Pilgrims’ Progress May 6, 2015 Pilgrim United Church of Christ An Open and Affirming Congregation Choosing Lives and Giving Life: Pilgrim Blood Drive By Mandy Mizelle See, I set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, by loving Yahweh, your God, by obeying God’s voice, and by holding fast to Yahweh; for that means life to you and length of days... -- Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a Cross supplies about 40% of the blood needed by accident victims, cancer patients, surgical candidates, children with blood disorders, and other recipients in the United States. The glaring problem, of course, is that not everyone is allowed to give. The Food and Drug Administration, which determines blood donation eligibility in the U.S., continues to enforce a lifetime blood donation deferral for gay men. The deferral is criticized by many, including the Red Cross. One of my favorite biblical passages is Deuteronomy 30, God’s urging the people of Israel to choose life. On the edge of the promised land, Moses reminds the gathered community of their long journey to this place, calling them to renew their covenant with Yahweh, to choose again the way of life while they are on the threshold of possibility. I don't imagine Moses speaking these words to the people of Israel like protesters have been known to shout them at women painfully navigating the difficult and vulnerable terrain of unintended pregnancy. To the commonly cited grounds of scientific and medical research, both of which categorically reject the deferral, we add sacred and moral soil: not allowing our gay brothers to give blood denies life and dismisses blessing -- for all who could be helped by additional blood donations, and for all unfairly rejected by the unjust policy. I imagine Moses voicing the passionate plea as a reminder of the ways we are continually and collectively called by God to turn toward, to lean into, to choose and create life together, full of meaning and joy, particularly in the midst of all the forms of destruction and devastation, the loss and grief with which we are inevitably familiar. Under current FDA regulations, blood drives set before us both life and death, blessing and curse. We choose lives -- ALL of them. On June 9th, we will choose lives and life by co-hosting a blood donation with New Life Fellowship Church, the congregation that meets in our building on Saturdays, AND by challenging the egregious FDA ban through writing letters and taking pictures of protest. The afternoon offers an opportunity to partner with our sanctuary mates, to help people desperately in need of blood, and to work toward better donation policies for everyone. At Pilgrim, we choose life when we welcome and affirm the sacred and wonder-full worth of all who come to the table, regardless of where their long journeys have taken them. We choose life when we advocate for all people to live together fully and fairly in beloved community. So mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 9th from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim. All are invited to gather at the border as we choose lives and give life together. The Red Cross takes a philanthropic twist of God's border call, encouraging everyone who can to give the gift of life. Remarkable work has been done through its efforts: blood donated to the Red 1 Please Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events: Tuesday, May 19 – DCIA lunch meeting at 11:45 am at Asbury United Methodist Church, 800 Clarendon St, Durham Saturday, May 23 – 10—11:30 am Join in the Fellowship Hall for a light breakfast and time to plan our memorial services. The time is meaningful, helpful, and even fun. We know that life can change in an instant and we can give our families a gift by providing our desired service ideas, burial wishes as well as what we do not want. Sunday, May 24 – Worship at O’Kelly Chapel (service begins at 11:00 am), Confirmation, and lunch on the grounds. To get to O’Kelly, turn left from parking lot onto Academy Road. Turn left at the stoplight onto University Dr. / Hwy 751. Turn right at the second stop light onto Hope Valley Road / Hwy 751. Continue on Hwy 751 for approx. 