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!

August 25, 2016

Connections

Middle school is an awkward time. Hormones. Fashion. Friends. Popularity. Emotions. All thrown together - hopefully with some grace. It’s a time when young adults are becoming… and when standing out for the wrong reasons can come at a huge social cost. I am grateful to the Mission Team for providing us this opportunity to help supply our Chardon Schools with particular items that can help add a little grace into the life of a student: shoes, socks, tampons, and pads. These are the things we don’t do a lot of thinking about - until we desperately need them. If you are heading out to the store this week, please consider picking up one of the listed items to offer a little help to some of our fantastic young adults. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Anyone interested in helping to clean the Sunday school rooms, please

let me know when you're available.  We'll probably schedule one

weekday and one Saturday for cleaning.

Many thanks to Ginger Hannon for her generous donation of a toy cash

register for the nursery.  I know the children will enjoy playing with

it.

NEEDS:  We are looking for a play house for the nursery, paint shirts,

and bean bag chairs.  If you'd like to donate any of these items,

please contact me or the office.

 

Looking ahead:  Aug. 28th - volunteers needed for both the nursery and 4/5s

                       Sept. 11th - Rally Sunday & youth group

meeting after church

 

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

 

 

DIRECTORY

We are trying to update our directory.  The new directory will be placed in the Fellowship Hall for updates through Labor Day.  Please take a moment to review and correct information.  If you are not listed and would like to be added please add your name. If you are unable to review the directory please email the office with your information so that we may verify if it is correct.  

Cheryl Hederstrom

pcc@chardonpcc.org

 

Compassion in Action

The Mission Team has provided us with the opportunity to supply the Chardon School District nurses with items that can aid our children during the school day. Underwear, Socks, Tampons, and Pads can be donated throughout the month of August. Items can be donated in the church office Monday-Friday, 9-2am or can be collected Sunday morning during worship by adding it to the basket utilized for collecting items for the Food Pantry.

 

PEACE CRANE PROJECT

This evening (Thursday, August 24) at 6:30, friends will gather in the Fellowship Hall of the church to create origami Peace Cranes to reach our goal of 1,000. If you are not comfortable with the idea of folding, there will also be opportunities to engage by threading cranes together and sharing in fellowship. The work of this is an effort of Peace - as the work to fold and shape is much like a form of prayer. It is an opportunity to pray for peace in the world, peace in our cities and schools, peace in far-away-places, and peace in our hearts - where it all begins. These cranes will make themselves visible within our church, and there are plans to bless them during worship on September 11, 2016, as we join together in prayer and work for Peace. 

 

CROP WALK

Save the Date as the Geauga Crop Walk will take place at the fairgrounds on Sunday, September 26. Beginning in September, you’ll find opportunities to get involved with the walk and fundraising for Church World Service. As a reminder, 75% of collected funds are distributed throughout the world to provide food and resources to combat hunger; 25% of collected funds will stay in Geauga County to support the Geauga Hunger Task Force. 

 

Prayers of the People

Let us be in prayer for: 

Stephanie Gingrich, who had a successful surgery yesterday. She is the niece of Terry Boggs. 

Family and Friends of Lucas Sniderman. Lucas passed away this last week. He was Ann Doersam’s Daughter’s Nephew. 

Georgi Alexander, who is home after several stays in the hospital. 

Lois Wheeler, who will be having surgery on her foot next Thursday, September 1.

 

How Do I Thank You, Lord?

Gene Burkhammer

 

How do I thank you , Lord?  How do I thank You, Lord

for the life that I live, for the gifts that You give,

for the love that You share with me?

 

Chorus:

We all have troubles to face, mistakes that we make.

Some have more, others less, than me.

With Life's choices ahead, negative baggage to shed,

With You close, You'll make the most of me.  You will see.

 

Why do You care, my Lord?  When I'm in despair, oh Lord

You are there when I pray, fill my heart with Your grace, 

Make me whole, heal my soul all ways?

 

Chorus:

We all have troubles to face, mistakes that we make.

