Subject: All Saints Day

Pilgrim Update
Join us for All Saints Sunday as we honor loved ones who have gone before us. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. 

*Don't forget to change your clocks!
Growing Forward Leadership Summit
This Thursday, November 6th

Commitment Sunday for both our weekly worship offerings and for our 2015-2017 "Growing Forward" Capital Campaign will be on Sunday, November 16th. We will once again be engaging in 10 days of intentional prayer leading up to this special and important day. Join us at the Parsonage (4332 N. Winchester) on Thursday, November 6th at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and 7:00 p.m. we will have pie and coffee as we enjoy a presentation from nationally renowned speaker Steve Oelschlager, Stewardship Program Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The goal of the evening is to be reinvigorated in our faith and renewed in our vision to build a strong church and school for generations to come. Please RSVP to any member of the Capital Campaign Committee: Co Chairs Jim Volkens and Gerhardt Boecler, Michael Marinelli, Pastors Anna-Kari and Kristian Johnson, Jason Ruger, and James Franke.
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 (
Prayer Time
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Please join MOPS on Thursday, November 6th for a special speaker- Gillian Marchenko. Gillian is a poignant and funny speaker who will return to share her talk, "Will I Ever Pee in Peace?". Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending the event! We meet at 4332 N Winchester from 9a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Pilgrim Karaoke Madness
Please join us for this year's Pilgrim karaoke party, taking place Friday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Dank Haus’s Skyline Lounge (6th floor), 4740 N. Western Avenue! This is the same party that was offered at last spring’s auction (hosted by the Erdbeers, Johnsons and Otsukas) but we wanted to open it up to new families and anyone else who can now make it. We have plenty of spots available — the cost is only $20 per person and can be paid at the door. (If you already signed up at the auction, you have already paid). Snacks and soft drinks will be provided and adult beverages will be available for purchase. An RSVP is not required, but if you know that you can make it, please let us know for better planning purposes. Just email Lara Otsuka at We would love to see you there!

Quilters’ Craft Day
On Sunday, November 9, we will be taking over Maring Hall starting at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon and evening of sewing (or other crafts) and fellowship. We'll supply ironing equipment and power strips for sewing machines, as well as a cutting table. Bring a snack to share, and we'll order dinner around 5 p.m., which usually runs around $9 per person. Want to learn to quilt? We are planning to offer a beginners' class that afternoon. If you are interested, please contact Chris Wallis ( to find out what supplies to bring. No prior experience needed, and we'll include hand-piecing for those who don't have sewing machines.
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

October 30 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 31 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 1 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

November 2 Sunday All Saints Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

November 5 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:00 p.m. Confirmation (7/8)
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

November 6 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS (Guest Speaker)
6:30 p.m. TOPS

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

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

October 30, 2014
Good news for Fathers! We now have a diaper changing table in the men’s bathroom! Thank you to Denise Hamilton for this generous donation!
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in joining a Coffee Hour team, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037.
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!
Market Day
Market Day orders are due Monday, November 3rd for pick up on Thursday, November 6th (3:00-4:00 p.m. or at PAS). We can store a few church orders until Sunday if desired. Certain Market Day items are available for direct delivery to clients, friends or relatives. Order at Pilgrim receives a bonus of 10% per pie when we sell 100 pies! All pies arrive frozen and so will be delicious when thawed for baking or to serve for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners (or any other time!!). Market Day will refund your money if the product doesn't meet its description or you just don't like it! ?? Anne 773-472-6037 or
Gift Cards 
If you are planning to give Jewel cards to clients, employees, etc., please let Anne Barsano know 2 weeks before they are needed. We can get them in most denominations and with Christmas or regular designs. Purchases of large amounts of one gift card denomination also may need advance notice. Christmas order forms will be out next week. 
Gordon Food Service or Peapod
If you shop at Gordon Food Service or Peapod, please register with them listing Pilgrim as your charity of choice and we will receive a percentage of your order! No cost to you but a benefit to Pilgrim!!
Oriental Trading
If you are ordering decorations for parties from Oriental Trading, please remember that Operation CIP sells their gift cards (and many others) for use when ordering online! Look for the order forms on SIS and Pilgrim’s website and in the school office.
Questions? Call Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037
Magazine Drive: If you didn't get a paper order for magazines turned in, go to online and place your order anytime during the year. Pilgrim’s code is: 2633014.  Pilgrim still earns 40% of your order!
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
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Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, 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 
Revelation 7:9–17;
The book of Revelation is written to seven churches in western Asia Minor during a time of great oppression. Today’s reading is a response to the question asked in 6:17: “Who is able to stand?” The writer gives the faithful the assurance of God’s protection and a vision of victory.

The second reading is 1 John 3:1–3
A saint is one who has been set apart by God for God’s purposes. God, out of divine love, set us apart to be the children of God. Our holy hope is that we shall see God as God really is.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 5:1–12
In the beatitudes, Jesus provides a unique description of those who are blessed with God’s favor. His teaching is surprising and shocking to those who seek wealth, fame, and control over others.
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.

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