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The Pilgrim, October 2021

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The Pilgrim MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF PILGRIM LUTHERAN CHURCH Pilgrims gather to celebrate the church's 100th anniversary at the September 12 Ice Cream Social. VOLUME 122, ISSUE 10 October 2021

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Pilgrim Lutheran Church An ELCA Congregation A Home for Hungry Minds and Souls A Reconciling in Christ Congregation A Caring for Creation Congregation Church Office: 1935 St. Clair Ave. Phone: 651-699-6886 Saint Paul, MN 55105-1646 Fax: 651-699-7425 Office Hours: by appointment only Email: pilgrim@pilgrimstpaul.org for duration of COVID-19 pandemic Website: www.pilgrimstpaul.org (email and voice mail are checked regularly) Staff Members of the Congregational Council Pastor Chris Smith (also known as the Vestry) Interim Lead Pastor Tim Dykstal, Past President/Executive Team pastorchrissmith@pilgrimstpaul.org tdykstal@gmail.com Pastor Jen Rome Tim Moore, President/Executive Team Pastor of Next Generation Ministries (full time) tim.moore927@gmail.com pastorjenrome@pilgrimstpaul.org Matthew Anderson, VP/Executive Team Rev. Lynn Peterson matthewsanderson99@gmail.com Pastor in Residence Jason Hendrikson, Treasurer/Executive Team (Pastoral care ministry, 5-8 hrs. per month) jasonhendrikson@gmail.com Paul Stever Timothy Bell-Kemp, At-Large Member Music Director, Organist and tabell1112@gmail.com Chancel Choir Director (3/4 time) Sandy Johnson, At-Large Member steverpaul55@aol.com sandjo_us@yahoo.com Maggie Priola Karla Leitzman, At-Large Member Director of Children’s Choirs (1/8 time) karla.leitzman@gmail.com maggie.priola@gmail.com Matt Spindler, At-Large Member Dick Hensold spindlerprime@gmail.com Composer in Residence Lois Wintersteen, At-Large Member dickhensold@gmail.com wintersteen1105@yahoo.com Alex Theship-Rosales Director of Children, Youth, Other Chairpersons/Roles and Family Ministries (1/2 time) Pete Newburg, Financial Secretary alextheshiprosales@pilgrimstpaul.org Barbara McCauley, Chair of Congregational Cathy Salin Life and Care Business Manager (3/5 time) Beth Nelson and Jay Oakman, Properties cathysalin@pilgrimstpaul.org Mary Brodd MeeAe Kim, Aly Xiong, Bethany Mollman Office Coordinator (7/10 time) Jimmy Gerding, Ella Boelke pilgrim@pilgrimstpaul.org Nursery Attendants Chuck Regal Custodian (1/2 time) Joanna Deer & Karie Johnson coregal@comcast.net Wedding Coordinators Mike Schulze Custodian/M@P Support Cover Photo by Ann Dyellig. mikeschulze@pilgrimstpaul.org Denika Anderson Communications Specialist (35% time) communications@pilgrimstpaul.org Serena Asta Newsletter Designer serenapilgrim@gmail.com

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 3 - What’s in Your Pilgrim? October Worship Overview ......................................................................... 4 Important Information About Holy Communion .................................. 4 Using Facebook Live for Pilgrim Worship Broadcasts .......................... 5 October Worship & Forum Schedule ...................................................... 5 Moving Forward at the Right Speed ........................................................... 6 Journeying through the Neutral Zone .................................................... 6 A New Website for a New Season................................................................ 7 Music Notes — October 2021 ......................................................................8 Musical Leaders for Worship ..................................................................8 Evening Worship Service Times for Fall 2021 ........................................8 Compline ............................................................................................8 Celtic Contemplative Communion .....................................................8 Contemplative Prayer from Nordic and Other Lands ........................ 9 Guest Musicians for Nordic and Other Lands on October 24, 6:30 pm Prelude .............................................................................................. 9 Monday Musical Moment ....................................................................... 9 An Update on Children’s Choir ............................................................... 9 Vestry News .............................................................................................. 10 Update from the Vestry ........................................................................ 10 Calling All Pilgrims to Shared Ministry ................................................. 11 Focus Groups Update ........................................................................... 12 Education, Service & Fellowship ............................................................... 13 The Spirit Lives On! Come Celebrate Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary! ..... 13 Bringing the 100th Anniversary Hymn to Life ...................................... 13 O Pilgrims, Come ............................................................................. 14 100th Anniversary Fundraiser — Buy a Pie, Help a Family! ................. 15 Advocates for Racial Equity: Acting to Repair the Breach ................... 15 Public Art Update ................................................................................. 16 Book Club News .................................................................................... 16 More Than Happy Hour— OUTSIDE IN PERSON .............................. 