Community of Pilgrims Newsletter, Sept. 30, 2018

Dear Jet-Setter, Road Tripper, Vacationist, Family Members, and Friends,

After howling at the first full harvest moon this past Monday with a group of paddlers from Golden Dragons in the middle of the Willamette, my hunch is that we are all glad and welcoming late-September and October’s weather. True relief after a hotter-than-usual summer.

The focus Scripture that always fascinates me has to do with Jesus and salt, Mark 9:50: “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another!” Salt has an association with holy living, as it was part of the ancient grain offerings (Lev. 2:13). Salt was and is also important as a preservative and a seasoning. And it can never lose its saltiness. Salt cannot become un-salt. As a preservative, this points to the revelation that Christians are supposed to be persistent, and live the life of faith with a kind of constancy and stick-to-itiveness. As a seasoning, Christians are called to enhance the flavor of life in this world, enriching its goodness and making God’s work stand out from the so-called “normal” way of doing things and being in the world. Finally: salt makes an impact. God is using us to have an impact upon the world around us. So how are we either slowing down the moral decay of the world in which we live, or how are we enhancing the spiritual “flavor” of the world that God has created? In all ways, we are called to make a difference, for the good, in the world in which we live.
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Events!

Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 am, Pastor Chris preaching, Eagle Creek PCUSA
Sunday, Sept. 30, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;
Saturday, Oct. 6, Brett leading men’s retreat for First Presby. Church, Portland, at Menucha;
Sunday, Oct. 7, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presby. Church.
Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 am, Brett preaching at First UMC, Beaverton;
Sunday, Oct. 14, 4-6 pm, Rose City Park Presby. Church.
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Requests

*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!

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Poem

Remembering Summer, by W. S. Merwin

Being too warm the old lady said to me
Is better than being too cold I think now
In between is the best because you never give it a thought but it goes by too fast
I remember the winter how cold it got
I could never get warm wherever I was
But I don’t remember the summer heat like that
Only the long days the breathing of the tress
The evenings with the hens still talking in the lane
And the light getting longer in the valley
The sound of a bell from down there somewhere
I can sit here now still listening to it.
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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com


Community of Pilgrims Newsletter, Sept. 23, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: Sept. 23, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com 
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Dear Wayfarer, Itinerant One, Explorer, Migrant, Family members, and Friends,

We are now into our second year of being a Fellowship, after a great celebration last week! We continue to welcome everyone who is interested, suspicious, nosy, questioning, and fascinated with the idea of what does a group of people look like who are aspiring to creating and being an intentional Christian community that practices service and fellowship, worship and prayer, and education and disciples as we follow Jesus and embrace all!

This week’s Scripture focus is going to be on children. When the disciples were arguing about who was going to be first or greatest among them, Jesus sat them down and said to them” Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a child and placed the child among them. And then he picked up the child and held the child in his arms, saying, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me”(Mark 9:30-37). I just read this passage as I watched and listened to the recent news, about the fact that this country is placing children found along our southern border in cages. In other words, we are placing Jesus in a cage. We are taking Jesus away from the arms of one’s mother or father. We are scaring Jesus. We are abusing Jesus. We are holding Jesus hostage. Again: Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Let’s explore this more on Sunday afternoon, and find a way for us to act proactively in caring for all children, in the name of and because of Jesus.
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Events!

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, Brett leading Men’s Retreat from First Presby. Church, Portland, OR
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presby. Church;
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, Brett preaching at First UMC, Beaverton, OR,
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, Gathering and Worship, Rose City Park Presby. Church.
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Poem

To the Light of September, by M.S. Merwin
When you are already here 
you appear to be only 
a name that tells of you 
whether you are present or not 

and for now it seems as though 
you are still summer 
still the high familiar 
endless summer 
yet with a glint 
of bronze in the chill mornings 
and the late yellow petals 
of the mullein fluttering 
on the stalks that lean 
over their broken 
shadows across the cracked ground 

but they all know 
that you have come 
the seed heads of the sage 
the whispering birds 
with nowhere to hide you 
to keep you for later 

you 
who fly with them 

you who are neither 
before nor after 
you who arrive 
with blue plums 
that have fallen through the night 

perfect in the dew


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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Community of Pigrims Presbyterian Fellowship, Sept. 16, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: Sept. 16, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com 