Some have more, others less, than me.

With Life's choices ahead, negative baggage to shed,

With You close, You'll make the most of me.  You will see.

 

The end of life, my Lord, is what we all fear, my Lord,

Give us hope as we pray.  Let our faith show the way.

Heaven's door opens wide for that day.

 

Hebrew Bible Scholar and Theologian, Walter Brueggemann, in Cleveland! 

Avon Lake UCC is hosting the First Annual Westside UCC Theological Forum, and Walter Brueggemann is the theologian this inaugural year. You will recognize the name as he is my “go to” on all things of the Hebrew Bible. I had the chance to listen to him at the Festival of Homiletics in Denver last summer and he was amazing. Brueggemann will speak on Saturday, October 8 at 8:45am. His presentation is entitled, “Follow the Money.” He will then preach the following day at Avon Lake UCC at 9 and 11 (yes, you should go!). Then, Monday, he is giving a presentation for clergy entitled, “Hutzpah and Kitsch.” Hmm… 

Tickets are $35 for Saturday and worship is, of course, free of charge. The link to purchase tickets is below. If you are going, please let the church office know and we may be able to figure out carpooling. 

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weekend-with-walter-brueggemann-tickets-25384600022?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

 

 

August 11, 2016

AfterWords: 

 

It is always a blessing to engage in conversation with one another upon the questions that truly shape us. Last Sunday, beneath the pavilion, it was this practice of conversation and theological work upon the question, “What does it mean to embrace the concept/idea of God as ‘Creator’?” that revealed a deep wisdom within you and the congregation. Reflections upon this question touched on how the gifts of Creation elicit gratitude to the Creator, a sense of mystery to ponder “Why” God would Create such bothersome beings as mosquitoes or “the people that populate that other political party, which must not be named,” and the wonder of universality to understand each and every “thing” and each and every “one” as Created by the Creator (and what that means for us to see and honor that). Gratitude, Mystery, Wonder and Love; that is incredible theological work from a meager question. 

May we continue to engage one another, listen to one another, and discover together more about this God and who this God creates and calls us to be. 

Peace,

Chris 

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Vacation Bible School was a great success!  The children had fun, and

so did all the volunteers.  We were able to donate 14 'boo-boo"

bunnies to the food cupboard.  The children also enjoyed sharing their

favorite things from VBS during worship in the park.

 

If anyone is interested in helping to clean the Sunday school rooms,

please let me know when you're available.  We'll probably schedule one

weekday and one Saturday for cleaning.

 

NEEDS - We are looking for a play house for the nursery (we'd prefer

one that hasn't been left outside), a play cash register, paint

shirts, and bean bag chairs.  If you would like to donate any of these

items, please contact me or the office.

 

Looking ahead:  Aug. 14th - Pioneer Waterland

                          Aug. 28th - volunteers needed for both the

                          nursery and 4/5s

                          Sept. 11th - Rally Sunday & youth group

                          meeting after church

 

Volunteers for August 14th

nursery - Heather Penrod

4/5s - Marianne Stoltz and Bekah Brozic

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

 

 

Scriptura: The Great Big Bible Study will resume Wednesday, August 24, entering into 1 and 2 Maccabees. 

 

 

Rev. Paul Durbin will be present this Sunday, August 14th, to join Pilgrim Christian Church in worship and to preach. He and Michaelene have a special place in the life of our congregation - Dr. Durbin served as an interim minister and graced the congregation with many gifts and a loving spirit that have strengthened this body. Come and welcome them both and enjoy this time of worship and fellowship together. 

 

MENS FELLOWSHIP

Thank you to Men’s Fellowship for providing a fantastic breakfast Sunday morning at Worship in the Park! It is a lot of work to purchase the food, haul the grills, do the cooking, and clean up, but they did it all. Thank you!!! 

 

DIRECTORY

We are trying to update our directory.  The new directory will be placed in the Fellowship Hall for updates through Labor Day.  Please take a moment to review and correct information.  If you are not listed and would like to be added please add your name. If you are unable to review the directory please email the office with your information so that we may verify if it is correct.  