16 Classics for Pilgrims.............................................................................. 17 Men’s Breakfast October 4 .................................................................... 17 Pilgrim Mamas Gathering .................................................................... 17 Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation ......................................... 17 Autumn Adaptations ............................................................................ 17 7th and 8th Grade Confirmation Event .................................................. 18 Prayer Corner ............................................................................................ 19 Parochial Report ...................................................................................... 20 October Birthdays ........................................................................... 20 October Anniversaries .................................................................... 20

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 4 - October Worship Overview The continuing prevalence of the Delta variant of the COVID virus means that Pilgrim will continue to take appropriate precautions as it holds in-person worship services. The basic pattern for Sunday mornings: ❖ 9:30 am Worship with live streaming on Facebook Live ❖ 10:30 am Coffee Time immediately after worship (BYO beverage/snacks). ❖ 10:40 am Forums & Other Faith Formation* (Forum live streamed on Facebook Live) *See newsletter article on page 17 for information on faith formation activities for children, youth, and families. Worship each Sunday morning includes “Point for Pilgrims” — an opportunity for children and their families to experience the Bible story in an engaging way. Sunday Morning Forums follow worship each Sunday morning at 10:40. Forum topics are included in the information for each Sunday. Health guidelines: ❖ For all worship services, we ask worshipers to wear masks out of abundant concern for unvaccinated children and vulnerable adults. ❖ All worship services will include singing (with masks on). Pastors and other worship leaders will remove masks when playing, singing, or speaking from the chancel. You can expect that these patterns and guidelines may change as we move forward based on the advice of government health officials and of Pilgrim’s SMART Team. Important Information About Holy Communion For the time being we will practice Holy Communion in a socially distanced manner. This means: ❖ You may bring your own bread or crackers and wine or juice to worship services. ❖ Pre-packaged communion cups with wafer are also available at worship services. ❖ Worshipers will remain in their seats when receiving Holy Communion. ❖ All are welcome to receive Holy Communion ❖ As always, you may refrain from receiving Holy Communion for any reason.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 5 - Using Facebook Live for Pilgrim Worship Broadcasts Pilgrim broadcasts indoor worship services on Facebook Live. Using Facebook Live for broadcasting is convenient, inexpensive, and reliable. Note that you do not have to join Facebook to access Pilgrim worship services. Pilgrim’s Facebook page can be reached at: https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStPaul/. Navigate to the church’s Facebook page at the time of the worship service and click on the video link. October Worship & Forum Schedule Sunday, October 3, 9:30 am — 19th Sunday after Pentecost — Pastor Chris Smith preaching. Worship with Holy Communion featuring the Pilgrim Jazz Ensemble. Reading: Mark 10:2-16. Broadcast on Facebook live. 10:30 am: Coffee Time (bring your own beverage/snack) follows worship 10:40 am: Forum: Advocates for Racial Equity: Isaiah’s Rent Stabilization Initiative Sunday, October 3, 8:00 pm — Choral Contemplative Prayer: Compline. Broadcast on Facebook live. Sunday, October 10, 9:30 am — 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary with guest preacher Pastor Bonnie Nash. Featuring the Pilgrim Chancel Choir. Readings: Jeremiah 6:16; 29:11-13; Psalm 139:7-10; Luke 2:41-52. Broadcast on Facebook live. 10:30 am: Anniversary Coffee Time There is no forum on this Sunday. Sunday, October 10, 6:51 pm — Celtic Contemplative Communion. In-person only. Sunday, October 17, 9:30 am — 21st Sunday after Pentecost — Pastor Jen Rome preaching. Worship with Holy Communion. Reading: Mark 10:35-45. Broadcast on Facebook live. 10:30 am: Coffee Time (bring your own beverage/snack) follows worship 10:40 am Forum: David Weiss — Explanation of hymn O Pilgrims Come Sunday, October 24, 9:30 am — 22nd Sunday after Pentecost — Pastor Justin Grimm preaching. Featuring the Pilgrim “Y’all, Come” Choir. Reading: Mark 10:46-52. Broadcast on Facebook live. 10:30 am Coffee Time (bring your own beverage/snack) follows worship 10:40 am Forum: Pilgrim’s Ministry Site Profile with Pastor Justin Grimm, Saint Paul Area Synod

