Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worship service will be at 10:00am this Sunday, September 19th.

Please use the SIDE ENTRANCE of the building on Sunday mornings!
Given the rise in the Delta variant COVID cases, we are following these protocols during church and Sunday School at least for the next month. 

  • When in church, we ask all non-vaccinated people to wear masks.
  • When in church, we recommend children wear masks, but leave it to the discretion of the parents.
  • We ask Sunday School teachers to wear masks when inside the building and we will try and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
  • Children will begin church inside until after the “Time for All Ages,” then, weather permitting, Sunday School lessons will be outside whenever possible. In inclement weather, we will social distance inside.
  • Masks will not be required of children or teachers when outside. Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible. 
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
In accordance with Article III, Section E.1 of the By-laws of Pilgrim Church, the Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 following the worship service. The agenda includes a review of annual reports and approval of new committee member/officers.  
Good morning! 

As we continue to “get back to normal” in our church life, cautious of Covid protocols and staying safe, I have found that I have been busier than ever. This past week we welcomed our Sunday School team and kids back, as we have scheduled outside activities when able. We have started to meet in person again with Committees, new excitement is starting to build as we plan our Annual Meeting on September 26th, our Harvest Festival in October, Confirmation Class will be starting up and Youth Group gatherings, New Member Sunday on October 3rd, and so much more! 

One thing we need to be attentive to as we re-gather are the changes that are out of necessity (as in Covid protocols) and some changes we have made administratively with vision to the future. I have always liked a quote from Sydney J. Harris; “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” Over the past 2 years, members on Committees have looked at our By Laws and made suggestions to revise them to Church Council, who have produced a proposal to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting. We encourage our members to review them and bring any questions you may have before we vote. 

We are also looking for an Interim Organist while we conduct a search for a new Music Director. If you would like to be part of the Search team, please email the church office as we collect names to submit to the Church Council. 

Change is a double-edged sword, not always easy but most often necessary to grow! What doesn’t change is the love and acceptance we have received from God! I look forward to renewing our tie together with you all! 

RB 
A small group of us have enjoyed some time together in a prayer meeting the first Monday of the month at 2pm at Pilgrim Church. If you are interested in joining this group of church folks, let me know. We bring our prayer concerns and prayers of thanks for the special events in our lives.
 
One of my experiences with this group of friends is seeing how folks look out for one another, particularly in this challenging time. It is beautiful, and it is essential for all of us to maintain our spirit and energy.
 
When we become tired and overwhelmed, we can sometimes feel like we are on our own and carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders by ourselves.
 
We are not in a sprint race. We are on a long-distance excursion together. In our time of prayers and meditation, Jesus Christ walks with us to assure us, to strengthen us on this journey.
 
Take care of yourself and share your spirit with those folks who might need support and inspiration. If you might want to join this prayer group, let me know.
 
Blessings to you all.
 
Take care,
Rev. John

News from our
Christian Education Director
The Genesis Youth Group, for children in grades 3-5, is heading to Sauchuk Farm in Plympton after church at 11:00 this Sunday, September 19!
Zip lines, corn maze, animals and a Paul Bunyan woodcarver are all waiting for us! More information and sign up here!

Our Middle School Youth Group (MSYG) is meeting on the front lawn of the church this Sunday 9/19 from 5:30 – 7:00 for pizza, discussion, fun and games! More information and sign up here! 

Our High School Youth Group (HSYG) will be gathering on Thursday, September 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 at Angélique’s house for dinner, ping-pong and fire-pit fun! More information and sign up here! 

Are you an adult who’s looking to spend some time with our fabulous Pilgrim Church children and youth? Here’s your opportunity! 
We are in need of people to help teach Sunday school AND an adult to help take care of infants and toddlers in the nursery on Sunday mornings!

