Subject: Christ the King Sunday

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we find our King in strange and sacred situations: hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, in prison. In Christ, we find mystery and majesty intertwined... and our brokenness makes room for Christ's presence.

Have a wonderful thanksgiving, safety to all who are traveling, and see you soon!
The Altar Flowers Sunday are in celebration of Dave and Erica Reed’s wedding anniversary.

Long time member and Pilgrim School supporter, Louise Streit, passed away on Saturday, October 7th. The family invites the Pilgrim community to a celebration of her life TODAY at 2:00 p.m., with visitation at 1:00 p.m., at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille Street, Mt Prospect, IL 60056.

Submissions are due for Pilgrims Progress Newsletter - by November 27th. Please send articles to Amy Truelson at

It is time to order Poinsettia's!  Please place your orders in the offering plate or submit it to Renee in the Office via hard copy or email at church  6 1/2 inch pot is $12.  Christmas Poinsettia Orders Due by November 30th. That’s this Thursday!

Christmas Decorating - Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, you require some assembly! Come help decorate the sanctuary and outdoor areas for Christmas on Saturday, December 2, at 9:30 a.m. Great activity for families, because kids can help too, and we need at least a couple of taller people to help with the upper reaches of the trees. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

Pilgrim Dads’ 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast is December 3rd! The Pilgrim Dads are looking forward to hosting the best hot cake breakfast that has ever been served out of Maring Hall. We need your help to make this happen. Click here and sign up: We need volunteers from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We also need griddles, if you have one that you can bring or let us borrow. All proceeds will help support the school’s Technology Fund. Please contact Glenn Williams at for details.

Congratulations to Joey Cardo on achieving Eagle Scout! Notes of congratulations can be sent to Joey Cardo, c/o Angela at 4300 N Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613.

Sunday School for remainder of 2017 There WILL be Sunday School Sunday (9:15 a.m. in the preschool/nursery). We'll take a break on December 3rd to allow everyone to attend the Pancake Breakfast and resume the normal schedule on December 10 and 17. There will be no Sunday School on December 24th or 31rd. Winter term starts Sunday, January 7th!

Refugee Celebration of Friendship - Please join us as we share an afternoon with our refugee family on Sunday, December 3rd from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. We are nearing the end of our co-sponsorship of these wonderful new Burmese friends, and this is a perfect opportunity for all of you who have contributed to the project to meet them. Join us at the Pilgrim Parsonage, 4332 Winchester Ave. Bring your family and a snack or dessert to share. Questions? Ask Renee at

Save the Dates:
December 1st, Friday - Senior’s Christmas Luncheon at Parsonage, 11:30 noon
December 3rd, Sunday - Baptism of Whitney Sheldon
December 10th, Sunday - Caroling and Chili, 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20th - School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 21st - School Christmas Service, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday December 24th - ONE morning Worship Service at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 24th - Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4:30 p.m., Candlelight Service 7:30 p.m., Candlelight Service 11:00 p.m.
Monday, December 25th - Christmas Worship Service at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday December 31st—ONE Worship Service at 9:30 a.m.
Our next WELCA meeting is Sunday, in the Annex following the late service. We will discuss our Constitution and specific action items recommended by the national group. All women are invited!

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class (except December 3rd due to the Dad’s Pancake Breakfast). It is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and explore the basics of the Lutheran way of being Christian, in light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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!

Women’s Bible Study - it’s not too late to join our next session on November 29th. We are studying The Best Yes by Lysa Terkerust. Books are still available. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP, or if you have questions, contact
Pilgrim is once again teaming up with Coat Angels! Imagine not having a warm winter coat when the city's temperatures are dropping. Help us reach our goal to provide 65 coats to 65 Chicago students. Here's how you can help: 1) DONATE any amount of money ($50 will buy a coat, fleece, hat and gloves) or BUY a new kids coat and donate it. Donations will be accepted until November 27th in the school office. AND/OR 2) VOLUNTEER to shop on the evening of Wednesday, November 29th or help distribute coats during the school day on December 6th. If you would like to participate on one of these dates, please let Lori Shores know as soon as possible at

Christmas Boxes – Can You Help? Continuing our tradition, we will be assembling Christmas “Prayer and Care” Boxes and delivering them to seniors, people in hospitals or recovering at home, people who are not in their homes, and simply people who could use a little extra cheer at Christmas time. You could help in several ways:
1) Donate items such as Christmas decorations, devotional books, stuffed comfort animals, chocolate, or other small gifts. We invite children and others to make handmade cards to put in the boxes. We also need shoe boxes (or similar boxes) to fill. Please bring these things to the Pastor’s office before December 3rd, or to our assembly session on Sunday, December 3rd at 9:20 a.m. 2) We welcome your help assembling the boxes. And, 3) you are invited to take a box after church on December 3rd to give to someone you think would appreciate the box and the visit. For more information, please contact Renee at

Pilgrim's 13th Annual Toy Drive! On Friday, December 15th Miss Stone’s 1/2 grade class and the 7/8 grade elves are scheduled to hop on a bus to deliver the toys collected at this year’s Toy Drive. Every year for the past 12 years the Pilgrim community has helped bring Christmas joy to children at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park. We need 185 toys to gift every PK - 2nd grader! That's a big goal but I know we can do it! The donation boxes are set up in the narthax. Keep your eyes open for the weekly toy count. Thanks Pilgrim.

Hot Meals Coats—Our guests could use warm coats, hats, and gloves. Gently used or new items for adults can be dropped off at the Pastor’s office. Also, socks, underwear, and toiletries of all kinds are so appreciated. Not only are these items appreciated, they love the fact that we care enough to collect these items.
Annual PTL Greenery Fundraiser - Don’t forget to pick up your order for local delivery items at Pilgrim on December 3rd. Money is due December 3rd at pick up. Payments are not accepted online. Please contact Erin Mendoza with any questions

Cinco de Pilgrim Push for 25k.Hey Pilgrim, we need your help! By now hopefully you have received a letter in the mail outlining our raffle drive as well as a starter set of tickets. We are hoping this fall to raise half of our fundraising goal through proceeds from the raffle. The drawing will be on December 8th during the Santa's Workshop event. If you need more tickets, contact Tarah Dickerson at or pick up some after church on November 12, 19, or December 3rd. Every ticket or donation helps!

HELP WANTED: Cinco de Pilgrim Volunteers! Help us plan an incredible spring party for the Pilgrim community this May - join the fiesta crew! We can’t pull off an evening like this without a LOT of help - there are jobs big and small, but this is definitely a TEAM effort. Join us for a no-pressure information session and find out how you can be involved on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Annex of Maring Hall. Questions or Ideas? email

Gift Cards - "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Buy the perfect gift card for Aunt or Uncle Pat!" Gift cards for gifting or shopping will be sold on Sundays after church and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10 a.m., plus Thursday, 12/21. Order forms can be found in the school office, on the table in the church narthex, on SIS and at the following link: Please drop off orders in the school office or with the Sunday Seller. They will be filled the same day, if available, or will be ordered on Monday for pickup on Thursday. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 or 312-972-9040 with questions or orders. Merry Christmas from all of us at Operation CIP!

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of Nov 13-19: $2,240

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


November 26 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

November 28 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

November 29 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

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

December 1 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 2 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6


December 3 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Dad’s Pancake Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Greenery Pickup
9:20 a.m. Prayer & Care Box Assembly
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

December 6 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

December 7 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

December 8 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 9 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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