Newsletter, Community of Pilgrims, Sept. 15, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: Sept. 15, 2019, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR, 97213 Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Pilgrims of Summer,

As I write this email letter, it is currently 81 degrees, and the cloudless blue sky is wonderful to behold. This is tomato-harvest season, and there is something about a thick slice of a home-grown tomato, sprinkled with a little salt and pepper, that is out of this world. And the root beer floats we had last week to celebrate our second anniversary was a wonderful reminder of other delicious summer treats! Praise God of rich, juicy tomatoes and root beer floats! !

As we venture forth this Sunday into our third year of being a Christian community of faith in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, the focus Scripture is Luke 15:1-10, with Jesus telling us the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. All of us can relate to “misplacing” sunglasses, keys, money, credit cards, wallets, cell phones, purses, backpacks, and the list can go on and on… and we all well know the intensity of the search for said-misplaced items. We also know the sweet sense of relief and moment of celebration that occurs after we find that item which once was lost but now is found. It is written by many commentary writers that these parables demonstrate God in Christ’s love for each of us and our community of faiths, that the Spirit would search for the lost sheep and the lost coin—and the lost person—until one is found. The sheep and coin are symbols of you and me; of us. And when we are found by the Spirit, “there will be so much joy” says Jesus. Why? Because we are loved. Or as the late-Henri Nouwen reminds us, “we are not loved because we are precious, but we are precious because we are loved."Join us this Sunday for a discussion of our lost and found occasions in life, and the grace and love of God in Christ that fills us with such amazing joy.

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Events!
Sept. 8, Pastor Brett preaches at First UMC, Hillsboro, 10 am;
Sept. 8, Second Anniversary of Community of Pilgrims! Rose City Park! 4-6 pm!
Sept. 15, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Sept. 22, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Sept 25-29, 2019, Pastor Brett in southern Idaho, working with UMC churches.
Sept. 29, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Oct. 6, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Oct. 13, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm. 
Oct. 20, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
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Requests
* There will be a gathering of clothes on Sunday, Nov. 10, for Snow Cap, along with packing of rice and such on that Sunday for Snow Cap! Start collecting your clothes for being sent to Snow Cap!
* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!
* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!
* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 
* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Poem

Welcoming Blessing, by Jan Richardson

(In this time of changes in our life, let us take a moment reflect on God’s goodness)

When you are lost
in your own life.
When the landscape
you have known
falls away.
When your familiar path
becomes foreign
and you find yourself
a stranger
in the story you had held
most dear.
Then let yourself
be lost.
Let yourself leave
for a place
whose contours
you do not already know,
whose cadences
you have not learned
by heart.
Let yourself land
on a threshold
that mirrors the mystery
of your own
bewildered soul.
It will come
as a surprise,
what arrives
to welcome you
through the door,
making a place for you
at the table
and calling you
by your name.
Let what comes,
come.
Let the glass
be filled.
Let the light
be tended.
Let the hands
lay before you
what will meet you
in your hunger.
Let the laughter.
Let the sweetness
that enters
the sorrow.
Let the solace
that comes
as sustenance
and sudden, unbidden
grace.
For what comes,
offer gladness.
For what greets you
with kindly welcome,
offer thanks.
Offer blessing
for those
who gathered you in
and will not
be forgotten—
those who,
when you were
a stranger,
made a place for you
at the table
and called you
by your name. 
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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris 
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com; Rev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com

Newsletter, Community of Pilgrims, Sept. 8, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: Sept. 8, 2019, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR, 97213 Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Happy 2ndAnniversary, Community of Pilgrims!

On Sunday, Sept. 10th, 2017, we began meeting as a Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship! We had a lot of people visiting us that day, wishing us well on our first Sunday together. According to the etiquette books and blogs, “while the perfect two-year anniversary gift, if you want to pick something that follows custom, is cotton, with the more modern take being china or porcelain,” joining us this Sunday, dear friends, would be a wonderful gift. Your joining us as a Community of Pilgrims would be a godsend. As you know, we always have a potluck at the end of our gathering and worship time together, and we would love to see you all as we celebrate the second anniversary of Community of Pilgrims! And our dessert that evening is root beer floats! Join us in this celebration of our being a new faith community in the Portland-Vancouver area!

