Please join us at Pilgrim Congregational UCC on Sunday at 10:30am and bring a friend!
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 PILGRIM Congregational
United Church of Christ

A Just Peace and Open & Affirming Congregation of the United Church
of Christ
2592 West 14th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216-861-7388
www.pilgrimalive.org
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Healing prayers for Mary Urban, Phil Alberhasky, Scott Sword, Doug Burkhart, Rita Basler, Becky Dolder, Susan Holland, Valerie Jordens, Doris Ruder, Virginia Sandell, 
and for our homebound Pilgrim friends:

Sally & Albert Sandorf

  Jean Roller
Mary Mann
 Loleta DeNardy

 
If you would like to send a card, the member directory is here. If you need the password, ask Kathy.

Upcoming Worship:
Sunday, January 6, 2019
at 10:30 a.m.

UCC lectionary reflections here
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Message: Pastor Kelly Burd
Liturgist: Yvette 'Snooks' Forinash
Scribe: ______

Ushers: Marilynn Martin, Ellen Mayer, Cathy Calamia, Bill Grulich, Ralph Sanderson
Head ushers: Donna Hoder, Geno Taylor, Ken Wade

Attendance
Offering:


UCC Feed Your Spirit here
UCC Justice & Peace Action Network here
UCC Western Reserve Association website
 Put Your Junk in Your Trunk
Please do not leave valuables visible on your car dashboard or seats. Please note that Pilgrim has four parking lots. Regulars are encouraged to leave spaces in the main lot on Sunday for visitors and those needing a short path to the entrances. A security guard makes rounds from 9am to 1pm.
Pilgrim Congregational Church Covenant
We pledge to seek justice, to oppose violence, racism, sexism, fear of differences, economic inequity and abuse of power. We promise to substitute acts of goodwill and caring; to feed the hungry, to provide shelter for the homeless, to nurture the ill, and to prevent cruelty to any of God’s children, or any of God’s creatures. We pledge ourselves to welcome people of all sexual orientations into the full life and ministry of the church. 
— adopted 1993

Epiphany

Today is Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dear Pilgrim friends,

Do you get excited by viewing a new year as a new beginning of sorts? Is it a time of New Year’s Resolutions?  Do you spend more time contemplating the year ahead or reflecting on the one that just ended? Funny how we can find ourselves in the same seasonal transition and see entirely different things.

I tend to embrace this month as a chance to renew my commitment to daily prayer practices, stress management and health. How does this play out for me? In the past, the results have varied, but like our weekly practice of corporate confession in church, I feel that saying “yes” to initiating personal and spiritual growth is at least as important as where that yes leads me.  As for this year, maybe you can ask how I’m faring a few weeks into March, when Lent is in full throttle ad the rubber hits the road! If you have made positive New Year’s commitments, I hope they go well for you.

The church calendar has us transitioning seasons as well this week; on Sunday, we conclude the brief 12-day Christmas season and mark Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany means “the revelation of God,” and so we move past the story of Jesus’ birth to the moment when the stars make known to magi from the east that God can be seen on earth. Come sing the songs and worship with Holy Communion to mark the start of Epiphany!

After church and a bit of fellowship downstairs, I’ll be offering a church tour to anyone who would like to explore Pilgrim’s vast spaces and mysterious nooks, and hear some of the history of the church and its people. We also hope that a few folks not taking the tour might wander back upstairs to help UNdecorate a few trees in the sanctuary before they are moved into storage later in the week. Since we play Advent and Christmas music for the decorating of trees, maybe we could find some lively Epiphany songs to fill the sanctuary for this!

On Sunday, January 13, we will remember the baptism of Christ at the start of his public ministry and celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are manifest in the sacrament of Baptism. Worship will conclude with a shared affirmation of faith and baptism, offering a chance to renew our commitment to follow Jesus. If you were considering a spiritual resolution for the year ahead, this would be a perfect fit!

I wish each of you a healthy, purposeful, Christ-accompanied journey through 2019!

Your Traveling Companion,
Pastor Kelly


Winter Spruce-Up 
We are cleaning up some spaces in the church and seeking one, possibly two, used (but still clean and usable!) couches. We can arrange for transportation. Please spread the word if you can think of someone who may have an extra. If you have one, please contact Bridget at the church office (216) 861-7388. Thank you!
Stewardship 
Through today, January 3, we have received 74 pledges totaling $176,014 for the support of the Mission and Ministry of Pilgrim Church for 2019. This brings us to 96% of our goal. There's still time if you've not yet made your financial commitment for next year. Pledge cards are available on the ushers' table in the back of the sanctuary. Thank-you for your generosity as we respond to the questions:  What Shall We Bring?
Food Pantry Needs...
The response from the congregation to the request for plastic bags and egg cartons has been great; however, we recently received a large donation of reusable bags and have an adequate supply of egg cartons. We will let everyone know when these items are once again needed. Many thanks to those who provided those items in the past.

The Food Pantry especially needs your small-size toiletries, diapers, feminine products, toilet paper & paper towels, bar soap, laundry & dish detergent, toothpaste & toothbrushes. Thanks!
Stand with Us – Interfaith Prayer Vigil Thursdays 

We invite people of faith and conscience to take part in a weekly interfaith prayer vigil 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 4:45pm.

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 for details. 

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.
  • Every Thurs - Vigil at ICE office - 4:00 pm, 925 Keynote Circle
  • 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.
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