All Saints Sunday
Today is Friday, November 2, 2018
Dear Pilgrim Friends and Members,
We invite people of faith and conscience to take part in a weekly interfaith prayer vigil to be held outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office at 925 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights. Our goal is to unite and amplify many faith voices calling for compassion and justice to guide the actions of ICE and to bear witness to ICE-imposed injustices and human rights violations taking place in our communities. We welcome non-partisan signage that lifts up values of justice, peace, compassion and hospitality to the immigrant. You can help us to stand up with and for our immigrant neighbors with your “ministry of presence.” If you are able, please come to this prayer vigil, led by rotating faith leadership every Thursday from 4pm to 4:45 p.m.
My experience with the Pilgrim delegation to the border in late October left much to reflect on and to process. I look forward to a time to share with you our experiences and learnings – especially in worship on November 25 – but in the meantime am grateful for the experience and for Pastor Brooke’s hard work and diligence to give us this opportunity. Next Thursday, November 8, our group of five will lead the Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the ICE field offices in Brooklyn Heights at 4pm; we welcome and encourage our congregation members to join us there.
I also share my gratitude for the few extra days following our BorderLinks trip to be with my family and to rest and reflect without rushing back into the demands and pace of parish ministry. It was valuable in allowing me to unwind and recharge my energy. Since returning on Tuesday I’ve been working to catch up on emails, phone calls and other people, needs and deadlines.
Yesterday was All Saints' Day, and we will commemorate this on Sunday in worship with candles, the tolling of the bell, and the naming of those Pilgrim souls we lost in the past year, as well as the naming of loved ones and important people who have predeceased us. It is a time to celebrate and give God thanks for who they’ve been, and what they have contributed to our church and lives, and also to reaffirm our hope and trust in God’s resurrection ways. Join us for this special time of remembrance and gratitude!
Get your Gospel On
On November 18,
bring your appetite for gospel music and your appetite for brunch to Fellowship Hall at our regular worship time of 10:30am.
Feel free to invite family and friends to this special worship opportunity. This is especially true if you have someone in your life who would enjoy a less formal worship service. There are cards on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary to help spread the word about this unique service.
Lyn Byrd will serve us a delicious egg strata. We are asking Pilgrim people to supplement our brunch by bringing a ready-to-serve breakfast item such as muffins, pastries, bagel or a fruit salad to share.
Called to Care Dinner Nov. 7 at 6:30pm
New and returning folks, WELCOME! Come for a pizza & salad dinner with fellowship. We’ll share an overview of Pilgrim’s Called to Care ministries of pastoral visitation, phone calls and written notes and important updates and information related to our pastoral care work.
Stand With Us – Interfaith Prayer Vigil Thursdays
Charlie Mosbrook concert for Sanctuary Church
Sunday, November 25 at 3pm • $15 sliding scale
For over 25 years, award-winning songwriter Charlie Mosbrook has been dedicated to the performance, presentation, and preservation of original and traditional folk music. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy guitar work highlight his performances. Charlie will perform songs from his new release, Remember Who We Are,
and many others. Proceeds will assist Pilgrim’s sanctuary guest Eulogio
and his family with direct support for necessities such as utilities and food. Free parking, refreshments available, fully accessible. Please share on social media!
Childcare & Nursery Update
This year, we recognized a change in worship. Families with infants and toddlers, when they came to Pilgrim, were increasingly bringing their children with them to worship and utilizing the Children’s Corner rather than Pilgrim’s Nursery Room. In addition to the infrequency of families using the Nursery this year, we have had a difficult time keeping enough background-checked and trained volunteer helpers to rotate in the Nursery (mandated by Pilgrim’s Safe Church Policy guiding ministry with minors). With these factors in mind, beginning in November we will no longer have a staffed Nursery, but that room will continue to be available to families who wish to use it for diaper changes or other family needs. We are deeply grateful to Michelle Sokol for having served as Pilgrim’s Nursery Attendant on Sunday mornings for the past two years, and also to the volunteer support of Pat Mayer, Ellen Mayer, Alice Willis and others in previous years who have assisted. If you would like to join us in expressing gratitude to Michelle, you may leave a note or card in Pilgrim’s office this month and we will collect and share them with her.
Seeking Sunday School Teachers
We have a small but wonderful group of children at Pilgrim, and depend on caring adult church members to teach and share activities with them on Sundays (after Passing of the Peace) on a rotating basis, once or twice monthly as preferred. Teaching experience a bonus, background check with Safe Church Policy orientation needed, love of children a must! Please see Halldor Gudmundsson or Xander Gallagher.
Christianity 101: Introduction & Refresher
Final Celebration Sunday, November 4 at 9:15 a.m.
Did you come to Christian faith as an adult? Grow up in the church but forget much of your Catechism or Confirmation lessons? Seeking a deeper knowledge about how the Bible was created and how Christian ancestors influence our faith teachings today? Join us for a final celebration in Pilgrim’s chapel on Sunday, November 4, with stories of faith, doughnuts and coffee!
Pilgrim Monthly Movies
Our next Pilgrim Monthly Movie Night will be Friday, November 16 around 6:30pm at Cinemark Valley View in Independence, Ohio (note a different time & place) to see Boy Erased (2018). The exact show time will be in the Worship Bulletin on November 11.
Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents. His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self. (from http://focusfeatures.com/boy-erased/about)
After the movie, we will have the option to sit down for conversation at Cinemark Movie Bistro.
Pilgrim Monthly Movies will be back at Pilgrim on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30pm, when we screen a comedy addressing cultural conflicts in America.
Matt and Lucy’s Versions Birth
One of the highlights of our Sunday School this fall is going to be the Christmas Musical Pageant, Matt and Lucy’s Versions Birth. The Sunday School children and youth with the help from animals in our choir will perform the pageant during service on December 9.
This Sunday, November 4, we'll introduce the Pageant to the Sunday School Kids, assign roles, and give out the script to kids. We are going to use the Sunday school hour on November 25 and December 2 for rehearsals. If you know of a child who would like to participate in the pageant, it is important to attend on those days, if at all possible. There will also be roles that will not need rehearsal time.
We welcome any costumes that are appropriate and helpful for our Christmas pageant. Please contact Halldor Gudmundsson, director of Christian Education if your angel suits don’t fit you anymore or if you have recently retired from shepherding and want to give away your uniform.
Yoga Offerings Weekly
Various yoga classes are offered at Pilgrim every week, by different instructors, at different (low) costs. Give it a try – and center your mind, body and spirit, as well as getting a great workout!
- Monday at 6:30pm w/Elaine (moderate level)
- Monday at 6:30pm w/Andy (naked, men only)
- Tuesday at 6:30pm w/Chaz
- Friday at 6pm w/Dan (naked, men only)
- Saturday at 8:30am w/Chaz
Reminders for this week:
- Communion and Bradley Fund offering is the 1st Sunday each month.
- Church office is closed Mondays.
- Bible study will resume at 9am next week.
- Childcare/nursery is available Sunday at 10 am.
- Non-crinkly cough drops are available at the ushers table.
- Please sign up in Fellowship Hall to bring coffee hour treats or altar flowers, or to coordinate coffee hour.