Angel HQ is buzzing as angels drop off prayers to God’s INbox. In the OUTbox are quite a few challenging assignments: messages to deliver, soon-to-be parents to protect, a baby to guard and glorify, sheep and their shepherds to corral, and a band of migrants to rescue from Herod’s clutches. So much to do! So little time! Now you’ve got a sneak peek of the Christmas play this year. I hope your kids and grands are ready to ACT UP!
The Christmas season will be here very soon. Advent begins in another week and our Alternative Giving Market will be held at Pilgrim on Dec 9. One World Market, Families Moving Forward, Threshold, Our Children’s Place and Heifer International will be among those represented this year. Get a start on your Christmas shopping! Many items will be for sale to support many in our community and abroad.
Join us in worship on Dec 2, 2018 for our annual Hanging of the Greens service, as we hear scripture readings of the season and decorate our sanctuary.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This year’s Homecoming event will be on Sunday, November 11. This year’s event has a fun new focus. The theme of homecoming is gratitude and thanksgiving for the many people who claim Pilgrim as home – All My Children Daycare and Bilingual Exchange. We are inviting these communities to join with us, current and former Pilgrims, to join in our celebration.
Our special food theme is Perfecting Your Pie on Pilgrim! Trying a new recipe for your thanksgiving table? Honing perfection on long-held classic? Well, bring them to Homecoming so we can try a slice. Pilgrim Ambassadors will supply a big pot of chili, so our entire meal isn’t just pie….but would that be so bad? 😉
Update Nov 17 by Pastor Lindy: “What a fun Homecoming we had! The food was delicious…the pies, well, need I say more? Feedback we received is that the tours were the greatest hit!.”
Enjoy these photos by Leonard Beeghley
Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration of Gratitude
Next Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 pm – Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration of Gratitude at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W Cornwallis Rd. DCIA Assembly Lunch will focus on sharing spiritual perspectives on gratitude from diverse faith traditions reflecting the practices of Durham’s faith-communities. Share lunch with your neighbors for $7, then join in the celebration of gratitude by various religious leaders in Durham. Bring WalMart gift cards for serving returning prisoners to Durham (for supplying them with cell phones and hygiene items to get a fresh start), and canned food for Durham Public Schools food pantries for supplying hungry students. Gift Cards for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Re-entering Society. Contact DCIA at 919-688-2036, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On Sunday, Nov 4, we took part in a ritual to name and claim our personal and communal cloud/s of witnesses with an All Saints liturgy.
Votive candles were ready for us to light in memory of those who had shaped our faith, the witness of our church, and are now part of our cloud of witnesses. As we lit our candles and placed them on the table, we shared these names aloud, so the community might hold in prayer our collective witnesses. There was one final candle “for those not specifically named but known to us, who died this past year.”
Prayer: Compassionate god, we remember. Holy one, we give thanks. Eternal God, we trust in your unending love. Amen.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – EAT OUT at Restaurants to Support CROP Walk as “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors!” These restaurants are celebrating World Food Day by donating 10% of their sales to the Durham CROP Hunger Walk to fight hunger and poverty here in Durham and around the world: Benetis Athena Restaurant, Blue Corn Cafe, Clouds Brewing, Hope Valley Diner & Catering, Neo China, Only Burger, Parizade. Picnic, Pomodoro Italian Kitchen, Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant, Sushiōki, The Parlour, and The Refectory Cafe.
We will have a Blessing of the Animals at the beginning of worship next Sunday, October 7th! If your pet isn’t the church-going kind (i.e. doesn’t respond well to other people and animals), you are welcome to bring pictures or other markers of significance with you to the service.
Enjoy these photos from Oct 7:
We have secured our place in the parade and have a booth at Pride! We have invited our area sister O&A congregation to share our booth and walk with us in the Parade to live into our call for inclusion and unity.
Pilgrims have signed up and all are invited to show up on September 29 (11-4) to share in celebration and solidarity that God so loves the world….and everyone in it!
The Board of Christian Service is leading our effort to bear witness together. Please seek out Nancy Ruth Best to offer your time and talent!
Enjoy these photos from Pride 2018: