards to either Target or Walmart
Some families moved into housing and now have to vacate it due to mold so they are starting over!

     ANGEL TREE CHRISTMAS  Remember the children whose moms and dads are in prison.  Look for the 5 angels with gift suggestions.  For more information, talk to Cathy Sweet.  Let these children know they are not forgotten!

     WOMEN’S SAFE A 7 year old girl has just moved into an apartment with her mom.  She has a bed but needs a comforter (she loves all Disney princesses), sheets, a pillow, a rug, a bedside lamp, a little table or chest for it (does not need to be new), stuffed animals, a princess doll

    PROJECT HOPE A family has moved into an apartment.  The Condon/Hederstrom family donated 2 twin beds from their mother’s house and they have bedding.  Here is what they need.
    Boy 12 Loves the Cavs.  Needs boots size 9,5 and socks.  He is in a men’s medium for hoodies and shirts.  Would like head phones and a gift card to GameStop.
    Girl 13 Purple is her favorite color.  She needs boots size 8.5, pull-on bear claw type.  She needs clothes size 13 junior.  She likes hoodies and plaid shirts and would love name brand shampoo and conditioner like Pantene.  Needs a pillow.
    Mom Needs cooking pans, socks and a gas card

Please pick the wish, or wishes, you wish to grant and bring it  (them) to church by Sunday, December 17th.   If you purchase gift cards, please take them to the office.

Thank you for giving! When we give, we are giving to Jesus too!  Giving helps to spread His love! 
THE GIVING TREE IS LOCATED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IN FELLOWSHIP HALL.

 

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CONCERT

The Olympic Brass will present its Silver Bells community holiday concert at PCC on Saturday, December 16, at 7 pm.

If you have not heard this wonderful group of professional musicians perform, you are in for both great music and an education about some truly unique instruments you may never see elsewhere.

There is no admission cost, but donations to help the musicians defray expenses will be sincerely appreciated.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mark your calendar so you won’t miss this spirited holiday concert!



Thank you Richard Huff for the donation of the 100 Cup Coffee Pot!

November 22, 2017

SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, November 26 - Decorate for Advent following Worship
Thursday, November 30 - Chili Dinner
Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 Sunday Morning Worship Service
Sunday, December 24 - 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service

 

INTERIM SEARCH RECOMMENDATION

The interim search committee is pleased to announced that it will make a formal recommendation to Consistory to call David E. Loar as the part time interim pastor for PCC.

David will preach at PCC on Sunday, November 26, so please take advantage of the opportunity to hear and meet David and to share your comments with Consistory members.

The recommendation for call will be presented for vote at the Consistory meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017.  The result of the Consistory vote will be sent out via email on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

David was kind enough to provide the following biography to share information about himself and his family.  

 

David E. Loar and his wife Martha married on Earth Day in 1989.

Martha is a first grade teacher at Old Trail School, an independent school that is located within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Martha grew up in the Disciples of Christ church and was DOC until their marriage. She is from Crossville, Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau.

The Loars’ daughter Kate was born in 1990.  She is the Director of Development for the St. Louis Fashion Fund, a non-profit restoring the old St. Louis garment district, an incubator for fashion/garment businesses, and a setting for up-and-coming fashion designers to be in residency for a few years

Their daughter Molly, born in 1993, is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in sociology at Kent State - Stark. She works for the YMCA in an after school program in Stow and runs a soccer program for multiple pre-schools.

David’s father was a UCC minister (Evangelical & Reformed before the 1957 merger).  David grew up in southern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio, graduating from high school in Sandusky.   His family was centered in Wauseon, OH, my grandparents lived, over all those where.  His mother's parents were very active in First Christian Church in Wauseon where his mother's funeral was held in 2014. 

David got his BA from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana; and his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  He has served

churches in southern Illinois; Mansfield, Ohio; Crossville, TN; was also on the staff of the SE Conference of the UCC; and from 1995-2014 was the senior pastor of Fairlawn-West UCC in Akron. 

