Redding Pilgrim
Congregational Church, UCC

Category: Pastor’s Update


Pastor Ann’s Update: June 2016

June 2nd, 2016

Dear Pilgrims, What a joy it is to experience the ties that bind our hearts together in a faith community. The smiles and  laughter that filled the sanctuary as we tied of brightly colored strips of cloth into a beautiful banner were evidence of the power of the ties we have. Our ties with our […]

Pastor Ann’s Update: May 2016

April 28th, 2016

Dear Pilgrims, Happy, Blessed May!  Our spirits are light and free as summer begins to unfold. May 1 was an ancient festival celebrated in pre-Christian European pagan cultures, with the Roman Floralia, the German Walpurgis Night and Gaelic Beltane, most commonly held on the eve, April 30.  May 1 was the first day of summer, […]

Pastor Ann’s Update: April 2016

April 4th, 2016

“Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised… Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” – Mark 16: 1-8 The Theme for our Easter Season series is “Just […]

Pastor Ann’s Update March 2016

February 29th, 2016

Dear Pilgrims, As per my call to Pilgrim Church we have come to the time for a sabbatical leave. The sabbatical is a three-month period available after five years of full time service to the church. I began serving Pilgrim as the Interim Minister September 2008, and was called to serve as the pastor in […]

Pastor Ann’s Update January 2016

January 22nd, 2016

Dear Pilgrims, 2015 was an important year in our spiritual grown as a faith community. The challenges of the public and political world as well as personal challenges have re-established the importance of the strength of a covenant that draws us into the hopes and the pain of each other’s lives. We have learned again […]

Pastor Ann’s Update December 2015

December 3rd, 2015

Dear Pilgrims, We are fast into the season of Advent with our Worship Series, “Testify to Love”. It is easy to bask in testimonies to love. The stories of people reaching out beyond their comfort zones to help others are inspiriting. They do fill our hearts with hope and joy. Some may ask how we […]

Pastor Ann’s Update October 2015

October 1st, 2015

Dear Pilgrims, The French Country Market has come once again.  We work towards it each year with a wonder-filled combination of anticipation and anxiousness.  Each year the day unfolds with great enthusiasm and joy for all, those working and those coming in the doors!  The shared day is a great gift to our community; laughter, […]

Pastor Ann’s Update September 2015

September 1st, 2015

Dear Pilgrims, This day, September 1, 2015, marks seven years since I first began to serve Pilgrim Church as its pastor.  It has been challenging at times, but extremely rewarding at all times.  I have loved being a part of this marvelous family of faith. I have never felt so loved and cared for in […]

Pastor Ann’s Update August 2015

August 1st, 2015

Dear Pilgrims, A friend was sharing her spiritual journey with me the other day. She talked about moving through various phases of searching and felt that she now clearly knew that she was a Christian activist. Christian activist; is that an oxymoron or a redundancy? Is a Christian a nice, quietly traditional, compliant citizen or […]

Pastor Ann’s Update May 2015

May 7th, 2015

Dear Pilgrims, A friend was sharing her spiritual journeywith me the other day. She talked about moving through various phases of searching and felt that she now clearly knew that she was a Christian activist. Christian activist; is that an oxymoron or a redundancy? Is a Christian a nice, quietly traditional, compliant citizen or is […]