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!

June 22, 2017

In the event of an emergency requiring pastoral assistance, call the PCC office at 440-285-8791.  Office hours are 9 AM – 2 PM Monday through Friday.  In the event of an emergency outside office hours, please call Mary Wick at 285-3355.
 

Children's Ministry
Vacation Bible School was a great success and lots of fun!  Our theme
was "How can children serve God our father?"  The children who
attended learned how to serve God and others in many ways.  They made
32 place mats for the Senior Center, 20 birthday bags for the Food
Cupboard, over 20 cards and 5 Mod Podge flower pots for the shut-ins,
2 fleece blankets for WomenSafe, and also sorted through donated
Barbies and Barbie clothes to give to a refugee family.  After we did
all this, one child asked why we didn't make "boo-boo" bunnies for the
Food Cupboard.  I told her that we ran out of time and would make them
and 6 more blankets during worship in July.

Thank you to the children who attended and worked so hard.  Thanks
also to Holly Boros and Bruce Carson for their generous donations.
And a BIG thank you to the adults and older children who made VBS
possible - Heather Wiley, Molly Gilles, Roz Kvet, Grace Hederstrom,
Helen Wilson, Heather Penrod, Jenny Gilles, Cheryl Hederstorm, Kristin
Yeomans, and Paul Hederstrom.

Our next project is cleaning and re-arranging the Sunday School rooms.
Date and time will be announced soon, and all are welcome to help.


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

 

Membership Committee Meeting:

Monday, July 10, at 6:30 pm in the parlor

 

Prayers of the People         
Prayers of Sympathy:
For the Condon and Doersam Families.
For all who morn the loss of Jan Boyles.

Prayers for Healing and Wholeness   
Olive Shultz
Bill Rolf
Elizabeth Grant
Wanda Ash
Hunter

Scripture:     Matthew 16.13-20

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

May 18, 2017

In the event of an emergency requiring pastoral assistance, call the PCC office at 440-285-8791.  Office hours are 9 AM – 2 PM Monday through Friday.  In the event of an emergency outside office hours, please call Mary Wick.
 

Children's Ministry
This Sunday is the last day of Sunday School until September.  The
children will watch a video of Paul's journeys and make a craft.

This Friday,May 19th, is our last movie night until September.  Please
join us for videos, snacks, and a craft.  Children are encouraged to wear their
pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on.  We begin at 6:00 p.m. and are
usually finished by 8:15 p.m.


Chi Rho will meet this Sunday, May 21st.  We'll talk about what we'd
like to do this summer and when we'll meet during the summer months.


Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the nursery will be available for
infants and children who have not begun kindergarten.  We'll be asking
for 2 volunteers each week so we can divide the class if there is a
large amount of children.  Sign up begins this Sunday.

Looking ahead:  June 16th and 17th - Vacation Bible School
Blessings, Vickie   
440-285-3236   440-488-6745   
kaiser5204@gmail.com

Refugee Meeting
There will be a meeting on Monday, May 22nd at 7 PM at First Presbyterian in Willoughby. 

RUMMAGE SALE   
If you have items to donate for the sale, you can bring them to the church beginningMonday, May 29 . 
Then, come rummage and shop this fundraiser Saturday, June 3, from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, June 4, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

You never know what bargains and treasure you may find!  If you have any questions, need to make arrangements for an earlier drop off, or wish to assist in this fundraiser, please call Helen Wilson at 440.781.2676.

Summer Gathering
Our first summer social gathering will be a Pilgrim Potluck picnic on June 11th after worship.  Grills will be fired up, burgers, hot dogs and cold drinks will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share.  Volunteers are needed for set up and clean up.  Please see Mary Wick about times and needs.  If it rains we will picnic in Fellowship Hall.

Membership Committee meeting Monday, June 5 at 6:00 PM in the parlor.

 

May 11, 2017

Connections: Sabbatical & Abundance

Sabbath is a time of rest - a commandment given to remain free and to discover anew the abundance of God, the earth, and community. It is true that we are not free unless we can stop working; it is also true that we do not see the abundance of God so long as we believe that everything that nourishes us is a direct result of our own labor. Rilke articulates it well, “Though he works and worries, the farmer never reaches down to where the seed turns into summer. The earth grants.” There is a dramatic word here for our individual lives - reflecting upon our participation in the pursuit of more. And there is certainly a word for the entire Body of Christ to hear. Although there may be some anxiety about my absence for three months, there is a faithful expectation that God will move in this time and reveal God’s abundance within, for, and through Pilgrim Christian Church. May this keeping of sabbath and sabbatical be a time where God’s abundance becomes abundantly clear to all of us.  

 

Peace,

Rev. Chris McCreight

 

 

Children's Ministry


In Sunday School this week, the children will begin learning about
Paul's missionary journeys.  Next week, they'll watch a video for
their final lesson for this year.  We'll also make a craft project
both weeks.

Teacher and volunteer recognition will be held on Sunday, May 21st.
If you have taught and/or helped in Sunday School, helped out in the
nursery, volunteered at VBS, helped with the Advent Workshop, or
contributed in any other way; the Board of Christian Education asks
that you be present next Sunday.  You are a major part of our program,
and the time you invest in our children is essential to our program.

May 19th is our last movie night until September.  Please join us for
videos, snacks, and a craft.  Children are encouraged to wear their
pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on.  We begin at 6:00 p.m. and are
usually finished by 8:15 p.m.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, school age children will remain in the
sanctuary for the worship service.  Infants and children under
kindergarten age are welcome in the nursery.  We will be asking for 2
volunteers each Sunday so that we can split the nursery group if it
becomes too large.  School age children are invited to sit in the
balcony where they will find paper, markers, and other quiet materials
to use during the service.  A Christian Education member will sit with
them.

Looking ahead:  June 16th and 17th - Vacation Bible School

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

Welcome Rev. Houston and Mary Bowers
This Sunday, May 14th, we welcome Mary and Houston Bowers to Pilgrim Christian Church for the summer. Rev. Bowers will share a sermon, entitled, “It all Began on May 10th 1908” Join us Sunday morning to welcome the Bowers family and begin this time of sabbatical. 

Project Hope: 
Tonight, we have the blessing of providing a home-cooked meal to our brothers and sisters currently without a home. This is our way of supporting Project Hope and our neighbors. If you’ve signed up to supply part of the meal, please deliver it to the fellowship hall kitchen by 5:30pm tonight, and the whole meal will be taken up. Thank you for your generosity. 

Membership Committee meeting May 15 at 6:30 pm in the parlor.

 

Ohio Region: 
Pilgrim Christian Church is a dual-denomination congregation in relationship with the United Church of Christ (UCC.org) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (disciples.org). Both denominations operate in faithful relationship of covenant. We belong to the whole denomination and work more closely with the Western Reserve/Eastern Ohio Association in the UCC and with the Region of Ohio in the Disciples. Recently, there has been transition within the Ohio Regional Leadership. The Rev. Dr. Bill Edwards (who was present to install Pastor Laurie Metzko and Rev. Chris) has retired. Currently, Rev. Stephen Bentley is the acting Regional Minister while the Regional Council begins the search process for a new Regional Minister. If you would like to learn more about what it happening within the Region at this time, please click here to read a letter from the Moderator, http://www.ccinoh.com/media/162622/web_buckeye_may_2017.pdf. Let us be in prayer for the Regional Ministry in this time.

Thank you

Many many thanks to all who worked one or more shifts last weekend to make the Maple Festival pancake and sausage project a success.  Even with a slower Saturday it turned out to be a typical year netting between five and six thousand dollars...all of which is spent within the walls of our church.  We remain in awe of the customers who return year after year, which speaks to our excellent product and the friendly people serving it.  We could not have done this without your support.  

Thank you,  
Men's Fellowship


Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 6 & 7 and 12-14 to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

May 4, 2017

 Connections: The Last Sunday
    Last week at the Chautauqua Institution was absolutely amazing. I had the opportunity to meet the other 8 clergy from the Northeast (Virginia to New Hampshire/Maine to Ohio!), to begin learning from clergy coaches at the Center for Progressive Renewal, and even had a chance to sit down with Dr. Robert Franklin (the outgoing President of the Institution). This four-day retreat was revealing and constructive of my personal gifts and limitations of leadership, and I am eager to continue the program to develop my gifts and skills. I share this to offer a word of thanks to you, Pilgrim Christian Church, for your support of my participation in this program, seeing this as mutually beneficial.  
    It is the same support that I give thanks for as it pertains to sabbatical. I cannot believe that this Sunday has arrived. It will be my final Sunday in worship before beginning sabbatical Friday, May 12th. How good it will be to worship with you, to pray with you, and to engage with you before I am sent off. The closer we get to this time, the more confident I become of the mutual blessing and benefit this time will offer us. A time to reflect; a time to lead; a time to grow together; a time to heal; a time to listen. I give thanks for your support of such a gift as sabbatical, and I look forward to the blessing it will bring to Pilgrim Christian Church. 
    I hope to see you this Sunday, or before May 12th! 

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

Children's Ministry
In Sunday School this week, the children will hear the story of Paul's
escape from Damascus.  For the final two weeks, they will focus on
Paul's journeys to spread the Word.

Chi Rho will only meet on the third Sunday, May 21st, this month due
to Mother's Day and the Memorial Day weekend.  During the summer, we
will meet once a month. We will try to work around everyone's
vacation.

May 19th is our last movie night until September.  Please join us for
videos, snacks, and a craft.  Children are encouraged to wear their
pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on.  We begin at 6:00 p.m. and are
usually finished by 8:15 p.m.

Looking ahead:  May 21st - Teacher/volunteer recognition
                             June 16th and 17th - Vacation Bible School

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

 

Sabbatical Preparation Update: 
Welcome Rev. Houston Bowers and his beloved wife, Mary, to Pilgrim Christian Church next Sunday, May 14th. Houston is a retired Disciples minister who has extraordinary gifts and wisdom to share with the Church - along with incredible stories. The gift of sabbatical includes this blessed opportunity to welcome and engage with the Bowers family and receive from their faithfulness. 

