Subject: Block Party Worship this Sunday!

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday as Pilgrim comes together as ONE to celebrate God's love and this awesome community. There is no 8 a.m. service, we will are worshiping all together at 10:30 a.m. on Winchester. We will be installing our teachers and enjoying special music from the praise band and our lower grade singers, led by Mrs. G (the artist formerly known as Ms. H) Then the block party will begin, which is always a menagerie of fun!

We are still in need of some volunteers to take a short slot to serve some food, if you can volunteer, please visit

See you Sunday!
Our Fall Worship Schedule will continue on Sunday, September 23rd, with worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

2018 Block Party
- The Pilgrim church and school picnic is TODAY! Come join the fun as we celebrate the coming together of the church, school, neighborhood and hot meals community. We will have live music and all of the fun and games, the good food and the good weather. This year we are raising money for Refugee One - an organization that brings the community together to start new refugee families on the road to success.

Fun Bible Time for Kids
begins on Sunday, September 23rd, right after the 10:30 a.m. service. This is intended for kids from ages 3 to 12. It will meet during coffee hour in the Annex, the room right next to the kitchen.

The E.C.T. Youth Group Brunch & ELCA Youth Gathering Recap
is set for Sunday, September 30th, from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Avenue, in Founder's Hall. You will hear more about our youth group's experience in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering and provide support to our youth group in their upcoming trips and events. Join us and enjoy a delicious brunch, watch a photo slideshow from the ELCA Youth Gathering, and hear from some of the youth about their experiences on the trip. 
New Member Exploration Classes - What does ‘Lutheran’ mean? How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim? If you’re at all curious about any of these questions, please consider attending an exploration class on September 23, 30, or October 7. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at for more information. Thank you!

Welcome Seminarian Karl! Pilgrim is blessed to have received a student in the Mission in Context program for the 2018-19 school year. Students in the "MIC" program spend 7 hours learning and serving a week in a local congregation. Here is a note from our student Karl: “Hello! I am Karl Anliker, a second year Master of Divinity student at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. I grew up in Indiana and attended Valparaiso University before doing Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I currently live in Hyde Park with my wife Charlotte who teaches Kindergarten. We love living in Chicago, exploring the Field Museum, and walking in our neighborhood. I am excited to learn and grow alongside God's faithful servants at Pilgrim this year.”

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays, continuing on September 23rd, 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.

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.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, September 26th. We will be studying from 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.

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! 
Be Well - Do Well - 47th Ward Health & Wellness Fair with Free Flu Shots! Come to the Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue on Saturday, September 29th, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please consider bringing a new personal care or health item (toothpaste, soap, tissues, deodorant) for donation to our local food pantries. For more information, please call the 47th Ward Office at 773-868-4747.

Are we ready to Co-sponsor another Refugee Family? If you want to help a tutor or mentor for the family, or are willing to take on specific small projects, or help with fundraising, we need to know as soon as possible. We’d love if have a big enough team that the work isn’t overwhelming for anyone. Please inform Judy Beaupre at or Renee at if you want to join us. Even if you were on the previous team, we want to know.

The Chicago CROP Hunger Walk - 2018 marks the 36th anniversary of the Chicago CROP Hunger Walk. The Walk date is Sunday, October 14; registration starts at 1:00 pm with step-off at 2:00 p.m. from the historic Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. The goal this year is to raise over $50,000; this will bring the total funds raised by the Chicago CROP Walk to $1.7 million dollars. 25% of the funds we raise will used here to benefit the following local programs: A Just Harvest, Lakeview Pantry, The Episcopal Hunger Committee, South Loop Campus Ministry and Second Presbyterian. So, let’s get a team together!                                                                                                         
Dine Out For Pilgrim - Feed Your Smile by visiting Pot belly (4709 N. Lincoln Avenue) on Wednesday, October 3rd, between 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bring the flyer (available on the table at the back of the sanctuary and in the school office), show it on your smartphone, or mention it to the cashier and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Pilgrim. Go to this site for the flyer and further details:

2018 Mortgage Campaign - We are using the account formally known as the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to continue to pay our monthly mortgage bill of $2,048. The 2018 Mortgage Campaign Giving is falling short of what is needed to pay the monthly bill. Thank you to everyone who is giving one time or monthly automatic contributions to the current 2018 Mortgage Campaign. We invite those who have not had a chance to give to this campaign to make a donation via check, with the memo saying "2018 Mortgage Campaign," or go to the giving page at and set up a monthly automatic payment. Thank you!

Windows Into Our Future - There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 10 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $34,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

There will be no Gift Card sales on Friday, Septempter 21st. Normal 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 will start next week 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.

Want to keep up-to-date on what happens at the Church Council Meetings? Copies of the meeting minutes from Tuesday, May 29th, are available on the table at the back of the church. Thank You to our Council Secretary, Kori Gilbert, for making this available for our members!
Click link below for synopsis:

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September 16 Sunday
 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. PilgrimFest Picnic & Activities

September 19 Wednesday
 6:30 p.m. Confirmation Interest Night, Parsonage
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 20 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

September 21 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 22 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time, Parsonage
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


September 23 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids

September 25 Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Church Council

September 26 Wednesday
 6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (offsite)
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 27 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

September 28 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 29 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
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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