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!

Organ Concert Series at Pilgrim Christian Church

ORGAN CONCERT SERIES

Nationally-renowned organist, Tom Trenney, comes to Chardon to share an evening of exceptional music with the community as part of the Organ Concert Series at Pilgrim Christian Church. 

Mr. Trenney is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He became the first organist to be awarded first prize and audience prize in the American Guild of Organists' National Competition in Organ Improvisation in 2006. Mr. Trenney has served as organist and clinician at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and many more. His choral compositions are published and his music will featured on a recording set to be released in 2017.  

Mr. Trenney's concert will include Charles Ives variations on "America," music by Johann Sebastian Bach, beloved hymns of his own arrangement, and more.

If you have not yet heard the gifts of Mr. Trenney, you must come. If you have not yet been inspired by the organ as an instrument, you must come. And if you have, then, of course, you must come! 

The performance is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and go directly to the charity of Mr. Trenney's choice. A light reception with the musician will follow. 

Come on out Friday evening. Get some dinner on the Square, then join us at Pilgrim Christian Church for this amazing event.

May 5, 2016

AfterWords: 

If we are to believe the good news in the book of Revelation, then this does point to an eternal hope of God to bring all things together - human and divine, heaven and earth. Cutting through the symbols and the imagery, there is a testament of the presence and covenant of God to continue breathing life into the world and redeeming, restoring, and resurrecting all things, people, and situations to (re)enter into holy communion and union with God and one another. To approach Revelation in such a manner is to discern the hope amidst the symbolism - and allow God's continuing presence and eternal desire to shine through it all, and to shine upon us today. God is still breathing life into our world - into your being and into the being of others - to bring about a human and divine hope for a beautiful, just, and peaceful world. 

This is good news. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Our next movie night is May 13th at 6:30 pm.  Wear your favorite pajamas, bring a blanket, and enjoy a VeggieTales movie.  We'll have a snack and make a cute craft!  This will be our last movie night until September.

We invite anyone in fourth grade or older to attend our next youth group event.  On Friday, May 20th, we're planning a sleepover!  Please let me or Heather Penrod know if you're planning to attend.  

We are looking for play food and a toy cash register for the nursery.  If anyone has these items and would like to donate them, please bring them to church on Sunday or drop them in the office with a note.  Thanks in advance.

Blessings, Vickie

 

PENTECOST

May 15 is the beautiful celebration of Pentecost - the pouring out of the holy spirit upon the world and the creation of a body that will continue Christ's healing and God's resurrection work - the Church. To honor the wonder of this day, we will be doing a few things within and outside of worship that I invite you to partake in. 

First, during worship, there will be an opportunity to name and share the hope(s) you have for the Church and for our church. Second, during worship we will also be formally welcoming new members into the body - entering into that covenantal community to be God's partners in redeeming work. 

Following worship, there will be the dedication of the Food Pantry - to be named Ida's Cupboard after our beloved friend, Ida Spicl, who started the whole thing years and years ago. Although she is no longer with us, her spirit continues to feed and nourish the entire community. It is a blessing to host this ministry within our walls and a joy to dedicate it to such a beautiful and gracious woman. 

Finally, after our dedication, you will be invited to the Ministry Fair in the fellowship hall, which is a great opportunity to listen to the stories of what  PCC ministries are doing in the community and beyond, and to discern if there is a new ministry that would employ your gifts for the glory of God and the blessing of the world. 

I hope to see you for all of this on such a beautiful day. 

Peace,

Chris

 

PENTECOST MINISTRY FAIR

Sunday, May 15 following worship. Each ministry within the church is invited to create a display informing the congregation about the good work they do and providing invitations/opportunities to serve. 

Save the date and come down to the fellowship hall to learn more about the mission work within the church and the opportunities to employ your gifts to extend God's Grace in the world. 