The focus Scripture for us this week is the letter of Paul to Philemon, about Philemon welcoming back his slave Onesimus. This is a fascinating letter, given the politics of slavery in those days of Roman occupation, in which we find Paul struggling to be faithful to the Gospel, which liberates us, while confronting the ancient (and modern) tradition of slavery. After all, in the baptismal formula of Galatians 3:28, slavery is abolished as the old distinctions between Jew and Greek, male and female, slave and master, are secondary to our first allegiance as members of the body of Christ, in which we are all equals with one another as members of Christ’s beloved community. As was true with Paul is true for us today. The struggle in Paul’s day and today is this: being faithful to the Gospel, as followers of Jesus Christ, which might mean we have no choice but to confront modern rituals and social practices that are antithetical to that very same Gospel. Join us this Sunday, our second anniversary Sunday, as we explore what it means to practice faithfulness in our world today as a community of faith!  
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Events!
Sept. 8, Pastor Brett preaches at First UMC, Hillsboro, 10 am;
Sept. 8, Second Anniversary of Community of Pilgrims! Rose City Park! 4-6 pm!
Sept. 15, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Sept. 22, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Sept 25-29, 2019, Pastor Brett in southern Idaho, working with UMC churches.
Sept. 29, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Oct. 6, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Oct. 13, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm. 
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Requests
* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!
* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!
* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 
* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Poem

Praise Song for the Day, by Elizabeth Alexander

(In honor of our 2ndAnniversary)

Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching each other’s
eyes or not, about to speak or speaking.

All about us is noise. All about us is
noise and bramble, thorn and din, each
one of our ancestors on our tongues.

Someone is stitching up a hem, darning
a hole in a uniform, patching a tire,
repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere,
with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum,
with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.
A farmer considers the changing sky.
A teacher says, Take out your pencils. Begin.

We encounter each other in words, words
spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,
words to consider, reconsider.

We cross dirt roads and highways that mark
the will of someone and then others, who said
I need to see what’s on the other side.

I know there’s something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe.
We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

Say it plain: that many have died for this day.
Sing the names of the dead who brought us here,
who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges,

picked the cotton and the lettuce, built
brick by brick the glittering edifices
they would then keep clean and work inside of.

Praise song for struggle, praise song for the day.
Praise song for every hand-lettered sign,
the figuring-it-out at kitchen tables.

Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
others by first do no harm or take no more
than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?

Love beyond marital, filial, national,
love that casts a widening pool of light,
love with no need to pre-empt grievance.

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,
anything can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,

praise song for walking forward in that light.


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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris 
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com

Newsletter, Community of Pilgrims, Sept. 1, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: Sept. 1, 2019, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR, 97213 Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Pilgrims All! Welcome to God's Banquet Feast!

These glorious days of summer heat are something to enjoy, O Oregonians! For we know full well what is around the corner in the coming months! We have truly been blessed with great summer days!

The Scripture focus this week, according to the Revised Common Lectionary, is from Luke 14:1, 7-14. I’m going to move it to Luke 14:15-24, which is the powerful and meaningful Parable of the Great Banquet. It was also the central text for my book, Unexpected Guests at God’s Banquet, which focused on practices of integration of people labeled “disabled” in this society into the Church. The story has much to do with Middle East etiquette, hospitality, and the unexpected integration of people considered disabled--hidden in the by-ways and highways of a town--to a divine banquet feast. It is said that there are more meal-time illustrations and parables in Luke than in any of the other gospel accounts. What the parable reveals is the fabulous company of those who are invited to God’s Banquet Feast. And who are these blessed folk? To paraphrase one of my favorite writers Frederick Buechner, the “beautiful people” all sent in their excuses (real estate, livestock, and sex lives), so the host sends out invitations to the streets to welcome those who are poor, those people who are disabled, and those who are blind, and those who are deaf. “The string ensemble strikes up the overture to The Bartered Bride, champagne glasses are filled, cold pheasant is passed around, and there they sit, with white canes, empty sleeves, orthopedic shoes, and aluminum walkers…rose petals float in the finger bowls. The strings shift into The Liebestod.” Join us this Sunday for a discussion on the nature of the Banquet Feast, the realm of God, and daily discipleship!

