Anyone is welcome to join this group’s activities, whether you are 50 minus or plus!
Join Claudia Fulshaw at Avila Retreat Center on Friday-Sunday Jan 20-22, 2017 for art, spirit and rest. Welcome your New Year by giving yourself a weekend to consciously immerse yourself in all three. Where does peace sneak up and surprise you? — while doodling? Staring out a window? Being in a group of like-minded souls? Claudia provides Time and space to experience a joyful mix of all three.
Snacks, coffee/tea and all art materials are provided. Full retreat is from 6 pm Friday to 11 am Sunday. Optional mini-retreat is available from 9-5 on Saturday. Contact Claudia for information, details and questions. Final registration deadline is Jan 7.
Let Millie Myers know if you plan to attend so she can make lunch reservations. The plan is to car pool from Pilgrim UCC and return by 6 pm.
The parable of the Good Samaritan provides the theme for this year’s UCC stewardship campaign: “Go and do the same”. It reminds us of Jesus’ story about a man who helped bandage wounds, and provided transportation, shelter and money for upkeep for a wounded traveler.
During the next few weeks, Pilgrims will hear stories about how we provide healing, lodging, nourishment, and financial support to others within the Pilgrim community and our wider communities.
Sunday, Nov 27 is Stewardship Sunday. Please consider how you can help us “Go and do the same” with your pledge of time, talents and treasures.
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.