On Jan 29, Pilgrims will be preparing and serving dinner at the Urban Ministries Center. We usually serve about 225 diners who otherwise might not have a meal. We need 6 people to prepare the meal and 6-7 people to serve the meal. The meal is a simple one. You do not need to be a gourmet cook. The meal preparers work from 4-6 pm and the servers work from 6-8 pm. No previous experience is necessary.
There is no clean up involved. It is an opportunity to meet some interesting folks, your fellow Pilgrims and the diners.
Please see Shellie Beason to sign up or if you have any questions.
Pilgrim children led the congregation in a prayer litany on Jan. 20, 2019 during worship:
One: I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
One: I have a dream
All: that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” ….
Sunday, Jan. 20, 3:00 pm — Duke University Chapel Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration! ‘Why Words Matter: From Dissent to Dialogue’. Free and open to public. Free parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage (see map at http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=21&mrkIid=39570).. For more information call (919) 684-8353 or visit mlk.duke.edu. Tarana Burke, an African-American civil rights activist and “me too” movement founder, will deliver the keynote address, linking King’s civil rights legacy to the continuing struggle for equity and justice in all facets of our society.
Service for Christian Unity—Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 pm at Pilgrim UCC. Sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Mark Anthony Middleton, Senior Pastor, Abundant Hope Christian Church. An offering will be collected to benefit immigrants in sanctuary in the Triangle through the NC Sanctuary Coalition.
The angels have already picked up and delivered our prayers of gratitude for this year’s Christmas pageant to the Holy One. And we’d like to thank the cast, crew, chauffeurs, sound technicians, and audience! What a wonder! Thank you!
The office will be closed for the holidays December 24 through January 1, resuming normal hours on January 2.
Before we know it, Christmas Eve will be here. With it, our annual Christmas Eve potluck is well in the planning. Any and all Pilgrims who would like to join together for a meal before our 7pm Christmas Eve service, please come one, come all….and bring a covered dish to share:)
As always, we will host the choir first at 5:30pm, so they can disappear for rehearsal and then the balance will dine at 6pm.
Hope to see you all there!
Pilgrim Fellowship Committee
During our service on Sunday, December 16th, the Pilgrim Choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata, with music written as early as the 14th century and as recently as last week. We’ll try to hit all the emotional sweet spots of the season, e.g. the anticipation of Advent, the reflectiveness of loss and longing, the stillness of the moment, the deep desire for peace on earth, and the exuberance of the birth. Come and celebrate with us!
Update Jan 10: Enjoy this excerpt from the 2018 Christmas Cantata service:
Please join in our ecumenical Blue Christmas service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 6:30 pm, December 18, following our weekly Growing through Grief session.
In the midst of an often overwhelming holiday season, let us gather for this special joint service of silence and contemplation, hope and peace.
In so doing, we recognize that many of us move through this season with a profound sense of loss and longing, praying God will hold us amidst.
Let us gather to create this sacred space and time..