December 6, 2018  
This Sunday at Christ Church
Faith & Practice

Episcopalians' Compassionate Response to a Hurting World
Timothy Murray is a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, and serves as volunteer Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.  Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. ( ) Tim will lead us in a discussion of the organization's asset-based approach to development work, and share several powerful videos illustrating its impact.
Handbell Choir will be playing during our  
9:30AM service this Sunday
Parish News
The Annual Campaign for Christ Church

Currently we have 171 families pledging $838,000.  We are at 68% of our pledge goal of $1,190,000 for 2019. 

If you would like to print out a pledge form click Pledge Form 2019.pdf  or pledge online. Thank you for your continued support of the mission of Christ Church.  

Time Change - Starts at 6:00! 
Tonight - Thursday Evening Advent Series
"What's The Deal with the Book of Revelation?"
Please join us for our annual Advent Series with supper. This Advent our clergy will be delving into the book of Revelation.
  • Dec. 6 - A look at the first half of Revelation, including key passages and themes.
  • Dec. 13 - The second half of Revelation with key passages and themes as well as a message of hope for the future.
6:00PM - Compline in Church
6:15PM - Supper
7:00PM - Program
7:45PM - Dismissal (in time for 8:00PM Choir Practice)
Childcare provided including a homework and craft table for older children. 
Taizé for the Longest Nights - This Sunday at 5:30PM

Taize at Christ Church Winnetka Fall 2018 
Taize at Christ Church Winnetka
Fall 2018
This Sunday afternoon, December 9 at 5:30 we not only will give thanks to God for our blessings. We also will give voice to feelings of grief, loss, or loneliness we may be experiencing during this time of year, offering those feelings to God.
Please join us for Taizé, a forty-five minute time of peace, healing, and comfort during these longest nights of the year. We pray that we all may find hope in knowing that we are not alone in the darkness.
Christmas Open House at the Rectory

Christopher Invites You to Join Him for Some 
Early Christmas Cheer. 
Friday, December 14
Libations & Heavy Appetizers
5:00 to 8:00PM

Christmas Pageant

Our pageant will be performed Dec. 16 during the 9:30 service. We still have plenty of roles available for all ages! Just let Melissa or Megan know what your child is interested in. Rehearsal is Sat. Dec. 15, 9:00-11:00, but only for 3rd grade and up PLUS Primary Choir. 

Christmas Gifts for Flowers  
and Music 
Please click on the link below and return with a check to the Parish Office. Gifts received by December 16 will be listed in the Christmas printed program.  

The Christmas Angels committee is still collecting
the following NEW items for the men of St. Leonard's and St. Andrews Court, who recently left prison with only the clothes on their backs -- and have no warm clothes for the winter.   
  • Sweatshirts and Sweatpants -- Sizes XL, 2X and 3X 
  • Thermal Underwear sets (tops & bottoms) -- Sizes XL, 2X and 3X 
  • Warm TWIN Blankets
We need 82 of each!    That's a lot of warmth!
3 Ways to Donate
Bring them to church THIS SUNDAY & NEXT SUNDAY 
  • Drop them off at the Church Office in Parish House before December 14
  • Don't Have time to shop?  No problem --  you can make a financial donation.  We have elves who will shop for you.  Donate Online or send a check to the office labeled "Christmas Angels".
Questions?  Call Julie Flood at 847-903-2390
Christmas Angels Important Dates  
Family Gifts Due
If you adopted a family, please make sure to deliver your wrapped gifts and Jewel Gift Cards -- in boxes -- to room 109 in Parish House (470 Maple Street) between Sunday, December 9, and Wednesday, December 12.  Don't forget to drop off your  In-Kind Donation Form  in the envelope provided at the drop-off.
Questions? Contact Julie Flood at 847-903-2390 or
Calling All Grand Receipts - Deadline for 2018 is Dec. 27  
Thank you all very much for our robust collection of receipts from The Grand. Each year we raise a good sum of money for our Youth Ministry. The Grand does have a strict deadline that no 2018 receipts can be submitted after January 4. 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 Parish Office. Thank you!
Youth & Children's News 
Cook Chili for A Just Harvest
This Sunday, December 9
All youth (7th-12th grade): we need your culinary help! On Sunday, December 9 after worship (10:40-11:30AM) please join us in the kitchen of the McClain Room. We will cook a pan of chili for A Just Harvest. Bring a friend and an ingredient (or just yourself)! If you are able to bring a chili ingredient (Just Harvest Recipes), please email Megan Miller ( ) to let her know.
Donuts will be provided for the cooks to snack on.
Youth Giving a "Gift for Life" in Advent
All families are invited to come to the Youth Room to pick up a "Hope Chest" any time in Advent. Please collect donations and loose change, which will be used to purchase a "Gift for Life" through Episcopal Relief and Development. The youth are hoping to raise $100 to give a village a PIG! Donations will be collected on Sunday, December 16 at the Cookie Reception following the Christmas Pageant.
Invitation for Families with Young Children
Christ Church families with children ages 0-8, please put this on your calendar now! We are having a casual, post-holiday family gathering Saturday, January 12, 4:00-6:00 in the McClain Room with refreshments for all and toys and activities for the children. Christopher will be there to speak with the group.
Whether you are brand new to the church or have been here for a while, please join us so we can all meet each other and have some fun!
RSVP to Catherine James, or Patty Lea,  Hope you can make it!
Soft Knitted Nativity Set
This is a Nativity set we use in The Good Shepherd Atrium for our youngest children. Some parents have expressed interest in getting one like this to use at home. It is soft and hand-knit by an artisan in England. The figures are a great size for play! Available on Etsy.

