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Something Positive: A story about faith and community

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021


(Submitted by Dick & Carol Dahoney)

The story is told of a young man who went off to college. He came home for Christmas break, and before returning to school, he went by to see his old pastor. The pastor was delighted to see him. He invited him into his cozy study that had a warm fire crackling on the hearth. He peppered the young man with questions about school.  His response was enthusiastic as he described his classes and friends. Then the pastor inquired whether he had found a church to attend. The student looked down at the floor as he replied, "No, sir. I don't feel the need to go to church anymore. My faith is strong enough without it, and with my studies and activities, I just can't find the time."

The old pastor quietly reached over and pulled a blazing log from the fire, leaving it on the hearth. Then he folded his hands and remained silent. Finally the young man thought the older gentleman had dozed off, so he cleared his throat as he rose to leave. The pastor was quickly alert, smiled and asked, "Did you think I had fallen asleep? I was just watching that log I pulled out of the fire. Did you notice? When it was in the fire with the other logs, it burned brightly. But now that I've removed it, the fire has gone out. Son, you are like that log. IF YOU EXPECT YOUR FAITH TO STAY ON FIRE, YOU NEED TO BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS."

So do you and so do I!

(excerpted from "Jesus in Me" by Ann Graham Lotz)


Even in this time of social distancing, it's important to remember that there are opportunities at Pilgrim to be in fellowship with one another. Here are just a few examples:

  • Faith formation (classes for children and adults are listed in the eblast each Saturday and Sunday)

  • Virtual Coffee & Chat (10:30 a.m. Sundays)

  • Virtual Tea Party (Monday, 2/15)

  • Ash Wednesday Zoom worship at noon and 6 p.m. (Wednesday, 2/17)

  • Get in touch with your Elders (you'll find them listed on the website, or call the church office)