 

Cheryl Hederstrom

pcc@chardonpcc.org

 

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

Sunday, August 21st, we’ll share in a time of prayer with our students who are going back to school! If you feel so inclined, have your child(rem) bring their backpacks to worship that morning and during the Children’s Sermon, we’ll talk about the excitement, the fun, and any concerns they have heading back to school; we’ll honor it all in prayer and share a blessing for the backpacks and the children who carry them! 

 

July 28, 2016

Forwords: 

A holy “thank you” for another week of rest and vacation. 

Returning in the midst of party conventions certainly brings a sense of timing! This coming Sunday, we are confronted with lectionary texts that appear to dwell in the language and concepts of stewardship (Ecclesiastes 1.2, 12-14; 2.18-23 & Luke 12.13-21), yet what we come to understand ever so well is that generosity towards others leads to a generosity of spirit. Stewardship is not only about money, but it is about spirit, presence, and being. How eager we are to share our money with others may be a direct reflection of how willing we are to share empathy, compassion, or grace to others. 

Looking throughout our world now, the beautiful and bright spots are filled with a generosity. The painful and dark spots are barren of any generosity whatsoever. This Sunday, we’ll encounter scripture that may lead us to a more generous being that just may lead to a more beautiful, gracious, and peaceful home, community, and world. All of this from a text about stewardship. Pretty cool. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Join us for "Outback Rock" Vacation Bible School on Saturday, August

6th, from 9:30 to noon!  We'll be making "boo-boo" bunnies to donate

to the food cupboard (and one to take home!), hearing the story of

Jesus' resurrection, and playing games.  Please call the church office

by Monday, August 1st, to register.  Children ages 3 through 4th grade

are welcome.

 

Our youth group meeting on July 17th was cancelled due to my illness.

I apologize to those students who showed up.  We'll reschedule for

September - date to be announced.

 

NEEDS - We are looking for a play house for the nursery (we'd prefer

one that hasn't been left outside), a play cash register, paint

shirts, and bean bag chairs.  If you would like to donate any of these

items, please contact me or the office.

I will NOT be in church this Sunday, July 31st.  Heather Penrod has

graciously agreed to take my place.

 

Volunteers for July 31:

nursery - Heather Penrod and Mykaela Penrod-Smith

4/5s - the Yeomans family and Cheryl Hederstrom

Looking ahead:

Aug. 12th - all-church potluck at Pioneer Waterland

August 28th - volunteers needed for both the nursery and 4/5s

September 11th - Rally Sunday

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

 

 

Scriptura: The Great Big Bible Study will resume Wednesday, August 24, entering into 1 and 2 Maccabees. 

 

 

WORSHIP IN THE PARK

Sunday, August 7th, we will gather at the Rotary Paviliion at Mt. Run Station to worship at 10am. Beginning at 9am, there will be a hot breakfast.  If you have yard games (no darts please!), bring them and we'll play. If you want to take a ride on the highland trail, bring your bikes and enjoy. It will be a beautiful day together. 

 

PEACE CRANE PROJECT

Volunteers are needed and welcome to help fold Origami Peace Cranes. Our goal is to make 1000 folded paper cranes to send out to a church where there has been violence in their area, just as we received 1000 Peace Cranes after the Chardon High School shooting in 2012 from Sharon Church in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. We in turn sent them to Newtown Congregational Church after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. They continue to travel to other churches in need of hope and healing. 

And so now it is time to make our own set of cranes to send off with prayers of hope and peace.

Please call the church office or me if you would like to help with this very important endeavor. We will be meeting together in the fellowship hall to create these symbols of peace a couple of times per week until they are all ready to take off.  Next week we will be meeting on Monday at 10 AM

and Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Thanks for your help.

Stephanie B.

