Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - Volume 47, Number 9 Pilgrim Congregational Church - UCC, 55 Coolidge Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420-1899 PASTOR’S CORNER LOWER-LEVEL RENOVATIONS ~ NEEDS FOR THE PRESENT, HOPE FOR THE FUTURE We have long known that the church school and kitchen space are in need of renovation. We spent 3 years of working with Pilgrim Nursery School to re-establish it as a function of the church and another year of assessing needs and testing the waters for the likelihood of a successful capital campaign. Chris Reaske has stepped forward to lead the project and the congregation voted to explore it. Now we are ready to move ahead in earnest. In response to the congregation's directives at our last annual meeting, the building group—David McClave, Judy Brain, Debra Adams, and Leslie Holms (the PNS director)—has met with Gerry Frank, our architect, and come up with a plan. Here are some of the salient points. 1. It is desperately needed. Our place for children looks shabby, our kitchen does not meet health codes, and we are in need of large spaces for fellowship events and small rooms for meetings and conferences. 2. It is practical. We have been trying to think "multi-functional" so the space is being designed to meet the needs of both the day school, the Sunday School, and the congregation as a whole. We've asked that it be designed to be adaptable. 3. It is being planned in phases. While it would be wonderful to be able to raise enough money to get everything we would like, we may need to defer some of our wishes for another time. Gerry has created a plan so that whatever we do flows seamlessly into the future. 4. It is beautiful. The plans involve additions to the building—some small, others not-so. They are integrated into the current structure and make it look even better. 5. It is available for your review, analysis, and comments. After the congregational meeting which follows the worship service on May 1, we will be sharing the drawings and a model of the plans. There will be no vote at this time. This is the beginning of another conversation – an opportunity for further feedback.. • How do these plans look to you? • Have we missed something? • What are the advantages and disadvantages? There will be continuing opportunities after next weekend to respond as well. If Pilgrim is to live into its future, a step in the direction of fixing the downstairs seems inescapable. But how big a step do we take on this leg of the journey? That part is up to all of us. Judy Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 2 WORSHIP IN MAY There’s still room for more. Come and meet with a lawyer who can walk us through important THREE "L's" OF CHRISTIAN FAITH legal decisions that should be made. Be guided Leadership, Love, and Laughter by an informational packet in thinking through end-of life decisions about medical care, comfort levels, and communication with your loved ones. May 1 • Council Installation Leadership This material is also very helpful if you are caring for someone who is terminally ill. May 6 6:30 pm African Awareness Lunch is potluck (bring a salad or Simple Meal Outreach Service dessert), the cost is $4.00. Child care is available. May 8 Mother’s Day Love Judy Brain, Teresa Deible, Martha Blessing of the prayer shawls ~ Kimball, David Mislin, Marie Tulin the knitting ministry CALL TO A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING May 15 Pentecost ~ WEAR RED Laughter New Members received To All Pilgrim Church Members and Friends: According to our Bylaws, Article VII, May 22 Children's Sunday Paragraph 2, you are invited to a meeting of Baptism of Sam and Addie Lindley the Church May 29 Graduation or Memorial Day Sunday, May 1, 2005 11:30am following the service Sunday At this meeting the Church shall elect a slate of officers for the newly elected Council. Nominated by the Council are: GRADUATION SUNDAY Moderator - Bob Beckwith Assistant Moderator – Gregory North On the last Sunday in May, it is customary for Treasurer - David McClave the church to honor its high school graduates. If Clerk – Sylvia Ferrell-Jones you are graduating this year or are aware of a Everyone is invited to attend. Only members Pilgrim teen who is, please notify Rev. Brain by may vote. emailing RevBrain@aol.com or calling Respectfully submitted, 781-862-0357. Carolyn N. Beckwith, Clerk PLAN YOUR OWN FUNERAL SESSION 2, END OF LIFE DIRECTIVES SUNDAY, MAY 1, 12:00 - 2:00PM Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 3 PRAYER AND DISCERNMENT GROUP Children are especially welcome and there will MEETS TUESDAYS, 7:30 – 9:00 PM be activities for them so that they can feel involved. For three Tuesdays in April some Pilgrims have At the dinner the children will be able to