Since retiring, he has worked part-time at a funeral home, been a beekeeper and gardener, mentored a young man and a refugee family, and served on various boards of local social service agencies.

David enjoys swimming, yoga and hiking. He says for him being next to heaven is canoeing and camping on a whitewater river.

He has traveled over the years on behalf of the wider church to the former East Germany, Hungary, Nicaragua, England, and Egypt.

He has completed the process to be recognized jointly as a UCC and DOC pastor.

In his final year in Crossville, TN, he brought together a small UCC congregation and a DOC congregation who merged officially a year after he left.  He also served as the UCC representative on the board of the Tennessee Region of the Christian Church.

David likes to sing, and guarantees you will hear him do so – a cappella! - as part of worship leadership.  He enjoys reading history and is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

 

 

Children's Ministry

Parents and grandparents -  Christian Education will present a Christmas pageant this year.  The date will be either Dec. 17th or 24th (still checking with elders).  If your children or grandchildren will be at church, they are welcome to join us.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Christian Ed is looking for 4 new board members.  If you are interested in working with us or know someone who is, please contact me.

Chi Rho met on November 5th and filled 5 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We also enjoyed hallway bowling, foosball, and air hockey.  Heather Penrod and her helpers, Mykaeyla and Samara, delivered the boxes to Thompson Methodist Church this past Sunday.


Blessings, Vickie Craig   
 kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236


Advent Candles

If you are interested in lighting an Advent Candle this Advent Season please contact Joan Lawrence at jrlawrence@windstream.net or 440-286-4154


Chili Dinner:  This is a Chardon community event which will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, in conjunction with the tree lighting in the Square.  

 

Schedule is:

     2 pm                      Set up

     4 pm                      All food donations due at church 

     5 – 7 pm               Serving (or until we run out of food) 

     7 – 8 pm               Cleanup

 

We need donations of both food items (chili, hotdogs and buns, coleslaw)

and volunteers to work at this event.

November 16, 2017

SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, November 26 - Decorate for Advent following Worship - Soup provided
Thursday, November 30 - Chili Dinner
Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 Sunday Morning Worship Service
Sunday, December 24 - 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service

INTERIM SEARCH UPDATE

The leadership enjoyed initial interviews with candidates for the interim position.  After prayerful consideration, we are continuing to pursue discussion with an experienced retired pastor who stood out as a good fit for us.  

Although we cannot reveal a name at this point, we are continuing discussion and prayer with him concerning timing, needs, and compensation for a role which would be less than full time.  It seems clear there is mutual excitement about him joining us, and we feel pretty confident that we will be able to complete the process within the next few weeks.  We have invited this individual to come and preach on a Sunday later this month.

We will continue to update everyone as we progress through this process.   

Please continue to be in prayer for wisdom and discernment for all involved in this work; for patience for the PCC family; and, most of all, give thanks.  We believe God has, indeed, sent us just the right person to guide us through this period and to help us plan for a purposeful, prayerful, passionate future.

 


Children's Ministry
Christian Ed is looking for 4 board members.  If you are interested or know someone who might enjoy working with us, please contact me.

My email address is incorrect in the directory.  The correct address is kaiser5204@gmail.com.  

Blessings, Vickie Craig   
 kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236


Advent Candles

If you are interested in lighting an Advent Candle this Advent Season please contact Joan Lawrence at jrlawrence@windstream.net or 440-286-4154


Chili Dinner:  This is a Chardon community event which will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, in conjunction with the tree lighting in the Square.  

 

Schedule is:

     2 pm                      Set up

     4 pm                      All food donations due at church 

     5 – 7 pm               Serving (or until we run out of food) 

     7 – 8 pm               Cleanup

 

We need donations of both food items (chili, hotdogs and buns, coleslaw)

and volunteers to work at this event.

 

In the Ups and Downs, God Levels Things Out
Written by Lillian Daniel

A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain." - Isaiah 40:1-11

People who are facing a serious illness tell me they have a new respect for how changeable life is. Suddenly, they realize how precious the ordinary moments are. One man once told me what many others have said in different words: "I used to complain about being bored. But I could use a little boring right now."

