May 11, 2017
Connections: Sabbatical & Abundance
Sabbath is a time of rest - a commandment given to remain free and to discover anew the abundance of God, the earth, and community. It is true that we are not free unless we can stop working; it is also true that we do not see the abundance of God so long as we believe that everything that nourishes us is a direct result of our own labor. Rilke articulates it well, “Though he works and worries, the farmer never reaches down to where the seed turns into summer. The earth grants.” There is a dramatic word here for our individual lives - reflecting upon our participation in the pursuit of more. And there is certainly a word for the entire Body of Christ to hear. Although there may be some anxiety about my absence for three months, there is a faithful expectation that God will move in this time and reveal God’s abundance within, for, and through Pilgrim Christian Church. May this keeping of sabbath and sabbatical be a time where God’s abundance becomes abundantly clear to all of us.
Rev. Chris McCreight
In Sunday School this week, the children will begin learning about
Paul's missionary journeys. Next week, they'll watch a video for
their final lesson for this year. We'll also make a craft project
Teacher and volunteer recognition will be held on Sunday, May 21st.
If you have taught and/or helped in Sunday School, helped out in the
nursery, volunteered at VBS, helped with the Advent Workshop, or
contributed in any other way; the Board of Christian Education asks
that you be present next Sunday. You are a major part of our program,
and the time you invest in our children is essential to our program.
May 19th is our last movie night until September. Please join us for
videos, snacks, and a craft. Children are encouraged to wear their
pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on. We begin at 6:00 p.m. and are
usually finished by 8:15 p.m.
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, school age children will remain in the
sanctuary for the worship service. Infants and children under
kindergarten age are welcome in the nursery. We will be asking for 2
volunteers each Sunday so that we can split the nursery group if it
becomes too large. School age children are invited to sit in the
balcony where they will find paper, markers, and other quiet materials
to use during the service. A Christian Education member will sit with
Looking ahead: June 16th and 17th - Vacation Bible School
Welcome Rev. Houston and Mary Bowers
This Sunday, May 14th, we welcome Mary and Houston Bowers to Pilgrim Christian Church for the summer. Rev. Bowers will share a sermon, entitled, “It all Began on May 10th 1908” Join us Sunday morning to welcome the Bowers family and begin this time of sabbatical.
Tonight, we have the blessing of providing a home-cooked meal to our brothers and sisters currently without a home. This is our way of supporting Project Hope and our neighbors. If you’ve signed up to supply part of the meal, please deliver it to the fellowship hall kitchen by 5:30pm tonight, and the whole meal will be taken up. Thank you for your generosity.
Membership Committee meeting May 15 at 6:30 pm in the parlor.
Pilgrim Christian Church is a dual-denomination congregation in relationship with the United Church of Christ (UCC.org) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (disciples.org). Both denominations operate in faithful relationship of covenant. We belong to the whole denomination and work more closely with the Western Reserve/Eastern Ohio Association in the UCC and with the Region of Ohio in the Disciples. Recently, there has been transition within the Ohio Regional Leadership. The Rev. Dr. Bill Edwards (who was present to install Pastor Laurie Metzko and Rev. Chris) has retired. Currently, Rev. Stephen Bentley is the acting Regional Minister while the Regional Council begins the search process for a new Regional Minister. If you would like to learn more about what it happening within the Region at this time, please click here to read a letter from the Moderator, http://www.ccinoh.com/media/162622/web_buckeye_may_2017.pdf. Let us be in prayer for the Regional Ministry in this time.
Many many thanks to all who worked one or more shifts last weekend to make the Maple Festival pancake and sausage project a success. Even with a slower Saturday it turned out to be a typical year netting between five and six thousand dollars...all of which is spent within the walls of our church. We remain in awe of the customers who return year after year, which speaks to our excellent product and the friendly people serving it. We could not have done this without your support.
Office volunteers are needed for June 6 & 7 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.