Mission engages the congregation in mission initiatives, from local food pantries and shelters to medical missions in Honduras and educational work in Zambia. They organize mission trips, oversee donations, and create opportunities for service.
Latest Mission News
The One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special mission offering of the United Church of Christ involves you in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery. Through OGHS you engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. Because the UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response & recovery networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place. Thank you for your generous contribution.
Here are some of the projects that Pilgrim Church is supporting this Holiday Season. This list might inspire you and your family to find an outreach that touches your hearts.
Giving Tree. We dedicate our Giving Tree to the children at Shiners Hospital in Boston. Shriners is a 30-bed pediatric burn hospital providing acute, reconstructive, and rehabilitative care. Shriners Hospital specializes in pediatric care at no charge for children up to 18 years of age. The tree is located in Pilgrim's sun room, and there are gift tags (with specific requests) hanging from the branches. Please take a tag and return it with the unwrapped gift by Monday, December 19. Our Giving Tree Gifts must be NEW and unwrapped.
Mitten Tree Sunday, December 11
This has become an annual celebration for us! Please bring new mittens, hats, and scarves to be donated to East End House in Cambridge. During the service, you will place your items on one of the Christmas trees located in the front of the sanctuary. If you prefer to make a cash donation, you can write a check to Pilgrim with East End House noted in the memo line.
Offerings during the Special Worship Services for this season:
Sunday, December 18 and Longest Night, December 21
UCC Christmas Fund.
The UCC Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC Clergy and lay church employees – to supplement pensions and health care, and provide thank you gifts and emergency grants for those in need.
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Shriners Hospital for Children/The Outdoor Church of Cambridge
Shriners Hospitals is committed to providing the best care for children regardless of a family’s ability to pay - they specialize in orthopedics, burn care and spinal cord injuries.
The Outdoor Church takes God’s Word out into the world, to those chronically homeless men and women who for whatever reason cannot bring themselves to enter conventional churches.
Thank You for your generous support!
The Mission Committee
As some of you may know, Mrs. Teresa Banda recently passed away very unexpectedly. Pilgrim has worked with her and her community in Zambia since 2010. In 2013, Pilgrim made a new latrine possible for the community to keep the school open, a new exterior wall, a new front gate with no jagged metal, and connected the electricity. In addition, Pilgrim provided the ladies with a popcorn maker and a peanut butter machine. Pilgrim’s Mission Committee provided funds for Mrs. Teresa to support the children in the Mandevu community continuing education this summer.
Please keep Mrs. Teresa and her family in your prayers.