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Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
This Sunday, as we gather, we will ponder the question, "When experiencing loss, where is God?" Could times of deep loss invite us to seasons of profound growth? Join us at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.!
New date and time for Confirmation Kick Off Dinner
Calling all 7th and 8th graders!

Please join us on Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. for a Confirmation Kick-Off and Info Dinner to be held in Maring Hall. We are not going to be gathering on Wednesday, October 1st. Coming to this meeting does not commit you to the program. Contact Pastor Kristian with any questions.
El Salvador Sunday
Join us on Sunday, October 19th as we enjoy testimonies and images from an amazing mission trip experienced by 19 members of the Pilgrim community. It is fitting that we celebrate the huge impact global partnerships have on all of us before going downtown to walk on the Crop Walk! Come show your support to the Baslers, Saiki’s, Johnsons, Ms. Huelskoetter, Ralph, Andrea Preston, and others! 10:30 a.m. service.
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 (

Blessing of the Animals- October 4th
Do you have animals in your life? Bring your pets to the Gazebo at Welles Park on Saturday, October 4th at 10 a.m. in honor of St. Francis! We'll be joining animals and people from Luther Memorial Church as we hold a brief, interactive prayer service and then bless each animal in attendance. Come out as Luther Memorial and Pilgrim Lutheran bless neighborhood pets at Welles Park in honor of St. Francis. Drinks and treats will be served... see you then!
The Women's Wellness Fair will be hosted at Luther Memorial Church on October 4th. Bianka Hardin, PsyD, will be doing a presentation about talking to your kids about difficult topics, and will also be leading a relaxation for women. For more information, check out their website:
Cocktails for a Cause, Friday, 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, as well as outside the school Tuesdays after school and Fridays before school. Tickets are $40 through October 10, and October 11-17 will be $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.
Baby Shower October 5
There will be a baby shower on Sunday, October 5th, following the 10:30 service for Marilyn Donovan’s daughter, Christine, who is expecting a baby girl. Contact Anne Barsano for giftcards.
Prayer Time
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Quilters’ Craft Day
The Pilgrim Quilters would like to thank everyone who attended our quilt show during the block party and purchased tickets for our raffle quilt. We are donating $150 of the proceeds to the Maring Endowment fund matching gift challenge. 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.
Fall Adult Bible Discussion Group: Unpacking Discipleship
Following Jesus is life’s most challenging and rewarding adventure! Yet, when we hear words like “evangelism” and “discipleship”, we don’t always get so excited. Is it because these words are too dated and “churchy” to be useful in 2014? Or do they need to be renewed and reclaimed so that we can live Jesus' dream for us? 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 2 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 3 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. School Dance

October 4 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals at
Welles Park
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1

October 5 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

October 8 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
6:30 p.m. Confirmation 7/8 kick-off dinner and informational meeting
6:30 p.m. Confirmation (9)
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 9 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 10 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

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

October 2, 2014
Thrivent uPLAN College Planning Workshop
Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Luther North, Room 105.
Wondering if you will be able to help your student finish college and still retire someday? With planning, you can. You’re invited to attend this complimentary 60-minute college planning overview to learn how academics, admissions and financial strategies can work together to help save you money. Includes FAFSA tips, what to expect when transitioning from high school to college, and COA, OOP, EFC, and need-met and gift-aid ratios are and how they apply to you. Space is limited—RSVP to Sheri Damery at 773-286-3600, x223 or email

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
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. 
Luther North Homecoming 2014
October 4
11:00 a.m. memorial service for Clarence at Messiah Lutheran Church
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Dedication of The Friend Library
1:00 pm - Football Game vs. Hiawatha

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.
Pilgrim Pews
Wayne and Donna Heintz have two 9.5 foot long Pilgrim pews and are looking for a good home for them. Call them if you are interested at 773-281-6522.

A Church Coming Back to Life!
From Pilgrim friend Jennifer DeLeon: Many of you have heard Trinidad has been going through a transition and we are working hard to keep growing. The SPIRIIT is alive and doing GREAT things at Trinidad Lutheran Church in Humboldt Park! I would like to invite to a special worship service we will be having on Sunday Oct 12 at 3pm. It will be a time of renewal & transformation a commitment with God the Church and the Community. We will be having a free community meal after the service and will be sharing with the community testimonies of God’s love! Bishop Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive Director of the ELCA Division for Global Mission, will be bringing the message. Thank you for your prayers!
Wine, dessert and shoes....what could be better? Join the ladies of Pilgrim as we enjoy a night without the kids, shopping with a cause at Click Shoes & More. Proceeds from this private after hours evening, will go towards the Dave Maring Endowment Fund.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Goolsby at It would be a shame to not have enough wine or chocolate...

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. Click HERE for a brochure, HERE for a price list, and HERE for an order form. Any further questions please contact Jacqueline Mokszycki at
Auction Question... We are trying to locate an individual who purchased theater tickets at the auction. If anyone knows Emily Stromdahl or how to reach her, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037
Gift Cards continue to be sold after church on Sunday and in the school office on Monday and Friday, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. or you may send in an order to the school office and it will be filled the next sale date and returned to you as you wish. We are working on an online gift card and/or eScrip card ordering program where you would pay through an ACH program, but we will not start this unless there is enough interest. Please let Anne Barsano know if this is a way of ordering which you would like and would use.
Market Day are due by Monday, October 6th- in the school office by 9 am and online by 11 pm that evening. #3461 Cheez-it Snack Pack (25 count) $8.09, #3426 Fruit Snack pack (28 ct) $7.49 and #6166 Quaker Chewy Granola Bar Variety Pack (24 count) $7.79 make great Halloween treats. Check out our cookie dough varieties (4 dozen for $15.00), including New Coconut Pecan. These cookies are so easy to bake, whether you need 5 or 20 cookies! Please contact Anne Barsano with questions at or 773-472-6037.
Magazine Drive: due in the school office or with the Sunday Seller by Sunday, October 5th or you may go online to and charge your order. Pilgrim's order #: 2633014. Please contact Anne Barsano with questions. Pilgrim earns 40% on 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. (Note from the Church Office - it was fun to see a deposit on our bank statement, knowing that this program is making a difference!!)
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Our Prayer for Sunday
Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 5:1–7;
The prophet sings a sad, parable-like love song about the relationship between God and Israel. In this song Israel is compared to a promising vineyard. Despite God's loving care, the vineyard that is Israel has brought forth “wild grapes” of injustice and distress, when fine grapes of justice and righteousness were expected.

The second reading is Philippians 3:4b–14
Paul reviews some of his supposed credentials, which no longer have any bearing in comparison to the right relationship he has been given through the death of Christ. The power of Christ's resurrection motivates him to press on toward the ultimate goal, eternal life with Christ.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 21:33–46
Jesus tells a parable to the religious leaders who are plotting his death, revealing that their plans will, ironically, bring about the fulfillment of scripture.
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
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