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Seamanship 101

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 by

‘There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEB) I was reminded once again this week that there is frequently more than one way to accomplish the same task. One of our tasks for the week was to prepare our motor boat for the season. If the […]

Facing Challenges

Posted on May 25, 2018 by

This time of year has a tendency to be rather stressful in the summer camping organization; all of the facilities need to be up and running at their best potential and all of an organization’s staffing needs to be pulled together. Inevitably there are always some loose ends that are only resolved in the 11 […]

Following your Heart

Posted on May 3, 2018 by

We make choices and decisions every day of our lives, some of them are rather mundane, such as what we will wear in the morning or what we might eat for lunch.  Other decisions have more long term significance, such as what we will pursue for a summer job between college semesters or a change […]

Celebrating Earth

Posted on Apr 27, 2018 by

This past Sunday was officially Earth Day.  In some communities it is celebrated with a fair amount of activities and in some communities it is barely recognized at all.  In the community that I worshiped with on Sunday we shared a reading of Dr. Suess’ The Lorax.  Due to the length of the story, the […]

Planned Vulnerability

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 by

Today we accomplished one of those pesky little tasks at Pilgrim Center that needs to be completed once per year.  State fire prevention code requires us to have our fire extinguishers inspected annually.  Now we have over 30 extinguishers scattered across all our buildings and it can be a little bit of a chore to […]

Modern Day Disciples

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 by

There are some days when I am able to see parallels between Jesus’ disciples and the community we are part of at Pilgrim Center and Moon Beach.  This week, one of the UCC’s daily devotionals, (, made the comparisons a little easier to see.  The author explores the concept of Jesus’ disciples realizing that any […]

Squinting through the Vision

Posted on Mar 21, 2018 by

As part of our dining hall renovations we have decided it is time for some new decorating items.  Some of the items that have been on display are well over 25 years old and it was time for something different and fresh.  We are also attempting to focus our attention on a nautical theme,  one […]

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 […]