March 31, 2016
BLESSINGS OF COMMUNITY
This past week was a wonderful revelation of the blessing of community. On Good Friday, we shared in worship and prayer with our brothers and sisters from the community as we hosted the ecumenical Good Friday Service. Then, on Saturday, we welcomed volunteers from the Chardon Square Association, Chardon Tomorrow, and the Chardon Chamber of Commerce to provide a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny for children from all over. I give thanks that Pilgrim Christian Church has such a heart for serving our beloved community.
What an Easter Celebration! The choir sang joyfully, Ann pulled out all the stops on the organ, and Mark’s trumpet called out the Good News that Christ is Risen! And that was just the beginning! Easter is always such a beautiful mystery that elicits joyful celebration. And as we know so well, it is a celebration that is always better together.
As after every encounter with the resurrected Christ, the inevitable question that emerges is, “What now?”
This coming Sunday, our text will invite us to consider that very question as we hear from the Gospel of John of the first days after that first encounter, and of one (Thomas) who desired to witness the resurrection firsthand.
Thank you for a blessed Easter service,
May it lead us into a beautiful Easter season.
Movie night is April 15th! Please join us for a movie, snacks, and a great craft. We'll meet in the parlor at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.
On Sunday, April 17th, we're planning an after-church program for students in fourth grade to middle school. We'll have lunch, a planning session, and a short program and then play foosball, air hockey, and other games. We should be finished by 3:00 p.m.
There will be a Consistory Meeting after worship service on Sunday, April 3, at 11:30 in the Parlor. April 15th is the deadline for the submission of the grant request that would offset many of the expenses the church would incur during Rev. Chris' Sabbatical.
This invitation extends to all officers of the church, in general, but is specifically extended to formal members of the Consistory or their designated representatives...Moderator, Vice Moderator, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Historian, Publicity, Trustee, Elder, Christian Ed, Women's Fellowship, Men's Fellowship, and last, but certainly not least, the Rev. If there are any action items needing Consistory approval, we will need a minimum of 6 attendees that are filling one of the aforementioned positions.
If you have expressed an interest in joining Pilgrim Christian Church as a member. If you have been wondering about the history, polity, or identity of the church. Or, if you are just really interested in American-frontier/Restoration Movement congregationalism, Rev. Chris McCreight will be hosting two sessions that will share the history, polity, and an idea or two about the identity of Pilgrim Christian Church. We will also talk about what it looks like and what it means to become a member. These classes are anything but mandatory to join to congregation, they are simply to help share who we are and how we are that prospective and new members will be better able to join in the life and work of the church.
The classes will be Sundays, April 10 and 17th from 11:30-12:30pm. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please speak with Chris.
SCRIPTURA: THE GREAT BIG BIBLE STUDY
Rev. Chris will be hosting a new bible study on Wednesday evenings, beginning Wednesday, April 13 @ 6-7:30pm. The study will be an ongoing course discussing everything from the origins of books and canonization, history and authorship, sources (J,E,P,D, & Q!), styles (law, prophets, wisdom, gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic), and ideas on how to read it all for context and for current application. It is a great big bible study! And we’ll move through it in segments for 4 weeks at a time. The first segment will discuss ideas on the origins of books and the formation of the bible (how did we get the books we have and how did they come together in testaments and why didn’t certain gospels like Thomas make the cut and what about the apocrypha?). Please bring your bible, something to eat, and come and participate in this study!
COUNTY JAIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
I'm Sara Dobie Bauer. My husband, Jake, and I have been in Chardon since August, but previously, I ran a book club at Perryville Prison in Phoenix, AZ. I would like to start a similar ministry at the Geauga County Jail. Since inmates at the jail won't be there for, say, seven years, like a lot of my book club girls at Perryville, we'll have to change it up. Possibly, we'll do a Bible study where we do readings from the Bible as well as devotionals and discuss what we've read. I'm also interested in having musicians come to the jail and play hymns. If you're interested in taking part in this volunteer opportunity, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteering at Perryville Prison changed my life, truly, and I have God to thank for that (as well as my wonderful book club girls). I think we can forge a similarly beneficial relationship with the jail, imparting our knowledge and love of Christ while learning from those incarcerated. The volunteer orientation will take place some time in May, and once we've all been through that, we can start building our program. I look forward to getting started!