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					                                                                         The Spire
Non-Profit Organization

  Southborough, MA
  Sec.34.66 P.L. &R

     Permit No. 6
                                     November 2011              Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC

            \                       Published Monthly                                      on the Common
                                    Issue No. 9            Southborough, MA 01772

                                                 FROM THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER
                                    I love the row of carved pumpkins perched on the stone wall along
                                    Common Street for Heritage Day weekend, the flickering candles
                                    inside the glowing faces. The shadows in the cemetery are eerie, and
                                    our steeple is a glorious beacon shining above it all. Children have
                                    been carving faces on pumpkins and turnips for hundreds of years,
                                    initially to symbolize those souls still in purgatory awaiting their
                                    judgment on the eve of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day
                                    (November 2). I wonder how many families understand Halloween's
                                    religious roots, a Christian and pagan holiday designed to honor the
                                    souls still living among us.

                                    The Halloween ritual of the poor begging door to door for a treat of
                                    food and a prayer for their dead loved ones has evolved into children
                                    in costumes trick or treating for candy. This practice is now more
                                    about fun and sugar than a humble way of asking for prayerful
                                    support; although we still need plenty of prayerful support, sharing
                                    chocolate bars outside and all dressed up can be a delightful way to
                                    actually converse with neighbors.
Southborough, Massachusetts 01772

                                    This season is intended to be reflective; the transition into shorter,
Pilgrim Congregational Church

On the Common P.O. Box 281

                                    darker days as Fall leaves continue to shed and the landscape becomes
                                    shades of gold and brown.
United Church of Christ


                                    There is a spiritual Autumn inside all of us, a time for welcoming the
                                    fading days and remembering those who have died, what has died in
                                    ourselves. Relish this respite, a necessary pause before the holiday

                                    pizazz and anticipation begin.

          Church Staff &
        Contact Information
                                                                   November Schedule
 Minister – Rev. Jonathan Wortmann (508) 485-4847

                Associate Minister –                                         6th – Parlor
         Rev. Julie Cedrone (508) 485-4847
                     13th – Parlor; Parent’s meeting after church

    Minister of Communication – Debbie Herrick                               20th – Parlor
     (508) 485-4847
                                                            5:30-7 p.m. – Dinner at a home (TBD)
           Minister of Music – Grace Choi
     (978) 467-5588                 27th – In Church, Holiday Weekend
Handbell Choir Director – Carla Mason (508) 770-1222

       Director of Sr. High Youth Programs –
             Sarah Hile (781) 820-7093
                                                          Standing Church Meetings
                                                       Church Council                7:30 p.m. 2nd Wednesday
                                                       Chancel Choir                 7:30 p.m. every Thursday
                                                       Youth Choir                Following the Worship Service
                                                       Handbell Choir               7:30 p.m. every Wednesday
                                                       Buildings & Grounds           6:30 p.m. – As scheduled
     Deadline For                   Date of            Christian Education           7:00 p.m. – 2nd Thursday
  Submission of Articles            Mailing            Diaconate                 7:00 p.m. 2nd Monday of month
                                                       Fellowship                     11:30 a.m. – 1st Sunday
                                                       Personnel                            As Needed
     November 11                November 18            Parish Relations          11:30 a.m. – 4th Sunday of month
                                                       Financial Resources                  As Needed
      December 9                December 16            Music                     11:30 a.m. – 1st Sunday of month
                                                       Outreach                             As Needed
                                                       Stewardship                          As Needed
         Celebrations                      Join us on Friday, November 4 @ 7 p.m. in
                                           Fellowship Hall to hear Southborough
         & Concerns                        author, (and Pilgrim Church member!)
                                           Steve Ulfelder, discuss and read from his
             Celebrations                  debut novel, Purgatory Chasm.
   Marty & Elliott Larson’s 6 ½ years      Set in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the hard-boiled mystery
           in Afghanistan.                 introduces Conway Sax, former NASCAR driver and enforcer for a
                                           renegade Alcoholics Anonymous group. In Purgatory Chasm,
                                           Conway agrees to help an AA buddy retrieve his classic car from a
 The 75th anniversary of Vi Laptewicz’s    shady garage - and is thrust into a mystery when the friend turns up
    membership at Pilgrim Church           dead.

                                           Steve will discuss how the character and novel (which is first in a
                                 series) came to be. He'll also talk about his writing process and what
                                           he's learned about the publishing industry. He'll be more than happy
               Concerns                    to answer questions, and will offer a preview of The Whole Lie, the
                                           next Conway Sax novel.
Please keep the following people in your
          prayers for healing:             All are welcome, whether they've read the book or not. It's an
                                           evening for readers and writers alike!

