After 18 months of work by the Transition Team and the Search Committee, we have received the recommendation of a new senior pastor. On Saturday, June 24, from 3:00-5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall the candidate and spouse will be introduced to the congregation. We will see biographical information on the candidate at that time. The following morning, on Sunday June 25 at 10:30 am, the candidate will participate in worship and give the sermon. Following worship, a congregational meeting will consider and vote on the candidate.
In January, 50 Pilgrims gathered to assess our individual and communal assets, and form working groups to tackle the pressing issues of this moment. We continue hearing updates from our groups on the last Sunday of each month after worship. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, here are the people to contact:
- Immigrant Rights — Julie Frybarger and Ingrid Ambrose
- Healthcare Access — ask at church office
- Climate Change & Environmental Protections — Rob Wildermann
- Education — ask at church office
- Violence Against People of Color — Susan Barco
- LGBT Rights — Derek J. Coulson
- Muslim Rights / Islamophobia — Marilyn Christian
The church office can help you with the contact information for these people if you need it.
Pilgrim United Church of Christ invites you to experience our labyrinth. For thousands of years, human beings have created spiral paths that fold back on themselves. With its eleven switchbacks, our labyrinth resembles the world-famous one located in the nave of the Cathedral in Chartres, France. Originally constructed in about 1220, its twists and turns symbolized the difficulties pilgrims experienced as they traveled away from home seeking God. Today, they symbolize the challenges we all experience in trying to become closer to God, however known.
The labyrinth consists of a single path. There are no dead-ends, here or in life. Walking it provides a time for prayer or meditation. St. Augustine said, “salvator ambulado” or “it is solved by walking.” The phrase constitutes a metaphor for the lived life, each step suggesting unexpected turns leading to unknown destinations. To walk the labyrinth requires concentration as one makes deliberate and careful moves. In so doing, the mind becomes clearer and open to the spirit of God.
Auxiliary will meet on May 8 at 10:30 am. Millie Myers and Roman Testroet will do both the Devotional and Program. Pastor Mandy Mizelle Norris will install officers for next year, which begins in September 2017 and ends in May 2018. Lunch will be potluck. We do not meet in June, July and August. Officers and Ser-vice Committee members will meet in the interim to plan next year’s programs.
~ Patricia Gibson, President
Adult Sunday School Schedule
Join us over the next two Sundays, May 7th and 14th, as we discuss each week’s gospel passage and continue contemplating the meaning of Easter.
On May 21st, our ministerial intern, Kyle Kentopp, will share research from his senior thesis, “Made in God’s Image: A Look into Current and Biblical Christian Perceptions of the Transgender Experience,” inviting questions and conversation. All are invited!
We meet at 9:30 am in the Community Room.
The Search Committee continues to meet regularly to discern the call for our next Senior Pastor. They have invited three candidates for in-person visits in May. Each one will preach at a local congregation, fellowship with the committee, and visit Pilgrim’s campus. After these visits and a discernment period, they anticipate calling one of these individuals to serve at Pilgrim. The congregation will be given two weeks notice before the date when the recommended candidate will preach and lead worship followed by a congregational meeting to consider the candidate. They anticipate this happening in June.
We’ve got indoor jobs and outdoor jobs, weed-ing, raking, painting, cleaning and more! All skill levels welcome (on the job training provid-ed!). Snacks, fellowship, and that good feeling from a job well done all included.
Please let Ami Nagle know if you plan to join in on the fun so we can have the supplies ready and jobs organized.
Congratulations and thank you to all who planned and built this beautiful addition to our church property!
On March 19, the 5th grade children took a field trip during Sunday School to the unfinished labyrinth and became the first to walk it.
If anyone wants to join the YA mailing list, please let Jonathan Earnest know about your interest.
Talent Show and Potluck Dinner — Sunday, March 26 from 5:30-7:00 in the Fellowship Hall.
Talent of all kinds, serious or fun/ny: musi-cal performances, readings, art, fashion design (Beth and Auxiliarians!), dance, skits… competitive Girl Scout cookie eating! All are invited to bring something to share — talent and/or food! Sign up on the sheets beside Rev. Mandy’s office