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Events!
Sept. 1, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
Sept. 4, Film Night @ Moreland Presbyterian Church. We will join the folks at Moreland for the debut of a film on the Dreamers in the US. This is a documentary film focused on the stories of young people who were born in the US, whose parents migrated to this country. It will be shown at 7 pm in their Fellowship Hall, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202.
Sept. 8, Pastor Brett preaches at First UMC, Hillsboro;
Sept. 8, Second Anniversary of Community of Pilgrims! Rose City Park! 4-6 pm!
Sept. 15, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Sept. 22, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Sept 25-29, 2019, Pastor Brett in southern Idaho, working with UMC churches.
Sept. 29, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 4-6 pm.
Oct. 6, Gather and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church 4-6 pm.
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Requests
* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!
* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!
* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 
* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.


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Poem

And the Table Will Be Wide, by Jan Richardson

And the table will be wide.

And the welcome will be wide.

And the arms will open wide

To gather us in.

And our hearts

Will open wide 

To receive.

And we will come 

As children who trust

There is enough.

And we will come

Unhindered and free.

And our aching 

Will be met

With bread.

And our sorrow 

Will be met

With wine.

And we will open our hands

To the feast

Without shame.

And we will turn

Toward each other

Without fear.

And we will give up

Our appetite

For despair.

And we will taste

And know 

Of delight.

And we will become bread

For a hungering world.

And we will become drink

For those who thirst.

And the blessed 

Will become the blessing.

And everywhere 

Will be the feast.

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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris 
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com

Newsletter, CoP, Aug. 4, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: Aug. 4, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Chapel, Rose City Park PCUSA, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR 97213 Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Pilgrims of Hope!

Welcome, August! I’m not sure whatever happened to July, but it seems to have gone by so quickly. Let’s continue to savor this summer’s warm weather in August, O Oregonians!

The Scriptural focus this week is Ez. 37:1-14. This is a little bit of a change of focus in terms of following the story-line in Luke, but there is a story here in this tale of a valley of dry bones, in which the Prophet Ezekiel is challenged to bring the bones to life that come to life, to “prophecy to the breath,” and the bones become human beings once again, and where there was once no hope, hope is now alive. In this season of this nation’s life, and the life of the world, there is, as always, a need for a message of hope. We are in an age that feels like the dawning of a new apocalypse, with violence all around us, climate change turning to climate crisis, and the poor and the weak are being threatened like never before. However, in a recent photo I saw, taken on our southern border, with the large metal fence that is found in portions of the border, two California professors built pink seesaws that fit in the slats of the border wall. It is a vision worthy of ancient prophets like Ezekiel and the dry bones becoming alive. The image of children from the two nations playing at the very wall designed to enforce a discrepancy of wealth and power between them is all we need to know about who deserves our allegiance and who does not. The pink seesaws are a picture of hope, of joy, of whimsy, with a total disregard of the latest version of the tower of Babylon built by this and other nations. Join us this Sunday for more stories of hope, like pink seesaws, in this day and age of violence and oppression! God’s message to us? Keep hope alive!
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Events!
Aug. 4, Pastor Brett preaching at Portsmouth Union Church, Portland, OR;
Aug. 4, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
Aug. 11, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
Aug. 18, Holy Vacation Day: do something in the afternoon at the 4-6 pm that glorifies God and our life in God, like a walk through the Portland rose gardens, a swim in cool water, watching a movie that challenges our faith, or gathering with family and friends and strangers for a picnic and a life band concert!
Aug. 25, Pastor Brett preaches at First UMC, Gresham;
Aug. 25, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
Sept. 1, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
Sept. 8, Pastor Brett preaches at First UMC, Hillsboro;
Sept. 8, Second Anniversary of Community of Pilgrims! Rose City Park! 4-6 pm!
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Requests
* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!
* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!
* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 
* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Poem

August Morning, by Albert Garcia

In honor of a month with a kind of still and steady heat.

