Subject: Cosmic Vending Machine?

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Dear Friends,

It has been said that sometimes we treat God as a "Cosmic Vending Machine"- meaning, we pray in such a way to tell God what we want and when we want it, versus praying for God's will to be be known, and then asking for the courage and strength to do it.

In Mark 10:35-45, the disciples treat Jesus like a cosmic vending machine. And his response is surprising.

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we contemplate the gift of prayer, and enjoy a offering of music from our upper grade chorus. God bless your weekend!
Thank you for everyone who responded to the opportunity to help furnish the apartment for our newly arrived Refugee Family, they arrived safely yesterday at O'Hare. To contribute to this project, please visit the giving page listed below.
Sunday we Welcome our Upper Grade Chorus, directed by Pilgrim Choir Teacher Sam Cantor. We thank you for your offering of music!

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

PTL Halloween Party... You're Invited - Join us on Friday, October 26th, for the annual Parent Teacher League (PTL) Halloween Party! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a minimal charge, with tickets being on sale for purchasing food, and entry to games, Trick or Treat, and many other activities! The party ends at 8:00 p.m. and community members are welcome.

Celebrate Halloween and Spread the Word about Pilgrim - We are sponsoring a table at the “Trick or Treat” event on Saturday, October 27th, at 10:00 a.m. at the North Center Town Square (across from CVS at Belle Plaine and Damen). This annual event continues to grow with over 500 children and their parents. We invite you to donate a bag of candy to give out as part of our outreach to the community; please drop off candy at either the school or church office. We are also in need of volunteers, please let Pastor at know if you are able to come and volunteer from 9:30-10:30am; 10:30-11:30am or 11:30am to 12:30pm.

The Metro Chicago Synodical Women’s Organization Conference
is on Saturday, October 27th at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora. Topics include Fighting for Working and Immigrant Families, AMMPARO (, RefugeeOne and InFaith Community Foundation. Contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814 for more info or for a ride. Registration forms are on the table in the back of the Narthex.

Confirmation/Reformation Sunday - October 28th - We will be celebrating Reformation Sunday on October 28th at our worship services. The color of the day is red! We will be celebrating the confirmation of 5 young people at the 10:30 a.m. service: Andrew, Wyatt, Sven, Valerie Rae, and Hope! We hope you'll join us!

Dining Group - On Sunday, October 28th, at 5:30 p.m. we will partake of Venezuelan dishes at BienMeSabe, 1637 W. Montrose. It is BYOB and it has street parking. RSVP to Julie, 773-366-0724. See you there!

Calling all 6th - 12th graders! - We invite you to join us on our confirmation/youth retreat on November 2nd-4th at LOMC in Oregon IL. Retreat packets are located on the back table, we would really love to have you join us!

All Saints Sunday is coming up on November 4th. If you would like any names remembered out loud during the prayers, please submit them via a Sunday worship connection card, or by emailing Renee in the church office at

Cocktails for a Cause! On November 9th - Support the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund! Dave Maring taught, coached and served as Principal at Pilgrim for 49 years. The School Endowment Fund honors Dave’s mission to give children the greatest gift of all: a Pilgrim education. The Endowment Fund Committee is hosting a party on Friday, November 9th, at the Little Fort Tavern on Lincoln Avenue. The $45 ticket price includes drinks and food. Proceeds from the Fund goes to Tuition Assistance and pays for special teacher projects and classes. Save the date and support the Fund!

A Special Reception for "Windows into our Future" will be held on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. We are excited about completing this year's project, "Windows Into Our Future"! Our goal is to replace all 30 of our old classroom windows with new, energy efficient, UV-Protection windows during the summer of 2019! We invite all those that have already given, as well as those who might consider giving. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. We will be joined by our windows’ contractors, who will be present to share important details about the project. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend, or if you have any questions. To give, visit

Save the Dates:
Sunday, November 18th - Stewardship Sunday
Sunday, November 25th - Christ the King Sunday
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.

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. The class is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the Bible. We meet in Maring Hall.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, November 7th. We are using 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! 
Coat Angels is working to raise upfront donations to guarantee that they are able to fulfill the requests being received. They have received requests for 4,000 kids! Any donation amount will help and you can donate on the website or via Facebook Pilgrim will still be collecting coats during November, so please watch for details within the next few weeks.

Support for our New Refugee Family - We are very excited that our refugee fundraising site is up and running. Please check out to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. Share this site with all your friends! And, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Block Party, raising $1,770 for our family! We still have a few thousand dollars to go.
Tis The Season To Order Greenery! - The annual Pilgrim PTL Greenery sale is open for business. Greenery is a great gift for friends, family, neighbors and business associates. Items ship across the country or across town. Most importantly, greenery proceeds directly enrich the classroom experience for our children. Ordering is much easier when you place your order online at You may also use the links below for the flyer and order forms. All orders are due online or to the office Friday, November 2. Direct Delivery items will be sent directly to the recipient to arrive within the first two weeks after Thanksgiving. Local Delivery items will be available for pickup at Pilgrim December 2. Money is due the day of pickup. Payments are not accepted online. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $3000! Contact Carrie Goerne at or 312-404-2347 with any questions.

Gift Cards - Regular 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 has started 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.
The link to order is and Pilgrim’s account is #2633014.

Thank you to the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) for their support of Pilgrim. We received $35,000 for Tuition Assistance. This amount, combined with the generous support of donations from current and alumni families plus members of the congregation, allows many students to be part of the Pilgrim family who might otherwise might not be able to afford our tuition. Thanks!!!

Financial Update - Thank you to everyone for your generous giving to Pilgrim! Our Interim Bookkeeper, Grayce, is preparing 3rd Quarter Giving Statements. They will be sent out the last week of October. Our finance team is working very hard to restore our books and to help us migrate to an upgraded financial accounting system. Thank you for your continued support!
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October 21 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids

October 24 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

October 25 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 26 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Halloween Party

October 27 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Northcenter Trick or Treat Outreach
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


October 28 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids

October 30 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

October 31 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

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

November 2 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 3 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4
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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