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September 2020

The Life We Ought To Live ~ The Gospel According To Mark 1:14-15 and Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:1

By | September 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson September 13, We are honored to have with us today, the esteemed Dr. James Lawson. The readings tells us the kingdom of God is at hand. These readings were chosen since the message of Christianity does not coincide with the teachings of Jesus. The words "kingdom of God" ...

July 2020

We Dare To Hope~Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:22-25

By | July 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. Carl Crider July 19, 2020 During the month of July, we are looking at what has formed our assumptions, our language, and our thinking. Each of us are starting at different places on this journey. We are asking hard questions about race in our community of faith. Racism is built into ...

The Usual Suspects~ Romans 7:15-25a

By | July 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Michael Vaughn July 5, 2020 The writings of Paul in Romans is densely packed and exacting. He uses so many "I"s, "me"s, and "my"s. This hyper-focus on these words represents our personal struggles. Today, current events bring us to the edge of cultural awareness. Things are changing and we must think anew. ...

June 2020

Moment of Concern for Safe Church Sunday

By | June 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Given by Jaime Romo June 7, 2020 We are a congregation that prides ourselves on being open and affirming. Thirteen years ago, we were tested. A registered sex offender approached the church. He wanted to connect and be part of a faith community. This triggered members with a history of abuse. We struggled between being ...

May 2020

Embracing (In) Isolation~John 14:1-14

By | May 10th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Jude Johnson May 10, 2020 Happy Mother's Day to all! During this period of reflection, we examine our relationship with God and each other. This is an extraordinary time. Many are dealing with the fear of being sick. Many have lost income and/or jobs. Some are dealing with death and grief. Anxiety is ...

March 2020

Our Only Health is the Disease~ John 9: 1-11

By | March 22nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Steve Meineke March 22, 2020 During this season of Lent, we are talking about our spiritual health. Since we are experiencing a global pandemic currently, health is on our minds already. The disease we are talking about today is guilt. Contrary to most people's belief, guilt is not always bad. According to Dr. ...

January 2020

You Are Enough~ Matthew 3: 13-17

By | January 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Jude Johnson January 12 2020 Today, we  are examining the jump in Matthew from Jesus's family running from Herod after being warned by the three kings to Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River. This is a span of thirty years. At the river, John and Jesus go back and forth about who ...

December 2019

Symbols of Christmas 2019

By | December 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Given by Children OF Pilgrim December 24 2019 The children of Pilgrim Church explain the meaning of the many decorations we associate with Christmas. The evergreen tree does not go dormant during winter. The green represents our everlasting life with Jesus. The ornaments represent the blessings in our lives. Candy canes, besides tasting great, also ...

Moment of Concern~ World AIDS Day

By | December 1st, 2019|sermons|

Given by Lisa Lipsey December 1, 2019 We are reminded that our flame of hope must continue to shine bright. AIDS may not be in the headlines but it is still a devastating disease that millions fight every day. The battle for health justice is still going on. Have that talk with your children and grandchildren. ...

November 2019

Veteran’s Day Recognition~ Reg Owens

By | November 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Given by Reg Owens November 10, 2019 Today, we celebrate our veterans who served our country. We also celebrate the 244th birthday of the Marine Corps. This is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Reg showed a video about the unrecognized role African-Americans had during the war. Video: 

Stewardship Moment~ James O’Leonard

By | November 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Given by James O'Leonard November 10, 2019 As we prepare for the coming year, a reminder of the importance of supporting the church. This year, we have a matching fund for those who pledge who did not pledge last year. Pledge early to receive this benefit. Video: 

The Goal Within Our Grasp~David Hall

By | November 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Given by David Hall November 3, 2019 The stewardship team leader, David Hall, speaks to the congregation on this year's goal for financial independence. The pledges for 2020 will help the church reach this goal. This is a goal within our reach with everyone's help. Video: 

October 2019

Pilgrim UCC Church Environmental Justice Team Presents

By | October 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Given on October 12, 2019 Pilgrim hosted a town hall meeting on the environment. During the first part of the meeting, Pilgrim Children's Center and Pilgrim Church Sunday School showed the banners the children created. Speakers from Clean Earth for Kids, Sierra Club My Generation, and Sierra Club NC Coastal spoke about several environmental issues. ...