Sec.34.66 P.L. &R
Permit No. 6
November 2011 Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC
\ Published Monthly on the Common
Issue No. 9 www.pilgrimchurch.us 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,
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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 &
Minister – Rev. Jonathan Wortmann (508) 485-4847
Associate Minister – 6th – Parlor
Rev. Julie Cedrone (508) 485-4847
email@example.com 13th – Parlor; Parent’s meeting after church
Minister of Communication – Debbie Herrick 20th – Parlor
(508) 485-4847 firstname.lastname@example.org
5:30-7 p.m. – Dinner at a home (TBD)
Minister of Music – Grace Choi
(978) 467-5588 email@example.com 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
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
Fadi & Beth El Massih 6
Canned Meat: Chicken, Ham, Chili Michael & Katherine Hennessy 6
Beef Stew & Corned Beef Hash
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
following the service.
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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org (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@example.com. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
email@example.com. Sex, Drugs & Kids Education Sarah & David Hile (quarterly)
508-329-1381 Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Koinonia (every Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.) Fran Rosenquist 508-
485-7971 Email to: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Sarah Whiteman 508-281-0120
Email to: email@example.com Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Handbell Choir Carla Mason (every Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.) Bible 101 Jon Wortmann (second Sunday of each month during
Email to: email@example.com the school year @ 11:30 a.m.) 508-786-0677 Email to:
"Littlest Angels” Children's Choir (3-5 year olds) Barbara firstname.lastname@example.org
Porter & Joan Pflug (most Sundays following worship) Email Our Father's Table Joan Anderson 508-481-0644 (1st
to: email@example.com Tuesday of the month) Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 624-0706 Email to: email@example.com
Friar Tuck Ministries Dave Qua 774-232-0765 Email to: Spiritual Healing (As scheduled) Dick Wallace 508-481-2565
firstname.lastname@example.org (monthly) 12:30-3 p.m. Email to: email@example.com