Subject: Pilgrim's Got Talents

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as we enjoy testimonies in both services from our 7th and 8th graders on the difference Pilgrim has made in their lives! This Sunday is Commitment Sunday, so our members are invited to make a commitment in their giving to worship offerings and to our "Growing Forward" Capital Campaign. See you Sunday!
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Commitment Sunday is this Sunday, November 16. Members, you should have received a letter inviting a commitment in our worship offerings for 2015, as well as a brochure detailing our goals in our upcoming Capital Campaign, and also a copy of our commitment card that we will be prayerfully ask to turn in on commitment Sunday or during the weeks to come.
This Sunday - Card Ministry
Please join us after the 10:30 a.m worship as we sign cards for those who are sick and living with limited mobility. Thanks to Sue Couch for coordinating this effort!
Thrivent Voting will be held on Sunday, November 16 following each service.
Dining Group
On Sunday Nov. 16 we will dine Polish at Smakosz at 5619 W. Lawrence; 5:30. It is a full-service restaurant with a full bar; there is street parking. Please inform Julie at 773-764-3140, if you plan to attend. It is always a fun time.
Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner: Luther Memorial
Join us next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 2500 W. Wilson Ave. Come for the good food and stay for the fellowship. Please bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish, dessert or wine to share! We will also be collecting food for the Lincoln Square Friendship Center and making meals for the Night Ministry.
Christ the King Celebration: Next Sunday, November 23rd
Join us for a very special "end of the (liturgical) year" celebration at 10:30 a.m. We will be blessed with a joint children’s choir with children from Luther Memorial and Pilgrim directed by Pilgrim teacher Karen Huelskoetter and Pilgrim Deaconess Claire Schoepp.
Sunday School is In Full Swing!
Kids age 3 through 5th grade are welcome at our Sunday School, which meets at 9:15 in the sanctuary before splitting up into classrooms. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis (cewallis1949@yahoo.com).
Prayer Time
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Boxes in Narthex
Please check your box in the Narthex.
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Fall Adult Bible Discussion Group: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

November 13 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

November 14 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 15 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


November 16 Sunday
Commitment Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

November 18 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. PTL
7:30 p.m. Board of Education

November 19 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

November 20 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

November 21 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 22 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8


November 13, 2014
SENT TO SERVE
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in joining a Coffee Hour team, please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037.
Give the Gift of Warmth!
Pilgrim will once again support Coat Angels this holiday season. Coat Angels, founded by Pilgrim parent Micki LeSueur, provides coats for children in the city that would otherwise have no coat to wear this winter. We will be selling gift cards after the late service from November 16th through December 7th. A fifty-dollar donation provides a coat, hat, mittens and a scarf for one child, and makes a wonderful Christmas gift for friends and family. You can also purchase a gift card by contacting Lara Otsuka at lcotsuka@gmail.com or 773-255-6519.  Thank you for your support of this wonderful organization! 
Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.

Gloves Needed for Hot Meals Program
Our guests at the hot meal have been asking if we could provide gloves as the weather is getting cooler. Please bring gloves to the church office or to the kitchen, placing them near the hot meals box. Thank you!
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Maring School Endowment Fund Reached!
Great news and way to go Pilgrim! At our October 17th fundraiser, we reached the initial goal of $25,000 toward the David Maring School Endowment Fund. And thanks to the generosity of John and Mary Satter, that $25,000 was matched, bringing the total in the fund to $50,000! Praise God! And thanks to the Maring Endowment Committee for their hard work: Chair Ed Nelson, Principal Chris Comella, Samantha Doerfler, Allison Hays, Anita Zajac, and Dale Halter.
Pancake Breakfast
The Pilgrim Dads invite everyone to a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 7 in Maring Hall, following both services. A donation of $5 per head is requested. The menu will include gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free pancakes, by request. Please contact Pete Gillespie for the ingredients list at peter.j.gillespie@comcast.net. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pilgrim School Technology Fund.
Trivia Night Live!
Pilgrim 7th Grade Parents are pleased to announce the return of the annual TRIVIA NIGHT LIVE! Thank you! Thank you very much! It will be SO great to host “TNL” this year. We've got a great show planned for you on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. Doors will open at 6pm, and Team Trivia starts at 7pm. This fun and challenging game is sure to bring out the different categories of random knowledge that you've accumulated in your brain since you were a kid. Your team will have eight rollicking rounds to compete for a cash prize of $500. Yes, that’s right, folks. The winning team will win $500 big greenbacks. So, gather your friends! A table (max 8 people) is $160. That’s a bargain, bottom basement deal of $20 each, folks. We'll have pizza and good beer and wine for purchase. Don't wait! Past trivia nights have sold out quickly! We may even have a special musical guest. We’ve got a great show planned for you. So stick around, and don't forget to register. We'll be right back! Click HERE for a registration form.
Gift Cards 
Be sure to purchase your gift cards for buying your Thanksgiving Feast!!  We carry Jewel, Whole Foods, Mariano's, Strack & Van Til, Peapod, Meijer, Walmart and Target. If you are not preparing the feast, we also have many, many restaurant gift cards!! Either way you can help Pilgrim to give thanks for your support!! Sales are Monday and Friday, 8:30 to 10 school office and after church on Sunday. See you there!!
Amazon
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2284295 Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Do you order on the Internet? Check out www.escrip.com
THIS SUNDAY
Our Prayer for Sunday 
Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11;
Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ's return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 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
Our Mission:
In Christ's Love, We
gather, prepare, and send
all as leaders for God's mission in the world.

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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