This has been quite a week at Pilgrim Church. the American Guild of Organists has been in our sanctuary all week. A wonderful young music professor from Yale has been teaching organ students every morning in the Chancel. in between his lessons, he practices himself, which is a delight to hear. One morning I heard some lovely music coming from Monbleau Hall. Assuming it was Matt, I peeked in to find a young organ student practicing.
On Wednesday evening a great team of volunteers served hamburgers and hotdogs on the lawn in front of the church under the leadership of Debbie Larsson and Becky Sullivan. Even the threat of rain did not keep the crowds from promenading up and down Main St. For the last three strolls I have been sitting at the order table with Sally Hunt.I am in charge of credit card sales, which we are offering this year. This also gives me a chance to greet visitors and meet new folks. I spent time with a big family from Texas who come to Harwich Port every year and another family visiting from England.
Marion Mangels was the docent for our History Display and Wednesday evening we had a little over 100 visitors who came to read about the abolitionists and the history of Pilgrim Church. One woman was signing the guest book and recognized the name of a lady who had been here last week. “Small world,” she said; I know Linda from home. We work together. I’m from Iowa City too.”
Today an eight year old was meeting with me to prepare for her baptism on Sunday. She had brought her Children’s Bible along with her to talk about the story of baptism there. When we went into the sanctuary to talk about how it would all be done, she really enjoyed the song Fred and Matt were practicing for Sunday. It was delightful to see how at home she felt.
Lots of work was also done. Letters were written; meetings planned and executed; reports made in person and via e-mail; pastoral visits and calls were made. Budgets were discussed, bulletins were folded and several choirs rehearsed. Clothes were sorted for the homeless, and things were sold at the Thrift Store. Folks knit for peace missions around the world and plans were made for new fall classes for kids and grown-ups. Pilgrim Church is a busy place these days, and it often feels like God is hovering over the chaos creating something that we only see in bits and pieces. But we can feel its vitality and energy.
There is something wonderful about the open doors of Pilgrim Church. They call to people, and those of us who spend time in the church are privileged to see a glimpse of the wonder in our midst each day.
Air Conditioning: We are delighted to have our air-conditioning in and functioning. It is making a big difference in the sanctuary. We used money from a bequest to fun the renovation but the final bill for the project was larger than we anticipated and so we are asking people to consider making a contribution to pay for the air conditioning. You can donate online at our website at this link. Or send your gift to the church office, marked for this purpose. Thank you!
Looking Ahead: This fall we start our new schedule.
September 7th: Family Service 9:00 a.m.
Education & Enrichment 10 a.m. (Sunday School, Adult Study Groups)
Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments will be served from 9: 45 – 10:50 a.m. in Monbleau Hall. Everyone is welcome to stay and eat, or to take a snack and attend a class. Classes topics will be listed in Pilgrim’s Progress.
Pilgrim Congregational Church
533 Route 28
PO Box 247
Harwich Port 02646