Subject: Dad's Pilgrim Breakfast

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Dear Friends, 

Join us for the first Sunday of Advent! We will eat pancakes, sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", and celebrate the theme of hope. See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!

Hope is hearing the melody of the future.
Faith is to dance to it.
-Rubem Alves
Wednesday, December 20th 
School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 21st Service
School Christmas Service, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 24th Services
NO 8:00 a.m. Service
10:30 a.m. - Fourth Sunday in Advent
4:30 p.m. - Christmas Eve Family Candlelight
7:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. - Christmas Candlelight

Monday, December 25th Service
9:30 a.m. - Christmas Morning 

Sunday, December 31st Services
8:00 a.m. - Lessons and Carols
10:30 a.m. - Lessons and Carols and renewal of vows
for Jonathan Valencia & Collin Brown and all couples

Pilgrim Dads’ 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast is SUNDAY between services and following late service. All proceeds will help support the school’s Technology Fund. The Kids Christmas Kiss game will also be happeing! Please join us in Maring Hall.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry - On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection 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, 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 hand the envelope to the usher.

Sunday School for the remainder of 2017 - There will be no Sunday School today so everyone can attend the Pancake Breakfast. We will 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 SUNDAY 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

Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili - Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10th, for fun caroling around the neighborhood. Then join us for a Chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s home (4332 N. Winchester). All are invited!

Blue Christmas Service - We often miss loved ones who have died during the holidays. Join us for our Blue Christmas Service, as we receive peace as we mourn and remember those we hold dear this Christmas on Sunday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m.

Calling all Children! You are invited to participate in this year's 4:30 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Please let Pastor know at if your child(ren) is able to participate!

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 January 15 or 22nd. Child care is provided throughout each class.  Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at to RSVP.

Save the Date:
Sunday, December 17th - Baptism of Will & Henry Sexton
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 December13th. It will be our final night studying The Best Yes by Lysa Terkerust. 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 Beginning January 10th, we will study The Apostles’ Creed from the WELCA Gather magazine.
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. Join us between services TODAY to assemble boxes. We invite children and others to come and make handmade cards to include in the boxes. You are invited to take a box after church TODAY 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 TODAY. Money is due 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 you have received a letter in the mail outlining our raffle drive as well as a starter set of tickets. The Push is still on 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 TODAY. 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. 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!

A Big Thank You from Coat Angels - We raised enough money to purchase 115 coats to keep school children in Chicago warm this winter!

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of Nov 20-26: $3,249
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


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 5 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Ed

December 6 Wednesday
 7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
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
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


December 10 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
4:00 p.m. Caroling and Chili Party

December 12 Tuesday
 8:00 p.m. PTL

December 13 Wednesday
 7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

December 14 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

December 15 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 16 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
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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