Dear Pilgrims, Peregrinos (Spanish), Teerthayatree(Hindi), Pelgrims (Dutch), Pilger (German), Family members, and Friends,


I bring you greetings from your sister and brother pilgrims in India, and other pilgrims I met while walking, riding, strolling, in the Himalayas of India. We live in a world of pilgrimage, with people following their God, gods, and goddesses, with devotion, care, and love that is beautiful to witness and behold.


Our focus passage this week as we celebrate our first year anniversary as a community of faith is Psalm 84, especially verse 5: “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” Ps. 84 is one of the many pilgrimage Psalms, in which the Psalmist is delighted to be headed towards Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, the destination point for the people of Israel.  It was, and still is, one of the holiest places in the world. It was and is still considered a source of life, a place of deep meaning and understanding for many people of many faiths. While many Christians (and Muslims) also find Jerusalem a holy city, there is no doubt that, since we are part of the mysterious and real body of Christ, our source for meaning and understanding of God’s ways are also when we gather together, as pilgrims, in community with one another, bound by the Spirit within us all. For our hearts and feet are also set on a pilgrimage pathway, just like our forbearers, and those to come. Come, and let us explore that in more depth this Sunday! And bring a family member or a friend!

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Events!


It’s here! Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018! We are excited about celebrating the first anniversary of the Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018!  On our first Sunday, 31 people joined us!  As I wrote above, bring a friend, a family member, partner, a grandchild or 2, a long lost cousin, niece or nephew, a stranger off the street! Come join us again for a special anniversary Sunday, when we hope to have 32 people join us! Cake will be provided! Bring a bottle of wine! Let's celebrate our First Year together, and all that God has done, is doing, and will do as we follow Jesus and embrace all!


A blurb about us in the Presbytery of the Cascades Newsletter, Cascade Connections: https://mailchi.mp/cascadespresbytery/cascades-connections-wlstjkh86x-586477?e=d2d6e7b533#Bookmark%209

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Requests


*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!

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Prayer Concerns and Celebrations


·       Brett as his continues on his pilgrimage and others who are not with us tonight and might be traveling.

·       All of us to be more attentive and mindful of all the beauty in people and in little things we encounter.

·       Thanksgiving for our pets who can be challenging yet add so much to our lives.

·       Chuck's friend Jeff in Salt Lake who is an alcoholic and for all those who struggle with addictions.

·       Tom, Mark, and all those who are unemployed, underemployed, or not happy in their jobs.

·       Celebration for Jan and Gary on their nine-month anniversary that the joy of their marriage continue throughout their lives.

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Poem


The Pilgrim, by Sophie Jewett


Pilgrim feet, pray whither bound?  

Pilgrim eyes, pray whither bent?  

Sandal-shod and travel-gowned, 

Lo, I seek the way they went 

Late who passed toward Holy Land. 

 

Pilgrim, it was long ago; 

None remains who saw that band;  

Grass and forest overgrow 

Every path their footing wore.  

Men are wise; they seek no more  

Roads that lead to Holy Land. 

 

Proud his look, as who should say:  

I shall find where lies the way. 

 

Pilgrim, thou art fair of face,  

Staff and scrip are not for thee; 

Gentle pilgrim, of thy grace, 

Leave thy quest, and bide with me.  

Love shall serve thee, joy shall bless;  

Thou wert made for tenderness:  

God's green world is fair and sweet;  

Not o'er sea and Eastern strand,  

But where friend and lover meet  

Lies the way to Holy Land. 

 

Low his voice, his lashes wet:  

One day if God will—not yet. 

 

Pilgrim, pardon me and heed.  

