Subject: All Saints Sunday + 1 hr

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Dear Friends, 

It's roll back the clock... enjoy the extra hour of sleep and then come to church!

All Saints Sunday can feel heavy, as we mourn those who have died. But there is also a lightness to All Saints Sunday, because God inspires us through the saints, and give us the reminder... the grace... and the strength... to live out their legacy in our time.

Brothers and Sisters, this is our time to come together, receive the peace of God, and to be comforted in the Holy Spirit. Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Dear Pilgrim, it is with sadness and resurrection hope that we share that our dear sister in Christ, Jeanne Valencia, passed away on Thursday, November 2nd. Please pray for her sons Jason, Raymond, and Jonathan and all of her friends and family at this difficult time. We will share details of her funeral as soon as they become available. Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon her.
1st Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon - “Celebrating God’s Gifts” - As we begin to reflect on 2017, we realize there are so many gifts to celebrate! Let’s take the opportunity to give thanks for God’s generosity at work at Pilgrim by coming together for our 1st Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, Sunday, November 19th at 11:30 a.m., directly following the 10:30 a.m. service. The luncheon is free. Childcare will be provided. This dinner will be coordinated by the Growing Forward Capital Campaign Committee, the Confirmation Families, and the Stewardship Team. You will learn about the impact of your giving and be invited to renew your commitment to give to Pilgrim in the coming year. Please RSVP to Renee in the church office at

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. Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Long time member and Pilgrim School supporter, Louise Streit, passed away on Saturday, October 7th. The family invites the Pilgrim community to a celebration of her life on Saturday, November 26th, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille Street, Mt Prospect, IL 60056.

Cocktails for a Cause! Join us Friday, November 10th for an evening with friends to support the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Celtic Crown Public House, 4301 N. Western, 60618. Fill up on appetizers, enjoy some beverages and help us fill up the fund, which helps with projects and allows more children/families to experience a Pilgrim Education. Tickets are on sale in the school office and after each worship service, $40 before event, or $50 at the door.

Kenya is coming to Pilgrim! Three children from the Light the Future Choir will be traveling over 8,000 miles to Illinois and will serve as ambassadors for Maisha. They represent their friends and family in Kenya! The children will dance and sing their way into your hearts and have the opportunity to share their stories and raise awareness about Maisha Project. Join us on Friday, November 17, at 10:10am in the church.

Submissions are due for Pilgrims Progress Newsletter - by November 27th. Please send articles to Amy Truelson at

Save the Dates:
November 12th, Sunday - Care Ministry Team Meeting at 12:00 noon
November 12th, Sunday - Stewardship Season Begins
November 17-19 - Fall Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center
November 19th, Sunday - Gospel Kids Plus Sing
November 26th, Sundaqy - Christ the King Sunday, Baptism of Scarlett Reed, granddaughter of Ed and Debbie Nelson
December 1st, Friday - Pilgrim Leaders’ Christmas Party, Parsonage, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
December 3rd, Sunday - Pilgrim Dad’s Pancake Breakfast, Baptism of Whitney Sheldon
December 10th, Sunday - Caroling and Chili, 4 p.m.
The next WELCA meeting will be Sunday, November 19th, in the Annex at 12:15 p.m. We will discuss our Constitution and specific action items recommended by the national group. All women are invited!

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class, that is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and explore the basics of the Lutheran way of being Christian, in light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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!

Women’s Bible Study - it’s not too late to join our next session on November 15th. We are studying The Best Yes by Lysa Terkerust. Books are still available. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP, or if you have questions, contact
Thank You! Judy Kiehm and Richard Younker are SO thankful for all of the meals! More dates have been added to the calendar so that our support can be extended. Here is the link:

The Pilgrim Church Endowment Committee will meet on November 16th to consider disbursements for 2017. Every year we support a range of worthy organizations locally, nationally and globally. We have already disbursed some funds this year to the ELCA for Hurricane Relief Efforts. We are inviting all members, as always, to please suggest any causes you'd like us to consider this year. Make your suggestion using the form on the table in the narthex, or simply mention your idea to any member of the Endowment Committee: Marian Azzaro, Joe Cardo, Amy Bergren, Gerhardt Boecler, Wayne Heintz, Mike Suhajda or Pastor Kristian.

