2310 East 4th Street, Duluth, Minnesota
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Worship & Church School: 10:00 a.m. Sundays
Open and Affirming Handicapped Accessible
For centuries, the four Sundays prior to Christmas have been set aside as the season of Advent, a time for preparation and anticipation of the Messiah's coming. Advent is multi-dimensional: in addition to preparing for this year's Christmas, we also contemplate the time when Messiah comes again. In the midst of all the outer hustle and bustle of the season, households in our congregation reflect on deeper issues of life and meaning. Each Sunday morning service during Advent has its own special character and excitement.
First Sunday, December 1. Hanging of the Greens Pilgrim's sanctuary is beautiful during the Christmas season. The seasonal transformation takes place during worship when lights, flowers, the Christmas tree and nativity set are put in place. We recall the long history of God's people, especially the times of deep national darkness and distress. Generation after generation, prophets offered reassurance and hope of God's presence. They reminded the people of their calling to live as if God's reign had already begun.
Second Sunday, December 8. Worship, Advent Workshop and Art Fair. The Rev. Karen Schuder will conduct worship and preach on this second Sunday of Advent. Following worship, there will be tables set up for making a variety of seasonal decorations and gifts to take home. In addition, several artisans in the congregation will offer items for sale for holiday gift giving. Lunch is available during the workshop.
Third Sunday, December 15. Gloria by Anton Vivaldi. The Pilgrim choir and instrumentalists will present Vivaldi's Gloria on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The music is an inspiration to the joy of the season.
Fourth Sunday. December 22. Children's Pageant accompanied by Bellissimo Handbell Choir. Children, youth and musicians will retell the Christmas story with readings, bells and drama as captured in Twinkle and the Bethlehem Star by Tammy Waldrop.
Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be held on December 24 at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
This is stewardship season at Pilgrim Congregational Church. It's the time of year when we ask members and friends about their support for our ministry and mission in the following calendar year. Our operating budget provides for our staff, routine building maintenance and operations, our support of interfaith and denominational missions, and our programs. Most of our funding comes from donations from friends and members of the congregation.
In addition to the operating budget, we ask members and friends to support our capital needs. In 2005 we put a new roof on the building and did some interior work to make the building attractive and safe for community use. We are paying down a mortgage that was necessary to finance the 1.2 million dollar effort --we are nearing the last $100,000.
Every gift helps--whether large or small. Together we can do things that we could not do alone. Our theme for our stewardship campaign this year is "Surprising Gifts." We hope to surprise one another with our faithful contributions to next year's operating expenses!
Sunday, November 17, we will receive pledges and gifts for 2014. We will stay after worship for a brunch in Fellowship Hall. Guests and visitors are invited!