 

 

July 14, 2016

AfterWords: 

It was a beautiful sight to look into the sanctuary and see the vibrant colors and textures of the Prayer Shawls this past Sunday. It is a powerful ministry brining grace, peace, and comfort to friends, family, and complete strangers - a tangible connection that the person who receives such a shawl is not alone but interwoven in a physical web of relationship and compassion. It is to see God’s Love breathe comfort and peace. Such is a dimension of God’s Love that it brings healing to the hurting - tranquility to those upended by chaos. Such is the work of God to channel and course this Love through our hands. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Youth group is meeting on July 17th after church.  We'll walk over the the square for lunch, return to play "Minute to Win It" Bible games and hold a planning meeting for the year.  All new fourth graders are invited!  Parents - we should finish by 4 pm. Please let me or Heather Penrod know if you plan to attend 

NEEDS - We are looking for a play house for the nursery (we'd prefer one that hasn't been left outside), a play cash register, paint shirts, and bean bag chairs.  If you would like to donate any of these items, please contact me or the office.

Looking forward - Aug. 6th - VBS will be held from 9:30 to noon

                             Aug. 12th - all-church potluck at Pioneer Waterland

Volunteers for July 10th:

Nursery - Heather Penrod

4/5s - the Yeomans family

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

 

CAMP CHRISTIAN

This Sunday, three Pilgrims are heading down to Camp Christian! Logan Gilles and Paul Hederstrom will be attending as campers for Chi-Rho, and Mariah Moore will be serving as a counselor. Camp is made sacred by the spirit of the staff, counselors, campers, and God who create the beloved community within this place and time. AND, one way to share in this experience is by sending mail to those who are attending from Pilgrim Christian Church. 

If you would like to send a letter or care package, please send it to the following address: 

10335 Maple Dell Rd

Marysville, OH 43040

 

Meet Lynn Felberg and Jeanne Osborne-Felberg

Lynn is a life-long resident of Geauga County and moved to Chardon in 2003. She and Jeanne own a home here and enjoy country living.  Lynn is a huge sports fan and spends lots of time cheering on all our Cleveland teams.  She is a prankster and loves to go to any length to make people laugh and smile.

She is the kind of person who would give a stranger the shirt off her back.  Her job is with Great Lakes Cheese in Hiram.  Where she has been employed for the last 33 years, holding many different positions.

She is currently a senior machine operator.  Some of her hobbies include, genealogy research, gardening, and spending time with our family which is very important.

Lynn has historical connections to PCC as well.  Her parents were married here more than 54 years ago and her great grandparents attend church here as well.

Jeanne is also a life-long resident of Geauga County.  She is a creative individual who enjoys restoring antiques, making gifts for family and friends, gardening, and hosting large gatherings in their home for family and friends.  She shares her gift of service to all, both personally and professionally.  She is currently the General Manager of Jekyll's Kitchen, a restaurant in Chagrin Falls.  She has more than 30 years experience in this industry, as an executive chef and leader of a business.  

Lynn and Jeanne enjoy their treasure hunting trips to find their antiques and collectibles.  They love to travel , they are avid readers and they like to sip a good glass of wine on their patio.   She and Jeanne look forward to being more active in Church programs and sharing their gifts with their new Church family.

 

PICNIC LOVING!

Thank you to everyone who brought food to share at the potluck, to everyone who helped set up and do some of the cooking, to everyone who helped clean up, to everyone who organized it and to all who came! It was a beautiful day and a great time to share in good fellowship with one another in this congregation. We are ever mindful of the relationships that are created and nurtured - the ties of community that are cultivated - during the breaking of bread together. 

 

REV. CHRIS VACATION

Rev. Chris and family will be away the week of July 18-24. The Rev. Houston Bowers will be preaching Sunday, July 24th. Be sure to come and welcome Houston and Mary and receive the gifted word prepared for Pilgrim. 

 

MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEER:

We definitely need a sub for our 3rd Tuesday meal delivery route.  I do 1 & 2 week and Mary Carson does 4 & 5 week.  We have been doing this for over 10 years.  Have them contact Vickie Craig, please, as I will be gone all of July.  It is a short, easy route.  Many thanks!