 

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

Saturday, May 7, 2016 

9:30am-Noon 

Pilgrim Christian Church 

“May Friendship Day” 

Sharing ”Fellowship of the Least Coin” 

Making peace in our little corner of the world 

Salad Buffet Luncheon 

We could use salad donations, women to help us serve and clean up. Please come and bring a sister, mom, daughter, friend.

 

FREE SALE

Our Semi Annual Free will be held on May 13th from 9-4 and 14th from 9-1.  Set-up will be on the 12th.  You may bring clean, usable goods starting May 9th.  No TV's, carseats or computers.  If you would like to volunteer your time to make this possible for our community please sign up in the fellowship hall on the bulletin board.

SPRING YARD CLEAN-UP

Sunday, May 22nd right after church.  Wear your work clothes!  All ages invited to help.  We have 2 yards to do.  We will have a snack at Coffee Hour, then work till 1 or 1:30 and return for lunch.  Bring rakes please. This is an opportunity to show children that they can help others too!

 

ORGAN CONCERT

Tom Trenney is returning to PCC for another outstanding concert on Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm. Music will include Charles Ives Variations on “America”, music by J.S. Bach and much more. 

Tom is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He became the first organist to be awarded first prize and audience prize in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in organ improvisation in 2006.

 

AMERICA

A PILGRIM'S PRAYER, A PATRIOT'S DREAM

Patriotic Musical Celebration and a Tribut to Veterans

May 29, 2015

5:00 PM Social

6:00 PM Concert

At the Jr. Fair Stage on the Geauga County Fairgrounds.  Light refreshments served at 5 PM.  Bring your lawn chair, a picnic, and your family.

 

April 29, 2016

AfterWords: 

This past Sunday, during our 8:00am worship, I spoke of what it looks like to walk in the footsteps of resurrection. Following Christ is a journey upon a path that brings about healing, life, and beauty. As any of us may look back upon our life of faith, we would hope to see how Grace has made goodness flourish with those we have encountered and shared our being. What we will look to this coming Sunday is where all of this is leading. Is it just follow Christ and keep your head down? Or is our faithfulness part of the grand movement of God in all things? 

Peace,
Chris

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


Our next movie night is May 13th at 6:30 pm.  Wear your favorite pajamas, bring a blanket, and enjoy a VeggieTales movie.  We'll have a snack and make a cute craft!  This will be our last movie night until September.

We invite anyone in fourth grade or older to attend our next youth group event.  On Friday, May 20th, we're planning a sleepover!  Please let me or Heather Penrod know if you're planning to attend.  

We are looking for play food and a toy cash register for the nursery.  If anyone has these items and would like to donate them, please bring them to church on Sunday or drop them in the office with a note.  Thanks in advance.

Blessings, Vickie

 

PENTECOST MINISTRY FAIR

 

Sunday, May 15 following worship. Each ministry within the church is invited to create a display informing the congregation about the good work they do and providing invitations/opportunities to serve. 
Save the date and come down to the fellowship hall to learn more about the mission work within the church and the opportunities to employ your gifts to extend God's Grace in the world. 
 

SCRIPTURA:  THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY

 

Rev. Chris will be hosting a new bible study on Wednesday evenings, beginning Wednesday, April 13 @ 6-7:30pm. The study will be an ongoing course discussing everything from the origins of books and canonization, history and authorship, sources (J,E,P,D, & Q!), styles (law, prophets, wisdom, gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic), and ideas on how to read it all for context and for current application. It is a great big bible study! And we’ll move through it in segments for 4 weeks at a time. The first segment will discuss ideas on the origins of books and the formation of the bible (how did we get the books we have and how did they come together in testaments and why didn’t certain gospels like Thomas make the cut and what about the apocrypha?). Please bring your bible, something to eat, and come and participate in this study!


CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

 

Saturday, May 7, 2016 

9:30am-Noon 

Pilgrim Christian Church 

“May Friendship Day” 

Sharing ”Fellowship of the Least Coin” 

Making peace in our little corner of the world 

Salad Buffet Luncheon 

We could use salad donations, women to help us serve and clean up. Please come and bring a sister, mom, daughter, friend.

