They are preparing to welcome youth from Judea Reform to our worship service on October 15th and an interfaith dialogue — with pizza — afterwards.
Join us in the Parlor at 9:30 a.m. on August 20th for conversation, questions, and coffee!
There will be water play (slip ‘n slide, water balloons) and popsicles on the front lawn after worship!
The drive will last from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at JIAM (5122 Revere Rd. Durham, NC 27713).
To sign up, please visit http://signup.com/go/interfaith.
An opportunity to help others with our Muslim neighbors!
Rev. Melinda “Lindy” Keenan Wood was called by the Pilgrim UCC congregation on June 25 as our new Senior Pastor. Rev. Wood will arrive at Pilgrim for her first day or work here on September 11 and her first Sunday in worship will be September 18.
On Saturday, June 24th, the long-awaited day finally came: our next settled senior pastor arrived! — for a “visit.” That day, our Fellowship Hall was full of Pilgrims who had come to see the great unveiling — and enjoy the multi-table spread put out by our always fantastic Fellowship Committee.
Rev. Melinda “Lindy” Keenan Wood helped lead our service on Sunday. After worship, our congregation voted to call Rev. Lindy as our next senior pastor, and all God’s Pilgrims cheered.
The 50 Plus Group will return to the NC Museum of Science for its newest exhibi-tion: “RACE: Are we so different?” There is no charge for the exhibition, but we will need tickets — please let Millie Myers know if you want to join the group. The exact date in July will be determined.
The group will eat lunch at the nearby Parkwood Restaurant on Martin Street — the food is very good, the atmosphere relaxed, and most lunch meals cost about $10.00. The group will carpool from Pilgrim at 11:00 a.m. and have lunch before going to the Muse-um, and return to church around 3:00 p.m.
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.