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 Sandy Cook, Rita Basler, Becky Dolder, Susan Holland, Valerie Jordens, Char Morford, Virginia Sandell, Doris Ruder, Marie Spencer, Geno Taylor; prayers of comfort for the families of Wendall Sword and John 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, September 30
at 10:30 a.m.

UCC lectionary reflections here

Numbers 11:4-6,10-16
 Esther 7:1-6, 9-10

    Mark 9:38-50 

Rev. Kelly Burd preaches
Liturgist: Jim McPeak
Scribe: Yvette "Snooks" Forinash

Ushers: Michael Reed, Karen Bisadek, Yvette "Snooks" Forinash, Jim Naccarato and Dick Berlo
Head ushers: Donna Hoder, Geno Taylor, Ken Wade

Sept 23 Attendance: 76
Sept 23 Offering: $3,499

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

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today is Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dear Pilgrim Friends,

Today Pastor Brooke and I will help to kick off the first of a weekly Interfaith Prayer Vigil for immigrants at 4pm at 925 Keynote Circle in Brooklyn Heights (outside Immigration & Customs Enforcement offices). If you voted with Pilgrim to support advocacy for the undocumented as a Sanctuary Church congregation, this is a regular and easily accessible way to live that out. Simply mark your calendar and when you are available, show up! This weekly vigil comes after months of collaboration and planning with interfaith friends and partners across the city, and we hope to support it with rotating leadership from many faith communities. Those on our EZ text signup list were notified of it earlier today, but if you missed it, you can sign up on Pilgrim’s website (in the Members section) or this Sunday in coffee hour! EZ text sends out reminders and alerts to phones so that those wishing to stay informed as justice, advocacy and related community events pop up, are in the loop.
This Sunday following worship is a luncheon opportunity for folks who would like to learn more about the church and consider joining Pilgrim. Please share this and invite your friends and neighbors who may be visiting Pilgrim or looking for a spiritual home!
Following coffee hour this Sunday, Scott Sword and Fred Smith will welcome friends and loved ones in the fellowship hall who wish to share condolences.  There will be a memorial service at 2pm, also in the hall. If you would like to contribute cookies for their visitation and post-memorial time, please bring them to church and mark them “memorial.”
This week’s news has included live coverage of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to a Senate Judiciary Committee about her experience of sexual assault by a Supreme Court nominee. For many of us who are survivors of sexual assault or sexual violence, this can be a difficult reminder of past trauma.  This is a gentle message to affirm that your pastor cares about you, as do many others in your life and faith community. Should you be feeling the effects of this news coverage in a way that is difficult or isolating, know that I am among many people praying for you and others in this situation. If you need someone to talk to, or to pray for you or with you, please reach out to me. Count me among those who will listen with care and respect to you.

Pastor Kelly

Is Pilgrim Church for You? 
If you would like to know more about the congregation and ministries of Pilgrim and the United Church of Christ, or if you are interested in becoming a member, please stay for lunch this Sunday, September 30 following worship from noon to 1:30 p.m.   You’ll have a chance to get to know others, ask questions, take a church tour and learn about Pilgrim.  RSVP to Pastor Kelly or to Kathy in the church office (216-861-7388 or

Pilgrim Monthly Movies 
 Starting on Wednesday October 3rd at 6:30 p.m., Pilgrim is going to offer a movie on the first Wednesday of each month, addressing various religious and social justice issues. The first film will address immigration and after the screening, Student Pastor Brooke Baker will lead conversations.
Looking for Rotating 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.

Coffee Hour Helpers Schedule 
If you have yet to experience the fun and fellowship that comes from being part of the Kitchen Ministry Team, now is the time to jump on board. We are putting together a schedule of Coffee Hour Helpers through the holidays.  Generally, it’s best to have at least two helpers each Sunday. Special events such as the Gospel Music Brunch require four helpers. 
If you can help once or twice you won’t regret the experience. Your duties will include reporting to the kitchen at 10am 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. Best of all, you don’t have to miss worship. As the last hymn begins to play, you go down to the kitchen for final preparations and serving. Cleanup takes 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.   
To get on the schedule, talk to Peg Calamia-Downing. (216) 258-7243.

