COVID-19 Mask Policy

If you are fully vaccinated: facial coverings are optional…and we’ll support your choice to wear/not wear a mask while at Pilgrim Church.

If you have not been vaccinated: we welcome you and request that you continue to wear a mask with respect of those vulnerable around you.

Office Hours

The office is open 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday,  After hours appointments maybe made with Pastor John.

Adult Bible Study

The Book of James is the topic for a 3-week study beginning on August 14. The class led by David and Judi Wilson, meets in the Community Center Library immediately following the 9:00 am worship service. Be sure to bring your Bible as the teaching format is a Chapter by Chapter, verse by verse approach. The schedule is:

August 14 – Introduction and Chapter 1

August 21 – Chapter 2 & 3

August 28 – Chapter 4 & 5

This New Testament book is written by James, the brother of Jesus. It has been called, “A Practical Guide to Christian Life and Conduct” and emphasizes the ethics of Christian faith.

This is a perfect opportunity to grow your discipleship by digging deeper into God’s Word.

 

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you and you can choose from nearly one million public charitable organizations.

 Pilgrim Church is one of those organizations!

 Once your are in smile.amazon.com, to find us search for “Pilgrim United Church of Christ”. The listing is then in city order. We are listed in Punta Gorda. Choose the [Select] button over on the right and shop as your normally do.

 

Boy Scouts of America

The BSA serves duly constituted, community-based organizations and offers an educational resource program based on duty to God and duty to country. Pilgrim church serves as chartered organization to Troop and Pack 351 – boy scouts and cub scouts.  The chartered organization provides leadership, meeting facilities, encouragement, and other support as needed.  In return, the boys perform flag ceremonies, at special services, cook breakfast on Scout Sunday, and collect food donations for the church food pantry, just to name a few activities that are mutually beneficial.

The Boy Scouts meet every Monday evening at 7:00 PM during the school year in the Pilgrim Church Community Center, Cub Scouts meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM. Summer programming varies. Please contact church office for more information.

PBJ Sandwich Makers

We need donations of creamy peanut butter and jam (it spreads so much easier than jelly) for the monthly Sandwich Ministry. We use 18 loaves of bread to make 200 sandwiches!

 Join us for an hour on Thursday, August 18, 9:15 a.m. to assemble sandwiches. Many hands make light work. 

Prayer Shawls

If you would like a shawl for yourself or neighbor, please call the Pilgrim Church office.

When a knitter picks up the needles to work on a prayer shawl, whether it is for 10 minutes or an hour, a prayer is said for the person who will receive the shawl—by name if it is known—but as we seldom know the person who will receive the shawl—it is a prayer for comfort and easing of pain, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. When the shawl is finished a different prayer of blessing is said for the recipient.

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Mission Outreach Ministry

Opportunities exist for Pilgrims, both adult and youth, to participate in annual international and local outreach.  Activities have included trips to Cameroon, Mississippi, Texas, Jamaica, NY and Arizona as well as local service to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Virginia B. Andes Free Clinic and Habitat for Humanity, YoungLife, Wings of Shelter, among others.
Monthly Missions are:
  • Food Pantry is currently available on Mondays, 10 am – 11:30 am. Except for holidays.
  • PB&J Sandwich Makers assemble the classic comfort food for the homeless on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:00 am.
  • Meet at 4:15 pm to serve at the Homeless Coalition on 3rd & 5th Fridays every month.

Now Hiring

 Please spread the word, if you know someone who is  interested or  would like more information, reach out to the church office at 941-629-2633 or via email.

Musicians

Do you know someone in our local community who plays the Piano? Keyboard? Flute? Guitar? Another instrument? Or someone with a gifted voice to share?

We are wishing to host gifted musicians for special music during Sunday Worship. Monetary gifts will be offered.

All levels of musicians are welcome. Worship music selections must be sacred and approved by pastor.

Music Director

This is a part-time, year-round position. This person will be responsible for selecting appropriate anthems and special music for worship as well as recruiting and directing musicians, choir members, and other volunteers as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain a Christ-honoring spirit within the church, creating an environment that encourages unity in our diversity as we gather to praise, worship and serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Assist the Pastor in planning worship services by providing prayerfully selected anthems, and special music pieces.
  • Recruit, direct, and encourage choir members and other musicians.

Weekly Food Pantry

2nd and 4th Mondays 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Neighbors and friends are welcomed to stop for a bag of groceries. The need is great in many local households. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Items needed to support this ministry:

  • canned soup
  • saltine crackers
  • beef stew
  • canned chili
  • canned pasta
  • canned tomatoes
  • canned green beans
  • canned pork n beans
  • canned carrots
  • canned corn
  • canned mixed veggies
  • assorted canned beans
  • canned peas
  • canned fruit
  • ramen noodles
  • spaghetti sauce
  • dry pasta (assorted)
  • mac n cheese
  • mashed potatoes
  • canned potatoes
  • rice & dry beans  
  • dry cereal & grits
  • oatmeal
  • pancake mix
  • syrup
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • snacks
  • canned tuna
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels

 

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study Resumes at 10:15 a.m. following the church service. Our meeting place is the Library in the Community Center.

 We are starting a new study of the Book of Daniel using a verse -by-verse, chapter-by chapter discussion format. Be sure to bring your Bible.

 

Joyful Noise Learning Center

Our School offers low ratios in a Christian, high-quality educational environment. The curriculum is full of fun and adventurous activities in a faith-based atmosphere.  Program hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm for one year olds thru fifth graders. We are both (NAC) National Accreditation Commission Accredited and Gold Seal Accredited.

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Joyful Noise Learning Center Mission Statement
Pilgrim United Church of Christ is a community responding to God’s call. Our mission is to reach out to all people and help them grow in their faith and to know God personally.

JOYFUL NOISE is a ministry of Pilgrim Church. We believe childhood is precious. In a world where children are often forced to grow up too soon we offer a community of gentleness and safety where Christian values of kindness, honestly, and respect of God and others are taught with loving care.

JOYFUL NOISE provides creative learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate and nurture children to thrive intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, artistically and physically. We instill a genuine love of learning while providing a broad, challenging and stimulating education. We promote self-reliance and establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment for students of varied talents and abilities.

We maintain a strong, inclusive, family atmosphere committed to Christian values while honoring the socioeconomic, ethnic and religious diversity within our school community.