November 16, 2017
SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, November 26 - Decorate for Advent following Worship - Soup provided
Thursday, November 30 - Chili Dinner
Sunday, December 24 - 10:00 Sunday Morning Worship Service
Sunday, December 24 - 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
INTERIM SEARCH UPDATE
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.
Christian Ed is looking for 4 board members. If you are interested or know someone who might enjoy working with us, please contact me.
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Blessings, Vickie Craig
If you are interested in lighting an Advent Candle this Advent Season please contact Joan Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-286-4154
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.
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.
In the Ups and Downs, God Levels Things Out
Written by Lillian Daniel
A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain." - Isaiah 40:1-11
People who are facing a serious illness tell me they have a new respect for how changeable life is. Suddenly, they realize how precious the ordinary moments are. One man once told me what many others have said in different words: "I used to complain about being bored. But I could use a little boring right now."
These words from Isaiah seem to predict the divine future God wants for us. God does not want us laboring up steep mountains one minute and down in a ditch the next minute. God wants to level things out.
But life on earth doesn't work that way. Life delivers wild fluctuations in the stock market, our love lives, our health and even our sanity. The ground we travel is uneven and rough.
It is God's grace, working through the passage of time, which evens out the terrain. We look back in hindsight and don't just see a lot of ups and downs. As we learn from our mistakes and our heartbreaks, some of those past mountains get laid low.
It's good preparation for the real moment of understanding, when we meet Jesus in the afterlife and finally understand that all this was just the prelude. Until then, let's hold on to the image of God watching us in our ups and downs, and using grace and mercy to turn the rough places into a fertile plain.
When my heart is a desert, make straight a highway through me, and remind me that one day every mountain I am climbing will be made low and every valley will be lifted up. Eventually. Amen.
DID YOU KNOW….
Guest musicians perform periodically during Sunday worship, particularly during the summer choir recess. They include singers, both individuals and groups, as well as solo or musician groups. Some come from our congregation and others are members of the local community. If you would like to perform or suggest a person or group, contact Joan Lawrence.
Did you know you know you can request a hymn for our Sunday worship service?
If you have a favorite hymn, you can submit your request to the PCC office by phone or email, or you can contact Joan Lawrence to make your request.