Subject: G.I.F.T. Launch

Pilgrim Update
A note from Pastor Kristian:

Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. as we launch G.I.F.T. - Generations in Faith Together. Through music, stories, and fellowship, we share the Word of God in a fun and meaningful way. G.I.F.T. is an offshoot of our Sunday School ministry, but it is meant for everyone: kids, youth, parents, and adults from the congregation and community. Please come experience a new way of being church this Sunday!

Pastor Kristian
Take The MYT Challenge!
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells us the parable of the talents. The master gives his servants talents, and expects that they will be multiplied. This Sunday, Pastor Kristian will be giving out 10 gifts of $25 and 5 gifts of $50. The challenge: multiply the gift and bring back the talents on October 27th (Reformation Sunday). Be creative! Let’s celebrate the many ways God inspires us to invest time, talent, and treasure!
Worship Workout 
Have you ever thought about participating in worship? It’s such a blessing to serve God on Sundays at Pilgrim. We invite you to a Worship Workout!

On Saturday, September 7th, we invite all present and future worship leaders to come together to review and renew how we lead worship. The morning’s schedule is as follows:

9 a.m. Communion Assistants, Lectors, and Worship Assistants
9:45 a.m. Ushers and Altar Guild

Refreshments will be provided!

Launching Confirmation
Do you know anybody entering 7th or 8th grade? Would they enjoy growing in their faith with people their age? Please invite them to check out Pilgrims Head2Heart Confirmation Program. Join us on Thursday, September 12th at 5:15 p.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave.) for a Confirmation Info Dinner. Pastor Kristian will be share the basics of confirmation and how to enroll your young people if interested. For ?’s or more information, please contact Pastor Kristian at 773-990-0813 or at revkristian@yahoo.com
Block Party September 15th
The Block Party will be held after worship on Sunday, September 15th. Pilgrim School’s new principal, Chris Comella, will be installed at the 10:30 a.m. service that day. The schedule for that day will be:
8 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. G.I.F.T. Generations in Faith Together
10:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship and Installation of our Teachers and New Principal, Chris Comella
12 noon Pilgrim Block Party Begins

Great Banquet Retreat
The Great Banquet is a 72-hour experience, beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. Join a wonderful community of disciples for three days, enjoying food, fellowship, fresh teaching, worship, and reflection. It is a powerful and dramatic experience of God’s grace and love. The upcoming men’s weekend will be September 26th through the 29th in Park Ridge, and the upcoming women’s weekend will be October 3rd through the 6th. For more information, please call Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814.
Dominick’s Gives Back to Schools
Have you ever noticed the yellow "10% Back to School"  labels on the shelves at Dominick's in August and September? These labels show you which products are included in the  promotion which Dominick's runs to benefit our schools.  Please register your Dominick's loyalty card online at eScrip.com or give the number to Anne Barsano. Every time you shop at Dominick's a % of your order goes to Pilgrim. The promotion totals  show up on your receipt in late September and October. You may give those (and also ones from friends, relatives and neighbors) to Anne for credit, even if you are not registered. This is a simple and mindless way to earn extra funds for Pilgrim!!  The promotion runs through the 2nd week of September!
Magazine Drive in September
Pilgrim's Magazine Drive will start September 9th and continue through September 27th.  Packets will go out the first week in September.  If you can't wait, please go to www.gaschoolstore.com to place your order. Pilgrim's New School Online ID is: 2633014. Prices are usually the same or lower than buying directly from the publisher. Remember, Pilgrim receives 40% of your order. 
Church Calendar

Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click : nline calendar, click here

September 8 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Generations in Faith Together
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Liljedahl/Bie
ry

September 10 
Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

September 11 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
6:30 p.m. 9th Grade Confirmation Class
Dinner Meeting

September 12 Thursday
5:15 p.m. 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Interest Dinner
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. MOMSNext

