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!

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.

 

September 22, 2016

Connections

Pain, suffering, and transforming it through engagement rather than denial. Is that something to take from the image and symbol of the cross? Is this transformation of pain the way that God continues to heal and save the world? Is this how we participate in God’s mending and transformation of our world? Is this how we become peacemakers? 

This week, I was listening to an On Being episode with Ruby Sales (link below), who spoke of her engagement in civil rights as one that sought to recognize and address the pain in our society. During the movement, she would ask the question, “Where does it hurt?” I can imagine the questions unfolding: Where does it hurt when you are denied your human dignity? Where does it hurt when your privilege is challenged? Loss hurts. 

How much anger, fear, and despair are caused by pain that is not engaged, but pain that is denied - pain that is ultimately transmitted? How much of our political “discourse” is birthed out of pain? Pain from not being heard; pain from experiencing loss; pain from a lack of meaning. I think this pain manifests itself in scapegoating and clinging to ideas of power and superiority. This, for the time being, eases the pain. But it will not heal it. It will not transform it. 

Christ teaches us another way. Engage the pain that emerges in our life when we are greeted with loss. Meet it and there in that meeting, God will meet us. This is the truth of Paul's words that there in the cross - in the meeting of pain - there "is the power of God." 

May we have the courage and grace to meet our pain, and there find the power of God in that meeting, that may transform our pain - that the pain of loss may become something good in our world. 

Peace,

Chris

http://www.onbeing.org/program/ruby-sales-where-does-it-hurt/8931

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Thanks to the anonymous donor who dropped off three beanbag chairs.

The youth group had asked for more beanbag chairs, and they'll also be

used for the reading station during Sunday School.

 

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.

 

NEEDS:  We are looking for a gently used play house for the nurseryand

paint shirts,  Contact me or the office if you'd like to donate any of

these items.

Looking ahead:  Oct. 2  - begin Noah unit in Sunday School

                       Oct. 9  - youth group meeting after church

                       Oct. 21 - movie night

                       Oct. 21 - youth group meeting after church

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

 

CHI RHO

This Sunday, Chi-Rho will have two sessions! The first session is 11:30am-1:00pm will be lunch and games at the church - upstairs in the youth room. The second session is 1:00-3-ish. We'll gather at the church at 1pm and depart to Burton Fairgrounds for the CROP Walk. The walk begins at 1:45pm and we should conclude the 5-mile walk by 3. We will return to the church after the walk. 

 

 

PARKING ON THE SQUARE

On Sunday, September 25th there will not be available parking on the square due to event on the Square.  Parking in front of church will be open.

 

CROP WALK

This Sunday, September 25th, the CROP Walk will begin at 1:30 with registration at the Burton Fairgrounds. You still have an opportunity to register to walk in solidarity with our neighbors who walk miles each day for food and water. You still have an opportunity to give to Church World Service to make an impact for our neighbors in Geauga County and in our world - you can donate through Sunday. It is a gift to partner with CWS and other congregations in Geauga County to stock pantries and provide crops and livestock in the world. 

You can also donate here:   https://www.crophungerwalk.org/burtonoh

 

CONSISTORY MEETING ADJUSTED

From September 26 to Monday, October 3 @ 7:00pm

 

SCRIPTURA

We have concluded our summer study through the Apocrypha - The Gospels of Thomas and Mary; The Infancy Gospel of Thomas; I, II, III, and IV Maccabees. It was quite a journey!!! Reading through these texts and gospels allowed us to endeavor outside of the Protestant Canon to consider a bigger question, What Makes "Scripture," "Scripture"? Is it because the Council of Carthage decreed it so? Because the Reformation deemed some unfit? Because some of the publishers of the King James Version thought it cumbersome to include the apocrypha? 

Beginning Wednesday, October 5th, we'll begin a new series in our evening bible study - "Power and the Parables." Utilizing Bernard Brandon Scott's Re-Imagine the World, we will move through the parables of Jesus and consider what they have to offer to us about the image of God, the Kingdom of God, and life itself. It is a perspective-changing book and one that will offer a poignant word to us in this time of campaigns and all-things-policiized. I hope you'll join us for Scriptura, Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm beginning October 5th.  

