November 7, 2019   
Cornerstone Sunday
This Sunday, November 10 is Cornerstone Sunday

By this date, we ask everyone in the parish to make a pledge to Christ Church for 2020. You may do that online through our website or by clicking below, by calling or emailing our Financial Administrator, Cindy Lyman, or by filling out a pledge card and leaving it in the basket at Church this Sunday. Pledge income is the biggest source of funds for our parish life together and this year the Wardens have asked that we increase our giving by 10% over last year's pledge. Our Four Cornerstones form the foundation of the practice of our faith: Worship more than we don't; Seek a deeper understanding of our faith; Serve Christ in other people; and Give as generously as God gives to us. Thank you for your continuing support for all we do in Christ's name together as Christ Church. You can pledge HERE.
This Week at Christ Church 
Connections - Nov. 14 - Second Thursday

"Finding God in the Practice of Law"
Tom Kuhns was a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University Law School. Upon graduation, he clerked for Judge James Hunter III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. In 1981, Tom joined the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis as a trial lawyer where he spent the next thirty years trying civil cases across the United States. In 2012, Tom was appointed General Counsel for the firm and has held that position for the past 7 years. Tom and his wife, Dr. Amy Kuhns, moved to Northfield in 1989 and have been members of Christ Church since 1990.

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.)
Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5:30PM - Childcare provided.

Taizé: 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 chants accompanied by violin and keyboard. We'll be holding Taizé services this coming season on the following second Sundays of the month at 5:30PM: November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 8, May 10. (Taizé will not be held on April 12 - Easter Sunday)
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.   
College Student Mailing Addresses for 
Elves off the Shelves by Nov. 7
Our high school youth will be decorating and packaging cookies to send to our college students. If you have children in college, please send Megan their mailing address and any food allergies they have. Please submit to  Megan  by Thursday, November 7.
NEW! Doggie Lunch Play Group - Nov. 8 - 12:30-1:30PM
Please bring your "user friendly" doggie and your brown bag lunch to the Great Hall (Parish House-470 Maple) every other Friday from 12:30-1:30PM for romping (for the four-legged ones) and chatting (for the two-legged ones). The Great Hall is totally enclosed and completely tiled which makes it the perfect place to let our beloved doggies burn off some steam. Please invite your friends.  
Christmas Angels Sign Up

Are You Looking to Help Someone in Need This Christmas?

Christmas is a time of celebration and joy for most of us at Christ Church, but for those living in poverty it's their most challenging time of year. We can help.
The Christ Church Christmas Angels Ministry connects us with people in need all over Chicagoland. It's one of our most important outreach ministries because it's an opportunity for us to come together as a community and express our faith by being generous.  Questions? Email Julie Flood or 847-903-2390.
You Can Adopt a Family
Provide basic necessities, food and gifts for families in need. Christ Church will provide for
  • 100 families living in poverty in Chicago
  • Local families in desperate circumstances living right here in New Trier Township

You Can Donate Funds
These funds will be used to purchase 
warm necessities, gifts and food for
  • 55 senior citizens on government assistance, most living alone with no family
  • 150+ residents of Episcopal agencies and shelters, like St. Leonard's House, Grace House and Primo Center for Women and Children
  • 50 homeless men and women living on the streets

Venmo: Type the user name@CCWGiving, enter Christmas Angel and hit "Pay".
Sunday Nov. 17: Coffee Hour Chat on Faith & Workers' Rights with The Rev. Dr. Joy Rogers
What do our scriptures and Christian tradition have to say about the relationship between faith and the rights of working people-particularly the working poor? Come to the Lea Room during coffee hour on Sunday Nov. 17 for a conversation with The Rev. Dr. Joy Rogers to find out! Joy is the former dean of St. James Cathedral in Chicago, and a member of the Board of Directors of ARISE Chicago-an interfaith partnership of faith communities and workers advocating for the dignity and rights of all working people, in Chicago and beyond. Learn more at   
Questions? Contact Nadia
Churchyard Rates to Increase on Dec. 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