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 6 - Sunday, October 24, 6:51 pm — Contemplative Prayer from Nordic and Other Lands. In-person only. Sunday, October 31, 9:30 am — Reformation Sunday — Pastor Chris Smith preaching. Featuring the Pilgrim Chancel Choir and Brass. Reading: John 8:31-38. Broadcast on Facebook live. 10:30 am Coffee Time (bring your own beverage/snack) follows worship 10:40 am Forum: Dan Bielenberg, Center for Learning and Neighborhood Involvement, “Future Trends in the Church” Moving Forward at the Right Speed Journeying through the Neutral Zone Congregations in transition from one pastoral leader to the next go through phases. In the model of transition proposed some years ago by (the aptly named) William and Susan Bridges, during transitions, congregations move from “Endings” through a “Neutral Zone” (where the work of interim ministry takes place) to “New Beginnings.” I recently spent time with colleagues in interim ministry discussing the Bridges’ model of transition. A number of insights emerged, but I’ll focus on only one here: There is no set timeframe which transitions from one pastor to the next must take. There are a variety of “rules of thumb” that circulate within the church, the most common being that pastoral transitions must take one month for each year the prior pastor was in residence. There is no value in such rules of thumb because the needs of each church are unique and will take more or less time, depending on those needs. Recently, I learned of a church whose pastor departed after only 18 months of service. It would be odd indeed if an interim pastor were to serve there for only six weeks. They may take a year or longer to successfully meet the needs of transition to the next pastor. I have also witnessed up close the 11-month transition from one pastor to the next in a congregation where the prior pastor had served for more than 22 years. The people of that church were able to accomplish the tasks of transition well in less than a year and to provide an energetic and blessed welcome to their next pastor. In terms of the Bridges’ model, they ended well, they completed the necessary work in their own Neutral Zone so that they were well prepared for New Beginnings. The corollary of “no set timeframe for transition” is that transitions happen best when they move at the right speed. The challenge for an interim pastor is determining what that speed is. Most of you don’t know that I meet weekly with Pilgrim’s President (Tim Moore) and Vice President (Matthew Anderson). We’ve been meeting

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 7 - weekly since late February (back then, with President Tim Dykstal). That’s a lot of meetings. Each week, we run through a list of transitional and related activities currently taking place and anticipate what needs to be done next. In all of this we assess whether Pilgrim’s transition is moving at the right speed. So far, we agree that it is. We don’t have a quantitative way to measure the speed. It’s about how things feel. The Bridges model of transition observes that a small number of people in a congregation get stuck emotionally in “Endings.” They are unable to begin the trek through the Neutral Zone. In every congregation this phenomenon happens. On the other hand, the Bridges observe that a small number of other people immediately leap from “Endings” to “New Beginnings.” They skip over the Neutral Zone. I care very much about both outlier groups, but I confess here that I do not design or direct my interim work primarily for them. I direct most of my work for the vast majority who are trekking with me through the Neutral Zone, trusting that the Spirit will round up stragglers and keep inviting those who skipped the trip through the Neutral Zone to join us. There is good biblical precedent for sojourning in the Neutral Zone. The time between what has been and what will be is pregnant with the Spirit’s presence, inviting all to imagine what comes next. But wait! I forget for whom I am writing! You are Pilgrims! You know journeys well. I am grateful to be on this one with you. The pace is about right, the Spirit is leading, and something new is just up ahead. Good things are happening, and more are just around the bend. See You in Church, Pastor Chris Smith A New Website for a New Season By Denika Anderson, Pilgrim Communications Specialist Pilgrim is entering a season full of big changes and exciting celebrations! We are marking the 100th anniversary, moving forward in calling our next lead pastor, launching our re-visioned evening worship services, navigating a new stage of the pandemic, and unveiling our beautiful public art installation. I know this season has been challenging, and I am proud of the ways this community has continued to adapt with grace. I am excited to announce another big change: Pilgrim’s new website will launch in October! Though the pandemic created some setbacks in this process, we are finally ready to bring it to life. This site was designed to be easy to use and accessible to visitors, while also becoming a more reliable resource for the community. More information about the new website will be sent out in a special email this month. To be added to our email lists, or update your email, contact the office at pilgrim@pilgrimstpaul.org.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 8 - Music Notes — October 2021 By Paul Stever, Music Director Musical Leaders for Worship 10/3 9:30 am 8:00 pm Pilgrim Jazz Ensemble Contemplative Choir 10/10 9:30 am 6:51 pm Chancel Choir Led by Dick Hensold, pipes, and Celtic musicians 10/17 9:30 am Small ensemble 10/24 9:30 am 6:51 pm “Y’All, Come” Choir* Led by Paul Stever, keyboard, and Nordic fiddlers and cantors 10/31 9:30 am Chancel Choir and Brass *On “Y’All, Come” Choir Sundays, any singers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 may show up at 8:30 am to learn an easy anthem and help lead worship from the Chancel. You may contact Paul at SteverPaul55@aol.com if you’d like to receive music ahead of time. Evening Worship Service Times for Fall 2021 Compline, Celtic Contemplative Communion, and Contemplative Prayer from Nordic and Other Lands services will