We're still looking for a replacement for Vickie Craig to deliver meals on the third Tuesday of each month.  Please contact Vickie, Roz Kvet, or Mary Carson if you're interested.

Peace,

Roz Kvet and Vickie Craig

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

Worship in the Park will be on August 7th.

July 1, 2016

AfterWords:

Jen, Linden and I have returned home after a very good two weeks. These weeks included visiting family and remembering Jen's beloved step-mother, Marty, spending a few days with friends in Chautauqua, and then a beautiful week of stillness and peace in the Adirondacks. All of it was restful and restorative. It was a "holy breath" that filled and  provided energy and life. Such is the purpose of rest and sabbath. While there are myriad ways of inhaling that holy breath that comes through rest, the time and space for rest are not often taken within our culture. It is my hope and prayer that you enter into some rhythm of rest and sabbath too. For the Church should practice this commandment and practice it well. 

As we gain from the second creation account in Genesis, it is from this holy breath that we create, discover, and live. Without that breath, we are but dust. We may be incredibly busy dust with completed task-lists or a few extra bonuses, but dust all the same. But the breath that enters into us from God during the course of sabbath is what grants us not just agency, but Life.

Rest reminds us that our worth is not intertwined with our work, but independent of it. So may you rest from work. Rest reminds us that the world will continue without our active involvement - that God is a sustainer. So may you rest from responsibility. Rest give us the time to discern what we are called to do from what we are directed to do. So may you rest from obligation. Rest reminds us that even as we are called to serve we are called to rest. So may you rest from service. Rest tempers the drive we have to turn anything into a competition and item to be completed, rather than an experience to be present toward. So may you rest from achievement. 

May you rest from it all. And breathe. Breathe that holy breath. 

Grace and peace be with you.

Rev. Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Youth Group is meeting on July 17th after church.  We'll walk over to the square for lunch and then come back to church for "Minute to Win It" Bible games and a planning meeting for the year.  All new fourth graders are invited!  Hope you can all attend.  Parents - we should finish by 4 pm. 

NEEDS - We are looking for a play house for the nursery (we'd prefer one that hasn't been left outdoors), a play cash register, paint shirts, and bean bag chairs.  If you have any of these items, please contact me or the office.

Looking forward -  Aug. 6th -  VBS will be held from 9:30 to noon

                           Aug. 12th - church get-together at Pioneer Waterland with a

                                            potluck lunch (more info next week)

Volunteers for July 3rd -

Nursery - Jen McCreight and Sunny Day

4/5s - the Yeomans family and Cheryl Hederstrom

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

 

FROM STEVE AND MARY WICK

Sunday July 3 is our 50th wedding anniversary.  We will celebrate by renewing our vows and then hosting a gathering of family and friends in Fellowship Hall. You are ALL family and friends.  Please join us! 

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

In July of 2006, Friendship Guild began the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Pilgrim Christian Church.  During that ten-year span, our Ministry has given approximately 200 shawls to individuals in the church, community and and in other states.  The shawls were given during times of pain, sorrow, and times of celebration.  The time has come to honor those who have contributed many hours of knitting and crocheting, as well as materials to create prayer shawls.  On Sunday, July 10, we will celebrate our Prayer Shawl Ministry anniversary during worship.  If you have received a shawl, please wear it during worship on this Sunday as we celebrate this wonderful ministry.

 

WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS TO PILGRIM CHRISTIAN CHURCH:  

Sarah, DJ, Annie, Karolen and Sarah Stoltz! 

DJ was raised in Perry, Ohio and graduated from PHS in 2001. His interests at that time were music and sports. He attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering. After, he then completed Masters studies from DeVry University in Project Management. Currently, DJ works in Chardon as a Process Engineer for DeNora Tech. 

