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A New Era

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 by

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I have accepted the position of Managing Director of Pilgrim Center.  This acceptance is not an action that I have taken lightly or without significant discernment.  In the spring of 2014 I made a decision to shift my ministry to the realm of outdoor ministry […]

Baking Bread

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 by

This past Saturday we hosted a Youth Faith Formation retreat for confirmation students from across the state.  One of the topics for the weekend was communion and as an activity the students put together the ingredients for bread dough and then we tried to bake the bread over an open camp fire.  I need to […]

Calendar Collision

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 by

Today is one of those unique days when the church calendar and the secular calendar collide in a strange way.  Today is both Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day.  So does that mean you get to take your date to worship after dinner?  You certainly can, but you might want to be careful how you frame […]

Send Me!

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 by

I had the opportunity to attend an ordination service this past Sunday afternoon.  For a clergy/church geek like myself those are some of the best events around.  The music is always great and the scripture and its accompanying message is typically stirring and compelling.  This Sunday was not a disappointment.  One of the focus scriptures […]

All in the Family

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 by

The staff of UCCI, both Pilgrim Center and Moonbeach, have spent a considerable amount of time exploring what it means to be performing ministry.  One of the strong themes that has come out of this discussion is the concept of family.  In our discussions it has frequently been stated that if we are performing good […]

Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 26, 2017 by

In 2017 the fourth Sunday of Advent happens to also be Christmas Eve.  I suspect that this is going to result in the fourth Sunday not getting a whole lot of press time.  It is going to be overshadowed by the grand event, it is going to be a small blip on the radar in […]

Advent Hope

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 by

The theme for the first Sunday in Advent is traditionally considered to be Hope.  The scriptures normally shared on the first Sunday speak of a future event that is able to rid the world of its problems.  In many places of worship the theme for the day will focus on acknowledging the challenges facing the […]


Posted on Dec 1, 2017 by

Happy New Year! This week, yes the first week of December marks the beginning of a new Church Calendar Year. The Church calendar always begins with Advent, which are the four Sundays proceeding December 25. So along with Happy New Year, I can also proclaim, “Happy Advent!”, but I don’t know if anyone does that. […]

Demolition has Begun

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 by

The dust is flying, fine small Styrofoam bead insulation is in the air, and asbestos floor tiles are being professionally removed.  The Faville renovation has begun in earnest!  A crew of 6 to 12 volunteers have removed approximately 80 cubic yards of building waste from carpeting to wall paneling and insulation, and we have just […]

Performing Ministry

Posted on Nov 6, 2017 by

Our final piece of the UCCI mission statement is the act of performing ministry.  The verb performing is used in multiple setting in our language, a musician performs a song, a surgeon performs a surgical procedure and here at Pilgrim Center and at Moon Beach we perform ministry.  There is an element of precision to […]