Pilgrim Christian Church

Faith. Hope. Love...

Pilgrim Christian Church is a Loving congregation that gathers just off the Square in Chardon, Ohio. Whoever you are, wherever you are on Life's journey, you are welcome here!

November 9, 2017


The leadership enjoyed initial interviews with candidates for the interim position.  After prayerful consideration, we are continuing to pursue discussion with an experienced retired pastor who stood out as a good fit for us.  

Although we cannot reveal a name at this point, we are continuing discussion and prayer with him concerning timing, needs, and compensation for a role which would be less than full time.  It seems clear there is mutual excitement about him joining us, and we feel pretty confident that we will be able to complete the process within the next few weeks.  We have invited this individual to come and preach on a Sunday later this month.

We will continue to update everyone as we progress through this process.   

Please continue to be in prayer for wisdom and discernment for all involved in this work; for patience for the PCC family; and, most of all, give thanks.  We believe God has, indeed, sent us just the right person to guide us through this period and to help us plan for a purposeful, prayerful, passionate future.


Children's Ministry
Chi Rho will be meeting on Sunday, Nov. 12th, after coffee hour.  We'll be filling 2 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and playing games.

Randy Sweet has agreed to teach the 4th grade thru middle school Sunday School class.  The students are very excited to have him join us.

Christian Ed is looking for 4 board members.  If you are interested or know someone who might enjoy working with us, please contact me.

My email address is incorrect in the directory.  The correct address is kaiser5204@gmail.com.  

Blessings, Vickie Craig   

Advent Candles

If you are interested in lighting an Advent Candle this Advent Season please contact Joan Lawrence at jrlawrence@windstream.net or 440-286-4154

Stewardship annual campaign
It’s that time of year!  Stewardship annual campaign packages were mailed, along with your quarterly church contribution statements.  Take some time and think about how you want to participate.  Remember that your giving is for needs of the church and your pledge helps us to plan our activities and finances for the upcoming year - - but it’s also a key part of growing our faith and sharing thanks for all that we have been given.  Members of the Stewardship Committee are available to answer any questions you may have.  We’d like to have all pledge sheets returned to the church by November 12.  Place them in the offering plate, give them to a committee member, or drop them in the mail.  Also plan to join us Sunday November 12 after service in Fellowship Hall for our Stewardship Celebration potluck! Chicken will be provided.   
Stewardship Committee – Jake Bauer, Paul Hederstrom, Barb Inderlied, Jim and Vivian McNenny, Glenn Pisching, Patti Schmid, Mazie Smith, Helga Wick

Chili Dinner:  This is a Chardon community event which will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, in conjunction with the tree lighting in the Square.  


Schedule is:

     2 pm                      Set up

     4 pm                      All food donations due at church 

     5 – 7 pm               Serving (or until we run out of food) 

     7 – 8 pm               Cleanup


We need donations of both food items (chili, hotdogs and buns, coleslaw)

and volunteers to work at this event.



It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that Nannette VanKan has passed away. There will be a funeral service for her this Friday, November 10th at 8:00pm at Burr Funeral Home. 



Broken Hearts
William H. Armstrong

"Praise the Lord! Because it is good to sing praise to our God! Because it is a pleasure to make beautiful praise!. . . God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds." - Psalm 147:1,3

Like an old broken record that keeps playing the same tune, the verse about the brokenhearted is constantly replaying in my mind. I think it's because broken hearts are all around me. The broken heart of the young man whose dreams were shattered, and the broken hearts of his parents when he hanged himself. The heartbroken couple whose love and bright hopes faded into an undreamed of divorce. The mother whose heart was broken by a child who will no longer speak to her. The broken heart I catch glimpses of in a neighbor's angry and sullen behavior. And my own still-scarred heart from the decline and death of a devoted wife.

But then I hear playing over and over that reassuring verse: "God heals the brokenhearted." God heals. We say that time heals, and often it does. And some good people bring healing with their care and compassion. Those are, I think, things God uses to heal. But sometimes too God's healing comes silently, gradually, surprisingly, graciously, as an unseen gift from above. And the heart we thought was beyond repair is made whole again. In whatever way the healing comes, with a mended heart and joy restored, we are able to say "it is good to sing praise to our God."

And sing we may, and should, to let the world know about the God who heals. St. Francis said: "What else are the servants of God, but God's minstrels, whose work it is to lift up people's hearts to spiritual joy, that they might love God gladly."

The brokenhearted, when they are healed, make good minstrels.


Our broken hearts are so painful, God, but we are confident that you can heal them. We give you thanks for hearts that are mended and ask your mercy for those that are still hurting. Amen.

William H. Armstrong is a retired United Church of Christ minister who also served as a Peace Corps official in Ethiopia and Swaziland.  His most recent book is Thinking Through the Children's Sermon.




Music Director

Joan Lawrence has been involved with PCC music programs for nearly 30 years.  Her current role as music director includes responsibility for directing choir and bell choir, arranging for guest musicians, procuring sheet music, sometimes participating in hymn selection for the Sunday worship services, and many, many practices.


Music Committee

The PCC music committee is comprised of Ann Doersam, Joan Lawrence, and Steve Wick.  This committee meets periodically to discuss and plan music for various periods throughout the year.



Our organist is Ann Doersam.  Ann served as PCC organist from 1952 to 1990.  Between 1990 and 2001, she was at Chardon St. Luke Episcopal Church, a split-job position.  From 2002 to 2010, Ann served as the full time organist at the Old South Church in Kirtland.

During this time, Ann continued to play for nearly all the weddings and funerals at Pilgrim as well as many other area church services, weddings, and funerals.

Fortunately, Ann returned as our organist in 2010.  In addition to her musical gift, Ann makes great peanut butter cookies!  Be sure to thank her for her contribution to our worship services.