Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
This Sunday, we are looking at two very good numbers:
0% Chance of Precipitation
100% Chance of PARTICIPATION
as we invite EVERYONE for worship at 10 a.m., followed by a wonderful block party until 6 p.m.! See you Sunday!
Teacher Installation Celebrations
This Sunday at 10:00 a.m., join us for our Block Party Outdoor Worship as we install our school teachers and staff!
Pastor Kristian has started a blog! click here:
Sunday School--We're Baa-ack!
Join us for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Sunday School is for kids ages 3 to Grade 5. Older students and youth are encouraged to volunteer as helpers. We can always use additional teachers, so if you think this is something you’d like to try, please contact Chris Wallis at The curriculum guides make things very easy to use, especially if you spend a week or two shadowing one of the other teachers. We are in particular need of some volunteers who can help with music during our opening time. This requires about 15 minutes from 9:15 to 9:30, freeing you up for the adult Bible Study or other activities, and our kids would really appreciate it. The CD player just isn’t the same!
Pilgrim's Block Party September 14, 2014
Buy your tickets ahead of time for a deal! Pre-sale tickets will be 11 for $10. Tickets bought on the day at the block party will be $1 each. Tickets are required for food and refreshments, but most activities will be free!

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase tonight from 6 - 7 pm at the Open House, 

Bring your friends and come join the fun! Outdoor church service at 10:00 A.M. with block party to follow at 11:30 A.M. Petting Zoo, Quilt Show, Bingo and more!

To volunteer, sign up at VolunteerSpot at or contact or contact Shellie Riedle Volkens at or 773-216-1623.
8 a.m. Service--Familiar and Reflective
The worship committee has spent some time over the summer seeking feedback, discussing, and praying inspired by the question: “How might the Spirit want to shape our 8 am service in a distinctive and faithful way?” These discussions have led us to create an 8 a.m. service starting on September 7th that is both reflective in nature and familiar in its use of music.  We are also exploring providing a nursery for that service, as we have many young families that are attracted to the hour of the service. We encourage you to come and experience the 8 a.m service this fall! 

P.S. We will not be having an 8 a.m. service on Sunday, September 14th.  We will have only one outdoor service that day at 10 a.m., as we will begin the block party immediately afterward!  The 8 a.m. service will continue every Sunday the following week, September 21st.
Dining Group
On Sunday, September 21, 5:30 p.m., our dining experience will be Czech/Bohemian at Klas old world restaurant at 5734 W. Cermak in Cicero. This Eastern European style restaurant has been serving since 1922, with excellent reviews. Please join us for dumplings, goulash, strudel and much more. Reserve with Julie, 773 764-3140. Thanks!

Attention: Pilgrim Jr and Sr High Youth
It’s time to get together and have some fun and dream about the way we can make a difference! Join us for a night of food, beach volleyball, and fun on Wednesday, September 17th at Montrose Beach. We will be gathering from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. All Jr and Sr. High youth are invited!

Thank you from LOMC
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center sends their thanks for the recent Mission Gifts Grant. “We count you as part of our many blessings at LOMC and in our daily lives. Thank y’all so much for this donation to light the Freedom Tree Village walkways! In His love, Russ.” (Russ Senti, Executive Director)
Save the Date: October 5
There will be a baby shower on Sunday, October 5th, following the 10:30 service for Marilyn Donovan’s daughter, Chrissy, who is expecting a baby girl and is due on September 11. Contact Anne Barsano for giftcards.
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time is held at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

September 11 Thursday
6:00 p.m. PTL Open House
6:30 p.m. TOPS

September 12 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 13 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:30 a.m. New Member Orientation
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8

September 14 Sunday
10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service
Installation of School Teachers
Block Party

September 16 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. PTL Meeting
7:30 p.m. Board of Education

September 17 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. Youth at Montrose Beach
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

September 18 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS
6:30 p.m. New Member Orientation

September 19 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 20 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

September 11, 2014
Fall Adult Bible Discussion Group: Unpacking Discipleship
Following Jesus is life’s most challenging and rewarding adventure! Yet, when we hear words like “evangelism” and “discipleship”, we don’t always get so excited. Is it because these words are too dated and “churchy” to be useful in 2014? Or do they need to be renewed and reclaimed so that we can live Jesus' dream for us? Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. starting this fall on September 21st as we begin a new 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!

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
Did you know that on the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection of donations 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, you can join in. 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 simply hand the envelope to the usher.
Care Ministry Orientation
The Care Ministry group is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. A Care Ministry orientation has been scheduled for Sunday, September 21, at 12:15 p.m. and lunch is included. Please RSVP to Judy Daniel or Claudia George.
Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. If there is a project that holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. 
Urgent Need
Pilgrim graduate Sal Gerage lost everything in an apartment fire. Unfortunately, he had no renter’s insurance. If you are willing to help, go to or email his mother Lori Gerage at
Luther North Homecoming 2014
October 4
9:30 am - 11:30 Athletic Hall of Fame Reunion Brunch
10:00 am Morning Celebration Service
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Dedication of The Friend Library
1:00 pm - Football Game vs. Hiawatha

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.
Needed: small items for boys, girls, men and women for the Block Party Penny Social. Please leave in Anne Barsano’s mailbox in the back of church by tonight, September 11th. Thank you.
Giving a Gift to All of our Children 
Thank you to those who have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation; if we raise $25,000, the donor will match it. Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the 
 Pilgrim webpage.

Ministry Opportunity
You are invited to participate in a Care Ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Call Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
Pilgrim Quilters' 2014 Raffle Quilt
Our raffle quilt this year is a beauty, if we do say so. It will be on display in the sanctuary the week prior to the Block Party. Tickets will be available from any of the Quilters during Market Day pickup on September 11, or at the Block Party. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Maring Endowment Fund in order to help reach the $25,000 matching gift challenge.
Gift Cards
We have started our school year selling schedule: Sunday in the church foyer after the service and in the school office on Monday and Friday from 8:30-10 a.m. New gift cards for this year are: Petco $25, Pep Boys $25, Fuddruckers, Zappos $25 and Buckle $25. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with questions or to place an order. Order forms are on the table in the narthex.
Market Day Thank you to the 31 people who ordered from Market Day. This is a great start for the 2014-2015 school year! If you didn't order this month, there is always next month!!
Magazine Drive: Our Magazine Drive will be held from September 8th—October 3rd or you can go online and place your orders, both new and renewal, at anytime during the year. Our account # is: 2633014. Pilgrim receives 40% of your order. We are looking for someone to help with recording the paper orders the last week in September. If you are interested, please contact Anne Barsano
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. (Note from the Church Office - it was fun to see a deposit on our bank statement, knowing that this program is making a difference!!)
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Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross so that he might draw the whole world to himself. To those who look upon the cross, grant your wisdom, healing, and eternal life, 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 
Numbers 21:4b–9;
When the people spoke against God and Moses, the Lord sent poisonous snakes against them. Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord ordered him to erect a serpent of bronze on a pole. All who looked at it after having been bitten by a serpent would live.

The second reading is 1 Corinthians 1:18–24;
At the heart of the Christian message is the word of the cross. This proclamation seems foolish to many because it reveals true divine power in the absolute weakness of Christ's crucifixion. True wisdom understands how ours is a God who suffers for and with humankind in the cross.

The Gospel reading is John 3:13–17;
After explaining to Nicodemus that one must be born of water and Spirit, Jesus speaks of being lifted up on the cross, with reference to the bronze serpent lifted up by Moses in the desert. Here the Son of God is revealed as the source of healing.
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