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!

November 9, 2017

INTERIM SEARCH UPDATE

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


Advent Candles

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


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


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

 

Schedule is:

     2 pm                      Set up

     4 pm                      All food donations due at church 

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

     7 – 8 pm               Cleanup

 

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

and volunteers to work at this event.

 

 

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

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

 

Broken Hearts
William H. Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer

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

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

 

 

DID YOU KNOW….

Music Director

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

 

Music Committee

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

 

Organist

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

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

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

 

October 19, 2017

Children's Ministry

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

INTERIM SEARCH UPDATE

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

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

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

Peace Cranes
 

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

Stephanie Jan Burke

 

Community Pasta Dinner Report

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

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

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

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

 


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



HALLOWEEN

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

Donate Candy: 

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

Help with Trick or Treat Night: 

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

 

Our Blessed Guides
Written by Richard Floyd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer

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

DID YOU KNOW….

Opportunities to Serve

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

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

 

October 12, 2017

Children's Ministry

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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

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

Stephanie Jan Burke

 

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

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

 

Deadly California Wildfires spare UCC Churches, Devastations displaces thousands

http://www.ucc.org/news_deadly_california_wildfires_spare_ucc_churches_devastation_displaces_thousands_10112017

 

Live from Puerto Rico

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

 

DID YOU KNOW...

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

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

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

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

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

 

September 29, 2017

Connections: Peace Be With You

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. Chris McCreight

 

Children's Ministry


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

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

Blessings, Vickie

 

Process Update: 

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

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

 


Dear Pilgrim Christian Church,

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

With love, 
Jen

 

 

UCC's Response to Hurricane Maria



http://www.ucc.org/news_ucc_poised_to_offer_long_term_assistance_in_puerto_rico_09262017

Community Pasta Dinner

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

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

DID YOU KNOW…

Bible/Book Study

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



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

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

Connections: Transition - One Final Sunday

As I have been preparing for this final Sunday, I have been flooded with memories of joyful service. I remember welcoming the trick-or-treaters on the steps of the sanctuary. I remember painting the education rooms upstairs on a hot summer day. I remember serving coffee to the people waiting patiently in line for pancakes and sausage. I remember consuming coffee - so much coffee - with you at Beans. I remember the clambakes where I would see members of the church for that one time of the year! And I remember children’s sermons. I remember blessing prayer shawls to send to brothers and sisters in Charleston. I remember blessing hospitality kits for families who have found refuge in the suburbs of Columbus. And I remember baptisms and dedications. I remember weddings. I remember hospital visitations. And I remember funerals. I remember genuine conversations and honest silence. I remember frustration and anger and pain. I remember opening the doors wider. I remember shining the light brighter. I remember laughter, and sorrow, truth, and Grace. 

I remember you. I remember this ministry of Church and welcoming the Spirit into all of this. 

This Sunday - my last - I want to offer a word of gratitude for all of this, a narrative that may describe our nearly six years together, and a word of encouragement as your life and the life of Pilgrim Christian Church continue to bless this community and the world. 

I will go forward having been blessed - greatly, deeply - by our life and ministry together. 
Thank you. 

As always, God’s Grace and Peace be with you. 

Rev. Chris McCreight

 

Children's Ministry

Volunteers are needed to help in the nursery and help in the classrooms.  We also need a few teachers who are available to teach as well as substitute in the classes. Over the next few weeks, I'll be asking parents and members of the congregation to help.


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

Process Update: 

The leadership has shared the congregational profile with Rev. John Richardson of the Disciples Ohio Region. There has also been a call placed to Rev. Gary Halstead (the Associate Minister of the Western Reserve/Eastern Ohio Association in the UCC). The leadership will soon receive a list of profiles (resumes) from candidates for interim ministry. We ask for your continued prayers and presence in this process - that we may continue to be the church, loving our neighbors, growing in faith, and trusting in the goodness of God. If you have any questions, please communicate with Paul Hederstrom, Ginger Hannon, or Mary Wick. 

CROP WALK

The date of the walk is Sunday, September 24 after worship, and it takes place at the Burton Fair Grounds 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 Sunday worship or can be reached at 440-321-9392.  Our goal is to raise $1,500 this year.  

 

Book Study:  The Case for Christ
Hello all!  The votes were close, but the first book we will read is….. The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
 

If you can please go ahead and order a copy on Amazon the traditional paperback is $11.55, the Mass Market Paperback is $5.39 and the Kindle version is $9.99.  They are all in stock as of today and for those of you with Amazon Prime, they are all included as Prime so no shipping!  