provide contemplative music, readings, candle lighting, contemplative silence, and more. Dick Hensold and several teams of Pilgrim staff, members, and friends have been working many months to re-vision and prepare for the return of these services that are such a vibrant part of Pilgrim’s ministry. Please join us for these services and invite your friends and neighbors! These will be led by the same musicians and many of the same leaders as in the past. Compline October 3, November 7, and December 5 at 8:00 pm This 30 minute service features chants, hymns, and other contemplative music, led by our tenor-bass Contemplative Choir. Very little of the service is spoken. Join us in person or https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStPaul. A Facebook account is not required and you can listen to past services as well at https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStPaul/live/. Celtic Contemplative Communion October 10, November 14, and December 12 at 6:51 pm This is a mostly new, re-designed service with more emphasis on contemplation, and with new music. (Available in person, no Facebook livestream)

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 9 - Contemplative Prayer from Nordic and Other Lands October 24, and November 28 at 6:51 pm This service continues to focus on music from Scandinavian countries, now also featuring music and influences from around the world. (Available in person, no Facebook livestream) Guest Musicians for Nordic and Other Lands on October 24, 6:30 pm Prelude The American Swedish Institute Lilla Lag is made up of youth ages 8-17 who gather to learn and perform Swedish folk music. The group learns all music by ear. The word “lilla lag” is a Swedish term that means youth folk music group. Many different areas of Sweden have a lilla lag; the American Swedish Institute’s lilla lag has been active for five years. Interested in learning more? Please email Music Director Ingela Eilert Haaland at ingela_eilert@yahoo.com. Monday Musical Moment Monday Musical Moments, approximately 5 minute live-stream videos of Paul singing and/or playing sacred music, broadcast on Mondays at noon (and are available for archive listening later) at https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimStPaul. An Update on Children’s Choir By Maggie Priola Due to the nature of COVID-19, our regular Wednesday night children's choir rehearsals are postponed until at least November. Instead, I would like to invite all children and families who are interested and willing to contact me directly about working together in an individual or smaller group manner to share in worship the voices and musical gifts of the children of Pilgrim! I am happy to find a time that works for all with all to have an in-person, outdoor, and/or virtual rehearsal. I want everyone to know that I am vaccinated and very willing to wear a mask during all interactions. As we go forward, we can be flexible and creative! Please reach out to me and let's continue to make music together with the children of Pilgrim! I can be reached by cell phone at 815-509-8242 or by email at maggie.priola@gmail.com.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 10 - Vestry News Update from the Vestry The September 19 forum on the call process highlighted the difference between the call process for a Lead Pastor and a hiring decision in other parts of society. On the one hand, the temptation may be to solicit many resumes, to compare candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, according to our Lutheran theology, we are all living out a vocation — the Latin root of which means “to call” — and as ministers ourselves we call a pastor to lead us in that shared undertaking. Above all, we trust that God is guiding the process. The Saint Paul Area Synod prescribes a process for the calling of a pastor, and Pilgrim has been following it closely. Nearly 200 Pilgrims answered an extensive survey about Pilgrim’s identity and needs, and Pastor Chris and the survey team compiled and analyzed the results. More Pilgrims participated in a series of focus groups, and another team compiled and analyzed that qualitative data. All this work will inform the construction of Pilgrim’s Ministry Site Profile (MSP), the document that defines for pastoral candidates who Pilgrim is as a congregation and where we are called to go. At its September meeting, after reviewing an impressive array of applications, the Vestry formally approved a Call Committee. They are: ❖ Stephanie Gossett ❖ Joan Haan ❖ Pamela Itzin ❖ Matt O’Toole ❖ Elizabeth Schoenknecht ❖ Kate Tosteson Once the MSP is complete, the Call Committee will begin its task of con-sidering, and recommending to the entire congregation, a new Lead Pastor. As discussed in last month’s newsletter and at the September 19 forum, Pastor Jen has discerned she would like to be considered as a candidate for the Lead Pastor position. When an internal candidate steps forward, the synod requires that she be given first consideration. (One reason for that is that the presence of an internal candidate tends to discourage other applicants.) Even though Pastor Jen will be considered first, the process will proceed as outlined in the Synod’s Call Process manual, with the full preparation of the MSP, a thorough interview and review, and no assumptions because of familiarity. If Pastor Jen is not called as Pilgrim’s next lead pastor, then the Call Committee will begin interviewing external candidates. A question that arose at the forum was how Pilgrims can comment on the process to the Call Committee. The short answer is that you already have

