December 5, 2019   
Annual Campaign Update 

Currently we have 167 families pledging $1,008,000.  We are at 84% of our goal of $1,200,000 in pledge income for 2020.  
If you would like to print out a pledge form click   Pledge Form 2020.pdf  or 
pledge online. Thank you for your continued support of the mission of Christ Church.  
 Sunday Services

8:00AM Holy Eucharist 

9:30AM Lessons & Carols 

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.  
Join us for coffee after the service. We'd love to have you with us!   
Taizé for the Longest Nights - December 8 - 5:30PM

On Sunday, Dec. 8 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.
Parish News 
Our Choir to Sing at Village Tree Lighting  
Friday, December 6  
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. The event is in Dwyer Park which is behind the Winnetka Post Office. Stop by our  Christ Church table for cookies and cocoa!
Tomorrow's Doggie Play date (Dec. 6) is Cancelled Rizzo Charlotte
The Great Hall is brimming with Christmas Angels activities. Most certainly not doggie-friendly at present. Way too many temptations. Please do join us on Friday, December 20 from 12:30-1:30.
First Fridays continue in December on... the First Saturday!
December 7 - Christmas Open House at the Rectory
Ugly Sweater Christmas Attire Encouraged 
This year, the Christmas Open House at the Rectory (458 Maple Street) will be on Saturday, December 7 from 6-8PM.  This will take the place of our First Friday social evening.  No need to bring a dish-just bring yourself and, as always, a friend.  Christopher will provide various Merry Goodies for the season.  Come join the fun and enjoy the company of your friends at Christ Church!  Almost Tasteful Lawn Art of the Season included at no additional cost. Please RSVP here or call the office at 847.446.2850.
Complimentary childcare in the Parish House Nursery for children of all ages.
Joy To The World! 

Rummage is hosting a Mini Holiday Pop Up on Sunday, December 8. Shop Gifts, Toys, AV and Books on the lower level of the Schroeder Building and Treasures on the lower level of the Parish House from  4 - 5:30PM.  For more information, please email Annie Adams .
Wrap and Roll this Sunday December 8 Starting at 5:30PM

We will wrap presents for the homeless, eat dinner (and Christmas cookies!), sing carols, and get a visit from St. Nick! It's a great time to celebrate with your church family and introduce your friends and relatives to our church community. Suggested donation is $15/person or $30/family. Dinner will be a taco bar;
sign-up  to bring a side, dessert, or fruit!   

If you have extra Christmas decorations, we could use them! Drop them off in Megan's office at 470 Maple by noon on Saturday, December 7. 

December 8
5:30PM Wrapping
6PM Dinner
6:30PM St. Nick & Caroling
Great Hall & Chapel at 470 Maple St.
Winnetka, IL
Christmas Angels Family Pick Up Reminders   
Deliver to Parish House between Sunday, 12/8 from noon to 3:00PM and Monday, 12/9 to Wednesday, 12/11 from 9:00-5:00PM. Remember:  
  1. Include a Jewel gift card ($20-$30 per person)
  2. Each gift must be wrapped.
  3. All items MUST BE IN CARDBOARD BOXES clearly marked with family number.
Important Christmas Angel Forms can be found HERE.
The Christmas Angels committee is still collecting
You Can Purchase Large-size Warm Clothing to 
Donate at Church on December 8 & 15
We need 80 of each in sizes XL, 2X and 3X ONLY.  We will collect them at church the n ext 2 Sundays, or they can be dropped off at Parish House.
We also still need donations to cover the cost of what we provide for the agencies. The cost of this is significant, and we are gratefully accepting financial donations that will be used for the following:
  • Clothes and toys for the women and children of Primo Center
  • Clothes and basic necessities for the men of St. Leonards and St. Andrews Court
  • Clothes and household necessities for the women of Grace House
  • Clothes and Jewel gift cards for Senior Citizens
  • Duffel bags filled with warm items for homeless individuals

Donate using Venmo  @CCWGiving Christmas Angels
Help Wrap Gifts for Christmas Angels  
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!
Saturday, December 7 10-1PM  
Monday, December 9 5-7PM Wine & Cheese will be served! 
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Parkinson 847-910-8932 or 
 Margaret Lamason 847-997-3325.
Give The Gift of Giving This Year With A Rummage Gift Card!  
Gift Cards designed by Molly Ethridge

Sold in increments of $25, they are ideal for everyone on your list.  They are fabulous as stocking stuffers but are also perfect for teachers, pet walkers, bus drivers, crossing guards, mail carriers, babysitters and cleaning ladies.  Pick yours up on December 8 after the Sunday Service, during the Holiday Pop Up or the Wrap & Roll Party.  For more information, please email   Annie Adams.

