Please join us at Pilgrim Congregational UCC on Sunday at 10:30am and bring a friend!
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No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
 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
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Twitter: @PilgrimAlive

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 13, 2019
at 10:30 a.m.

UCC lectionary reflections here
Isaiah 43:1-7
Acts 8:14-17

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Message: Pastor Kelly Burd
Liturgist: Yvette 'Snooks' Forinash
Scribe: Pat Mayer

Ushers: Michael Reed, Yvette “Snooks” Forinash, Karen Bisadek, Marilyn Dubasak and Dick Berlo
Head ushers: Donna Hoder, Geno Taylor, Ken Wade

January 6 Attendance: 79 
January 6 Offering: $2,668

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

Baptism of Christ Sunday

Today is Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dear Pilgrim friends,

Winter weather has arrived! Stay safe and bundled up, and join us in church this Sunday, when we’ll hear about the baptism of Jesus and remember the sacrament’s meaning in our lives and faith.  

Next Tuesday is January’s book discussion at Lakewood Panera; join us if you’d like to reflect on the story and spiritual insights of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  

Pilgrim’s Annual Meeting is coming up on January 27, and we’ll share some information related to that on Sunday. We’ll share a pizza lunch on the day of the meeting, and invite you to bring a favorite salad contribution to share.

New Year Blessings,
Pastor Kelly

Save the Date:  
Sunday, January 27, is Pilgrim’s annual meeting, after worship. The congregation will review what we have experienced and accomplished in the past year and vote on the proposed budget and leadership for 2018. All members are invited and encouraged to attend, and visitors are welcome to stay as well. Following the meeting, lunch will be served.
Pizza, drinks and desserts will be provided and we invite all of Pilgrim’s membership to bring their favorite salad dish to share!

Leadership Gathering … Calling all board members 
Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 am is a leadership gathering for Pilgrim’s 2019 Council and board members. This will be a time for new and returning leaders to get an orientation or refresher of church structure and governance, the respective roles of Council, boards and committees, staff and an introduction to others sharing leadership roles. Please mark your calendars and plan to be there if you are serving on a board or Council in 2019.
Hop on Board the Kitchen Ministry Train 
You can now volunteer to be a Coffee Hour Helper by simply signing your name on the schedule posted in the Pilgrim kitchen. You will find the schedule hanging on the freezer on the right side of the kitchen. You can sign up for a single Sunday or become a monthly helper. Either way, Coffee Hour Helpers experience the fun and fellowship that comes from being part of the Kitchen Ministry.
The duties of a Coffee Hour Helper include reporting to the kitchen at 10:00 AM to help prepare refreshments for coffee hour. Don’t worry about not knowing what to do.  Alice Willis or another experienced Kitchen Ministry Team member will be there to show you how it’s done. When preparations are completed, you go upstairs for worship. As the last hymn begins to play, you will go back down to the kitchen for final preparations and serving. Cleanup will take until about 12:30pm. 
You will enjoy the experience of serving your Pilgrim friends and creating a nurturing environment for Christian fellowship. Perhaps you will be reminded of the words of Jesus, who said, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”  –Mark 10:43.   
Of course, you may still volunteer by contacting Peg Calamia-Downing at (216) 258-7243 or 

Food Pantry Needs...
The Food Pantry especially needs your small-size toiletries, diapers, feminine products, toilet paper & paper towels, bar soap, laundry & dish detergent, toothpaste & toothbrushes. Clean hats & gloves and new underwear & long johns are always welcome. No plastic bags or egg cartons are needed at the moment.
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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