Subject: Joy!

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Dear Friends,

Advent is a season of preparation, but it is not meant to somber.

Advent is a season of repentance, and as we repent, a powerful spiritual gift comes rushing in....

JOY!

We will experience joy this coming Sunday, as we:

- receive inspiration from the Word
- enjoy the presence of ELCA Missionary Philip Knutson, who is coming to be with us all the way from South Africa!
- go caroling at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

See you Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Saturday, December 24th– Christmas Eve Services
4:30 p.m. Family Candlelight 
7:30 and 11 p.m. Candlelight

Sunday, December 25th- 
Christmas Morning Worship at 9:30 am

Sunday, January 1st-
New Year’s Readings and Carols
9:30 a.m. 

Sunday, we Welcome Pastor Philip Knutson—Pilgrim has helped sponsor Pastor Knutson for over 10 years. Based in Johannesburg, he serves as the ELCA’s Global Mission Regional Representative in Southern Africa. His work helps the church develop leaders through many different educational projects.

Singing at the Irish American Christmas Market
—Join us on Sunday immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service as we accept an invitation to spread joy at the annual Irish American Christmas Market. We will be singing from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., and it is always a good time. Meet at church at 12 noon, or meet us at 12:30 p.m. at 4100 N. Damen at the North Center Town Square (across from CVS.) Thank you!

Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili
—Meet Sunday at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, (4300 N. Winchester) at 4:00 p.m. for fun caroling around the neighborhood. Then join us for a Chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s house (4332 N. Winchester). All are invited!

Your 2017 Offering Envelopes
—are in your mailboxes in the Narthex. We encourage you us use them, unless of course you have automatic withdrawals for your donations.

Blue Christmas Service—We often miss loved ones who have died during the holidays. Join us for our Blue Christmas Service, as we receive peace as we mourn and remember those we hold dear this Christmas. Saturday, December 17th at 9 a.m.

Altar Flowers—Have you ever wondered why we sometimes have fresh flower arrangements on the Altar? They are given in Memory of, or in Honor of or in Celebration of someone special in your life. Sign up sheets (through 2017) are on the bulletin board at the back of the Sanctuary and a pair of arrangements costs $30. Payment can be put in the offering to Pilgrim, with a note that it’s for flowers.

Save the Dates:
Monday, December 19th—School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 20th—School Christmas Service, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. pre-service music, 7:00 p.m. Service begins
Sunday, January 8—Epiphany Celebration with 3 Kings Precession and Pinata!
Friday, January 20th—Pilgrim Winter Carnival, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 22nd—Presentation on How to Welcome Refugees, 12:00, Annex
Sunday, January 29th—Congregational Meeting: Vision and Leadership, 11:45 a.m.
Monday-Friday, July 17-21—Vacation Bible School

PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
 Pilgrim’s Progress is Returning! For the past 10 Years, Jeanne Valencia has been the editor of our monthly newsletter - Pilgrim's Progress. We thank her for the countless hours of work she's put in to write, photograph and edit stories of our impact and opportunities. We also thank the many of you who have provided content over the years and ask for your continued contributions as our new volunteer editor, Amy Truelsen, steps in to support publication in 2017 and onward. Please send Amy (amy.lind@mac.com) any stories, photos or updates for inclusion in the Winter 2017 edition by December 23rd.

Our Bookkeeper Opening has been filled! Linda Vaeth is a CPA, has decades of experience in bookkeeping and accounting, and is also active leader in her church. Her
first day will be January 4th, 2017. An immense thank you to Interim Bookkeepers Lindsay Beveridge and Halley Williams for their valiant work during this time of transition.

Explore the Bible
—Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality
and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us next week at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

New Member Classes
—What does ‘Lutheran’ mean? How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim? If you’re at all curious about any of these questions, please contact the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org


Prayer Time—We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. This coming Saturday, December 17th, we will be meeting in the church sanctuary.

Pilgrim School Gets into the Spirit of the Season—During this Advent season of preparations, Pilgrim students have begun to learn songs and make Jesse Tree ornaments for our annual Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 20. If you would like to attend the “dress rehearsal” for the Christmas Service, join us at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 19.

