Subject: New Members and Godspeed

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday as we receive new members Andrea, Doug, Julie, Mike, and Nathan! Join us in blessing the Arterberry Family as we bless them on their move to Indiana. We'll be blessed by two children's choirs during the service as well. Then, join us as our children perform at the Irish American Festival at Montrose and the Brown line at 12:30 p.m! 

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

**12:30 p.m. Children’s Choirs Perform at Irish Christmas Festival
Montrose El Tracks (**time change)

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.

School Christmas Service
The School Christmas Service will be Thursday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m. This year, for the first time, we will be opening up the Dress Rehearsal to anyone who will be unable to make it to the Thursday night program. The Dress Rehearsal will be Wednesday, December 18, at 10:10 a.m. Please remember that there may be occasional interruptions at the dress rehearsal.
Blue Christmas Prayer Service
Saturday, December 21st at 8:30 a.m.
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.

For these reasons, we are holding a “Blue Christmas” Prayer Service on Saturday, December 21st at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60613.

Come join us in hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. 

Church Directory
As we look toward producing a new and updated church directory in January, we ask you all to fill out the Connection Card Sunday with the information you would like to have printed in the directory, or contact the church office. If you want your email and/or cell phone number(s) printed, please include those on the sheet, and please print as legibly as possible. Thank you for your help in making our directory as accurate and complete as possible.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

December 12 Thursday
10:00 a.m. Pilgrim Band Christmas Concert
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. MOMSnext

December 13 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 14 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
9:30 a.m. Hot Meals—All Teams Training
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8


December 15 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. Liljedahl/Biery Coffee Hour Team
12:30 p.m. Children’s Choirs at Irish Festival

December 16 Monday
6:30 p.m. Threshold Choir

December 17 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. PTL Board Meeting
7:30 p.m. Board of Education

December 18 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal
4:00 p.m. Confirmation (7&8)
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

December 19 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. Christmas Service

December 20 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 21 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


December 12, 2013
The Choirs of Queen of Angels Parish
(2330 W. Sunnyside) invite you to celebrate the music Christmas at our annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Angels Church. The featured work will be Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi sung by the Queen of Angels Choristers, Adult Choir, and Schola Angelorum, accompanied by orchestra. Our youngest singers, the Cherub Choir, will perform O Little Town of Bethlehem and there will be carols sung by all. Other featured works include Ireland, Greater Love Hath No Man and A Maiden Most Gentle by Andrew Carter. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to be reminded of the mystery of Christ’s birth in this musical celebration. A $10 donation will be collected at the door to support the Queen of Angels Music Ministry. A reception will follow concert in the Lower Church.
Safety Concern
For the safety of our children, we are requesting that all people stay off the stage during times of fellowship. The school’s policy is that the stage is off-limits, and we request that this rule be respected over the weekends as well. The equipment on the stage is for the use of the school. We are currently working on acquiring play equipment to have available during coffee hour.
Found Items
In the church office are two pairs of glasses and a car key. Please check in with Barbara if you are missing any of these items.
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.
SENT TO SERVE
Gloves, Hats, Mittens, Scarves...
If you have been saving new or gently used gloves, hats, mittens and scarves in anticipation of our usual holiday collection, you may put them in the wrapped box in the narthex and they will be donated to the Cornerstone Community Shelter in Uptown. Thanks for your support!
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.
Coat Angels Opportunities
 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.

Gift Cards
Are you having trouble deciding what to give someone for Christmas? Amazon, Visa $50 and restaurant cards can sometimes fill the bill! We will be placing an order on Monday, Dec 16th, which will be available Wed, Dec 18th- still time to pop a gift card into that card or box (copy the card before you send it). Let Anne Barsano (cbarsano@aol.com) know by 11 a.m. Monday morning if you would like to purchase any. We do have many different cards on hand (even those we don't normally carry). This year we have $5 Jewel, Subway, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks and also $10 Jewel and Target. Let Anne know soon, because when they are gone, they are gone! We are selling Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday of next week. Merry Christmas!
Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty God, you once called John the Baptist to give witness to the coming of your Son and to prepare his way. Grant us, your people, the wisdom to see your purpose today and the openness to hear your will, that we may witness to Christ's coming and so prepare his way; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 7:10–16An Israelite and Aramean military coalition presented a serious threat to King Ahaz of Judah. In response, Ahaz decided to secure his throne and kingdom by seeking refuge in Assyrian help. Isaiah reminds Ahaz that human attempts to establish security will fail. The prophet gives the sign of Immanuel that is the only source of true safety: God is with us!

The second reading is Romans 1:1–7Most of the Christians in Rome do not know Paul. In this letter's opening he introduces himself as an apostle divinely appointed to spread God's gospel. The gospel's content is the promised coming of Christ, and Paul's mission is to bring about the obedience of faith among all nations, including his Roman audience.

The Gospel reading is Luke 2:8–20:  The world’s deep night is shattered by the light of God’s new day. The glory of God is revealed to poor shepherds, who share the good news with others.
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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