Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Today is Thursday, September 20, 2018
Dear Pilgrim Friends and Members,
If you would like to know more about the congregation and ministries of Pilgrim and the United Church of Christ, or if you are interested in becoming a member, please stay for lunch next Sunday, September 30 following worship from noon to 1:30 p.m. You’ll have a chance to get to know others, ask questions, take a church tour and learn about Pilgrim. RSVP to Pastor Kelly or to Kathy in the church office (216-861-7388 or email@example.com).
Last weekend’s glorious weather contributed to the beauty and fun of the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival in Lincoln Park, where Pilgrim Church had a table and a chance to share many conversations and resources with neighbors. A special thanks and shout-out to those of you who shared your time so generously to staff our church table and offer a friendly presence as people stopped by! Thanks also to Dale Gallis, whose beautiful posters were a popular purchase!
On Sunday, we had the unfortunate experience of navigating an out-of-service elevator on our day of worship. For those who missed Pat Blackmon’s message because of this or due to absence, we an audio recording of it here.
This Sunday’s scriptures bring us once again into wisdom teachings from Proverbs, but with a twist. I hope you will join us for worship, and if you have time earlier, consider coming to the second of our Christianity 101 series in the Church Parlor at 9:15am!
On September 30 there will be a lunch gathering for people interested in joining Pilgrim Church or learning more about it. We’ll meet from noon to about 1:30pm, with an optional church tour at about 1pm.
On a pastoral note – each week in prayer, we name the reality of families separated by immigration practices today, with hopes for God’s intervention, power, grace and comfort to infuse such situations of suffering and despair. If you are like me, you may at times feel overwhelmed by the problems of the world, including this one. In addition to prayer, small but attainable actions can matter to the situation, and may help offset feelings of powerlessness and nourish us with hope. One such action may be a call to representatives about issues we are concerned with. Should you wish to follow up on Pilgrim’s Sanctuary Church commitment to advocate for immigrants being aggressively arrested, detained and separated from their families without due process, the ACLU makes it easier by recapping the concerns and by directly connecting callers and representatives via this link: www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights/call-senators-defund-dhs
In addition to making calls, you can support our advocacy efforts by joining Pilgrim and interfaith communities across Greater Cleveland for weekly prayer vigils. These will be held at the Immigration, Customs & Enforcement (ICE) office located at 925 Keynote Circle in Brooklyn Heights every Thursday at 4:00pm. Pilgrim will lead the initial vigil next Thursday, September 27 and from there we anticipate rotating leadership among clergy. At these vigils we will pray, sing, hold silence, lift up prophetic values of justice and compassion and exhort those in power to work from those values. This is a step of prophetic faith witness, and we are fortunate to find many neighbors in this city who are trusted partners in this work and share our belief that faithfulness requires prophetic action in situations of where abuse of power and great suffering exist. Please join us next Thursday and beyond if you are able. Your presence matters!
Is Pilgrim Church for You?
Looking for Rotating 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 Peace) on a rotating basis, once or twice monthly as preferred. Teaching experience a bonus, background check with Safe Church orientation needed, love of children a must! Please see Halldor Gudmundsson or Xander Gallagher.
Christianity 101: Introduction & Refresher
Sundays, 9:15 – 10:00 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 this fall for a six week series exploring the creation of the Bible, the role of the church, what it means to identify as Christian and more. The final date, rescheduled to November 7,
is a celebration with stories of faith and a non-sacramental “communion” with donuts and coffee!
Pilgrim Church Leaders Gathering Oct. 17
In keeping with annual mid-year leadership meetings, we ask all Pilgrim Church Council and board members to save the date of Wednesday, October 17 for a mid-year leadership gathering at Pilgrim, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This will be a time to check in with one another on important ministry updates, collaborate on areas of shared ministry and discuss together two specific topics raised at two congregational meetings within the past year: the preservation and building up of endowment funds and church governance.
Blessing of the Animals Oct. 13
In the spirit of St. Francis, everyone is invited to bring pet(s) to the front steps of Pilgrim for a short blessing service on Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m. If your pet does not play well with others, you may use a carrier or bring a picture of your pet. If your animal companion has passed away, feel free to bring a photo or just bring them in your heart. Animal blessings are commonly conducted in the month of October near St. Francis of Assisi feast day because of the way St. Francis cherished all God’s creatures.
Annual UCC Climate Survey
Everyone in the UCC is invited to take an annual climate opinion survey that gives us a sense of where our members stand on the most critical issue of our time. Please take 15 minutes to fill out the survey. Results from last year’s survey were included in the 2018 UCC Statistical Profile that was released last week and includes a report entitled, “Statistical Highlights on the Environmental Attitudes of UCC Congregations.”
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:
- Council meets Tuesday 9/25 at 6:30pm.
- Communion and Bradley Fund offering is the 1st Sunday each month.
- Church office is closed Mondays.
- Bible study will resume in November, after the Christianity 101 sessions end.
- 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.