Men of old who took that way  

Went for fame of goodly deed,  

Or, if sooth the stories say,  

Sandalled priest, or knight in selle,  

Flying each in pain and hate,  

Harassed by stout fiends of hell,  

Sought his crime to expiate.  

Prithee, Pilgrim, go not hence; 

Clear thy brow, and white thy hand,  

What shouldst thou with penitence?  

Wherefore seek to Holy Land? 

 

Stern the whisper on his lip:  

Sin and shame are in my scrip. 

 

Pilgrim, pass, since it must be;  

Take thy staff, and have thy will;  

Prayer and love shall follow thee;  

I will watch thee o'er the hill.  

What thy fortune God doth know;  

By what paths thy feet must go.  

Far and dim the distance lies,  

Yet my spirit prophesies: 

Not in vigil lone and late, 

Bowed upon the tropic sand,  

But within the city gate, 

In the struggle of the street,  

Suddenly thine eyes shall meet  

His whose look is Holy Land. 

 

Smiled the pilgrim, sad and sage:  

Long must be my pilgrimage. 

 

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Buen Camino!

Pastors Brett & Chris

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com 

Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship Newsletter, Sept. 2, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: Sept. 2, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com.

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Dear Rambler, Train passenger, Car Rider, Airplane Passenger, Family, and Friends,

Those of us living in Portland got tired of the smoky haze that hung over the city for days and are glad and grateful for the signs of blue skies and white clouds. Do I hear and see a collective “Amen”?

The focus Scripture this week is from Mark 7: For it is from within, from the human heart that evil intentions come...all these evil things come from within, and they defile a person." There is no doubt that we see and hear much that is evil these days, which springs from within the human heart. Some of my clergy colleagues and friends have been arrested in the last few weeks in support of freeing asylum seekers who were wrongly imprisoned nearby. We collected toys and games for children of these asylum seekers a few weeks ago, children taken away from their parents. We witness corruption close by in systemic ways through various governmental agencies and administrations. Moves to roll back regulations that would help slow global climate change abound. And racism is louder than ever and “in your face”, as is sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism… and the list never seems to end. Thanks be to God that, in the end, love prevails, no matter what. As the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Colossians (3:14), “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Come join us this week as we continue to grow in love in a world where evil is present as a Community of Pilgrims.
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Events!

Sept. 2, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship with Community of Pilgrims at Rose City Park PCUSA;

Sept. 9, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship with Community of Pilgrims at Rose City Park PCUSA

Sunday, Sept. 2-14, Pastor Brett leaves for India for Continuing Ed. Pilgrimage.

**Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, we are excited about celebrating the first anniversary of the Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018! On our first Sunday, 31 people joined us! Come join us again for a special anniversary Sunday, when we hope to have 32 people join us!**
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Requests

*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!
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Prayer Concerns and Celebrations

· Jeanette, JoAnn's Mother, Sue, Liz, and all of our Mothers.
· 18-month-old Quinn who is in her fifth week of chemotherapy and will hopefully have surgery by the end of September to remove her liver.
· People in our own community who are facing stress that impacts their lives.
· Tom, Mark, and others who are looking for employment.
· Prayers of thanksgiving for Adrianne who found a job.
· Our sisters and brothers in the United Methodist Church around the world as they work together to listen with open hearts.
· John McCain's family following his death and prayers that people of integrity may prevail to re-establish stabilization in our government.
· Those affected by fires, hurricanes, and volcanoes.
· Mary's friends going through a divorce and their two year old child.
· Children, the homeless, and immigrants. Our government has stopped separating children from their families at the border but families continue to be arrested and detained.
· Our first year as a community and for funding for the next 18 months, starting January 1, 2019.
· Our political leaders, prayers for more responsible action and wisdom.
· Transitions in relationships in Brett’s life.
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Poem

September Night, by Sara Teasedale

Lyric night of the lingering Indian Summer, 
Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing, 
Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects, 
Ceaseless, insistent. 