It’s ripe, the melon 
by our sink. Yellow, 
bee-bitten, soft, it perfumes 
the house too sweetly. 
At five I wake, the air 
mournful in its quiet. 
My wife’s eyes swim calmly 
under their lids, her mouth and jaw 
relaxed, different. 
What is happening in the silence 
of this house? Curtains 
hang heavily from their rods. 
Ficus leaves tremble 
at my footsteps. Yet 
the colors outside are perfect-- 
orange geranium, blue lobelia. 
I wander from room to room 
like a man in a museum: 
wife, children, books, flowers, 
melon. Such still air. Soon 
the mid-morning breeze will float in 
like tepid water, then hot. 
How do I start this day, 
I who am unsure 
of how my life has happened 
or how to proceed 
amid this warm and steady sweetness?
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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris 
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com

Newsletter, Community of Pilgrims, July 28, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: July 28, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Chapel, Rose City Park PCUSA, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR 97213 Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com

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Dear Community, Gathering, Mingling, Interested, and Group of Pilgrims,

 

It is summer in the Pacific Northwest! The hot days and cooler nights of our area of the world are a blessed relief. However, the impact of climate change is being felt throughout parts of Europe and parts of the US as we are in the grip of extreme weather patterns around the world. Prayers for action in healing Mother Earth!

 

The Gospel for this Sunday is Luke 11:1-13. It is a passage that includes so much in it, from Luke’s Jesus teaching the disciples to pray using what we call the “Lord’s Prayer,” a story of the blessings of being persistent, closing with the well-known seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open. What is amazing about all three parts of this passage is the centrality of relationships: ours as a community of faith with God, and us with each other. For example, in what we call the “Lord’s Prayer,” or my Catholic friends call the “Our Father,” we pray this prayers as a community that prays together and stays together beginning with “Our Father,” and not “My Father,” and including “give us this day our daily bread.” And secondly, we are called to be in relationship with each other, as a community, in which, through our relationships, we draw strength in the challenging times, and joy in celebration of life. Join us this Sunday as we explore the gifts of the Spirit in our community as we become daily bread for the rest of the world.

 

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Events!


July 28, Pastor Chris preaches at Colonial Heights, Portland, OR;

July 28, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

Aug. 4, Pastor Brett preaching at Portsmouth Union Church, Portland, OR;

Aug. 4, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

Aug. 11, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

Aug. 18, A Holy Vacation Day;

Aug. 25, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presby. Church; 

Sept. 1, Gathering and Worship Rose City Park Presby. Church;

Sept. 8, Pastor Brett at Hillsboro First UMC;

Sept. 8, Second Anniversary Celebration of Community of Pilgrims! Rose City Park! Join us, one and all!

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Requests


* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!

* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!

* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 

* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.

* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Poem

Bleezer’s Ice Cream, by Jack Prelutsky

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER'S ICE CREAM STORE,
there are flavors in my freezer
you have never seen before,
twenty-eight divine creations
too delicious to resist,
why not do yourself a favor,
try the flavors on my list:

