April 12, 2017
Connections: Committing to Redeeming Love
Throughout Christ’s life and ministry, there is the steady revelation of a Redeeming Love. It is in the way Christ heals; it is in the way Christ forgives; it is even in the way that Christ brings judgment - not to condemn, but to redeem. Through this lens, we see the procession of Palms as the great invitation to join ourselves to Christ in this commitment to Redeeming Love. God’s Kingdom will enter through no other means than such Love. This Holy Week, we witness the life-giving joy that comes from such commitment (Maundy Thursday) along with the cost of commitment (Good Friday), and yet what we shall see in the celebration of Easter is that while committing to Redeeming Love comes at a cost, God always redeems those commit themselves to such Love.
May this Holy Week nurture your soul and encourage you to renew your commitment to carrying God’s Redeeming Love.
In Sunday School this week, we'll study the Easter story and make
coffee filter butterflies. Next week, we begin a unit on Paul
starting with his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
Last Sunday, the youth group enjoyed "egging" several families and
members of the congregation. Samara, Mykaela, and Molly had a great
time filling eggs and visiting the homes of those who were "egged".
Next year, we hope to "egg" more church members. Our next meeting is
Looking ahead: April 21 - movie night
April 30 - NO Sunday School due to the
Holy Week Schedule:
Although it is still a month away, our schedule for Holy Week will be as follows:
Maundy Thursday - April 13
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
Holy Week in Focus: Maundy Thursday
“Maundy” is the English form of the Latin word meaning, “commandment.” Jesus’ new commandment to “Love one another as I have Loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday. ~ From the UCC Book of Worship
This coming Thursday, April 13th, we will gather in the fellowship hall at 6:00 for a potluck meal and worship. The service has been created by some of the Elders to move us deeper into the events of that evening: the foot washing, the breaking of bread and the sharing of the cup, the betrayal, and the giving of the new commandment. Gracious members of the church have volunteered to serve as actors in a beautiful drama that will tell the story and lead us into that element of worship. This is something new and very special to reveal the holiness of the day within this most holy week.
Come, bring a friend, bring a dish, and share in fellowship and worship!
Holy Week in Focus: Good Friday
Good Friday relays the passion story of our Savior Jesus Christ. While the mood is solemn, it is also one of hope, looking forward to the great Easter celebration. ~ From the UCC Book of Worship
Friday, April 14th, we have the blessing of hosting the ecumenical Good Friday worship service. This is but one way we welcome and host the community in faithful expression. The service is crafted by Father Chris McCann of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The service will begin at noon and conclude at 3:00pm. It is a service that repeats a pattern of scripture, homily (by a different clergy member), prayer, hymn. Jean Spangler will be our organist. Clergy from St. Luke’s Episcopal, St. Mary’s Catholic, Celebration Lutheran, Chardon United Methodist and Burton UCC will lead us in faithful meditation upon the last words of Christ. As the service is long, it is created for you to come in as you are able and depart when you must. This is a blessing to participate in the ecumenical faith body and welcome others to the most challenging day within Holy Week, understanding that there is something good to come when we do not avoid or evade suffering, but confront and endure it.
Come, bring a friend, and share in this time of worship.
Chi-Rho Egging Recap
The youth got together for an Egg-celent Service Project last Sunday. Vickie Craig and Heather Penrod developed an idea to “Egg” some of our members and friends by providing personal Easter egg-hunts in their front yards. Together, we walked around the neighborhood and stealthily shared the Easter Joy. Thanks to the kids, Heather and Vickie, and all of the friends and members for participating!
Directory pictures will be taken by Bill Arotin on April 16 and 23. These will be the last sessions for the Directory.
Maple Festival Weekend Pancakes & Worship
Maple Festival is coming up on April 29-30. If you would like to help serve pancakes in the best breakfast in Geauga County, please contact Ward Lawrence to sign up. There are available time slots to serve on Saturday and Sunday.
Our worship service on Sunday, April 30 will begin at 8:00am in the sanctuary. Come worship and then serve!
Rev. Chris in Chautauqua
Rev. Chris will be at the Chautauqua Institute Monday, April 24-27th for the Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program.
Bunco for the Food Pantry!
On Monday, May 8th at 6 PM at Barbara Inderlied's home. Please RSVP to Jan Stewart at 285-9292.
Bring feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
Barb will have corn chowder. We could use thick crusted brad fruit and desserts.
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.