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 11 - by answering the CAT survey, by participating in the focus groups, and by offering your thoughts at the forum. At the same time, it is important for Pilgrims to trust the process, and especially to trust — and pray for — the work of the Call Committee. It is also important for the Call Committee to be clear about its task. The foremost question for it to consider is not whether the congregation will like this pastor, or whether this person’s talents will be fully engaged by this call, but whether this is the person whom God commends to the congregation as its Pastor. That would be an odd question for a mere hiring committee to ask! Tim Dykstal and Tim Moore, for the Vestry Calling All Pilgrims to Shared Ministry “Hey honey, does Pilgrim have a committee for…” “Yes dear, we very likely do. Have you seen the latest issue of the Pilgrim Newsletter? All the committee leads and their contact information are listed. The answers to our shared ministry questions — and how to get involved — are no further than an email away!” Committees (named in the church constitution) and shared ministry interest groups (which Pilgrims create occasionally to further the mission of the church) are the gloves and sandals through which we act as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world. If you’ve been coming to Pilgrim for a while now you may have heard or read about many of them, but you still might not know who is involved, what the groups do, or how you might learn more and talk about getting involved yourself. If you are newer to Pilgrim, these committees and groups might seem somewhat removed and unapproachable. Good news is here! Starting this month, Pilgrim’s committee structure and work will be more visible through our media and communications, and getting involved will be easier than ever. At pilgrimstpaul.org, you will find a page dedicated to committees where you will see the organizational chart and sections for each committee and shared ministry interest group (SMIG). In each section, you can learn what the committee or SMIG was formed to accomplish in general, what its current initiatives are, who its leaders and members are, and how to get in touch & involved. In addition, the monthly Pilgrim Newsletter will always print our committee / SMIG organizational chart, contact information for all leaders, and updates about the work of each group on a regular rotation. And, of course, you’ll see weekly opportunities to connect and get involved in the weekly Pilgrim email. Behind the scenes are two hives of activity. First, Pilgrim’s crackerjack Communications Director Denika Anderson and Office Coordinator Mary Brodd are managing all of the content that goes into what we and the wider community see and read each week and each month. Additionally,

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 12 - the Vestry is re-starting an old practice of connecting to each committee and SMIG through a liaison structure, touching base every month to share updates, discuss needs, and forecast future projects and ways to expand their shared ministry. What will all this lead to? For Pilgrim to live into the vision of the future we described through our CAT survey and focus group processes this past Spring, we need everyone to share their talents, time, and faith through the shared ministry work of our committees and SMIGs, in big or small ways, however and whenever the Holy Spirit is moving. Whatever your skills or interests, they have meaning and purpose here among the hungry minds and souls doing God’s work in the world. The full engagement of Pilgrims will take us where we say we want to go on this journey of faith and life together. Focus Groups Update As of this writing, the report of the Focus Group Team is in the hands of Pilgrim’s Vestry. Once they release the report, a detailed summary will be available to the congregation via weekly email. Thanks to all who participated in focus groups. It was a great pleasure for Pastor Chris to get to know you better. And special thanks to the Focus Group Team: Al Zumach, Phyllis Zumach, Karla Leitzman, Elizabeth Schoenknecht, and Pastor Jen Rome. When you see them, offer a word of gratitude for the hard work they contributed to make the focus group process a success.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 13 - Education, Service & Fellowship The Spirit Lives On! Come Celebrate Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary! Thanks to all who joined in the ice cream social on September 12! Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary celebrations continue this fall with these ongoing opportunities. October 10: Festival Worship Service. Pilgrim member Bonnie Nash is the guest preacher for this inspiring service, and we will premier our newly commissioned hymn. Come celebrate and sing! 100th Anniversary Forums — Sundays, 10:45-11:30am October 17: Singing Our History in Praise of God’s Name The 100th anniversary hymn text written by lyricist David Weiss is a bit like a slice of flourless chocolate torte—it’s rich and flavorful. Join the discussion as Pilgrims share their favorite phrases from the text and explore the nuances of meaning David has baked into the lyrics. David Weiss does community-supported public theology and writes essays, hymns, and poetry. David spent 2014-15 with Pilgrim as our Theologian in Residence. October 31: Journey Inward, Journey Outward: Trends in Progressive Churches A discussion with Dan Bielenberg