February 25, 2016
That little red hen is always directed by generosity, kindness, and Grace! It is a fitting end to a children’s story, though one that pushes against our common expectations provided by the culture. I was reminded of how good and necessary it is to be reminded of a God that loves to share and bends towards mercy as I began preparation for this Sunday’s sermon on the text from Isaiah 55.1-9. The text closes with a phrase I have heard often,
Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
55:7 let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God’s ways are higher than our ways. Our ideas of fairness and justice are often retributive. If that cat, dog, and pig don’t work… they don’t eat! But God abundantly pardons our arrogance and anything else that creates distance. God isn’t interested in punishment. God deeply desires communion. That’s good news for everyone, especially every cat, dog, and pig!
The Heifer Fair is Sunday, Feb. 28th. The Missions Committee will have games and prizes for our children. All money raised, plus the money the children have given at offering time in Sunday School, will be used to buy animals for people who cannot do so for themselves.
We're in the planning stages of an evening program for 4th grade and older children. We'd like to hold an abbreviated fast as part of the 30 Hour Famine, play board games as well as foosball and air hockey, and end the evening with a snack. Please speak to any member of Christian Education if you're interested in joining us.
March movie night - March 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Thanks to the renovation crew of Butch, Terry, and Rob. Thanks to Holly for the design. Thanks to the fellowship groups for the inspiration and support to make it come to life!
We are beginning preparation for Rev. Chris' sabbatical, which is likely to transpire over the summer of 2017. There is work to begin now, however, such as collaborating on the plans for the congregation and Rev. Chris during that time and filling out a grant application with the Lily Foundation, which offers funding for the minister and congregation. A working group will be assembled shortly and begin sharing ideas. If you would like to be involved, please speak with Mary Wick.
Following Morning Worship, Sunday, February 28, the Heifer Fair will take place. The Missions committee will have games for all the children. Our Sunday school will present the money we've collected to buy animals from the Heifer Project. (heifer.org)
LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Voices in the Wilderness: Wednesdays February 17-March 23 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Maundy Thursday: March 24 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Good Friday: March 25 Ecumenical Service from 12-3 - Service of Prayer 7 PM
WEBSITE RENOVATION: SERMON PAGE
We continue to add information and pages to the website (www.chardonpcc.org). Recently, we added a page to host the sermons offered in Sunday worship. Rev. Chris will continue to update the page with the audio and seek out a way to provide the written word as well.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 93 SPAGHETTI DINNER
Saturday, March 5th from 5 PM - 7 PM come out and support the Boy Scouts during their Spaghetti and meatballs fundraising dinner.
Pilgrim Christian Church
202 S. Hambden
Chardon OH 44024
Ages 5 and under - FREE
6 to 12 - $5
13 + - $9
Seniors (65+) - $8
Spaghetti with Meat Balls
Bread and Butter
Tickets $1 or 6 for $5
Drawing at 7
Bring in a dried or canned good to donate to our Food Pantry and receive $1 off your dinner
IT'S YOUR SPECIAL DAY!
February 22 - Bill Kvet
February 24 - Ethel Rowland
February 26 - Brandon Crane
February 27 - Ann Doersam