Welcome to New Members of our Community! Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari of Pilgrim Lutheran Church are very excited to be receiving 5 children into their home through the Foster Care system this week. A 12 year old girl, Daniayah, (pronounced "Da-NIGH-yah"); and boys Damariea (Dah-MAR-ee-ay), age 9; Samarion (Sa-MAR-ion) age 7; Damani, age 5; and Damari, age 3; will be joining biological children Hope (age 13), Emanuel (age 11) and Xavier (age 7). We pray for a blessed time of transition. To sign up to provide a meal for the family go to

Coat Angels Collection - Please consider making a monetary donation ($50 buys a complete set with coat, fleece, hat and gloves) or purchasing a kids coat as we join this wonderful cause to keep children warm this winter. Donations will be taken on November 12th after the 10:30 a.m. service or in the school office until November 27th. Coats may also be dropped off in the church parlor by November 27th. Please contact Lori Kraft-Shores at with questions or to get involved.
Annual PTL Greenery Fundraiser - Please support Pilgrim Lutheran School’s classrooms by purchasing greenery for the holidays! Local Delivery items will be available for pickup at Pilgrim on December 3. Direct Delivery items will be sent to the recipient to arrive within the first two weeks after Thanksgiving. A limited number of ordering brochures are available in the back of the Church, however, ordering is much easier when you place your order online at All orders are due online or to the office Friday, November 3. Money is due December 3. Payments are not accepted online. Please contact Erin Mendoza with any questions

The Cinco de Pilgrim Push for 25K Raffle! A mailing is going out soon sharing this opportunity with the Pilgrim community! We are inviting each household to sell 10 raffle tickets at $25 each, or to make a special offering of $250 in support of our ministry and inspired by our big annual fundraiser coming up on May 5, of 2018. The Push will culminate in a raffle drawing for awesome prizes on Friday, December 8th. Contact Tarah Dickerson for details or questions at

Gift Cards - With Christmas right around the corner, our scrip providers, for a short time, are providing $10 denominations of: Amazon, Applebees, CVS, Home Depot. IHop, Jewel, Meijer, Red Lobster, Taco Bell, Target and Walmart and $5's in Panera, Jewel, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Starbucks. If you want to order some, please let us know ASAP so we can order them for you before they are gone. We also will be offering larger denominations of some cards, so if you are looking for a larger card, please let us know so we can check to see if they are available. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 or 312-972-9040 with your orders or questions. We have Whole Foods, Bonefish Grill $25 and Best Buy $25 on hand.

Magazine Drive - Pilgrim makes 40% of all sales from our Magazine Drive held throughout the year. You can fill out a paper order form paying by check or cash, or, take the easy way and go online to and charge your order. Pilgrim’s account # is 2633014. Please be sure to include the name and address exactly as it is on the subscriptions you are renewing and indicate if the order is new or a renewal. Questions? Anne Barsano, contact

Have you tried our new APP, Benefit Mobile? Use this link: Purchase digital gift cards and instantly redeem them online or in-store, or give the perfect gift to a friend or family member. Choose from 100 of America’s leading national brands like Starbucks, Target, Walmart and Amazon. Up to 20% of each transaction will go to support a school or non-profit of your choice (Pilgrim!). You can use a credit card or a bank account. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Questions, contact Anne Barsano or 312-972-9040.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of Oct. 23 - Oct. 29: $1,893

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


November 5 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

November 7 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Education

November 8 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

November 9 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

November 10 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Cocktails for a Cause - Dave Maring School Endowment Fundraiser

November 11 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3


November 12 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

November 15 Wednesday
 12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

November 16 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

November 17 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Cocktails for a Cause - Dave Maring School Endowment Fundraiser

November 18 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

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 Manager:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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