will focus on current themes in progressive churches. Where is God at work and how are we called to join in? What are the growth opportunities and challenges for progressive churches like Pilgrim as we look out towards the next 5-10 years? Dan Bielenberg, M.Div., is an ordained deacon. He is the Director of Learning and Equitable Social Change with the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement in Minneapolis. November 21: Saint Paul Area Synod Bishop, Patricia Lull preaches at the conclusion of our anniversary celebration. Thank you for being part of Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary Celebration! Bringing the 100th Anniversary Hymn to Life By Melanie Ruda The lyrics and music for our anniversary hymn (O Pilgrims, Come) are complete, thanks to writer David Weiss and composer Anne Krentz Organ. David will be with us at the forum on October 17 to talk about the meaning behind the words. Anne lives in Illinois, so she won’t be able to join us in person. However, you can hear about her experience composing

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 14 - our anniversary hymn in this 15-minute interview with Paul Stever at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhe-ieIrHug Although we have the words and notes, according to Anne there’s still one more step. She says, “All the people at your church will bring this piece to life with their breath, with their voices. . . Each one of your congregation is a co-creator in this project.” We join together to remember and celebrate Pilgrim’s 100 years in a Festival Worship Service on October 10, where we will bring this hymn to life for the first time. Before then, please consider taking a few minutes to listen to the hymn at https://tinyurl.com/zfxkbn2n and become familiar with the lyrics. The worship experience is all the richer when we are singing in full voice. O Pilgrims, Come Text by David R. Weiss © 2021 Pilgrim Lutheran Church V1 By our Redeemer planted, like a seed beneath the ground; Til grew a tow’ring building, bearing gospel all around. With stained glass traced by sunlight, to be read by wond’ring eyes; Mid oaken acclamation of Christ coming in the skies. The cloud of saints around us, on the wall and in the pew; The brink of the eternal splashing o’er our lives anew. Refrain: O Pilgrims, come, the table’s set; the spring of water clear. And Wisdom bids us all to dine, so come from far and near. With hungry minds and hungry souls, and lives in love aflame; Thus welcome every stranger home, and call them by their name. V2 Our women early voted, and in time our synod changed; Our welcome ever widened, reaching many long estranged. Where’er our lives have led us, and where’er you still may be, We journey by the water, all together whole and free. Our youth, the church already; thus we built a children’s door; Their wand’ring, wond’ring witness helps the faith of all to soar. V3 Through art we touch the sacred, where the holy may reside; Our worship spans traditions, going deep and ranging wide. So listen, in the stillness, there is music in the air; The doors are opened fully, Sunday ev’nings on Saint Clair. In quiet candlelighting, as the day begins to part, The words soft weave the myst’ry in the waiting of each heart. V4 Tomorrow is our Advent, and our Easter, Pentecost; We move with expectation, risen, too, and Spirit-tossed. As questions rise to press us, faith reforming still today, We bear a restless witness to God’s holy kin-dom way. Sweet Jesus, walk beside us; on the journey we abide. Your gospel be our message; your compassion be our guide.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 15 - 100th Anniversary Fundraiser — Buy a Pie, Help a Family! At the time of this writing, we have a good start on pie orders, and we thank you for ordering a pie! The pie sale fundraiser commemorates Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary, with all proceeds going to Project Home, (https://tinyurl.com/3p267ehk) part of Interfaith Action of Minnesota. Project Home, located at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the Highland Park and Mac-Groveland neighborhoods, provides shelter, employment, and rapid exit housing support for approximately 20 families with minor children. Pies will be made (unbaked and frozen) by Pilgrim’s Congregational Life and Care Team, and available for pickup on November 14 & 21 — Just in time to bake for Thanksgiving! Questions? Contact Ann Dyellig at ann.dyellig@gmail.com or 612-720-4403. Thank you for helping the local community and celebrating Pilgrim! Advocates for Racial Equity: Acting to Repair the Breach In the “In My Neighborhood” project, we have gotten to know Nellie and William Francis, our Black neighbors who were violently turned away 100 years ago. We have also learned about racial covenants and redlining, practices that made such turning away commonplace throughout the metropolitan area. And we became aware that impeding Black homeownership over the last 100 years has led to the wealth gaps that plague our society today. We are complicit in all of this and want to make reparations. According to the “Reparations Now Toolkit” from the Movement for Black Lives, reparations must include “compensation to a specific, defined group of individuals harmed by a violation” and “action to stop the systems, institutions, and practices causing the harm,” by making “changes to laws, institutions, and systems aimed at ensuring that harm will not happen again.” Nellie and William have no heirs but their spirits are alive in the individuals, churches and organizations of the Black community that continue to speak out for justice, fair housing and civil rights. We apologize to the Black community for our part in Groveland’s historic refusal to be a neighborhood where Nellie and William and other Black families could be at home. By asking to work in partnership with Model Cities, an historic Black, St. Paul agency dedicated to providing “access to opportunities that stabilize[s] and develop[s] families and communities,” Pilgrim hopes to learn and act to heal this breach.