November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving at Christ Church
Thursday, November 23, 2017 
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 
11/23/2017 - 11/24/2017
This Sunday at Christ Church

Join us for coffee after the service. We'd love to have you with us!

Church School classes only for Good Shepherd and True Vine Atria, 9:30-the Peace. No classes after the service due to Thanksgiving break. 
Tis The Season
Give Christmas Joy to Families in Need
The Christ Church Christmas Angels Program provides gifts, food, basic necessities -- and evidence of God's love in the world -- to families and individuals all over Chicago.
We have 5 families to go!!  
You may choose your family to adopt after this Sunday's services or 
We still need  funds to cover the cost of gifts for senior citizens,
Episcopal Agency residents and New Trier families.
Click here to donate funds.
Contact Julie Flood at 847-903-2390 or
Be an Angel~We Need YOU!!
  • Tuesday, 12/5 5-7pm
  • Saturday, 12/9 10am-2pm
We will be wrapping presents in the Great Hall, 470 Maple, Winnetka for Christmas Angels. Children are welcome to attend with your supervision. 
Elizabeth Parkinson   847-910-8932
Margaret Lamason 847-997-3325
Feed My Starving Children - Dec. 9 - Sat. - 9:00-11:00AM
We still need 18 people!!!
Christ Church will travel to Libertyville, Illinois to help Feed My Starving Children. We have decided to carpool instead of spending the money on tour buses.  We will gather in the parking lot of Christ Church behind the 470 Maple Street address at 7:45AM. We will leave promptly at 8AM.  We will return at noon. We committed to bring 40 people.
Sign Up Today! Email Phil at

More importantly for us, they accept volunteers as young as 5 when accompanied by an adult.  This means that for families with small children, this can be an event that everyone can participate in together.   
Parish News
Pre-Ordered Christmas Wreaths
Ready on Sunday, November 26
Your pre-ordered Christmas wreaths from our Youth Choir will be on the patio at the church, ready for you to pick up beginning Sunday, November 26. A few extras also may be available for sale on a first come, first served basis. Please see Sarah Generes that morning on the patio or contact Richard Clemmitt directly at if you are interested. Our youth choristers thank you for your orders, which are helping support their tour to sing at St. Philip's Cathedral in Atlanta this February.
Advent Wreaths 

Beautiful faux pine Advent wreaths are available in the Prevost Cloister. 
Thursday Evening Advent Programs
Sunday Worship in the Episcopal Church: How We Got Here  
6:15PM - Compline in Church
6:30PM - Supper
7:00PM - Program
7:45PM - Dismissal (in time for 8:00PM Choir Practice)
November 30 - Richard Clemmitt
Why We Sing What We Sing When We Sing
Richard will take us through the beginnings of liturgical music from before the time of Jesus through the modern day. Learn what we have adapted from the Temple in Jerusalem to the place of Gregorian Chant to ancient and modern Hymnody. It's no accident that we sing the hymns we do.

Vestry Nominating Committee Receiving Names-Deadline is Dec. 1
Our parish by-laws require the Rector to appoint a committee of 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. This year we have an additional nomination to fill a one year unexpired term.  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, December 1. The committee meets on Sunday, December 3.  
Lessons & Carols December 3, 9:30 Service
Music for this liturgy will include beautiful, traditional readings, hymns and anthems for  the season of Advent.  The opening procession will be a highlight of the service and will include the singing of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" accompanied by handbells and organ (a great reason to arrive for church on time that morning, if you possibly can!).

Update - The Power of Grace!  --  Grace House
A tremendous thank you to you, the parishioners of Christ Church who came out to welcome and support Michele, Zee, Nicole and Tina from Grace House for their "Power of Grace!" performance.  The success of that performance has landed them two additional upcoming gigs!
Ticket sales and donations totaling $2,100 will be turned over to Grace House as a result of your generous contributions.  That is truly the "Power of Grace!".

Wrap & Roll Caroling Party

December 10 - 4:00-7:30

It's (almost) that time of year! Mark your calendars and call your family and friends-the caroling party is around the corner. Thrown by the youth and parents of our congregation, we will wrap presents for the homeless, eat dinner (and Christmas cookies!) together, sing carols, and get a visit from St. Christopher-I mean St. Nicholas! It's a great time to celebrate with your church family and introduce your friends and relatives to our church community. There's a recommended donation of $15/person and $30 total per family, but no need to RSVP. The more the merrier, so save the date!
Christopher invites you to join him for some 
early Christmas cheer.  
Friday, December 15
Libations & Appetizers
4:00 to 8:00PM
Calling All Grand Receipts -- Deadline December 27! 
The Grand has donated over $2,250 so far in 2017 to Christ Church from your submitted receipts and the efforts of Volunteer Extraordinaire Willie Dooley. The Grand has a strict deadline that no 2017 receipts can be submitted after January 5. Therefore, we ask you to turn in all receipts by December 27 for processing. Receptacles for receipts are located in the Prevost Cloister and the office. Thank you!
Youth & Children's News  
Calling all Christ Church Youth!  
Our Youth Ministry team is hosting our annual Elves off the Shelves baking event Saturday, December 2, 1:00- 3:00PM, at the home of the Walkers, 859 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka. We are baking Christmas cookies to send to our college students. Bring your friends too!
Families of college students, please send your student's address so they can receive a package of Christmas cookies in time for finals! Send to
Christmas Pageant Sign-Up!
All children and youth are invited to join us for our Christmas Pageant, "The Nativity of Christ," to be performed Dec. 17 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. We have roles to suit everyone: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels, shepherds, sheep, and friendly beasts. Plus narrators, scene directors, and behind the scenes helpers. Costumes provided. Please sign up on our website or send an email with requested roles to

For High School Students: Dec. 6, 7:15AM  
CCD at Walker Brother's 
Join Frances DeBlasio and perhaps a surprise guest, breakfast is on us! We will provide rides to school if needed. 
Save the Date

Nov. 23 - Thurs. - No Bible Study 
Nov. 24 - Fri. - No Holy Caffeine 
Nov. 30, 12/7, & 12/14 - Thurs. - Advent Program and Supper Series
Christmas Eve - Sunday - 12/24 Services
10:00AM - The Fourth Sunday in Advent
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)
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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784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL

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