The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples, 
The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence
Under a moon waning and worn, broken, 
Tired with summer. 

Let me remember you, voices of little insects, 
Weeds in the moonlight, fields that are tangled with asters, 
Let me remember, soon will the winter be on us, 
Snow-hushed and heavy. 

Over my soul murmur your mute benediction, 
While I gaze, O fields that rest after harvest, 
As those who part look long in the eyes they lean to, 
Lest they forget them.

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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship Newsletter, Aug. 26, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: August 26, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Wheel Chair Dancers, Perambulators, Hikers, Pedestrians, Family, and Friends,

Greetings from smoky Portland, Oregon. Earlier in the week, I was in Seattle, and my car was lightly coated with ash from distant fires, remnant of trees destroyed by fire. We are all wondering if smoky skies are the new “norm” for the Pacific Northwest, a reminder of the global-size change in our climate.

A few weeks ago, I started to “unpack” our mission statement, which begins with the bold claim that the Community of Pilgrims is an intentional Christian community. We are not a worship community only. We are not a service community only. We are not an educational community only. Again: we are an intentional Christian community, an “us”, a “we”, a “them.” We follow in the lineage of Benedictine communities, L’Arche communities, Catholic Workers community, Koinonia Farms, New Creation Presbyterian Church, and Church of the Savior communities, to name a few of our predecessors.

What is striking about the focus Scripture this week from Ephesians 6:10-20—which is otherwise known as the “armor of God” passage—is that the writer was writing to communities such as ours: intentional body of believers, who are called to put on the metaphorical “armor” of God as one community; together, put on the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. The writer urged the church to pray as a united community of faith, together, like we do weekly. And the writer encouraged the community of faith, like ours, to remain alert, to persevere, and to pray for “all the saints,” meaning believers not just in Portland, but in other cities, states, and countries. Join us this Sunday as we further explore what it means to be an intentional Christian community of faith.
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Events!

Friday, Aug. 24, Pastor Chris returns from vacation;

Sunday, Aug. 19, 4-6 pm, Community of Pilgrims meets at Rose City Park Presby. Church.

Fri., Aug. 24-Wed., Aug. 29, Pastor Brett will be staff for “Listening with Open Hearts” Conference for the United Methodist Church at Collins Retreat Center. Again, we will gather together on Aug. 26 for worship.

Aug. 26, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship with Community of Pilgrims at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church.

Sept. 2, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship with Community of Pilgrims at Rose City Park PCUSA;

Sept. 9, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship with Community of Pilgrims at Rose City Park PCUSA

Sunday, Sept. 2-14, Pastor Brett leaves for India for Continuing Ed. Pilgrimage.

**Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, we are excited about celebrating the first anniversary of the Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018! On our first Sunday, 31 people joined us! Come join us again for a special anniversary Sunday, when we hope to have 32 people join us!**
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Requests

*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!
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Poem

August Moon, by Bonnie Collins
August moon echoes of katydids and
the aroma of the lake that summer not
any special aroma, but somehow that
will always be in my heart along with
the first kiss the evening had in store

Hot summer days, and summer nights
with all the mysterious wonders that
lied ahead of my life each one of them
has left its impact on me till this very day

Being young, and turning into a young lady
from a tom boy certainly had its adjustments
in store for me

Remembering how to dive, wear lipstick, and
falling in love all in one summer's august moon
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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship, Aug. 19, 2018

Dear Adventurers, Commuters, Passengers, Voyagers, Family members, and Friends:

In our “elevator speech” for Community of Pilgrims—We are an intentional Christian community, in which we practice service and fellowship, worship and prayer, and education and discipleship, as we follow Jesus, and embrace all—I unpacked “as we follow Jesus” a little bit.

