Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Today is Thursday, October 18, 2018
Dear Pilgrim Friends and Members,
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.
After much planning and preparation – especially on the part of Pastor Brooke Baker – our delegation of six, including four of us from Pilgrim, a member of Dover UCC, and an out-of-state participant, will travel this Friday to participate in a BorderLinks educational immersion trip on the border of Mexico. We would appreciate your prayers for safe travels, and also for our hearts, minds and souls to be broken open and informed by who and what we encounter there. We look forward to sharing stories of our experience and its impact on our faith and lives. I will be out for a few days after the trip (to process my experience and to be with family) and will return on October 30.
This Sunday, Pilgrim gets the joy of worshipping with two Christian Education “rockstars” in the persons of Cait Moury as liturgist, and Halldor Gudmundsson, who is preaching! The following week is Reformation Sunday, and telling a significant and amazing story of the Reformation’s earliest moments is none other than Martin Luther (channeled by Jim McPeak). I will keep my Pilgrim family in prayer and in my thoughts on these Sundays as you worship, trusting that you encounter God together in worship, care for one another in moments of hospitality, peace-passing and fellowship, and with eager and genuine hospitality, reach out to welcome the stranger in your midst. Each of us has this mission as a means of upholding Pilgrim’s legacy of faithful welcome and safe space.
Our Christianity 101 class will not meet this Sunday or October 28, but on November 4 at 9:15am, we invite all who have attended a class to join us for a celebration of faith with food and stories in the chapel!
November 4 worship will include All Saints Day liturgy and communion, along with a time of prayerful remembrance for those Pilgrim members we said goodbye to in the past year, and others we have lost in our lives.
In the meantime, friends – stay warm and keep coming to church!
Blessings and thanks,
Gospel Music Brunch November 18
Gospel music has a way of taking you to another place. Each note can elevate you to a place where the jagged edges of life’s most persistent problems are somehow softened. The lyrics of gospel music acknowledge the frustrations and the hardships of life. More importantly, they promise that God will see you through it all.
So, bring your appetite for gospel music to church on Sunday, November 18. And bring your appetite for brunch with you as well! We will combine gospel music and brunch into a Gospel Brunch held in Fellowship Hall. After dishing up a plate of delicious egg strata, we will join with each other at table. Pastor Kelly will lead us in worship. We will be assisted in our worship by the strains of gospel music sung by the Wright Family Singers.
Feel free to invite family and friends to this special worship service. Perhaps you have someone in your life who would enjoy this unique, less-formal church experience. Promotional cards are available for you on the usher’s table to assist in spreading the word.
An egg dish will be provided. Please bring bread, pastries, bagels or a fruit salad to share.
Called to Care Dinner Nov. 7 at 6:30pm
New and returning folks, WELCOME! Come for a pizza & salad dinner with fellowship. We’ll share an overview of Pilgrim’s Called to Care ministries of pastoral visitation, phone calls and written notes and important updates and information related to our pastoral care work.
Stand With Us – Interfaith Prayer Vigil Thursdays
Grant Research & Writing
As part of our continuing work to support the programs, facilities and ministries of Pilgrim Church, the Board of Trustees and Endowment Committee have interest in researching grants that may have potential to support our church mission and vitality. If you are someone with grant writing skills or experience, or if you have interest in this work and/or connections and knowledge related to foundations and grant sources, please contact Kathy DeJohn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Childcare & Nursery Update
This year, we recognized a change in worship. Families with infants and toddlers, when they came to Pilgrim, were increasingly bringing their children with them to worship and utilizing the Children’s Corner rather than Pilgrim’s Nursery Room. In addition to the infrequency of families using the Nursery this year, we have had a difficult time keeping enough background-checked and trained volunteer helpers to rotate in the Nursery (mandated by Pilgrim’s Safe Church Policy guiding ministry with minors). With these factors in mind, beginning in November we will no longer have a staffed Nursery, but that room will continue to be available to families who wish to use it for diaper changes or other family needs. We are deeply grateful to Michelle Sokol for having served as Pilgrim’s Nursery Attendant on Sunday mornings for the past two years, and also to the volunteer support of Pat Mayer, Ellen Mayer, Alice Willis and others in previous years who have assisted. If you would like to join us in expressing gratitude to Michelle, you may leave a note or card in Pilgrim’s office this month and we will collect and share them with her.
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.
Christianity 101: Introduction & Refresher
Final Celebration Sunday, November 4 at 9:15 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 for a final celebration in Pilgrim’s chapel on Sunday, November 4, with stories of faith, doughnuts and coffee!
Justice Pa-lUUza Benefit Concert
featuring Emma's Revolution, on Friday, October 27 at 7:30pm at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River. Tickets $18 in advance, $22 at the door, available at www.emmasrevolution.com/concerts
Facebook band page: www.facebook.com/emmasrevolution
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/499789523808067
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:
- Pastor Kelly is out of the office until Tuesday, October 30.
- Church Council meets Tues Oct 23 at 6:30 p.m.
- 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.