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May 2020 Issue
“When the Walk of Faith Becomes Real” 
I Corinthians 6:19
Well here we go for an extended “Stay at Home” journey. Throughout this Covid-19 crisis I have been advocating the importance of spiritual discipline / exercise but also physical exercise. I have received stellar reports from many of you who are using your Bible App as you spend more time with the Lord and your family. However, I have not heard “a peep” (as my mother would say) from any of you about your physical discipline / exercise. Just this morning I was in conversation with a member of our church family, she said “… pastor, all this staying at home can lead to depression and an unhealthy waistline”. This member is so, so right! Spiritual discipline is important but so is physical discipline. We ought to come out of this crisis well rested, spiritually “woke”, and physically fit.
In earlier articles I provided suggestions for one’s spiritual discipline, but today I would like to offer suggestions as to one’s physical discipline and exercise. I would like to suggest the following:
1.    Take a walk of faith. Walk around your block every day when possible and while you are walking talk with God about your life, asking for the things that you need, but also let God know what you want to be different, as well as confessing the things you know are not right and the things you don’t like about yourself. However, as you walk around your block, increase the time of your walk by 2 minutes each day. If this is too much to start with then walk around the outside of your home / apartment building. As you walk take in and enjoy the creation of your God.
2.    Become the Stair Master. You may not have a stair master exercise machine, but you can become one. Go up and down the stairs in your own home, start low at 5 minutes or 10 minutes then increase your time when you are comfortable and feel the mighty machine of the human body your God created and of which we are stewards.
3.    Watch what you eat. Because we are spending more time indoors, eat smaller portions since we are not burning as many calories we don’t need to consume as many either.
 
I share this with you because summer is upon us and if you are like me, I know you want to look good when you see yourself in the mirror… I know I do (smile). God bless you as you use this time wisely to become physically as well as spiritually fit. LET YOUR WALK TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE. (I Corinthians 6:19) WE CAN DO THIS!

Love,
Charles L. Gill
Pastor Gill 
Bible Study and Prayer Line
While we continue to set up some sense of normalcy, Pilgrim will have a Bible Study and Prayer Line via conference call to include persons who do not have internet access. 
  • Bible Study: Wednesday evening at 7 pm. with Rev. Gill
  • Prayer: Sunday 10-11 a.m. Pray with Min. Patrick and/or Min. Stephanie Burrage
To participate, call (832) 831-2424 and, when prompted, enter 204481 then #.  
The church will remain closed until further notice.
 
Continue to watch the Pilgrim Baptist Church Live Stream on YouTube. Tune in each Sunday at 10:00 a.m or check out previous recordings anytime.
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Since we are without a Sunday bulletin, please see the following notes of appreciation.
Thank you Pilgrim for the beautiful Peace Lily and for the many visits and calls to my mother. The Garner family has been blessed beyond measure and we are grateful for mom and dad's membership. Both of them are now resting in heavenly peace.
The Garner Family
Thank you Pilgrim for your prayers, calls, and the beautiful plant I received during the passing of my son. I am grateful and feel blessed to be a member of this caring church. May God continue to bless you. 
Sister Ruth James and family
Thank you sincerely for the kind expression of sympathy and thoughtfulness during the home-going of my brother Joe. Mary and I are forever grateful to you for the love you showed us during this time.
Deacon Kenon
Watch Now to catch up with some of our members and find out how they're social distancing.
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A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Author unknown
 
Most merciful and Triune God, we come to you in our weakness. We come to you in our fear. We come to you with trust. For you alone are our hope.

We place before you the disease present in our world. We turn to you in our time of need. Bring wisdom to doctors. Give understanding to scientists. Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity. 

Bring healing to those who are ill. Protect those who are most at risk. Give comfort to those who have lost loved ones. Welcome those who have died into your eternal home.

Stabilize our communities. Unite us in our compassion. Remove all fear from our hearts. Fill us with confidence in your care.

Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. 
Amen.

Posted on AscensionPress.com
Comfort Circle Facilitators: Mary Robinson, Mary Kenon and Tommy & Faye Bell
Helpful Links
The Latest from
MN Governor Tim Walz
YouVersion: How to Make Social
Distancing Work For Your Family
MN State: STEM @Home Camps
Yahoo: Fun Things To Do At Home
Happy Birthday!

Regina Billups, Deacon Milton Bruce, Reiss Calvin, Brenda Caples, Toria Collins, Jauah Dant, Stephen Dilworth, Rev. Gerald Dodd, Anthony Frelix, Rev. Charles Gill, Alberder Gillespie, Albert Goins, Sallie Gray-Frelix, Patricia Jones-Whyte, Mary Kenon, Heather Luckett, Clifford Moore, Ora Lynn Moore, Yakira Moore, Sheryl Murray, Busi Nkosi, Jimmie Owens, Andrew Rose Jr., Whitnee Smith, Ella Stallings, Phillip Stallings, Jon Sebastian Stewart and Tracy Wricks.
My Mother Kept A Garden
Author Unknown

My mother kept a garden, a garden of the heart. She planted all the good things that gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine, and encouraged me to dream. Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rain came, she protected me enough. But not too much because she knew I'd need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example always taught me right from wrong. Markers for my pathway that will last a lifetime long.

I am  my mother's garden. I am her legacy. And I hope today she feels the love reflected back from me.
The Ultimate Sacrifice: A Memorial Day Poem 
by Joanna Fuchs

We set aside Memorial Day each and every year, to honor those who gave their lives defending what we hold dear.

In all the dark and deadly wars, their graves prove and remind us, our brave Americans gave their all to put danger far behind us.

They made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the American Way; we admire them and respect them on every Memorial Day.
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Where the Walk of Faith Transforms Lives.
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