Pilgrim will be participating in a city-wide book study of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, by Mindy Fullilove, MD. Questions to think about: What is the culture of Durham? How has it shifted in the last 5 years? What do we think we may be missing? What are the physical boundaries in Durham? What are the mental boundaries in Durham? How can we celebrate our differences without them becoming or maintaining boundaries?
On August 30th after church, we will meet at Torrero’s on Hwy 15/501 for lunch. Everyone’s invited!
Beginning Sept 13, we will have a new Sunday morning Bible study led by Chris Schroeder. The class will study the Book of Acts, guided by the Present Word series published by the PCUSA. Each week participants will use a booklet containing the week’s passage, some introductory material and questions for discussion.
Each Wednesday in July, Pilgrim children and families gathered to eat, learn and create together. Each night, after sharing a meal in Fellowship Hall, we moved to the columbarium to (re)hear the stories of Moses and the Exodus told by wonderful story-tellers.
Kate and Kyle are Pilgrim’s new interns. Kate will be with us through the end of July and Kyle will be with us through May.
Kyle is getting ready to go into his junior year at NC State studying Religious Studies and International Studies at NC State with a focus in the Middle East. He plans on going to divinity school and to become a minister. He has helped to promote education on transgender issues and has shared his own journey as a Christian, transgender individual. Kyle plays guitar and sings, and has an adopted lab mix adopted from the SPCA.
Kate is a rising senior at Wellesley College where she majors in Religion. She is from Winchester, Massachusetts and is a Red Sox fan. She enjoys reading and embroidery. Rev. Ginger is a former associate pastor at her home church.
On July 24th, thirteen Pilgrims traveled to Cherokee, NC to learn more about our native neighbors, their history and ours, and a stun-ning part of our state full of tragic and courageous stories. Over the weekend, we were given a tour of Oconaluftee Village; listened to story-tellers by the Oconaluftee River; visited the incredible Mu-seum of the Cherokee Indian; ex-perienced Unto These Hills, an outdoor re-imagining of the Cherokee story; and explored the mountains on our own. Several of us will share our reflections from the trip during worship on September 13th.
On Mondays in July, we continued our summer tradition of hosting Lunch Bunch: kids and families from our neighboring apartments came over to share a meal and join us for activities. It was a fun and surprising month!
Rev. Mandy Mizelle was ordained at Pilgrim UCC during a joyful worship service on June 7, 2015. Rev. Mandy was called into the ordained ministry of the United Church of Christ and installed as Minister of Christian Education at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham NC.