Subject: It Begins this Sunday

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
We begin a new church year this Sunday with the first Sunday of Advent. Please join us for worship as we explore the lives of Joseph and Mary. How might their lives ground us to be spiritually healthy in such a crazy busy season?
And thanks to all who participated in our Prayer and Care baskets project for our shut-ins… there are many thank you’s pouring into the church office!
See you Sunday! 
 Pastor Kristian
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Advent and Christmas at Pilgrim
We are entering a very special and meaningful time for us as a community. Please join us during Advent, where, on each Sunday, we will be preparing for the birth of Christ by exploring different characters in the Christmas story. Then, we will culminate the season with beautiful Christmas worship services!

Sunday, December 8th at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Theme: John the Baptist’s Praise
The Baptisms of Jacoby Dickerson and Cameryn Stewart
4:00 p.m. Caroling and Chili

Sunday, December 15th at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Theme: The Angels’ Praise
New Members Sunday, Godspeed to the Arterberrys

2 p.m. Children’s Choirs Perform at Irish Christmas Festival
Montrose El Tracks

Wednesday, December 18th, 10:10 a.m.
School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal
Open to the Public for the First Time
Come hear our children sing and join us in a daytime version of our renowned Christmas service!

Thursday, December 19th, 7 p.m.
School Christmas Service:
Theme: Prepare the Highway to Jesus

Sunday, December 22nd, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Theme: The Shepherds’ Praise

Tuesday, December 24th
4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Christmas Day Service
Wednesday, December 25th 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 29th 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Service of Lessons and Carols

Come join us as we explore new music and find deep meaning in this important season.

Band and Choir Holiday Concert
You are invited to come hear some fun holiday music provided by our Pilgrim band and choir students on Thursday, December 12th,10 a.m.

Sunday School on December 1
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we don't have a lesson scheduled for this week. However, any kids who are in town are invited to join us at our regular 9:15 time to make cards for the troops in Afghanistan. We'll meet in the narthex at 9:15, maybe sing a couple of songs, and then then go into the classrooms to work (and of course, enjoy a snack).
New Member Class
What is a Lutheran? What does it mean to be a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church? What are the main ways Pilgrim is helping people and families grow in faith and service? If any of these questions interest you, please join us for a New Member Class on Saturday, December 7th at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office at churchoffice@pilgrimchurchandschool.org.
Christmas Decorating Party
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, December 7th at 9 a.m. for decorating our sanctuary and the outside of our church. Refreshments will be provided!
Seniors Christmas Luncheon
All Seniors are invited to Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s house for a Seniors Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 6th at 12 p.m. noon – 2 p.m. We will be blessed by wonderful food, fellowship, Christmas Carols, and special music from Mrs. Huelskoetter’s 1st and 2nd grade class.
Luther North Events
Luther North College Prep at 5700 W Berteau, is hosting a Christmas Choral and Band Concert as well as Christmas Carol sing-along on Friday, December 13, 2014 at 7 pm in the cafeteria. Also, CALLING ALL ALUMNI: On December 14, Luther North College Prep is hosting PACK THE PLACE. They will be celebrating basketball starting with JV games at 10 am and 11:30 am. Varsity will play at 1 and 2:30, and alumni game will be held at 4:00. Adult after party will be held at the newly renovated Casual Tap @ 5924 W Montrose starting at 5 pm.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

November 27 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

November 28 Thursday
Thanksgiving Day
Church and School Offices closed

November 29 Friday
Church and School Offices closed

November 30 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

December 1 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Generations in Faith Together
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team
Judy Daniel & Sacha Arterberry

December 2 Monday
6:30 p.m. Threshold Choir

December 4 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

December 5 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

December 6 Friday
9:00 a.m. Santa’s Workshop
12:00 p.m. Seniors’ Luncheon at the Parsonage
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 7 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
9:30 a.m. New Member Class
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