Once we complete this book we can discuss our next books together as a group instead of trying to negotiate through e-mail!

Please come to the meeting with an open mind and some thoughtful questions and comments!  We look forward to seeing you October 4th, at 6:30 in the parlor.  All are invited!

Find out how the UCC is helping our brothers, sisters, and neighbors, and find out how you can help. 

 

Notes from Chautauqua: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and “Cultural Climate Change.” 

How should the religious community engage with the world? This is the primary question for Rabbi Sacks’ lecture at Chautauqua, where he first shared his thoughts on “Cultural Climate Change.” One option is to seek domination - to try and gain power and use that power to coerce everyone else to abide by your religious law. One option is the "Benedict Option” - to step away from society and form a cloistered community of faith apart from the rest of the world. And the third option… to live faithfully and engage with the world - to inspire. Rabbi Sacks is a remarkable teacher with an exceptional wisdom. If you enjoy this summation, consider the full lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GC_xLuKl5Q&feature=youtu.be

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

Save the Date!

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

The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under.  Advance sale tickets will available at $9 for adults.  Information about the destination of donation will be determined and published soon.

DID YOU GET YOUR NEW PHOTO DIRECTORY?
 
The new PCC photo directory is available.  You can
pick up your family’s copy in the fellowship hall
after the service.
 
If you would like to receive an electronic copy,
please send an email to Ginger Hannon at g.hannon@roadrunner.com.

DID YOU KNOW….

Men’s Fellowship

Men’s Fellowship is the collective name for the men in the church.  Men’s Fellowship sponsors the annual Pancake Breakfast for the community and a clam bake in the fall for Men’s Fellowship members.  All men are welcome to participate in Men’s Fellowship.

Women’s Fellowship

Women’s Fellowship is a collective term for all women of the church.  

Friendship Guild

Friendship Guild is a group of women who meet monthly for fellowship, fun, and service. Friendship Guild’s services include providing funeral luncheons, providing refreshments for Fellowship Hour, and other services for the church and its members.  All women are welcome to participate in Friendship Guild.  Meeting dates and times are included in weekly bulletins, the weekly e-letter, and the monthly edition of The Visitor.

 

August 10, 2017

Children's Ministry

Chi Rho will meet on Sunday, August 27, at 11:30 to play board games,
eat lunch, and make plans for the coming year.  Bring your favorite
board game(s) from home to share with the group.  We'll finish about
1:00 pm.

Thanks to Mike Hannon and his crew for sanding and painting the doors
in the Sunday School.  They look great!

Looking ahead:  August 13th - Blessing of the Backpacks

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

Jan Boyles Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for Jan Boyles on Saturday, August 12th at 2:00 PM. We will be providing a lunch for the family following service. We are in need of desserts, deviled eggs and salads. If you are able to assist please contact Barb Inderlied.

Membership Committee

The next meeting of the membership committee will be Wednesday, August 16, at 6:30 AM.

 

Refugee School Supplies

Our church has been asked to help fill 100 backpacks for refugee children in Cleveland.

Our assignment:
128 notebook paper
         3 ring, wide ruled, 200 count

56 Dividers
         3 ring, 5 count

96 Highlighters

56 Pocket Dictionaries
         Best price I found is at Staples - Webster

Please bring items and place on table in Fellowship Hall.

Thank you,
Roz


CROP Walk

CROP Walk season is upon us.  The walk will be held at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton on Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Save the date!   If you have any questions please contact Lauren at 440-321-9392, lauren.justforyou.baskin@gmail.com or downstairs on Sunday following worship service.

June 27, 2017

Children's Ministry

Chi Rho will meet in August after church to play board games, make
plans for the coming year, and eat subs. We haven't decided on the
date yet.

Cleaning and re-arranging the Sunday School rooms is our next project.
We may wait until the doors are sanded to clean, but we'll set up a
date to move furniture and toys soon.

Looking ahead:  August 13th - Blessing of the Backpacks

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

 

Membership Committee

The next meeting of the membership committee will be Wednesday, August 16, at 6:30 AM.

 

Worship in the Park

Sunday, August 6th, we will gather at the Rotary Paviliion at Mt. Run Station to worship at 10am.   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. 
 

