November 27, 2019   
Annual Campaign Update 

Currently we have 159 families pledging $977,000.  We are at 82% of our goal of $1,200,000 in pledge income for 2020.  
If you would like to print out a pledge form click   Pledge Form 2020.pdf  or 
pledge online. Thank you for your continued support of the mission of Christ Church.  
Thanksgiving at Christ Church
Thursday, November 28, 2019  
Please make Christ Church a part of your Thanksgiving tradition by joining us for worship tomorrow morning at 10:00AM. The turkey always tastes better after we give thanks to God together in church! The service will include many great traditional Thanksgiving hymns, led by our choir.
Church Office & Rummage Closed November 28 & 29
Parish News 
Sunday, December 1 will be our next collection for the New Trier Township Food Pantry.   
The Pantry has asked us to help them stock up on some specific items this month, and this is a perfect time of year to dig a little deeper and help support our neighbors who rely on the two bags of groceries per week that they get from the Pantry.  We will be collecting the following in the Prevost Cloister following both services on December 1:
  • Cooking Oil (they can never keep this in stock)
  • Condiments & Salad Dressings
  • Cookies (everyone likes treats, and they cannot keep cookies on the shelf because they are so popular)
  • Cleaning supplies (not able to purchase with food stamps)
  • Laundry Detergent (smaller containers, not able to purchase with food stamps)
  • CASH (any donations beyond the amount of what the Pantry Committee purchases monthly goes directly to the Pantry so their staff can purchase whatever items they need most at that time)
THANK YOU for supporting this ministry that is so vital to our community.
Churchyard Rates to Increase on December 1
Just a friendly the end of September we sent out a letter to the parish about the fact that the cost of spaces in our lovely Churchyard were going up on Dec.1, 2019. It has been a dozen years since we have done this. If you are interested in purchasing space, just contact our Parish Administrator, Charlotte McGee, at 847-446-2850 or

Our New Rummage Coordinator Could Be You!

We are beginning our search for a parishioner to become our new Christ Church Rummage Coordinator. The Coordinator job is a part-time church staff position which offers tremendous flexibility and the opportunity to be an integral part of our largest and longest running outreach ministry. The position is supported by the 10 member Rummage Steering Committee, an experienced group of volunteers who are involved in all major aspects of our two annual sales. Interested in learning more? Please contact Rummage Steering Committee member, Erika Kreisa
Our Choir to Sing at Village Tree Lighting  
Friday, December 6  
Our choir will be leading carols at the Winnetka Tree Lighting and Holiday Market! Come and sing along with us! The event starts at 4:15 and our choir will be singing at 5:15. The event is in Dwyer Park which is behind the Winnetka Post Office. Stop by our  Christ Church table for cookies and cocoa!
First Fridays continue in December on... the First Saturday!
December 7 - Christmas Open House at the Rectory
Ugly Sweater Christmas Attire Encouraged 
This year, the Christmas Open House at the Rectory (458 Maple Street) will be on Saturday, December 7 from 6-8PM.  This will take the place of our First Friday social evening.  No need to bring a dish-just bring yourself and, as always, a friend.  Christopher will provide various Merry Goodies for the season.  Come join the fun and enjoy the company of your friends at Christ Church!  Almost Tasteful Lawn Art of the Season included at no additional cost. Please RSVP here or call the office at 847.446.2850.
Complimentary childcare in the Parish House. Nursery for children of all ages.
                       Christmas Angels Ministry Needs Your Help
We have 15 families left to adopt!

T his is a great project to share with your family and friends over Thanksgiving!
There's no one who can take care of these families if we don't. 
Together we can make a difference.

You Can Purchase Large-size Warm Clothing to 
Donate at Church on December 8 & 15

After Thanksgiving we will collect size XL, 1X and 2X sweatshirts, sweatpants and thermal underwear for the men of St. Leonard's House and St. Andrew's Court. These are men who have recently left prison to begin new lives, and often have jobs that require them to be outside during the winter. We will need to collect 80 of each -- in LARGE SIZES ONLY! Going to Costco? Throw a fleece or sweatshirt in your cart!
Christmas Angels Family Pick Up Reminders   
Deliver to Parish House between Sunday, 12/8 from noon to 3:00PM and Monday, 12/9 to Wednesday, 12/11 from 9:00-5:00PM. Remember:  
  1. Include a Jewel gift card ($20-$30 per person)
  2. Each gift must be wrapped.
  3. All items MUST BE IN CARDBOARD BOXES clearly marked with family number.
Important Christmas Angel Forms can be found HERE.
Help Wrap Gifts for Christmas Angels  
All workshops will take place in the Great Hall of the Parish House. Use the 470 Maple Street entrance and go down the stairs. No need to RSVP. Simply come and enjoy!
Tuesday, December 3 5-7PM Wine & Cheese will be served! 
Saturday, December 7 10-1PM  
Monday, December 9 5-7PM Wine & Cheese will be served! 
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Parkinson 847-910-8932 or 
 Margaret Lamason 847-997-3325.

