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!

March 23, 2017

Connections: Exodus 17 and Blessed Absurdity

When we are in the wilderness, the emptiness of the space - the leaving behind of the systems and structures - allow for us to encounter something that is new and potentially absurd. Yet, it is this journey and encounter that we may consider what may be absurd about the ways of life that we have left temporarily - that we may attempt to transform with redemptive Love upon our return. 

Water from Rock? 
Is that the absurdity? 
Or is it that the freedmen and freedwomen would seek return to bondage? 
Or is the absurdity that an empirical system of oppression and injustice could exist without question? Even with "divine" blessing? 

All sorts of things appear in the wilderness. Leave the familiar for long enough and an encounter or vision may appear that leads you to challenge the absurdities of the old and existing ways. Our holy encounter with them may be just what we need to prepare us to return from the journey into a new way of being. 

Grace, Peace, and it would seem, Blessed Absurdity. 

Rev. Chris



Children's Ministry

This Sunday, the children will watch a video with 3 stories about
Jesus and make a mustard seed necklace.   Next week, a new unit
begins.  Abby Schmid will be teaching about the Last Supper.

Movie night returns on Friday, March 31, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Join us
as we watch a video (or two), make a craft, and enjoy snacks.  All
children from age 3 through fifth grade are welcome.

Thank you, Missions committee, for the wonderful Heifer Fair.  The
children had a great time playing games, and everyone enjoyed seeing
Barb, Linden's chicken.
Unfortunately, I should not try adding when I'm tired.  The Sunday
School offering was really $134.00, not $243.00.  Linda Arotin caught
my error so this Sunday we'll have the total from the Heifer Fair and
will decide what animals the children would like to buy.

Blessings, Vickie   440-285-3236   440-478-6745   kaiser5204@gmail.com

Heifer Fair Wrap Up!

Because of your generosity, we raised over $800 for Heifer!!! Thank you to the Mission Team for hosting a barnyard of fun and for your generosity. This will go into the world to heal hunger and poverty. Thank you. 


Consistory Retreat
The Consistory Retreat his Saturday, March 25th from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM in the parlor.  Committee and Board chairs are requested - all are invited!

Cousins' Supper Club
Cousins' Supper Club will be Tuesday, March 28th from 6-8 PM  in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Lilies: 

If you would like to place a lily in memory of or in honor of someone this Easter, please return insert in the bulletin by April 2nd to the office.

Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on waffle Sunday, March 26th.

Wednesday Bible Study: 

The format is changing over Lent to embrace a shorter, simpler devotional and prayer by utilizing Walter Brueggemann’s, A Way Other Than Our Own. If you would like to come and join, you are welcome. We gather in the parlor @ 1:00pm and will conclude @ 1:30pm. 

Membership Class: 
Have you been considering joining Pilgrim Christian Church as a member? Rev. Chris is taking interest from the congregation, preparing to host another session of membership classes. These are never mandatory to join the church, just helpful to make your membership more meaningful.

If you have pondered any of the following questions: 
What is the difference between a "friend" of the church and a "member"? What are these denominations about? What is our polity and governance structure? What is the theology of the church (that's a fun one!)? How can I become engaged in the ministries of the church? 
then, please contact Rev. Chris and share your interest in such a class. The dates will be Sunday, March 26 and April 2 following worship. 


Sabbatical Preparation Update: 
•Theologicallya “sabbatical“ is a strategic season of Sabbath-keeping, aimed toward the end of renewing one's love of God, God's people, and God's call to well-being

The sabbatical will be for the pastor and his family, but also be a renewal for us as Pilgrim Christian Church.  It will be an opportunity to care for each other and to use our gifts in worship and in ministry.  

Chris will last preach on Sunday, May 7th, and the sabbatical will formally begin on Friday, May 12. The official dates of the Sabbatical are May 12- August 14.  

Just so you know, during his sabbatical, Chris is planning to:
∙ Attend a week at the Chautauqua Institute with the Clergy Leadership Program.
∙ Spend two weeks on the coast with family.
∙ Read poetry, the news (limited consumption!), and works on theology and ecology. 
∙ Work on the house and in the yard. 
∙ Rest & Renew!

Here are some questions that may be of concern as the sabbatical approaches:
Who will visit us if we are sick?  
The Elders will continue to offer their ministry of care, and Rev. Houston Bowers will be on call for pastoral needs and emergencies. 

What will happen on Sundays? 
Rev. Bowers will collaborate with the presiding elder to create the worship service and with Joan Lawrence to select music. Rev. Bowers will preach each Sunday with the exceptions of July 30 and August 6th. 

What are we to do on Sabbatical? 
Continue to BE the church. Take the time to grow in our own faith and spirituality. Reach out to each other in Christian love. Pray that the Spirit may fall more fully on all of us, to the glory of God.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to talk to Paul Hederstrom, Mary Wick, or Chris McCreight. 


Holy Week Schedule: 
Although it is still a month away, our schedule for Holy Week will be as follows: 

Palm Sunday - April 9
Community Palm Sunday Procession on the Square @ 9:15AM
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
Maundy Thursday - April 13
Fellowship Meal and Worship in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00PM
Good Friday - April 14
Community Good Friday Service at Pilgrim Christian Church 
"The Last Words of Christ” a service of scripture, meditation, song, and prayer from 12-3:00PM in the sanctuary of Pilgrim Christian Church 
Easter Sunday - April 16
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM

Office Volunteers: 
Office volunteers are needed for June 2, June 5-9 and 12th to answer phones.  

The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time.  They do not need to be completed during office hours.  Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.