What a wonderfully simple invitation Phillip offers a skeptical Nathanael who wonders if anything good can come out of Nazareth.
I wonder how often we are oriented by such skepticism when we are invited to consider the possibility of something new and our participation therein? We would do well to follow Nathanael’s lead, that despite his hesitancy, he did come, he did see…and became the first to proclaim Jesus as Rabbi, Son of God!
The Board of Christian Service and Church Council invite you to come and see an opportunity that has been presented to Pilgrim. As we move toward our congregational meeting on February 4 to approve our budget for the coming year, we have been gifted with an opportunity to help birth a new UCC church, Common Life Church and Mission, into being.
Our very own Sarah Horton Campbell has felt God’s call to birth together a church and a social enterprise ministry of a working, sustainable agricultural farm (please see highlights below). Because of UCC polity and structure, for this new church to begin seeking grants and donations to build its witness, it will need to be housed under an existing church’s structure. For Sarah to be ordained, she will also need a specific call to ministry.
Here is where Pilgrim comes in! Sarah is seeking Pilgrim to receive and hold Common Life Church and Farm as a missional church under its auspices and call her to serve as its lead pastor. With these two actions, Pilgrim will expand its witness into Alamance County by birthing this new church into being.
On Sunday, January 21, Sarah will offer Pilgrim a brief presentation of Common Life during our fellowship hour and answer any questions you might have. My prayer is that in so doing, when the question comes before us at the congregational meeting to take this step, we will have had the appropriate time and information to discern how God might be using Pilgrim in a new way.
Please plan to join in fellowship and conversation with Sarah, The Board of Christian Service and the Church Council on Sunday, January 21.