July 1, 2016
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Roz Kvet and Vickie Craig
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
Worship in the Park will be on August 7th.