 

This week, I will unpack, “embrace all." The focus Scripture this week is John 6:51-58, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” When we read Jesus talk this way in the Gospels, we think of Holy Communion, gathering around the table, receiving spiritual food we need to survive in this world while living, by grace, in God’s presence. I read this passage quickly as I sat at the front desk of the free medical clinic at Outside In shelter. No one is turned away from health care at Outside In. Through the open doors walked all kinds of people—the older man addicted to meth who hasn’t showered for weeks, alongside the showered and shaved young gay man dressed in white Polo shirt and pink shorts; the young tattooed woman who broke her arm the day before and now her left arm is swollen as she scratches a head full of lice, crying the entire time; and the attractive middle-aged transgender male-to-female client with peroxide blonde hair—and everyone needed something. We were giving out clean socks, hygiene kits, directions to needle exchange programs, and shelter advice. Reading the Bible in the context of Outside In, I was reminded that God cares not only for our spiritual needs, but also for everyone's physical needs, as I watched the Gospel unfold before my very eyes. We embrace all because Jesus embraces all. How have you seen the Gospel unfold before your eyes this week, in which we witness God's Spirit meet and embrace the needs of all of us?

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Events!

 

Wed., Aug. 15, Pastor Chris leaves for vacation;

 

Thur., Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 19, Pastor Brett will be theologian-in-residence at Camp Hope on the OR Coast (Camp Magruder), which is a camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Worship will still “happen”, from 4-6 pm at Rose City Park on Aug. 19.

 

Sunday, Aug. 19, 4-6 pm, Community of Pilgrims meets at Rose City Park Presby. Church.

 

Fri., Aug. 24-Wed., Aug. 29, Pastor Brett will be staff for “Listening with Open Hearts” Conference for the United Methodist Church at Collins Retreat Center. Again, we will gather together on Aug. 26 for worship.

 

Sunday, Sept. 2, Pastor Brett leaves for India for Continuing Ed. Pilgrimage.

 

**Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, we are excited about celebrating the first anniversary of the Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018! On our first Sunday, 31 people joined us! Come join us again for a special anniversary Sunday, when we hope to have 32 people join us!**

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Requests

 

*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!

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Poem

 

“Late Summer” by Jennifer Grotz

 

Before the moths have even appeared

to orbit around them, the streetlamps come on,

a long row of them glowing uselessly

along the ring of garden that circles the city center,

where your steps count down the dulling of daylight.

At your feet, a bee crawls in small circles like a toy unwinding.

Summer specializes in time, slows it down almost to dream.

And the noisy day goes so quiet you can hear

the bedraggled man who visits each trash receptacle

mutter in disbelief: Everything in the world is being thrown away!

Summer lingers, but it’s about ending. It’s about how things

redden and ripen and burst and come down. It’s when

city workers cut down trees, demolishing

one limb at a time, spilling the crumbs

of twigs and leaves all over the tablecloth of street.

Sunglasses! the man softly exclaims

while beside him blooms a large gray rose of pigeons

huddled around a dropped piece of bread.

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Buen Camino!

Pastors Brett & Chris

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship Newsletter, Aug. 12, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: August 12, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Trekkers, Saunterers, Pathfinders, Asylum Seekers, Friends, and Family:
At the Community of Pilgrims’ Steering Team meeting Wednesday night, we figured out our “elevator speech”. We are an intentional Christian community, in which we practice service and fellowship, worship and prayer, and education and discipleship, as we follow Jesus, and embrace all.” There is much to unpack here, but it is a beginning!

So let the unpacking begin. By saying “as we follow Jesus,” what does that mean? In the focus Scripture this week, Eph. 4:25-5:2, there is this wonderful challenge to the Christian community in Ephesus, and us today: be imitators of God! In Jesus, we see and hear and feel God’s love. In this passage, a new standard has been set, setting the “bar” high as we are called out to imitate the love of God in Christ in the world, which hungers for such love. This is the love of neighbor as Jesus called us to love, or “live in love” (5:2), and that the love of Christ dwell in our hearts (3:17). This love of God makes a big difference as we make our way in the world that does not know such love. Join us this Sunday as we explore the art and practice of being imitators of God in the world today!
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Events!