 

 

MEN'S CLAMBAKE

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

$20 - Clambake

Add - ons

$8 - Steak

$5 - Extra Clams

 

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

 

 

TROT TO STOP TRAFFICKING

2nd Annual 5k race, kids run and adult walk.  All proceeds benefit local and international work of Word Made Flesh.  More information and link to registration:

http://sutisana.com/trottostoptrafficking/

Thanksgiving Day

November 24

on the Square in Chardon

 

September 8, 2016

Connections:

On this September 11th - 15 years after - we will gather together as a community to remember, to pray, and to seek to become the Peacemakers Christ calls all disciples to be. As you come into the sanctuary, there will be a Peace Crane waiting for you - it is yours, to have and to hold, to bless, and to take with you. You can place it within your home or your office, as a symbol of encouragement to be a peaceful presence; you can offer it to someone who is hurting from a tangible absence of peace in his/her life. We will bless these 1,000 Peace Cranes during worship, and as we have known within our history, they will stay here with us as a symbol, hope, and prayer. If and when they are needed elsewhere, the flock will fly. Come join us in worship this Sunday, as we bless this flock and pray together for peace within ourselves, our homes, our communities, and our world. 

Grace and Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

RALLY SUNDAY is September 11th!

Come join us for a month-long focus on Creation!  We'll hear the

creation story and make a snack at the same time.  We'll also

introduce the different stations that will be available during the

month.

Please feel free to come upstairs during coffee hour to our Sunday

School open house. You'll see the stations that we've chosen to teach

the creation story, visit the nursery, and check out our chalkboard

for monthly birthdays and other information.

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.

 

NEEDS:  We are looking for a gently used play house for the nursery,

paint shirts, and bean bag chairs.  Contact me or the office if you'd

like to donate any of these items.

 

Looking ahead:  September 16 - movie night returns  6-8 pm

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

 

Scriptura: The Great Big Bible Study

Over the last three weeks, we have gathered to engage with the apocryphal texts of 1 and 2 Maccabees along with 3 Maccabees (it’s been our “Summer Off from the Protestant Canon!). These are historical accounts of the rise of the Hasmonean Dynasty within Judah. It is the faithful interpretation of events unfolding from the reign of Antiochus IV (Seleucid Kingdom ~ Syria) to the elevation of an Independent Judah in 110BCE. 3 Maccabees is even earlier history (221-203BCE) dealing with the Egyptian Kingdom and Ptolemy, but written long after - perhaps early first century BCE. According to Jonathan Goldstein, these historical accounts told through the lens of faith provide us with a window into Judaism and Jewish thought between the time of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament (500s BCE & 50-110CE/AD respectively). It is a fascinating read - complete with drunken elephants - that holds up a broader question, What does it mean to live faithfully? 

Perhaps what is most notable within our day and time, is the authors’ affirmation for the protest of the Jews to stand up for what they believe is true, beautiful, and good. This year and last have been filled with protests - with plenty of people standing up and marching (some now choosing to sit down) because “all is not well.” Although Maccabees are not canon, there is wisdom within these histories - our history - that calls us to listen very carefully to those who protest. The authors of Maccabees understood very well that Empires do not take the time to listen to protest; they simply label them as enemies of the state and dismiss or silence them. Perhaps there is wisdom within these books that offers us a word to listen, and to listen well, to those who protest. 

I hope that you’ll give these a read at some time, or join us this coming Wednesday for a look at 4 Maccabees. 

The next series of Scriptura will take a look at Parables and Power - utilizing Bernard Brandon Scott’s work, Re-Imagine the World, to look critically at the parables of Jesus and discern their wisdom for today - individually and communally. This series will begin on Wednesday, October 5th and continue through the month of October. 

 

Crop Walk

The date of the walk is Sunday, September 25 after worship, and it takes place at the Burton Fair Grounds and in Burton. It is a time to share our gifts that others may have food in their bellies. It is a time to walk as a way of entering into solidarity with those who walk miles each day for water and food. When hunger is often satisfied by walking a few steps to the fridge, this is a powerful act in our lives. Save the date and stay tuned for ways you can participate in this mission.  Lauren Baskin is leading our team this year and is available for questions downstairs in Fellowship Hall following worship or can be reached at 440-321-9392.

