Subject: From Now On

Dear Friends,

In the moment Mary receives an encouraging visit from Elizabeth, Mary belts out the greatest song in history... the Magnificat. In that moment, something has shifted, not just in Mary's womb, but also in her soul... the promises of God have become her orientation and her future.

Join us in joy and wonder this Sunday as experience the culmination of advent, the grandeur of Mary's faith, and the joy of receiving into membership the Crabtree-Nelson and Abu-Absi families... what a good season to be alive and together!  Worship Service at 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m..
Blue Christmas Service—Christmas is a time when we miss loved ones who are no longer with us. A Blue Christmas service brings peace to those of us who have a range of emotions this time of year. Please join us on Saturday, December 19th at 8:30 am in the sanctuary for a simple, beautiful experience of music, prayer and bible readings.
Welcome New Members!
Sunday, December 20th, Pilgrim welcomes two more families into membership:  Sarah Abu-Absi (Dan) with daughter Mabel, and Eric and Sonya Crabtree-Nelson with children Clayton and Mae. We are overjoyed to receive their many gifts and support them in their lives of faith and service!
Christmas Eve...Come Participate!
We invite all children, families, and youth to participate in the Christmas Eve Candlelight Family Service this year at 4:30 p.m.! Artists, musicians, readers, angels, singers, and shepherds are needed! Please email office Administrator Kathy Danner at for more info!

Sunday School Christmas Break
There will be no Sunday School on December 27. We will resume at 10:15 on January 3.
Epiphany “3 Kings” Celebration
Join us on Sunday, January 10th for our Epiphany Celebration! We will reenact the 3 King’ visit with a special procession and a piñata with special “Rosca Reyes” bread to follow! Worship is at 8a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Save the Dates:
Thursday, December 24th at 4:30, 7:30 and 11:00 p.m.-Family Candlelight Services
Friday, December 25th at 9:30 a.m.-Christmas Day Service
Sunday, December 27th at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, January 3rd-Second Sunday of Christmas
Annual Meeting Preparatory Forum, Sunday, January 24th at 11:45 a.m.
Annual Meeting/Council Elections, Sunday, January 31st at 11:45 a.m.

MOPS is a morning group for moms. MOPS meets the first and third Thursday mornings of the month from 9-11:45 am at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N Winchester). Cost is $10 and includes childcare. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at  
New Adult Education Series: Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith
Would you like to learn more about your faith? The faith of others? Get to know other members better? Discuss spirituality in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. starting on Sunday, January 10th in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together and begin a new series, “Honoring our Neighbors Faith”, in which we explore our relationship with people other denominations and religions… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us! (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)

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. You may RSVP to Kathy in the Church Office at

First Communion Class-Begins in February
We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program, which will be beginning with an interest meeting on January 27th at 5:30 p.m. The inter active class (that is geared for adults as well as children and youth) is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments.

Thank you, Tricia Koning!
For videotaping the 2015 Kindergarten Tea Party and making copies available for sale. All proceeds went to the Playlot.

Dear Pilgrim Community:
Last year, on Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, I organized a mitten making day for the poor. We then distributed them among people living under Lake Shore Drive. It was very well received and appreciated. This year, I was hoping to include the Pilgrim Church and School community as we make more mittens to warm those who are living without shelter.
You can help in the following ways:
1) Drop off packages of handwarmers (can be purchased in bulk at Costco),
2) Mitten Assembly—On January 10th after the 10:30 service, we will be assembling the mittens. On that day, we will need volunteers and some sewing machines that we could borrow for a couple hours. Please email me your interest for sewing or if you have a sewing machine you would like to loan for the day. Thank you in advance- school parent Jennifer Goolsby at

We Need Your Ideas for Mission Gift Recipients!
Pilgrim tithes, giving 10% of contributions of the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to Mission Gifts. Please continue to think of organizations and projects that would be worthy recipients of future Mission Gift funds and submit applications on their behalf. January 6th is the deadline for applications to be considered at the next meeting. Application forms can be found on the table in the church narthex, submit them to the church office once complete.

Care Boxes Available!
Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the assembly of care boxes...we assembled 55 boxes! There are still more available on the table in the back of the sanctuary, please feel free to take one to someone who could use some Holiday cheer!

Workshop for Parents
“Parenting with Positive Discipline: Developing Respectful Relationships” will take place on January 11, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Centered Therapy Chicago (Directed by Pilgrim member Dr. Bianka Hardin) 4124 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste 1. Registration fees: Early Bird is $45 per person, after Dec. 31, prices are $65 per person (space is limited) Pilgrim member and Presenter Dana Thomas is a certified Positive Discipline Trainer with extensive experience as a teacher trainer, early childhood educator and curriculum designer. For more information, visit To register, please contact Dana Thomas at

Thank you Pilgrim!

We are so blessed to have such a generous community!

Coat Angels: We more than doubled the goal we were hoping to reach, thanks so much for the many coats and financial contributions.

Toy Drive
: Thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal and were able to provide toys for all of the preschool-2nd grade children at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park! We have over 213 toys and donations coming in.

Pancake Breakfast: Thanks to the Pilgrim community for taking part in the Dads’ Pancake Breakfast.  We had 25 dads (including alumni dads) helping out.  With the support of Unitas Global, Thrivent, and Starbucks, the breakfast was able to net over $1250 for the school’s Technology Fund.   We're so grateful for Glenn Williams, Pete Gillespie, and all the Pilgrim Dads for an exceptional effort!

Christmas Gift Cards- We will be selling today and Monday of this week and then only on Sundays until school resumes on January 4th. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with any questions. Thank you for your support this year and wishes for a Merry Christmas! See you in 2016!

Looking for the Perfect Christmas Gift?

Pilgrim Church and School hoodies and t-shirts are just right for everyone on your list! Show your Pilgrim Pride and order today!

Annual Trivia Night!
Trivia Night Discount Date Extended!
Grab 7 of your smartest friends and support the 7th and 8th grades at Pilgrim's Annual Trivia Night!
Saturday, January 30th from 7-11 PM • Doors Open 6PM
Tables (8 players max) $200 Before Jan 8th• $240 After
Online registration is at
You may get your tickets and preorder your pizzas there or fill out a form in the office. The forms are attached to the fliers. Thanks to all who have already signed up!

General Worship Offerings Update
Budgeted through 11.30.15 $68,750
Actual through 11.30.15 $53,079

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173

Actual received week of 11.29.15 $ 4,033
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


Dec 20 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Dec 24 Thursday 4:30 p.m. Family Candlelight Service
7:30 p.m. Family Candlelight Service
11:00 p.m. Family Candlelight Service

Dec 25 Friday 9:30 p.m. Christmas Day Service

Dec 26 Saturday 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5


Dec 27 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service Lessons & Carols
10:15 a.m. Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service Lessons & Carols

Jan 2 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

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: Kathy Danner

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December 11, 2015