 

Ohio Region: 
Pilgrim Christian Church is a dual-denomination congregation in relationship with the United Church of Christ (UCC.org) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (disciples.org). Both denominations operate in faithful relationship of covenant. We belong to the whole denomination and work more closely with the Western Reserve/Eastern Ohio Association in the UCC and with the Region of Ohio in the Disciples. Recently, there has been transition within the Ohio Regional Leadership. The Rev. Dr. Bill Edwards (who was present to install Pastor Laurie Metzko and Rev. Chris) has retired. Currently, Rev. Stephen Bentley is the acting Regional Minister while the Regional Council begins the search process for a new Regional Minister. If you would like to learn more about what it happening within the Region at this time, please click here to read a letter from the Moderator, http://www.ccinoh.com/media/162622/web_buckeye_may_2017.pdf. Let us be in prayer for the Regional Ministry in this time.

 

Thank you

Many many thanks to all who worked one or more shifts last weekend to make the Maple Festival pancake and sausage project a success.  Even with a slower Saturday it turned out to be a typical year netting between five and six thousand dollars...all of which is spent within the walls of our church.  We remain in awe of the customers who return year after year, which speaks to our excellent product and the friendly people serving it.  We could not have done this without your support.  

Thank you,  
Men's Fellowship

 

Jan Stewart’s Funeral
Saturday, May 6th, we will gather at Pilgrim Christian Church for the funeral of our beloved friend and Sister in Christ, Jan Stewart. There will be a time of remembrance and sharing at 10:00am in the sanctuary. The funeral service will begin at 11:00am and be followed by a luncheon downstairs in the fellowship hall. Come remember, come celebrate, come mourn with those who have been blessed by the presence and good life of Jan Stewart. 

 

Women's Fellowship
Bunco for the Food Pantry!
On Monday, May 8th at 6 PM at Barbara Inderlied's home.  

Bring feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, etc.

Barb will have corn chowder.  We could use thick crusted brad  fruit and desserts.

 

Bibles and Brown Bags: 
The Wednesday afternoon bible study will be suspended for the summer. The final meeting will take place on May 10th. It will be back (with vengeance!) at a later time. However, it is time for the study to take a sabbatical as well. Please allow the absence to encourage ideas and dreams of what other ways study and learning may take shape on a weekly basis. 

 

Membership Committee meeting May 15 at 6:30 pm in the parlor.

 

Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 6 & 7 and 12-14 to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

April 20, 2017

Connections: Easter Celebration!

Christ is risen. 
Christ is risen, indeed! 
What a joyful Easter Celebration! 
Ann’s prelude; the choir’s procession; the sounding of the trumpet! The children seeing right through the Easter message, and the blessed charge of Christ and the Spirit to create something good and beautiful with our holy agency. It’s a joyful celebration, with a hopeful, joyful, beautiful commissioning. I absolutely loved it. 

This coming Sunday, we’ll continue to move deeper into this commissioning, by receiving part of the same scriptural text, and then looking closely at Christ’s charge: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” What does it look like when we begin to accept an active role in the holy movement of God to breathe Grace into the world? What does it look like when we choose to forgive a friend or family member? What does it look like when we move as a body into a community where sin has brought pain and suffering, with the intention of disrupting the sin and bringing reconciliation through forgiveness and mercy? 

We can see what’s going on here. Christ doesn’t just invite us to believe that he has been resurrected. Christ invites us to be part of the resurrection. The Christian has purpose. The Church has purpose. The Spirit is moving, empowering, and equipping and we can be an Easter People bringing good news to all the world by offering the gift of Grace. I love it. 

Christ is risen. 
Christ is risen, indeed! 

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Chris 

 

 

Children's Ministry

In Sunday School this week, we'll study the Easter story and make
coffee filter butterflies.  Next week, we begin a unit on Paul
starting with his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.

In Sunday School this week, we'll study Saul's encounter with Jesus on
the road to Damascus and his conversion to Christianity which included
changing his name to Paul.

Movie night is this Friday, April 21st.  All children ages 3 and older
are invited to join us for videos, snacks, and a craft.  Wear your
pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on.   We begin at 6:00 pm and
usually finish by 8:00 or 8:15.

NO Sunday School next week due to the Maple Festival.  On May 7th, we'll
begin studying Paul's travels.  This will be a three week unit that ends on
May 21st, the last day of Sunday School until September.

Chi Rho meets this Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Join us for fun,
fellowship, and lunch!

Looking ahead:  May 19th - movie night
                           May 21st - last day of Sunday School

Blessings, Vickie  
440-285-3236  
440-488-7645  
kaiser5204@gmail.com

Project Hope: 
Last week, your generosity supplied a meal for our brothers and sisters at Project Hope. Thank you for sharing of your abundance. 

Chi-Rho: 
Chi-Rho (4-8th grade) will gather this Sunday from 11:30-1:00pm for games, food, and fellowship. Last time, the youth gathered to share the joy of easter by “egging” some of our neighbors. Come on out to see what’s happening this week! 

 

Friends of Refugee Meeting: Monday, April 24th
There is another meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Willoughby on Monday, April 24th @ 7:00pm to continue formalizing ways to welcome and support refugees resettling in the Cleveland area. Thus far, the meetings have led to individual participation through volunteering and mentoring. There are ideas about fundraising, partnership, and collections to demonstrate the gift of hospitality. If you are interested in attending, please speak with Rev. Chris or Roz Kvet. 

Consistory Meeting: Monday, April 24th: 
Consistory will gather in the parlor on Monday, April 24 @ 7:00 PM



Thank you to the Arotins!
Bill and Linda have been doing photography sessions for the new church directory, and the pictures look fantastic!!! There will be one final session this Sunday, April 23rd.  Thank you to Bill for sharing his gifts and to Linda for sharing her gifts to bring all of this together!!!

 

Maple Festival Weekend Pancakes Breakfast
There are still a few time slots to sign up and volunteer for the best pancake breakfast in Geauga County. We host this breakfast Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30th. If you would like to support this fundraiser for Men’s Fellowship, which supports the life and ministries of the Church, please contact Ward Lawrence on Sunday. 

 

Rev. Chris Out: 
Rev. Chris will be at the Chautauqua Institute this week (Mon-Thur) for the Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program. If you are emailing or calling, please expect the delay. 

Women's Fellowship
Bunco for the Food Pantry!
On Monday, May 8th at 6 PM at Barbara Inderlied's home.  Please RSVP to Jan Stewart at 285-9292.

Bring feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, etc.

Barb will have corn chowder.  We could use thick crusted brad  fruit and desserts.

Thank You to the Church!

Late in Holy Week, I walked into my office to find a large, green, canvas bag with a card on top. I opened the card to read a wonderful birthday card from the congregation. Then, I looked in the bag to find all sorts of snacks, treats, and wine! Thank you for such a thoughtful and generous gift. I'll be celebrating this birthday for a long time!!!

Peace,
Chris


Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 5-9 and 12-14 to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

April 12, 2017

Connections: Committing to Redeeming Love
Throughout Christ’s life and ministry, there is the steady revelation of a Redeeming Love. It is in the way Christ heals; it is in the way Christ forgives; it is even in the way that Christ brings judgment - not to condemn, but to redeem. Through this lens, we see the procession of Palms as the great invitation to join ourselves to Christ in this commitment to Redeeming Love. God’s Kingdom will enter through no other means than such Love. This Holy Week, we witness the life-giving joy that comes from such commitment (Maundy Thursday) along with the cost of commitment (Good Friday), and yet what we shall see in the celebration of Easter is that while committing to Redeeming Love comes at a cost, God always redeems those commit themselves to such Love. 

May this Holy Week nurture your soul and encourage you to renew your commitment to carrying God’s Redeeming Love. 

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 


Children's Ministry
In Sunday School this week, we'll study the Easter story and make
coffee filter butterflies.  Next week, we begin a unit on Paul
starting with his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Last Sunday, the youth group enjoyed "egging"  several families and
members of the congregation.  Samara, Mykaela, and Molly had a great
time filling eggs and visiting the homes of those who were "egged".
Next year, we hope to "egg" more church members.  Our next meeting is
April 23rd.

Looking ahead:  April 21 - movie night
                           April 30 - NO Sunday School due to the
                           Maple Festival


Blessings, Vickie  
440-285-3236  
440-488-7645  
kaiser5204@gmail.com


Holy Week Schedule: 
Although it is still a month away, our schedule for Holy Week will be as follows: 

Maundy Thursday - April 13
Fellowship Meal and Worship in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00PM
Good Friday - April 14
Community Good Friday Service at Pilgrim Christian Church 
"The Last Words of Christ” a service of scripture, meditation, song, and prayer from 12-3:00PM in the sanctuary of Pilgrim Christian Church 
Easter Sunday - April 16
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
 

Holy Week in Focus: Maundy Thursday

“Maundy” is the English form of the Latin word meaning, “commandment.” Jesus’ new commandment to “Love one another as I have Loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday. ~ From the UCC Book of Worship

This coming Thursday, April 13th, we will gather in the fellowship hall at 6:00 for a potluck meal and worship. The service has been created by some of the Elders to move us deeper into the events of that evening: the foot washing, the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup, the betrayal, and the giving of the new commandment. Gracious members of the church have volunteered to serve as actors in a beautiful drama that will tell the story and lead us into that element of worship. This is something new and very special to reveal the holiness of the day within this most holy week. 

Come, bring a friend, bring a dish, and share in fellowship and worship! 

 

 

Holy Week in Focus: Good Friday

Good Friday relays the passion story of our Savior Jesus Christ. While the mood is solemn, it is also one of hope, looking forward to the great Easter celebration. ~ From the UCC Book of Worship

Friday, April 14th, we have the blessing of hosting the ecumenical Good Friday worship service. This is but one way we welcome and host the community in faithful expression. The service is crafted by Father Chris McCann of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The service will begin at noon and conclude at 3:00pm. It is a service that repeats a pattern of scripture, homily (by a different clergy member), prayer, hymn. Jean Spangler will be our organist. Clergy from St. Luke’s Episcopal, St. Mary’s Catholic, Celebration Lutheran, Chardon United Methodist and Burton UCC will lead us in faithful meditation upon the last words of Christ. As the service is long, it is created for you to come in as you are able and depart when you must. This is a blessing to participate in the ecumenical faith body and welcome others to the most challenging day within Holy Week, understanding that there is something good to come when we do not avoid or evade suffering, but confront and endure it. 

Come, bring a friend, and share in this time of worship. 

