Subject: Advent! Pancakes!

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate the beginning of Advent with children singing, ancient hymns, an inspirational word, and PANCAKES! Thank you, Pilgrim Dad's, for sponsoring the breakfast in an effort to raise funds for the "Windows Into Our Future" Campaign. Servings will be after each worship service.

We also invite you to assist with assembling the "Christmas Bags" that can be delivered to whoever you would like!

See you Sunday!
School Christmas Service
Thursday, December 20th, 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Worship Celebrations
Sunday, December 23rd 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services - Monday, December 24th
4:30 p.m. Family Candlelight
7:30 p.m. Candlelight
10:00 p.m. (new time) Candlelight

Christmas Morning Worship
Tuesday, December 25th 9:30 a.m.

Lessons and Christmas Carols
Sunday, December 30th 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

8th Annual Pancake Breakfast - SUNDAY! And it’s all you can eat. The first serving is at 9:00 a.m. and the and second serving is at 11:30 a.m. So you can eat a hearty breakfast before or after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person at the door. Enjoy! The Kiss Game will take place again during the breakfast.

Christmas Bags – Can You Help? Join us SUNDAY between services as we continue our tradition to assemble Christmas “Prayer and Care” bags. We invite children and others to come and make handmade cards to include in the bags. After the assembly we invite everyone to deliver them to seniors, people in hospitals or recovering at home, people who are not in their homes, and simply people who could use a little extra cheer at Christmas time. 

Greenery has Arrived! Pickup and Pay SUNDAY - Greenery pickup will be today, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. during the Dad’s breakfast, and we will have additional items for sale! All outstanding payments are due by Sunday. Please help us finish this fundraiser strong by purchasing remaining items at the breakfast! If you are unable to pick up your order on December 2nd, please contact Carrie Goerne at in advance so we can make alternate arrangements. Payment is due by cash or check. IMPORTANT: Please indicate “PTL Greenery” with your cash or check so payments are recorded accurately.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry—On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry. You can support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy designated missions listed on the pew giving envelope. We invite you to enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go to communion and hand the envelope to the usher. Or, put it in the offering plate.

Blue Christmas Service is a special service that honors the love we have for those we miss during the holidays. Join us on Saturday, December 8th at 4:00 p.m. (as the sun is going down) for a peace filled service.

An Update Meeting regarding our Refugee Co-sponsorship will be held on Sunday, December 9th (changed from the 2nd), at noon at Bethany UCC, 4250 N. Paulina, in their fellowship hall. Everyone involved in this sponsorship is encouraged to attend. It’s a very rewarding experience to help this lovely young family!

Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili - Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, 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 home (4332 N. Winchester). All are invited!

Monday, December 10 - Deadline to donate for Toy Drive
Saturday, February 9 - Trivia Night
Saturday, April 27 - Party for Pilgrim Spring Fundraiser at Ebenezer Hall, 1650 W. Foster
Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. This week the theme is God’s word leads us to practice justice. Weekly handouts are on the table in the back of the church.

Women’s Bible Study will meet one more time in 2018 on Wednesday, December 12th, studying “Fear Not” from WELCA’s Gather magazine. Contact Renee at for more info or to get on the email distribution list.

Prayer Time - We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing! 
"Windows Into Our Future" Campaign - Thank you to everyone who came out to our special reception this past Wednesday. Representatives from both the general contractor and the windows manufacturer were on hand to share details of the project and answer questions. We invite you to learn more about this project and to consider giving to this project by visiting To give by check, make the check out to "Pilgrim Lutheran" with the memo line, "Windows Into Our Future". Thank you!

Pilgrim Kids Care is leading a campaign to collect offerings for schools affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in communities like Panama City, Florida. To give, visit and chose the “Disaster Relief” box.

Coats for Hot Meals Guests are needed now that we have cold weather (mostly men's Medium, Large and a few XL) and unisex hats and gloves. They can be from second hand stores, or your slightly used coats. Drop them off during Hot Meals, or there will be a storage bag them in the Pantry Hallway.

Pilgrim Church Endowment News - For 2018, the committee voted to disburse a total of $13,000 among 20 different worthy causes providing food, support and relief services locally, nationally and worldwide. We disbursed just over 30% to Pilgrim Tuition Assistance. We disbursed just under 30% to National and Global causes, like the ELCA Southeast Michigan Synod (Flint, MI water crisis) and Lutheran Disaster Response which provides relief for domestic disasters like hurricanes and the California wildfires, and COSAD and Lutheran World Relief internationally. And the balance, about 40%, was disbursed to a host of local organizations, such as local food pantries, homeless shelters and a couple churches that engage in providing food and comfort to the needy. We would like to thank everyone for their continuing support of this important part of Pilgrim's extended outreach to our community and beyond.

NEEDED: Bread Bakers and Ushers - Interested in helping out with these critically important activities? Contact Renee 
Support for our New Refugee Family - Please check out to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. We still need to raise more money to meet our commitment to RefugeeOne for our family. Share this site with all your friends! 

Gift Cards - If you are planning to purchase toys for Pablo Casals or just doing your regular shopping, whether in store or online, please remember to purchase gift cards from Pilgrim. We can still get $5 and $10's of some cards until December 14th and we have many of them on hand. If you can't get in to the office to pick up cards, try applying to the app on your phone (Pilgrim is listed under 60613 schools) or go to (CLD23L9412268)- it may take 2 days to get set up. Questions? Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or 312-972-9040

Pilgrim's Magazine Drive - The paper order part of the magazine drive is over, but you can still order at Pilgrim's account is #2633014. Contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or with questions.

If you are an eligible Thrivent member, please direct your 2019 Thrivent Choice dollars to Pilgrim and the money will go into Pilgrim's Window Fund.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,100
Actual received week ending November 25: $1,596
Budget year to date through October, 2018: $53,733
Actual received year to date through October: $46,078
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Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


December 2 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Pilgrim Dad’s Pancake Breakfast & Assembly of “Prayer & Care” Bags
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:30 a.m. Pilgrim Dad’s Pancake Breakfast

December 4 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board

December 5 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

December 7 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 8 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
1:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


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

December 12 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

December 13 Thursday
 7:00 p.m. PTL meeting

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

December 15 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
1:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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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)


Pastor: Kristian Johnson
Principal: Chris Comella
Business Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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