Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation

“Autumn has caught us in our summer wear.”       

Philip Larkin, British poet (1922–86)

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall, at 9:03 pm, the Autumnal Equinox begins in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox occurs at the same moment worldwide. After the autumnal equinox, days become shorter than nights as the sun continues to rise later and nightfall arrives earlier. This ends with the winter solstice, after which days start to grow longer once again.

This event signals to us that changes are coming! Everywhere you look, you can see the visible changes as nature prepares for winter: birds are flying south, temperatures are getting cooler, leaves are changing colors, to name a few. It also means that our worship times together are some of the most wonderful events of our year! Celebrating World Communion Sunday, the Harvest Festival, Stewardship Potluck Brunch, Thanksgiving Worship and more will gather us in, in many instances for the first time since 2019!

Come and rediscover the joy of being a member of this wonderful church! Your presence makes us better and your own faith development and participation is something that should be considered as an act of faith and love!

Rev. Bill

Prayers of comfort and solace to the family and friends of Cindy Maren Lucinda Quine. Cindy's Celebration of Life will be at Pilgrim Church this Thursday, September 22nd at 11:00am

All are welcome to attend.  

Prayers of comfort and solace to the family and friends of Richard Grosvenor Lucier. Richard's Celebration of Life will be at Pilgrim Church this  Saturday, September 24th at 3:30pm. 

All are welcome to attend.

Genesis Youth Group will meet this Sunday, September 25 after church in the Youth Room until 1:00!

Pizza, games and learn about becoming an ACOLYTE!

Please email Angelique (youthdir@uccduxbury.org) to let her know you’ll be coming.

Behold ~ Neighbors in Need ~ October 2nd

As in past years, Pilgrim Church, as a Five for Five supporter of the United Church of Christ, donates to the annual Neighbors in Need campaign each fall. With the focus of working for a just world for all, this longstanding effort each October focuses on creating a “more just, peaceful and compassionate world that honors all of God’s creation”. This year the theme of this offering is Behold, with an emphasis on economic justice. The UCC uses funds from this annual appeal to support the Council for American Indian Ministry and to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct services through grants awarded to UCC churches and local organizations. These ministries of justice work to lift up those who are often overlooked and underrepresented, our Neighbors in Christ.


On October 2nd, a special offering will be collected for Pilgrim’s contribution to Neighbors in Need. Feel free to use the blank offering envelopes in the pews and write Neighbors in Need on the outside. If you write a check, please note on the memo line the same designation.

Watch for expanded information in the October Newsletter or go to the UCC website to read about this and the other Five for Five programs we support. The Outreach and Mission Board is grateful that we can continue to encourage and enable these efforts.


We will be collecting cookies, brownies, and bars for the Pine Street Inn today, Wednesday, September 21 and tomorrowThursday, September 22 in the narthex of the church (FRONT DOORS). They can be homemade, or store bought. 

On Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 please drop off treats in the Pilgrim Pantry storage area in side the side entrance of the church. (During the memorial service for Cindy Quine)

Thank you for your continued support. This is a wonderful way to give the guests a treat after their meal!

September 2022 Pilgrims Progress 

There is so much happening at Pilgrim Church! If you would like to share any information in the September Pilgrim's Progress, please send it to Melissa by Monday, September 26th.  (office@uccduxbury.org)


Coming Soon ~ Flower Arranging


The Flower Committee would like to invite church members and friends, to a flower workshop on October 22nd at 2:00. Get lots of information on flower arranging and create one yourself to take home! Come for fun and fellowship and bring a friend.

Preregistration is required so the correct amount of materials can be purchased and prepared. Contact Lois Boericke (fboericke@comcast.net) or Lindy Keay (keay99@outlook.com) if you would like to attend. Watch for more information in the October Newsletter. Come and join us!

Pilgrim Church Women! 

Join us for a book study of 12 Extraordinary Women of the Bible starting on Monday, October 24 at 6:30 in the Youth Room.

Our first discussion will be about the first chapter on Eve, the “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20).  

We will continue to meet the 4th Monday of each month to discuss each of these extraordinary women.

You can order your book from Amazon here.

Come for one discussion, come for some, come for all! Have questions? Email Angelique at youthdir@uccduxbury.org or call the church (781) 934-6791.  

 Teach Sunday School!

We have two new engaging and user/friendly Sunday School curriculums for two separate classes each Sunday: grades K – 2 and grades 3-5.

Your help in the nursery is also very much appreciated.

Middle School and High School students are encouraged to come and help!

Sign up for all opportunities on the link below.


Please reach out to Angelique (youthdir@uccduxbury.org) with any questions. Thank you!


On Sunday, September 25, we will be having a New Member information meeting in the Parlor after church.

All who would like information about our church and membership are welcome to attend!


OCTOBER 2, 2022

We will be welcoming new members into the full life and membership of Pilgrim Church on Sunday, October 2nd! It is also World Communion Sunday.

We are asking that members contribute a favorite fresh bread/rolls for Fellowship Hour to share! 

We are happy to welcome back the choir for this year. We rehearse Thursday nights beginning at 7:00PM. Choir is open to all and no choral experience is necessary – just a desire to sing faith through song. We’ll be exploring a variety of musical styles this year.

Can’t join us on Thursday but would like to sing? Let me know. I can get the music to you, and through the wonders of YouTube you can sing along. We will be rehearsing on Sunday mornings also, before we sing anthem.

Do you have limited time? Consider joining us for a few weeks or even just to sing a favorite anthem. We are extremely flexible. Upcoming anthems include:

All things bright and beautiful - John Rutter

Down by the River to Pray – Sheldon Curry

God is my Strong Salvation – Lloyd Pfautsch

Let All Things Now Living – Katherine K. Davis.

Questions? Please see me or email me at music@uccduxbury.org 

~ Claire DeCusati Music Director  

Please join us on the front lawn for 

Harvest Homecoming

Saturday, October 15 ~ 2:00–5:00

We welcome all members and friends for

an afternoon of fellowship and fun.

We will have an apple pie contest, giant obstacle course, jumpy house, sack races, pumpkin decorating,

face painting, crafts, cider donuts, hot apple cider and more!

For more information, or if you are interested in helping, contact Heather Edwards at heather_L_edwards@yahoo.com or at

508-333-2250. If you would like to enter the apple pie contest,

please contact Reverend Bill at revbill@uccduxbury.org

or call the church office at 781-934-6591. 

(rain date Oct 16 directly after church)

Look at these pictures from last year,

so much fun!


Sign up for the coveted APPLE PIE CONTEST for our Harvest Festival! Do you have the chops to receive the Blue Ribbon?

Bake your best Apple Pie and have it at the church by 2:30 on Saturday, October 15th. A select group of judges will judge the “prettiest pie” and then from that select group, taste each one to declare a winner!

Sign up is in Fellowship Hall or email Rev Bill at revbill@uccduxbury.org

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