November 29, 2018  
This Sunday at Christ Church
Bell Choir

Lessons & Carols 9:30 Service
This liturgy includes 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 at church right at 9:30, if you possibly can! Remember--we have extra parking now in the Lloyd Beach Parking lot. Just use the new ramp up to church)  
 
Join us for coffee after the service. We'd love to have you with us!   
 
Faith & Practice for Everyone  
Get into the Advent Spirit! 
After the 9:30 service this Sunday, come to the Prevost Cloister for some Advent fun! Make an Advent wreath with the youth group...Sip coffee and browse new Advent books and resources...And help set up the church for the evening's Wrap & Roll & Caroling extravaganza!  
 
Parish News
The Annual Campaign for Christ Church


Currently we have 161 families pledging $788,000.  We are at 67% 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.  

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.
  • Nov. 29 - An overview of the cultural circumstances present in the time the letter was written, including the nature of apocalyptic writing.
  • 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.
These evenings start with Compline in the church at 6:15PM, followed by supper in the McClain room at 6:30PM, and then the program portion in the Lea Room starting at 7:00pm and ending at 7:45PM (in time for the 8:00PM choir practice.)
 
Childcare provided including a homework and craft table for older children. 
Our Choir at Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30 at 4:15
New this year, 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, right outside the Winnetka Metra station.

More information can be found  HERE .  
Food Pantry First - This Sunday
Sunday, December 2 will be our next day to collect for the New Trier Township Food Pantry.  
 
This month we will be collecting the following:

* toothbrushes
* toothpaste
* shampoo
* conditioner
* soap
 
These items cannot be purchased with food stamps, so there is always demand for them.
 
Please bring your items to the Prevost Cloister on Sunday, December 2. You may also make a donation to offset the cost of these items that we purchase for the pantry each month.
 
Thank you for your support of the hundreds of neighbors in our community who rely on the pantry each month!!
Wrap & Roll Caroling Party
This Sunday - December 2 
4:30PM Wrapping, 5:15PM Dinner & Caroling
Our  Wrap N Roll and Caroling Party is for the whole family - all ages! 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.

 
If you are able to bring a salad, drink, or dessert, please let us know using the
Sign-up Genius . The more the merrier, so save the date!





Rummage will be selling unique  
holiday gift items
in addition to Christmas Books.



Help Provide Warmth to the Men of St. Leonard's
and St. Andrew's Court
T he next two Sundays the Christmas Angels are collecting  NEW  Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Thermal Underwear Sets (Tops and Bottoms) and warm twin-sized blankets  for men who are preparing for the cold Chicago winter as they rebuild their lives after prison.
  • Our goal is 82 of each 
  • Sweatshirts and Thermal Underwear Sets in Large Sizes only: XL, XXL and XXXL
  • Warm blankets in TWIN size
Please bring your donations to church the NEXT 2 SUNDAYS, December 2 and 9.   You can also drop them off in the Church Office or Great Hall by Friday, December 13.
  
OR...if you'd like to donate but don't have time to shop, you can make a donation -- by credit card online or by check -- labeled for "Sweatshirts" and the Christmas Angels Committee will do your shopping for you!   
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.
 
Help Wrap Gifts 
  • Get in the Christmas spirit by helping us wrap gifts for lonely Senior Citizens, the Men  of St. Leonard's and St. Andrews Court, the women of Grace House, the homeless families of Primo Center and some needy families in New Trier Township
  • 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!
  • Children are welcome to attend with your supervision. 
  • The next workshop is Saturday, December 1, 10AM-1PM.
  • There will be additional workshops during the next 2 weeks, dates TBD.
Questions? Contact Julie Flood at 847-903-2390 or jwflood@att.net 
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
 RSVP

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.  
 


Christmas Pageant Sign-Up!
All children and youth are invited to join us for our Christmas Pageant to be performed Sunday, December 16 at the 9:30 service. Our 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. Costumes provided. Primary Choir and Third Grade Choir do not need to sign up, they automatically have a role.
 
Please sign up on our website or send an email with requested roles to  melissa@christchurchwinnetka.org or megan@christchurchwinnetka.org.
 
Vestry Nominating Committee Receiving Names
Deadline is Friday, November 30
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 27, 2019.  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 30. The committee meets on Sunday, December 2.  
Youth & Children's News 
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!

Cook Chili for A Just Harvest
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 be cooking 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 ( megan@christchurchwinnetka.org ) 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, catherine.james64@gmail.com or Patty Lea, patty22brown@yahoo.com.  Hope you can make it!
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:  megan@christchurchwinnetka.org .
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, November 29 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 6:15 PM 7:45 PM McClain Room & Lea Room
Adult Choir rehearsal 8:00 PM 9:30 PM Choir Room
Friday, November 30


Holy Caffeine Bible Study 8:30 AM 9:30 AM Church House/Lea Room
Christ Church Choir at Winnetka Tree Lighting 5:15 PM 6:00 PM Winnetka Metra Station Park
Saturday, December 1


Workshop-Christmas Angels 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Parish House Great Hall
Sunday, December 2


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 - Service of Lessons & Carols 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Church on the Hill
Faith & Practice/Sunday School/Youth Group 10:45 AM 11:45 AM
Wrap & Roll/Caroling Party 4:30 PM 7:00 PM Church/Sanctuary/McClain & Lea Room/Kitchen
Monday, December 3


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
Tuesday, December 4


Handbell Choir 9:15 AM 10:30 AM McClain Room
Rummage/Treasures Meeting 10:45 AM 12:15 PM Parish House Library
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 5:00 PM 5:40 PM Choir Room
Wednesday, December 5


Wednesday Playgroup 9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room
Mather Worship 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
Create & Connect Lunch 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Parish House Library
Rummage Steering Co. Mtg 1:00 PM 3:00 PM Parish House Library
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, December 6


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 6:15 PM 7:45 PM McClain Room & Lea Room
Adult Choir rehearsal 8:00 PM 9:30 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:
Communications
Thursday Weekly News - Deadline is Tuesday at Noon  
Email Rena Kowalski at rena@christchurchwinnetka.org 

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

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