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am, Pastor Brett will be preaching at First Presbyterian Church, Salem, OR. 

Sunday, Aug. 12, 4-6 pm, we will gather and worship and share a potluck together at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church!

Thur., Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 19, Pastor Brett will be theologian-in-residence at Camp Hope on the OR Coast (Camp Magruder), which is a camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Worship will still “happen”, from 4-6 pm at Rose City Park on Aug. 19.

Fri., Aug. 24-Wed., Aug. 29, Pastor Brett will be staff for “Listening with Open Hearts” Conference for the United Methodist Church at
Collins Retreat Center. Again, we will gather together on Aug. 26 for worship.

**Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, we are excited about celebrating the first anniversary of the Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018! On our first Sunday, 31 people joined us! Come join us again for a special anniversary Sunday, when we hope to have 32 people join us!**
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Requests

*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! 
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Poem

“As Imperceptibly As Grief” by Emily Dickinson

As imperceptibly as Grief
The Summer lapsed away –
Too imperceptible at last
To seem like Perfidy –
A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon –
The Dusk drew earlier in –
The Morning foreign shone –
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, that would be gone –
And thus, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape
Into the Beautiful.
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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship Newsletter, Aug., 5, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: August 5, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Folks who Stroll, Hike, Bike, Paddle, Use Canes & Walkers, Bus Riders, Drivers, Friends, and Family Members,

Thank you, Pastor Chris Dungan, and all who gathered at Chris’ air-conditioned home on Sunday, July 29! You’re flexibility in moving locations is amazing. What a wonderful relief on a hot summer’s day in Portland, OR, with the promise of more sunshine in the coming week. We are back in our home in the Chapel at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church this Sunday.

The focus Scripture for this Sunday is from the Letter to the Ephesians (which may or may not have been written by Paul), 4:1-16. The writer is exulting over the incredible work of being a Christian community, which is possible by the gift of grace, embodied in the risen Christ, and made real in the never-a-dull-moment of being the body of Christ on earth. The Benedictine writer John Chittister wrote, “In community we work out our connectedness to God, to one another, and to ourselves. It is in community where we find out who we really are…It is easy to talk about the love of God; it is another thing to practice it.” As we, the Community of Pilgrims, continue the work of our calling—to be an intentional Christian community, in which we practice service and fellowship, prayer and worship, and education and discipleship as we follow Jesus and embrace all—may we always be open to what the Spirit is calling us to be and do as we practice and grow into being the body of Christ in Portland, OR!

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Events!

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, 10:00 am, Pastor Brett preaching at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard, OR.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, 4-6:00 pm, Gathering and worship of Community of Pilgrims at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church.

Wed., Aug. 8, 7 pm, Steering/Guide Team, Chris’ home.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am, Pastor Brett will be preaching at First Presbyterian Church, Salem, OR.

Thurs., Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 19, Pastor Brett will be theologian-in-residence at Camp Hope on the OR Coast (Camp Magruder), which is a camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Worship will still “happen”, from 4-6 pm at Rose City Park on Aug. 19.

Fri., Aug. 24-Wed., Aug. 29, Pastor Brett will be staff for “Listening with Open Hearts” Conference for the United Methodist Church at Collins Retreat Center. Again, we will gather together on Aug. 26 for worship.
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Requests

*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!

*Opportunity to discuss and act: From Pastor Linda at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church: “If your folks would be interested in fixing a dinner for the kids from Warm Springs as they are here in the NW College of Construction program-- let me know. Opportunities will be S-Th dinners from July 8-August 8.” Let’s discuss Sunday.