These words from Isaiah seem to predict the divine future God wants for us. God does not want us laboring up steep mountains one minute and down in a ditch the next minute. God wants to level things out.

But life on earth doesn't work that way. Life delivers wild fluctuations in the stock market, our love lives, our health and even our sanity. The ground we travel is uneven and rough. 

It is God's grace, working through the passage of time, which evens out the terrain. We look back in hindsight and don't just see a lot of ups and downs. As we learn from our mistakes and our heartbreaks, some of those past mountains get laid low.

It's good preparation for the real moment of understanding, when we meet Jesus in the afterlife and finally understand that all this was just the prelude. Until then, let's hold on to the image of God watching us in our ups and downs, and using grace and mercy to turn the rough places into a fertile plain. 

Prayer

When my heart is a desert, make straight a highway through me, and remind me that one day every mountain I am climbing will be made low and every valley will be lifted up. Eventually. Amen.

 

DID YOU KNOW….

Guest Musicians

Guest musicians perform periodically during Sunday worship, particularly during the summer choir recess.  They include singers, both individuals and groups, as well as solo or musician groups.  Some come from our congregation and others are members of the local community.  If you would like to perform or suggest a person or group, contact Joan Lawrence.

Hymn Requests

Did you know you know you can request a hymn for our Sunday worship service?

If you have a favorite hymn, you can submit your request to the PCC office by phone or email, or you can contact Joan Lawrence to make your request.

 

November 9, 2017

INTERIM SEARCH UPDATE

The leadership enjoyed initial interviews with candidates for the interim position.  After prayerful consideration, we are continuing to pursue discussion with an experienced retired pastor who stood out as a good fit for us.  

Although we cannot reveal a name at this point, we are continuing discussion and prayer with him concerning timing, needs, and compensation for a role which would be less than full time.  It seems clear there is mutual excitement about him joining us, and we feel pretty confident that we will be able to complete the process within the next few weeks.  We have invited this individual to come and preach on a Sunday later this month.

We will continue to update everyone as we progress through this process.   

Please continue to be in prayer for wisdom and discernment for all involved in this work; for patience for the PCC family; and, most of all, give thanks.  We believe God has, indeed, sent us just the right person to guide us through this period and to help us plan for a purposeful, prayerful, passionate future.

 

Children's Ministry
Chi Rho will be meeting on Sunday, Nov. 12th, after coffee hour.  We'll be filling 2 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and playing games.

Randy Sweet has agreed to teach the 4th grade thru middle school Sunday School class.  The students are very excited to have him join us.

Christian Ed is looking for 4 board members.  If you are interested or know someone who might enjoy working with us, please contact me.

My email address is incorrect in the directory.  The correct address is kaiser5204@gmail.com.  

Blessings, Vickie Craig   
 kaiser5204@gmail.com 
440-488-6745   
440-285-3236


Advent Candles

If you are interested in lighting an Advent Candle this Advent Season please contact Joan Lawrence at jrlawrence@windstream.net or 440-286-4154


Stewardship annual campaign
 
It’s that time of year!  Stewardship annual campaign packages were mailed, along with your quarterly church contribution statements.  Take some time and think about how you want to participate.  Remember that your giving is for needs of the church and your pledge helps us to plan our activities and finances for the upcoming year - - but it’s also a key part of growing our faith and sharing thanks for all that we have been given.  Members of the Stewardship Committee are available to answer any questions you may have.  We’d like to have all pledge sheets returned to the church by November 12.  Place them in the offering plate, give them to a committee member, or drop them in the mail.  Also plan to join us Sunday November 12 after service in Fellowship Hall for our Stewardship Celebration potluck! Chicken will be provided.   
 
Stewardship Committee – Jake Bauer, Paul Hederstrom, Barb Inderlied, Jim and Vivian McNenny, Glenn Pisching, Patti Schmid, Mazie Smith, Helga Wick
 


Chili Dinner:  This is a Chardon community event which will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, in conjunction with the tree lighting in the Square.  