8 miles. O’Kelly Chapel will be on the right at the intersection of Hwy 751 and O’Kelly Chapel Rd. Saturday, June 6 – Blood Drive at Pilgrim Sunday, June 7 – Service of Ordination of our minister of Christian Education, Mandy Mizelle Friday/Saturday, June 19 & 20 – 50th anniversary of the Southern Conference of the UCC. This year the annual meeting is being held in Greensboro, so it’s close enough for anyone who would like to attend. Friday morning’s opening session will focus on business followed by special luncheons and an exciting afternoon of dynamic preaching featuring our own SOC clergy. On Friday evening, everyone will dress in evening wear for the Red and Black Gala and enjoy music (bands and singing), food, fellowship, laughter and dancing. On Saturday morning, delegates and visitors will gather at the hotel to complete the business of the conference, elect new officers, vote on the budget, and commission new officers. Links for registration and hotel reservations for those wishing to stay overnight can be found at www.soc-ucc.org. Friday – Sunday, July 24 – 26 – Educational and service trip to Cherokee, NC. More details to follow. UCC 101 Are you a recovering Baptist? A convalescent Catholic? Have you been in the UCC for years but still don't understand our logo? Then join us in the Community Room at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings through May for conversations about the history, theology, polity, and ministry of the United Church of Christ. If you don't know what polity means, you will soon. BYO coffee and questions! Pilgrim Sock Hop! This Saturday, May 9th from 6:30 until. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your own beverage. Come one, come all, bring friends if you want! 2 Killenberg Scholarship applications due this Sunday, May 10th! In 2010 the Paul and Melinda Killenberg Scholarship Fund was established by benefactors to support the higher education of Pilgrim youth and to recognize the Killenbergs' dedication to Pilgrim's youth and their education. Awards are made by the scholarship committee to qualifying students who would benefit from financial support. Interested students may request an application from the office or pick one up from the table beside Pastor Mandy's office. Applications are due by May 10th. All Pilgrims are welcome to make contributions toward the fund and toward the future of our young people. Checks may be made out to Pilgrim with "Killenberg Scholarship Fund" in the memo. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us in support, education, advocacy, and prayer for all affected by mental illness. Learning the warning signs of suicide can help you keep someone thinking about suicide safe. Session topics will include: A Survivors Panel Bullying Obesity Mental Health Substance Abuse This event is free and open to the public. Certificates will be provided. Entertainment by jazz musician DeLoatch & Hillside High School Chapter of Theta Phi Delta Sorority 10am—4pm NCCU Miller-Morgan Health Science Bldg. 528 Nelson St., Durham To register call: 919-560-7762 or go to dcapp.eventbrite.com Lunch* and door prizes will be provided. *Registration required to guarantee lunch DCAPP The mission of the Durham Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (DCAPP) is to support, advocate, and develop strategies in our community that reduce adolescent pregnancy. 3 M Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednes 26 9:30 AM Choir Practice 9:30 AM Inquirers' Class - Comm. Room 10:15 AM Children's Music 2:30 PM Girl Scouts - Fell Hall & all classrooms 27 7:00 PM Church Council meeting 28 29 7:00 AM Housing for New Hope - 7:00 PM Al-Anon 7:00 PM Choir Prac Fell Hall 10:00 AM Montessori School - Fell Hall 7:30 PM Bilingual Exchange Classroom 3 9:30 AM Choir Practice 9:30 AM Inquirers' Class - Comm. Room 10:15 AM Children's Music 11:45 AM All Boards meet as scheduled 2:30 PM Girl Scouts - Fell Hall & all classrooms 3:00 PM Robin May Wedding 4 10:30 AM Auxiliary - Fell Hall 6:00 PM ARC - Comm room 5 8:30 AM Montessori School - Fell Hall 12:00 PM DCIA Board meeting 7:30 PM Bilingual Exchange Classroom 6 7:00 PM Al-Anon 7:00 PM Choir Prac 10 9:30 AM Choir Practice 9:30 AM Inquirers' Class - Comm. Room 10:15 AM Children's Music 11 12 10:00 AM Montessori School - Fell Hall 7:30 PM Bilingual Exchange Classroom 13 2:00 PM Pilgrim Bo Dowdy Room 7:00 PM Al-Anon 7:00 PM Choir Prac 17 Last Day of Sunday School 9:30 AM Choir Practice 9:30 AM Inquirers' Class - Comm. Room 10:15 AM Children's Music 2:30 PM Girl Scouts - Fell Hall & all classrooms 18 5:00 PM Bonnie Mathews Fell Hall 19 20 10:00 AM Montessori School - Fell 7:00 PM Al-Anon 7:00 PM Choir Prac Hall 11:45 AM DCIA meeting 7:30 PM Bilingual Exchange Classroom 24 Confirmation Sunday 11:00 AM Worship at O'Kelly Chapel 12:00 PM Lunch on the grounds 25 7:00 PM Church Council meeting 31 9:30 AM Choir Practice 9:30 AM Inquirers' Class - Comm. Room 10:15 AM Children's Music 2:30 PM Girl Scouts - Fell