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!
Pilgrim has been Open and Affirming since 1999, meaning we welcome all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, into the full life of our church. NC Pride is our state’s annual gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender festival and celebration, and Pilgrim is a longtime participant.
Since the faces and voices of Christianity have too often been a source of exclusion and shame for those with “different” sexualities and gender identities, it is a necessary act of justice, a holy act of lovingkindness for Christians to be joyful participants in Pride, standing, walking, singing, and sharing Communion as the whole body of Christ.
If you would like to participate in Pride by volunteering at our festival table or decorating our truck for the parade, please see the sign up sheet on the table outside of Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to the communion service at 11 in the gazebo and walk or ride in the parade at 1! Questions? Contact Lissa Tate or the office.
Adapted from an article by Mandy Mizelle Norris.
Beginning October 4, 2016, “Growing Thru Grief,” our local coali-tion of civic and religious organizations offering grief support to Triangle residents, will begin a new six-week educational series on the grieving process, along with small group discussion op-portunities. This core grief support programming will be offered from October 4th through No-vember 8th on Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705. Also, many of our participants meet before these sessions at 4 p.m. for refreshments and fellowship.
Ongoing Grief Support Programming: Following this six-week core program, Growing Thru Grief will continue to meet at the same time weekly (except for holidays) for small group discussion and grief-related education. This is an open group and you can join at any time. Come and feel free to talk about your experiences with grief in a safe and confidential setting that offers the hope of personal growth and healing. All are welcome! For more information or to register, contact Rev. Betty Morton or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retreat in Black Mountain at Christmount during Oct 28-30. All are welcome to get away and be with family and friends for a relaxing, fun, beautiful weekend about a half-hour from Ashevile. Hike, explore, sit, read, sing, and make s’mores surrounded by the gorgeous fall colors of western NC.
For more information, contact Marilyn Christian.
An information session on the Pastor Search Committee (called the Pulpit Committee in Pilgrim’s bylaws) will be held on Sunday July 10 after worship, in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Pilgrim’s Nominating Committee is beginning the process of selecting this important committee of 9 members. If you have someone you would like to suggest, please share their name with the Nominating Committee Chair, Susan McNair, along with a brief description of why they would be a help to the Search Committee.
The Transition Team has enthusiastically recommended that we move forward in putting together our Search Committee for our new senior minister. There will be an information session about this process on Sunday July 10 after worship.
The Transition Team has been working diligently for 6 months and are now finishing their last tasks. Summaries for the Connections and Pastoral Expectations focus points will be disseminated over the next few weeks, and Pilgrims are invited to read through all the transition data in the notebook in the church office.
The Transition Team is using this information to complete the UCC’s Local Church Profile, and this document will be used in the search process. Many, many thanks to our Transition Team for their hard work! Soon we will begin the formal search which will end in our welcome to our new senior minister.
Sunday school teachers and nursery helpers needed for the fall! This is one of the most wonderful, fun, and important ministries of our church. Snacks and a mansion in heaven GUARANTEED. Please let Rev. Mandy know if you are interested.