 

FREE SALE
 

Our Semi Annual Free will be held on May 13th and 14th.  Set-up will be on the 12th.  You may bring clean, usable goods starting May 9th.  No TV's, carseats or computers.  If you would like to volunteer your time to make this possible for our community please sign up in the fellowship hall on the bulletin board.

Sunday, May 22nd right after church.  Wear your work clothes!  All ages invited to help.  We have 2 yards to do.  We will have a snack at Coffee Hour, then work till 1 or 1:30 and return for lunch.  Bring rakes please. This is an opportunity to show children that they can help others too!

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
 

Thank you to all that volunteered or came out to support our annual Maple Festival Pancake Breakfast!  It was a huge success.  We were able to raise over $5000.

April 15, 2016

AfterWords: 

The presence of the Risen Christ encounters us like Peter on the shore, with a meal prepared that sustains us for this breath, this minute, this moment, this life that awaits us. It was beautiful to listen to you share your encounters when Christ has breathed into you in a nurturing, soul-feeding way. This coming Sunday, we’ll hear the same scripture again, with attentive ears to the charge that comes after the meal: "Feed my sheep.” It is a transformational moment in the life of Peter when, after this encounter, he cannot go back to doing the laundry or fishing, but is lead to serve. 

Encountering the resurrection… it’s a wondrous thing. 

A blessed and resurrection-filled Easter season to you. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

This Friday, April 15th is movie night!  Please join us for a movie, snacks, and a great craft.  We'll meet in the parlor at 6:30 p.m.  Hope to see you there.

On Sunday, April 17th, we're planning an after-church program for students in fourth grade to middle school.  We'll have lunch, a planning session, and a short program and then play foosball, air hockey, and other games.  We should be finished by 3:00 p.m.

There will not be Sunday School on Maple Festival Sunday, April 24th.

We are looking for play food and a toy cash register for the nursery.  If anyone has these items and would like to donate them, please bring them to church on Sunday or drop them in the office with a note.  Thanks in advance.

Blessings, Vickie

 

MEMBERSHIP COURSES

If you have expressed an interest in joining Pilgrim Christian Church as a member. If you have been wondering about the history, polity, or identity of the church. Or, if you are just really interested in American-frontier/Restoration Movement congregationalism, Rev. Chris McCreight will be hosting two sessions that will share the history, polity, and an idea or two about the identity of Pilgrim Christian Church. We will also talk about what it looks like and what it means to become a member. This class is anything but mandatory to join to congregation, they are simply to help share who we are and how we are that prospective and new members will be better able to join in the life and work of the church. 

The class will be this Sunday, April 17th from 11:30-12:30pm. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please speak with Chris. 

SCRIPTURA:  THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY

Rev. Chris will be hosting a new bible study on Wednesday evenings, beginning Wednesday, April 13 @ 6-7:30pm. The study will be an ongoing course discussing everything from the origins of books and canonization, history and authorship, sources (J,E,P,D, & Q!), styles (law, prophets, wisdom, gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic), and ideas on how to read it all for context and for current application. It is a great big bible study! And we’ll move through it in segments for 4 weeks at a time. The first segment will discuss ideas on the origins of books and the formation of the bible (how did we get the books we have and how did they come together in testaments and why didn’t certain gospels like Thomas make the cut and what about the apocrypha?). Please bring your bible, something to eat, and come and participate in this study!

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Maple Festival is coming! And this means that Geauga County’s best pancake breakfast is coming! We serve breakfast Sat. April 23rd from 8-3 and Sun. April 24th from 8-3 and would love your help to serve.  See Ward Lawrence if you would like to participate!  Sunday Morning Worship Service on the 24th will be at 8:00 AM.

Sharri Farrell will need help wrapping silverware for the breakfast. If you are able to help, meet in her in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday April 20th at 1:00 PM.