Chi-Rho Egging Recap
The youth got together for an Egg-celent Service Project last Sunday. Vickie Craig and Heather Penrod developed an idea to “Egg” some of our members and friends by providing personal Easter egg-hunts in their front yards. Together, we walked around the neighborhood and stealthily shared the Easter Joy. Thanks to the kids, Heather and Vickie, and all of the friends and members for participating! 



Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on April 16 and 23.  These will be the last sessions for the Directory.

Maple Festival Weekend Pancakes & Worship
Maple Festival is coming up on April 29-30. If you would like to help serve pancakes in the best breakfast in Geauga County, please contact Ward Lawrence to sign up. There are available time slots to serve on Saturday and Sunday. 
Our worship service on Sunday, April 30 will begin at 8:00am in the sanctuary. Come worship and then serve! 

 

Rev. Chris in Chautauqua
Rev. Chris will be at the Chautauqua Institute Monday, April 24-27th for the Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program. 

Women's Fellowship
Bunco for the Food Pantry!
On Monday, May 8th at 6 PM at Barbara Inderlied's home.  Please RSVP to Jan Stewart at 285-9292.

Bring feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, etc.

Barb will have corn chowder.  We could use thick crusted brad  fruit and desserts.


Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 5-9 and 12-14 to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

April 6, 2017

Connections: Palm Sunday
We have journeyed all the way (nearly!) through Lent! This is an accomplishment! To continue a practice or discipline for 40 days… it is no easy task, but it is my hope that your practice or discipline has been edifying. It is my hope that your practice or discipline is giving you refreshed eyes to see God and Christ’s Love in the world, that it is strengthening your resolve and commitment to Love, that it is expanding your soul and being to connect with more of God’s beloved world. 

It is most appropriate that this season of Lent leads us directly into Palm Sunday. To remember who we are and return to such integrity (repentance) prepares us to follow Christ. What do we see on Palm Sunday but the movement of Christ into the center of all things - to transform and redeem - and a crowd of people who desired to join in this holy procession and journey of healing, mending, and redeeming. 

The narrative reveals it all. In remembering who we are as Children of God, we long for nothing more than to follow the very revelation of God’s Love - to be known as one who would follow, as one who would bind her/himself to Love, as one who would even come to Love when it is costly and sacrificial. 

May we be prepared to commit to the ongoing movement of God’s Love as it reveals itself in our worship this Sunday, and as it is revealed before us each day. 

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Chris

 


Children's Ministry
Chi-Rho will meet this Sunday from  11:30-1 PM.

Looking ahead - April 16 - Easter Sunday
                           April 30 - no Sunday School due to Maple Festival
                           April 21    - movie night

Blessings, Vickie  
440-285-3236  
440-488-7645  
kaiser5204@gmail.com


Holy Week Schedule: 

Palm Sunday - April 9
Community Palm Sunday Procession on the Square @ 9:15AM
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
Maundy Thursday - April 13
Fellowship Meal and Worship in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00PM
Good Friday - April 14
Community Good Friday Service at Pilgrim Christian Church 
"The Last Words of Christ” a service of scripture, meditation, song, and prayer from 12-3:00PM in the sanctuary of Pilgrim Christian Church 
Easter Sunday - April 16
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
 

Holy Week in Focus: Maundy Thursday

“Maundy” is the English form of the Latin word meaning, “commandment.” Jesus’ new commandment to “Love one another as I have Loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday. ~ From the UCC Book of Worship

This coming Thursday, April 13th, we will gather in the fellowship hall at 6:00 for a potluck meal and worship. The service has been created by some of the Elders to move us deeper into the events of that evening: the foot washing, the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup, the betrayal, and the giving of the new commandment. Gracious members of the church have volunteered to serve as actors in a beautiful drama that will tell the story and lead us into that element of worship. This is something new and very special to reveal the holiness of the day within this most holy week. 

Come, bring a friend, bring a dish, and share in fellowship and worship! 

 

Holy Week in Focus: Good Friday

Good Friday relays the passion story of our Savior Jesus Christ. While the mood is solemn, it is also one of hope, looking forward to the great Easter celebration. ~ From the UCC Book of Worship

Friday, April 14th, we have the blessing of hosting the ecumenical Good Friday worship service. This is but one way we welcome and host the community in faithful expression. The service is crafted by Father Chris McCann of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The service will begin at noon and conclude at 3:00pm. It is a service that repeats a pattern of scripture, homily (by a different clergy member), prayer, hymn. Jean Spangler will be our organist. Clergy from St. Luke’s Episcopal, St. Mary’s Catholic, Celebration Lutheran, Chardon United Methodist and Burton UCC will lead us in faithful meditation upon the last words of Christ. As the service is long, it is created for you to come in as you are able and depart when you must. This is a blessing to participate in the ecumenical faith body and welcome others to the most challenging day within Holy Week, understanding that there is something good to come when we do not avoid or evade suffering, but confront and endure it. 

Come, bring a friend, and share in this time of worship. 


Easter Choir: 

Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebration, and our choir has something special in store for the occasion. If you would like to rejoice on this day with the choir, you are welcome to come and practice with the choir (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday mornings @ 9AM in the sanctuary). No obligation to join long-term, just come and be a part of the celebration on Easter Sunday. 


Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on April 9 and 23.  These will be the last sessions for the Directory.

Chi-Rho Egging! 
Chi-Rho (4-8th graders) will gather this Sunday following worship (11:30-1:00pm) with Heather, Vickie, and Chris for lunch and a joyous egging! Real eggs will not be used - that is not the intention of this youth activity. But it is a creative and fun opportunity to serve and love our neighbors and friends. 

 

Project Hope: 
Thursday, April 13th is our day to provide a delicious meal to our brothers and sisters at Project Hope. If you would like to participate by providing a dish, please connect with Linda and Bill Arotin. 

Women's Fellowship
On Monday, May 8th at 6 PM Women's Fellowship will host Bunco for the Food Pantry at Barbara Inderlied's home.  Supper will be provided.  


Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 5-9 and 12-14 to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

Connections: Blindness and Healing

Shall we dare to pray for healing of our blindness? As was shared on Sunday, the blessing of sight comes with the vision of our blindness. This is something that is difficult for us to see. 

Consider the blindness of the disciples who did not see the humanity of blind man nor their capacity to aid him. Consider the blindness of the Pharisees who were so certain of their knowledge of God that they could not see God moving right before them. How easy is it for them to see their power and see God moving - and to realize that they were blind to it all before? To be given sight is to be healed, but it comes with a side of hurt.

As Toni Cade Bambara wrote so well, "wholeness is no trifling matter--a lot of weight when you are well." There's a lot of weight in that healing process. But how good it is,  to honestly see. 

May you embrace the spiritual practice of the blind man, waking this day, praying, and waiting for God's amazing and abundant Grace to bring healing and wholeness. 

Peace,
Chris

 


Children's Ministry
This Sunday, the children will begin a new unit about the Easter season.  Abby Schmid will be teaching them about the Last Supper.  Next week, they'll learn about Palm Sunday.

Movie night returns this Friday, March 31st!  Wear your jammies and bring a blanket to sit on.  We'll have  lots of fun choosing a video, having a snack, and making a craft.  We'l begin at 6:00 pm and finish about 8:15.

Looking ahead - March 16 - Easter Sunday
                           March 30 - no Sunday School due to Maple Festival
                           April 21    - movie night

Blessings, Vickie  
440-285-3236  
440-488-7645  
kaiser5204@gmail.com

Supper Club: 
This time around, we'll be gathering Friday night @ 6pm. Folks with children can drop off the kids with the Education crew for Movie Night if they'd like, and we'll walk over to Noce for some pizza and conversation. Let's meet at the church @ 6. 

 

Holy Week Schedule: 
Although it is still a month away, our schedule for Holy Week will be as follows: 

Palm Sunday - April 9
Community Palm Sunday Procession on the Square @ 9:15AM
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
Maundy Thursday - April 13
Fellowship Meal and Worship in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00PM
Good Friday - April 14
Community Good Friday Service at Pilgrim Christian Church 
"The Last Words of Christ” a service of scripture, meditation, song, and prayer from 12-3:00PM in the sanctuary of Pilgrim Christian Church 
Easter Sunday - April 16
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
 

Easter Lilies: 

If you would like to place an order for a Lily in honor or in memory of someone for Easter please submit an order form to the office no later than April 2nd.

 

Easter Choir: 
Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebration, and our choir has something special in store for the occasion. If you would like to rejoice on this day with the choir, you are welcome to come and practice with the choir (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday mornings @ 9AM in the sanctuary). No obligation to join long-term, just come and be a part of the celebration on Easter Sunday. 

 


Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on April 2, 9 and 23.  These will be the last sessions for the Directory.

 

Maundy Thursday:
You are invited to the Maundy Thursday fellowship meal and worship. The evening will begin on Thursday, April 13 at 6:00pm with a potluck meal. We will enjoy the company of community and then transition into a service of worship to remember this particular moment in the life and ministry of Jesus, and discern what it means for us. A new commandment, Love one another as Christ has loved us. 
Come and join together for the Maundy Thursday service during Holy Week.

 

Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner
Come support our local Boy Scout Troop Pack 93 on April 1st from 5 PM - 7 PM for a Spaghetti Dinner.  Ages 5 and under are FREE, 6-12 are $5 and 13 + is $9.  Bring in one dried or canned good for our Food Cupboard and receive $1 off your dinner!

 

Maple Festival Pancake Breakfast:
Join us on April 29th and April 30th from 9-2 during the Geauga County Maple Festival for Pancakes and Sausage.  Adults $9 and Kids $5.  This is the Pancake Breakfast you have been waiting for!  

If you would like to support Men’s Fellowship and volunteer to participate in this fundraiser please call Ward Lawrence to learn how you can be included.  All money supports the ministry and life of Pilgrim Christian Church.

 

Sabbatical Preparation Update (Sabbatical Begins May 12): 
I am grateful to receive responses to the posts about the sabbatical. One question came back inquiring about the work on the house - what is restorative or renewing about this? This is an excellent question. 

I always enjoy working with my hands, that is one thing. Whenever there's a chance to work in the yard - to weed, till, plant - it's a joy. Even shoveling snow is rewarding. In reflecting on this in the past, I have wondered if I enjoy this work because it brings balance into my world. The vast majority of my work is intangible. It's writing, listening, speaking, reading, reflecting, praying, planning a worship service that comes and goes... It is not to say that nothing lasting comes from this - I'm not about to go all ecclesiastes here! But it is to acknowledge the absence of creating something material. To work with my hands in the yard and on the house is to nurture another dimension of life and bring balance by creating something lasting with my hands. 

