Subject: All Saints Sunday

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The communion of the saints is a blessing meant to be realized and enjoyed, not only in the life to come, but in the here and now.

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday as we remember and draw inspiration from the saints on All Saints Sunday. It is an extremely important and meaningful moment for us as humans and Christians. God gifts us with a gratitude for our past and a hope for our future that transforms our present walk with God and with each other.

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!
Cocktails for a Cause! On November 9th - Support the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund! Dave Maring taught, coached and served as Principal at Pilgrim for 49 years. The School Endowment Fund honors Dave’s mission to give children the greatest gift of all: a Pilgrim education. The Endowment Fund Committee is hosting a party on Friday, November 9th, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Little Fort Tavern on Lincoln Avenue. The $45 ticket price includes drinks and food. Proceeds from the Fund goes to Tuition Assistance and pays for special teacher projects and classes. Save the date and support the Fund!

Quilters & Crafters Play Date—Join us Sunday, November 11th, at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon of sewing, knitting or other craft. Bring a snack to share and we'll order dinner around 5:00 pm. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

A Special Reception for "Windows into our Future" will be held on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. We are excited about completing this year's project, "Windows Into Our Future"! Our goal is to replace all 30 of our old classroom windows with new, energy efficient, UV-Protection windows during the summer of 2019! We invite all those that have already given, as well as those who might consider giving. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. We will be joined by our windows’ contractors, who will be present to share important details about the project. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend, or if you have any questions. To give, visit

Stewardship Sunday 2018, on November 18th  - “People of Joy” -  One of God's greatest gifts to us is joy!  There are so many ways God has blessed us to experience joy in our faith and through Pilgrim.  We invite you to join us in worship on Stewardship Sunday, November 18th at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Watch for a stewardship mailing to arrive in the mail soon.  

Volunteer Appreciation Coffee Hour - November 18th - On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, please join us in saying "Thank you" to all those who volunteer at Pilgrim! The council is inviting all those who serve on a team or committee to be acknowledged on Sunday, November 18th for coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service. It will also be an opportunity for us to get to know each other and the gifts we are sharing with the larger community. Thank you for the love you show for God and God's people at Pilgrim!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, November 25th - Christ the King Sunday
Sunday, December 2nd - Pancake Breakfast - Sponsored by Pilgrim Dads 
Welcome back to our Confirmands and Youth from their 2018 fall retreat at LOMC! They left at 8:00 a.m. this morning to join us for worship!. The theme of the retreat was “The Great Adventure of Prayer.”

Fun Bible Time for Kids continues Sunday, right after the 10:30 a.m. service. This is intended for all kids from ages 3 to 12. It will meet during coffee hour in the Annex, the room right next to the kitchen.

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.

Explore the Bible - Thank you so much to everyone for your participation in the survey regarding what topics you would most like to explore.  "The Prophets of the Old Testament" came in first.  Next week, November 4th, we will experience an intro to the Prophets and begin a series on the Book of Isaiah. Join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall (the basement)  There is no experience necessary, come join us!

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, November 7th. We are using the Women of the ELCA Gather magazine Bible Study series on “Multiple Meanings: Learning from interpretations.” Contact Renee at for more info, and to be added to email updates.

Special Subscription Offer from Living Lutheran Magazine - This award winning magazine is offering 12 issues free with a 3-year subscription! Instead of $59.85 it’s $39.90. This offer is only good until NOVEMBER 15th. To subscribe, go to or call 800-328-4648.

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!

Coat Angels is working to raise upfront donations to guarantee that they are able to fulfill the requests being received. They have received requests for 4,000 kids! Any donation amount will help and you can donate on the website or via Facebook Donations will be taken on November 18th after the 10:30 service or in the school office until November 26th. Coats may also be dropped off in the church parlor at any time.

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, and chose the “Disaster Relief” box
Thank you to the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) for their support of Pilgrim. We received $35,000 for Tuition Assistance. This amount, combined with the generous support of donations from current and alumni families plus members of the congregation, allows many students to be part of the Pilgrim family who might otherwise might not be able to afford our tuition. Thanks!!!

Support for our New Refugee Family - We are very excited that our refugee fundraising site is up and running. Please check out to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. Share this site with all your friends!

Gift Cards - Regular Gift Card hours are now in effect: Sunday in the church foyer at 11:30 a.m. and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Order forms are on the table in the church narthex and in the school office. Please contact Anne Barsano 312-972-9040 or with orders/questions. Remember, cards can be used to purchase other items, such as gas and groceries, in addition to using them as presents. Let's have a really great year of sales!

Pilgrim's Magazine Drive has started and will continue through the year. Please hold any renewals which you may have until the order info is posted next week. Pilgrim receives 40% of any magazine (paper and/or digital in some cases book or gift order. Orders submitted now will be started or received by Christmas.
The link to order is and Pilgrim’s account is #2633014.

Financial Update - Thank you to everyone for your generous giving to Pilgrim! The 3rd Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed. If you have any questions, contact our interim bookkeeper, Grayce, at Our finance team is working very hard to restore our books and to help us migrate to an upgraded financial accounting system. Thank you for your continued support!

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,100
Actual received week ending October 28th: $3,158

Budget year to date through September, 2018: $40,300
Actual received year to date through September: $34,047
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November 4 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids

November 6 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board

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

November 8 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

November 9 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Cocktails for a Cause

November 10 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


November 11 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids
1:00 p.m. Quilter’ & Crafter’s Workday

November 14 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

November 15 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

November 16 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 17 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting
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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