What a special week this has been where I have had the privilege of meeting some of our ministry partners, as well breaking fast with our triangle neighbors of the Muslim faith.
Fourteen Pilgrims joined with our friends from the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies to learn more about Ramadan and their practices during this sacred month, as well as share in evening prayer and breaking fast (iftar).
We were joined with about 20 friends from various area congregations for the presentation and then dinner under the stars allowed us to share a meal with about 100 members of the Muslim community in the Triangle area. It was a truly special evening, one I hope we can replicate at Pilgrim next year, so as to deepen our relationship.
The following evening, Lanny and I had the privilege of meeting the staff of Housing for New Hope, as well as some of its Board Members. As a prelude to their annual breakfast, this evening was to prepare me to host Pilgrim’s table to raise awareness and needed funds for this important ministry. As Housing for New Hope is in leadership transition, now more than every they need their partners’ ongoing support for the important work they do.
Thursday morning, Tom Harris and I gathered with our partners of Durham CAN for a two hour strategy session to determine and delineate our priorities and concrete actions for the next six months. As I have discovered in my seven months here, Durham is an wonderful city, and we need to continue to work to make it so for all Durham residents. As Tom has rightfully shared on various Sunday mornings, Pilgrim, and Durham, would greatly benefit from a stronger Pilgrim witness within this community organization. Anyone interested in learning how, please see Tom or me.
My Thursday continued with Susan Barco and I meeting with the staff and board of Families Moving Forward. What a powerful ministry of helping shelter Durham families who find themselves homeless and equipping them to transition to home security. There are many opportunities for Pilgrims to join in supporting and building relationships with these, our neighbors. The staff has encouraged us to pray whether we would consider coming back into intentional relationship with the families in their residence along with a cohort of our neighboring congregations. I would love us to begin this conversation to see how God might be calling us to be God’s instrument of love for the most vulnerable of our community.
Sunday’s Scripture: Mark 4: 26-34
|26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.|
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Your Pilgrim Deacon Board invite you to join them on Sunday, July 1 at 1pm for a special piano recital by our very own Danny Spiegel.
Danny will be playing a sonata by Frank Schubert, as well as a wonderful little-known piece by Robert Schumann- the Ghost Variations from the end of his life. He will then close with something jazzy–sounds awesome!
Pilgrim and Friends Cookout! 5-8pm
Let’s join together for an evening of food and fun! If each family would bring a side-salad, fruit, chips, dessert—the main event will be provided. Please remember our Vegan and Vegetarian friends with possible alternative entrees. Drinks and ice would be welcome additions, as would plates, cups, utensils and napkins.
Sign up here: https://www.perfectpotluck.com/QFKS2531.
Pilgrims are a pretty awesome group of people—and this would be a great opportunity to introduce us to your friends. The more, the merrier!
Retreat in Black Mountain at Christmount Oct 26-28
All are welcome to get away and be with family and friends for a relaxing, fun, beautiful weekend about a half-hour from Asheville. Hike, explore, sit, read, sing, and make s’mores surrounded by the gorgeous fall colors of western NC. Price of a room with 2 queen size beds, is $110 per night. Look for the sign-up poster in the hallway. For more information, contact Marilyn Christian