I welcome your questions about my plans for sabbatical along with any questions you may have about the logistics of sabbatical. You may also direct questions to our Moderator (Paul Hederstrom) and Elder Chair (Mary Wick). 

Peace,
Chris

 

Coffee Hour

Have you ever wondered where the delicious food comes from for our Coffee Hour?
First Sunday - Women’s Fellowship - Stephanie Burke
Second Sunday - Missions- Linda Arotin
Third Sunday - New Members- Lynn Felberg
Fourth Sunday - Men’s Fellowship Waffles- Paul Hederstrom
Fifth Sunday - Up for Grabs
These committees set up, provide the food and clean up.  They check to be certain we have coffee, creamer and drink for the kids.   Steve Moore or Rick Perkins usually start the coffee.  Butch Penrod  makes certain we have cups, plates and napkins.
Thank you all!

Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 5-9 and 12-14 to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

March 23, 2017

Connections: Exodus 17 and Blessed Absurdity

When we are in the wilderness, the emptiness of the space - the leaving behind of the systems and structures - allow for us to encounter something that is new and potentially absurd. Yet, it is this journey and encounter that we may consider what may be absurd about the ways of life that we have left temporarily - that we may attempt to transform with redemptive Love upon our return. 

Water from Rock? 
Is that the absurdity? 
Or is it that the freedmen and freedwomen would seek return to bondage? 
Or is the absurdity that an empirical system of oppression and injustice could exist without question? Even with "divine" blessing? 

All sorts of things appear in the wilderness. Leave the familiar for long enough and an encounter or vision may appear that leads you to challenge the absurdities of the old and existing ways. Our holy encounter with them may be just what we need to prepare us to return from the journey into a new way of being. 

Grace, Peace, and it would seem, Blessed Absurdity. 

Rev. Chris

 

 

Children's Ministry

This Sunday, the children will watch a video with 3 stories about
Jesus and make a mustard seed necklace.   Next week, a new unit
begins.  Abby Schmid will be teaching about the Last Supper.

Movie night returns on Friday, March 31, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Join us
as we watch a video (or two), make a craft, and enjoy snacks.  All
children from age 3 through fifth grade are welcome.

Thank you, Missions committee, for the wonderful Heifer Fair.  The
children had a great time playing games, and everyone enjoyed seeing
Barb, Linden's chicken.
Unfortunately, I should not try adding when I'm tired.  The Sunday
School offering was really $134.00, not $243.00.  Linda Arotin caught
my error so this Sunday we'll have the total from the Heifer Fair and
will decide what animals the children would like to buy.

Blessings, Vickie   440-285-3236   440-478-6745   kaiser5204@gmail.com

Heifer Fair Wrap Up!

Because of your generosity, we raised over $800 for Heifer!!! Thank you to the Mission Team for hosting a barnyard of fun and for your generosity. This will go into the world to heal hunger and poverty. Thank you. 

 

Consistory Retreat
The Consistory Retreat his Saturday, March 25th from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM in the parlor.  Committee and Board chairs are requested - all are invited!


Cousins' Supper Club
Cousins' Supper Club will be Tuesday, March 28th from 6-8 PM  in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Lilies: 

If you would like to place a lily in memory of or in honor of someone this Easter, please return insert in the bulletin by April 2nd to the office.

Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on waffle Sunday, March 26th.

Wednesday Bible Study: 

The format is changing over Lent to embrace a shorter, simpler devotional and prayer by utilizing Walter Brueggemann’s, A Way Other Than Our Own. If you would like to come and join, you are welcome. We gather in the parlor @ 1:00pm and will conclude @ 1:30pm. 
 

Membership Class: 
Have you been considering joining Pilgrim Christian Church as a member? Rev. Chris is taking interest from the congregation, preparing to host another session of membership classes. These are never mandatory to join the church, just helpful to make your membership more meaningful.

If you have pondered any of the following questions: 
What is the difference between a "friend" of the church and a "member"? What are these denominations about? What is our polity and governance structure? What is the theology of the church (that's a fun one!)? How can I become engaged in the ministries of the church? 
then, please contact Rev. Chris and share your interest in such a class. The dates will be Sunday, March 26 and April 2 following worship. 

 

Sabbatical Preparation Update: 
•Theologicallya “sabbatical“ is a strategic season of Sabbath-keeping, aimed toward the end of renewing one's love of God, God's people, and God's call to well-being

The sabbatical will be for the pastor and his family, but also be a renewal for us as Pilgrim Christian Church.  It will be an opportunity to care for each other and to use our gifts in worship and in ministry.  

Chris will last preach on Sunday, May 7th, and the sabbatical will formally begin on Friday, May 12. The official dates of the Sabbatical are May 12- August 14.  

Just so you know, during his sabbatical, Chris is planning to:
∙ Attend a week at the Chautauqua Institute with the Clergy Leadership Program.
∙ Spend two weeks on the coast with family.
∙ Read poetry, the news (limited consumption!), and works on theology and ecology. 
∙ Work on the house and in the yard. 
∙ Rest & Renew!

Here are some questions that may be of concern as the sabbatical approaches:
Who will visit us if we are sick?  
The Elders will continue to offer their ministry of care, and Rev. Houston Bowers will be on call for pastoral needs and emergencies. 

What will happen on Sundays? 
Rev. Bowers will collaborate with the presiding elder to create the worship service and with Joan Lawrence to select music. Rev. Bowers will preach each Sunday with the exceptions of July 30 and August 6th. 

What are we to do on Sabbatical? 
Continue to BE the church. Take the time to grow in our own faith and spirituality. Reach out to each other in Christian love. Pray that the Spirit may fall more fully on all of us, to the glory of God.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to talk to Paul Hederstrom, Mary Wick, or Chris McCreight. 

 

Holy Week Schedule: 
Although it is still a month away, our schedule for Holy Week will be as follows: 

Palm Sunday - April 9
Community Palm Sunday Procession on the Square @ 9:15AM
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
Maundy Thursday - April 13
Fellowship Meal and Worship in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00PM
Good Friday - April 14
Community Good Friday Service at Pilgrim Christian Church 
"The Last Words of Christ” a service of scripture, meditation, song, and prayer from 12-3:00PM in the sanctuary of Pilgrim Christian Church 
Easter Sunday - April 16
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
 

Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 2, June 5-9 and 12th to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.

March 2, 2017

Connections: Lent

March 1st has brought with it the beginning of the Lenten Season. How soon we move through the Season of Ordinary Time (a season "in which so much happens” as the poet Marie Howe has wisely said) and are greeted by yet another. Lent is often a time marked by fasting, almsgiving, or sacrifice of some sort to cleanse or purify the soul. While the season can feel rather austere, there is a beauty that comes through this journey - a return to simplicity; a return to our true being; a return home to God and self. 
 
The scholar and preacher, Walter Brueggemann, has wisely discerned that to repent is to remember and return. I hope that whatever self-discipline or practice you engage will lead you to remember who you are and who God is, and to return to such goodness. Perhaps this is a time to give generously to discover that you can live without money; perhaps this is a time to open your home to the other to discover the beauty and family of community; perhaps this is a time to trust in God’s Love and Grace - letting go of this idea that you need to earn the Love of God, and finally trusting that you are radically and endlessly Loved as you are. 
 
I hope that your Lenten discipline will lead you to remember your goodness and God’s goodness, and I hope that you will join together in Sunday morning worship that we may be nurtured and encourage one another in making this beautiful journey. 
 
Grace and Peace in your Lenten Journey.
 
Rev. Chris 
 

 

 

PARENTS - The Christian Ed Board would like your input about this
year's Vacation Bible School.  We'd like to expand to 2 days (probably
Friday and Saturday) in June.  On Friday, the preschool would hear a
Bible story while the older children listen to church members and
others talk about their volunteer experiences.  Both groups would make
a craft also.  On Saturday, we'll
have a variety of hands-on projects for all the children.  Some
project ideas we've discussed are making birthday bags for the food
cupboard, making blankets for babies at area hospitals, working on the
community garden out back, etc.  If you have any ideas for projects,
please email or call me.

This Sunday the children will hear a story about Jesus healing a leper
and make a fun craft.  Next week, the story will be about 4 friends
helping a crippled friend get close to Jesus.  Our teacher for the
next 4 weeks will be Mrs. Gilles.

Movie night will return this month.  The date hasn't been chosen yet,
but we're looking at the 17th or the 24th.

Blessings, Vickie   440-285-3236   440-478-6745   kaiser5204@gmail.com

Book of Joy: 

Wednesday, March 8th, we're gathering in the parlor at 6:30 to discuss the first four pillars of Joy in the book

 

Chi-Rho: 
The youth event was a blast last Sunday as we turned the hallway upstairs into a bowling alley to create: Crab-Walk Bowling! Have you ever had the opportunity to play defense in a game of bowling??? 

Friends of Refugees: 
First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby will host a meeting on Monday, March 13th at 7:00pm to lay out further plans and opportunities to assist the refugee population in the Cleveland area. The faith groups have been partnering with US Together of Cleveland Heights and Catholic Charities of Lakewood. If you would like to learn more or find a way to engage, you're welcome to speak with Rev. Chris or Roz Kvet. 

Membership Class: 
Have you been considering joining Pilgrim Christian Church as a member? Rev. Chris is taking interest from the congregation, preparing to host another session of membership classes. These are never mandatory to join the church, just helpful to make your membership more meaningful.

If you have pondered any of the following questions: 
What is the difference between a "friend" of the church and a "member"? What are these denominations about? What is our polity and governance structure? What is the theology of the church (that's a fun one!)? How can I become engaged in the ministries of the church? 
then, please contact Rev. Chris and share your interest in such a class. The current dates considered for hosting these classes would be Sundays, March 26 and April 2. 

 

Friendship Guild will host Women's Fun Day on Saturday, March 18th from 1-5 at the home of Barbara Inderlied.  Please RSVP to Jan Stewart at 285-9292 or 440-567-4408.

Consistory Retreat
The Consistory Retreat has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 25th from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM in the parlor.

February 16, 2017

Connections: Valentine’s Day


I love Valentine’s Day. Specifically, I love the cards - the clever ways we try to convey our love for one another. Linden brought home a dozen cards from her classmates yesterday, and the clear winner was a gift of a s’more with the line, “I’d like to have s’more friends like you!” Jackpot. 

