Happening This Week and Beyond
November 17 – November 23, 2017


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“Spirituality For Real Life” at




November 19 – November 25, 2017

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November 19

Focus Scripture
2 Corinthians  
Other Scriptures
Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
I Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Pilgrimage Annual Thanksgiving Potluck This Sunday!!

We hope everyone is planning on attending the Parish Life Annual Thanksgiving Potluck this Sunday at 6:00 p.m.!  We’ll be hosting a couple of the families who graduated from Family Promise and are now getting back on their feet again in their own homes and apartments.   (As always when engaging in conversation with the families who have been able to recover from some intense situations, we ask that you keep conversations light and impersonal.)  Remember to bring your favorite side dish or dessert to pass.  If you are able, please remain after the 10:00 service to help set up tables in the Sanctuary.  Thank you!


Christmas Poinsettias

The deadline for ordering red or white poinsettias is this Sunday.  Each plant is $7.00 and are yours to take and enjoy on Christmas Eve; or if you will not be attending one of our Christmas Eve services, they can be taken home the Sunday before, which is December 17th.  Order forms can be found on the table in the Narthex and given to Lynne with your check or placed in the offering plate.


Missions Committee Christmas Giving

We have two awesome opportunities to help two families who are struggling this year.

Pilgrimage is adopting a family of 5.   We will have an Angel Tree in the foyer where you can take an ornament off the tree with a gift request written on it.  After you purchase the gift, please return it unwrapped to the church Narthex by December 17th.  See or contact Christy Stanley if you have questions about gifts at missions@pilgrimageucc.org .

If you want to avoid shopping, you can donate cash for gift cards.  We are collecting Publix and H&M gift cards for a former Family Promise mother and her daughter.  The mother has cancer which has created quite a burden.  The mom would like help with food (Publix) and the daughter wants a gift card for clothes (H&M).  We’d like to have all cash donations in by December 10th.  You can give these donations to Deb Loche.

As always, thank you for your generous spirit!


Preparing the Sanctuary for Hanging of the Green:  December 2

Folks are welcome to join the Worship committee and others for Advent decorating preparation on Saturday morning, December 2nd at Pilgrimage at 9:00 a.m.  See Diane Reese or contact her at vandereese1@gmail.com  if you have any questions or to let her know you can attend.  Thank you!


Advent Workshop:  Sunday, December 3

Christian Education will host a multi-generational Advent workshop on Sunday, December 3 following the 10:00 worship service.  Activities will include some of the following:  Goodie bags for Family Promise, an Advent wreath, a new worship banner, and of course, the children’s favorite—a graham cracker manger scene.  Everyone is invited to participate!


Congregational Meeting:  Sunday, December 10 

We will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 10 following the 10:00 worship service.  There are two issues to be addressed:

  • First, with Pastor Kim’s departure, the Pilgrimage By Laws require us to have a congregational meeting to vote to officially accept her resignation.
  • Second, we will vote to approve the next (small) step on the 3rd phase of the 3R Project.  For more information about this step, see the reverse side of the hymn insert in your bulletin.


Pilgrimage Annual Ornament Exchange: December 8—Remember to R.S.V.P.

When?  Friday, December 8 at the home of Lynne Buell.  Arrival time is between 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Please bring a wrapped ornament and your favorite snack, appetizer, or sweet dish to pass.  (Lynne will provide the beverages.)

Please R.S.V.P. at lynnebuell49@yahoo.com .


5:00 PM Christmas Eve Family Service

Remember to let Janet Derby know if your child or youth would be interested in taking part in the 5:00 Family Christmas Eve Service at:  (ce@pilgrimageucc.org ).


Family Promise Host Week Sign-Up Website is Now Available!

Our next host week for Family Promise guests is the week of December 10th through the 17th.  The link for volunteering is:


If you would like to learn more about Family Promise, brochures are available on the table in the Narthex.