Subject: Back to Church!

Pilgrim Announcements
September 20th, 2015

Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at our new "school year" schedule:

Life is busy... but it easily becomes frenetic without worship.

Life is hard... but it easily become frustrating without the Living Word to renew us.

Join us this Sunday and be encouraged on your journey!

8 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. New Seminar: Your Legacy: Family, Church, Charity
10:15 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery Begin
10:30 a.m. Worship Service including the Installation of Halley Williams and Kathy Danner as Administrators and the Commissioning of this year's Sunday School Teachers

October/November Worship Theme: “Faith is…”
Join us in worship throughout October and November as we begin a new preaching series, “Faith Is”, that will be exploring questions that are central to our lives and to our relationship with God based on the book of Hebrews.

Sunday Theme:

October 4th “Is God still speaking?” (An exploration of the prophets…)

October 11th “Where is God amid so much suffering?” (learning from the ultimate pioneer) 
October 18th “What about women of faith in the Bible? (Acts 16 and Romans 16)

October 25th “How is God at work among our youth? (Confirmation Sunday)

Come Experience the El Salvador Trip!
Pilgrim, THANK YOU for all your prayers and support. We are so excited to share about the amazing experience we had during our August mission trip as we served the hungry, worked on a cooperative farm called “Farming Hope”, installed Solar Energy Systems, and joined a prayer march for peace and human rights. You will blessed to know how you have blessed the people of El Salvador! Please join us for the following El Salvador times of sharing: Sunday, September 27th at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesday, October 14th at 10:10 a.m.
Sincerely, the Basler family, Tonya Saiki, the Johnson family, Katie LaCroix, Yessenia Rivera,Scott Russel, and Ralph Maffucci

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Cocktails for a Cause—Oct 17th
Join Pilgrim parents, friends and alums at Atlantic Bar and Grill, 5062 N. Lincoln, on Friday, October 17th, 6:00—10:00 p.m. to enjoy an evening out and help meet the challenge to raise funds for the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. Tickets will be available in the school and church offices. Tickets are $40 (and will be available at the door for $50). This event is for adults only, and payment is by cash or check only, please. Looking forward to see you there.

Dining Group
On Sunday, Sept. 27th the dining group will dine on apple & oak smoked BBQ at rustic Honky Tonk BBQ, 1800 S. Racine at 5:30 p.m.  It is street parking, so we will car pool, please let Julie know if you plan to attend.  Thank you!  773-764-3140 

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us! (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)

Confirmation Info and Pizza Night
Join us Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in Maring Hall. Confirmation is a program that helps 7th, 8th, and 9th graders learn about themselves and their relationship with God.  With fun trips and retreats, service projects, and interactive classes, our students grow a strong faith foundation that will last for a lifetime. This program is open to all students regardless of their church/faith affiliation. Coming to this meeting does not commit you to the program. Parents and students are welcome to attend!

Your Legacy: Family, Church, Charity
Join us for any part of a three week seminar:  "Your Legacy:  Family, Church, Charity" Sunday, September 20th, 27th, and October 4th at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall.   Would you like to help sustain ministry for generations to come?  Or your alma mater's endowment fund?  How does one go about leaving an inheritance?  It doesn't matter if you're a Midwestern farmer, a Pacific coast fisherman, or a Southern Belle.  If there are people or causes you care about, we can help you uncover ways to enrich their futures and unleash your generosty.   Join us for a series of presentations inspired by the Scriptures that will invite you to pray about your legacy and develop a strategy to help ensure your legacy lives on. 

Luggage Drive for UCAN 
During the month of September, as part of this fall's "Season of Service" project, we are having a Luggage Drive for UCAN.  (  UCAN's mission is to support youth who have suffered trauma from abuse or neglect.  The luggage is needed for when the children are moved to foster care.  New and lightly used luggage and duffle bag donations can be placed on the north west wall of the narthex underneath the bulletin boards.  Profits from the block party, along with matching funds from Thrivent (THANK YOU!) , will be donated to UCAN's Youth Starter Kit/Essentials Programs. Thank you for your participation and generosity!

Another wonderful Block Party!
A HUGE thank you to the entire Pilgrim community who pitched in, came out and supported another great Pilgrim Block Party! We were blessed with beautiful weather, a great turn out and a new addition with the wood fired pizzas from our Winchester neighbor David Hirsch. Thanks to Event Coordinator Shellie Riedle, Facilities Manager David Emery. And a special thanks to the Pilgrim Parent Teacher League (PTL) for providing the petting zoo. 

Please note there are extra burgers and hot dogs for sale. Please see Anne Barsano during gift card sales or email Shellie Riedle Volkens at if you would like to purchase any.
Lindsay is Moving!
We need to announce that our fantastic Business Manager, Lindsay Beveridge, is moving to Geneva, IL in a new home she is purchasing with her new husband, Brian, and their beautiful children, Annabelle and Lincoln.   We are sad to lose her from the neighborhood and from her administrative position in the office, but we are happy for them as they celebrate a new beginning for their family.   We will be saying a prayer of appreciation for her on Sunday, October 18th.

Boxtops For Education 
The boxtops collection program continues at Pilgrim….you can also place your boxtops in the container on the table in the narthex of the church or in the container in the school office.  Join the effort!  All funds raised from the boxtops collection will go to fund Pilgrim Kids Care.  Questions?  Contact Paula Raabe (
or check out the program's website

Coffee Hour Spots Open!
We are again looking for people to fill in teams where people have left Chicago.  Please contact Anne Barsano, 

Gift Cards are available in the school office Monday and Friday and in the church foyer on Sunday. If you don't have the time to stop into the school office you can send an order with your child and the cards will go home the next selling day (you will be sent an email regarding your order). Checks should be made out to Pilgrim Lutheran Church CIP.  Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with questions. Order forms are on SIS under promotions, in the school office and on the table in the narthex.  Thank you! 
Thanks for making Pilgrim better!
Many thanks to the Pilgrim Properties Committee Chair Jim Volkens and to the Playground Committee headed up by school parent Tricia Koning Llewellyn and school parents Mindy Wieland and Chad Smith. Over the summer we have put on a new roof on the school, laid new carpet in the classrooms and completed Phase I of the Pilgrim Playground Renovation Project. Thanks are also due to Dave Emery, Pilgrim's Facilities Manager, and to the whole Pilgrim congregation for your contributions to the Capital Campaign. 

Magazine Drive order forms will go out soon and are due back the first week in October.  Paper orders may be put in the box in the school office or you may go online to order. Information is in the packet. Or you can go online to and order any time.  Our school number is: 2633014.  Remember: Pilgrim earns 40% of your order in profits!
Auction Parties!
There is an auction party coming up that still has spots open. Please join us! 

Bavaria on Benard—10 spots open!
When you can't make it to Munich, celebrate Oktoberfest Pilgrim-style.  Join us at the Volkens' Biergarten for a festive adults-only celebration.  Ein Prosit!
Hosted by: Cornel & Doerthe Erdbeer and Jim & Shellie Volkens
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: Volkens' Biergarten
Cost: $50 per person 

If you would like to join in the fun, please email Sam Doerfler

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Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

Sept 20 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Sept 24 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Sept 26 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


Sept 27 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Oct 1 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Oct 3 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

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: Lindsay Beveridge
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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