Subject: G.R.A.C.E

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate the Reformation one week early! Grace is not just in our history. It is here for us, today. In our households. In our parenting. In our career discernment. In our Pilgrim community. 
Grace is not soft, nor is it passage. It is not anything goes. It is what makes our faith grow, and what helps us reconcile to one another.

It feels good to be reset and renewed by such a message! Join us this Sunday!
Potluck and Screening of “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves - Join us TODAY 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!

Dining Group Tonight - We are dining at the Brauhaus, 4732 N. Lincoln Avenue, at 6:00 p.m. Please note the change in time and join us for German cuisine. RSVP to Julie Lea at 773-764-3140.

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

Celebrate Halloween and Spread the Word about Pilgrim - We are sponsoring a table at the “Trick or Treat” event on Saturday, October 28th at 10 a.m. at the North Center Town Square (across from CVS at Belle Plaine and Damen). This annual event continues to grow with over 500 children and their parents. We invite you to donate a bag of candy to give out as part of our outreach to the community; please drop off candy at either the school or church office. We are also in need of volunteers, please let Renee know if you are able to come and volunteer from 9:30-10:30am; 10:30-11:30am or 11:30am to 12:30pm. Thank you!

Pilgrim Halloween Party - We invite all kids and families to our annual Halloween Party, sponsored by the Pilgrim Lutheran School Parent Teacher League. It is on Friday, October 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 per family and includes 4 tickets or $5 per individual and includes 2 tickets. Additional tickets are $1 and required for food, trick or treating, haunted house, and some of the bigger games. Most games are free.

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 2:00 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, November 1st at 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester, dinner is potluck. Please join us!

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 

Save the Dates:
October 29th, Sunday - Reformation and Confirmation Sunday, with trumpets
November 5th, Sunday - Daylight Savings Time Ends
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, 2018 - Trivia Night
Thank You to all women who attended the WELCA meeting last Sunday! Great turn out with 20 women! After the informative presentation, our meeting ended with a vote to form a Pilgrim group of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Next, we need to draw up our constitution, based on a model constitution provided by WELCA. If you were not at the meeting, but want to be on the distribution list for upcoming events, please inform Renee at

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. 

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 November 1st. 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 again! 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 - will be sold in the church foyer Sunday at 12:30 and in the school office on Monday and Friday from 8:30 to 10 am, until Thanksgiving week. For your convenience, order forms are outside the school office and on the table at the back of church. You may drop off orders any time and they will be filled the next selling day. Please contact Anne Barsano with any questions at or 312-972-9040.

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.

Magazine Drive - Pilgrim makes 40% of all sales from our Magazine Drive held throughout the year. You can order new subscriptions or renew ones you already have, order books or gifts. Any subscriptions ordered as gifts should be received in time for Christmas. This year we are holding the drive online for ease of ordering. If desired, catalogs will be available in the school office later in September. You can fill out a paper order form paying by check or cash or, take the easy way and go online to and charge your order. Pilgrim’s account # is 2633014. You can go online anytime during the year and Pilgrim will still earn 40% of your order!! No matter how you order, please be sure to include the name and address exactly as it is on the subscriptions which you are renewing and to indicate if the order is new or a renewal. Questions? Anne Barsano, contact

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. 9 - Oct. 15: $1,941
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


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 24 Tuesday
 4:15 p.m. Worship Committee
7:00 p.m. Church Council

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. PTL Halloween Party

October 28 Saturday
 10:00 a.m. North Center Halloween
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1


October 29 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 and Confirmation, with trumpets!
10:30 a.m. Nursery

November 1 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

November 2 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

November 3 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 4 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2

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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