Sarah grew up on a farm in Elida, Ohio and graduated from Elida High School in 2002. When she was younger, her passions were 4-H, music, and children. She graduated from The Ohio State University (where she met DJ in 2004) with a Bachelor of Arts in English. A few years later she obtained her teaching license and Masters in Education from Ashland University. Now she is employed by Painesville City Local Schools and teaches 7th grade Language Arts. 

DJ and Sarah were married on December 15, 2007 at Church of the Messiah, United Methodist in Westerville, Ohio. A few years later, Annie was born on July 26, 2010. When she was 4 months old, the Stoltz family moved to NEO. Karolen was born on March 16, 2013. This past February, they were blessed with being able to finally become Hambden residents. And right now they are anxiously awaiting the arrival of #3 (gender TBD) - due date is actually on Annie's 6th birthday. 

 

For the love of books!!

Join church member Sara Dobie Bauer as she celebrates the release of her new novel BITE SOMEBODY, a paranormal romantic comedy. She'll be signing books Friday, July 1st, from 5 to 8 PM at The Nest in downtown Chardon. Books will be available for purchase, and there will be plenty of free goodies and a gift basket raffle. For more about Sara and her book, visit SaraDobieBauer.com. She hopes to see everyone there! Who knows? There might even be a vampire sighting …

 

MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEER:

We definitely need a sub for our 3rd Tuesday meal delivery route.  I do 1 & 2 week and Mary Carson does 4 & 5 week.  We have been doing this for over 10 years.  Have them contact Vickie Craig, please, as I will be gone all of July.  It is a short, easy route.  Many thanks!

We're still looking for a replacement for Vickie Craig to deliver meals on the third Tuesday of each month.  Please contact Vickie, Roz Kvet, or Mary Carson if you're interested.

Peace,

Roz Kvet and Vickie Craig

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

Worship in the Park will be on August 7th.

May 26, 2016

AfterWords on Identity: Honor the Reality - We Are One.

A mission for unity is what initiates this entire movement within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is ironic that division preceded the movement for union, but there is (perhaps!) principle within it. As Barton Stone authored in his Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery, it was the hope that the church would "die, be dissolved, and its members sink into union with the Body of Christ at large..."

This calling and purpose are still upon us within the identity of Pilgrim Christian Church, and that is a blessing because this calling and purpose are in such great need currently. To be a people who see the good in one another, to be a people who bring people together, to be a people who can understand that unity does not mean uniformity - this is all a radical blessing in our world. For it does seem as though so many struggle to see the good in those who think and vote differently; many live, work, and worship within homogenous communities; many have allowed ideology to supersede community and even family ties. 

Into this fragmented world, we can be a movement for wholeness (Disciples Identity Statement). Indeed, that is part of what we do at Pilgrim Christian Church. This is part of the sacrament of church that we participate in daily and how we are blessed and encouraged to go into the world to be a healing, gracious, and uniting presence - for we are all One and we are blessed when we live into that reality. 

This Sunday, we'll continue exploring our identity with the aid of a story where the disciples wish to rain down fire upon the Samaritans who believed differently from them and chose not to welcome them... (Luke 9.51-56). We'll consider the response of Christ to transcend the divisions rather than to turn against them, and consider what that may offer to us as we live within a world of pronounced divisions and fragments. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

I want to thank our Sunday School teachers again for all the work they've done this year.  Roz Kvet, Cindy Hopkins, Cheryl Hederstrom, and Heather Penrod are invested in the religious education of our children and do a fantastic job!  Thanks to our substitutes, Jen McCreight and Kristen Yeomans, for their willingness to step in and teach at any time.  You are all doing God's work!

The nursery and the 4 and 5 year old class will continue for the summer thanks to many willing volunteers!  

Thanks to Paul Hederstrom for the junior high devotional!  I'm sure we can use it in many ways.

Blessings, Vickie 

 

 

A MEDITATION FROM MARIA:  ON PENTECOST

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.