Sign up here and if you haven’t filled out a CORI form already, please fill out this CORI form and submit to Melissa in the office ASAP.
The date for Pilgrim Church 2021 Annual Meeting has been set for Sunday, September 26, 2021. 
All boards and committee chairs need to submit their reports to Melissa ASAP. Please call if you have questions or concerns. office@uccduxbury.org
Mary Danner Memorial Service

There will be a Memorial Service for Mary Danner this Saturday, September 18th at 11:00 at Pilgrim Church. Please use the side entrance of the church. Masks will be required for this service. All are welcome to attend.
The Deacons need help!
The Diaconate has many responsibilities. We are looking for help in two areas.
 
First, we would like to expand participation with Scripture readings. Melissa will send you the readings ahead of time, so that you are familiar with the reading.
 
Second, we want to be a welcoming congregation and to do that we need people who would be willing to come 15 minutes early and greet at the side door.
 
These are opportunities that you can sign up for when your schedule permits. This would be a great opportunity to reconnect with our church community after such a long time apart.
 
Please let Lucy Shepard know if you are interested in any of these opportunities.
sheplg@comcast.net or 781-422-3379
 
 
Pilgrim’s Pantry
Please remember our neighbors in need, as you come to church please bring canned goods and juice to church with you for Pilgrim's Pantry.

We are always in need of: peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, tuna, beef stew, canned chicken, fruit juice, pasta, and pasta sauce. Thank you so much for your continued support.  
Pine Street Inn ~ Dessert Treats needed

We will be bringing cookies, brownies, and dessert bars to the Pine Street Inn Friday, September 24. Cookies, brownies, or bars (homemade or store bought) can be dropped off in the FRONT entrance of church on the Tuesday 9/21, Wednesday 9/22, or Thursday 9/23. 

Thank you for your support! The treats are appreciated by the guests at Pine Street Inn! If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email Sandy Bondlolw sandybondlow@gmail.com 781-934-0616 or Lucy Shepard sheplg@comcast.net  781-422-3379. 
SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED FOR MUSIC DIRECTOR

We are accepting names for a Search Committee for a new Music Director. This is an opportunity to explore and create a new vision for our music and a direction to include new excitement and involvement in our music offerings. 
Please email office@uccduxbury.org to volunteer.

MUSIC BOARD MEMBERS 
After we complete the search for a new Music Director, we will need some new voices for our Music Board to guide the vison created with our Search Committee and new Director. This is an opportunity to introduce new ideas and create new goals for our music. 
 MISSION COMMITTEE TEAM MEMBERS  
We are looking for some new members for our Mission Committee. Join the team in guiding new opportunities to serve, select service projects for our church members to participate in and find projects to support with our Mission Trust Fund.  
Harvest Homecoming is back!
Save the date for
Harvest Homecoming 2021!
Saturday, October 16th

Fun & Fellowship on the front lawn
2:00-5:00pm

Giant obstacle course, jumpy house, sack races, face painting, crafts, cider donuts, and more! Please join us and bring a friend!
(Rain date Sunday, October 17th after church)
APPLE PIE CONTEST IS BACK!
ENTER YOUR HOMEMADE APPLE PIE FOR OUR CHURCH HARVEST FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 16th

Email the church office of you are entering the pie contest! office@uccduxbury.org
NEIGHBORS IN NEED OFFERING 
On Sunday, October 3rd, we will be receiving offerings for the United Church of Christ’s Neighbors In Need Offering. One of 4 special offerings collected throughout the year, the 2021 Neighbors in Need “Unfailing Love” offering is focused on supporting organizations and projects that are serving homeless and immigrant neighbors or communities. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to provide funding grants to UCC churches and organizations leading justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects in their communities. You can find out more at https://www.ucc.org/neighbors-in-need-special-mission-offering/  


SUNDAY SCHOOL PROJECT                              
For World Communion Sunday on October 3rd, the Deacons are asking our Sunday School kids and parents to bake the bread we will use for Communion. All breads will be displayed on our Communion Table! Would you consider baking your favorite bread for us?