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Poem

Things of August, by Wallace Stevens

These locusts by day, these crickets by night
Are the instruments on which to play
Of an old and disued ambit of the soul
Or of a new aspect, bright in discovery--
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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Community of Pilgrims Newsletter, July 22, 2018

THIS SUNDAY: July 22, 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; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com
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Dear Rovers, Barnstormers, Commuters, Displaced Persons, Friends, and Family Members,

A big “THANK YOU” to the Community of Pilgrims for your gift of toys, balls, crayons, markers, paper, coloring pens, pencils, erasers, coloring books, and incredible books for the young children who have been taken away from their moms and dads on our southern border. housed at the Morrison Child and Family Services Center. As I write this newsletter, Linda and Kathy of our Community are delivering these gifts to Sean at the Morrison Center, and other churches have asked for this contact and opportunity to provide for others.

This leads to the focus Scripture for this Sunday, Ephesians 2:11-22, which is a very “pilgrim” centered passage, because the words “aliens” and “strangers” that are strewn throughout the passage can also be translated to “pilgrim.” However, what is even more striking amid the talk of “securing the border and “making America safe again,” the building of walls, and the fortification homes in gated communities, is that God is all about doing the exact opposite. In Christ, God is breaking down “the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (vs. 14), “creating one new humanity, making peace” (vs. 15), and calling us to “be citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone” (vs. 19). In Christ, there is no talk of borders and walls, only longer tables and more chairs in the household of God, for there is plenty for all. Two completely different metaphors and visions of life. As for us, we belong to God, and are participants in the One who is the cornerstone of a whole new world.
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Events!

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 4-6 pm, Gathering and Worship with Community of Pilgrims, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church;

Thursday, July 26-28, 2018, Pastor Brett will be at the national Reconciling Convocation, with many of my LGBTQ and allies UMC friends in St. Louis, MO;

Sunday, July 29, 2018, Pastor Brett will preach at Trinity UMC in Toledo, OR in the morning.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, 10:00 am, Pastor Brett preaching at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard, OR.

Wed., Aug. 8, 7 pm, Steering/Guide Team, Chris’ home.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am, Pastor Brett will be preaching at First Presbyterian Church, Salem, OR.

*Possibility: seeing “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot,” the life of John Callahan, a Portlander, filmed by Gus Van Sant, another Oregonian, at Cinema 21. Any interest in seeing this Monday night, July 23, 7 pm? San Sai afterwards?
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Requests

*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!

*Opportunity to discuss and act: From Pastor Linda at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church: “If your folks would be interested in fixing a dinner for the kids from Warm Springs as they are here in the NW College of Construction program-- let me know. Opportunities will be S-Th dinners from July 8-August 8.” Let’s discuss Sunday!
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Poem

The Forsythia Bush, by Brian Doyle

One morning this summer I was basking in the sun
With the brother closest to me in age. We had been
Brought up almost as twins but then took disparate
Roads, as twins do. He was sobbing and I was near
Tears and the ocean was muttering. I heard a heron.
We had been having the most naked open talk we’d
Had in many years. I wanted to tell him how deeply
I loved him but words are just so weak and shallow.
So I talked about the forsythia bush we used to hide
Under together. It was the safest place on the planet.
The light was always amazing in there and it wasn’t
Ever muddy somehow and you were draped in gold.
It was a hut a huddle a tent a canopy a cave a refuge.
Sometimes you have to use a thing to say something
Else. We do this all the time. We talk sideways, yes?
But sidelong is often the only road that gets to where
You know you need to go. So much means lots more
Than it seems like it could mean. Tears, for example.

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Buen Camino!
Pastors Brett & Chris
Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell (919) 444-9111; brettwebbmitchell@gmail.com Rev. Chris Dungan (503) 724-7060; chrisdungan1@msn.com

Toys and Books for Children of Asylum Seekers at Morrison Child and Family Services

At a recent rally on World Refugee Day, Kathy Fukuyama and Brett Webb-Mitchell discovered that some of the children of asylum seekers are living and being taken care of at the Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, OR.  Through Sean Buchanan, who works at the Morrison Center, we learned that the Center would appreciate toys, books, crayons, and the like for children 12-17 years of age.  On Sunday we collected bags upon bags of toys, books, crayons, markers, coloring books, and balls for the children. What an amazing gift of love!