write met, learning to listen more closely to God’s invitation to mutual relationship. We deepen our messages, draw pictures etc. on a long paper roll meditation, share spoken and silent prayer, as well which Rev. Moyo can present to the children in as conversation. Each week we practice a way of prayer or meditation. Africa when he visits in July. Children are also invited to bring their "spare change" to the event. The group will continue through the close of the church year. You are welcome to come any According to Rev. Moyo, a US penny now has the Tuesday at 7:30pm. It is at the church, although purchasing equivalent of $62 in Zimbabwe! the location may vary some weeks. If you have questions, please contact Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship and Marie Tulin at 781-869-7553 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. fun which will be entertaining, informational, and spiritually (nondenominational) uplifting. Your suggested donation of what you would spend at a AFRICAN AWARENESS DINNER FRIDAY, MAY 6, 6:30PM nice restaurant will provide food, clothing, and education for the orphans at This is a reminder that "Room at the Table" will Old Multare. be hosting a dinner for Pilgrim members as well as Mission Committee the wider community in support of the Old Multare Orphanage in Zimbabwe on May 6. Rev. Abiot Moyo of the Maynard United Methodist Church maintains close ties with his native country through his BigM Ministry, headquartered in Maynard and Zimbabwe. We'll gather in Fellowship Hall to enjoy a simple meal of authentic African dishes. During and after EQUIPPING THE SAINTS IN ACTION the meal, a professional mbira player and songs by Many of you are aware that Tom and I have the talented Moyo family will provide entertainment. received a significant amount of money through Rev. Moyo is an engaging speaker and will talk Pilgrim Church's Equipping the Saints Fund. The about the situation in Zimbabwe – from extreme fund was established for members who are directly involved with mission or care projects. poverty, to President Mugabe's dictatorship, to the For the past two years, Pilgrim has supported HIV/AIDS epidemic. our mission work in Honduras. On May 10th, I will be returning to Honduras with the hope that the American Embassy will grant a visa for Stefany Mejia-Leon to be able to Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 4 return to the U.S. for a follow up appointment at Suggestions for small gift items include: soap, Shriner's Hospital in Springfield. Last year cosmetics, shaving cream, after shave lotion, razors, Stefany had successful surgery and casting on toothpaste, mouth wash, toothbrushes, dental floss, her bilateral talipes equinovarus (club feet). socks, knee-highs, hair care products, nail polish, cologne, earrings, pens, pencils, note paper, stamps, The grant we receive has helped many more cassettes, playing cards, paperback books, candy, people in Honduras, including Fernando, a three gum - use your imagination! Items may be left in a year old boy who suffered from pneumonia. box in the narthex. Please see the Mission bulletin "Nando's" family (including parents and three board for the sign-up sheet for May 3 - hope to see siblings) attempt to survive on approximately you there! $2.00 per day. This barely covers the essentials, and certainly the family could not pay for a SOCCER EQUIPMENT FOR HONDURAS doctor's appointment or medication. Fortunately, Soccer balls, cleats, shorts, and everything our fund covered the cost ($50.00) of his related to soccer are all needed and appreciated by hospitalization and treatment. Upon our next trip the youth in Honduras. Please leave in the box by to Honduras, we were met by Nando's grateful the front door and they will be taken to Honduras in older sister who exclaimed, " you saved his life!" early May when Emily Collins makes a return trip. I cannot adequately describe the feelings we shared. ALUMINUM TABS There's still more room in the container on the Tom and I would like to offer our appreciation table in the front hall for more aluminum to the entire congregation for all the emotional tabs! Remember that these are taken to Shriners' and financial support you have provided us over Hospital in Springfield, MA and with the money the years. We truly feel that we have found received from recycling them, an impressive list of God's calling for us, and we are there, medical equipment has been purchased. representing our wonderful church. With our gratitude, Emily Emily and Tom Collins will be taking Stefany Collins there for an evaluation of her progress when she returns from Honduras in May. Please help fill it up the container (again) during the next few weeks. BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! Here's a heads-up reminder of the annual book sale which is held the end of June. All OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPRINGTIME kinds of books in good condition are welcome - DONATIONS! paperback or hard cover. Profits will be used to buy books in Spanish for children in Honduras. POT LUCK LUNCH and FILL MOTHER'S DAY AND FATHER'S DAY A box will be in the coat room for your GIFT BAGS, TUESDAY MAY 3, 12:30 PM donations. (Please note: books on gardening and Here's a new plan for the annual event where plants are being collected by Carolyn Beckwith for we fill Mother’s Day and Father’s Day bags with the annual plant sale - May 21 small gift items for women and men in local and 22.) shelters. Come to Pilgrim Hall at 12:30 PM on May 3 ~ enjoy a pot luck lunch ~ then stay for more MANY THANKS to all who continue to show fellowship and fun while we fill the gift bags. their generosity and support of the mission programs of Pilgrim Church! Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 5 Come join us at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Mission Committee May 7th for an evening in which we attempt to answer the question "Can the son of an English SPRING CLEAN-UP coal miner find happiness as a dancer in the THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 9:00AM ballet?" as we screen Stephen Daldry's We need your help! Come to the church any “Billy Elliot.” time Saturday morning April 30 between 9:00am and 12:00 noon to help with yard work and some "heavy lifting" chores - organizing the furnace room Please bring a movie-friendly snack or dessert to comply with fire codes; taking down the old playground fence. Coffee, juice, and donuts to share! Drinks will be provided. If you have any provide the fuel. questions, please contact Gregory North or Beth Graham. PILGRIM FINANCIAL SUMMIT MAY 2 I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, Are you interested in the financial future and WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! well being of our church community? Would you SUNDAY, MAY 22 like to know more about the scriptural bases for The Fellowship Committee invites you to join us stewardship? Pilgrim Church members and friends for an Ice Cream Social (no screaming necessary!) are invited to attend a Financial Summit meeting on on Sunday, May 22 after church (noon to Monday, May 2 at 7:30 pm in Pilgrim Hall. 2:00pm). We will be joined by the Pilgrim Men’s We will be joined by Andy Gustafson, Associate Group in serving up fabulous frozen dishes of Conference Minister for Stewardship and Financial yummy Rancatore’s Ice Cream for the bargain price Development of the MACUCC. Andy is masterful in of $2.00 a cup. his knowledge of the Bible's teachings about stewardship. His wit and enthusiasm will delight Bring your family, bring a friend, and join in the you. Please join us. fun of welcoming in the warmer months and satisfying your sweet tooth! Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Beth Kurth "WHODUNIT DISCUSSION GROUP” Do we have hams in our congregation? Could we put on a two-night murder mystery dinner here at Pilgrim? Let’s discuss how we might go about doing this. PLANT AND GARDEN BOOK SALE Sign up on the bulletin board and you’ll be on the MAY 21 AND 22, 10:00AM mailing list. We’ll meet some Sunday after church. Judy Brain and Carolyn Beckwith are planning Contact Len Rideout a fund-raising plant sale on Saturday, May 21st (978-287-9505) for more information. from 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, May 22nd at the hospitality hour. This will be for the general public. MOVIE NIGHT, MAY 7, 6:30PM “BILLY ELLIOT” Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 6 We need plants of all sizes and shapes; hostas, With her sunny disposition, positive attitude, day lilies, ground cover, perennials or anything else creativity and commitment, Edith well-served the that you can think of. Please mark them so that we 4H, Town Meeting, Buckman Tavern Gift Shop, know what they are. It is time now to start digging Council on Aging, AARP PenPals project, Adopt a up and dividing plants from your gardens and also Grandparent (SPANS), and more. In 1987 planting seeds in pots for annuals. We also would Lexington honored Edith as the first Minuteman like books on gardening and plants. The books Cane recipient. could be given to Carolyn Beckwith at anytime but the plants we’ll need closer to the event. In the words of your Pilgrim sister, “I believe in giving the world the best you have and the best will We'll need pricers and sellers as well as come to you.” donations. If anyone is interested in working on this event, please contact Carolyn by email Let’s celebrate Edith’s 100th birthday by sending email@example.com or phone 781-275-7537. her a card or a note of well