All new and returning Sunday school teachers please join me in the lounge for a training for this year.   It is important that you come to hear about our NEW format this year and to schedule the weeks that you will be teaching.  The Pre/K- 5th graders will be using the Deep Blue curriculum, this year we are trying a rotation model where we will study the same Bible story for 7 weeks, each week will have a different focus (art, drama, spiritual practices, cooking, science, mission, and games).  Our goal is to appeal to all learning styles, and give  kids the time to really understand and explore Bible stories.  If you have some talents in any of these areas, see me and you can teach one of the lessons!

The Middle school kids will be using the Submerge curriculum again, teachers should attend to find out the focus of the lessons.  A light lunch will be provided!  ALL adults who work with our children MUST take the “Safe Church” training, please contact the church office to  sign-up.   

Daune Sebastian
Sunday School Superintendent 

Dear Friends in Faith at Pilgrim Faith U.C.C.

I arrived, along with my canine pal, Jazmine as well as my “stuff” in full on Thursday night.  It is a joy to finally be here after the weeks of anticipation in preparing to serve as your interim minister.  I look forward to meeting each of you in the weeks to come!

Our worship this Sunday will be on the theme of REAL FOOD.  The scripture text John 6:24-35 in which the crowds are following Jesus and seeking more answers about who he is.  His response:  “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”.   

In preparation for our time together, I invite you to ponder the role of food in our life.  Food is intended to nourish our bodies for well-being; food is also often part of sharing friendship and fellowship.  There is healthy food.  And, there is food that is not; we often call it junk food.    Do you have a favorite one?  If so bring a bag, carton, or box of it with you on Sunday.  I’ll have an empty box of peanut M&M’s with me.  See you then!!

Grace and peace,
Rev. Lark

STARS — August 3 & 17

Welcome All Seniors!

On Friday, August 3rd at noon all seniors are invited to hear Don C. White, author and local historian, as he presents
“Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address.”  On Friday, August 17th at noon we’ll play a favorite game “Card Bingo.”

On both occasions you are asked to bring your own lunch at noon. Desserts, coffee and tea will be provided. Entertainment will follow.

Church on the Lawn – August 12

Please join us for our annual Church on the Lawn service on Sunday, August 12. We will gather on the east lawn behind the church for the service at 9:30 a.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit on in the grass or use one of the church folding chairs that will be set up on the edge of the parking lot (a good option for those who prefer to stay on a smooth flat surface due to mobility issues).

We’ll have some great music and a message by Reverend Lark Hapke, in addition to recognition of all those who attended church camp this year at Tower Hill. We will soak in the beauty of God’s spirit and God’s world as we let the breeze carry our prayers and cares to God.

After the service stay for a picnic lunch provided by the Diaconate. Our own Pilgrim Faith grill masters will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, and some veggies for us to enjoy along with all the trimmings! The Christian education board will be also leading some games for kids of all ages as part of the festivities. Please bring the whole family and invite your friends to join us for this fun service and picnic!

Campers Recognized on August 12

On Sunday, August 12, during our 9:30 a.m. church on the lawn service, we will recognize all the children, youth, CITs, and counselors who attended one of our UCC church camps this summer. Campers and counselors are encouraged to wear their camp shirts that day. We’ve invited Godstock campers from other churches to join us for worship that day. We hope all the campers will have a song to share!

Blessings of the Backpacks – August 19

It is almost time to head back to school, and Pilgrim Faith UCC wants you to go with God’s blessing! Therefore, all children and teens are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on Sunday, August 19. Reverend Hapke will bless each one and will present each one with a special laminated tag to attached to their pack or book bag as a reminder that they are taking Jesus to school with them each day. Teachers and college students are invited to bring their book bags and backpacks to be blessed, as well. Invite your friends and neighbors to share in this great event!

Book Club – August 26

Join us in the church lounge at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the book The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis.  Publisher’s Weekly describes it as: “Davis’s impeccably structured debut is equal parts mystery, tribute to midcentury New York City, and classic love story.”

Welcome Sunday and Rally Day – September 9

It is a great day to get back in the swing of things after summer travels and the perfect time to invite some friends to church! Sunday School will also kick off that day. Each family with children will be introduced during our Rally Day ceremony at the worship service. Students and teachers will start a new year of active learning about God and Jesus. There are classes for students age 3 through 8th grade. We will also welcome back the VBS kids to sing and return their Rice Bowl Banks to complete their mission project. Sign your kids or grandkids up for Sunday School during coffee hour or in the church office. Following worship we will gather on the front church lawn for treats and some fun activities!.

Share the Harvest

We have a collection basket in our narthex (back of the church) where you can contribute produce from your garden that will be shared with our Food Pantry clients. In keeping with Jesus’ spirit of hospitality, we ask that you bring your best produce to share. Thank you to all who are sharing from their gardens!