September 14 
Saturday 7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #4


September 8, 2013
End of Summer at Pilgrim
It’s officially the end of summer at Pilgrim Church on Sunday, September 8th. That’s when we’ll return to our usual schedule, with worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Chaplain Karl to Afghanistan
Earlier this week Pilgrim’s former pastor, Army Chaplain Karl Redelsheimer, deployed for a 9 month tour in Afghanistan with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. He has arrived at Kandahar and is doing fine; he now will be going to his assigned location.  His wife Kim has requested the prayers of the Pilgrim community for him and for his family during this time. Kim will have his address soon; please contact Barbara DeGraff at 773-477-4824 or  churchoffice@pilgrimchurchandschool.org and she will provide that information as soon as it is available.
Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer, we've been exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We've been bringing some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. This exploration will resume in September, when we’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

September 8th—Lift up Academic Excellence with a Heart
September 15th—(Block Party Sunday) Mpower Homes for Faith Formation
September 22nd—Preach on Mission Statement: In Christ's love, we gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)
Congregational Forum on the Core Values (after service)
September 29th—Congregational Meeting to approve core values

Please continue to consider the areas of inclusion of children and youth, and justice for the vulnerable which were emphasized at worship this summer as you reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form going forward as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Items Needed for Penny Social
We are looking for new and gently used items for the Penny Social to be held in Maring Hall, along with the Quilt Show at the Block Party. Please leave the items in the school office, marked for Anne Barsano. Thank you! 
40 Days Fast Action
for Immigration Reform
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) invites you to sign up and participate in an interfaith 40 Days of Fasting, Prayer and Action for immigration reform. The 40 Days Fast Action for Immigration Reform starts the Sunday after Labor Day and lasts from September 8th to October 18th. This is an opportunity for faith communities to come together and make our voices heard on what is perhaps the most important civil and human rights issue of the day.  Congregations as a body and individuals can decide on what type of fasting they will have, when and how long to engage in the action as long as it happens within the timeframe specified.  Each day of fasting can be devoted to one of LIRS’s core principles of immigration reform:
Pathway to citizenship
Humane enforcement of immigration laws
Family unity
Protection of refugees and asylum seekers
Protection for U.S. citizens and migrant workers

The micro-site for the action (http://fastaction.us/en/) has a wealth of information and resources including suggested interfaith liturgical prayers to accompany each fast. Please join us and other faith communities across the country as we pray, fast and advocate to reform our broken immigration system.  

New Gift Cards Available
We have added new gift cards to our Shopping Program list. You now can order: Adidas $25, Brookstone $25 or $100, Budget $50, Home Run Inn $25, ON-the-GO $50 (powered by Orbitz business) and Golfsmith $25.  Order forms are found in the school office and on the table in the church narthex. Sales are on Monday and Friday from 8:30 -10 am in the school office and on Sunday at 11:30 am in the church foyer. 
September Market Day
Market Day orders are due in the school office on Monday, September 9th, for pick up on Thursday, September 12th.  Go to www.marketday.com to place an order and take advantage of the many special offers you will find there!  ??call Anne Barsano.
Flea Market in November
Please let Anne Barsano know if you have any interest in helping with or participating in a Flea Market in Maring Hall on November 9th. Spaces would be $20 (with table $25) and there will be a concession stand run by any group that would like to make $$. We need 10 tables guaranteed before we can proceed.  People from outside of Pilgrim may also participate.  barsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037
Our Prayer for Sunday
Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20: Moses speaks to the Israelites, who are about to enter the land promised to their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In this passage, he lays out the stark choice before them: choose life by loving and obeying the Lord; or choose death by following other gods.

The Psalm is Psalm 1:They are like trees planted by streams of water. (Ps, 1:3)

The second reading is Philemon 1-21: While Paul was in prison, he was aided by a runaway slave named Onesimus. The slave’s master, Philemon, was a Christian friend of Paul. Paul told Onesimus to return to his master and encouraged Philemon to receive Onesimus back as a Christian brother.

The Gospel iMatthew 25:14-30: Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
773-477-4824

Staff:

Principal: Chris Comella comella.pilgrim@gmail.com
Administrative Secretary: Barbara DeGraff churchoffice@pilgrimchurchandschool.org
Office Manager: Ellen Twohig: office.pilgrim@gmail.com

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