The origins of this particular day are traced back to Saint Valentine, a priest in Rome in the 3rd century. According to Shane Claiborne, Valentine assisted Christians persecuted under Claudius II. One of the ways he assisted them was by marrying them - thus preventing the men from going to war. Such assistance did not go unnoticed, and eventually, Valentine was captured and sentenced to death for his crimes/faithfulness. This led to a practice we know well. Claiborne shares this story: 

Valentine became friends with the daughter of his captor. Just before he was executed, Valentine healed the blind daughter of the jailer, restoring her vision -- a dazzling act of enemy-love. As the legend goes -- on the day of his execution, he left the jailer's daughter a note signed: "Your Valentine" ...



He continues with a word of encouragement: 

Perhaps even more faithful to Valentine would be to write a note to someone who might be an enemy or who might be a most unlikely, subversive friend. 



This is exactly where the lectionary takes us. This coming Sunday, we’ll continue on in the Sermon on the Mount and hear of Christ’s command to Love - even our enemies. Heal their child. Forgive them. Invite them in to your home. Or, write them a valentine. 

See what happens when we do. 

Peace,
Chris

 

Children's Ministry

PARENTS - The Christian Ed Board would like your input about this
year's Vacation Bible School.  We'd like to expand to 2 days (probably
Friday and Saturday), teaching the Bible story and making a craft the
first day and spending the second day on various service projects.
The sessions could be held in the morning or afternoon, depending on
your response.  More info to come.

This week's Sunday School lesson covers the Sermon on the Mount.  The
children will make a craft about the Beatitudes.  Next week, they'll
learn about the feeding of the 500.

Youth group met Sunday for lunch, fellowship, and playing Battleship.
We discussed participating in a modified 30 Hour Famine.

Blessings, Vickie   440-285-3236   440-478-6745   kaiser5204@gmail.com

Consistory Retreat

The Consistory Retreat has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 25th from 8 AM - 2:30 PM in the Parlor.

 

Funeral for Jay Sage: 
    The funeral for Jay Sage will be held at Pilgrim Christian Church on Saturday, February 18th @ 11:00AM. Visitation will occur from 10-11:00AM at the church as well. A luncheon will follow the service downstairs in the fellowship hall. 

 

Funeral for Sherri Farrell:
    The funeral for Sherri Farrell will be held at Pilgrim Christian Church on Saturday, February 25th @ 2:00pm with refreshments and fellowship to follow.


Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 1 @ 6:00-7:00pm
We begin our Season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service. It will be held in the fellowship parlor from 6-7:00pm. This is a time and a place to prepare for the journey of Lent, to reflect upon our humanity, and to go beyond the mind we have (repent) and move into more of God’s goodness, grace, and mercy. The service will feature scripture readings, lectio divina, the imposition of ashes, and communion. 

Refugee Meeting: February 27 @ 7pm
In partnership with the First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby, an interest group has sprouted seeking additional ways to engage and serve the refugee population within the Cleveland Area. After two gatherings focused on education, this next meeting will concentrate on action - what can be done as individuals, as individual congregations, and together? If you’d like to get engaged, you can contact Chris or simply show up at the First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby at 7:00pm! 

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. ~ Deuteronomy 10.17-19

Living Prayer Retreat @ Celebration Lutheran: 
Connect with Chris if you are interested in this prayer retreat!
 

Prayers of the People            

Prayers for Healing and Wholeness:

    Jan Stewart                           Eileen Moore                  John Hopkins                         Bill Rolf                                              Steve Wick                                Nathaniel Stolle
    For the friends and family of Jay Sage                         For the friends and family of Sherri Farrell

February 9, 2017

Connections: Book of Joy 


Moving from Passive to Active.


Within my notions of joy, I have held an idea that joy is something that comes to us: something external moves into our world and being. I think of the example of observing Linden laugh or re-enact Gandalph telling the Balrog, “You Shall Not Pass!” (Which, somehow made its way into our life!) or watching the sunset. In such moments, I am overcome with happiness and joy. It’s all good. 
And yet, the wisdom from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu encourage us hold a spirit and stance that would seek to create joy through service, relationship, and goodness. It is what it means to move from passively receiving joy to actively bringing it about through kindness, compassion, and serving. This shift, from the passive to the active is quite a shift to make. 

This brings me to two wonderful questions to pose: 
    1. What brings you joy? 
    2. How do you bring joy into the world? 

May your eyes be open to the abundance of goodness in the world; 
May your life bring compassion, meaning, and joy into the world. 

Peace,
Chris

p.s. If you’d like to read and join in conversation - our Wednesday evening study remains open. If you’d like to pick up a book and read along, there are copies in the main office. 

 

 

Thanks to our congregation's generous donations to the HUGSS tree, we
were able to donate almost 100 items to Job and Family Services.  The
hats, underwear, gloves, socks, and scarves will keep many children
and adults warm this winter.

In Sunday School this week, the children will hear the story of Jesus
and the little children and make valentines.  Next week's story will
cover the Beatitudes.

PARENTS - The Christian Ed Board would like your input about this
year's Vacation Bible School.  We'd like to expand to 2 days (probably
Friday and Saturday), teaching the Bible story and making a craft the
first day and spending the second day on various service projects.
The sessions could be held in the morning or afternoon, depending on
your response.  More info to come.

Blessings, Vickie   440-285-3236   440-478-6745   kaiser5204@gmail.com

Consistory Retreat

For information and planning purposes, the annual Consistory Retreat is planned for Saturday, February 11th at the church in the sanctuary from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM.  Evaluation of the past year and plans for 2017, as well as long term, will be addressed.  All officers of the church are encouraged to attend as well as interested congregation members who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy and even offer their input.

 

 

Chi-Rho this Sunday! 

This Sunday, the youth between 4-8th grades will gather after worship for games, lunch, and fellowship with Vickie Craig, Heather Penrod, and Chris McCreight.

 

Refugee Hospitality Meeting: 

Ever since our collection for Community Refugee and Immigration Services (Columbus), there has been some interest in pursuing some connection or partnership to continue welcoming those fleeing persecution abroad. First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby has taken the lead to organize interest meetings that can lead to some continuous presence. Folks are gathering this Monday, February 13th, @ 7:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Willoughby. You are invited to come and learn more about refugees, agencies that are serving them, and congregations and families that are welcoming the refugees. This meeting may even be graced by the presence of a family who resettled in the Cleveland area. 

If you would like to learn more about refugees, this would be a good time. If you would like to engage with others to offer that divine act of hospitality and welcome, this would be a good time. Our tradition is built on a foundation of welcome and hospitality -recalling the words of Deuteronomy 10: 

 17For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, 18who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them with food and clothing. 19You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.



To welcome. To befriend. To offer hospitality is a radical act of faithfulness to our God and to one another. 
Please speak with Rev. Chris if you have any questions or would like to attend the meeting. 

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE
 
The Membership Committee is working on updating our directory.
Our new directory will also include the opportunity for everyone
to include a photo (at no charge!) to help everyone get acquainted more easily.
 
We are calling all members and friends to confirm their contact
information and to inquire about photo preference, etc.  We also
want to hear your comments and feedback.  
 
Please expect a call from a member of the committee soon.  If you have any questions
prior to getting your call, you are welcome to contact Barb Inderlied,
Pat Martin, Lauren Baskin, Lynn or Jeanne Felberg, Mazie Smith, or
Ginger Hannon.

Thank you

Thank you Mike Hannon for repairing our coat rack in the parlor!  

 

February 2, 2017

Connections: Homework of Hospitality

The scriptural imperative is to welcome. The human temptation is to decline this invitation to hospitality. Whether the temptation emerges out of fear of the other, a fear of scarcity, or a fear of security, the human result is often a retreat into the self. This is no different when it comes to the perspective of nations. As I said on Sunday, there is an executive power we do not possess. But, there is a holy power that we do - hospitality. 

I want to encourage you, once again, to invite someone over to your home. Invite someone over for coffee or tea; for lunch; for a glass of wine. Sit together. Serve the other. Speak and listen to one another. Inviting someone over is a divine practice, and one that leads us out of those fears and temptations, and into grace and compassion. If we desire to help usher in this beloved community, we must care for one another. To do this well, we must actually know one another. 

Your homework. My homework. Our homework is hospitality. 

Peace,
Chris

 

Children's Ministry

Welcome to our new board members, Alison Rolf and Kristin Yeomans.
Thanks to Heather Penrod for signing up for another term.

I'd also like to thank Cindy Hopkins for her many years with the
Christian Education board.  Cindy did a wonderful job and will be
missed.  Thanks, Cindy!

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

"Souper Bowl”

The Mission Team has set up a table in the fellowship hall to receive canned soup donations for the food pantry. If you CAN (get it?!?), please pick up some canned soups and bring them in this week (receiving through Sunday) and place them on the table near the team of your choice. I know that the choices are between the lesser of two evils for Cleveland fans (the only way it could be worse would be if Baltimore was playing too). But the purpose is ultimately very good - ensuring that our brothers and sisters in Geauga County are fed well. 

 

Cousin’s Supper Club

Due to the weather last week, we decided to reschedule Cousin’s Supper Club to Monday, February 6 @ 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. 

 

Consistory Retreat

For information and planning purposes, the annual Consistory Retreat is planned for Saturday, February 11th at the church in the sanctuary from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM.  Evaluation of the past year and plans for 2017, as well as long term, will be addressed.  All officers of the church are encouraged to attend as well as interested congregation members who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy and even offer their input.

 

Chi-Rho next Sunday

The youth group had a fantastic time playing “human battleship” this past Sunday. Chi-Rho gathers again on the 12th of February! 

 

Friendship Guild
 
The Friendship Guild will be meeting on February 13th at 7:00 PM in the Parlor.  All women are welcome.

 

DIRECTORY UPDATE
 
The Membership Committee is working on updating our directory.
Our new directory will also include the opportunity for everyone
to include a photo (at no charge!) to help everyone get acquainted more easily.
 
We are calling all members and friends to confirm their contact
information and to inquire about photo preference, etc.  We also
want to hear your comments and feedback.  
 
Please expect a call from a member of the committee soon.  If you have any questions
prior to getting your call, you are welcome to contact Barb Inderlied,
Pat Martin, Lauren Baskin, Lynn or Jeanne Felberg, Mazie Smith, or
Ginger Hannon.