   The Hart family as they mourn the       Reviews
         loss of Steve’s father
                                           "Ulfelder couples precise, evocative prose with an original private
                                           investigator in his compelling hard-boiled debut." - Publishers
   Brian Zanghi as he mourns the loss      Weekly, starred review "Conway is one of those tough but tender,
          of his brother, Steve            emotionally damaged protagonists that call out to certain mystery
                                           readers." - Booklist "Ulfelder brings a gritty, uncompromising view
                                           to his hard-boiled debut." –South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Garton family as they mourn the loss
         of John’s grandfather             "Gritty and fast-paced. It will appeal strongly to readers of Ross
                                           MacDonald and those who enjoy hard-boiled detective mysteries." -
                                           Library Journal, starred review
               Jill Riggles
                                           About the Author
             Barbara Clark                 A longtime Southborough resident, Steve Ulfelder is an amateur race
                                           driver and co-owner of Flatout Motorsports, a racing company in
                                                               A Message from the Stewardship Committee -
           Dates to Remember
                                                               You will have noted that the Stewardship campaign has
                  Tuesday, November 1                          started if you have looked at your mail or viewed the weekly
              5:00 p.m. – Our Father’s Table                   videos from the Stewardship committee. Last year our appeal
             $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$                                was for donations to allow us to hire an Associate Minister.
                   Friday, November 4                          Thank you very much for all your help. Julie has been a most
       7:00 p.m. – Book Discussion with Steve Ulfelder         welcome addition to our church.

                  Sunday, November 6                           We have received some pledge cards so far and for that we
                    Remembrance Sunday                         thank you. We would like to have all pledge cards by
        11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Confirmation Class           November 15 so the Church Council can start working on the
                                                               2012 church budget.
                  Monday, November 7
          7:30-9 p.m. – Women’s Spirituality Group             One of the pledge cards we received is worthy of some
                                                               comment and prayerful reflection. This pledge card was from
          Mondays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28                     an elderly member of our congregation who currently lives
             9:30 a.m. – Healthy Living Group                  out of state. She put this note in the envelope: Social Security
                                                               is my only source of money so I don't have much to spare.
                Wednesday, November 9                          However I do want to help you fix up the church building. In
          6:45 a.m. – Celebration Worship Service              the envelope was a $10 bill.
               7:30 p.m. – Council Meeting
                                                               To be stewards of our church, the amount isn’t nearly as
                  Sunday, November 13
                                                               important as participating. Close your eyes and imagine the
                 Reception of New Members
                                                               strength it took to send $10 when there is very little money.
              Committee Information Sunday
                                                               Hold that thought as you decide on your pledge.
           11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Bible 101
       3:00 p.m. – Piano Recital with Keane Southard
                                                                  "A Composing Lineage" Piano Recital by Keane Southard
                 Saturday, November 19
               7:30 p.m. – Steeple Coffeehouse
                                                               Keane Southard will be giving a piano recital in the sanctuary
                  Sunday, November 20                          on Sunday, November 13 at 3 pm. Keane is fresh out of
                    Stewardship Brunch                         graduate school and is back in the area performing and
       11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Confirmation Class            composing as a freelance musician. This program will
                                                               explore the teaching lineage of Keane's composition
                 Monday, November 21                           teachers through their piano works, along with insights,
7:30 p.m. – Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service @ Pilgrim Church   personal connections, and stories about the music and the
                                                               composers. Please join us for this unique recital. Admission
                                                               is free.
                                                                              Fadi & Beth El Massih 6
           Canned Meat: Chicken, Ham, Chili                                Michael & Katherine Hennessy 6
            Beef Stew & Corned Beef Hash

                       Baked Beans
                                                                               New Directories
                      Instant Potatoes
                                                                               New      address,   phone    and email
   Paper Products: Toilet Paper, Towels & Napkins                directories for Fall 2011 are now available. Please
                                                                 pick up your copy during Coffee Hour or stop by the
          Detergents: Laundry & Dishwashing                      office.    If there is any incorrect information,
                                                                 especially emails, please let Debbie know.