December 8
5:30PM Wrapping
6PM Dinner
6:30PM St. Nick & Caroling
Great Hall & Chapel at 470 Maple St.
Winnetka, IL
The more the merrier, so save the date and invite friends!

We will wrap presents for the homeless, eat dinner (and Christmas cookies!), sing carols, and get a visit from St. Nick! It's a great time to celebrate with your church family and introduce your friends and relatives to our church community. Suggested donation is $15/person or $30/family. Dinner will be a taco bar;
sign-up  to bring a side, dessert, or fruit!    
Connections - December 12 - Second Thursday

 "Bringing Mind, Spirit AND Body to Your Faith"
Worship services are a multi-sensory opportunity to accept and care for our whole selves. Join Amanda MacDonald to talk about how Sunday morning (and any time) can be an opportunity for renewal of Mind, Spirit, AND Body. Amanda Blair MacDonald is a movement educator and consultant based in Chicago and Winnetka who recently recorded a TEDx talk "How We Move Is How We Think". Amanda, her husband Dan, and her daughter, Mattie Blair, all sing in our choir and joined the church in 2012.
Second Thursday Evenings at Christ Church
5:30-6:15PM - Supper in the McClain Room
6:15-7:15PM - Program/Discussion in the Lea Room
(The nursery will be open from 5:15-7:30.)
Christmas Gifts for Flowers and Music Christmas at Christ Church

Please click on the link below and return with a check to the Parish Office. Gifts received by December 13th will be listed in the Christmas printed program.  

Join Us for Christmas Services December 24

11:00AM - New this year, stay tuned for details!
  3:00PM - Holy Eucharist with Carols - Nursery is open
  8:00PM - Holy Eucharist with Choir (Carols begin at 7:30PM)
11:00PM - Holy Eucharist with Choir (Carols begin at 10:30PM)
Childcare offered at 3PM
Note: No Morning Eucharist on Wednesday, December 25
Calling All Grand Receipts 

This is a slam-dunk fundraiser because we all shop at our wonderful local grocery store (some a lot more frequently than others.) The money  goes to Youth Ministry and you can help! Save all your receipts and place them in the labeled collection cans in the Prevost Cloister, McClain Room, Youth Ministry credenza, and church office. Thank you!    
Vestry Nominating Committee Receiving Names
Deadline is Friday, November 29
Our parish by-laws require the Rector to appoint a committee of the four retiring Vestry members and at least five other parish members to the parish Nominating Committee. They are to nominate a slate of four people for an upcoming Vestry term of three years each for our election at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2020.  In addition, we need to nominate a Junior Warden for a term of one year to be followed by a year as Senior Warden.  If you have a nomination to make, please send that parish member's name to Office Manager Charlotte McGee. Nominees must be 16 or older. Parish nominations close Friday, November 29. The committee meets on Sunday, December 1.   
The 2040 Committee's discernment process started and ended with asking how God is calling CCW to be a community of faith in the Episcopal tradition. 

The Committee concluded that God is calling on CCW's abundance, to bear witness to God's presence in our lives and to take action to ensure our vitality and long-term sustainability. To support this call to action the committee created CCW Guiding Principles for a vital way forward for our parish. 
CCW Guiding Principles
Support our Members - An Inward Focus on the People Who Sustain our Core
Serve as Ministers  - An Outward Witness to the Presence of a Living God
Grow our Church - An Essential Christian Mission is to Share the Love of Christ 
With these new Guiding Principles as our core focus, how can CCW reimagine our Episcopal community and use our abundance of resources in new ways to enable a faithful and engaged community?

Save the Date: Please join us on Tuesday, January 7th at 7PM in the Chapel at 470 Maple for additional details.
Youth & Children's News  
Youth-made Christmas Ornaments for Christmas Angels

Looking for Christmas gifts that make a difference? Look no further than our next coffee hour! Outside the McClain Room, the youth are selling ornaments they made to raise money for Christ Church's Christmas Angels program, which helps the needy during the holiday season. We will continue to sell them through Christmas, while supplies last! Thank you to all who have already supported the youth and Christmas Angels by purchasing an ornament!
December 6 First Friday Faves 

All 5th through 8th graders and their friends are invited to our holiday-themed First Friday Fave on December 6! We will be in the Great Hall from 6-7:30PM. Walk on over after the Winnetka Tree Lighting for some hot cocoa and pizza! We will play games, make evergreen Advent wreathes and Christingles, and assemble toiletry bags for people in need. Please RSVP or just show up!

