January 19, 2017
Integrity. This is a word that has been surfacing in my life recently.
Within our Wednesday study of Revelation, it appears that the greatest concern of Christ for the seven churches is the matter of faithfulness and integrity - the churches had compromised their integrity to “go along” with the ways of the empire. From this last Sunday’s lectionary text and the image of the Tricycle (Experience, Scripture, Tradition) that may aid us in our discipleship; it all comes down to a matter of faithfulness - riding with all three wheels working together to lead us forward with integrity. This Sunday’s scripture brings this matter before us again, as Paul writes to discourage the partisanship that emerged within the church of Corinth that they may rediscover their faithfulness and integrity.
Integrity matters because this beautiful calling of God invites and requires us to be "set apart.” To be distinct - to remain distinct - requires integrity. Without it, compromise erodes the distinction until the Christian and the Church no longer resemble anything apart from empire.
Integrity. It comes from wholeness. From union between conviction and being. From communion between the self and God.
It is my prayer that what we do here within the life of Pilgrim Christian Church fosters faithfulness and integrity within you.
The HUGSS tree is ready for your donations of hats, underwear, gloves,
scarves, and socks. We'll deliver the donated items to Job and Family
Services in February. This is a joint project of Missions and
What are the ten commandments? Do we still use the ten commandments
today? Come to Sunday School this week and learn what they are and how
to use them in your life.
Next Sunday, Jan. 29th, youth group will meet at 11:30 for lunch and
fellowship. Please plan to join us.
Blessings, Vickie 440-285-3236 440-488-6745 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Guild Retreat
Due to the unavailability of several members, the Friendship Guild Retreat that was set to be held on Saturday, January 27th will be rescheduled to another time. Please stay tuned for further information.
Book of Joy Study
The Scriptura class will be entering into a 6-week book study with The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. This book is derived from a conversation between two exceptional religious leaders, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. It moves through the discovery of joy and into engaging in practices that will develop a presence to sustain that joy. What a gift!
This study will be held on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm-7:30pm), beginning Wednesday, February 1st and continue each Wednesday through March 8th. The study will be paired with a 5-6 week time of fellowship over meals, beginning the week of March 15th. This will allow the group to continue in community, while also sharing about our engagement with the "Practices of Joy" listed in the book. We’ll gather in the homes of willing hosts and share a meal and faithful practice. What could be better???
I am incredibly excited about this book and about the opportunity to nurture the ties of community and faith development. If you have been considering a book study, I hope you will participate in this one. If you have been feeling as though joy is something that is more fleeting than present in your life, I hope you will participate in this study. If you have been looking for a way to engage in this community more and initiate relationships with brothers and sisters, I hope you will participate in this study.
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Chris and inquire. If you’d like for the church to order your book, please RSVP with Cheryl.
Chi-Rho (4-8th graders) will meet Sunday, January 29 for lunch, games, and fellowship. The meeting will take place from 11:30-1:00pm.
Greetings Friends and Members of Pilgrim Christian Church,
An invitation is extended to all friends and members of the Congregation to the January 22 Annual Meeting in the Fellowship Hall as the Annual Reports are presented from various boards and committees and new officers installed. In addition, a final Stewardship report will be presented followed by the prospective 2017 Budget which will be voted upon for approval. The meeting will take place directly following our Sunday Morning Worship.
In the Spirit,
Cousin’s Supper Club
Cousin’s Supper Club is getting together on Tuesday, January 31st for a potluck dinner in the fellowship hall from 6-8pm.
For information and planning purposes, the annual Consistory Retreat is planned for Saturday, February 11th at the church. Evaluation of the past year and plans for 2017, as well as long term, will be addressed. All officers of the church are encouraged to attend as well as interested congregation members who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the church bureaucracy and even offer their input.
Thank you to the cleaning crew who came into the church on Tuesday morning to clean the kitchen in the fellowship hall and other areas of the facility. It all looks great, and word is that the folks who participated had a great time cleaning and eating together. Thanks!!!
The Mission Team is collecting Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Scarves, and Socks for children and young adults. The items can be hung on, or placed beneath, this Christmas Tree downstairs in Fellowship Hall. The Mission Team will be offering this clothing drive throughout January, taking all donations to Geauga JFS in February.
Prayers of the People
Prayers for Healing and Wholeness:
Jan Stewart Jay Sage Eileen Moore John Hopkins Betsi Skolaris Bill Henderson Bill Rolf Theresa
For the friends and family of Maria Burkhammer