            Troop Care Package Drive
Our thanks to everyone who helped to make our 14th Care
Package Drive the best ever. At each Drive we typically ship
about 500 boxes, 10,000 lb. Through your extraordinary
                                                                 Elias Arvantely      2      Natasha El-Massih    20
generosity and hard work, we shipped over 700 boxes, 20,000
                                                                 Katie Speckerman     3      Sarah Crothers        20
lb., bringing our total to 7,200 boxes and 155,000 lb. And we    Jen Hendrick         5      Hazel Foote          21
are still shipping. Donations continue to come in to cover       Allisa Pietro        5      Deidre Merritt       23
postage. It just doesn’t get any better!                         Jen Hendrick         5      Kaitlin Monroe       23
                                                                 Todd Wentland        7      Nick Wehrle          23
Truly grateful!                                                  Elizabeth Conti      8      Michele Landes       24
Deb and Lisa                                                     John Campbell        9      Emily Decoulos       24
                                                                 Rebecca Watters     10      Amy Gardner           24
“If giving becomes a way of living, then it can make a lasting   Dan Willis          10      Owen Gardner         24
difference.”                                                     C. J. Aker          10      Gabriella Leuck      26
                                                                 Evan Field          16      Fadi El-Massih       27
Debbie Depp Wilson                                               Norma Hastings      17      Josh Ziolo           27
                                                                 Dick Wallace        18      Bob Dumont           28
88 Sears Road                                                    Sarah Fodor         18      William Balcom       28
Southborough, MA 01772                                           Jeffrey Wallace     18      Lauren Kuchnir       29
                      Prayer Shawl Ministry
             As part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, blankets                          Where is my Bible?
             are given to each child who is baptized. If you
             would be willing to knit or crochet a blanket,    Some of the children who went through my session at Sunday
             please contact Sheryn Carew      school can tell you. The young adults attending Jon’s
             In particular, we are in need of baby-size        confirmation class can tell you.
                                                               Most of us are carrying a bible with us at all times! (Look no
                                                               further than your pocket). Today even the simplest of phones,
                Please join us for our                         not to mention iPads, Kindles, etc. all have free bibles available
                                                               to use while on the go.

       Annual Stewardship Brunch                               This expanding flexibility of using technology to get closer to
                                                               God also comes with some challenges. The true paper bible has
            On Sunday, November 20th                           long term significance and value as stories can be told from
                                                               carrying the book with you for years. If you heard Auntie Vi
                 following the service                         speak last Sunday about her 70+ year old bible, you can see how
                                                               Love has been captured and saved in a worn and tattered book.
       To celebration your generosity and
                                                               Our challenge is to know when and where to use these new tools
                                                               as they invade every aspect of our lives. I say seize this
        Our appreciation for your support                      opportunity to bring God with you more often while you are out
                                                               of the sanctuary. While in the sanctuary focus on how the paper
                                                               bibles have remained a critical part of our history and spiritual
Join the newest Pilgrim Church ministry - ZUMBA ®.             feeding.
There will be a sunrise Zumba class each Thursday
morning from 5:45 – 6:45. Come and start your day on           McKinley Hackett
a joyous note!

 ZUMBA ® is an effective, easy to follow, Latin-inspired,
calorie burning, dance fitness party ™ that’s moving                              United Parishes
millions of people towards joy and health. Come and                        Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
give it a try. There is a $5.00 fee to cover the expense
of the instructor. Come give it a try as our guest on your                Monday, November 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
first visit.                                                               Pilgrim Congregational Church

                                                                           Please join us for wine and cheese
Contact Kathleen Hendrick at
                                                                                  following the service.
with questions.
                         Schedule of Events
November     Remembrance Sunday, Sunday, November 6
                                                                                      A Deacon’s Reflection
             Committee Information Sunday, Sunday, November 6
             Reception of New Members, Sunday, November 13                                         Daddy?”
             Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.                               “Yeah?”
             Stewardship Brunch, Sunday, November 20                                “Can you open the door a little bit more?”
             Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service (at Pilgrim Church),                                   “Why?”
             Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                “I’m scared.”
December    Messiah Concert, Sunday, December 4 at 3:30 p.m.                                      “Of what?”
            Christmas Pageant Rehearsals, begin Sunday, December 4                          Pause. “I don’t know.”
            Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
            Men’s Club Holiday Breakfast, December 24 at 8:30 a.m.                  Every night there is a little ritual I go through when
            Christmas Pageant Service, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
            Christmas Candlelight Service, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.      I put my daughter to bed. Her bedroom door has to be just
            Jesus’ Birthday Party, December 24 at 11:00 p.m.              right. Not too closed as if magnifying the darkness of her
                                                                          room, but not too open, allowing all the light, and unknown
January     Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.        sounds of the night in. It has to be just so.
            Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 22