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!
Soul Fuel meets Elves off the Shelves Nov. 10

Our next high school youth group meeting, dubbed Soul Fuel, will meet on Sunday,November 10 from 4-5PM for Elves off the Shelves! We will be decorating cookies and assembling them into care packages for our college students. We will also be announcing our summer Mission Trip location at this event! 
Our theme for the year is Making Difficult Decisions. This month we consider how we choose to spend our time and energy when there are so many demands on it. Jeremiah 31:33 will be our inspiration.
All high schoolers and their friends are welcome. RSVP to Megan or just show up!
Christian Formation Summit Fri. Nov. 15, 6:00-8:30PM
Do you care deeply about passing on the faith to our children and youth? Then please join us for the Children's and Youth Formation Summit on Nov. 15! With the help of Ministry Architects, we will create a formation plan that spans birth to graduation from high school and includes what we want our young people to learn, feel and do. We are inviting all interested parishioners to share their priorities, values and experiences to inform our master plan for formation. You do not need to have a child currently involved in children's or youth ministries to participate. We want to hear from many voices and many perspectives!
We will meet in the Chapel at 470 Maple, Winnetka for dinner and discussion. Childcare provided. Please RSVP to Melissa or Megan.
Thank you!
Kids Connection - Nov. 17
Kids Connection is a monthly program for all 3rd and 4th graders to get together and connect with their faith and each other. The next Kids Connection is Sunday, November 17, 4:00-4:50PM. We will prepare to celebrate the season of Advent and the joy of the coming of Jesus by learning about one of our Advent saints, St. Nicholas. We will also do a service project: building and painting a boat out of a refrigerator box to be used at Wrap N Roll on December 8.
Mission Trip Info Meeting - Nov. 18

Why do youth go on mission trips? How is it beneficial to both the community we visit and those on the trip? How does a mission trip change a person? Why do colleges and employers value it so much?
Mission trips get at the heart of what it means to be a Christian and connect us to the work of Jesus' disciples. Mission trips give youth the chance to:
  • Focus on helping others.
  • Learn from people with cultural differences, in an unfamiliar place.
  • Reflect on their faith, talents, and community.
All current 8th through 12th graders, their parents, and friends are invited to a Mission Trip Information Meeting on Monday, November 18 from 6-7PM at 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. We will talk about where we are going, why that location needs our help, and all the kinds of fun stuff that will be a part of our trip! Please  RSVP - or just show up!
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 role of Mary is already taken for this year, but we have plenty of additional roles to suit everyone: Joseph, Baby Jesus, 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

Opportunities to Serve
A Just Harvest - Nov. 23
We Need Cooks, Servers, & Shoppers
DID YOU KNOW that our Parish serves approximately 150-175 hungry patrons each month at A Just Harvest Community Kitchen in Rogers Park.  We'd love to have you join this ongoing ministry.
Questions? Contact Jenny Smith or Suzie Peregrine for more information and/or to volunteer.
Most volunteers leave the kitchen with the sense that they have personally gained more than they have given. Come see for yourself.   
 Please Click HERE to Sign Up  
This Week at Christ Church
Thursday, November 7 Start Time End Time Location
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
Friday, November 8
Holy Caffeine Bible Study 8:30 AM 9:30 AM Church House/Lea Room
Doggie Lunch Play Group 12:30 PM 1:30 PM Parish House Great Hall
Sunday, November 10
Cornerstone Sunday
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
Soul Fuel: High School Youth Group - Elves off the Shelves 4:00 PM 5:15 PM Soul Fuel Room & McClain Room & Kitchen at 784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
Adult Choir rehearsal 5:00 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Taize service 5:30 PM 6:30 PM Church
Monday, November 11
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
Creative Dance 4:45 PM 5:45 PM Guild Room
Tuesday, November 12
Rummage Furniture Pick Up Day
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, November 13
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, November 14
Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM Schroeder Building
Womens Bible Study 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Parish House Library
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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