 

Schedule is:

     2 pm                      Set up

     4 pm                      All food donations due at church 

     5 – 7 pm               Serving (or until we run out of food) 

     7 – 8 pm               Cleanup

 

We need donations of both food items (chili, hotdogs and buns, coleslaw)

and volunteers to work at this event.

 

 

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that Nannette VanKan has passed away. There will be a funeral service for her this Friday, November 10th at 8:00pm at Burr Funeral Home. 

http://www.burrservice.com/obituary/nanette-van-kan/

 

Broken Hearts
William H. Armstrong

"Praise the Lord! Because it is good to sing praise to our God! Because it is a pleasure to make beautiful praise!. . . God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds." - Psalm 147:1,3

Like an old broken record that keeps playing the same tune, the verse about the brokenhearted is constantly replaying in my mind. I think it's because broken hearts are all around me. The broken heart of the young man whose dreams were shattered, and the broken hearts of his parents when he hanged himself. The heartbroken couple whose love and bright hopes faded into an undreamed of divorce. The mother whose heart was broken by a child who will no longer speak to her. The broken heart I catch glimpses of in a neighbor's angry and sullen behavior. And my own still-scarred heart from the decline and death of a devoted wife.

But then I hear playing over and over that reassuring verse: "God heals the brokenhearted." God heals. We say that time heals, and often it does. And some good people bring healing with their care and compassion. Those are, I think, things God uses to heal. But sometimes too God's healing comes silently, gradually, surprisingly, graciously, as an unseen gift from above. And the heart we thought was beyond repair is made whole again. In whatever way the healing comes, with a mended heart and joy restored, we are able to say "it is good to sing praise to our God."

And sing we may, and should, to let the world know about the God who heals. St. Francis said: "What else are the servants of God, but God's minstrels, whose work it is to lift up people's hearts to spiritual joy, that they might love God gladly."

The brokenhearted, when they are healed, make good minstrels.

Prayer

Our broken hearts are so painful, God, but we are confident that you can heal them. We give you thanks for hearts that are mended and ask your mercy for those that are still hurting. Amen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William H. Armstrong is a retired United Church of Christ minister who also served as a Peace Corps official in Ethiopia and Swaziland.  His most recent book is Thinking Through the Children's Sermon.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW….

Music Director

Joan Lawrence has been involved with PCC music programs for nearly 30 years.  Her current role as music director includes responsibility for directing choir and bell choir, arranging for guest musicians, procuring sheet music, sometimes participating in hymn selection for the Sunday worship services, and many, many practices.

 

Music Committee

The PCC music committee is comprised of Ann Doersam, Joan Lawrence, and Steve Wick.  This committee meets periodically to discuss and plan music for various periods throughout the year.

 

Organist

Our organist is Ann Doersam.  Ann served as PCC organist from 1952 to 1990.  Between 1990 and 2001, she was at Chardon St. Luke Episcopal Church, a split-job position.  From 2002 to 2010, Ann served as the full time organist at the Old South Church in Kirtland.

During this time, Ann continued to play for nearly all the weddings and funerals at Pilgrim as well as many other area church services, weddings, and funerals.

Fortunately, Ann returned as our organist in 2010.  In addition to her musical gift, Ann makes great peanut butter cookies!  Be sure to thank her for her contribution to our worship services.

 

October 19, 2017

Children's Ministry

Chi Rho will meet on Sunday, October 22nd, after coffee hour for a round of mini golf at Chip's Club House and then lunch.  We hope everyone will be able to join us.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be looking for nursery volunteers to assist during church.  I'm also looking for teachers for the 1st to 3rd grade class as well as the Chi Rho (4th grade and up) class.  We also need substitutes and assistants for all the classes. No one will be asked to teach/help every Sunday; you decide how much time you have to give. It's a great way to get to know the children in our church.

Blessings, Vickie

INTERIM SEARCH UPDATE

Leadership has received a number of resumes from potential interim ministers from both the DOC and UCC and is beginning the process of initial interviews with those candidates this week.

We will continue to update everyone as we progress through this process.   