November 27, 2013
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Prayer Ministry
Would you like to learn more about prayer? Please join us on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave) for our weekly prayer time.
Exploring the Bible Class now in Maring Hall
Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group? Join us on Sunday mornings starting at 9:20 a.m. for our “Exploring the Bible” class.
C.S. Lewis Advent Devotionals Available
Please stop by the back table in the sanctuary to pick up a free advent devotional, “A World Awaits” by C.S. Lewis. As a young man, C.S. Lewis considered himself an atheist, far too logical and clear-headed to ever believe in something so fanciful as the Incarnation of God in human form. But when a powerful conversion experience took over, Lewis became one of the foremost defenders of Christianity, without ever losing his preference for clear and logical thinking. Follow Lewis in this booklet of daily Advent reflections, and your celebration of Christmas will never be the same.
SENT TO SERVE
Communion Bread Bakers Needed
If you can follow a simple recipe your baking skills are urgently needed. We're losing several of our current bakers next year. If you'd like to help, or want more information, please contact Chris Wallis (773-561-5419 or email Chris).
Food for the Hungry
We are collecting Friendship Center and Common Food Pantries Grocery donations. Please bring food and leave it at the top of the stairs near the entrance of the church.
Build Your Kingdom Here
Several people were greatly energized by our sending song at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service... here's a link to the song to lift your worship during the week:
THANK YOU for everyone who is participating in the “Prayer and Care” Baskets project. Over 25 baskets were assembled and taken by Pilgrim members to deliver to shut ins or anyone we wanted to bless. We still have boxes and people who could receive a box. For more information, Please call Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814 or PastorAKJ@gmail.com Many thanks to you all!
Coat Angels Shopping and Delivery Opportunities
Coat Angels, founded by Pilgrim parent Micki LaSeur, provides coats for children in the city that would otherwise have no coat to wear this winter. A $50 donation provides a coat, hat, mittens and a scarf for one child, and makes a wonderful Christmas gift for friends and family. We will be selling gift cards after the 10:30 service on Sundays through December 1st. You can also purchase a gift card by contacting Pilgrim parent Lara Otsuka at lcotsuka@gmail.com
Please join us for a Coat Angels shopping night on Wednesday, December 4th! We'll meet by the school doors at 6:30 p.m. and then break into groups to shop for coats. If you are interested, please contact Lara Otsuka at lcotsuka@gmail.com or 773-944-5648, so we know that you are coming.
Also, on Tuesday morning, December 17th, we will be delivering coats to the kids at Pablo Casals Elementary School. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Coat Angels in action! If you are interested, please contact Lara Otsuka (contact info above) or Micki LeSueur at mickilesueur@gmail.com for details. Thank you for your support of this wonderful organization! 
Pablo Casals Toy Drive
Donate a gift to be given to a student at Pablo Casals school, ages 4-8, who might not get a gift otherwise. Wrap and mark the gift as boy, girl, or either. $10 limit please. Our Goal is 190 gifts this year. Help us make our goal!
Christmas Cards for Soldiers
Pilgrim’s former Pastor, Karl Redelsheimer, is now currently serving as a Chaplain for the US Army and is currently serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has shared with us through his wife Kim that he would be happy to pass out Christmas cards to soldiers, if any of you are interested in writing cards to them. What a great way to encourage those who are serving our country.
Pastor Redelsheimer’s address is:
CH (CPT) Redelsheimer, Karl
2/2 CR, HHD, Staff Platoon
FOB Frontenac, APO AE 09355

Tornado Response: Lutheran Social Services
The tornadoes in downstate Illinois and Indiana were devastating for many communities. If you would like to volunteer, you are asked to not just show up at the site, as you will be turned away.  You can contact Lutheran Disaster Response at 847-635-4653 to find volunteer opportunities, or checks can be sent to Lutheran Disaster Response Illinois, LSSI 1001 Touhy Ave Suite 50, Des Plaines, IL 60018. Please mark “Illinois Tornadoes” in the memo line. 100% will go toward relief.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Save the Date: “All that Jazz” Auction: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is a highly anticipated tradition among our present and former families. We are excited to announce this year's gala, "All That Jazz," will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Chicago. The deadline for submitting donations and forms is February 1st, 2014. Please call or stop by the school office for more information.

Market Day orders are due the Monday after Thanksgiving for pickup Thursday, December 5th. Please let Anne Barsano (cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037) know if you need to pick up your order the following Sunday. If so, just place your order online and charge it or give Anne your order with a check made out to Market Day by Thursday pickup.

We will be placing an order for gift cards on Monday, December 2nd and they will be ready for pick up on Wednesday. Orders must be in the school office by 10 a.m. that day. We will have many of the most asked for gift cards on hand for cash and carry sales on Sunday, Monday and Friday until Christmas. Check out the list over the Thanksgiving weekend to see what you would like.

The Coffee Hour list is being updated for 2013. Please let Anne Barsano know whether or not you would like to stay on the list. If you are interested in joining a team and would like to find out more about how Coffee Hour works, please let Anne know, as we are losing a few of our helpers. Thank you.

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, our true life, to serve you is freedom, and to know you is unending joy. We worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory. Abide with us, reign in us, and make this world into a fit habitation for your divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 35:1-10The prophet describes the return from the Babylonian captivity as a joyous procession to Zion. God's coming reign will bring a renewal of creation in which health and wholeness will be restored. There is no need for fear, for God is coming to save.

The second reading is James 5:7-10: In anticipation of the Lord's coming, Christians are called upon to cultivate patience rather than discontent.

The Gospel reading is Luke 1:46-55:  My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (Luke 1:47)
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
773-477-4824

Staff:

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

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