2310 East 4th Street, Duluth, Minnesota
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Pilgrim, like many Christian congregations, observes the season of Lent. The season begins on Ash Wednesday, six weeks before Easter. It consists of 40 days (Sundays are not counted among the 40), a reminder of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness outside of Jerusalem. While there, Jesus faced various temptations and his sense of vocation was strengthened.
Some Christians "give up" something during the season of Lent and others take on added spiritual disciplines for the six weeks. At Pilgrim, we take time for faith discussions in small groups. This year we are reading Marcus Borg's book, The Heart of Christianity. Small groups will meet at 8:45 and 11:20 on Sundays and at 1:30 on Thursday afternoons. These groups give members and friends an opportunity to reflect on what is important in our individual experiences of Christian faith. Copies of the book and a reading guide are available in the church office or after services on Sunday.
On Wednesday, March 5th, we will begin Lent with a soup supper, to be served between 6:00 and 6:30 and a worship service at 7:00. The service will include the imposition of ashes, an ancient reminder of our mortality and the saving grace of Jesus' death and resurrection.
This past fall Pilgrim's 4th-8th Sunday school class began to study issues of food justice. They learned about food production and food waste. They also learned how differently people eat in various parts of the world. They were surprised at the cost of processed foods in the United States. They heard about local hunger issues and some of them visited places in Duluth where meals are served. They wanted to do something to alleviate hunger and chose to work with an organization called Kids Against Hunger.
Kids Against Hunger packages single servings of a highly nutritious meal and distributes the packets to refugee camps or places where people are living in the wake of agricultural disasters. Pilgrim's Sunday school class set a goal for themselves--to raise $2500, enough to package 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. On February 2, the Sunday School class and their teachers presented information to the congregation. During the coffee hour, they accepted donations which amounted to more than $1800! When they have reached their fund raising goal, they will make arrangements for a packing event to which they will invite members and friends of Pilgrim.
Many people know that Congregations United in Ministry (CHUM) operates a Food Shelf, a Daytime Drop in Center, and an Emergency Shelter. CHUM also helps homeless families and individuals look for permanent housing and jobs. A less known ministry is CHUM CHURCH, a faith community for developmentally disabled persons, their caregivers and families.
CHUM Church meets about 6 times a year, always at Peace UCC. Other CHUM congregations take turns providing the supportive ministries needed so that this unique faith community can gather for Christian education, worship, food and fellowship.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, a member of CHUM, is supporting CHUM Church gatherings on February 9, April 13 and July 13. On February 9, Pilgrim will provide the meal following CHUM Church's worship service. On April 13, Pilgrim will provide leadership for the worship service. On July 13, Pilgrim will provide a "set up and clean up" crew. Other supporting congregations for these dates are St. Paul's and First Lutheran.
Members of Pilgrim are invited to visit CHUM Church on any of these dates and participate with the regular members of this faith community. Visitors help CHUM Church members feel recognized and supported by the wider community and are enthusiastically welcomed. The CHUM church schedule is as follows: 4:00 p.m., Christian education classes; 4:30, worship; 5:00 meal.
Peace is located is 1111 E. 11th Avenue and is a United Church of Christ, as is Pilgrim.