September 5, 2019   
This Sunday at Christ Church 
  Picnic On the Patio 
This Sunday  September 8  - After the 9:30AM Service

Join us for our Annual  Welcome Back  Parish Picnic  to celebrate the beginning of  the program year . The Hospitality Committee  is providing an Entree Salad. We are asking parishioners to volunteer to bring additional foods for our buffet.
We need your help!  Please volunteer to bring an accompanying dish or to help with setup, serving or cleanup by signing up  on  Sign Up Genius
If you have questions, please email Sarah Generes at
We look forward to a fun picnic with everyone!
Parish News
Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14

Ministry Architects is one of the premier children and youth ministry consulting firms of its kind. Christ Church is fortunate to have their expertise and guidance starting this fall for the next 14 months. The goal is to bring new energy, insights, and structure to our children and youth ministry programs learning from the experts who have consulted with over 1,000 churches.We begin the process by LISTENING to our youth, parents, and volunteers. We want to hear your voice!

Please join us for one of the listening sessions in the McClain Room at 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka on Friday, September 13:  
  • 5th - 12th grade youth are invited at 4:30PM.
  • Parents and volunteers for children & youth ministry will meet at 5:30PM.      
Anyone who can't make the Friday sessions can  join the open listening session on Saturday, September 14 at 9AM .  Please contact  Megan or  Melissa  to let us know      which session works for you or to make other  arrangements to share your thoughts via email.
NEW! Backpack Blessing -  September 8
Calling all students and educators! Bring your school bags with you to church on Sunday, September 8 to receive a special blessing for the school year! Christ Church supports and loves all of its students and teachers, and we want to show our love and support with this new youth service. All participants will receive a colorful tag for their bag. Following the service is our Parish Picnic! Join us for the fun!
Our next gathering of food for the New Trier Township Food Pantry will be on Sunday, September 8.  
We will be collecting the following items on that Sunday following the services in the Prevost Cloister:
  • Cookies, Crackers, Granola Bars, Nuts, Raisins and Other Healthy Snacks
  • Juice and Juice Boxes
  • Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken, Salmon)  
Thank you for helping to provide for those in our community who need assistance in serving healthy meals for their families.  We will happily accept cash donations that day as well.
Taizé Service 5:30PM - September 8

If you are in need of an hour of quiet prayer and meditation, please join us for a time of grace and peace. This candlelit, contemplative service will include readings, prayers, and silence interspersed with tuneful chants accompanied by flute. We'll be holding Taizé services this season on the following second Sundays of the month at 5:30PM:
September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 8, May 10. Childcare is provided.  


Connect with God, Each Other, and New Ideas

September 12 - "The Spirituality of Architecture"

John Myefski earned both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Michigan. Prior to founding his own architectural design practice 25 years ago, John gained his field experience at highly respected firms like Murphy/Jahn and Albert Kahn. As Principal of Myefski Architects, John built his company by taking a detailed and creative approach to every project. John, and his wife Patty, have been members of Christ Church since 2005.

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.)

Please join us at 5:30PM on Sunday, September 15 for Evensong featuring our Youth and Adult Choirs. Music for this lovely traditional service will include choral works from our choir's recent tour to England. You also are invited join us after Evensong for a delicious dinner upstairs in the McClain Room. We'd love to have you with us!

Or call the church office by September 17  

New this year! Pay for your Raffle and Auction items with Venmo and save the 3% Credit Card Fee! Download the Venmo App to your phone before the party!

Venmo ID: @CCWGiving - Note:  2019 Tent Party

Childcare provided in the Parish House Nursery, 470 Maple.
We Need Your Help! 
Painting by-Heather Campbell
We are drafting eager and energetic volunteers to help out during our Annual Rummage Flyover event, which takes place on Saturday, September 21 between 8AM - 2:30PM and Sunday, September 22 between 11:00AM - 4:00PM. Stay for the day and enjoy lunch on us!  Even if you've only got an hour to spare, you'll help lighten the load for your fellow parishioners so please, stop on by.  Email Annie Adams at to get involved. OR, simply show up at the 470 Maple Street parking lot to lend a helping hand.
We also need help setting up our 30 plus Departments!  Volunteer 10 or more hours between September 24 and October 1, work a shift on Sale Day, and we'll grant you early shopping access during the Pre-Sale on October 2. Starting on Monday, September 24, stop by the Welcome Desk, located in the Office at the Parish House, for your assignment.  We'll be setting up weekdays from 9AM to 3PM.  We are eternally grateful for your support!
Security Volunteers Needed!
If you're looking for a different way to contribute to the success of the Rummage Sale, Rummage Security try serving as a member of the "Security Detail", which provides help, direction and "crowd control" on the Sale Day. It's a terrific way to engage personally with  our Rummage patrons. Three separate three hour shifts (early morning, mid-day and early afternoon) are available. Interested? Contact Michael Peregrine or Gordon Montgomery.
Youth & Children's News  
Second Sunday Soul Fuel

All high school students and their friends are invited to Soul Fuel - a youth group that meets the second Sunday of every month. Our first meeting is Sunday, September 8 at 4PM. We plan to play Human Foosball and begin our theme for the year: Difficult Decisions. We will meet in the new Soul Fuel Room on the top floor of the building, above the McClain Room of the church at 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka.
First Friday Faves

Our first First Friday Fave is on September 6 from 6-7:30PM in the McClain Room at 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. We will play team building games, including Human Foosball, and consider The Great Commandment to love God and one another. All 5th through 8th graders and their friends are invited. High school students are needed as volunteers. Let Megan  know if you can join us!
Keeping God's People Safe
Tuesday,  September 17, 5:30-7: 30PM
Christ Church is conducting training sessions for Keeping God's People Safe, the  Episcopal program to prevent child and youth sexual abuse. This is for anyone holding a leadership position in our children's and youth ministries, as well as Christ Church staff. If you are due for training we have contacted you already. Open to any other parishioners who wish to attend. We will meet in the McClain Room.
Any questions, please contact Melissa Durbin, or Megan Miller, Thank you!