 

COUNTY JAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

I'm Sara Dobie Bauer. My husband, Jake, and I have been in Chardon since August, but previously, I ran a book club at Perryville Prison in Phoenix, AZ. I would like to start a similar ministry at the Geauga County Jail. Since inmates at the jail won't be there for, say, seven years, like a lot of my book club girls at Perryville, we'll have to change it up. Possibly, we'll do a Bible study where we do readings from the Bible as well as devotionals and discuss what we've read. I'm also interested in having musicians come to the jail and play hymns. If you're interested in taking part in this volunteer opportunity, send me an email: sara@saradobie.com. Volunteering at Perryville Prison changed my life, truly, and I have God to thank for that (as well as my wonderful book club girls). I think we can forge a similarly beneficial relationship with the jail, imparting our knowledge and love of Christ while learning from those incarcerated. The volunteer orientation will take place some time in May, and once we've all been through that, we can start building our program. I look forward to getting started! 

 

FREE SALE

Our Semi Annual Free will be held on May 13th and 14th.  Set-up will be on the 12th.  You may bring clean, usable goods starting May 9th.  No TV's, carseats or computers.

March 31, 2016

BLESSINGS OF COMMUNITY
 

This past week was a wonderful revelation of the blessing of community. On Good Friday, we shared in worship and prayer with our brothers and sisters from the community as we hosted the ecumenical Good Friday Service. Then, on Saturday, we welcomed volunteers from the Chardon Square Association, Chardon Tomorrow, and the Chardon Chamber of Commerce to provide a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny for children from all over. I give thanks that Pilgrim Christian Church has such a heart for serving our beloved community. 

 

AfterWords:  


What an Easter Celebration! The choir sang joyfully, Ann pulled out all the stops on the organ, and Mark’s trumpet called out the Good News that Christ is Risen! And that was just the beginning! Easter is always such a beautiful mystery that elicits joyful celebration. And as we know so well, it is a celebration that is always better together. 
As after every encounter with the resurrected Christ, the inevitable question that emerges is, “What now?” 
This coming Sunday, our text will invite us to consider that very question as we hear from the Gospel of John of the first days after that first encounter, and of one (Thomas) who desired to witness the resurrection firsthand. 

Thank you for a blessed Easter service, 
May it lead us into a beautiful Easter season. 
Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


Movie night is April 15th!  Please join us for a movie, snacks, and a great craft.  We'll meet in the parlor at 6:30 p.m.  Hope to see you there.

On Sunday, April 17th, we're planning an after-church program for students in fourth grade to middle school.  We'll have lunch, a planning session, and a short program and then play foosball, air hockey, and other games.  We should be finished by 3:00 p.m.

Blessings, Vickie

 

CONSISTORY MEETING


There will be a Consistory Meeting after worship service on Sunday, April 3, at 11:30 in the Parlor.  April 15th is the deadline for the submission of the grant request that would offset many of the expenses the church would incur during Rev. Chris' Sabbatical.
   
 This invitation extends to all officers of the church, in general, but is specifically extended to formal members of the Consistory or their designated representatives...Moderator, Vice Moderator, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Historian, Publicity, Trustee, Elder, Christian Ed, Women's Fellowship, Men's Fellowship, and last, but certainly not least, the Rev.  If there are any action items needing Consistory approval, we will need a minimum of 6 attendees that are filling one of the aforementioned positions.

 

MEMBERSHIP COURSES

If you have expressed an interest in joining Pilgrim Christian Church as a member. If you have been wondering about the history, polity, or identity of the church. Or, if you are just really interested in American-frontier/Restoration Movement congregationalism, Rev. Chris McCreight will be hosting two sessions that will share the history, polity, and an idea or two about the identity of Pilgrim Christian Church. We will also talk about what it looks like and what it means to become a member. These classes are anything but mandatory to join to congregation, they are simply to help share who we are and how we are that prospective and new members will be better able to join in the life and work of the church. 
The classes will be Sundays, April 10 and 17th from 11:30-12:30pm. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please speak with Chris. 

