Subject: Free Trip to El Salvador

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Please join us this Sunday for two very important events: at 10:30 a.m., for a "free trip to El Salvador" as we hear testimonies and enjoy images from this summer's El Salvador trip! And, in the afternoon, join us for the CROP Walk, starting at 1:00 p.m. downtown to raise money for anti-hunger efforts locally and globally! See you then!
Come Experience the El Salvador Trip!
Pilgrim, THANK YOU for all your prayers and support. We are so excited to share about the amazing experience we had… you will blessed to know how you have blessed the people of 
El Salvador! Please join us for the following 
El Salvador times of sharing:

*This Sunday, October 19th at 10:30 a.m.
*Next week's Chapel service: Wednesday, October 22 at 10:10 a.m.

the Basler family, Tonya and Cheryl Saiki, the Johnson family, Ms. Huelskoetter, Mr. Comella, Ralph Maffucci, and Andrea Preston
Reformation/Confirmation Sunday
Join us on Sunday, October 26th as we celebrate confirmation for our 9th graders who are ready to affirm their baptism. We will be blessed to have their participation throughout the service, and we’ll be glad to lift up the ways they will be serving the church and the world going forward. We invite everyone to wear the liturgical color RED on October 26th, because red represents the Holy Spirit. This day is a celebration of the Holy Spirit that continues to move us toward the grace and mercy of God. 
Sunday School is In Full Swing!
Kids age 3 through 5th grade are welcome at our Sunday School, which meets at 9:15 in the sanctuary before splitting up into classrooms. Join us for music, prayer, Bible stories and fun activities. Parents are welcome to stay, or of course we are more than happy to have your children with us while you attend the adult discussion group downstairs. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis (

Cocktails for a Cause 
TOMORROW, October 17
Join Pilgrim parents, friends and alums at Atlantic Bar and Grill on Friday, October 17, 7:00—11:00 p.m. to enjoy an evening out and help meet the challenge to raise $50,000 for the Dave Maring School Endowment Fun. Pilgrim members John and Mary Satter have issued a generous challenge to the Pilgrim community. As the congregation raises the first $25,000, the Satters will match those donations—dollar for dollar—to kick-start the Fund. Meeting this challenge is an awesome way for the Pilgrim community to honor Dave Maring’s contributions to Pilgrim and to continue his good work into the future. The event runs from 7-11 p.m. Tickets will be available in the school and church offices, and are $45 and will be available at the door. This event is for adults only, and payment is by cash or check only, please. Looking forward to see you there.
Prayer Time
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Dining Group
This Sunday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. we will travel to Rosemont to celebrate Octoberfest as they do in Munich at Hofbrauhaus, 5500 Park Place. It is off River Road west onto Bryn Mawr Avenue and go past Muvico; turn left and head up ramp to garage for validated parking. Take elevator A to MB Park. Reserve with Julie, 773-764-3140 and we will also car pool from church.

MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS usually meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Quilters’ Craft Day
 On Sunday, November 9, we will be taking over Maring Hall starting at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon and evening of sewing (or other crafts) and fellowship. We'll supply ironing equipment and power strips for sewing machines, as well as a cutting table. Bring a snack to share, and we'll order dinner around 5 p.m., which usually runs around $9 per person. Want to learn to quilt? We are planning to offer a beginners' class that afternoon. If you are interested, please contact Chris Wallis ( to find out what supplies to bring. No prior experience needed, and we'll include hand-piecing for those who don't have sewing machines.
Worship Workout
Saturday, October 18th
Have you ever thought about participating in worship? It’s such a blessing to serve God on Sundays at Pilgrim. We invite you to a Worship Workout! Please come to the corresponding time you are interested in:
9:30 a.m. Lectors, Assisting Ministers, and Communion Assistants
10:30 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. Ushers and Altar Guild

Fall Adult Bible Discussion Group: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

October 16 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 17 Friday
no school
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Cocktails For A Cause

October 18 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

October 19 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. El Salvador Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
12:45 p.m. CROP Walk meet at church
2:00 p.m. CROP Walk begins

October 21 Tuesday
9:30 a.m. School Open House
6:30 p.m. PTL
7:30 p.m. Board of Education

October 22 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. El Salvador Chapel
6:30 p.m. Confirmation (9)
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 23 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 24 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 25 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

October 16, 2014
In the News…
Pilgrim Lutheran Church was featured in a blog exploring the diversity of religious communities throughout Chicago. 
Check it out here
Staff News
Our church Administrative Secretary, Barbara Anthony, and her husband, Pastor Barry Anthony, have accepted a call to serve a church in Pennsylvania. Here is the posting for the position... please spread the word!