Attention Parents 
If your family will be participating in any Children & Youth Programs at Christ Church this year, please register your children today! 
All children from the Nursery through 12th grade must submit a registration form. Any questions, please contact:
  • Melissa Durbin + Director of Children's Ministries + (847) 309-5834
  • Megan Miller + Director of Youth Ministries + (917) 930-7620
Weekly Groups
Friends in Faith - Mondays - 10:30-11:30AM - Starting September 9

Make new friends and enrich your faith with the Friends in Faith discussion group on Mondays from 10:30-11:30AM in the Lea Room at the Church House. We begin our time together by praying for the people on the church prayer list, then we share in ten minutes of silent meditation followed by lively conversation of a spiritual nature based on a different topic each week. Feel free to join us every week or just once in a while when your schedule allows.  Contact Elizabeth Clemmitt with any questions at  or (312) 618-1238.
Tuesday Book Group  - Tuesdays - 1:00-2:00PM - Starting Sept. 10

For the fall we are re-reading The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister, nun, theologian, and cultural commentator. We meet Tuesdays at 1:00 in the McClain Room. Please contact Susie Sprowl with any questions,
Centering Prayer -  Starting Tuesday, September 3 - 2:00-3:00PM

The Centering Prayer group will resume our weekly meetings this coming Tuesday, September 3. The group meets  from 2:00-3:00PM in the Lea Room of the Church House every Tuesday. 

Centering Prayer is a simple method of silent meditation which cultivates inner peace and helps us be more aware of the presence and activity of God in our lives. 
We begin with twenty minutes of meditation (or "resting in God") followed by a short time of sharing about our practice, and then we finish by reading from a book about Centering Prayer. 

Feel free to come occasionally or come every week. Please contact Elizabeth Clemmitt with any questions at  or  (312) 618-1238 .

Thursday Women's Bible Study - Starting Thursday, September 12
The weekly Women's Bible Study Group meets Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00AM in the McClain Room at Church House . Visitors and newcomers are warmly welcome. Questions? Email The Rev. Nadia Stefko.
Holy Caffeine to Read The Screwtape Letters 
Beginning on Friday, September 13

Holy Caffeine, a study of the Bible for all ages, meets on Fridays from 8:30-9:30AM in the Lea Room at Church on the Hill. After seven years of reading various books from Scripture, we are beginning this year by reading The Screwtape Letters, the book that introduced the world to the Christian writing of C.S. Lewis. Published in 1941, the book is still in print due to its masterful understanding of how our spiritual lives both work and don't work. 

The premise of the book is that Screwtape, a senior tempter from Hell, writes letters to his underling Wormwood, a junior tempter recently assigned his first 'patient'. Wormwood schools him along the way as to how he can best win souls away from God, revealing clearly along the way how God works in our lives. Reading this material from the enemy's point of view provides a colorful and creative way to introduce the reader to various aspects of living a life in communion with the Divine. 

In addition to the book, readily available in paperback, we will be using a remarkable study guide written by a Lewis devotee which will be available to the class on the first day, Friday, September 13th.
This discussion group meets Friday mornings from 8:30-9:30AM in the Lea Room. Christopher Powell leads the group in the study and discussion of scripture.  All are welcome! For more information, contact Christopher at 847-868-5611.
Opportunities to Serve
A Just Harvest - Tuesday, September 10
We Need Cooks, Servers & Shoppers
DID YOU KNOW that our Parish serves approximately 220-300 hungry patrons each month at A Just Harvest Community Kitchen in Rogers Park.  We'd love to have you join this ongoing ministry.
This Week at Christ Church
Thursday, September 5 Start Time End Time Location
Rummage Drop off Closed
Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM
Adult Choir rehearsal 7:30 PM 9:00 PM Choir Room
Friday, September 6
Rummage Drop off Closed
First Friday Faves 5th-8th Grade 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Church on the Hill
Saturday, September 7
Rummage Drop off Closed
Sunday, September 8
Rummage Drop off Closed
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
Welcome Back Picnic (Hospitality) 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Church House/Patio/McClain Room
Soul Fuel: High School Youth Group 4:00 PM 5:15 PM Soul Fuel Room at 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Adult Choir rehearsal 5:00 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Taizé  service
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Church
Monday, September 9
Rummage Drop off Closed
Friends in Faith 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Lea Room, Church House
Youth Choir: 4th-6th grade 4:30 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Tuesday, September 10
Rummage Drop off Closed
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
Wednesday, September 11
Rummage Drop off Closed
Mather Worship 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
Wednesday Playgroup  9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room 
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, September 12

Rummage Dropoff Closed
Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM Schroeder Building
Womens Bible Study 9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room
Connections 5:30 PM 7:15 PM McClain Room/Kitchen/Lea Room
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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