 

SCRIPTURA:  THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY


Rev. Chris will be hosting a new bible study on Wednesday evenings, beginning Wednesday, April 13 @ 6-7:30pm. The study will be an ongoing course discussing everything from the origins of books and canonization, history and authorship, sources (J,E,P,D, & Q!), styles (law, prophets, wisdom, gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic), and ideas on how to read it all for context and for current application. It is a great big bible study! And we’ll move through it in segments for 4 weeks at a time. The first segment will discuss ideas on the origins of books and the formation of the bible (how did we get the books we have and how did they come together in testaments and why didn’t certain gospels like Thomas make the cut and what about the apocrypha?). Please bring your bible, something to eat, and come and participate in this study!
 

COUNTY JAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

I'm Sara Dobie Bauer. My husband, Jake, and I have been in Chardon since August, but previously, I ran a book club at Perryville Prison in Phoenix, AZ. I would like to start a similar ministry at the Geauga County Jail. Since inmates at the jail won't be there for, say, seven years, like a lot of my book club girls at Perryville, we'll have to change it up. Possibly, we'll do a Bible study where we do readings from the Bible as well as devotionals and discuss what we've read. I'm also interested in having musicians come to the jail and play hymns. If you're interested in taking part in this volunteer opportunity, send me an email: sara@saradobie.com. Volunteering at Perryville Prison changed my life, truly, and I have God to thank for that (as well as my wonderful book club girls). I think we can forge a similarly beneficial relationship with the jail, imparting our knowledge and love of Christ while learning from those incarcerated. The volunteer orientation will take place some time in May, and once we've all been through that, we can start building our program. I look forward to getting started! 

February 25, 2016

Afterwords:

That little red hen is always directed by generosity, kindness, and Grace! It is a fitting end to a children’s story, though one that pushes against our common expectations provided by the culture. I was reminded of how good and necessary it is to be reminded of a God that loves to share and bends towards mercy as I began preparation for this Sunday’s sermon on the text from Isaiah 55.1-9. The text closes with a phrase I have heard often, 

Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;

55:7 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God’s ways are higher than our ways. Our ideas of fairness and justice are often retributive. If that cat, dog, and pig don’t work… they don’t eat! But God abundantly pardons our arrogance and anything else that creates distance. God isn’t interested in punishment. God deeply desires communion. That’s good news for everyone, especially every cat, dog, and pig!  

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

The Heifer Fair is Sunday, Feb. 28th.  The Missions Committee will have games and prizes for our children.  All money raised, plus the money the children have given at offering time in Sunday School, will be used to buy animals for people who cannot do so for themselves.

We're in the planning stages of an evening program for 4th grade and older children.  We'd like to hold an abbreviated fast as part of the 30 Hour Famine, play board games as well as foosball and air hockey, and end the evening with a snack.  Please speak to any member of Christian Education if you're interested in joining us.

March movie night - March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Blessings, Vickie

 

KITCHEN UPDATE

Thanks to the renovation crew of Butch, Terry, and Rob. Thanks to Holly for the design. Thanks to the fellowship groups for the inspiration and support to make it come to life! 

 

SEBBATICAL PREPARATION

We are beginning preparation for Rev. Chris' sabbatical, which is likely to transpire over the summer of 2017. There is work to begin now, however, such as collaborating on the plans for the congregation and Rev. Chris during that time and filling out a grant application with the Lily Foundation, which offers funding for the minister and congregation. A working group will be assembled shortly and begin sharing ideas. If you would like to be involved, please speak with Mary Wick. 

