Fourth Sunday of Advent
Today is Thursday, December 20, 2018
Dear Pilgrim Friends,
We have worked hard to create meaningful worship opportunities for you this season, and hope that you find hope, comfort, inspiration and deepened faith in one or more of the following:
Longest Night service at 6pm this Friday, December 21, will be offered in Pilgrim’s Chapel (adjacent to the sanctuary) with music, anointing of oil and prayers of healing. This service falls on the Winter Solstice and lifts up the faith story of this season while acknowledging that many among us find this holiday season difficult for a variety of reasons. You may want to come, or to invite someone for whom it could be meaningful.
On Monday evening, December 24, Pilgrim offers Christmas Eve Worship for all ages, beginning with with pre-worship music at 7:00pm followed by a candlelight service at 7:30pm. Share in the unfolding Christmas story, with moving music, candles and a majestic stable scene that the children and youth will have a chance to help create. Come and embrace the message of hope, peace, joy and love that we’ve awaited in the Christ child!
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.
The Longest Night
Friday, December 21, 6:00–6:45pm
December 21 is the Winter Solstice, which is the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight. This day can provide a time to step back from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It's a time to slow down and consider that Christmas is not always merry for everyone.
We all hurt sometimes. It’s amazing how alone a person can feel amid all that celebrating. We need the space and time to acknowledge the whole range of our humanity. And we need to know that we are not alone.
Drop in and join with us in praying, reading of scripture, anointing with oil, and music that acknowledge God’s presence is for those who mourn and for those who struggle. Come to stand by your brothers and sisters who are hurting.
The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship. Feel free to bring a friend or family member. Longest Night invitation cards are available on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary.
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!
Through this past Sunday, December 2nd, we have received 63 pledges totaling $162,804 for the support of the Mission and Ministry of Pilgrim Church for 2019. This brings us to 89% of our goal, so you can see we are making good progress. There's still time if you've not yet pledged 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 question: 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
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.
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
- Friday Dec 21 - Longest Night service at 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30pm (music at 7)
- Office closed December 25, 26, 27 at noon, 28 at noon
- 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.