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An Open & Affirming Congregation

The only surviving firsthand account of a celebration in Plymouth in 1621 comes from the pen of Pilgrim Edward Winslow, an assistant to the Plymouth Colony’s governor, William Bradford. Upon the arrival of a ship from England in November 1621, Winslow wrote a cover letter to accompany reports to be sent back to the London merchants who were financing the Pilgrims’ venture. In his letter—the main purpose of which was to convince the investors that they weren’t throwing their money away—Winslow described the houses the Pilgrims had built, listed the crops they had planted, and emphasized the success they had been blessed with. To underscore those blessings, he added five sentences describing the abundance they now enjoyed.

“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling; that so we might, after a more special manner, rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labours. They four, in one day, killed as much fowl as, with a little help besides, served the Company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our Arms; many of the Indians coming amongst us. And amongst the rest, their greatest King, Massasoyt, with some ninety men; whom, for three days, we entertained and feasted. And they went out, and killed five deer: which they brought to the Plantation; and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain, and others.”

These 115 words constitute the sum total of existing evidence regarding the First Thanksgiving.

 Two years later, in 1623, William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony wrote this Thanksgiving proclamation;

“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings .”

 (I kind of like the “listen to ye Pastor part).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by the blessings from God with those whom you love and the presence in Spirit of those who have gone before you!




BUMPUS PARK ~ November 23, 2023  7:30AM

The annual Duxbury Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service will be held at Bumpus Park at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 26th. All are welcome as we remember and celebrate our Community and Faiths!



We are having a Special “Hymn Sing” Service at 10 AM!

Favorites chosen by the members of Pilgrim Church!

A Very special service!


A Message from your Stewardship Committee

Thank you to everyone who participated in Stewardship Sunday. Whether you made your pledge, brought food, or simply enjoyed the fellowship of this amazing community, please know how grateful we are for each and every one of you. If you have not yet made your pledge for the upcoming year, please return your commitment card at your earliest convenience so that our Trustees can work towards creating a thoughtful budget for the coming year. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. Thank you!


This Sunday, November 26 is Hymn Sing Sunday! 

Nursery care will be provided for infants through pre-k. 

All other children are invited to stay in church and sing along!

From Angelique Kania – Director of Christian Education..

As we prepare for families gathering for holiday meals, I asked the kids to share what prayers of grace they say before dinner. What a treasure trove of replies!

The Lord is good to me!

And so I thank the Lord

for giving me the things I need-

the sun and the rain and the apple seed!

The Lord is good to me! Amen!


Thank you, God, for happy hearts,

for rain and sunny weather.

Thank you, God, for this our food

and that we are together. Amen.


Thank you, God, for the food in front of us,

the family and friends around us,

and the love between us. Amen. 


Moment of peace starts now…..

Bon appétit! You may eat!


Thank you, God, for this meal and having us all together.

(then share what we are thankful for)

Christmas Tree Donation

The Youth Room needs an artificial Christmas tree to make it cozy and bright! If you have an artificial Christmas tree that you are no longer using and would like to donate it to the Youth Room, please email Angelique at youthdir@uccduxbury.org. Thank you!

Can you believe it is mid-November; and it's time to think about the December 2023 Pilgrim's Progress?

If you would like anything to be included in the December 2023 newsletter, please send it to Melissa

by Monday, November 27th. Thank you!



We will be collecting desserts (cookies, brownies, & bars) for Pine Street Inn next week - Sunday, November 19 thru TODAY 12:00. The table will be in the narthex.

Special thanks to those who take the time during this busy season to bake for the Pine Street guests and to those who will be serving at Pine Street the day after Thanksgiving. We are blessed to have such committed volunteers!

Thank you to Colleen Brayer for leading the charge for Pilgrim Church’s part in Holly Days!

We still need volunteers to help man the tables! If you are able to help on Sunday, November 26 from noon – 4:00, please email Angelique at youthdir@uccduxbury.org

Thank you!




 We are planning a CHURCH FAMILY FELLOWSHIP ADVENT WORKSHOP for Sunday, December 10th following worship.

We will have crafts and activities for families and children to enjoy and great treats as well. If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Rev. Bill at revbill@uccduxbury.org



Over 100 families depend on the Interfaith

Council for assistance during Thanksgiving & the Winter holidays.

For information on how to donate food and gifts please visit our website at:




or donate on Venmo






Infants through pre-k age children are welcome any time after 9:45. 

The new nursery room is located across from the Youth Room. Signs will lead the way 😊

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