Thanksgiving & Gospel Brunch Sunday
Today is Thursday, November 15, 2018
Dear Pilgrim friends,
It was snowing today in Cleveland, and I had the rare experience of being caught up on worship planning for November just enough to look ahead to Advent. Can you believe that in two weeks, we’ll be able to start filling out poinsettia and endowment gift forms for Christmas?! During the season of Advent we’ll explore two often-perplexing concepts of time, chronos and kairos, and what that has to do with our preparations for the Christ child.
In the meantime, in these days before Thanksgiving, I hope you are able to step out of the busy, over-scheduled pace of the world and genuinely contemplate what you have to be grateful for. I am grateful beyond words for this beloved Pilgrim family. We are not perfect, and yet I see such tenderness in your care for one another. In any faith community, sure signs of spiritual depth can be found in expressions of humility, honesty, patience, humor, forbearance, forgiveness and mutual support. These things are not easy, and cannot be learned or practiced in isolation; I give thanks for the chance to practice them and to stretch and grow spiritually with you.
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Thanksgiving with the Wright Family Singers, breaking bread together in fellowship hall and singing gospel songs of praise! Worship begins at the usual time of 10:30am, beginning with a word of prayer and song, then a meal. Lyn Byrd, Jere Johnston and Alice Willis were cooking up something delicious to prep for it in the kitchen today, and we will be grateful for any pastry or other continental breakfast contributions you bring.
Pilgrim’s office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the day following. On November 25 we will commemorate our one-year anniversary of voting to become a sanctuary church, and we’ll share photos, stories and faith reflections from Pilgrim’s border trip in October.
Stay warm, Pilgrim friends – I hope to see you on Sunday!
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.
Adopt a Tree & Do It Your Way – Preparation for Advent
Our yearly Hanging of the Greens preparation for Advent and Christmas will be 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Part of the decorating is the placement of pencil trees in the choir loft and sanctuary. They are often lighted and decorated.
Knowing that not everyone can devote hours on a Saturday to decorate the church, we are asking you to adopt a single tree and decorate it after church on today. We are hoping to have as many of you as possible be part of the decorations.
Here are the particulars:
1. The trees will be in the theatre, ready for decorating. You only have to decorate one side, as the other is against the wall.
2. There are lights and decorations available at church.
3. BUT, you can bring decorations of your own. Solids work better generally (patterns disappear from a distance). We ask that colors be Christmas-y (no purple, orange or black).
4. We will wire ornaments, ribbons, etc. to the trees so they can be moved into place easily. Jim McPeak will be on hand to aid in this process. Wire and scissors will be provided. We’re hoping that you can participate in this bit of Christmas fun and know that having some of your handiwork is on display.
There was an excellent worship service on November 11 for Stewardship Sunday (visuals were especially good). We received 43 pledge cards for a total of $128,044 and so we're off to a very good start. The campaign continues through the first part of January, so there's time if you've not yet pledged your support for 2019. Pledge cards are available on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary. Thank-you for your generosity as we continue to respond to the question What Shall We Bring?
Thanksgiving Worship – Get Your Gospel On
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 a delicious egg strata. We ask Pilgrims to supplement brunch by bringing a ready-to-serve breakfast item such as muffins, pastries, bagel or a fruit salad to share.
Sanctuary for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays is a heartwarming and comforting concept, yet we live in a world where unfortunately this is not a possibility for many. This applies to some who frequent Pilgrim’s food pantry who are experiencing homelessness and some for whom stable housing is elusive.
We know this is true for Eulogio, while we have tried our best to make Pilgrim much like home for him and his family when they visit; we understand it is not. At least it is Sanctuary. In the same way that Pilgrim’s food pantry lives out the mission of the church to nourish those in the community who are in need of food, Pilgrim’s loving and generous offering of sanctuary serves a need just as acute.
We would like to be sure that during these uncertain and fearful times that at least this one family can have an "almost like home" sanctuary holiday experience. In order to make this happen we need some help! We are hoping to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Eulogio and his family. If you would like to contribute, please send donations to the office with the memo ‘sanctuary fund’. Every little bit helps, so please feel free to sponsor anything from a side dish to the whole turkey!
Food Pantry Needs...
It's that time of year ... the Food Pantry has great need for socks, hats, gloves, scarves for adults and kids! Please consider winter stuff for men. As always, we need personal products such as toothpaste, bars of soap, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant and feminine hygiene products. Thanks in advance for your generosity ... it's getting cold out there!
Stand with Us – Interfaith Prayer Vigil Thursdays
Charlie Mosbrook concert for Sanctuary Family
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! You can buy $15 tickets online here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3903226
or just pay at the door.
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.
Pilgrim Monthly Movies
Our 2nd Pilgrim Monthly Movies is tomorrow, Friday, November 16 at 4:40 p.m. at Cinemark at Valley View (notice the earlier time). The movie we are going to see is Boy Erased (2018), which 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 6:30 p.m., 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.
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, 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 if your angel suits don’t fit you anymore or if you have recently retired from shepherding and want to give away your uniform.
Escucha y Repite! (Listen and Repeat!)
United States residents have an international reputation for cultural and linguistic ignorance, despite our nation’s diversity. In recent conversations at Pilgrim, several of us noted that our desire to educate ourselves as part of our sanctuary church commitment, and to be loving and hospitable neighbors, would be well served by an introductory Spanish class. Join us for this journey of discovery with basic vocabulary and phrases, but also education to further our understanding of Central America. On Wednesday, November 28 we will gather in the parlor for an introduction and taste of Spanish-speaking from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For those who wish to continue, we will provide workbooks, schedule once monthly gatherings, and assign a few easy learning activities for students to do on our own between classes.
World AIDS Day December 1
interfaith memorial service at 2pm
On World AIDS Day, we invite you to gather with people of faith for a worship service filled with prayerful remembrance, hope, education and fellowship. This is an annual gathering of ecumenical partners who care about progress in prevention, awareness, treatment and advocacy for all persons affected by and/or living with HIV/AIDS. Pilgrim Congregational and Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples) welcome ALL to this service, where our guest speaker will be medical social worker Naimah O’Neal, a powerful advocate and long-time activist living with HIV and working to end the epidemic. Please join us on this 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year, Pilgrim hosts.
Service followed by refreshments and time to socialize, learn and ACT UP!
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.
- Fri Nov 16 - Pilgrim Movie Night - 4:40 pm at Cinemark Valley View
- Sat Nov 17 - Our Whole Lives: Sexuality & Our Faith, 9am to noon
- Sun Nov 18 - Thanksgiving Sunday with Gospel Brunch Worship
- Thurs Nov 22 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
- Fri Nov 23 - Buy Nothing Day! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day
- Sun Nov 25 - Sanctuary benefit concert with Charlie Mosbrook 3:00 pm
- Bible study at 9am every Sunday.
- 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.