Newsletter, Community of Pilgrims, Nov. 11, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018, 4 p.m. Gathering and Worship at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church 1907 NE 45th Avenue – Portland, OR.Questions? Contact Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; 


Dear Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Siblings, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, In-Laws and Out-Laws, and Family of Choice!

I write this note to you from an easy chair in Hudson, NH, where my granddaughter’s dad, Scott, is at work; mom Adrianne is taking a nap; granddaughter Edie is in a bouncy chair sound asleep, and for a moment, all is quiet and at peace in a household that grew significantly in one week’s time.

This week’s Scripture focus is Mark 12:38-44. There are two parts to this living parable. Part One has to do with a loud display of giving and serving. Jesus warns about the self-serving Scribes who will be condemned for their simultaneous love for “show” and cynical lack of mercy—specifically to widows. Part Two is about the well-known story of the widow’s mite or offering. It is the story of the widow who gave all that she had into the treasury, while all others gave from their abundance. We will explore in what ways the widow’s offering suggests that faithful giving and faithful living, which is not for the sake of the recipient, but rather for the sake of the life of the giver. Join us this Sunday as we explore this act of faithfulness.



Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of the Cascades, Columbia Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, WA.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 10:30 am, Brett preaching at First Presby. Church, Woodburn, OR;
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 pm, Gathering and Worship at Rose City Park Presby. Church’s Chapel.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:30 am, Pastor Brett will be preaching at First UMC in Seattle, WA;
Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 pm, Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR, Thanksgiving Memory Bags.
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, Gathering and Worship at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church’s Chapel;

*Regarding the 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 Daily by 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.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations

For refugees and migrants throughout the world;
For candidates awaiting results of ordination exams, and the readers charges with evaluating them;


November, by Maggie Dietz
Show's over, folks. And didn't October do
A bang-up job? Crisp breezes, full-throated cries
Of migrating geese, low-floating coral moon.

Nothing left but fool's gold in the trees.
Did I love it enough, the full-throttle foliage,
While it lasted? Was I dazzled? The bees

Have up and quit their last-ditch flights of forage
And gone to shiver in their winter clusters.
Field mice hit the barns, big squirrels gorge

On busted chestnuts. A sky like hardened plaster
Hovers. The pasty river, its next of kin,
Coughs up reed grass fat as feather dusters.

Even the swarms of kids have given in
To winter's big excuse, boxed-in allure:
TVs ricochet light behind pulled curtains.

The days throw up a closed sign around four.
The hapless customer who'd wanted something
Arrives to find lights out, a bolted door.


Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060;

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