COCOA MOCHA MACARONI
TAPIOCA SMOKED BALONEY
CHECKERBERRY CHEDDAR CHEW
CHICKEN CHERRY HONEYDEW
TUTTI-FRUTTI STEWED TOMATO
TUNA TACO BAKED POTATO
LOBSTER LITCHI LIMA BEAN
MOZZARELLA MANGOSTEEN
ALMOND HAM MERINGUE SALAMI
YAM ANCHOVY PRUNE PASTRAMI
SASSAFRAS SOUVLAKI HASH
SUKIYAKI SUCCOTASH
BUTTER BRICKLE PEPPER PICKLE
POMEGRANATE PUMPERNICKEL
PEACH PIMENTO PIZZA PLUM
PEANUT PUMPKIN BUBBLEGUM
BROCCOLI BANANA BLUSTER
CHOCOLATE CHOP SUEY CLUSTER
AVOCADO BRUSSELS SPROUT
PERIWINKLE SAUERKRAUT
COTTON CANDY CARROT CUSTARD
CAULIFLOWER COLA MUSTARD
ONION DUMPLING DOUBLE DIP
TURNIP TRUFFLE TRIPLE FLIP
GARLIC GUMBO GRAVY GUAVA
LENTIL LEMON LIVER LAVA
ORANGE OLIVE BAGEL BEET
WATERMELON WAFFLE WHEAT

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER'S ICE CREAM STORE,
taste a flavor from my freezer,
you will surely ask for more.

 

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Buen Camino!

Pastors Brett & Chris 

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com 

Newsletter, CoP, July 21, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: July 21, 2019, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church’s Chapel, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR 97213; Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com

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Dear Wanderers, Dreamers, Doers, and Contemplative Ones,

 

I write this newsletter looking out over the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound as I ride the train back to Portland from Seattle on a somewhat cloudy, summer’s day, with the promise of sunshine in Portland. We live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. 

 

This Sunday’s Scripture focus is Jesus’ time with his close friends, Mary and Martha, found in Luke 10:38-42. In the last few weeks, the Gospel passages have focused on the “doing” of our faith as disciples of Christ, and this week we are reminded of the practice of the "being" of our faith. For example, two weeks ago, we focused on Jesus sending out 70 disciples, two by two, to do the work with others of healing and sharing the good news that the realm of God is near at hand. Last week, the focus was on the Good Samaritan and who is our neighbor, in which we were reminded to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbor, just like the Good Samaritan did in taking care of the one stricken on the roadside of life. This week, we are reminded of the balance of our faith, that there is a time to "do" the faith and times to simply "be" in the faith and present with Christ. I am reminded of the Benedictine practice of “ora et labora,” prayer and work, and the art and practice of balancing these two ways of following and being with Jesus in our life together as the Community of Pilgrims. Join us Sunday as we explore the place of prayer and work as a community of faith. 

 

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A big THANK YOU to Moreland Presbyterian Church, for the opportunity last Sunday, July 14, 2019, to gather together, talk together, worship together, share the Lord’s Supper together, and to share a meal together. What a wondrous time!  Holy and special! Hope we get to do it again some time! 

 

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Events!


July 20, a Thank You Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Picnic by Human Solutions! All of us invited to come; 4-6 pm, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR.

July 21, Pastor Brett preaching at Woodburn Presbyterian Church;

July 21, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;

July 28, Pastor Chris preaches at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church;

July 28, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

Aug. 4, Pastor Brett preaching at Portsmouth Union Church, Portland, OR;

Aug. 4, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

Aug. 11, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

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Requests


* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!

* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!

* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 

* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.

* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Prayers of Celebrations and Concerns


·     Prayers for those of us who are teaching the rest of us how to age gracefully;

·     Prayers for those in the hospitals, those recovering from surgery, and those in rehab centers, seeking health and wholeness;

·     Prayers for the earth, and renewing our efforts in slowing down climate change;

·     Prayers for justice and hope in the face of hateful, racist rhetoric, and the rising tide of fascism around the world;

·     Prayers for stepping back from warring madness to peace in the world;

·     Prayers for the children from other countries caught in cages on our southern borders, and their families;

·     Prayers of celebration for those with birthdays and anniversaries during July;

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Poem

For the Children, by Gary Snyder

 

The rising hills, the slopes, of statistics
lie before us.
The steep climb
of everything, going up, up, as we all
go down.

in the next century
or the one beyond that, they say,
are valley, pastures,
we can meet there in peace if we make it.