wishes to: 110 Allds Street, Apt. 163, Nashua, NH 03060. See the Narthex bulletin board to learn more about Edith’s contributions to Pilgrim Church and Lexington. PILGRIM NURSERY SCHOOL SUMMER FUN PROGRAM!! Norma Whittinghill PNS is pleased to announce the return of Summer Fun for children ages 3-5. Our CONGRATULATIONS, JOE BRAIN! program will run Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm (includes a lunchtime), starting Our own Joe Brain's research is the cover story Monday, June 20th and ending Friday, of the May-June issue of Harvard Magazine. Joe is July 1st. The cost is $30. per day with a two the chair of the Dept. of Environmental Health at the day minimum. Harvard School of Public Health. His area of research is air pollution and lung clearance. During Summer Fun your child will spend To read the article, go to http://www.harvard- most of the day exploring our "outside magazine.com/ and click on "Clearing the Air." classroom". We will play, paint, sing, swing, There is also a hard copy on the literature table. climb, ride bikes, run through the sprinkler and then have lunch! There's another Pilgrim connection as well. In the process of being interviewed for the article, Joe Space is limited. Please call Leslie Holmes, discovered that Susan Bennett's husband, John Director at 781-861-8853. Rosenberg, is the editor of Harvard Magazine. MAY BIRTHDAYS DATE NAME HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO EDITH CHEEVER – MAY 18TH! 3 Connie Guim Edith and Wilbur Cheever were charter Teddy Kirby members of Pilgrim Church. Edith still contributes Lee Catherine Smith with ideas and Christmas mittens. When Wilbur 4 Amy Agne died in 1971, Edith dedicated herself to promote Charles Dexter programs which would better connect the older and Tracy Raymond younger people in the community. 5 Peter Levins Derek Smith Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 7 Ian Yates Emily Young 7 Lillian Atkinson 28 Christine Emery Susan Vega 29 Barbara Adams 11 Timothy George Kathy Adams 12 Anne Cowan Madison Stevens Barbara Munkres 30 Susan Fagerstrom 14 Jarrett Kelley 15 Fiona Davies If your name is missing from this list, call or email 16 Travis Johnson the office: 781 862-0357 - firstname.lastname@example.org 17 Connie Neville 18 Edith Cheever 19 Liz Mackie 20 Ruth Hoffman 21 Philip Boyd Tyler Sym 23 Judy Siegel James Troy 25 Lorraine Silva 26 Susan Bennett COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS $25. For more information call World Music at OPEN AND AFFIRMING SPRING FAIR 617-876-4275 or www.worldmusic.org. “Information and Inspiration”, Saturday April 30, 2005 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the GOSPEL CHOIR Congregational Church of Needham. The Keynote SUNDAY, MAY 1, 3PM Speaker is the Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, UCC Minister and Protestant Chaplain at Mt. Holyoke The gospel group, “Confirmation,” nine singers College. There will be workshops (one led by our directed by David Coleman, Director of Choral own Judy Brain), the Just Peace Players, information Music at Dana Hall School, will be performing at booths and more. Lunch will be provided. To the Congregational Church of Needham. This is a register please contact fundraiser for the Open and Affirming Ministry. Kathie Carpenter at email@example.com. For more information, call 781-444-2510. THE THRIVING SPIRIT LIBANA’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, OF ALZHEIMER’S APRIL 30, 8:00PM Minuteman Senior Services presents a Caring On Saturday, April 3 at the Somerville Theater, Conversation, “The Thriving Spirit of Alzheimer’s” 55 Davis Square, enjoy the harmonies and dance on Thursday, May 5, 2005 from 9am to noon at of Libana. Presented by World Music, Libana the National Heritage Museum, in Lexington. The researches and performs women's traditional and Reverend Kathleen Rusnak, Ph.D. will offer contemporary music and dance from around the thought-provoking alternative views of personhood globe and is dedicated to bringing the joy of singing as it applies to those with advanced Alzheimer’s into people's everyday lives. disease. Their music tells the universal story of the diversity and commonality of the human experience. SPRING CRAFT FAIR Music from Nepal, Hawaii, Egypt, Bulgaria and SATURDAY, MAY 7, 10AM TO 4PM beyond will be performed. Tickets are $20 and Pilgrim’s Progress 29 April 2005 - page 8 Handmade craft items on sale at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights. Call 781-643-8680 for information. SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, JUNE 5 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOSTON AIDS WALK The next Pilgrim’s Progress deadline will be Sunday, May 8, 2005 at noon.
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