January 19, 2017

Connections: Integrity

Integrity. This is a word that has been surfacing in my life recently. 

Within our Wednesday study of Revelation, it appears that the greatest concern of Christ for the seven churches is the matter of faithfulness and integrity - the churches had compromised their integrity to “go along” with the ways of the empire. From this last Sunday’s lectionary text and the image of the Tricycle (Experience, Scripture, Tradition) that may aid us in our discipleship; it all comes down to a matter of faithfulness - riding with all three wheels working together to lead us forward with integrity. This Sunday’s scripture brings this matter before us again, as Paul writes to discourage the partisanship that emerged within the church of Corinth that they may rediscover their faithfulness and integrity. 

Integrity matters because this beautiful calling of God invites and requires us to be "set apart.” To be distinct - to remain distinct - requires integrity. Without it, compromise erodes the distinction until the Christian and the Church no longer resemble anything apart from empire.  

Integrity. It comes from wholeness. From union between conviction and being. From communion between the self and God. 

It is my prayer that what we do here within the life of Pilgrim Christian Church fosters faithfulness and integrity within you. 

 

Peace,

Chris

 

Children’s Ministry

The HUGSS tree is ready for your donations of hats, underwear, gloves,

scarves, and socks.  We'll deliver the donated items to Job and Family

Services in February.  This is a joint project of Missions and

Christian Ed.

What are the ten commandments?   Do we still use the ten commandments

today? Come to Sunday School this week and learn what they are and how

to use them in your life.

Next Sunday, Jan. 29th, youth group will meet at 11:30 for lunch and

fellowship.  Please plan to join us.

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

 

Friendship Guild Retreat

Due to the unavailability of several members, the Friendship Guild Retreat that was set to be held on Saturday, January 27th will be rescheduled to another time. Please stay tuned for further information. 

 

Book of Joy Study

The Scriptura class will be entering into a 6-week book study with The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. This book is derived from a conversation between two exceptional religious leaders, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. It moves through the discovery of joy and into engaging in practices that will develop a presence to sustain that joy. What a gift! 

This study will be held on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm-7:30pm), beginning Wednesday, February 1st and continue each Wednesday through March 8th. The study will be paired with a 5-6 week time of fellowship over meals, beginning the week of March 15th. This will allow the group to continue in community, while also sharing about our engagement with the "Practices of Joy" listed in the book. We’ll gather in the homes of willing hosts and share a meal and faithful practice. What could be better??? 

I am incredibly excited about this book and about the opportunity to nurture the ties of community and faith development. If you have been considering a book study, I hope you will participate in this one. If you have been feeling as though joy is something that is more fleeting than present in your life, I hope you will participate in this study. If you have been looking for a way to engage in this community more and initiate relationships with brothers and sisters, I hope you will participate in this study. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Chris and inquire. If you’d like for the church to order your book, please RSVP with Cheryl. 

Peace,

Chris

 

Chi-Rho

Chi-Rho (4-8th graders) will meet Sunday, January 29 for lunch, games, and fellowship. The meeting will take place from 11:30-1:00pm. 

 

ANNUAL MEETING

Greetings Friends and Members of Pilgrim Christian Church,

An invitation is extended to all friends and members of the Congregation to the January 22 Annual Meeting in the Fellowship Hall as the Annual Reports are presented from various boards and committees and new officers installed.  In addition, a final Stewardship report will be presented followed by the prospective 2017 Budget which will be voted upon for approval. The meeting will take place directly following our Sunday Morning Worship. 

In the Spirit, 

Paul Hederstrom

 

Cousin’s Supper Club

Cousin’s Supper Club is getting together on Tuesday, January 31st for a potluck dinner in the fellowship hall from 6-8pm. 

 

Consistory Retreat

For information and planning purposes, the annual Consistory Retreat is planned for Saturday, February 11th at the church.  Evaluation of the past year and plans for 2017, as well as long term, will be addressed.  All officers of the church are encouraged to attend as well as interested congregation members who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy and even offer their input.

 

Thank you

Thank you to the cleaning crew who came into the church on Tuesday morning to clean the kitchen in the fellowship hall and other areas of the facility. It all looks great, and word is that the folks who participated had a great time cleaning and eating together. Thanks!!!

 

HUGSS

The Mission Team is collecting Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Scarves, and Socks for children and young adults. The items can be hung on, or placed beneath, this Christmas Tree downstairs in Fellowship Hall. The Mission Team will be offering this clothing drive throughout January, taking all donations to Geauga JFS in February. 

 

Prayers of the People            

Prayers for Healing and Wholeness:

Jan Stewart                            Jay Sage                     Eileen Moore                  John Hopkins                         Betsi Skolaris                         Bill Henderson             Bill Rolf                           Theresa

For the friends and family of Maria Burkhammer

 

January 5, 2017

Connections: Spirit & Matter; Matter & Spirit

The incarnation is the great reaffirmation of Spirit in Matter and Matter in Spirit. God dwells in flesh, and flesh is filled with God. Christ's ministry reveals this too as healing, justice, and peace are always of the body and the soul. 

The possessed soul is exorcised and the boy who was cast out of the community is welcomed back. Justice is not just about having enough bread to eat for this day, but it is also about having meaning and joy in life. Peace is with God and with one another. Spirit and Matter are one with God. 

The kings of economics, technology, and politics always seem to insist that what matters is only material (job/money, status, or stuff - meaning doesn't matter). The kings of the church have widely insisted that everything is all spiritual (give me Jesus, forget about Justice). What would happen if we saw the world as one where Spirit dwells in Matter and Matter is filled with Spirit? 

I think the answer is something beautiful. 

To see this truth and to abide by the revelation of incarnation; 

I believe this is the work of faith and the process of discipleship... 

I believe this is the work of the Church. 

I believe this is what the world is starving for. 

Let's be the people who are led by Christ to see Spirit in Matter and Matter in Spirit, 

Let's be the people who are led by Christ to bring healing and grace to the world by bringing matter to spirit, and spirit to matter. 

Peace,

Chris

 

Children's Ministry

Christian Education is leaving our Christmas tree up for the month of

January.  It will become our HUGSS (hats, underwear, gloves, socks,

scarves) tree as a co-project between Missions and Christian Ed.  The

items collected will be donated to Job and Family Services in

February.  Please watch for sales and make a donation to our tree!

 

Just a reminder that "dinner and a movie night" will be rescheduled

soon, maybe in February to coincide with Valentine's Day (if the

weather cooperates).  Watch this space for more info.

 

Barb Inderlied is teaching this month's Sunday School unit on Moses

with the help of Catherine Condon.  We're still looking for helpers

for the rest of the Sunday School year.

 

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

 

Bible Study: Revelation

The Wednesday afternoon Bible study has begun the study of the book of Revelation. We began by discussing the theology that we carry with us each day, and then discussing the theology that is apparent in the conventional interpretation of Revelation. And there, we saw some contrast. So this is the first wrestling endeavor is to carry what we understand about God into a reading of scripture that would seem to reveal a radically different image of God. You're welcome to join us - Wednesdays at 1:00pm. 

 

Scriptura: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The book and Bible study, Scriptura, is incubating now. I am considering leading the study of Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama's new work, The Book of Joy. This study may be paired with a time of fellowship and dinner to discuss the daily practices that may lead us to discover Joy. If you are interested, please look at the trailer for the book and contact Cheryl or Chris to reserve a book. 

http://bookofjoy.org

 

Stewardship Pledges

The Pony Express Campaign has concluded and the stewardship campaign was a success. However,two ponies got lost in the process! (8 out of 10 ain't bad) So, if you did not receive the Stewardship Materials and would like to receive them, please contact the office and a hard copy will be prepared for you. And, if you happen to find a copy of the pony express materials in your kitchen, please see that it gets back to the church office. 

Thank you. 

 

Chi-Rho

Chi-Rho (the youth group for 4-8th graders) is gathering this Sunday after worship, from 11:30-1:00pm, for lunch, games, and study. 

 

Unhanging of the Greens: 

It is time to remove the wreaths and banners and tree, wrap them up, and store them away for next year. If you would like to get together and help in the "unhanging of the greens" and prepare the sanctuary for Ordinary Time. A gathering can assemble Thursday, January 12 from 5:30-6:30pm. We can order some pizzas too! 

 

ANNUAL MEETING

All boards and committees need to have reports to the office by January 15th.

An invitation is extended to all members of the Congregation to the January 22 meeting in the Fellowship Hall as the Annual Reports are presented from various boards and committees.  In addition, a final Stewardship report will be presented followed by the prospective 2017 Budget which will be voted upon for approval.

 

Friendship Guild Retreat

Friendship Guild will meet for its annual retreat on Saturday, January 28, 2017, beginning at 1 pm, at the home of Barbara Inderlied.  This meeting is open to all women.  Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert.

 

Consistory Retreat

For information and planning purposes, the annual Consistory Retreat is planned for Saturday, February 11th at the church.  Evaluation of the past year and plans for 2017, as well as long term, will be addressed.  All officers of the church are encouraged to attend as well as interested congregation members who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy and even offer their input.

December 8, 2016

Connections: Love and Shelter. 

Today’s connection is a simple word of encouragement: 

Who do you know that is in need of shelter in this time? 

    What can you offer to meet, care, and welcome him/her/them? 

The call to welcome, care for, and stand with the poor, meek, and vulnerable continues to come to us. 

How can you - how can we as Pilgrim Christian Church - respond? 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

On Friday, December 9th, we are hosting dinner and a movie for

children age 3 and older from 6 to 8:30 pm.  We'll be holding this

upstairs in the Sunday School rooms.  Heather Penrod is making mac and

cheese, and we'll also have pb and j sandwiches, veggies, and cookies

for dessert.  We'd like a tentative head count so, if possible, let me

know that your child will be attending.

 

The Christmas pageant is fast approaching.  Practice will be held on

Saturday, Dec. 17th from 9:30 am to noon.  We'll be assigning parts

and costumes that day and then running through the pageant several

times.  If your children or grandchildren would like to participate

but are unable to attend practice, please let me know, and we'll be

sure they have a part to play.  The pageant will take place during the

worship service on Dec. 18th.

