Connections: Blindness and Healing
Shall we dare to pray for healing of our blindness? As was shared on Sunday, the blessing of sight comes with the vision of our blindness. This is something that is difficult for us to see.
Consider the blindness of the disciples who did not see the humanity of blind man nor their capacity to aid him. Consider the blindness of the Pharisees who were so certain of their knowledge of God that they could not see God moving right before them. How easy is it for them to see their power and see God moving - and to realize that they were blind to it all before? To be given sight is to be healed, but it comes with a side of hurt.
As Toni Cade Bambara wrote so well, "wholeness is no trifling matter--a lot of weight when you are well." There's a lot of weight in that healing process. But how good it is, to honestly see.
May you embrace the spiritual practice of the blind man, waking this day, praying, and waiting for God's amazing and abundant Grace to bring healing and wholeness.
This Sunday, the children will begin a new unit about the Easter season. Abby Schmid will be teaching them about the Last Supper. Next week, they'll learn about Palm Sunday.
Movie night returns this Friday, March 31st! Wear your jammies and bring a blanket to sit on. We'll have lots of fun choosing a video, having a snack, and making a craft. We'l begin at 6:00 pm and finish about 8:15.
Looking ahead - March 16 - Easter Sunday
March 30 - no Sunday School due to Maple Festival
April 21 - movie night
This time around, we'll be gathering Friday night @ 6pm. Folks with children can drop off the kids with the Education crew for Movie Night if they'd like, and we'll walk over to Noce for some pizza and conversation. Let's meet at the church @ 6.
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 @ 9:15AMMaundy Thursday - April 13
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
Fellowship Meal and Worship in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00PMGood 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 ChurchEaster Sunday - April 16
Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:00AM
If you would like to place an order for a Lily in honor or in memory of someone for Easter please submit an order form to the office no later than April 2nd.
Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebration, and our choir has something special in store for the occasion. If you would like to rejoice on this day with the choir, you are welcome to come and practice with the choir (Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday mornings @ 9AM in the sanctuary). No obligation to join long-term, just come and be a part of the celebration on Easter Sunday.
Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on April 2, 9 and 23. These will be the last sessions for the Directory.
You are invited to the Maundy Thursday fellowship meal and worship. The evening will begin on Thursday, April 13 at 6:00pm with a potluck meal. We will enjoy the company of community and then transition into a service of worship to remember this particular moment in the life and ministry of Jesus, and discern what it means for us. A new commandment, Love one another as Christ has loved us.
Come and join together for the Maundy Thursday service during Holy Week.
Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner
Come support our local Boy Scout Troop Pack 93 on April 1st from 5 PM - 7 PM for a Spaghetti Dinner. Ages 5 and under are FREE, 6-12 are $5 and 13 + is $9. Bring in one dried or canned good for our Food Cupboard and receive $1 off your dinner!
Maple Festival Pancake Breakfast:
Join us on April 29th and April 30th from 9-2 during the Geauga County Maple Festival for Pancakes and Sausage. Adults $9 and Kids $5. This is the Pancake Breakfast you have been waiting for!
If you would like to support Men’s Fellowship and volunteer to participate in this fundraiser please call Ward Lawrence to learn how you can be included. All money supports the ministry and life of Pilgrim Christian Church.
Sabbatical Preparation Update (Sabbatical Begins May 12):
I am grateful to receive responses to the posts about the sabbatical. One question came back inquiring about the work on the house - what is restorative or renewing about this? This is an excellent question.
I always enjoy working with my hands, that is one thing. Whenever there's a chance to work in the yard - to weed, till, plant - it's a joy. Even shoveling snow is rewarding. In reflecting on this in the past, I have wondered if I enjoy this work because it brings balance into my world. The vast majority of my work is intangible. It's writing, listening, speaking, reading, reflecting, praying, planning a worship service that comes and goes... It is not to say that nothing lasting comes from this - I'm not about to go all ecclesiastes here! But it is to acknowledge the absence of creating something material. To work with my hands in the yard and on the house is to nurture another dimension of life and bring balance by creating something lasting with my hands.
I welcome your questions about my plans for sabbatical along with any questions you may have about the logistics of sabbatical. You may also direct questions to our Moderator (Paul Hederstrom) and Elder Chair (Mary Wick).
Have you ever wondered where the delicious food comes from for our Coffee Hour?
First Sunday - Women’s Fellowship - Stephanie Burke
Second Sunday - Missions- Linda Arotin
Third Sunday - New Members- Lynn Felberg
Fourth Sunday - Men’s Fellowship Waffles- Paul Hederstrom
Fifth Sunday - Up for Grabs
These committees set up, provide the food and clean up. They check to be certain we have coffee, creamer and drink for the kids. Steve Moore or Rick Perkins usually start the coffee. Butch Penrod makes certain we have cups, plates and napkins.
Thank you all!
Office volunteers are needed for June 5-9 and 12-14 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.