Subject: Are you ready?

Pilgrim Update
We have hope knowing that Jesus promises to come again. Please join us on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we hear more about this good news!
Growing Forward Leadership Summit

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) tonight, 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.
Commitment Sunday is next Sunday, November 16. Members, please watch your mail this week for a mailing that includes a) a letter inviting a commitment in our worship offerings for 2015, b) a brochure detailing our goals in our upcoming Capital Campaign, and c) a copy of our commitment card that we will be prayerfully ask to turn in on commitment Sunday or during the weeks to come.
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.
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. 
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

November 6 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS (Guest Speaker)
6:30 p.m. TOPS
6:00 p.m.  Dinner @ Parsonage
7:00 p.m.  Growing Forward Summit @ Parsonage

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

November 9 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
9:30 a.m. Growing Forward Info Session
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
11:45 a.m. Growing Forward Info Session
1:00 p.m. Quilters & Crafters Workday

November 11 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

November 12 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
6:30 p.m. Confirmation Potluck
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

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 6, 2014
Thank you and best wishes
Thank you all so much for helping this past year to be such a wonderful experience for me. Pilgrim is truly a blessed place, and I am so very thankful for my time here and for each interaction I have had with you all. I pray God’s blessing on you in the times ahead. I am sad to leave, but am also excited to see what God has ahead for my husband and me. Next Friday, November 14, will be my last day in the office, so if you are around, stop by and say hello. I will always fondly remember my brothers and sisters in Christ here at Pilgrim. Thank you, and blessings to you, Barbara
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!
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 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.
Market Day
Thank you to the 32 families who ordered from Market Day this month. We sold 28 pies and earned $184 in profits for the month. Enjoy!
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 
O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Amos 5:18–24;
In the days of Amos people thought that the day of the Lord would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience. The Lord demands justice and righteousness in the community.

The second reading is 1 Thess. 4:13–18;
Some of the Thessalonians are worried that dead Christians will be excluded from the resurrection to eternal life when Christ comes again. Paul reassures them with the word of hope that all Christians, living or dead, will be raised into everlasting life with Christ.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 25:1–13;
Jesus tells a parable about his own second coming, emphasizing the need for readiness at all times.
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.

Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
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