Refugee School Supplies

Our church has been asked to help fill 100 backpacks for refugee children in Cleveland.

Our assignment:
128 notebook paper
         3 ring, wide ruled, 200 count

56 Dividers
         3 ring, 5 count

96 Highlighters

56 Pocket Dictionaries
         Best price I found is at Staples - Webster

Please bring items and place on table in Fellowship Hall.

Thank you,
Roz


CROP Walk

CROP Walk season is upon us.  The walk will be held at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton on Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Save the date!  In the meantime, anyone interested in helping with the organization for Pilgrim's portion of the walk is invited to join Lauren Baskin at a short informational meeting Thursday, July 27, at 5:30 PM at the Clarion Congregational Church (Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd.)  A light dinner is provided before the meeting.  If you have any questions please contact Lauren at 440-321-9392, lauren.justforyou.baskin@gmail.com or downstairs on Sunday following worship service.

July 20, 2017

Children's Ministry

Chi Rho will meet in August after church to play board games, make
plans for the coming year, and eat subs. We haven't decided on the
date yet.

Cleaning and re-arranging the Sunday School rooms is our next project.
We may wait until the doors are sanded to clean, but we'll set up a
date to move furniture and toys soon.

Looking ahead:  August 13th - Blessing of the Backpacks

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

 

Pilgrim Potluck Picnic

Back by popular demand, we will be having another Pilgrim Potluck picnic on July 23rd following worship. Grills will be fired up, burgers, hot dogs and cold drinks will be provided. 

Please bring a dish to share. Volunteers are needed for set up and clean up. Please see Mary Wick about times and needs. If it rains we will picnic in Fellowship Hall.

 

Worship in the Park

Sunday, August 6th, we will gather at the Rotary Paviliion at Mt. Run Station to worship at 10am.   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. 
 

Refugee School Supplies

Our church has been asked to help fill 100 backpacks for refugee children in Cleveland.

Our assignment:
128 notebook paper
         3 ring, wide ruled, 200 count

56 Dividers
         3 ring, 5 count

96 Highlighters

56 Pocket Dictionaries
         Best price I found is at Staples - Webster

Please bring items and place on table in Fellowship Hall.

Thank you,
Roz


CROP Walk

CROP Walk season is upon us.  The walk will be held at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton on Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Save the date!  In the meantime, anyone interested in helping with the organization for Pilgrim's portion of the walk is invited to join Lauren Baskin at a short informational meeting Thursday, July 27, at 5:30 PM at the Claridon Congregational Church (Rt. 322 and Claridon-Troy Rd.)  A light dinner is provided before the meeting.  If you have any questions please contact Lauren at 440-321-9392, lauren.justforyou.baskin@gmail.com or downstairs on Sunday following worship service.

June 22, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

 

Membership Committee Meeting:

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

 

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

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

Scripture:     Matthew 16.13-20

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

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

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

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

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

May 18, 2017

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

May 11, 2017

Connections: Sabbatical & Abundance

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

 

Peace,

Rev. Chris McCreight

 

 

Children's Ministry


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thank you

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

Thank you,  
Men's Fellowship


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

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

May 4, 2017

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

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Chris

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you

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

Thank you,  
Men's Fellowship

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

April 20, 2017

Connections: Easter Celebration!

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

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

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

Christ is risen. 
Christ is risen, indeed! 

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Chris 

 

 

Children's Ministry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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



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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Thank You to the Church!

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

Peace,
Chris


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

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

April 12, 2017

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

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

Peace,

Rev. Chris

 


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

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

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


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


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

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

Holy Week in Focus: Maundy Thursday

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

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

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

 

 

Holy Week in Focus: Good Friday

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

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

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

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



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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

April 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Chris

 


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

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

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


Holy Week Schedule: 

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

Holy Week in Focus: Maundy Thursday

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

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

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

 

Holy Week in Focus: Good Friday

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

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

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


Easter Choir: 

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


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

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

 

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

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


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

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

Connections: Blindness and Healing

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

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

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

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

Peace,
Chris

 


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Easter Lilies: 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Peace,
Chris

 

Coffee Hour

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

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

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

March 23, 2017

Connections: Exodus 17 and Blessed Absurdity

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

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

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

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

Rev. Chris

 

 

Children's Ministry

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

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

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

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

Heifer Fair Wrap Up!

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

 

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


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

Easter Lilies: 

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

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

Wednesday Bible Study: 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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