Hall & all classrooms 26 10:00 AM Montessori School - Fell Hall 2:00 PM Congregation at Duke Chapel - Fell Hall 7:30 PM Bilingual Exchange Classroom 1 2 6:00 PM ARC - Comm room 8:30 AM Montessori School - Fell Hall 12:00 PM DCIA Board meeting 7:30 PM Bilingual Exchange Classroom 27 7:00 PM Al-Anon 7:00 PM Choir Prac 3 7:00 PM Al-Anon 7:00 PM Choir Prac May sday Thursday 30 Comm. Room 9:30 AM Contemplative Prayer Group ctice 3:30 PM Play Group - Nursery 6:30 PM Sunlight AA - Comm Room Friday Saturday 1 8:00 AM Montessori School Fell Hall 5:00 PM Chinese Lang. School 5 classrooms & Fell Hall 2 9:30 AM New Life Fellowship Church - Sanctuary, Fell Hall & all classrooms 5:00 PM Deacons' Dinner - Fell Hal 7 8 Comm. Room 9:30 AM Contemplative Prayer Group 5:00 PM Chinese Lang. School ctice 12:00 PM UCC Clergy Board mtg. - Hills- 5 classrooms borough 3:30 PM Play Group - Nursery 6:30 PM Sunlight AA - Comm Room 7:30 PM PFLAG - Fellowship Hall 9 9:30 AM New Life Fellowship Church - Sanctuary & all classrooms 6:30 PM Sock Hop - Fell Hall ook Group - 14 9:30 AM Contemplative Prayer Group 3:30 PM Play Group - Nursery Comm. Room 6:30 PM Sunlight AA - Comm Room ctice 15 5:00 PM Inside Out - Fell Hall 16 9:30 AM New Life Fellowship Church - Sanctuary & all classrooms 21 Comm. Room 9:30 AM Contemplative Prayer Group ctice 3:30 PM Play Group - Nursery 6:30 PM Sunlight AA - Comm Room 22 CPE - Dowdy Room 5:30 PM Common Ground / ARC, Fellowship Hall 23 9:30 AM New Life Fellowship Church - Sanctuary & all classrooms 10:00 AM Memorial Planning Fell Hall 28 Comm. Room 9:30 AM Contemplative Prayer Group ctice 3:30 PM Play Group - Nursery 6:30 PM Sunlight AA - Comm Room 29 30 9:30 AM New Life Fellowship Church - Sanctuary & all classrooms 4 5 Comm. Room 9:30 AM Contemplative Prayer Group 8:30 AM Montessori School ctice 10:30 AM Montessori School - Fell Hall Fell Hall 12:00 PM UCC Clergy Board mtg. - Hillsborough 3:30 PM Play Group - Nursery 6:30 PM Sunlight AA - Comm Room 7:30 PM PFLAG - Fellowship Hall 6 9:30 AM New Life Fellowship Church - Sanctuary, Fell Hall & all classrooms 5:00 PM Triangle Gay Men's Chorus - Sanctuary Church Council Minutes, April 27 Church Council is very happy with the work that Bill Dolbow and his committee members are doing to make visitors feel welcome and to let the community know that our church welcomes everyone. Council gave this committee its affirmation and wants them to know that Council is delighted with their energy and creativity. Auxiliary will continue the celebration of their anniversary with their final meeting of the year in May, when Bev Ford will be speaking. The Board of Christian Education is continuing its planning for camping and fun activities, and for Lunch Bunch. The Killenberg Scholarship Fund is getting under way. Deacons are holding a retreat to discuss the book Practicing Right Relationships, and their next meeting will do some visioning. The music committee continues to work on finding a church musician. Pastor Ginger thought Jim Harward’s memorial service was amazing, and appreciates the way people pulled together to plan it. A celebration is ahead as Pilgrim anticipates Mandy’s ordination in early June. Our budget is on track for this time of the year for both income and expenditures. The Board of Christian Service is making plans for spending the earnings from their last fundraiser. The Trustees are happy to report that both furnaces for Fellowship Hall are now installed and working. They are looking into problems with heat for the sanctuary. They have repaired the damage from a flood downstairs caused by a leaky pipe in the women’s restroom, and reduced the rent to the daycare by $500 to compensate for the damage. Council will vote on the sabbatical policy at its next meeting on May 18. Susan Barco, Council secretary Prayers… During May Rev. Ginger will be focusing her prayers on Karen Landis, Brian Lane and Gloria SanchezLane, Ag Langston, Elzie and Irene Laube, Ruth Lewis, Jennifer and John Marhoul, Diane Marian, Robin May, Sinead Mayo, Leigh and Susan McNair, Barbara & Barry Merrill, Deanne Morgan, Betty Morton and Deborah Pasteur, Alice and DeWitt Myers, Millie Myers, Mindy Neale, Phyllis Noell, and Bob and Dottie Osborn. The prayer shawl ministry at Pilgrim provides shawls made and blessed by the congregation to be given when there is a need for a tangible sign our love and care during difficult times and transitions. This ministry can always use additional shawls so if you knit, crochet or do other fiber arts consider making a shawl or lap blanket. Use a machine wash and dryable fiber and any pattern of your choice or find one on the web site http://www.shawlministry.com/ instructions.html. For more information contact Ann Richards. If you have specific prayer requests please email Rev. Ginger at [email protected] or leave a note in her box in the office. 