On September 23, Pilgrim welcomed and installed our new Duke Seminary Intern, Matthew Jackson. Welcome Matthew!
For more about Matthew, see our staff page.
Thursday began the 8 week God In America series at Pilgrim! We had 15 Pilgrims in attendance, and it was a great intergenerational mix. You are welcome to join next week’s session.
Our discussion focused on the first episode: the Puritans/Pilgrims and the Spanish/Portuguese Catholic relationship with Southwest (North) American and Central American Native American civilizations. Our discussion spanned what it means / looks like for religion to be public vs. private, to a conversation on how progressive Christians vs. conservative Evangelicals engage differently in civic life.
Next week, we will discuss the second episode/topic focused on America leading up to the Revolutionary War. This will include the 1st Great Awakening, the Declaration of Independence, and the First Amendment prong of Separation of Church and State.
Beginning Thursday, September 20, at 7 pm [note date change again, due to weather last week] the board of Christian Education will be offering an eight week educational series called God in America, following the NPR series. As we journey through the fall, let us gather together to discuss how religion has shaped our country and how our faith informs how we engage the democratic process.
September 13 will kick off the series and help ground us in the way we will engage the series and each other. From this larger gathering, our hope is that we will then gather in smaller group settings for deeper discussion the seven remaining weeks, depending upon interest and attendance. Any questions, please contact Stephen Schloss, Gail Heath or Pastor Lindy.
Support for those who mourn: Growing thru Grief offers year-round support for those who have lost a loved one. On September 4, Bill Dahl will mark the group’s anniversary with “Five Years and Counting.” Sharon Walker’s topic on September 11 is “It’s OK That You Are Not OK.” On September 25, Artie Hendricks will begin our fall six-week series on the grief process. His topics are:
September 25 From Loneliness to Community
October 2 From Anxiety to Peace
October 9 From Guilt to Forgiveness
October 16 From Anger to Resolution
October 23 From Meaninglessness to Hope
October 30 From Grief to Reinvestment
Artie Hendricks, MDiv, ThM, is a Senior Clinical Administrative Chaplain of Palliative Care and Bereavement Services with the Department of Chaplain Services and Education at Duke University Hospital. He completed his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology at Duke Divinity School. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Artie is in his 11th year at Duke where he was the former Director of Duke’s Partners in Caring program for nine years. He has served as a hospice chaplain, bereavement coordinator, and an Army National Guard chaplain.
Growing thru Grief is a free, open, confidential program sponsored by a coalition of area religious and civic organizations to provide support and comfort to those who mourn. Following the presentation, we break into small group discussions. Meetings are held year-round on Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 1200 W. Cornwallis. We gather at 4 pm for coffee and cookies, and the meeting starts at 4:30 and ends by 6.
September 9th during worship, the youth (and their youthful helpers) will present the story of Jonah in drama and reading. Everyone is welcome to participate! We need actors, readers, extras, and stage help. If you like to act up and want to encourage kids to do the same, you are welcome to:
– help the youth group make props on Labor Day at 3 pm at Casa Galvez
– attend our supper/rehearsal on Saturday, Sept 8, from 4-6 pm at Pilgrim
– assist with the performance, Sunday morning, Sept 9, in worship.
Please let Annie Galvez know if you’d like to be part of this fun adventure!
Update Sept 10: Enjoy photos of the Jonah story by Leonard Beeghley and Susan Barco
It’s that time of year again……backpacks and school supplies! Here is your chance to Adopt A Child without actually bringing one home. Bilingual Exchange has 22 children needing supplies for school. Some of them also need backpacks. We are hoping to get all of them off to a great start for this school year with everything they need.
Here is what you can do: adopt one (or more) of these children, a purchase a backpack and the supplies from a list we will supply to you, and bring the stuff to church before school begins. Or adopt a child who doesn’t need a backpack and just purchase the supplies from a list we will supply to you and bring the supplies to church before school begins. Or contribute some money and we will put it toward supplies for our high schoolers. There are 5 of them and they get their lists after school begins. The plan is to take them to Office Max.
The 5 high schoolers are Kevin, Carla, Luis, Ronald, Arsue .
In addition we have the following children:
Grace and Marvella……kindergarten
Mia and Hannah………..first grade
Jude, Yannis, Valeska…..third grade
Lily, Melanie, Genesis, Nicolas, Ayline……..fourth grade Daniel, Kevin…….fifth grade
Richard……sixth grade Alexis……7th grade
Five of the children already have an ‘adoption angel’.
If you want to adopt a child or simply make a contribution please contact Mary Anna Hovey or Leonard Beeghley.
Sarah Horton Campbell led Pilgrim in a Brunch Church on Sunday Aug 5 so we could experience Common Life Church by worshipping around a brunch meal in Fellowship Hall.
Pilgrims prayed, sang, learned about Common Life Church and Farm, listened to scripture, shared communion, a meal, and table discussion as we built community and found nourishment in the bread of life.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 5 when Pilgrim will experience the worship life of Common Life Church and Farm through a Brunch Church. We will gather for worship and a meal at 10:30 in fellowship hall. Worship will be led by Rev. Sarah Horton Campbell. All are welcome!
Danny Spiegel, Pilgrim’s Accompanist, will hold a piano recital in the sanctuary at 1 pm on Sunday July 1.
Danny will be playing a sonata by Frank Schubert, as well as a wonderful little-known piece by Robert Schumann- the Ghost Variations from the end of his life. He will then close with something jazzy–sounds awesome!