Please continue to be in prayer for wisdom and discernment for all involved in this work; for patience for the PCC family; and, most of all, thanksgiving that God is working to send us just the right person for this new time.

Peace Cranes
 

The Peace Cranes took flight on Tuesday October 11th and are on their way to the First Christian Church in Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada. They are expected to arrive on October 17th. I have spoken with Senior Pastor Steve Willis and he and his congregation are touched by our kindness and they are anxiously awaiting their arrival. He explained that two other churches use their church building and he plans to share the cranes with them. I will update you again after their arrival and when I hear back from Pastor Willis. I believe that this is a very special way to be in fellowship with a church far away and in need of peace and healing.

Stephanie Jan Burke

 

Community Pasta Dinner Report

A big thank you to everyone who supported the October 14 pasta dinner sponsored by the Membership Committee.

We served 59 adults and 5 children and raised $630.  The total included several donations; thank you to those donors.  These proceeds will be split between the steeple fund and our general operations fund.

We donated food which was left over to several organizations:  Next Step received pasta, salad, and bread for their dinner.  The County Home received a case of salad, and Project Hope received pasta, salad, and dessert.  

Membership committee members would also like to thank those of you who went out of your way to compliment the dinner and setting.  Your compliments and acknowledgements are sincerely appreciated!

 


Stewardship annual campaign
 
It’s that time of year!  Stewardship annual campaign packages were mailed this week, along with your quarterly church contribution statements.  Take some time and think about how you want to participate.  Remember that your giving is for needs of the church and your pledge helps us to plan our activities and finances for the upcoming year - - but it’s also a key part of growing our faith and sharing thanks for all that we have been given.  Members of the Stewardship Committee are available to answer any questions you may have.  We’d like to have all pledge sheets returned to the church by November 12.  Place them in the offering plate, give them to a committee member, or drop them in the mail.  Also plan to join us Sunday November 12 after service in Fellowship Hall for our Stewardship Celebration potluck!    
 
Stewardship Committee – Jake Bauer, Paul Hederstrom, Barb Inderlied, Jim and Vivian McNenny, Glenn Pisching, Patti Schmid, Mazie Smith, Helga Wick
 



HALLOWEEN

Pilgrim Christian Church has this amazing and fun outreach program of giving away candy on the night of Trick or Treat (Tuesday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30pm). It's a perfect way to be present in the community and to be a good neighbor. There are several ways that you can participate in this event if you would like: 

Donate Candy: 

We have passed out over 500 bags of candy in one night, so we can use all the candy we can get! Please bring the candy in and drop it off in the office by October 29. 

Help with Trick or Treat Night: 

Tuesday, October 31, there is an opportunity to help set up (tables, cider, candy, and any decorations) during the day. Then, beginning at 5pm, you are invited to dress up and come to be a joyful presence to hand out candy with about 500 costumed kids!!! If you are interested in participating in the set up and/or passing out of candy, please contact Lois Wheeler.

 

Our Blessed Guides
Written by Richard Floyd

"Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God." - 3 John 11

Our culture prizes originality. No one wants to be considered an imitation! But in a number of places in the Bible we are admonished to model ourselves after someone or something, either a person or an ideal.

It makes sense if you think about it. None of us is born fully formed; we are constantly being shaped by the world around us.

As I write this I am babysitting my 9 month-old granddaughter. Her most salient attribute is her curiosity. Every moment she is taking it all in; wide-eyed she watches everything around her.

She will learn about the world from others, primarily her parents, but also from other family members, from teachers at school and people at church.

This is how we all learn and grow at whatever age. Our moral character is largely determined over time by what we choose to imitate and what we choose not to imitate.

And it reassures me to know that I don't have to make up my moral world from scratch; to realize that there are reliable guides and blueprints for living well.

Some of these guides are in books, but the most important ones are the ones we have known in person.

I invite you to take a few moments to recall in your mind's eye the people who have had the most influence on who you have become. What did you learn from them? What about them did you imitate? Then thank God for them!

Prayer

We thank you, God, for all the faithful guides you have given us to imitate.

DID YOU KNOW….

