Subject: Found It!

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Dear Friends, 

Is there anything better than finding something of value that you have lost? That's how Jesus feels (Luke 15:1-10) when we, who are wandering, are found by God and join a movement that heals our hearts and changes the world.

This Sunday, on the poignant date of September 11th, we will be lifting up the eternal love that finds us in Jesus, and be celebrating the baptism of Arabella Douglas, a Pilgrim Kindergartner from New Zealand. We will even teach you an important Maori phrase.

Tomorrow, join us in marching in the German Day Parade at 1:25 p.m. at the CVS/North Center Square.

Sunday, we begin our new Fall Schedule... 8 a.m. service and 10:30 a.m. worship and sunday school with nursery. See you soon!

Make sure to include the German Day Parade in the get response announcements, because it is not in the Sunday bulletin announcement..

And I would also use the shortened Sunday School announcement in the Get Response email as well... it's too many details, a little overwhelming...

Happy Grandparents Day! Today, September 11, is Grandparents Day. We’re so glad to have so many amazing grandparents at Pilgrim!

Pilgrim Fest Block Party next Sunday—It's next week! Our big annual party! The celebration begins with an outdoor worship at 10 a.m., followed by food, dessert, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, quilt show, penny social, volleyball, face-painting, and so much more! The block party is a great way to draw the Pilgrim community together (Hot Meals/School/Worship Community/Neighborhood) and is a great way to embody our mission to gather, prepare, and send. To sign up to volunteer and bring food, please go on-line at: There is also a sign up poster in the entry foyer of the church. If your last name begins A-M you are encouraged to bring a salad to share, or N-Z a dessert. The event will run until 4:00 p.m. Any proceeds will go to the Pilgrim Technology Fund.

Sunday School Format—Today during the 10:30 service, all kids will remain in church through the Baptism, followed by dismissal to nursery for the youngest, or Sunday School for kids from pre-school through Grade 5 in the Annex and Maring Hall. Parents will pick up children from the nursery during the Peace, and the Sunday School kids will be brought to the narthex during that time. On September 18, we'll offer Sunday School in the sanctuary at 9:15. This will include lesson time and learning songs to be sung during the service. So parents, if you need child care while you are helping set up for the Block Party, bring your age 3 and older children to Sunday School. On September 25, we will return to Sunday School during the 10:30 service.

Confirmation Info and Pizza Night Join us Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Parsonage. Confirmation is a program that helps 6th - 9th graders learn about themselves and their relationship with God. With fun trips and retreats, service projects, and interactive classes, our students grow a strong faith foundation that will last for a lifetime. This program is open to all students regardless of their church/faith affiliation. Coming to this meeting does not commit you to the program. Parents and students are welcome to attend!

Oktoberfest Party—It is not too late to join in the fun for the Oktoberfest Auction Party. Break out your Dirndl or Lederhosen and join us for dinner and German bier as we celebrate Oktoberfest the Pilgrim way. Ein Prosit! To attend, contact Shellie Riedle
at or 773-216-1623. The cost is $50 per person, payable to Pilgrim. Please remember this is an adults only event. Event Details: Bavaria on Bradley Place, Boecler's Bavarian Biergarten, 2033 West Bradley, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Women’s Bible Study to Begin—Wednesday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. we will Gather with refreshments, and 7:00 Prepare with Bible Study. We will use the study guide Ten Women of the Bible: One by One They Changed The World, by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop. Anna-Kari and Renee Stuedemann will lead this series at 3944 N. Claremont Ave. At the first session we will determine  if Wednesday is the best day, frequency, time and location. If you are interested, please contact Renee at Let us
know if you want us to order your book, or if you want to purchase it yourself.

Pray For The Next Generation—Attention moms, grandmas, aunts - any woman desiring to pray for children and schools. Experience the joy of replacing anxiety with peace and hope when you pray scripturally and specifically for your child, Pilgrim
Lutheran School and other schools. Join us every Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in
the parlor at the back of church. No experience needed. Contact Pilgrim parent Cathy Basler at for more info.

Explore the Bible
—Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary. In September, in honor of the upcoming 500th anniversary
of the Lutheran Reformation, we will be exploring the questions: What is the Lutheran Reformation? What is the difference between being Catholic and Lutheran? And, is a reunification in process?