Reclaiming Christmas
Are you seeking a more spiritual, less commercial Christmas for yourself and your family? Look no farther than this delightful book that celebrates Advent, Christmas (yes, all 12 days of it!) and Epiphany. Here you'll find inspiration AND practical suggestions for a faithful and playful season that lets you deepen your connection with what it's truly all about. There will be copies of this book in the Prevost Cloister available for sale in case you want to pick up a copy! You won't be disappointed!

Serve on the Altar: Acolyte
All 5th - 12th graders are invited to sign up to acolyte - whether they have done it before, it's been a while, or they've never done it! We can train them anytime - even Sunday morning. It is a great way to participate in the service, see worship from a new perspective, and feel ownership and belonging in the community. 
Acolytes have a cross and ribbon hanging for them by name in the Acolyte Room. The color and cross changes as their level increases. They increase a level every year they serve, training/party they attend, or 8 times they serve. Triple points are awarded for being an acolyte on holidays or at the last minute!
For more information or to sign up, visit ourAcolyte webpage or email Megan Miller: .
Opportunities to Serve
A Just Harvest - Needs Holiday Help 

Saturday, December 22
If you have any questions please contact Suzie Peregrine or Jenny Smith . 
Save the Date
Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24
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 Tuesday, December 25
This Week at Christ Church
Join Us and Bring a Friend!
Thursday, December 6 Start Time End Time Location
Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM Schroeder Building
Women's Bible Study 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Parish House Library
Advent Supper & Program 6:00 PM 7:45 PM McClain Room & Lea Room
Adult Choir rehearsal 8:00 PM 9:30 PM Choir Room
Friday, December 7

Holy Caffeine Bible Study 8:30 AM 9:30 AM Church House/Lea Room
Sunday, December 9

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 11:00 AM Church on the Hill
Youth cooking in McLain Room kitchen for A Just Harvest 10:40 AM 11:30 AM
Faith & Practice/Sunday School/Youth Group 10:45 AM 11:45 AM
Adult Choir rehearsal 5:00 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Taize Service for the Longest Nights 5:30 PM 6:30 PM Church
Monday, December 10

Friends in Faith 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Lea Room, Church House
Rummage Sorting 12:30 PM 3:00 PM Schroeder Building
Youth Choir: 4th-6th grade 4:30 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Vestry Meeting 7:00 PM 9:00 PM McClain Room
Tuesday, December 11

Rummage Furniture Pick Up Day

Handbell Choir 9:15 AM 10:30 AM McClain Room
Centering Prayer 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Church House - Lea Room
Youth Choir: 3rd grade 5:00 PM 5:40 PM Choir Room
Wednesday, December 12

Wednesday Playgroup 9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room
Mather Worship 9:30 AM 10:30 AM
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
Wednesday Evening AA Group 7:30 PM 10:00 PM Parish House Guild 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 13

Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM Schroeder Building
Women's Bible Study 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Parish House Library
"Sunrise" Worship 11:15 AM 11:45 AM Sunrise Memory Care - Wilmette

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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