6 Summer Camp Out Attention nature lovers; current, former, and wannabe Scouts; and s'mores seekers: You're invited to a camp out at Jordan Lake on Saturday, June 20th! Come for the day or spend the night. Hot dogs, drinks, and s'mores supplies provided. For more information, contact Gloria Sanchez-Lane at [email protected] One Great Hour of Sharing Offering We will collect this offering this year on May 24th at the O'Kelly Chapel Service. Wherever there is a natural disaster whether it is in the United States or the other side of the world, money from the OGHS offering makes it possible for relief to get to the affected area. Some examples where relief was assisted by this offering are southern Asia after the Tsunami in 2004 and the Gulf Coast after Katrina. We are a congregation that gives generously to many things and hopefully this year we can give extra generously to the OGHS offering to assist in the huge relief effort that is needed to help Nepal begin to recover from the devastating earthquake. Jordan Lake BILINGUAL EXCHANGE NEEDS YOUR HELP Pilgrim Book Club Bilingual Exchange meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 PM in the Leopards classroom to help immigrants learn English. The format is very informal. It is best if you know some Spanish, although you do not have to be fluent. We like to have enough 'teachers' to work one-on-one or one teacher with two students. The focus is on learning to speak English and the teachers certainly have the opportunity to practice and improve their Spanish. We provide the materials for you and the students. Every once in awhile we are able to work with someone to take their citizenship exam or to get their driver's license. The work is quite rewarding! You do not have to come every week. Please contact Mary Anna Hovey if you are interested at 919 225 5987 or [email protected] 7 will meet to discuss two books on May 13 in the Dowdy Room at 2:00 pm. "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd is a historical novel with parallel and contrasting experiences of a rich white girl and a slave girl as they grow up and each seek independence and meaning in their lives. "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant is another historical novel depicting "family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century." We invite you to join us for the discussion with or without having read these two delightful books. 3011 Academy Road Durham, NC 27707 Worship Service - 10:30 am Church Office Hours Mon.—Thur. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Office and Staff Information: Telephone: E-mail: Web: (919) 489-1381 [email protected] www.pilgrimucc-durham.org The Rev. Dr. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham, our Senior Pastor, has a schedule of being in the office and out for visitation, meetings, etc. Sunday - Thursday her schedule is flexible, often meeting with people in the evenings. Her general office hours Monday, 2-4 pm, and Wednesday, 4-6 pm. She can be reached at the office or at [email protected] For pastoral emergencies in late hours or Friday or Saturday please call 919-408-6947. Upcoming Pilgrim Birthdays! Ms. Mandy Mizelle, Minister of Christian Education, is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday mornings. Mandy can be reached at the office or [email protected] The Rev. Betty Morton, Pilgrim’s Spiritual Growth Coach (fee-based), can be reached at [email protected] or 489-7960. Mr. Marty Powell staffs the Pilgrim office. He can be contacted at the Pilgrim office phone and email. Mr. Roman Testroet, our Music Director, is at Pilgrim on Sundays. He also comes in on Wednesday evenings except for summer when the choir is off. He can be contacted at [email protected] Members-in-discernment Ms. Nancy Chew and Ms. Marselline Musiko are seeking ordination / commissioning in the UCC. All staff have mailboxes in the office (Marty’s is his desk!) or can be reached at 919-489-1381. 16 17 18 19 21 25 26 28 29 30 May Elena Bradley Zoe Dolbow Sandy Smalley Ginger Brasher-Cunningham Jim Hogge Dorothy Harward Levi Haygood Matthew Chaves Kaela Magee Marilyn Partin Logan Myers Christopher Chaves John Martin Kell Sayre 1 3 June Alice Sy Dolbow Wynolia Apple 7 9 8 Wake me when they cut the cake!
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