From Conflict to Communion—In preparation for the year-long celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, please join Evanston’s Lutheran and Catholic communities in paving the way for ongoing dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. Facilitators ar Dr. Cristie Traina (Pastor Bill Hutchinson’s wife) , Prof. of Relition, Dept. of Religious Studies at Northwestern University and Rev. Dr. Eric Bodenstab, Pastor in the Metro. Chicago Synod (ELCA) and Lutheran Theologian. This will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Oldershaw Hall, 806 Ridge Ave., Evanston (south of Main Street,
parking & entrance behind the church) on October 2, 9 and 16 from 1:00-3:00.

New Member 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 explore with us. Child care is provided throughout each class. You can attend the three classes in any order. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at

Discipleship Groups
—Various Pilgrim members are forming discipleship groups to help people grow deeper in their faith and in what God is calling them to do.  Please talk to Brent (, 
Theresa Sparlin ( 
or Cheryl Saiki ( for more information.

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!  
Praise Team Forming—Here is your invitation to join Pilgrim’s Worship/Music Team — Attention all singers, instrumentalists, dramatically talented, poets, artists of every kind. We have openings available! We would love to have you join us! For more information, contact Karen Huelskoetter at

Sunday School Teachers—Thank you to all the new and returning teachers that are teaming up to provide a quality experience for kids aged pre-school through Grade 5. The program is very user friendly and no prior teaching experience required, just a willingness to share God's word with his children. There is still time to sign up for future Sundays. Please contact Chris Wallis at or 773-561-5419 if you are interested.

Breadbakers needed
—If you can follow a simple recipe and are willing to bake communion bread once or twice over a four-month period, please contact Chris Wallis at

THANK YOU to some AMAZING people! Many thanks to the Pilgrim Properties Committee Chair Jim Volkens, who has dedicated countless hours to our many property projects this summer. Thank you to the Playground Committee headed up by school parent Tricia Koning Llewellyn as our playdeck is being redone. Special acknowledgement to Chad Smith and Mindy Wieland, parent volunteer architects, and John Llewelyn as well for all his help. Kudos to Michael, Antonella, Florenzo, and Milena Garbo and to Jim, Shellie, Nathan, and Amelia Volkens for removing all the equipment from the playdeck in the heat of summer. Thanks are also due to Dave Emery, Pilgrim's Facilities Manager, and to the whole Pilgrim congregation for your contributions to the Capital Campaign.

Fall Gift Cards—We have even more gift cards on our list this year!! Landrys $25 has five restaurants in the Chicago area: Bubba Gump, Claim Jumper, McCormick Schmicks, Morton's and Rainforest Café; Fossil $25, Heinen's Grocery Store $25, $50, Jos A Bank $25, Pinkberry $10, Saks off Fifth $50, Southwest Airlines (varying amounts), Universal Orlando $25, $100 and Visa $100 and $250. All need to be ordered at the present time. Please contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 if you are interested. 

Ordering from Amazon Online? Please sign up at and 0.5% of your order will come back to Pilgrim. There is no change to your Amazon account: same benefits, Prime rewards and shipments. Better still, buy an Amazon card from Operation CIP, use it to pay for your order and Pilgrim earns 4.5% of your order.

Pilgrim Magazine Drive—will run from Sept 12-29, with packets going out soon. You can order and charge your order at at anytime throughout the year.  Pilgrims account # is: 2633014 and we earn 40% of your order.  Order new or renew your present subscriptions or order gifts for others!  

General Worship Offerings:

Needed weekly to meet budget                 $ 3,391
Actual received week of 9/04                     $ 2,225

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

September 11 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

September 13 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Endowment Committee

September 14 Wednesday
8:30 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
7:00 p.m. Maring Endowment
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 15 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S
6:30 p.m. PTL Back to School Night

September 17 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:15 a.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3


September 18 Sunday
 9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship & Indoor Nursery
11:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Pilgrim Fest Block Party

September 21 Wednesday
8:30 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 22 Thursday
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S

September 24 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:15 a.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4
5:00 p.m. El Salvador Potluck Dinner, Parsonage
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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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