On Saturday, June 13 at 11 am, you are invited to join other Pilgrims for a visit to Historic Stagville. Historic Stagville comprises the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantations belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860. Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around its extensive grounds.
Congratulations to this year’s confirmands: Christopher Chaves, G Frybarger, Bennett King and Marec Marhoul! We are grateful to have witnessed this special part of your journey, and to continue with you.
Then join us in the Community Room at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings through May for conversations about the history, theology, polity, and ministry of the United Church of Christ. If you don’t know what polity means, you will soon. BYO coffee and questions!
For those of us who will miss the Pilgrim Women’s Retreat at Fort Caswell, there will be a mini-retreat here at Pilgrim to connect us to the larger group. Please join us on February 28th from 10:30-12. If you like, bring a reading or object you’d like to share: Poetry, Short Stories, Art, Photos, Music. (Consider following the Native American theme of the Women’s Retreat.) We will close with a guided meditation.
Growing out of last year’s theme of “Rest and Restoration”, our love of nature, and our longing for peace and calm, this year’s retreat will explore practices of Native spirituality along the Christian journey.
Registration forms are available beside Mandy’s office. If you plan to attend, please turn in your registration as soon as you can. Space is filling (although we will always make enough room for all)!
They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not troubled, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
— Jeremiah 17:8
Job announcement: Pilgrim is seeking an organist/accompanist. Here are the details:
At Pilgrim United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming Congregation, we believe as Augustine (perhaps
apocryphally) did – that singing is like praying twice. Pilgrims believe that music is integral to worship, and
that the diversity of our musical tastes is to be celebrated.
What Binds Us
by Mandy Mizelle
Christians aren’t kidding about the lyrics to “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.” We belt out those lines on Christmas Eve, and over the hills and everywhere we go. For an undetermined amount of time.