Acts 2:1-3

In the book of Acts we are informed that the Holy Spirit filled the apostles, empowering them as they began their transformational ministry through the preachings of Jesus-- the fulfillment of God’s mission to the world. Through repentance and the water of baptism all who hear these words are invited to know and enter into this new reality. Our world can be filled with the life-giving spirit of God(Acts 2:38) and everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Prayer, silence, the Eucharist, liturgy, the needs of the world, and a sense of sharing in the Church's mission are essential elements in our religious renewal, spiritual growth and acknowledgment and maintenance of our Holy Spirit

When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31) We open ourselves to God’s empowering grace and see more clearly the countless ways His Spirt is at work within and around us, our church community, our country, our world. It all begins here. It all begins with us Our individual spirit is not bound by our bodies; our spirits can reach across the miles of our earth to touch the heart of a loved one or expand to become one with the universe our spirits are ever renewing and eternal..

 

GRADUATE SUNDAY

If you have a child or grandchild that will be graduating College or High School please contact the office no later than June 1st.

 

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We need office volunteers for June 9 & 10 and 13-17th.  This will involve answering phones and collecting the mail.  If you are able to help during this time please contact Cheryl in the office.  

Organ Concert Series at Pilgrim Christian Church

ORGAN CONCERT SERIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 5, 2016

AfterWords: 

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

This is good news. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

PENTECOST

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

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

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

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

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

Peace,

Chris

 

PENTECOST MINISTRY FAIR

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

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

 

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

Saturday, May 7, 2016 

9:30am-Noon 

Pilgrim Christian Church 

“May Friendship Day” 

Sharing ”Fellowship of the Least Coin” 

Making peace in our little corner of the world 

Salad Buffet Luncheon 

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

 

FREE SALE

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

SPRING YARD CLEAN-UP

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

 

ORGAN CONCERT

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

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

 

AMERICA

A PILGRIM'S PRAYER, A PATRIOT'S DREAM

Patriotic Musical Celebration and a Tribut to Veterans

May 29, 2015

5:00 PM Social

6:00 PM Concert

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

 

April 29, 2016

AfterWords: 

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

Peace,
Chris

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


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

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

PENTECOST MINISTRY FAIR

 

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

SCRIPTURA:  THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY

 

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


CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

 

Saturday, May 7, 2016 

9:30am-Noon 

Pilgrim Christian Church 

“May Friendship Day” 

Sharing ”Fellowship of the Least Coin” 

Making peace in our little corner of the world 

Salad Buffet Luncheon 

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

 

FREE SALE
 

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

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

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
 

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

April 15, 2016

AfterWords: 

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

Encountering the resurrection… it’s a wondrous thing. 

A blessed and resurrection-filled Easter season to you. 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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

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

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

MEMBERSHIP COURSES

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

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

SCRIPTURA:  THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY

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

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

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

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

 

COUNTY JAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

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

 

FREE SALE

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

March 31, 2016

BLESSINGS OF COMMUNITY
 

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

 

AfterWords:  


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

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

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

CONSISTORY MEETING


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

 

MEMBERSHIP COURSES

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

 

SCRIPTURA:  THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY


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

COUNTY JAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

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

February 25, 2016

Afterwords:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

KITCHEN UPDATE

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

 

SEBBATICAL PREPARATION

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

 

HEIFER FAIR

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

 

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Voices in the Wilderness: Wednesdays February 17-March 23 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Maundy Thursday: March 24 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

Good Friday:  March 25 Ecumenical Service from 12-3 - Service of Prayer 7 PM

 

 

WEBSITE RENOVATION:  SERMON PAGE

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

 

 

BOY SCOUT TROOP 93 SPAGHETTI DINNER

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

 

Where:  

Pilgrim Christian Church

202 S. Hambden

Chardon OH  44024

 

How Much:

Ages 5 and under - FREE

6 to 12 - $5

13 + - $9

Seniors (65+) - $8

 

The Menu:

Spaghetti with Meat Balls

Salad

Bread and Butter

Homemade Desserts

Beverages

 

Donation Drawing:

Silent Auction

Tickets $1 or 6 for $5

Drawing at 7

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

 

IT'S YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

February 22 - Bill Kvet

February 24 - Ethel Rowland

February 26 - Brandon Crane

February 27 - Ann Doersam

February 11, 2016

AfterWords: 

Oh, how good it is to be back! 