To climb these coming crests one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together 
learn the flowers 
go light. 

 

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Buen Camino!

Pastors Brett & Chris 

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com 

Newsletter, CoP, July 14, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: July 14, 2019, 9:30 am Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1815 SE Bybee Blvd., Portland, OR 97202; Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com

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Dear Summer Pilgrims, Wandering Pioneers, and Voyagers of the Faith,

 

Summer seems to have found Portland, finally, and we are experiencing more days of sunshine than cloud cover and rain at the end of this week, though we needed the moisture! Let us all enjoy the long days of summer to come!

 

This Sunday, the focus Scripture is Luke 10:25-37. These verses contain within them the well-known story of the Good Samaritan! This story strikes close to home these days, as we are reminded that it was the marginalized Samaritan in the story—an outsider to those who are Jewish—who did the right and good thing in aiding the one who was stricken on the roadside and in need of help, and not the others who passed by the one in need. In today’s world, there are plenty of stories of the marginalized “others,” like the ancient Samaritan, who also turn out to be the one who does the right and good task, practicing charity and kindness upon those stricken and left alone on the busy roadside of life, when those who we would expect to do the “right thing” fail to rise to the opportunity to love one another. The question for us is not only who do we wish to emulate in this story, but who is Jesus in this story? The Samaritan? The one who is suffering on the roadside? The inn keeper?  Join us this Sunday as we discuss this story!

 

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This Sunday, July 14, 2019, rather than meet at 4:00 at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, we will join the folks at Moreland Presbyterian Church in worship together, at 9:30 am, in their Fellowship Room, as we bring our communal practice of “Gathering and Worship” to this host community of faith! Join us for this wonderful experiment!  Address is above!

 

 

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Events!


July 14, Moreland Presbyterian Church worship! 9:30 am at Moreland Presbyterian Church!

July 20, a Thank You Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Picnic by Human Solutions! All of us invited to come; 4-6 pm, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR.

July 21, Pastor Brett preaching at Woodburn Presbyterian Church

July 21, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

July 28, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

Aug. 4, Pastor Brett preaching at Portsmouth Union Church, Portland, OR

Aug. 4, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA.

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Requests


* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!

* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!

* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 

* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.

* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Prayers of Celebrations and Concerns


·Health, healing, and wholeness for Melissa, Lorinda's daughter, who has breast cancer.

·Thanksgiving that Shu and David joined us tonight.

·Happy Birthday to Ray Moholt who turns 86 tomorrow, and for Linda's mother, now deceased, whose birthday is also tomorrow.

·Continued peace and well-being for Sue Malter.

·Continued peace and well-being for Liz who was hospitalized briefly this past week;

·Our country and its leadership.

·Alaska where climate change is causing record-breaking high temperatures, drought, unusually warm coastal waters, and wildfires.

 

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Poem

The End of Summer, by Rachel Hadas

 

Sweet smell of phlox drifting across the lawn—

an early warning of the end of summer.

August is fading fast, and by September

the little purple flowers will all be gone.

 

Season, project, and vacation done.

One more year in everybody’s life.

Add a notch to the old hunting knife

Time keeps testing with a horny thumb.

 

Over the summer months hung an unspoken

aura of urgency. In late July

galactic pulsings filled the midnight sky

like silent screaming, so that, strangely woken,

 

we looked at one another in the dark,

then at the milky magical debris

arcing across, dwarfing our meek mortality.

There were two ways to live: get on with work,

 

redeem the time, ignore the imminence

of cataclysm; or else take it slow,

be as tranquil as the neighbors’ cow

we love to tickle through the barbed wire fence

(she paces through her days in massive innocence,

or, seeing green pastures, we imagine so).

 

In fact, not being cows, we have no choice.

Summer or winter, country, city, we

are prisoners from the start and automatically,

hemmed in, harangued by the one clamorous voice.

 

Not light but language shocks us out of sleep

ideas of doom transformed to meteors

we translate back to portents of the wars

looming above the nervous watch we keep.