Opportunities to Serve

There are many, many opportunities to serve within PCC, including serving as an Elder, Deacon, member of Consistory or boards or committees including Trustees, Membership, Childen’s and Youth Programs, Missions, Stewardship, etc.  And don’t forget all our musical groups!

Assistance is always needed and welcomed from everyone who wishes to serve and share his or her gifts and input in the service of the Lord.   Opportunities can be found in the weekly bulletin, the weekly e-newsletter, and the monthly Visitor.  If you need information, any Elder, officer, or deacon will be happy to help. 

 

October 12, 2017

Children's Ministry

Chi Rho will meet on Sunday, October 22nd, after coffee hour for a round of mini golf at Chip's Club House and then lunch.  We hope everyone will be able to join us.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be looking for nursery volunteers to assist during church.  I'm also looking for teachers for the 1st to 3rd grade class as well as the Chi Rho (4th grade and up) class.  We also need substitutes and assistants for all the classes. No one will be asked to teach/help every Sunday; you decide how much time you have to give. It's a great way to get to know the children in our church.

Blessings, Vickie

 

Peace Cranes
The Peace Cranes took flight on Tuesday October 11th and are on their way to the First Christian Church in Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada. They are expected to arrive on October 17th. I have spoken with Senior Pastor Steve Willis and he and his congregation are touched by our kindness and they are anxiously awaiting their arrival. He explained that two other churches use their church building and he plans to share the cranes with them. I will update you again after their arrival and when I hear back from Pastor Willis. I believe that this is a very special way to be in fellowship with a church far away and in need of peace and healing.

Stephanie Jan Burke

 

Community Pasta Dinner
Membership Committee will be hosting a community pasta dinner on Saturday, October 14 from 5 - 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a community event.  All are invited!  

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under.  Advance sale tickets will available at $9 for adults.  Advance tickets will be available in the Fellowship following Worship on Sunday, October 8th.  Proceeds of the pasta dinner will be split between the steeple fund and the operations fund.

 

Deadly California Wildfires spare UCC Churches, Devastations displaces thousands

http://www.ucc.org/news_deadly_california_wildfires_spare_ucc_churches_devastation_displaces_thousands_10112017

 

Live from Puerto Rico

As we continue to keep Puerto Rico in our prayers, Disciples are invited to join Global Ministries (Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ) in a webinar on Wednesday with Rev. Miguel A. Morales Castro, the General Pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico (Discipulospr). Keep up with current relief efforts, and learn how you can support them. http://bit.ly/2xufCRd

 

DID YOU KNOW...

PCC’s Memorial Prayer Garden is a tranquil garden prayer area just outside the church.  The area contains beautiful landscaping, and areas and paths through the garden are lined with bricks placed in memory of loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord.

Memorial bricks are available in two sizes – 4 x 8 inches and 8 x 8 inches – and inscribed as indicated by the purchaser.  Small bricks can accommodate 3 lines of text, and large bricks can accommodate 5 lines of text.  Each line of text may be up to 15 (including spaces) and is either centered or left-justified as indicated by the purchaser.

The bricks are typically blessed during the worship service nearest All Saints Day and are installed shortly thereafter.

The prayer garden is a lovely area to visit for a quiet time of reflection, remembrance, and prayer and to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation.

If you are interested in purchasing a memorial brick for the prayer garden, please obtain and complete an order form from the PCC office by October 22 to allow time for your brick to be engraved and included in this year’s blessing and placement.

 

September 29, 2017

Connections: Peace Be With You

Today is the last day I serve you as the minister of Pilgrim Christian Church. The day has come with tears, with grateful laughter, and with profound faith and hope. 

I am and will continue to grieve the conclusion of ministry with you - this is what we do when something so good comes to an end. I have been laughing this day as every book, letter, and piece of art that I have been boxing up for moving seems to be paired with a joyful memory of this church-life. And amidst all of these emotions, there is a deep faith and a bright hope. 

