Subject: Every Single Time

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Dear Friends,

"Every single time, on a Sunday morning... I feel a little tired. Do I really want to get everyone up and dressed? Parking?
But then, we get here. I can feel the welcome from the community. My kids love it, and they learn that they are a part of something bigger. I am encouraged by the way Pilgrim is making a difference in the world. And through the Word... by the music... and in the sacred Presence... my soul finds rest. "

This is a conglomeration of affirmations I have heard recently from people coming out of worship. We are thankful that God has connected us for such a time as this. Please join us at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. on Sunday!

In Christ, Pastor Kristian
Potluck and Screening of “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves - Join us on Sunday, October 22nd at 5:00 p.m. as we enjoy food, fellowship, and a screening of a wonderful documentary by Rick Steves called “Luther and the Reformation.” It will be a great way to learn about the Lutheran faith and the ways God is calling us to be faithful today. We invite you to bring a dish to share: Last names A through I, protein; last names J through Q, Salad/Fruit/Vegetable; last names R-Z, dessert. Thank you!

Reformation Sunday is coming up on October 29th! The color of the day is red, so you are invited to wear red!

All Saints Sunday is coming up on November 5th. If you would like any names remembered out loud during the prayers, please submit them via a Sunday worship connection card, or by emailing the office at

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 on Saturday, November 26th, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S Wille St, Mt Prospect, IL 60056.

Holding Your Family Together - On Wednesday, October 4th, several families met together and got excited about being intentional about sharing faith and applying best practices in neurology, sociology, psychology, and theology to how we do bedtimes as a household using Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim's Course, "Holding your Family Together." We want to continue learning and encouraging each other! Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, October 18th at 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester, dinner is potluck. Please join us!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month - Shhh! Don't tell Pastor, but show him some love and appreciation!

Sunday School - We encourage all children ages 3 through 5th grade to join us at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. If you are interested in bringing a snack, reading a story, or shadowing a Sunday School teacher, please contact Sunday School coordinator Chris Wallis at 

Mental Health Class - Many, many people experience mental health problems, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster, is hosting a class on Saturday, November 4th, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to lean about different kinds of mental illness and how to recognize signs and how to best respond. The fee is $20, or pay what you can. Textbook and lunch are included. To register contact Parish Nurse Marcia Smith RN at or 773-743-1831 or the instructor Stephanie Frank LCSW at 773-807-9515.

A Support Group for People Recovering from Mental Health Issues - Esprit is a support group that meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Group Facilitators are Ashley Figerio, Certified Mental Health First Aid, USA and experienced mental health group facilitator and Vikki Ward Martin, MA MDiv, Certified Mental Health First Aid, USA and Family to Family National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, please call Ashley at 773-428-1521.

Save the Dates:
October 27th, Friday - PTL Halloween party, 6:30 p.m.
October 28th, Saturday - North Center Halloween Trick or Treat, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
October 29th, Sunday - Reformation and Confirmation Sunday
November 10th, Friday - Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser for the Dave Maring Endowment Fund, Celtic Crown Public House, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
November 17-19 - Fall Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center
February 24 - Trivia Night

Calling all women to attend a WELCA meeting - Sunday the director for membership of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will present an informational meeting about the organization to start a group here. WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support the mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Join us at noon in the Annex.

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! 

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays 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 and explore the basics of the Lutheran way of being Christian, in light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Women’s Bible Study - it’s not too late to join our next session on October 18th. 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
Thank You! Judy Kiehm and Richard Younker are SO thankful for all of the meals! They don't know what they would have done without all this support. THANK YOU! Judy will be having surgery this coming Monday, October 16th. This means that Judy and Richard are in need of continued support. More dates have been added to the calendar so that our support can be extended. Here is the link:

Sunday Morning Nursery - Our supply of volunteers is running low and we'd love some help in the nursery! Commitment of your time during a church service once every two or three months and you can hang out with some cute kiddos! Contact Katie Ruger at if you'd like to help. Thanks!

Meal Schedule for Lisa Gold - Congratulations to Joe Szwab and Lisa who just had their second son and they would love support from our community with meals. To sign up, go to:
Annual PTL Greenery Fundraiser - Please support Pilgrim Lutheran School’s classrooms by purchasing greenery for the holidays! The fresh greenery is a great gift for friends, family, neighbors and business associates. Local Delivery items will be available for pickup at Pilgrim on December 3. Direct Delivery items will be sent directly to the recipient to arrive within the first two weeks after Thanksgiving. A limited number of ordering brochures are available in the back of the Church, however, ordering is much easier when you place your order online! All orders are due online or to the office Friday, November 3. Money is due December 3. Payments are not accepted online. Please contact Erin Mendoza with any questions

Gift Cards - We are back to our regular selling schedule of Sunday, Monday and Friday for the rest of October. Please contact Anne Barsano, or 312-972-9040 with questions.

Meats for Sale - We are selling extra burgers from the Pilgrim Fest. All are frozen and have not been thawed. We have Ground Beef 1/4 pound Patties, 80% lean, 15 for $10. It comes with a bag of buns (16 count) if desired. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 if interested.

Have you tried our new APP, Benefit Mobile? Use this link: Purchase digital gift cards and instantly redeem them online or in-store, or give the perfect gift to a friend or family member. Choose from 100 of America’s leading national brands like Starbucks, Target, Walmart and Amazon. Up to 20% of each transaction will go to support a school or non-profit of your choice (Pilgrim!). You can use a credit card or a bank account. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Questions, contact Anne Barsano or 312-972-9040.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of Oct. 2 - Oct. 8: $3,149
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


October 15 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

October 18 Wednesday
 12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 19 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 20 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 21 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10


October 22 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

October 25 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 26 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 27 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 28 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1

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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