Looking ahead:  Dec. 17 - pageant practice

                           Dec. 18 - Christmas pageant

 

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

 

Advent Worship Calendar

Advent Worship Schedule: 

December 11, 2016: Sunday Morning Worship @ 10AM

December 18, 2016: Sunday Morning Worship with the Children’s Pageant @ 10AM

December 24, 2016: Christmas Eve

              Family Service: Communion and Candlelight @ 7:00PM

              Threshold Service: Communion and Candlelight @ 11:30PM

December 25, 2016: Christmas Day

No Sunday Morning Worship. Receive and celebrate the day with friends, family, neighbors. 

 

Mission: The Gift of Water. The Gift of Life.

Throughout December, the Mission Team is providing the congregation with a great gift idea: water bottles that come with a donation to Church World Service to provide a Well-Pump to a community. This gift is a symbol of a $10 donation to CWS that will bring safe, clean water to families. As we know so well, water is life. Our goal is to raise $500 this way (that’s 50 bottles!). The cost of a Well-Pump is $1,000 and the Mission Team is providing $500 to start us off at the half-way point. If you are looking for a stocking stuffer or that gift for under the tree for someone who is seeking to bring life into the world, consider making a donation of $10 and sharing the gift of water this Christmas. 

Water bottles are located in the Fellowship Hall and a donation can be made to the Church - please note that the donation is for the “well-pump.” 

 

Caroling on the Square

Please join us Saturday, December 10th at 10 AM for Caroling on the Square.  We will meet at the church and then begin caroling on the Square from 10 AM - 11 AM.  

 

Chi-Rho

This Sunday, Chi-Rho is hitting the road to go to the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s the Second Sunday celebration with Merry Making for the whole family. We will depart from PCC at 11:45, arrive to the CMA, eat lunch at the cafe, attend the Merry Making, and then take a tour of art featuring depictions of the nativity and Christ child. What a way to celebrate the season!

 

Olympic Brass Concert

Mark your calendars on Decembers 16, 2016, at 7:30 for when the wonderful 

Olympic Brass brings their popular “Silver Bells” holiday concert to Geauga County again!

Pilgrim Christian Church is hosting this beloved concert of carols, classics and sing-a-longs the whole family will love.  Olympic Brass provides audiences with an incomparable experience, performing fresh arrangements written by members of the group and playing a wide array of historical and unique instruments.  

This not-so-traditional quintet is composed of five of the most accomplished musicians in Northeast Ohio: Amanda Bekeny (trumpet); Eric Dina (trumpet); Greg Hillis (horn); Eric Rowles (trombone); and J.c. Sherman (tuba). You may learn more by visiting their website: http://www.jcsherman.net/olympic-brass

 

CHILI DINNER

Thanks to all who donated food and time to make the Chili dinner  a success.  We made over $570 from the dinner.  As this was an event for our community and the community enjoys the steeple, we are donating this money to the Steeple fund to help cover the unexpected expenses.  We made an additional $259 on the “Bake Sale To Go” planned by Lynn Felberg and Jeanne Osborne-Felberg, new members. Pat Martin, another new member purchased the remainder of the table and donated it to last Sunday’s Coffee Hour.  Thanks you!  This money went to the Women ’s Group and will be used for church projects..

Barb Inderlied

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee, with the expertise of new member Ginger Hannon,  has produced a tri-fold with information about  the activities of Pilgrim Christian Church.  Please encourage guests to take them and, if you would like to share our church with someone, please take one too!

Barb Inderlied

 

Congregational Meeting

There will be a Congregational Meeting following Worship service on December 18th to present a proposed budget and the proposed new officers' names.

 

Welcoming Our Guest Organist

Fern Jennings will be our guest organist for the next 3 weeks while Ann Doersam is away.  Fern is the retired Director of Music and Organist for the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.  She has a degree in Organ Performance in the Joint Program of the Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve.  She is currently enjoying the variety and flexibility as serving as a substitute organist.

 

Stewardship Campaign Materials

Having heard from a few people who did not receive the Pony Express materials, the Stewardship Team has prepared hard copies of the materials to be taken home. If you would like to receive the materials to consider pledging to the ministry of Pilgrim Christian Church in 2017, please stop into or contact the office. 440.285.8791 or PCC@ChardonPCC.org

 

Prayers of the People

Prayers of Thanksgiving:

    Generosity                            Dinner & Banana Pudding                                  Fellowship

            

Prayers for Healing and Wholeness:

Jan Stewart                                Jay Sage                    Eileen Moore                   John Hopkins                                Lauren Baskin                            Betsi Skolaris             Bill Henderson                 Bill Rolf          

 Sheri Farrell                           George Kline               Theresa

    Friends and family ofDonna Zolinski

 

November 10, 2016

Connections: Truth and Reconciliation

“Where does it hurt?” 

This is the question Ruby Sales offered to others during the Civil Rights movement. 

It allowed whites who saw increased rights to blacks as an eroding of their own to speak and be heard. 

It allowed blacks who saw dehumanization within Jim Crow to name it and be heard. 

It allowed the respondent to name the source of their anger and fear - and the listener to hear.

“Where does it hurt?” 

I think that this question is filled with power for our country today.

Ruby Sales noted that President-Elect Trump spoke to the pain in the white community. 

Hillary Clinton spoke to the pain of minorities who have been “Otherized” and to the white community who empathized with them. 

Unfortunately, neither candidate adequately spoke to the pain of the entire nation - just parts and pieces. 

Because of this, we have missed so many beautiful opportunities to name our pain together, and to see how our pain relates to and touches the pain of others - others who we believe are so radically different from us. To do so would allow us to see our common humanity, common pain, and common grief - there, we may discover that common hope and that common good. 

While it strikes me as nearly a toxic assumption that we would come together after such an ugly campaign filled with vitriol, it may be such a time to gather together with diverse friends and neighbors and to simply ask the question, “Where does it hurt?” 

There is power in this question. 

There is Grace in the question. 

And there is, I believe, Grace in the response that is spoken and and the response that is heard. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

The Advent workshop is Sunday, Nov. 20th, after coffee hour.  All kids

and their families are invited to make ornaments, decorate our

Christmas tree, and have fun.  We will be serving lunch to both the

workshop participants and those involved in hanging of the greens.  If

you have any ideas for easy ornaments or are interested in helping,

please let me know.

 

NO MOVIE NIGHT in November.  We are in the midst of planning a movie

night that will include dinner for the children in early December

(probably the 9th) so that parents can have a break to shop, wrap, or

go to dinner themselves.  More on that next week.

If you have a donation of furniture for the Sunday school, please

check with me or one of the board members to see if we have room

and/or need for your donation.  Thanks in advance.

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

 

Worship This Sunday: 

This Sunday, we have the joy of being together in such a time. We also have the blessing of baptizing Nora Elizabeth Stoltz, the daughter of Sarah and DJ Stoltz. It is a beautiful time to proclaim the Grace of God and proclaim with all conviction that this Grace is for all. 

 

Teatime for Peace:  Nov 17th @ 7PM

This coming Thursday, November 17th,  the First Congregational Church of Hudson will be hosting “Teatime for Peace” at 7:00pm. This is an event to create relationship and dialogue between people of faith. There will be members of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions all there to welcome one another, get to know one another, and get to know more about the traditions that have come from Abraham. If you would like to attend, please contact Chris and carpooling will be arranged. 

 

Membership Committee

This is a new committee chaired by Barb Inderlied.  We will work on developing a trifold about our church so that all members  and visitors know about the various activities  sand opportunities to serve taking place in Pilgrim Christian Church.  We welcome new and old members and friends of PC to participate in the development of this  document!  We will meet in the sanctuary after Coffee Hour  and choose a time to have a work session in the near future.  All are welcome!!  Call Barb Inderlied if you leave questions 286-6735.

 

Scriptura: Power and the Parables: 

We wrapped up our book study (Re-Imagine the World) last night. Each parable from Jesus points to something - God, community, life, etc - and together, we receive this gorgeous collage of images that allow us to see more about God, community, life, etc. Bernard Brandon Scott offers three "coordinates" that run through this divine collage: 

    1    God is Unclean: Through the parable of Leaven, we see that God is a deity who identifies with and dwells with the “unclean of society.” The poor, broken, diseased, widowed, and on and on - this God and Empire are for them. It is the same in the dinner party when the master welcomes in everyone on the street after the elites snub his invitation. What is it to make the jump from seeing God as the end result of healing to seeing God as within the illness, uncleanliness, and impoverishment? 

    2    God is Present in the Absence: When brokenness transpires and we are seeking that divine intervention, it unfolds in ways that we are not keen to understand. It is, perhaps, as the poet Mary Oliver offers… God, or the gods, are invisible, quite understandable. But holiness is visible, entirely. 

    3    It’s about Cooperation: Think of the Samaritan. This of the older brother in the Prodigals. When it ceases to be about competing for a bigger piece of the pie or a piece at all, when you understand that God will provide, you can dwell in an abundance mentality that allows you to extend compassion to the other.   

These are quite amazing and transforming to hold for our theology and ecclesiology… and it comes through the parables - told to us to allow us to re-imagine the world, and begin to live into it. 

Stewardship Campaign

The Pony Express materials are out and making their rounds. When the booklet makes its way into your hands, please take the time to review the story and budget narrative that reveal the ministries of Pilgrim Christian Church. Then, please consider pledging to share your gifts and talents in support of the life of this congregation. Thank you!

 

October 27, 2016

Connections: Expanding the Table

As we may glean from Sunday’s scripture with Elijah - the one who has the word of God that the community of God needs to hear, is the one chased out and unwelcome. Hospitality is ultimately how we keep ourselves open to the reality and in-breaking of God into our lives and world. As we welcome the other, we welcome the image and word of God they carry. What a wise practice to embrace from the very beginning of our tradition. 

In our collection to welcome the other, we are shy a couple of items. One of the great things is that a neighboring congregation (First Presbyterian Church in Willoughby) heard about this project and wanted to join in to do the same. I will be sharing our remaining list with them as well. What a gift and blessing to see how generosity can invite others to join in. 

