Ever wonder how you contribute to the life of Pilgrim? Ever wonder if there is an area of Pilgrim’s ministry to which your particular gifts are best suited? Well, come to the Pilgrim Ministry Fair during fellowship hour on Sunday, May 20, and learn about all of the different ways in which you can serve Pilgrim and its ministries. We will have representatives of all of Pilgrim’s boards and committees along with representatives of some of our external ministries to talk about what they do, what they need, and how to participate. Come and engage!
Pilgrim Spring Work Day – Please help us on the afternoon of Saturday, May 19, 12:00 – 5:00, as we spruce up our building and grounds. Organized by the Board of Trustees, we will have all sorts of tasks that you can help out with. From cleaning to planting, weeding to organizing, come by at any point over the course of the afternoon and you can help us keep Pilgrim looking great! No experience or tools are necessary, just come with comfortable clothes.
May is Mental Health Month and there are a number of resources and opportunities to help educate and train us to walk alongside, and care for, those who journey with mental health issues.
We have special prayer cards for you to lift prayers around the issues related to mental health and people whose journey includes mental illness.
May 16, 8a.m.-5p.m. — Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to teach citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge. May 17, 8a.m.-5p.m. — Adult Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public skills to help someone who is developing or experiencing a mental heath problem or crisis. Both courses are held at Alliance Behavioral Health, 414 E Main St., Durham. To register go to https://alliancebh.academy.reliaslearning.com/alliance-courses.aspx. For more resources go to www.mentalheathamerica.net/may
|Sunday’s Scripture, John 15:9-17|
|As my Abba has loved me, so have I loved you. Live on in my love. And you will live on in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I live on in Abba God’s love and have kept God’s commandments. I tell you all this that my joy may be yours, and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. And you are my friends, if you do what I command you. I no longer speak of you as subordinates, because a subordinate doesn’t know a superior’s business. Instead I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learned from Abba God. It was not you who chose me; it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit. Your fruit must endure, so that whatever you ask of Abba God in my name God will give you. This command I give you: that you love one another.|
In a conversation with a trusted friend yesterday, with whom I had not spoken to over this past month, I caught him up on my journey and he checked in on the state of my mental health with my grieving. As he journeys with mental illness, I am mindful that I walk with so many others who suffer accordingly.
May is Mental Health Month and Pilgrim’s Young Adult group invites us to move through this month making ourselves more intentionally aware of mental health issue. There are a number of resource s and opportunities to help educate and train us to walk alongside, and care for, those who journey with mental illness. We will have green prayer cards for those who would like to lift prayers for individuals and families who struggle with mental illness. We are also imagining other ways to invite us to learn more. Stay tuned!
There are two opportunities for training, May 16 & 17, to help individuals develop skills to help someone who is developing or experiencing mental health problems and/or crisis. See the bulletin for specific details.
My prayer is that in engaging on this important subject, Pilgrim truly lives into the UCC motto of “whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
Pilgrim Auxiliary meets Monday, May 7, at 10:30 am. Rev. Lindy will install new officers and Roman Testroet will offer the devotional. This will be the last meeting until September.
“I am the true vine, and my Abba is the vine grower who cuts off every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, but prunes the fruitful ones to increase their yield. You’ve been pruned already, thanks for the word that I have spoken to you. Live on in me, as I do in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit of itself apart from the vine, neither can you bear fruit apart from me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who live in me and I in them will bear abundant fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Those who don’t live in me are like withered, rejected branches, to be picked up and thrown on the fire and burned. If you live on in me, and my words live on in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Abba will be glorified if you bear much fruit and thus prove to be my disciples.”
I have felt out of rhythm since I’ve been back in Durham as I attempt to prepare for Sunday, knowing that we leave tomorrow to take the very sad step of learning how to move forward as a family without my father, after thanking God for the gift of him in our lives. A foot in each world, a heart divided.
My daughter flew in this morning. Beautiful, yet bittersweet, to spend this day with her, as we had been scheduled to drive over to Flat Rock last Saturday so she could share her love and say good-bye to her grandfather. Her wedding in six months now feels different, harder even, as it was her grandparents that pleaded with her to mark the day more traditionally than she had imagined. We have shed a few tears, I am glad we have had this moment together.
Please know how deeply Lanny and I have felt your love and care this past week, and I am grateful to be surrounded by a community that cares so well. I will wrap myself in your prayers, like the shawls we gift, as we move through the next few days.
(Credit: Los Feliz Neighborhood Council)
Creating opportunity and community one home at a time with safe and affordable housing.
What is home sharing?
Home sharing is a national, evidence-based model that has existed since the 1970s. Home sharing helps match people who are seeking housing with those who provide housing.
Home Share Durham is free! It costs nothing to home seekers or providers to participate. Please see Eligibility for more details.
Benefits of Home Sharing
- Reduce housing expenses to both parties, including utilities
- Companionship and increased security
- Provides mutual assistance
How does it work?
Home Share Durham seeks to serve a multicultural, inter-generational population. Both providers and seekers will be screened to make the best match possible. Each match will have the support of a case manager to ensure mutual benefit to home seekers and providers through their agreement.
Home Sharing in Durham
Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) serves as the sponsoring agency for Home Share Durham.
Our congregation currently supports Real Durham, which helps lift individual Durham residents out of poverty through circles of support. Come and learn how the new alliance plans to help empower both low income communities and individuals to increase their income and wealth.