February    Jon Door Fundraising Dance, Saturday, February 11 at 7:30                  After agreeing on the level of openness and
            p.m.                                                          exclusion, she smiles, and turns to bed. That’s all it takes
            Ash Wednesday Service, Wednesday, February 22 @ 7 p.m.        when you’re 7. A parent and you agreeing on how much is
            Outreach Easter Basket Program, Sunday, February 26           too little and too much. Agreeing on how much to let in and
                                                                          how much you want to block out.
March       Lenten Series Begins, Tuesday, March 6 @ 6 p.m.
           Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, March 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
           Gospel Music Sunday, Sunday, March 11                                      Where is your door? We all have one throughout
           Men’s Club & Sr. High Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner &           life, partially closed and partially open. The line always based
           Auction, Sunday, March 18 @ 5:30 p.m.                          on the fear of the unknown. What will come into my life if I
           Outreach Easter Basket Donations Due, Sunday, March 25         am too open? What will be missed if I am too closed?
April      Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 1
           Maundy Thursday Supper & Service, Thursday, April 5 at                   Where was Jesus door? Wide open. He let it all in.
           6:30 p.m.                                                      It was the fullest extreme of the door…fully exposed to the
           Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 8, Services at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.   world. He gave rebirth to mankind and yet mankind took his
           Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, April 14 @ 7:30 p.m.            life. He was willing to face the worst of our fears so we could
May        Troop Care Package Drive, Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.      know there is really nothing to fear. There is no end. Be
           and Sunday, May 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.                              vulnerable and open up the door.
           Confirmation Sunday, Sunday, May 13
           Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
           Outreach Backpack Program Begins, Sunday, May 20               --Peter Martin
           Music Sunday, Sunday, May 20

June       Children’s Sunday, Sunday, June 3
           Steeple Coffeehouse, Saturday, June 9
           Celebration Sunday, Sunday, June 10
                                                               Small Groups (cont.)

                                                               Tennis Ministry Jason Honey 508-881-0979 Email to:
                                                      (monthly @ St. Mark’s)
Sunday 8:45 a.m. Spiritual Conversations (every Sunday
mid-September thru mid-June) Rev. Jon Wortmann 508-786-        Girls Night Out Deb Wilson (every 5-6 weeks) 508-481-6326
0677 Email to:                     Email to: This group is full.
                                                               If you would like information on how you can start your own
Women's Spirituality Group (1st and 3rd Mondays 7:30-9         group contact the above leader.
p.m.)    Debbie    Herrick 508-485-4847    Email    to:                                     Sex, Drugs & Kids Education Sarah & David Hile (quarterly)
                                                               508-329-1381 Email to:
Koinonia (every Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.) Fran Rosenquist 508-
485-7971 Email to: This group is full. If   St. Patrick's Manor Worship Group (every third Wednesday
you would like information on how you can start your own       October thru May) - Jon and The Chapel Choir provide a 3:30
group, contact the above leader.                               p.m. ecumenical worship service for residents of this
                                                               Framingham nursing home. Barbara Porter 508-435-9205
Family Outreach Projects Group Sally Fodor 508-485-5689        Email to:; Sarah Whiteman 508-281-0120
Email to:                                  Email to:
Chancel Choir (every Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.) Grace Choi 978-     Men's Club Bill Harrington (as scheduled) 508-485-8737
467-5588 Email to:                    Email to:
Handbell Choir Carla Mason (every Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.)       Bible 101 Jon Wortmann (second Sunday of each month during
Email to:                                  the school year @ 11:30 a.m.) 508-786-0677 Email to:
"Littlest Angels” Children's Choir (3-5 year olds) Barbara
Porter & Joan Pflug (most Sundays following worship) Email     Our Father's Table Joan Anderson 508-481-0644 (1st
to:                                          Tuesday of the month) Email to:
“Celestial Singers” Children’s Choir (1st-7th Graders) Grace   Food Pantry Steve Pflug (Tuesdays 7-8 p.m., Fridays 10-11
Choi (most Sundays following worship) Email to:                a.m.) 508-832-2263 Email to:
                                                               Healthy Living Jon Wortmann (9:30 a.m. on Mondays with the
Sr. High Youth Group Sarah Hile 508-329-1381 Email to:         exception   of    holidays)  508-786-0677    Email     to:                                 
Jr. High Youth Group Steve Gutro (every Sunday 10:15-          Prayer Shawl Ministry (As scheduled) Sheryn Carew 508-
11:00 a.m.) Email to:                      624-0706 Email to:
Friar Tuck Ministries Dave Qua 774-232-0765 Email to:          Spiritual Healing (As scheduled) Dick Wallace 508-481-2565 (monthly) 12:30-3 p.m.                    Email to:

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