November 21, 2018  Early Edition
Thanksgiving at Christ Church
Thursday, November 22, 2018 
Please make Christ Church a part of your Thanksgiving tradition by joining us for worship tomorrow morning at 10:00AM. The turkey always tastes better after we give thanks to God together in church! The service will include many great traditional Thanksgiving hymns, led by our choir.
Church Office & Rummage Closed November 22 & 23
This Sunday at Christ Church

Join us for coffee after the service. We'd love to have you with us!

Sunday School classes only for Good Shepherd and True Vine Atria, 
9:30-the Peace. No classes after the service due to Thanksgiving break. 

Parish News
The Annual Campaign for Christ Church

Currently we have 148 families pledging $758,000.  We are at 64% 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.  

Calling all 7th-12th graders! 
This Sunday is our annual Elves off the Shelves baking event! 
We will meet in the Youth Room after worship (about 10:40AM) and walk over to the Walkers' house together: 859 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka. Feel free to meet us there - and bring friends! We are baking Christmas cookies to send care packages to our college students. If you have a child in college, please email their name and address to Megan Miller.  
Or fill out the info ONLINE
Christmas Angels Ministry Needs Your Help
We still have 18+ families that need to be adopted
This is a great project to share with your family over Thanksgiving!
There's no one who can take care of these families if we don't. 
Together we can make a difference.
Contact Julie Flood at 847-903-2390 or 
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!
  • Tuesday, November 27, 5-7PM. Wine & Cheese will be served!
  • Saturday, December 1, 10AM-1PM
Children are welcome to attend with your supervision. 

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.  
Last Call
  The youth are baking Christmas cookies 
to send to our college students.
Families of college students, please send students' addresses to or fill out the online form before November 25. They will receive a package of Christmas cookies in time for finals!
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
Wrap & Roll Caroling Party
December 2 
4:30PM Wrapping, 5:15PM Dinner & Caroling
It's (almost) that time of year! Mark your calendars and call your family and friends-the caroling party is around the corner. 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. The more the merrier, so save the date!
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

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 or
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.  

Calling All Grand Receipts 
This is a slam-dunk fundraiser because we all shop at our wonderful local grocery store (some a lot more frequently than others.) The Grand Food Center (Winnetka & Glencoe) has agreed to sponsor our mission trip and you can help! Save all your receipts and place them in the labeled collection cans in the Prevost Cloister, McClain Room, Youth Ministry credenza, and church office. Thank you!                           

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!

December 2: Make an Advent Candle  
Wreath or Set up for Wrap N Roll 
After worship on Sunday, December 2, all senior high schoolers are invited to make an advent wreath while the senior high schoolers set up for Wrap N Roll. 7th-8th graders: come to the Youth Room. We will make wreathes and talk about our tradition of lighting candles in the season of Advent. 9th-12th graders: meet in the cloister in the sanctuary. 
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, or Patty Lea,  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: .
This Week at Christ Church
Join Us and Bring a Friend!
Wednesday, November 21 Start Time End Time Location
Wednesday Playgroup 9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room
Create & Connect Lunch 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Parish House Library
Men's Lunch 12:30 PM 2:00 PM Little Ricky's - Winnetka
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 22      
Office & Rummage Closed - Thanksgiving      
Full Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM 10:00 AM Choir Room
Holy Eucharist with Full Choir 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Church
Friday, November 23      
Office & Rummage Closed - Thanksgiving      
Sunday, November 25      
Holy Eucharist - 784 Sheridan Rd 8:00 AM    
Full Choir rehearsal 9:00 AM 9:20 AM Choir Room
Holy Eucharist and Baptism with Full Choir 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Church on the Hill
Elves Off the Shelves-Youth 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Kitchen & McClain Room
Faith & Practice/Sunday School/Youth Group 10:45 AM 11:45 AM  
Monday, November 26      
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
Christ Church Creative Dance 4:45 PM 5:45 PM Guild Room
Tuesday, November 27      
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 5:00 PM 5:40 PM Choir Room
Wednesday, November 28      
Wednesday Playgroup 9:30 AM 11:00 AM McClain Room
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, November 29      
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 6:00 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:
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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Worship: Church on the Hill
784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL

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