 

 

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Buen Camino!

Pastors Brett & Chris 

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com 

Newsletter CoP, July 7, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: July 7, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Chapel, Rose City Park PCUSA, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR 97213 Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Followers of the Way,

Before the July 4th extended weekend begins, I hope that this email finds everyone still enjoying the cooler temps the last few days before the temperature rises again!

The focus Scripture this week is Luke 10:1-11, 16-20, in which Jesus is sending the disciples out on a pilgrimage, two by two (for safety and mutual encouragement), doing the same ministry that Jesus was doing: curing the sick and saying to them, “the kingdom of God has come near to you.” The disciples were warned to expect resistance and rejection, much like we sometimes experience today. What is interesting is that the disciples were not given anything to measure their success or failure. They were simply sent out to be and share the good news of God's love. Today, we are called to go out into the world, accompanied by Christ, the Pilgrim God, carrying on the ministry that Jesus gave us. Or to quote St. Teresa of Avila, “Christ has no body on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ looks out to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless others now.” And out we go, into the world, with the Spirit leading our pilgrimage, as a Community of Pilgrims!

***

If you are looking for a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July a day early, consider going to hear Jo Ann Tower and a few of her friends in the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band Concert, Wednesday, July 3, 2019 (today!) Millennium Plaza Park, 200 1st St., Lake Oswego OR, 7 pm! Get there by 6:20 pm and enjoy the Millennium Brass too!

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Events!
July 7, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
July 14, Moreland Presbyterian Church worship! 9:30 am at Moreland Presbyterian Church!
July 20, a Thank You Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Picnic by Human Solutions! All of us invited to come; 4-6 pm, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR.
July 21, Pastor Brett preaching at Woodburn Presbyterian Church
July 21, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!
July 28, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!
Aug. 4, Pastor Brett preaching at Portsmouth Union Church, Portland, OR
Aug. 4, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA.
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Requests
* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!
* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!
* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 
* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.
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Poem

I Hear America Singing, by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.


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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris 
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com

Newsletter Community of Pilgrims, June 30, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: June 30, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Chapel, Rose City Park PCUSA, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR 97213 Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Seekers, Dancers, Wheel Chair Pilgrims, and People of the Way,

It seems like an early spring or an autumn day in Oregon today, with the rain saturating the ground and the gray clouds overhead. There is a chill in the air, which makes me re-think why I wore shorts today. 

The focus Scripture this week is Galatians 5:1, 13-25. I kept thinking about the image Paul creates of the world around him, which looks similar to the world around us today, and the radical call for us to be filled with and doing the work of the fruit of the Spirit. The “works of the flesh” are “fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” To say the least, the list of vices articulated by Paul seem to be everywhere today, and, for some, are now considered the norms of life. Behold, the “new normal,” though most ages of humankind have lived by such standards before us. By contrast, Paul continues, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…if we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.” I read this passage while looking at the haunting picture coming from the Rio Grande River; while reading stories of children in prison-like setting in Florida; while reading of saber rattling against Iran. We, who are members of the body of Christ, are provided, by God’s grace, with an opportunity to live life differently, and are a beacon of hope, called to change the world, with a radical (in this context) spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Join us this week as we figure out our action steps in embodying the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and world today. 
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Events!
June 30, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
July 7, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;
July 14, Moreland Presbyterian Church worship! 9:30 am at Moreland Presbyterian Church! We will be leading and assisting in worship on this morning.
July 20, a Thank You Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Picnic by Human Solutions! All of us invited to come; 4-6 pm, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR.
July 21, Pastor Brett preaching at Woodburn Presbyterian Church
July 21, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;
July 28, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;
Aug. 4, Pastor Brett at Portsmouth Union Church, Portland, or
Aug. 4, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;
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Requests
* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!
* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!
* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 
* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Poem

The Swing, by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing, 
Up in the air so blue? 
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing 
Ever a child can do! 

