Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Location for Sunday

I just learned that the booth for Gateway OnA will be #30 at Pride Fest.  The booths will all be clustered around the Main Drive at Tower Grove Park at the far east end.  We will be on the north side of the Main Drive but on the south side of the walk just about mid-way.  We are right next to Pride Center.  I expect we will be gathering for worship around 2:00.  If you plan to join us, give me a call at 314-853-9385 so we will know to wait for you.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pride Fest 2011

Pilgrim UCC is a member of Gateway OnA.  Many UCC churches in the St. Louis area have declared themselves to be Open and Affirming.  This is a declaration that a congregation may make as a statement about how it understands and responds to the reality of a God who creates us with many sexual orientations.  It affirms that all are precious children of God and worthy of care and concern and that all are extravagantly welcomed into the community of the local congregation.  This is a very important statement to make publically in a society which rejects and condemns people because of their sexuality.

Those UCC churches in the St. Louis area which have declared themselves Open and Affirming work together under the umbrella of Gateway Ona.

This coming weekend marks the annual celebration of PrideFest in Tower Grove Park.  The celebration will be Saturday and Sunday.  At noon on Sunday there will be a parade and Gateway OnA will walk in it.  You are invited to join us by meeting at 11:30 at St. Paul UCC at 3510 Giles Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116-4790

The parade starts at noon.

After the parade we will gather at the Gateway OnA booth and from there find a place to meet for Sacred Soup.  We will not be eating (unless you bring something) but we will gather for contemplation.  I will post directions to the booth Saturday afternoon when I know where it is.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

In the Pine Grove at Forest Park

We met today in the Pine Grove at 729 S. Skinker.  I was a beautiful day and we caught what breeze there was.  Here is a link to the pictures.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day

This coming Sunday Pilgrim has a Father's Day lunch following morning worship so we will not be serving soup. Also, it was pretty warm in the chapel last week. I really worked at getting the chapel cooled off last Sunday but by the end of the meeting it was up to 81 in the room and still. Maybe having a few fans to stir up the air would help, but we are expecting it to be 95 Sunday afternoon. So...

We are going to take it to the park. There is a pine grove in Forest Park at what would be 729 South Skinker. You can park on Skinker just south of the light at Rosebury and walk uphill until you see the pine grove. I was going to link to a map but all you have to do is go to Skinker and Rosebury and walk uphill and head for the tallest and densest grove of pines.

We will gather at 1:00 and have a somewhat different worship than has become our custom. We have been exploring various contemplative practices (silent meditation, chant, guided meditation, lectio divina…) but we have not done much with sacraments. This Sunday we will explore the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, of the Eucharist. Sarah is bringing the wine and Mark is baking bread. While we won't actually plan on a full meal, you may want to bring something to share. There are a couple of benches in the pine grove which are quite comfortable or you can bring a blanket or chair.

In two weeks we will be at Pride Fest in Tower Grove Park. I suggest we gather at the Gateway OnA booth and find a place to meet from there. The week after that is July 3 and we may want to assess who will be available to meet. Stay tuned.