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 16 - Many in the Pilgrim community have inherited or accumulated wealth as a result of home ownership. In this project we are asking each other to consider sharing some of this wealth, helping create generational wealth for other families through the homeownership services at Model Cities. Please make your donation (online, by check or with appreciated stock or other investments) by November 1, 2021. The Advocates for Racial Equity team appreciates your partnership in this work! Public Art Update Sandy Spieler, Luisa Cabello Hansel, and the Public Art team have been working all summer to assemble and install the art piece on the west lawn of the church and we were delighted to be able to unveil the project during the kick-off of Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday, September 12. As part of this community ice cream social event, visitors and congregants helped create prayer flags which will be flown over the west lawn space to complete the art installation. There will be an additional chance for children and youth to create flags on October 3. The brick-and-mosaic spiral walkway set into the lawn is complete, thanks to the hard work of landscaper Richard Parnell and many volunteer hours from Mike Schulze, among others. The land acknowledgement space in the garden (including adorned pole) has been installed. Mosaics will be hung on the outside walls of the church within a month! We were also happy to be mentioned in an article in the September addition of The Villager newspaper which highlighted Pilgrim’s 100th Anniversary celebrations. Read the article here: https://tinyurl.com/yn4e2zcp Book Club News Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7 pm Book: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell We hope you'll join us. Contact Lynda Hirschboeck at 651-698-7399 or hirschbo@gmail.com for the meeting place, or if you have other questions. More Than Happy Hour— OUTSIDE IN PERSON Thursday, October 28, 6:30-7:30 pm around the fire pit in Pastor Jen’s backyard (bring a blanket and dress warmly!) More Than Happy Hour is a once-a-month space for young adults to gather and talk about life, church, and the world. We focus on a discussion theme. Anyone and everyone is welcome to bring a conversation topic.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 17 - We’ll enjoy warm beverages, name our highs and lows, a need we have, how this group can support us, and where we noticed God this past month. We’ll reflect on some learning about the Enneagram as well. Please contact pastorjenrome@pilgrimstpaul.org with any questions. Classics for Pilgrims Join in a fun discussion of Eugénie Grandet by Honore de Balzac on Thursday, October 28 from 7-8:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the home of Barbara Taylor. Please RSVP or direct questions to Barb at 651-699-1095 or bstaylor50@gmail.com. Men’s Breakfast October 4 Men's breakfast will convene on Monday, October 4. Please join us at the Highland Cafe & Bakery (2012 Ford Parkway) at 8 am. Contact Mark Hirschboeck at mhhirschboeck@gmail.com with any questions. Pilgrim Mamas Gathering All those who identify themselves as mamas from Pilgrim are invited to a Pilgrim Mamas get together approximately once a month in the later evening. Please contact Kirsten Anderson at kirsten.m.anderson@me.com for information. Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation Autumn Adaptations In the name of the Creator, the Rebel, and the Holy Advocate, amen! Pilgrim families, everyone, these are difficult days. Please know that you are never alone amidst the adaptations we are going through this fall. All the two of us want to do is be there for you and walk alongside you on this journey of faith and life — currently a journey informed by all the ickiness of a pandemic. Given the seriousness of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, we have made changes to our faith formation plans for this fall. ALL previously planned indoor in-person Sunday morning faith formation for PreK-Grade 12, including confirmation, is POSTPONED until January 2022, in hopes of vaccine availability for children under 12. We’ll still have opportunities to form our faith together this fall! Looking ahead, there will be one outdoor, in-person and one online faith formation opportunity each month for each age group on Sunday mornings, 10:40-11:30 am. Generally, we will gather in person outdoors on 1st Sundays and online on 3rd Sundays.