Today is Thursday, November 8, 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.
This week has been a nail-biter for those watching Tuesday’s election results and predictions about how they may impact the peace-filled, equitable and human-rights-affirming future we pray for and work toward as people of faith. Today almost 40 people came to the Interfaith Prayer Vigil
outside the ICE field offices, and the sight of friends, strangers and signs advocating compassion, immigration reform and justice filled my heart to the brim. And tonight, in the wake of another shooting (this one at a popular bar in Southern California) we are seeing the identities of victims in the news. I can only imagine the heartbreak of loved ones receiving confirmation of their worst fears, and know that surrounding them with prayer matters, as do our advocacy for gun law reform. So much going on. So much to break hearts and call forth our best gifts and faithful response.
In moments that overwhelm you, what are the ways you ground yourself and restore your weary, anxious soul? Cocooning is alright for a time if necessary, but hiding away from the world’s suffering is not a viable long-range strategy. For me, our amazing community of faith at Pilgrim and our friends and partners in faith and justice are a source of comfort, hope and power. I hope that you are able to see our congregation at Pilgrim – yourself included – with the eyes of faith, so that you can see what God intends us to be for one another and the world: ordinary human beings whose shared faith and purpose creates an extraordinary beloved community. When we are together, and even when we are separated but remember the one who calls us, we are the Body of Christ in the world. It is a simple but profound truth! I hope that your faith and faith community are among the things that give you sustenance and strength, nourishing your spirit and giving you what you need to rise back up and keep responding in love to the world.
This Sunday in worship, we will center on the prophetic words of Micah and how we might live into them as the church. After the blessing of our 2019 church pledges, and a celebration will follow!
Next Tuesday, we kick off the first book of Pilgrim’s winter book discussion series with Far From the Tree
by Andrew Solomon. We’ll be at Lakewood Panera at 5:30pm. If you didn’t have time to read it all (it’s a lengthy book!) try to read the first and last chapters (Son and Father), Transgender, and any others that you are drawn to.
This Sunday, November 11 is Stewardship Sunday. After reflecting on the many ways you are blessed, please give gratefully and joyfully. Please bring your completed Pledge Card for the coming year to offer during worship or it can be mailed to the church office. All are invited to stay for a special celebration in the Fellowship Hall after worship. Thank-you for your generosity.
Thanksgiving Worship – Get your Gospel On
Next Sunday, November 18,
bring your appetite for gospel music and your appetite for brunch to Fellowship Hall at our regular worship time of 10:30am.
Feel free to invite family and friends to this special worship opportunity. This is especially true if you have someone in your life who would enjoy a less formal worship service. There are cards on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary to help spread the word about this unique service.
Lyn Byrd will serve us a delicious egg strata. We ask Pilgrim people to supplement our brunch by bringing a ready-to-serve breakfast item such as muffins, pastries, bagel or a fruit salad to share.
Sanctuary for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays is a heartwarming and comforting concept, yet we live in a world where unfortunately this is not a possibility for many. This applies to some who frequent Pilgrim’s food pantry who are experiencing homelessness and some for whom stable housing is elusive.
We know this is true for Eulogio, while we have tried our best to make Pilgrim much like home for him and his family when they visit; we understand it is not. At least it is Sanctuary. In the same way that Pilgrim’s food pantry lives out the mission of the church to nourish those in the community who are in need of food, Pilgrim’s loving and generous offering of sanctuary serves a need just as acute.
We would like to be sure that during these uncertain and fearful times that at least this one family can have an "almost like home" sanctuary holiday experience. In order to make this happen we need some help! We are hoping to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Eulogio and his family. If you would like to contribute please send donations to the office with the memo ‘sanctuary fund’. Every little bit helps, so please feel free to sponsor anything from a side dish to the whole turkey!
Stand With Us – Interfaith Prayer Vigil Thursdays
Charlie Mosbrook concert for Sanctuary Church
Sunday, November 25 at 3pm – $15 sliding scale
For over 25 years, award-winning songwriter Charlie Mosbrook has been dedicated to the performance, presentation, and preservation of original and traditional folk music. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy guitar work highlight his performances. Charlie will perform songs from his new release, Remember Who We Are,
and many others. Proceeds will assist Pilgrim’s sanctuary guest Eulogio
and his family with direct support for necessities such as utilities and food. Free parking, refreshments available, fully accessible. Please share on social media!
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.
Pilgrim Monthly Movies
Our 2nd Pilgrim Monthly Movies will be on Friday, November 16 around 6 p.m. at Valley View Theater in Independence (notice a different time and place). The movie we are going to see is Boy Erased (2018). Please contact Halldor (email@example.com) after this weekend for the exact time.
Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents. His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self. (from http://focusfeatures.com/boy-erased/about)
After the movie, we will have the option to sit down for conversation at Cinemark Movie Bistro.
The Pilgrim Monthly Movies will be back at Pilgrim on Wednesday December 5 at 6:30 p.m., when we screen a comedy addressing cultural conflicts in America.
Matt and Lucy’s Versions Birth
One of the highlights of our Sunday School this fall is going to be the Christmas Musical Pageant, Matt and Lucy’s Versions Birth. The Sunday School children and youth with the help from animals in our choir will perform the pageant during service on December 9.
This Sunday, November 4, we'll introduce the Pageant to the Sunday School Kids, assign roles, and give out the script to kids. We are going to use the Sunday school hour on November 25 and December 2 for rehearsals. If you know of a child who would like to participate in the pageant, it is important to attend on those days, if at all possible. There will also be roles that will not need rehearsal time.
We welcome any costumes that are appropriate and helpful for our Christmas pageant. Please contact Halldor Gudmundsson, director of Christian Education if your angel suits don’t fit you anymore or if you have recently retired from shepherding and want to give away your uniform.
Escucha y Repite! (Listen and Repeat!)
United States residents have an international reputation for cultural and linguistic ignorance, despite our nation’s diversity. In recent conversations at Pilgrim, several of us noted that our desire to educate ourselves as part of our sanctuary church commitment, and to be loving and hospitable neighbors, would be well served by an introductory Spanish class. Join us for this journey of discovery with basic vocabulary and phrases, but also education to further our understanding of Central America. On Wednesday, November 28 we will gather in the parlor for an introduction and taste of Spanish-speaking from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For those who wish to continue, we will provide workbooks, schedule once monthly gatherings, and assign a few easy learning activities for students to do on our own between classes.
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.
- Sun Nov 11 - Board of Mission Empowerment, after worship
- Tue Nov 13 - Winter Book Discussion "Far From the Tree" at Panera in Lakewood 5:30 pm
- Wed Nov 14 - Board of Trustees & Board of Christian Education 6:30 pm
- Fri Nov 16 - Pilgrim Movie Night - time TBD at Valley View Theater
- Sun Nov 18 - Thanksgiving Sunday with Gospel Brunch Worship
- Bible study will resume at 9am next week.
- 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.