You can also donate here:   https://www.crophungerwalk.org/burtonoh

 

Movie Screening at Case Western

Salam Neighbor

Tuesday, September 20th from 6-8 PM

Strosacker Auditorium

2125 Adelbert Rd. Cleveland OH44106

 

Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp.  As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the word’s most pressing humanitarian crisis.

From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

 

 

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

 

September 1, 2016

Connections

Moving back to the waters of the living fountain... that is where we are going. It was so good to speak with many of you after Sunday worship and listen to your thoughts of where the Church has strayed, and imagine what it might look like to release those idols of violence, privilege, wealth, and power from our religion. I will be asking you in the days ahead what you are doing in your home, school, or work to make peace, confess prejudice, return to relationship, and walk humbly in the world. I will also be asking you what you might imagine the Church doing and facilitating to allow those living waters to flow through us? How can Pilgrim Christian Church be a peaceful agent in the world? How can we be for racial reconciliation? How can we be more generous with our gifts to change lives for the better in our community? 

Let me hear it! 

Peace,

Chris

 

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Rally Sunday is almost here!  On Sunday, September 11th, our new

Sunday School season begins.  Come join us for a month-long focus on

Creation!  On Rally Sunday, we'll hear the creation story and make a

snack at the same time.  We'll also introduce the different stations

that will be available during the month.

 

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.

 

NEEDS:  We are looking for a gently used play house for the nursery,

paint shirts, and bean bag chairs.  Contact me or the office if you'd

like to donate any of these items.

 

Looking ahead:  September 11th - Youth group meets after church for lunch and

                                                  Minute-to-Win-It Bible games

                        September 16th - movie night returns 6-8pm

 

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

 

Peace Cranes

Sunday, September 11, we will gather in worship to share the beauty and prayer of 1,000 peace cranes that have been created by members of this congregation over the last six weeks. There will be peace cranes in the pews to hold and pray over during worship - peace cranes that may be taken from the sanctuary and kept in your home or shared with someone else who is in need of peace. Come and see how these peace cranes can be a prayer and work for peace. 

 

MISSION THANK YOU!

Many of you took the opportunity to supply our school nurses with the resources of underwear, socks, tampons and pads. This is, again, a gracious gift to help out our children in school. Thank you for making this gift possible - it willl be precious relief to the nurses and the children!

 

 

Feedback on the Sound

At the encouragement of the elders and consistory, I have made a few adjustments to improve the sound quality during worship. The stand for my iPad keeps my head up and projects more sound into the microphone. A new lavaliere microphone is turned on during the children’s sermon. I would like to hear from you - is this enhancing the sound in worship? Is anyone unable to hear well? There are further steps we can take. 

 

 

CROP WALK

Lauren Baskins is heading our participation in the CROP Walk this year! Thank you Lauren! The date of the walk is Sunday, September 25 after worship, and it takes place at the Burton Fair Grounds and in Burton. It is a time to share our gifts that others may have food in their bellies. It is a time to walk as a way of entering into solidarity with those who walk miles each day for water and food. When hunger is often satisfied by walking a few steps to the fridge, this is a powerful act in our lives. Save the date and stay tuned for ways you can participate in this mission. 

 

Sabbatical Grant Update

We received word back from the Lilly Foundation that our application to fund next year’s sabbatical was not approved. I want to thank everyone who offered their time and energy to contribute to this application. I believe it was and is a fine proposal. Roz Kvet, Mary Wick, Matt Rolf, and many others shared many hours to make this project happen. Thank you. 

Going forward, the Consistory can engage in conversation to begin making plans for the sabbatical (summer of 2017), and I will be sure to share information with you through the e-letter and visitor updates and information about the sabbatical. If you have any questions - like what is a sabbatical? Why are you taking this? Will you come back afterwards? Please let me know. I’ll be happy to share. And just so you know, the answer to that last question is, “Yes, as long as you’ll want me back!” 

Chris

 

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 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.