Welcome to Pilgrim Church of Duxbury
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Good morning! A blast of winters breath this morning reminds us that the season has changed, and in this crazy time of Covid when we lose track of days and hours, and seasons, Thanksgiving is almost here and Advent begins the end of next week.

I so thoroughly enjoy reading about the first Thanksgiving. The real story, not the mythical children’s tale of be-buckled Pilgrims and a welcome in peace from the Native Nations. The real story is so special and enduring, especially in this area of the world where the evets of that first venture of the Separatists on these shores is so real and alive around us.

I have been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s, “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War” again, especially now that we are living back in this area. Did you know that out on Duxbury Bay, on Clarks Island, a group of scouts from the Separatist Pilgrims landed after exploring the area in a broken shallop after encountering bad weather? It is there where there is a big rock, and even though it is not specifically identified as such, could be the original “Plymouth Rock”? (Sorry, its not the one in the Roman/Greek portico in Plymouth Center for the tourists). The Separatists also considered making that island their permanent settlement, or even going up the Jones River before deciding upon the site on the Eel River in Plymouth, a deserted and abandoned Pawtuxet village. A smallpox plague wiped out the Native people with a virus introduced by explorers that the Native people contracted because they had no immunity defense.

I thought about the Wampanoag people, anxious about the health of their community, of Separatist “immigrants” moving in, of signing an agreement for mutual benefit of both communities exchanging help with defense against warring tribes in exchange for assistance in agricultural knowledge, and I realize again that things are not always as different in society as we make them to be.

We need to work together….as a Nation and as people of God, acknowledging our differences and beliefs and accepting our Common lot….we are all in this together.


Would your family like to light one of the Advent Candles during Advent this year. The readings are easy, as part of our live worship service. Let RB know (revbill@uccduxbury.org) and we will get the readings out to you!

As of right now, on Wednesday, we are planning a safe in person inside worship on Sunday, November 22.

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, the state issues Covid rates for the towns on the Commonwealth.

If the rate says we are safe to meet using Covid protocols, we will meet using those precautions. If at any time the rate goes into the “Red” zone, we will not be able to meet in person for at least 3 weeks. We will issue an email once we are aware of the rate.

If we do meet, we need you to let us know you are coming. We are limited to 50 worshipers sitting in designated rows, wearing masks.

Please email or call the office to let us know you plan to attend, this includes children planning to attend Sunday Schoool. office@uccduxbury.org or 781-934-6591. THANK YOU!

We trust that if you are not feeling well you will stay home and take care of yourself. We will enter through the glass doorway/side entrance only.
Hand sanitizers are available as well and members of our Diaconate will assist you in seating and in exiting at the end of the service.

We will also continue to stream the service on Facebook Live.
The other day Betsy was looking through a box marked “Things to save.” As many times as we’ve moved, we’ve got a few of those. In the box was this quote by John Ruskin, writer, teacher, and art critic from the 19th century. I was struck by how relevant it is to this time in which we find ourselves.
“There is no music in a rest, but there is the making of music in it. And people are always missing that part of the life-melody; and scrambling on without counting.
“In our whole life-melody the music is broken off here and there by 'rests,' and we foolishly think we have come to the end of the tune. God sends a time of forced leisure, sickness, disappointed plans, frustrated efforts, and makes a sudden pause in the choral hymn of our lives, and we lament that our voices must be silent, and our part missing in the music which ever goes up to the ear of the Creator.
“How does the musician read the rest? See him beat the time with an unvarying count, and catch up the next note true and steady, as if no breaking place had come between.
“Not without design does God write the music of our lives. But be it ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the 'rests.'”
Friends, we’ve been given some time to rest, whether we like it or not. Let’s always remember that the music of our hearts goes up to the ear of God, whether we’re part of the chorus or not.
Blessings to you all,
Rev. John
“Pilgrim Church is alive in so many ways and in so many lives. It is the means by which we find fellowship and compassion, peace and joy, comfort and solace, and certainty amidst uncertainty.  

As a self-governed and self-funded church that relies on support from its members to fulfill its mission both within our Congregation and throughout our wider community, I ask you to prayerfully consider how you will share the gifts you have been given to continue to support and grow our Pilgrim Church of Duxbury in 2021.”

This came directly from the 2021 Stewardship Letter that you should have received by mail just last week. Thank you to those who have already returned your pledge card to the church! For those yet to do so, this Sunday is Stewardship Sunday, which is customarily when our members submit their intentions for the following year. Please be among those that help Pilgrim Church fulfill its mission.

Thanks you,
Stewardship Committee  


Bring your best masked game face!  

The Church Council is looking for two additional "members at large".
The Council is comprised of Pilgrim church members at large as well as, the Church Secretary, Moderator, and representatives of the Trustees and the Diaconate.