Job Opening: Administrative Secretary
This position supports the ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church through important bookkeeping and secretarial duties. The position is 32 hours a week and requires someone with proficiency in accounting practices and software, Microsoft Office, excellent communication and people skills, and a living faith in Jesus. Please send resumes by email attachment to

Worship Workout 
This Saturday, October 18th
Have you ever thought about participating in worship? It’s such a blessing to serve God on Sundays at Pilgrim. We invite you to a Worship Workout! Please come to the corresponding time you are interested in:
9:30 a.m. Lectors, Assisting Ministers, and Communion Assistants
10:30 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. Ushers and Altar Guild

Children at the Border - What can I do?
When unaccompanied migrant children are released to a guardian, need an advocate, or would benefit from a loving adoptive family, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services is there to help. We are experts in serving and advocating for the best interests of refugee and immigrant children. We promote family unity and reunification when it is a viable, safe option. And we actively partner with other domestic and international organizations to advance the best interests of all separated and unaccompanied children, within the United States and globally. Please visit for more information.
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in joining a Coffee Hour team, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037.
The 2014 CROP Hunger Walk/Pizza Party This Weekend
Pilgrim is proud to be participating in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 19th at 2 p.m. The CROP Walk is celebrating it’s 35th year of fighting hunger both around the corner and around the world. The 10K Walk (or 2-Mile “family route”) is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the Pilgrim community to join together for a great cause. Those interested in carpooling can meet at the church following the late service that day (around 12:45 p.m.) or you can meet us where the walk steps off (St. James Episcopal Church, 65 E. Huron Street). There is no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to gather donations from friends and family to support their efforts. After the walk, we’ll gather back in Maring Hall for a pizza party to celebrate. You will be hearing more about the CROP Walk at school and church in the coming weeks, but you can sign up at any time by contacting Lara Otsuka at or (773) 255-6519. To learn more about CROP, visit their website at
Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. If there is a project that holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. 
Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.

Gloves Needed for Hot Meals Program
Our guests at the hot meal have been asking if we could provide gloves as the weather is getting cooler. Please bring gloves to the church office or to the kitchen, placing them near the hot meals box. Thank you!

Countdown To Greenery
Please support our classrooms by purchasing greenery for the holidays. The Parent Teacher League (PTL) is excited to offer greenery for the holidays. Complete all of your holiday decorating in 5 minutes by selecting from fresh wreaths, centerpieces and garland. The greenery is a great gift for friends, family and business. Most importantly, greenery proceeds directly enrich the classroom experience for our children. In the past, monies raised have supported technology and science. This year in our “Countdown to Greenery,” see how our teachers would like to utilize PTL resources to encourage the education of our children. Ordering by the website is easy, or click HERE for a brochure, HERE for a price list, and HERE for an order form. Any further questions please contact Jacqueline Mokszycki at
Market Day
This is PIE MONTH with Market Day and also the start of our holiday sales. If we sell 100 or more pies, then Pilgrim earns 30% on each pie, in addition to the profit on rest of the order. There are 2 new pies this year: 4920 Coconut Cream (w/ a coconut cream filling) and 4924 Pomegranate Blueberry (w/ a smooth vanilla supreme filling). There are 14 other pies- most of them made by the same company that makes Bakers Square. They all are frozen and ready to be thawed the day you are serving them. Some require baking and the pecan and cherry pies may be heated, if you so desire. Take advantage of the sales on holiday goodies this month- so you don't have to order at the last minute. Orders are due November 2nd for pickup on Thursday, November 6th. Check order forms for details!
Gift Cards 
Are you making costumes for Halloween? Pick up your Joanne gift card from our sellers. Get your Halloween treats from CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Jewel and Target using gift cards! Need movie tickets, Fandango or Rebox - we have them. Contact Anne with ?? at or 773-472-6037.
Magazine Drive: If you didn't get a paper order for magazines turned in, go to online and place your order anytime during the year. Pilgrim’s code is: 2633014.  Pilgrim still earns 40% of your order!
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Do you order on the Internet? Check out
Our Prayer for Sunday
Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is
 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10;
Most likely this letter is the first written by Paul. Paul is giving pastoral encouragement and reassurances to new Christians living in an antagonistic pagan environment. Their commitment of faith, love, and hope makes them a model for other new Christian communities.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 22:15–22;
After Jesus begins teaching in the temple, religious leaders try to trap him with questions. First they ask if God's people should pay taxes to an earthly tyrant like Caesar.
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.

Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig:

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