Women’s Bible Study—Join us for our next session on Wednesday, December 14, studying the Samaritan Woman, who meets Jesus at the well. We gather at 6:30 and begin our study of women in the Bible at 7:00. Anna-Kari Johnson and Renee Stuedemann lead this series at 3944 N. Claremont Ave. 
SENT TO SERVE
Thank You—to our Pilgrim Dads for the fantastic food and fellowship! Over $950 was raised for the Pilgrim School Technology Fund.
Thank You—to Shellie Riedle, Samantha Doerfler and everyone who participated in Coats Angels, giving 151 coats this year!
Thank You—to everyone who has given to the Pilgrim Toy Drive. These will be shared with students at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humbolt Park this Friday.

Hot Meals Coats—Our guests could use warm coats, hats, and gloves. Gently used or new items for adults can be dropped off at the Pastor’s office, along with socks, underwear, and toiletries of all kinds.

Hot Meals Gifts
—On Saturday, December 24th, for the 3rd straight year, our partners “Homeland Helpers” from Lane Tech College Prep will be sharing “Secret Santa” presents with our hot meals guests. Because the sign up to receive a gift is already over, and because we have new guests coming every week, Pastor will be using his discretionary fund to buy $10 gift cards to make sure each guest that comes that day will get a Christmas gift. If you would like to donate to the discretionary fund, please give online or use the giving envelopes located in each pew. Thank you!

Hot Meals Team 7—plans to serve a special meal on Saturday, December 24th, including a dessert buffet. You can help by donating a special dessert to be served to the clients. Please contact Cheryl Saiki at cgsaiki@sbcglobal.net or at 773-858-2081 to let her know what you will be contributing.

Mission Interpretation—Don’t forget to check the latest memo posted on the Mission Bulletin Board at the back of the church. Also, take a look at earlier memos, collected in a notebook on the table in the narthex. Two items of interest include the memo dated 11/15/16 "Reflections from the Church on the Election" by Bishop Eaton and a statement from LIRS (The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) reaffirming the church's mission to protect and welcome refugees.

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Lightning Appeal—On July 10th, 2016, our roof was struck by lightning, and we sustained over $12,000 in damage to our facility. We now need to invest $6,000 to install a proper lightning protection system with rods and surge protectors that will protect our many electronic devices, security equipment, and the building itself. If you would make an end-of-year contribution to this cause, please do so by writing a check to Pilgrim, and write “lightning” on the memo line. Thank you. 

Gift Cards—We have added two cards to our list: Binny's Beverage Depot $25 and $100 and Hilton Business Gift Card (good on everything associated with Hilton Hotels and Resorts. We will be selling Sunday, Monday and Friday until the last week before Christmas Break. We will sell Dec 19-21st in the school office. Check out the flyers around Pilgrim, which show gift cards which have higher percentages for a short period of time. We order Monday mornings at 10 am. Please contact Anne Barsano cbarsano@aol.com 312-472-6037 with questions.

OpCIP finally has a program for ordering gift cards on your phone. The free APP is "Benefit Mobile" and the link is https://vimeo.com/187890613 Go to the site and select Pilgrim Lutheran to receive the profit. You have the choice of using your checking account or a credit card (% earned differs with payment method). The email shows you the cards they offer. We will still sell cards in the office as the profits are higher, but now you have options. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037. 

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget $ 2,981
Actual received week of 12.04.16 $ 4,159
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

THIS WEEK

December 11 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
4:00 p.m. Caroling & Chili

December 13 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Ed

December 14 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

December 15 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

December 16 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 17 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

NEXT WEEK

December 18 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
4:00 p.m. Caroling & Chili

December 21 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

December 22 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

December 23 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 24 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
4:30 p.m. Family Candlelight Service
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Service
11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School

Our Mission:
In Christ's Love, We Gather, Prepare, and Send 
all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)

773.477.4824

Pastor: Kristian Johnson   pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org
Principal: Chris Comella   ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org
Business Manager: business@pilgrimchicago.org
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams  office@pilgrimchicago.org
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann  churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org

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