June 23, 2014
At Pilgrim Congregational Church, clergy leadership are eligible for limited sabbatical time after each six years of service. This leave is granted to allow more extended time with family, relaxation, and the pursue of interests that are often set aside in order to serve a congregation. Pilgrim’s minister, Charlotte Frantz will be on sabbatical this summer, June 26-August 13.
The Rev. Fred Lund will serve Pilgrim in her absence. He will conduct worship services and will respond to pastoral emergencies.
Fred served Eastridge Community Church here in Duluth from 1980 until his retirement a few years ago. Prior to that he served a congregation in south St. Paul and did mission work in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Community service has always been important to Fred. He was an active volunteer with CHUM and served as its Treasurer for many years. In his retirement, Fred continues to serve not-for-profits dedicated to creating low income housing and advocating on behalf of low income households.
Fred studied at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, majoring in history and education. He earned his M. Div at Bethel Theological Seminary and later earned a Doctorate degree in Church Renewal and Development at McCormick Seminary.
June 16, 2014
Most Tuesday evenings during June and July, you’ll find Pilgrim Turkeys and their families at UMD’s softball fields where our team is part of a co-ed, intergenerational church softball league. Kids too young to take the field and non-athletic parents sit on the sidelines and cheer! Games are an hour long–bring your mosquito spray, water bottle, and snacks. Enjoy the fun with this team from Pilgrim Congregational UCC. This week’s game is on Thursday evening–all other games are on Tuesdays. David Braun and Tucker Hanlon are team captains. The roster includes friends as well as members of Pilgrim.
June 3 Pilgrim vs. Cross Roads 6:00 Field #1
June 10 St. John’s vs. Pilgrim 8:00 Field #1
June 19 University Christian vs. Pilgrim 6:00 Field #1
June 24 Pilgrim vs. St. Benedict’s 7:00 Field #1
July 1 Pilgrim vs. Peace in Christ 8:00 Field #1
July 8 St. Benedict’s vs. Pilgrim 8:00 Field # 2
July 15 Water’s Edge vs. Pilgrim 8:00 Field # 1
July 22 Peace in Christ vs. Pilgrim 8:00 Field # 1
July 29 and August 5 Playoffs
June 9, 2014
Pilgrim Congregational Church is fast becoming a “earthwise” congregation of the United Church of Christ. A year ago our Social Justice Ministry declared Climate Change as a priority concern. Throughout this year the congregation has embarked on several important efforts to reduce carbon footprints–both by the congregation and by the utility companies that serve Duluth.
Pilgrim Congregational UCC, Peace UCC, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church began collaborative conversations. They, along with several other Duluth communities of faith, have formed an Arrowhead Chapter of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. MNIPL is an interfaith organization that brings together faith communities for education and action related to climate change.
An informal “green team” led by Bret Pence caulked most of the church windows this past winter and changed more than 300 light bulbs from incandescent and CFL’s to LEDs. Minnesota Power has been a supportive and encouraging partner is making the conversion financial feasible for the congregation.
Worship at Pilgrim has lifted up climate change and stewardship of the earth on a regular basis. In October, the congregation celebrated World Communion Sunday with the theme, “Breath for the Planet.” In February, the congregation participated in a national teach-in related to Climate Change and showed the movie Chasing Ice. In May, Dave Zentner preached on caring for water resources and the importance of individual efforts. On June 15, Diane Desotelle will preach on sustainability.
Food waste from the church kitchen is now regularly recycled into WLSSD’s compost program. The church collects “shiny paper” for New Page and the money supports the congregation’s music ministry. Print and toner cartridges are recycled through the Funding Factory.
In both spring and fall, the Social Justice Ministry sells bulbs and garden plants and in the last two years has donated native shrubs and trees to UMD for planting.
There have also been several educational events at Pilgrim related to the complexities of mining and the impact of oil exploration and transportation on the environment.
Within the next year, Pilgrim will apply for status as an Earthwise Congregation of the United Church of Christ.
June 2, 2014
Our Women’s Book Group will meet July 19th, at 4:00pm in the Parlor. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us even if you haven’t read the book.