Connections - December 12 - Second Thursday

 "Bringing Mind, Spirit AND Body to Your Faith"
Worship services are a multi-sensory opportunity to accept and care for our whole selves. Join Amanda MacDonald to talk about how Sunday morning (and any time) can be an opportunity for renewal of Mind, Spirit, AND Body. Amanda Blair MacDonald is a movement educator and consultant based in Chicago and Winnetka who recently recorded a TEDx talk "How We Move Is How We Think". Amanda, her husband Dan, and her daughter, Mattie Blair, all sing in our choir and joined the church in 2012.
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.)
Christmas Gifts for Flowers and Music Christmas at Christ Church

Please click on the link below and return with a check to the Parish Office. Gifts received by December 13th will be listed in the Christmas printed program.  

Worship Options for Everyone on Christmas Eve!
Are you wondering which of our Christmas Eve services to come to? To help you decide, here is a brief description of each one.
11:00AM  New this year, this service will be similar to our 3:00PM service but a bit shorter. The congregation will sing the same familiar carols, but accompanied by piano rather than organ. Children will be invited to participate in the homily around the creche. If you are bringing babies and toddlers, just bring them on in so we can all worship together, as we will not have childcare at this service.
3:00PM  Holy Eucharist with carols accompanied by organ. As at the 11:00AM, children will be invited to participate in the homily and around the creche. Childcare is offered in the Nursery. This service is one hour in length.

8:00PM   Holy Eucharist with full choir, strings, and organ. Music will include Christmas carols, traditional descants, and choral anthems. A new piece composed by Organist and Choirmaster Richard Clemmitt also will be included . The congregation is invited to arrive at 7:30 for caroling together before the service starts.
11:00PM  Holy Eucharist with full choir, organ, and strings. Although similar to our 8:00 p.m. service, this service has the added excitement and tradition of concluding at midnight, just as Christmas Day is beginning. The singing of "Silent Night" at that moment is especially beautiful! The congregation is invited to arrive at 10:30 for caroling together in the church before the service starts.
Note: No Morning Eucharist on Wednesday, December 25
The 2040 Committee's discernment process started and ended with asking how God is calling CCW to be a community of faith in the Episcopal tradition. 

The Committee concluded that God is calling on CCW's abundance, to bear witness to God's presence in our lives and to take action to ensure our vitality and long-term sustainability. To support this call to action the committee created CCW Guiding Principles for a vital way forward for our parish. Click here for more details.
Save the Date: Please join us on Tuesday, January 7th at 7PM in the Chapel at 470 Maple for additional details.
Youth & Children's News  
December 6 First Friday Faves 

All 5th through 8th graders and their friends are invited to our holiday-themed First Friday Fave on December 6! We will be in the Great Hall from 6-7:30PM. Walk on over after the Winnetka Tree Lighting for some hot cocoa and pizza! We will play games, make evergreen Advent wreathes and Christingles, and assemble toiletry bags for people in need. Please RSVP or just show up!

Second Sunday Soul Fuel on December 8 @ 4PM  

Soul Fuel is a youth group for high schoolers and their friends. We meet on the second Sunday of every month at 4PM. On December 8, we will meet in the Great Hall at 470 Maple because we will be setting up for Wrap N Roll, which is that evening. We need your help decorating the Great Hall and the Chapel for wrapping, eating, St. Nick visiting, and singing! Please RSVP or just show up! ALL are welcome! 

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 roles of Mary and the Baby Jesus are already taken for this year, but we have plenty of additional roles to suit everyone: Joseph, 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

This Week at Christ Church
Thursday, December 5 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, December 6
Holy Caffeine Bible Study 8:30 AM 9:30 AM Church House/Lea Room
Cancelled - Doggie Lunch Play Group 12:30 PM 1:30 PM Parish House Great Hall
Christ Church Choir sings at Winnetka Tree Lighting 5:15 PM 6:15 PM Dwyer Park - Winnetka
First Friday Faves 5th-8th Grade 6:00 PM 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 7
Christmas Angels Workshop 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Parish House Great Hall
First Friday & Holiday Open House at the Rectory 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 8
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 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
Taize service 5:30 PM 6:30 PM Church
Wrap N Roll 5:30 PM 7:30 PM The Great Hall at 470 Maple Street, Winnetka
Monday, December 9
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
Christmas Angels Workshop 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Parish House Great Hall
Tuesday, December 10
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
Youth Choir: 3rd Grade 4:30 PM 5:10 PM Choir Room
Wednesday, December 11
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, December 12
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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