I have faith in the leadership of the congregation, that they will continue to lead the church into this interim process. I have faith in the leadership of the denominations, that they will offer guidance and resources and prayer for this body. I have faith in the God who has brought us together - that as God has called me elsewhere, God is calling a gifted and compassionate minister to serve you for this next season.

Pilgrim Christian Church, you are a beautiful congregation - a community filled with loving, compassionate, and gracious disciples of Jesus Christ. If over the last six years, we have moved through a process of coming home to yourself, then the beautiful task before you is to live into it. There is a blessing for you. There is a covenant with you. You, Pilgrim Christian Church, are free to live into this with all of the faith, hope, and Love within you, with the prayers of the entire Church around you, and with the calling of God ever upon you. 

May you be the people you have been created and are called to be. 
May you be the Church that you are created and called to be. 
And as always, may God’s Grace and Peace be with you.

Rev. Chris McCreight

 

Children's Ministry


Chi Rho will meet on Sunday, October 22nd, after coffee hour for a round of mini golf at Chip's Club House and then lunch.  We hope everyone will be able to join us.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be looking for nursery volunteers to assist during church.  I'm also looking for teachers for the 1st to 3rd grade class as well as the Chi Rho (4th grade and up) class.  We also need substitutes and assistants for all the classes. No one will be asked to teach/help every Sunday; you decide how much time you have to give. It's a great way to get to know the children in our church.

Blessings, Vickie

 

Process Update: 

The leadership of the congregation (Moderator: Paul Hederstrom, Vice-Moderator: Ginger Hannon, Elder Chair: Mary Wick, and Upcoming Vice-Moderator: Chris Schmid) have now received the first wave of profiles (resumes of interim minister candidates) from the Disciples and UCC. Together, they will soon filter through the profiles and make arrangements to contact any candidate(s) that may look like a good fit for the interim ministry with Pilgrim. 

In the meantime, we welcome Rev. Paul Barbins to preach in worship this Sunday, October 1 and the next, Oct 8th. This will be a time to hear and receive a word from clergy within and outside of our denominations who come with diverse experiences and journeys. There is always some gift to receive. 

 


Dear Pilgrim Christian Church,

With a grateful heart, I write to thank you for the welcome and love you have extended to Chris, Linden, and me over the past six years. I was quite emotional on Sunday, and could not say much of what I wished to say to each of you individually, and so I offer this communal note of thanks...
When Chris and I arrived at Pilgrim, I could not have imagined the kindness you all would show each day. From inviting me to sit with you in church and in fellowship hall, to having us over for dinner, to extending invitations to your homes both near and out of state, you welcomed us. And when you found out that we were expecting Linden, you showered us with such love and generosity, that I find myself tearing up just thinking about it. We became more than congregants in the same church - we became family.
When Linden arrived, you enfolded her in the church community, and gave her a church home that was supportive and loving. As she learned to walk and talk within Pilgrim's walls, you made space for her to laugh and share (and sometimes bury her head in shyness), as you do all children. Her vision of church, and of sacred community, will be forever shaped by your early interactions with her. For this, I find I am most thankful. 
I have never belonged to a church as long as I have belonged to Pilgrim, and I know I will miss you all in ways I have yet to imagine. But I also know I was incredibly fortunate to have been blessed by your love during this time, and I look forward to seeing you down the road. 

With love, 
Jen

 

 

UCC's Response to Hurricane Maria



http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_poised_to_offer_long_term_assistance_in_puerto_rico_09262017

Community Pasta Dinner

Membership Committee will be hosting a community pasta dinner on Saturday, October 14 from 5 - 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a community event.  All are invited!  

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under.  Advance sale tickets will available at $9 for adults.  Proceeds of the pasta dinner will be split between the steeple fund and the operations fund.

DID YOU KNOW…

Bible/Book Study

Bible study and/or book study are conducted periodically and are open to everyone.  Notice of a study is provided in the weekly bulletin, the weekly e-newsletter, and the monthly Visitor.



The current book study is The Case For Christ.  For this study, the group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 pm in the parlor.

If you have any questions concerning this study, please see Chris or Patti Schmid, Lynn Felberg, or Ginger Hannon.