October 7, 2018 1. Xander Gallagher
October 14, 2018 1. Sherrie Scarton
October 21, 2018 1. Denise Kipfstuhl
2. Cheryl Beltz
October 28, 2018 Board of Trustees
November 4, 2018 1. Xander Gallagher
November 11, 2018 1. Sherrie Scarton
November 18, 2018
Gospel Brunch
1. Denise Kipfstuhl
November 25, 2018 Board of Mission Empowerment
December 2, 2018 1. Xander Gallagher

Regina Brett to speak Oct. 13 
On Saturday, October 13 at 9am, Regina Brett will speak at Dover Congregational UCC in Westlake (2239 Dover Ctr Rd) during the annual Westside UCC Theological Forum.

Regina Brett is a New York Times bestselling author and wrote inspirational columns in The Plain Dealer for 17 years. She is currently a writer for Cleveland Jewish News and is syndicated by Jewish News Service. She has a master’s degree in religious studies from John Carroll University. 

Christianity 101: Introduction & Refresher 
Sundays, 9:15 – 10:00 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 this fall for a six week series exploring the creation of the Bible, the role of the church, what it means to identify as Christian and more. The final date, rescheduled to November 7, is a celebration with stories of faith and a non-sacramental “communion” with donuts and coffee!

Pilgrim Church Leaders to Gather Oct. 17 

In keeping with annual mid-year leadership meetings, we ask all Pilgrim Church Council and board members to save the date of Wednesday, October 17 for a mid-year leadership gathering at Pilgrim, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This will be a time to check in with one another on important ministry updates, collaborate on areas of shared ministry and discuss together two specific topics raised at two congregational meetings within the past year: the preservation and building up of endowment funds and church governance. 

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 13 
In the spirit of St. Francis, everyone is invited to bring pet(s) to the front steps of Pilgrim for a short blessing service on Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m. If your pet does not play well with others, you may use a carrier or bring a picture of your pet. If your animal companion has passed away, feel free to bring a photo or just bring them in your heart. Animal blessings are commonly conducted October near St. Francis of Assisi feast day because of the way St. Francis cherished all God’s creatures.

Annual UCC Climate Survey 

Everyone in the UCC is invited to take an annual climate opinion survey that gives us a sense of where our members stand on the most critical issue of our time. Please take 15 minutes to fill out the survey. Results from last year’s survey were included in the 2018 UCC Statistical Profile that was released last week and includes a report entitled, “Statistical Highlights on the Environmental Attitudes of UCC Congregations.”

Another Way to Share Pilgrim 

Through the efforts of the Board of Trustees and our Property Manager Bridget Kent Marquez, Pilgrim had a prominent presence at the 4th Annual Rainbow Wedding Network Same Love Same Rights LGBTQ Wedding Expo in Mentor on September 23. The expo featured dozens of gay-friendly vendors in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Guests included a mixture of engaged couples, their friends and family, singles and hetero allies interested in supporting marriage and family equality. 

Our Pilgrim booth featured a wedding album, special wedding brochures, and a running slide show, illustrating the beauty of our sanctuary and Fellowship Hall as a wedding venue. It also shows the diversity of couples who have been wed in our sanctuary.
Bridget, along with Donna & Joe Kay, who staffed our booth, found that most people were unaware that a church like Pilgrim exists in Cleveland, i.e., a church that welcomes and fully affirms all of God’s children. If you know of anyone who is looking for a beautiful space for their wedding, you can share the weddings slide show by going to Pilgrim’s website and clicking the first menu labeled About Us, then click on Weddings & Ceremonies. This is another way to share the good news of Jesus in our community.
Also, if you are interested in being a representative for Pilgrim and helping spread the word at events such as this, please contact Joe Kay at You can visit Pilgrim’s profile as a vendor on Rainbow Weddings Network’s website here.

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:

  • Christianity 101 is at 9:15am on Sunday.
  • 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.
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