September 1, 2016
Moving back to the waters of the living fountain... that is where we are going. It was so good to speak with many of you after Sunday worship and listen to your thoughts of where the Church has strayed, and imagine what it might look like to release those idols of violence, privilege, wealth, and power from our religion. I will be asking you in the days ahead what you are doing in your home, school, or work to make peace, confess prejudice, return to relationship, and walk humbly in the world. I will also be asking you what you might imagine the Church doing and facilitating to allow those living waters to flow through us? How can Pilgrim Christian Church be a peaceful agent in the world? How can we be for racial reconciliation? How can we be more generous with our gifts to change lives for the better in our community?
Let me hear it!
Rally Sunday is almost here! On Sunday, September 11th, our new
Sunday School season begins. Come join us for a month-long focus on
Creation! On Rally Sunday, we'll hear the creation story and make a
snack at the same time. We'll also introduce the different stations
that will be available during the month.
Parents - We are beginning a new year and want to teach the children
that they can make a difference in our church family and our world.
We are going to take offering during our opening during Sunday School.
Don't be surprised if your child ask to help around the house in order
to earn change for Sunday School. We'll use the donated cash for the
Heifer Project, our Christmas families, and other service projects
during the year.
NEEDS: We are looking for a gently used play house for the nursery,
paint shirts, and bean bag chairs. Contact me or the office if you'd
like to donate any of these items.
Looking ahead: September 11th - Youth group meets after church for lunch and
Minute-to-Win-It Bible games
September 16th - movie night returns 6-8pm
Blessings, Vickie 440-285-3236 440-488-6745 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are trying to update our directory. The new directory will be placed in the Fellowship Hall for updates through Labor Day. Please take a moment to review and correct information. If you are not listed and would like to be added please add your name. If you are unable to review the directory please email the office with your information so that we may verify if it is correct.
Sunday, September 11, we will gather in worship to share the beauty and prayer of 1,000 peace cranes that have been created by members of this congregation over the last six weeks. There will be peace cranes in the pews to hold and pray over during worship - peace cranes that may be taken from the sanctuary and kept in your home or shared with someone else who is in need of peace. Come and see how these peace cranes can be a prayer and work for peace.
MISSION THANK YOU!
Many of you took the opportunity to supply our school nurses with the resources of underwear, socks, tampons and pads. This is, again, a gracious gift to help out our children in school. Thank you for making this gift possible - it willl be precious relief to the nurses and the children!
Feedback on the Sound
At the encouragement of the elders and consistory, I have made a few adjustments to improve the sound quality during worship. The stand for my iPad keeps my head up and projects more sound into the microphone. A new lavaliere microphone is turned on during the children’s sermon. I would like to hear from you - is this enhancing the sound in worship? Is anyone unable to hear well? There are further steps we can take.
Lauren Baskins is heading our participation in the CROP Walk this year! Thank you Lauren! The date of the walk is Sunday, September 25 after worship, and it takes place at the Burton Fair Grounds and in Burton. It is a time to share our gifts that others may have food in their bellies. It is a time to walk as a way of entering into solidarity with those who walk miles each day for water and food. When hunger is often satisfied by walking a few steps to the fridge, this is a powerful act in our lives. Save the date and stay tuned for ways you can participate in this mission.
Sabbatical Grant Update
We received word back from the Lilly Foundation that our application to fund next year’s sabbatical was not approved. I want to thank everyone who offered their time and energy to contribute to this application. I believe it was and is a fine proposal. Roz Kvet, Mary Wick, Matt Rolf, and many others shared many hours to make this project happen. Thank you.
Going forward, the Consistory can engage in conversation to begin making plans for the sabbatical (summer of 2017), and I will be sure to share information with you through the e-letter and visitor updates and information about the sabbatical. If you have any questions - like what is a sabbatical? Why are you taking this? Will you come back afterwards? Please let me know. I’ll be happy to share. And just so you know, the answer to that last question is, “Yes, as long as you’ll want me back!”
Hebrew Bible Scholar and Theologian, Walter Brueggemann, in Cleveland!
Avon Lake UCC is hosting the First Annual Westside UCC Theological Forum, and Walter Brueggemann is the theologian this inaugural year. You will recognize the name as he is my “go to” on all things of the Hebrew Bible. I had the chance to listen to him at the Festival of Homiletics in Denver last summer and he was amazing. Brueggemann will speak on Saturday, October 8 at 8:45am. His presentation is entitled, “Follow the Money.” He will then preach the following day at Avon Lake UCC at 9 and 11 (yes, you should go!). Then, Monday, he is giving a presentation for clergy entitled, “Hutzpah and Kitsch.” Hmm…
Tickets are $35 for Saturday and worship is, of course, free of charge. The link to purchase tickets is below. If you are going, please let the church office know and we may be able to figure out carpooling.