Up in the air and over the wall, 
Till I can see so wide, 
Rivers and trees and cattle and all 
Over the countryside— 

Till I look down on the garden green, 
Down on the roof so brown— 
Up in the air I go flying again, 
Up in the air and down!


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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris 
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com

Newsletter, CoP, June 23, 2019

THIS SUNDAY: June 23, 2019, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Chapel, Rose City Park PCUSA, 1907 NE 45thAve., Portland, OR 97213 Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com

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Dear Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers, and Pilgrims,

 

What a fantastic time we had at Portland’s Pride Festival and Parade! The sunny weather and the spirit of joy and love permeated the entire parade route, and those of us who were in the parade, and those supported us along the parade route, were fabulous! Let’s do it again in 2020!

 

The focus Scripture this week fits in nicely with Pride Month, thanks to Pastor Paul! Let me explain: the focus Scripture is Gal. 3:23-29, in which Paul writes that because we are members of the body of Christ, clothed with Christ, there is “no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham (and Sarah’s) offspring, heirs according to the promise.” These social labels and categories—like gender, sex, race, nationality, sexual orientation, age, and abilities/disabilities—are used a great deal in society, such social categories are secondary to our true and primary identity, and that is as members of the mysterious yet real body of Christ. And in the body of Christ, all of us are loved and beautiful and enjoyed by God. And because we are loved and saved/empowered by God’s grace, we are all endowed, by our Creator, with gifts, talents, and services that are to be used for the greater good and building up of the community of faith that we know as the body of Christ. Of course, I would also extend the categories to include that there is no longer LGBTQ+ and straight, able-bodied or disabled, hearing or deaf, young or old, for all of us are one, in community, with Christ Jesus. Join us this week at Community of Pilgrim as we explore the importance of this passage within the greater body of Christ.

 

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Events!


June 23, 2019, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

June 30, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

July 7, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park PCUSA;

July 14, Moreland Presbyterian Church worship! 9:30 am at Moreland Presbyterian Church!

July 20, a Thank You Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Picnic by Human Solutions! All of us invited to come; 4-6 pm, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR.

July 21, Pastor Brett preaching at Woodburn Presbyterian Church

July 21, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

July 28, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

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Requests


* Regarding the CoP t-shirts: Please pick up your t-shirt this Sunday, and bring cash or a check made out to Community of Pilgrims, in the amount of $8 for adult M, L, and XL, and youth; and $12 for adult 2XL. Thank you!

* We also have plenty of beautiful leather bracelets for each member of the community! Pick one up this Sunday!

* In the coming months, Pastor Chris and I will be quoting from and referencing sections from the book, Wisdom Distilled from the Dailyby Joan Chittister, a Benedictine monk, who, in this book, focuses on the nature of living life in an intentional Christian community, which is our aim as Community of Pilgrims. We can either order books for those interested and sending in a request for so-many copies, or feel free to order it or buy it from your favorite book distributor. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily, Joan Chittister, San Francisco: Harper One. 

* Another book for our consideration: The Intentional Christian Community Handbookby David Janzen (Paraclete Press, 2013). We may use this book as we delve deeper into understanding what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.

* Finally, Community and Growthby Jean Vanier will be picked up as a book for us to read together.

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Prayers of Celebrations and Concerns


·     Thankful for all who have been traveling across the country and to other parts of the world safely;

·     Thankful for all the birthdays and anniversaries of life and love in June;

·     Prayers for all of us as we grow older, thankful for life and love;

·     Prayers for the earth, and the obvious need to take better care of it, and soon!

·     Prayers for all nations to provide health care to all women;

·     Prayers for peace in this world, and to quiet the rattling of weapons and rhetoric of war;

·     Prayers for those who sleep on city streets, and who have been displaced by the investment of boulders along the highways of our city;

·     Prayers for equality and justice for and among all in this month of Pride!

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Poem

Summer Stars, by Carl Sandberg

Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming. 

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Buen Camino!

Pastors Brett & Chris 

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.comRev. Chris Dungan chrisdungan1@msn.com