Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Today is Thursday, October 4, 2018
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 which will be lead by rotating faith leadership every Thursday from 4pm to 4:45 p.m.
Dear Pilgrim Friends,
This was the second Thursday prayer vigil to take place with interfaith friends on behalf of our neighbors who are immigrants. Our numbers grew this week, and the sense of holiness, and of holy companionship and purpose was palpable. If you need to be reminded that we are not alone in praying and pining and working for justice, this is the place for you to be! Details are below.
This week we will celebrate World Communion Sunday with worship that highlights how truly multicultural and multilingual we are as the Body of Christ. Come and celebrate the unity created and intended by Christ. If you’d like to also contribute a favorite bread from your family heritage or recipe book for our coffee hour time, it will be gratefully consumed!
Pilgrim’s elevator was given a new part after being out of commission on September 23. This week, after another Sunday without it, we discovered it needed another major part replaced; that repair has been made. I’d like to extend warm thanks to Pilgrim’s ushers, staff and others whose quick actions and flexibility last Sunday morning enabled us to hold worship in the fellowship hall so that ALL our worshippers, including elevator-dependent folks, could worship together.
This Sunday is the last week for Pilgrim’s official collection of the UCC Neighbors in Need offering! Have you seen our denomination’s fabulous video about the Neighbors in Need fund, and the ministries it supports? You may recognize a few people and places – watch here!
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 email@example.com
Looking for 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. Shamrock2006@cox.net (216) 258-7243.
Regina Brett Event 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. The cost is $25 at the door.
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 4,
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.
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:
- Neighbors in Need offering is this Sunday.
- World Communion Sunday is this Sunday.
- Indigenous Peoples Day is Monday, October 8.
- Pastor Kelly's 18th anniversary of ordination is Monday, October 8.
- Christianity 101 is at 9:15am on Sundays.
- 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.