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 18 - Sunday Morning PreK-12th Grade Faith Formation begins Sunday, October 3 outdoors in-person. Sunday Morning Faith Formation Schedule PreK-12th Grade: October 3: Outdoor In-Person Welcome! October 17: Online October 31: Outdoor In-Person Halloween Party November 7: Outdoor In-Person Cool-Weather Play November 14: Online December 5: Outdoor In-Person Winter Play December 19: Online Outdoor In-Person Faith Formation Locations: PreK-2nd Grade: Meet on greenspace on the east side of the building 3rd-5th Grades: Meet on west lawn 6th-8th Grades: Meet on back parking lot off the alleys 9th-12th Grades: Meet on greenspace north of the building behind parking lot Online Families in Faith Classes, special Deep Dive 7th-8th grade Confirmation Events, and Outdoor Fun Events will still take place. Look for a revised year-long calendar for each age group in the Weekly CYF email soon. May Jesus walk alongside you today; we’re in this together, Pilgrim young people and families! Alex & Pastor Jen 7th and 8th Grade Confirmation Event October 24, 1-3 pm Event: Wakan Tipi Sacred Sites Walking Tour, Lower Phalen Creek Project Location: Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55106 Pilgrim 7th and 8th graders, with regular Sunday morning in person confirmation classes postponed, we will still be able to continue with outdoor events with a group of St. Paul progressive ELCA churches. We will show care and love for God’s creation and people as we learn about the site and the native history and significance of Wakan Tipi. Parents and Caregivers, please drop off youth (Pastor Jen will be there to greet you). We will communicate accurate drop off and pick up location with you via email. Visit these links for more information: Wakan Tipi — https://tinyurl.com/dpxzewn3 Lower Phalen Creek Project — https://tinyurl.com/2wufkmnz

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 19 - Prayer Corner We pray for God’s loving presence for these Pilgrims who need healing, hope, comfort, and care: Concerns: For our governor and all Minnesota public servants, as they lead and serve our whole state; for our national and international leaders, for wisdom during this pandemic; for the vulnerable in our society, including those suffering with COVID-19, those who are unemployed, those struggling with depression and other mental health issues. Ongoing Health Concerns: Leslie Tunstall, living with lung cancer and COPD; Eleanor Boyer, mother of Elaine Boyer-Haymond, in hospice care; Serena Asta, chronic neurological Lyme disease; Lisa Berg; Lillian Knutson; Mike Regal, Chuck’s son, ongoing care following a serious motorcycle accident. Births: Inho Robert McAdory-Kim, born January 31; Hanna Ruby Heggeseth born to Brianna and Paul Heggeseth on January 1, 2020; Maeve McElrath, born to Eileen and Matt McElrath on Sunday, March 24; Margaret (Maggie) Linnea Moore, born to Britt and Tim Moore on March 22. Christian Sympathy: Gary Horejsi and Barbara McCauley as they grieve the death of Gary's mother, Irene Horejsi, on August 21; Lee Fargo and family on the death of her cousin Paul Fladland on August 10; Terri, Eliana, and Meron Bly, on the death of their father/grandfather, Julian Elofson, on July 24; Stephanie Gossett, on the death of her grandmother, Ella Lucille Barker, on July 12; Karie Johnson and family, on the death of her mother, Jane Ostergaard, on June 16; Diane Holland, on the death of her sister from cancer and on the unexpected death of her adult daughter; Erik Johnson and family, on the death of his mother, Jean Johnson, on April 6; Josh Moss and family, on the death of his mother, Peggy Darlene Moss, on February 22; Carl Hokanson, on the death of his grandmother; Kurt Schultz, on the death of his stepfather, Joe McAuliffe; Brett Kahnert and family, on the death of his aunt, Vicki Gunness; Jenn Radke, on the death of her paternal grandmother Barb on January 10 and her maternal grandmother Myra on January 11; Carolyn Olsen, on the death of her mother Shirley Hayde on January 2; the Oakman and Deer families, on the death of Jay's paternal grandmother, Dorothy, on December 23; family and friends of Katherine Jacobson, wife of former Pilgrim Pastor Del Jacobson, who died on December 16; family and friends of Mardell Johnson, who died on November 9; family and friends of Dick Johnson, who died on October 2. Ministry Partnership: The ministry and people of our sister congregation, Luganga Lutheran Church in Tanzania and Pastor Bimbiga; Pilgrim staff members and Pilgrim lay leaders In and beyond the congregation: For peace in our world, for healing in our country, for the invisibly ill, for the mentally ill You are encouraged to send greetings to those you are moved to communicate with. Let us know if you are expecting or adopting a child. If you wish to add or remove a prayer request, please call the church office regarding the Prayer Corner. For prayers during worship, please contact a pastor.

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The Pilgrim, October 2021 - 20 - Parochial Report October Birthdays Week 1 Lee Fargo Mary Beth Lake Nathan Boelke Ellie Ann Shuros Judith Tande Larry Tenter Sara Wrolstad Week 2 Samuel Batalden Brenda Kowske Kathryn Reiley Sophia Bowser Week 3 Leo Lake Phyllis Zumach Virgil Amsden Mark Tande Lisa Berg Rebecca Batalden Nils Gustafson October Anniversaries Karen Hedenstrom & Kurt Schultz Dan Hoseck & Ivory Ruud Tim & Britt Moore Coralie & Corey Pederson Deadline for the Next Pilgrim Newsletter The deadline for sending in materials for the next Pilgrim newsletter is our NEW deadline: October 10. As usual, please send things to serenapilgrim@gmail.com. David & Dianne Judd Micah & Michele Whetstone Donna Dingle & Kristofer Sween Ruth Hagestuen & Bonnie Nash Week 4 Ross Radtke Jeanne Barr Christopher Boylan Gregg Hammerly Eric Hanson Nicole Helland Jen Newburg Magnus Spindler Week 5-6 Kyle Weeks Rachel Weeks Owen Christenson Elizabeth Conklin Beth Nelson Norah Louise Rogness Anne Hall Michael Lindsay Annie Milligan-Wells Jack Milligan-Wells Coralie Hunter Jack Kahnert