 

HEIFER FAIR

Following Morning Worship, Sunday, February 28, the Heifer Fair will take place.  The Missions committee will have games for all the children.  Our Sunday school will present the money we've collected to buy animals from the Heifer Project. (heifer.org)

 

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Voices in the Wilderness: Wednesdays 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 12-3 - Service of Prayer 7 PM

 

 

WEBSITE RENOVATION:  SERMON PAGE

We continue to add information and pages to the website (www.chardonpcc.org). Recently, we added a page to host the sermons offered in Sunday worship. Rev. Chris will continue to update the page with the audio and seek out a way to provide the written word as well. 

 

 

BOY SCOUT TROOP 93 SPAGHETTI DINNER

Saturday, March 5th from 5 PM - 7 PM come out and support the Boy Scouts during their Spaghetti and meatballs fundraising dinner.  

 

Where:  

Pilgrim Christian Church

202 S. Hambden

Chardon OH  44024

 

How Much:

Ages 5 and under - FREE

6 to 12 - $5

13 + - $9

Seniors (65+) - $8

 

The Menu:

Spaghetti with Meat Balls

Salad

Bread and Butter

Homemade Desserts

Beverages

 

Donation Drawing:

Silent Auction

Tickets $1 or 6 for $5

Drawing at 7

Bring in a dried or canned good to donate to our Food Pantry and receive $1 off your dinner

 

IT'S YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

February 22 - Bill Kvet

February 24 - Ethel Rowland

February 26 - Brandon Crane

February 27 - Ann Doersam

February 11, 2016

AfterWords: 

Oh, how good it is to be back! 

It was a wonderful weekend in Saint Simons, Georgia, serving the youth in the Region of Georgia. I had a great opportunity so talk with hundreds of young adults in middle school and high school about the concept of Calling within our tradition and all that includes: freedom and agency, listening to the Spirit of God, prayer and contemplation, and finding any particular calling within the universal and greatest call of God to Love. It was quite the beautiful experience entering into this community and weaving our tradition in with the creative work of Dr. Seuss's, Oh The Places You'll Go! 

In some ways, it was a jump to return from the world of Seuss and Calling and to be seemingly greeted at the train station by Ash Wednesday and Lent. However, I think that as we move into this season, we will discover that many of the same concepts within the idea of "Calling" speak well to us during this season and time in the wilderness: freedom and agency, listening to the Spirit of God, prayer and contemplation, and finding it all within the universal calling to Love. 

It is fantastic to be back. I look forward to seeing you soon, and journeying through this Season of Lent together. 

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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. 

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Movie night is this Friday, Feb. 12.  Please plan to join us from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for movies, snacks, and a craft!

On Sunday, Feb. 28th, the Heifer Fair will take place.  The Missions committee will have games for all the children.  Our Sunday school will present the money we've collected to buy animals from the Heifer Project.

Thanks to whoever donated the Veggie Tales movie "It's a Meaningful Life" to Christian Ed.  The children love the Veggie Tales, and so do the adults!

Looking ahead -  March 11th will be movie night next month.

Blessings, Vickie

 

SPECIAL DAY

Our church is special but our pledges are $63.50 a day short to keep her special.  You can help honor your Church, and someone who is, or was, special to you by donating $63.50 in their honor, or memory on their special day (birthday, anniversary, etc.) They will receive a certificate on their special day and their name will be in the bulletin and e-letter and all will feel SPECIAL!  Thank you!  Questions? Contact Barb Inderlied 286-6735

 

5TH SUNDAY SPECIAL OFFERING

THANK YOU for all of  your generous donations during our 5th Sunday offering.  We were able to collect enough for 43 blankets!

 

IT'S YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

Sherri Farrell - February 18th

 

SCRIPTURE: Luke 4.1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."

 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'"

 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours."

 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. For it is written:

"'He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"

 Jesus answered, "It is said: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

 

January 28, 2016

ForWords:

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. 

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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 (kaiser5204@gmail.com) 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!

Blessings, Vickie

 

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. 

