The Pilgrim Search Committee has been meeting weekly to finalize our church profile and draft a plan for reading and evaluating ministerial profiles. Soon the church profile will be posted and the committee will begin to receive applications. We can follow their progress on the poster displayed in Fellowship Hall.
Looking ahead to the coming church season, we invite everyone to join us for:
- Hanging of the Greens in Worship on Nov 27
- Children’s pageant in worship, followed by Alternative Gift Market in Fellowship Hall on Dec 11
- Christmas Cantata in worship on Dec 16
- Joint Blue Christmas service at St. Paul’s Lutheran at 4 pm on Dec 18 together with Westminster Presbyterian and Epworth United Methodist and Pilgrim UCC
- Christmas Eve worship at 7 pm on Dec 24
- Christmas Day worship at 10:30 am (no Sunday School)
Pope Francis’s book Laudato si’: On Care of our Common Home will be the focus of the adult Sunday School class beginning Oct 16 at 9:30 in the Community Room. It will address ecological concerns through science and spirituality and encourage practical actions we can take individually and as a church.
Everyone is welcome!
Durham CAN was successful in persuading city officials to move forward with an RFQ for the Jackson Street property, with 80% of the units to be affordable housing. Also, county officials agreed to include affordable housing in a development of lots on East Main Street.
Durham CAN clergy met with our new police chief on Sept 27 and discussed visions for our police department: training officers in relational and community work and crisis intervention as well as best practices for situations involving mental illness, incentives for police to live where they work, a citizens’ advisory board, discussing local events and issues, and ending targeted road blocks and check points in Latino communities.
Souls to the Polls will start at First Presbyterian on Oct 22 from 10 am – 12 pm.
Millie Myers and Carolyn Epps invite Pilgrims who are 50 Plus to meet at Bennett Point Grill on Thursday Oct 6 at 1:00 pm to get an idea of how many are interested and to brainstorm ideas for activities for the rest of the year. Not able to make it to the meeting but are interested in the group? Talk to Millie or Carolyn or email Millie.
The search committee for our new senior pastor has been trained and had its first organizational meeting. They decided to use consensus to reach decisions, and to include prayer and other spiritual practices in their meetings.
Each month, the committee will write an article for the newsletter and will give a brief report during worship. They will also create a poster for the entrance hall to keep us informed of their progress.
The committee thanks the congregation for the opportunity to serve, and are committed to working in a manner that matches the confidence shown in them.
Our Homecoming on Sunday, November 6, invites everyone to games and a potluck luncheon after worship. Pilgrim Ambassadors welcome old and new members to come and join the crowd in Fellowship Hall. For more information, see Maggie Dolbow and Beverly Ford.
The congregation elected the members of the Search Committee on September 11. These members are Jonathan Earnest, Tom Harris, chair, Sarah Horton-Campbell, Barbara Merrill, Leigh McNair, Marselline Musiko, Nathan Olawsky, Bob Shaw, and Kim Wheaton. There is a link to biographies of these members below.
Soon, the Search Committee will begin training with a conference representative. Rev. Lance will support the committee in their process.
Our transition team and congregation have worked hard in conversation about who we are and who we want to be. The information has been used to complete our church profile, which will soon be posted online.
Click here for the biographies of our Search Committee members.
Sunday School for all ages will resume on Sunday September 11.
Children K-5th grade will have classes following Time with Children in worship. Preschoolers are welcome to learn and play (and nap!) in the Lambs Room. Children’s music with Barbara begins at 10:15 am.
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in youth events activities, service opportunities, and worship leadership. The first youth gathering of the year will be after worship this Sunday (September 11).
Our September adult Sunday school class will be on the Theology of Radical Love, September 11 – October 2 from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room. We will explore how our faith affects our understandings of sexuality and gender, and how our understandings of gender and sexuality affect our faith. Join us!