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

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

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

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Voices in the Wilderness: Every Wednesday between February 17-March 23 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Maundy Thursday: March 24 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

Good Friday: March 25 Ecumenical Service from 12-3pm in the Sanctuary. Evening service at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Easter Sunday: March 27th. 

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

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

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

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

SPECIAL DAY

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

 

5TH SUNDAY SPECIAL OFFERING

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

 

IT'S YOUR SPECIAL DAY!

Sherri Farrell - February 18th

 

SCRIPTURE: Luke 4.1-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

January 28, 2016

ForWords:

A week from today, I will be on a train heading to DC and then down to Savannah, Georgia. I've been invited to keynote at the Georgia Regional Youth Conference held at Saint Simons Island. The young adults who have been planning this whole thing have set up a fantastic theme to address the idea of finding and responding to "calling." And they have linked this wonderful concept to the amazing work of Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You'll Go! 

As I have moved through this book once more, I am astonished at how well the book and concept align. One of the first proclamations is, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." 

Well said. I think this points to a sacred truth and one that we must be reminded of (the work of community and church): the gifts you need to respond to God's call - you already have them. The gifts you need to bring healing, to feed the hungry, to forgive and reconcile, to help set others free... you already have them. We as the church already have them. It's something to discover, like the kid with a couple of fish and couple of loaves of bread - we've already got the gifts.

Let us be the community that sees the gifts within one another and encourages one another to use them to serve and Love others. Let us be the church who uses the gifts that we have, to respond to God's calling for us. 

See you this Sunday. 

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Interested in an afternoon of sledding?  Several of the children in Sunday school this past week were excited about this.  We could also go roller skating.   You can talk to me at church or email (kaiser5204@gmail.com) or call me.  Let me know which you prefer and what Sundays work best for you.

Movie night will return in February, weather permitting.  Watch this space for the date!

Blessings, Vickie

 

OFFICER INSTALLATION THIS SUNDAY

Join us this Sunday in worship as we recognize and install our new leaders in service of Christ and the Church. 

EMAIL CHANGE

 

In the midst of our website renovation, we simplified the email accounts. Pilgrim Christian Church now has two email accounts to reach us by: 

1. PCC@ChardonPCC.org is our main email account which will receive all business and personal inquiries. It is also the main account for Cheryl Hederstrom, our office manager. 

2. Chris@ChardonPCC.org is Rev. Chris McCreight's church email address. 

Thank you for making the electronic move with us!

 

REV. PAUL BARBINS

Rev. Paul Barbins will be preaching Sunday, February 7th while Rev. Chris is out of town. 

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE:  Voices in the Winderness

This lenten season, we will host a worship service every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. The service will be drawn from Jesus' experience in the wilderness - the presence of the Spirit that ushered him out and remained with him; the encounter with God, the world, and self; and the myriad of voices that come within the silence. The service will primarily be a time of prayer and contemplation. Selections of liturgy, scripture, and poetry will be shared and offered as words for reflection. It is something to discern: God's voice in the midst of the voices of the world, the ego, and the darkness. Perhaps that is the work of prayer. I hope that you'll come and join us in this season. 

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Ash Wednesday: February 10. Potluck dinner at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Worship at 7:00pm. 

Voices in the Wilderness: Every Wednesday between February 17-March 23 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Maundy Thursday: March 24 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

Good Friday: March 25 Ecumenical Service from 12-3pm in the Sanctuary. Evening service at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

Easter Sunday: March 27th. 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH BUNCH

Heather Penrod and Rev. Chris are inviting the middle schoolers to lunch after worship on Sunday, February 14th

January 22, 2016

WELCOME REV. DR. RITA ROOT

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

 

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICE PLANNING:

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

Bible Study: 

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

 

Afterwords: 

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

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

Peace,

Chris