The mission and authority of the Church Council will be to oversee and coordinate the policy, life and work of the church, its Officers, Delegates, Boards, Committees and church organizations. (from the bylaws)

If anyone is interested they can speak with a current member or talk to the nominating committee.

Greg Hunter, Laura Hay, Margie Vose - At Large
Erik Dilger - Trustees
Judy Gibbs - Diaconate
Lynne Devnew - Secretary
Bob Mustard - Moderator

Nancy von Stackelberg, Rosemary McGreevey

Pilgrim's Progress
It's that time again.....
If you would like to have any information included in the December 2020 Pilgrim's Progress, please email it to Melissa (office@uccduxbury.org)
by Monday, November 23rd.
Thank you!
Pilgrim's Pantry
Thank you for your continued support of our food pantry. Our next food pantry is on Saturday, November 28th.

We currently need:
Canned fruit and Canned beef stew
Pine Street Inn ~ Cookies Needed
Our next delivery of sweet treats to the Pine Street in will be on Friday, November 27th.

If you would like to send some cookies, brownies, or other finger food dessert, please deliver them to the church Monday, November 23rd thru Wednesday, November 25th. There will be a table set up in the Narthex - just inside the FRONT doors of the church. Thank you for your continued support!
Looking at your yard and wondering how you’ll be able to pick up the fallen branches and rake all those leaves?
Do you know of someone who might need help with their yard?
The High School Youth Group is here to volunteer to help! Let us know what needs to be done and we’ll be there!

You are not alone! We want to live out that we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

Call Angélique at church, (781-934-6591) or email her at youthdir@uccduxbury.org, and we’ll schedule a time to get your yard cleaned up!

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For over 30 years the Duxbury Interfaith Council has provided needy Duxbury families gifts for the winter holiday. This has enabled parents to make their children's gift wishes come true, which they would not otherwise have the ability to do. Due to the risks posed by COVID19,
this year the Interfaith Council is giving gift cards only. Therefore, DIC Gift Team is collecting gift cards that will be distributed to families the week of 12/10 so they can shop for themselves.

For more information about the Duxbury Interfaith Council or to donate online, please visit: www.duxburyinterfaithcouncil.org

*There is a donation box inside side entrance/glass doors of Pilgrim Church.

Duxbury Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Day Service

The annual Duxbury Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service will be held at Bumpus Park at 7:30 am. on Thursday, November 26th. 

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival in Cape Cod Bay after 66 days at sea as well as the signing of the Mayflower Compact. The compact set forth the principles to establish a "rule of law" and self-government and is considered a precursor to the United States Bill of Rights. A few weeks later a landing party from the Mayflower explored Cape Cod Bay and found shelter from a storm at Clark's Island. 

The Thanksgiving Service is held outside. Reservations are required, along with social distancing and face coverings. For reservations, call 781.934.6532 or email uuduxbury@verizon.net

Sponsored by the Duxbury Interfaith Council, Duxbury 2020, Inc., and the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society.   

Festival of Trees
Saturday, December 19 through
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Are you interested in helping to create a new safe and different Christmas experience for your family and the community? Pilgrim Church of Duxbury, UCC, is planning on holding a Festival of Trees on our own front lawn. It is an opportunity for church families and community organizations to create a way to celebrate the season at a safe, socially distanced outdoor event.

HOW WILL IT WORK?  The church lawn will be divided off into parcels and assigned numbers.  Church families and organizations will sign up to provide a decorated tree (artificial or real, your choice) to be displayed from 12/19 – 12/27.  Each evening between 5:30 and 7:30 pm we will light the trees and open the display to the public. Piped in Christmas music will add to the enchantment of the event.

SO HOW DO WE GET THIS DONE?   Many hands make light work and lots of fun.  You may not want to provide a decorated tree, but can you share your talents in any of these ways? Every little bit will help.

  • OUTREACH TO THE COMMUNITY TO SEE IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO HOST A TREE. Connect with other churches, police department, fire department, senior center, businesses, florists/garden centers, daycares, scouts, our own church family, etc.

  • VOLUNTEER TO measure out parcels for the trees, creating a master plan, assuring walkways that will adhere to social distancing.

  • ORGANIZE A collection of borrowed needed supplies – outdoor extension cords, power surge outlets, speakers for music, generator, etc.

  • LOGISTIC HELP to determine and run the electrical needs to each location.

  • VOLUNTEER to be the church event host for one or more evenings (turn the lights and music on and off)

  • BE AN ONSITE COORDINATOR the morning of Saturday 12/19 for help setting-up event

  • CREATE advertisements of the event in local publications and on social media

  • DONATE AND CREATE a tree for display

We want to create a Christmas experience and we need volunteers to be on the administrative committee to coordinate all activities and establish protocols.

Sooo… do you feel a little holiday excitement? This year will be different, but we can still make it joyful and special. 

If you are interested in helping out please contact Maureen at mferguson02332@gmail.com