December 12, 2019   
Annual Campaign Update 

Currently we have 192 families pledging $1,100,000.  We are at 92% 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.  
Connections - December 12 - TONIGHT

 "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.)
This Sunday at Christ Church

8:00AM Holy Eucharist 

Christmas Pageant
  "The Nativity of Christ"  
this Sunday During the 9:30 Service!  
We are so excited for our annual Christmas Pageant this Sunday! Children and youth of all ages perform in costume. Thank you to Jim McGee and our high schoolers for directing! Participants and helpers are asked to arrive at 8:45AM.

After the service on Sunday, please join us for a festive coffee hour with Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday-themed activities in the McClain Room.
Parish News 
The Christmas Angels committee is still collecting  
You Can Purchase Large-size Warm Clothing to 
Donate at Church on December 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
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 offered priority upfront seating and 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 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
Christ Church Women's Retreat: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 

Christ Church's 8th annual winter women's retreat will be Saturday February 1, 2020. Women of all ages and life stages, members of any church or none, are warmly welcome. Renowned author and spiritual leader  Vinita Hampton Wright
 will be our guest presenter, on the theme of
 Spiritual Confidence: How to Recognize God's Movement in Your Life.

We'll gather at Church House from 8:00AM to 3:30PM for fellowship, reflection, stillness, and worship.

Cost: $45 per person (includes breakfast and lunch). Scholarship help available. Childcare provided as needed.  Sign Up Here

Last year's retreat sold out...Secure your spot now!
Give The Gift of Giving This Year With A Rummage Gift Card!

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.  You can pick them up in the office.  For more information, please email  Annie Adams.
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 7 at 7PM in the Chapel at 470 Maple for additional details.
Youth & Children's News  
Pageant Rehearsal Saturday, December 14, 9:00-11:00AM

This is our only rehearsal for the pageant. Children and youth in 3rd-12th grade attend, PLUS 1st and 2nd graders who are in the Primary Choir. If you have any questions, contact  Melissa Durbin or  Megan Miller.

Pageant Arrival Time Sun. Dec. 15, 8:45AM

All pageant participants are asked to arrive at 8:45AM before the pageant on Sunday!
Winter Wonderland Potluck!
Date: Sunday, January 12
Time: 4:00 - 5:30
Location: Christ Church, 784 Sheridan Rd., in the McClain Room
Who: Families with children age 0-8
After the holiday rush, let's get together for an early evening of Winter Wonderland fun, with a potluck dinner, activities for the children and conversation for the adults!
(A-H: Dessert, I-P: Main Dish, and Q-Z: Side Dish)
If you have any questions, please contact Patty Lea  or Catherine James .
Opportunities to Serve
A Just Harvest - Needs Holiday Help 

Saturday, December 28
If you have any questions please contact Suzie Peregrine or Jenny Smith.
This Week at Christ Church
Thursday, December, 12 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
Connections 5:30 PM 7:15 PM McClain Room/Kitchen/Lea Room
Adult Choir rehearsal 7:30 PM 9:00 PM Choir Room
Friday, December 13
Holy Caffeine Bible Study 8:30 AM 9:30 AM Church House/Lea Room
Saturday, December 14
Pageant Rehearsal 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, December 15
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 & Pageant 9:30 AM 10:30 AM
Pageant Reception (Hospitality) 10:45 AM 11:30 AM Prevost Cloister
Monday, December 16
Rummage Sorting 11:30 AM 2:00 PM Schroeder Building
Youth Choir: 4th-6th grade 4:30 PM 5:30 PM Choir Room
Tuesday, December 17
Handbell Choir 9:15 AM 10:30 AM McClain Room
Centering Prayer 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Church House - Lea Room
Wednesday, December 18
Mather Worship 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
Wednesday Playgroup  9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room 
Men's Lunch 12:30 PM 2:00 PM Little Ricky's - Winnetka
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 19
Rummage Sorting 9:15 AM 11:30 AM Schroeder Building
Women's Bible Study 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Parish House Library
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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