Let me caution up front, this is a lengthy newsletter….but, but, but…. before you delete it without reading–let me assure you it is chock full of good news and happenings at Pilgrim.Because it is long, I will be brief. Three shout outs.First, give them a good brushing and bath (if appropriate) so they can be their Sunday finest! Who, might you ask? Your four, many, or no legged beloved creatures–because Sunday is our Pet Blessing Sunday. If your beloved pet will not collapse in fear or anxiety surrounded by other Pilgrims, please bring them for some love, treats and blessing.
This Sunday is also World Communion Sunday, so let us open our hearts to experience God’s connectedness across God’s Creation. We will have breads from around the world (gluten free options, too) for you to partake. Communion will be by intinction, so amidst our creaturely chaos, let us reverberate with God’s heartbeat, in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.
Finally, this Sunday will be our second appeal to raise funds for clean-up buckets for our North and South Carolinian neighbors in need. The Southern Conference has issued a challenge to its churches to collect 500 Emergency Clean-Up Buckets as a response to the recent coastal disaster.
Many churches have already responded, and others are preparing their response during the coming days. Church members are responding with great enthusiasm, and disaster team planners hope to have at least 500 buckets donated by the second week in October.
Given the short window, the Board of Christian Service asks Pilgrims to respond by donating funds to be used to purchase buckets and/or defray the cost of buckets purchased in the immediacy of the hurry and rather than building and delivering buckets ourselves. The cost of each bucket is $75, so let’s see how many buckets Pilgrims can build.