Second Sunday Soul Fuel on December 8 @ 4PM  

Soul Fuel is a youth group for high schoolers and their friends. We meet on the second Sunday of every month at 4PM. On December 8, we will meet in the Great Hall at 470 Maple because we will be setting up for Wrap N Roll, which is that evening. We need your help decorating the Great Hall and the Chapel for wrapping, eating, St. Nick visiting, and singing! Please RSVP or just show up! ALL are welcome! 

Christmas Pageant Sign-Up!

All children and youth are invited to join us for our Christmas Pageant to be performed Sunday, December 15 at the 9:30 service. Our beautiful and low-stress pageant requires no memorizing of lines, only one rehearsal for the older children, and no rehearsal at all for ages three through 2nd grade (except for Primary Choir, who will attend rehearsal.) 

The roles of Mary and the Baby Jesus are already taken for this year, but we have plenty of additional roles to suit everyone: Joseph, angels, shepherds, sheep, and friendly beasts. Plus narrators, scene directors, and behind the scenes helpers. Costumes provided. Primary Choir and Third Grade Choir do not need to sign up, they automatically have a role. 

Our one rehearsal is Saturday, December 14, 9:00-11:00 for all cast members age third grade and up AND Primary Choir choristers.

Please sign up on our website or send an email with requested roles to or

This Week at Christ Church
Wednesday, November 27 Start Time End Time Location
Wednesday Playgroup  9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room 
Primary Choir: 1st-2nd grade 3:45 PM 4:30 PM Parish House
Youth Choir: 4th-6th grade  7:00 PM 8:00 PM Choir Room
Youth Choir: 7th-12th grade trebles 7:30 PM 8:45 PM Choir Room
Youth Choir: 7th-12th grade low voice boys 8:00 PM 9:15 PM Choir Room
Thursday, November 28
Thanksgiving - Office Closed
Full Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM 10:00 AM Choir Room
Holy Eucharist with Full Choir  10:00 AM 11:00 AM
Friday, November 29
Office Closed
Sunday, December 1
Holy Eucharist - 784 Sheridan Rd 8:00 AM
Youth Choir: 4th-8th grade trebles 8:30 AM 9:20 AM Choir Room
Full Choir rehearsal 9:00 AM 9:20 AM Choir Room
Holy Eucharist with Full Choir 9:30 AM 10:30 AM
Monday, December 2
Friends in Faith 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Lea Room, Church House
Rummage Sorting 11:30 AM 2:00 PM Schroeder Building
Youth Choir: 4th-6th grade 4:30 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Tuesday, December 3
Handbell Choir 9:15 AM 10:30 AM McClain Room
Book Group  1:00 PM 2:00 PM McClain Room
Centering Prayer 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Church House - Lea Room
Youth Choir: 3rd Grade 4:30 PM 5:10 PM Choir Room
Christmas Angels Workshop 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Parish House Great Hall
Wednesday, December 4
Mather Worship 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
Wednesday Playgroup  9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room 
Senior Lunch Group 12:00 PM 1:30 PM Little Ricky's
Primary Choir: 1st-2nd grade 3:45 PM 4:30 PM Parish House
Club 56 (5th-6th Grade Class) 6:00 PM 7:00 PM Church on the Hill
Youth Choir: 4th-6th grade  7:00 PM 8:00 PM Choir Room
Youth Choir: 7th-12th grade trebles 7:30 PM 8:45 PM Choir Room
Youth Choir: 7th-12th grade low voice boys 8:00 PM 9:15 PM Choir Room
Thursday, December 5
Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM Schroeder Building
Womens Bible Study 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Parish House Library
Adult Choir rehearsal 7:30 PM 9:00 PM Choir Room
Pastoral Care
If you are facing illness, a life transition or challenging circumstances, please contact one of our clergy. We are available when you  nee d us for a hospital, home, or office visit. Christ Church has many lay volunteers who also provide meals and rides as needed. Please reach out to the clergy through the office at (847) 446-2850, or on their cell phones:
Thursday Weekly News - Deadline is Tuesday at Noon  
Email Rena Kowalski at 

Sunday Bulletin Announcements - Deadline is Tuesday at Noon
To have information listed in Sunday's Bulletin, send to Charlotte McGee

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