Kitchen: (This is what we need to complete 3 Kits)

    •    10 Drinking Glasses

    •    1 Set of Mixing Bowls

    •    2 Sauce and Frying Pans

    •    1 Baking Dish

    •    2 Cutting Boards

    •    2 Can Openers

    •    1 Kitchen Knife Set

    •    3 Packs of Sponges

    •    4 Waste Baskets

    •    Trash Bags

Bathroom: (This is what we need to complete 3 Kits)

    •    8 Tooth Brushes

    •    3 Deodorants

    •    2 Bottles of Shampoo

    •    6 Razors

    •    6 Wash Cloths

    •    4 Laundry Baskets

    •    3 Toilet Brushes

    •    2 Shower Liner and Rings

Bedroom/Misc: (This is where we have the most need now. Here is what we need to complete 3 Kits)

    •    15 Sheet Sets (1 Queen & 4 Twin)

    •    18 Blankets

    •    18 Pillow Cases

    •    18 Pillows

    •    3 Sets of Hangers

    •    3 Alarm Clocks

    •    3 Brooms & Dustpans

    •    3 Vacuums

    •    3 Scissors

    •    3 First Aid Kits

    •    3 Plastic Drawer Units

    •    3 Packs of Light Bulbs

    •    6 Lamps

    •    3 Floor Rugs

    •    3 Rice Cookers

What from this list is just laying around your house? What from this list is sitting in the attic, basement, or storage unit? What from this list can be added to your shopping list? 

Let us continue on in our project to welcome refugees resettling in Columbus. We’ll receive gifts and donations through this Sunday, and then wrap up the collection, wrap up the kits, and arrange for the delivery. Thank you!!!

Peace

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Movie night poll - I'd like to move movie night to the fourth Friday

due to my schedule.  This means that in November, it would be the day

after Thanksgiving (11/25).  Please email or call me to let me know

your preference.  (Contact info at bottom of article.)

 

This Sunday, we'll have a special Halloween Sunday school lesson.

November 6th and 13th, our lessons will be on Isaac, Jacob, and Esau.

November 20th will be a special Thanksgiving lesson.

 

If you have a donation of furniture for the Sunday school, please

check with me or one of the board members to see if we have room

and/or need for your donation.  Thanks in advance.

 

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

 

Stewardship Campaign

The Stewardship Campaign for our 2017 year of ministry has begun! The Pony Express materials have been created and assembled by the stewardship team and are now in the hands of the team captains. Our goal is to give each member and friend of the church a narrative of our ministry and a budget to see our ministries unfold. It is our hope that each member and friend can participate in this pledging process and pass the materials on to the next member/friend on their team within a span of 2-3 days. Returning all Pony Express materials in to the church office by Sunday, November 13, we will then be able to dedicate our gifts and pledges during worship on Sunday, November 20. 

If you have any questions when you receive the materials, please contact your team captain. If you have any questions about the process or budget, please contact a member of the Stewardship Team: Paul and Elly Kenny, Patti Schmid, Jake Bauer, and Chris McCreight. 

Thank you! 

 

HARVEST DINNER POTLUCK

There will be a free potluck Harvest Dinner following worship on Sunday, October 30th.  All are welcome!

 

HALLOWEEN

Pilgrim Christian Church has this amazing and fun outreach program of giving away candy on the night of Trick or Treat (Monday, 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: 

1. 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 on or before this Sunday, October 30. 

2. Help Bag the Candy: 

Following worship and the Harvest Dinner this Sunday (October 30), there will be an opportunity to bag the candy downstairs in the fellowship hall. We can get an assembly line going and complete what bags we have in a timely manner! 

3. Help with Trick or Treat Night: 

Monday, 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 Chris: chris@chardonpcc.org

All Saints Day

Sunday, November 6, we will honor All Saints Day in worship. This is a day to honor mourning and to remember our beloved friends and family. During the worship service, there is a time when the names of friends and family who have died in the last year are spoken aloud - followed by a chime of the bells. If you would like to have a name read, please submit it to Chris: Chris@ChardonPCC.org

 

Note from our Elders

If you know of someone who is ill, hospitalized or needing a call or a visit, please call the church office at 285-8791.

 

Christmas Service?

We want your opinion.  Christmas is on Sunday this year.  We are considering having two Christmas Eve services- a family service at 7:30 PM and another service at 11 PM that would take us into Christmas Day. If that were to be the case, there WOULD NOT BE A 10 AM service on Sunday, December 25. What is your opinion? Please share your thoughts on this with one of the Elders by November 1st. Our elders include: Stephanie Burke, Steve Moore, Judy Hederstrom, Barb Inderlied, Gene and Maria Burkhammer, Joan Lawrence, Matt Rolf, or Mary Wick. 

 

Geauga County Jail Ministry

For anyone interested in a new volunteer opportunity, Sara Bauer will be starting a Bible study (and possible musical) ministry at the Geauga County Jail. In order to participate, you first have to attend the volunteer orientation at the jail at 10 AM, Saturday, October 29. We'll meet in the parking lot at the jail. If you're interested, please email Sara at sara@saradobie.com. For orientation, you'll need to bring your driver's license and a big smile.

October 6, 2016

Connections: Expanding the Table

"There you are upon the table. There you are in the cup." The words of Saint Augustine. We are blessed. We are invited to be broken open. We are invited to be poured out. We are invited to share our selves - our lives and being - with the world. This is what we "do in remembrance." This is how we commune. This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ and part of the body of Christ.

In allowing this sacrament to shape us, we are we engaging in a mission to help welcome refugees who are resettling in the Columbus area. Partnering with Community Refugee and Immigrant Services of Columbus (and Church World Service), we can see that three refugee families are welcomed into their new apartment and community. We have three rubbermaid containers (one container for each family) in the Fellowship Hall that we would like to fill with items that would grace their apartments and help it feel like home. It's like a wedding registry, wanting to help the family in the next chapter of their life. 

There are three rooms to provide for (Kitchen, Bathroom, and Bedroom/Misc. You can pick up a copy of the whole list at the church or find the whole list herehttp://www.crisohio.org/support-self-sufficiency-2/) and I'll focus on one room each week through October (6, 13, and 20). This week, the room to provide for is the Kitchen: 

    •    Dish & Bowl Set for 6

    •    6 sets of silverware

    •    6 drinking glasses

    •    set of mixing bowls

    •    sauce and frying pan

    •    baking dish

    •    cutting board

    •    can opener

    •    kitchen knives

    •    cooking utensils

    •    6 dish towels

    •    paper towels

    •    bottle of dish soap

    •    pack of sponges

    •    2 waste baskets 

    •    trash bags

These items can be purchased new and donated. CRIS will also accept gently used items. Can you check your kitchen for any of these items that you have, but don't use? Can you check the church kitchen for any of these items that we have but don't use? Would you like to pick up an item for one family? Do you have a recipe that you could write down and share? 

From Christ's table, we recognize: We are blessed. We are invited to be broken open, to be poured out. We are invited to share ourselves and our being. It is my hope that our mission projects provide you and the whole church with an opportunity to do just that.

 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

This Sunday, we're beginning a new unit about Abraham and Sarah.

We'll explore Abram's trust in God as he and his family leave their

home to move where God tells them to go.

Parents - We are beginning a new year and want to teach the children

that they can make a difference in our church family and our world.

We are going to take offering during our opening during Sunday School.

Don't be surprised if your child ask to help around the house in order

to earn change for Sunday School.  We'll use the donated cash for the

Heifer Project, our Christmas families, and other service projects

during the year.

 

Chi Rho is meeting this Sunday following worship.  They'll visit

Holden Arboretum where Steve Wick will lead a hike.  They'll enjoy a

picnic lunch, talk about what it means to understand God as Creator,

and return to PCC at 1:45pm.

Movie night is October 16 at 6pm.  Join us for some Halloween videos

and craft.  Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket.

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

 

Scriptura: The Parables and Power

What if Jesus' parable of the Leaven is less a parable of growth (a small bit can leaven the whole thing) and more a parable of identification? Bernard Brandon Scott suggests that leaven in the context of Jesus' time and place was regarded as a corrupter - an unholy or impure thing. Leaven was kept out of the holy festivals (think of the Exodus). For Jesus to begin the parable by saying that the Empire of God is like leaven... is like saying that the Empire of God is like corruption - or the corrupt. It is a jaw-dropping statement, until we consider that the audience would have been composed of peasants and day-laborers - people who were regarded by the powerful and elites of society in the Empire of Rome as "the corrupt." The impure. The poor. The powerless. Scott says that they were "the leaven" of the world. It is a powerful word of identification: into a world where the powerful and wealthy have convinced everyone that they are the divine favorites and the powerless and poor are divinely despised, Jesus speaks... This Empire of God is like the leaven... It is like the poor. It is like the powerless. It is like the impure, unclean, unfit, disorderly, on and on and on. For this audience, they hear, perhaps for the first time, that this God is like... them. 

That is good news. 

If you are interested in this, I hope you'll come and join us for our study: Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm in the parlor. Our next parable to take another look at is the parable of the Mustard Seed.

 

 

MEN'S CLAMBAKE

Men's Fellowship will be hosting their Annual Clambake on October 9th.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Butch Penrod or Terry Calabrese.

$20 - Clambake

Add - ons

$8 - Steak

$5 - Extra Clams

 

Walter Brueggemann

This Saturday, Hebrew Bible Scholar and Theologian, Walter Brueggemann, is speaking at Avon Lake UCC. Registration is available at: http://avonlakeucc.org/brueggemann/

If you are not available to attend his lecture this Saturday, please PLEASE consider traveling to Avon Lake UCC for worship on Sunday morning, when Brueggemann will be preaching. It is not every day that a scholar of this calibre comes to Northeast Ohio!

 

HARVEST DINNER POTLUCK

There will be a free potluck Harvest Dinner following worship on Sunday, October 30th.  If you would like to attend, you can sign up on Sunday, October 16th.  

 

Trick or Treat - Monday, October 31

The pumpkins are out, the goblins and ghouls are out, and for some reason there are creepy clowns out too (what is that all about?!?). Halloween is approaching! Pilgrim Christian Church has this amazing and fun outreach program of giving away candy on the night of Trick or Treat (Monday, 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: 

1. 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 (there will be a box for candy donations) by October 23. 

2. Help Bag the Candy: 

Following worship on the 23rd of October, there will be an opportunity to bag the candy downstairs in the fellowship hall. We can get an assembly line going and complete the 500 bags quickly! 

3. Help with Trick or Treat Night: 

Monday, 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 Chris: chris@chardonpcc.org

 

PAPER BAGS

The Food Cupboard is in need of paper bags.  If you are able to help you can drop them off in the office.