EMAIL CHANGE

 

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

January 22, 2016

WELCOME REV. DR. RITA ROOT

This Sunday, we welcome our Association General Minister, Rev. Dr. Rita Root, to preach, worship, and share in fellowship. If you did not already know, the denomination of the United Church of Christ that we belong to is layered in relationships and partnerships from the local congregation to associations, then on to conferences, and then the general synod. Together, we work in ministry and support one another. I have been blessed by the support and graciousness of the UCC ever since I arrived at Pilgrim. The general offices reached out to me to offer pastoral care following the shooting at the high school, they have aided the congregation in healing work too. We are a church bound together in Christ and blessed by relationships, and so it is incredibly good that we welcome Rev. Dr. Rita Root and build the relationship between us that we may continue to be the Church together. 

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE PLANNING:

Our Lenten season is approaching with Ash Wednesday on February 10. From then on through Lent, we will be hosting a worship service each Wednesday evening in the sanctuary, from 7:00pm - 7:45pm. You are invited to help shape and create the format of this service. We will gather this coming Wednesday from 5:30-7:00pm in the parlor to dream and assemble. 

Bible Study: 

Wednesday night, we gathered to lay out ideas and questions to shape and guide a bible study that will begin after Easter. The shape of this study is exciting already. While the creation of this study will take time, we will be moving through some of these questions and scriptures in our weekly gathering of Bible and Brownbags - every Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm in the parlor. So if you can’t wait until after Easter to begin this study, come join us Wednesday afternoons. 

 

Afterwords: 

From the story of the Wedding in Cana, we see that motherly masterpiece of the “holy nudge,” which does just a little more than “invites” Jesus to share the gifts that are within him to bring joy to this community. The direction of the sermon this past Sunday led to a question that invited consideration of individual and communal work - does our work lead to the joy of others? Yet, what Mary reveals to us as well, is that it is important to have friends and community who see you, know you, and Love you well - who understand the blessing of gifts God has bestowed upon you, and who understand we and others are best when our gifts are shared. So another question that comes from this scripture is, who are your family, friends, and community who see you, know you, and love you so? Who offers that “holy nudge” to lead you to share your God-given gifts? 

It is my prayer and hope that the people of Pilgrim are among those who see, know, love, and lead you to share. May we continue to nurture the relationships within our church, continue to see one another, know one another, love one another, and lead one another to share our gifts with the world. 

Peace,

Chris

December 31, 2015

AfterWords:

The sacred "yes" to the divine calling. Mary's faithfulness is one that we can lift up and learn from. 

It is a beautiful truth that God continues to speak to us - in the form of angels, other 'messengers', or perhaps Creation (have you heard God speaking through the sunset?) - and invite us to go, do, and become. What is God calling to you? What will your response be? 

What is God calling unto the church? What will our response be? 

Let us pray for ears to hear, 

and the courage and faithfulness to respond. 

Peace,

Chris

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

"This year let Christmas stay.  As December melts into January and a new year begins,' keep Christmas'.  Let the Christ of Christmas make every day a little happier, a little brighter, a little bigger.  Make' life' the special occasion, not just December 25th.  Keep Christmas this year - all year."       - anonymous

Happy New Year to all!

Blessings, Vickie

ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting will occur on Sunday, January 17th following Worship Service.  All Annual Reports are due in the office no later than Sunday, January 10th.

E-LETTER

In the new year, we would like to consider making a couple of scheduling adjustments, one of which is the delivery of the E-letter. We are considering delivering the weekly E-letter on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. This would allow for more accurate information and a wider window of time to insert necessary announcements for the upcoming weekend. Would this schedule work for you? 

UN-HANGING OF THE GREENS

This Sunday after worship, you are invited to stay after fellowship to help remove and put away the festive greenery that has adorned our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas, and prepare the sanctuary for Epiphany. If you are good at boxing, carrying, or especially climbing ladders, please stick around to help. 

BOOK STUDY AND B&B TO RESUME

Bible and Bagels and the Book Study (Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People) will resume January 6th. See you then!