Subject: Happy Thanksgiving from Pilgrim

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Dear Friends,

We wish everyone a wonderful thanksgiving holiday and weekend!  Pilgrim is such a special community, and each person contributes so much!

We look forward to this Sunday the 27th as we begin a new worship year... it's Advent One!!!!   We welcome our seminarian Patrick Freund as our preacher.   Sunday School is in session!

See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Thank You— to Anita Ilika who will be playing piano music Sunday!
Sunday’s Altar Flowers—are in celebration of Dave and Erica Reed’s wedding anniversary.
Christmas Decorating—Christmas miracles are great, but we still need to set up Christmas trees and sort out the wiring. Please join us Saturday, December 3 at 9:30
a.m. to decorate the sanctuary and outside trees. This is a great family activity, since kids can help with the wreaths, ornaments and garlands. Refreshments will be served! To volunteer contact Chris Wallis at
Pilgrim Dads’ 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast is December 4! The Pilgrim Dads are looking forward to hosting the best hot cake breakfast that has ever been served out of Maring Hall. We need your help to make this happen. Click here and sign up:!/showSignUp/20f0e4daea92fa4fe3-6thannual We need volunteers from 7am until 3pm. We also need griddles, if you have one that you can bring or let us borrow. All proceeds will help support the school’s technology fund.
Please contact Glenn Williams at or Pete Gillespie at for details.
Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili—Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, (4300 N. Winchester) on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m. for fun caroling around the neighborhood. Then join us for a Chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Kristian and Anna- Kari’s house (4332 N. Winchester). All are invited!
MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pilgrim parsonage.
Doors open at 9am and childcare is provided until 11:45am. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Ginger Fowler at

Save the Dates:
Monday, November 28th—Christmas Poinsettia Orders due
Friday, December 2nd—Senior Christmas Luncheon; Staff, Church Council and School Board Christmas Parties at the Parsonage
Sunday, December 4th—Pilgrim Dad’s Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Greenery Sales Pickup
Sunday, December 11th—Pilgrim Children and Adults sing at the Irish American Christmas Market, North Center Town Square (across from CVS between Lincoln and Damen) at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, December 19th—School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 20th
—School Christmas Service, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 24th—Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 4:30 p.m., Candlelight Service 7:30 p.m. , Candlelight Service 11:00 p.m.
Sundays December 25th and January 1st—ONE Service at 9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 2017—Vacation Bible School
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 next week at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary. In honor of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we are exploring the Bible and what Martin Luther means to us and to the world today.
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!
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, at

Prayer and Care Boxes—We will assemble “Prayer and Care” Baskets for our seniors and shut-ins. Last year, over 40 baskets were assembled and delivered by Pilgrim members. If you have any Christmas decorations, devotional books, chocolate, or any other gifts a senior might enjoy, please bring them to the Pastor’s office or bring them to our assembly session on Sunday, December 4th at 9:20 a.m. For more information, please call Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814 or Many thanks to you all!

Pilgrim's 12th Annual Toy Drive! On Tuesday, December 16th Miss Stone’s 1/2 grade class and the 7/8 grade elves are scheduled to hop on a bus to deliver the toys collected at this year’s Toy Drive. The planning for the afternoon is underway, the bus is reserved, the supplies have been ordered… now we need the toys! Every year for the past 11 years the Pilgrim community has helped bring Christmas joy to children at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park. This year we are aiming high and hope to collect enough toys for not only the 46 first graders with whom our 1st and 2nd graders will spend the afternoon but also gifts for all the Pablo Casals preschoolers, kindergartners and 2nd graders-a total of at least 185! We can reach that goal but obviously we need as much help as we can get. There are copies of the flier on the back table, or click uploads/2016/11/Toy_Drive_letter2016-1.pdf
Help Keep a Child Warm This Winter—Pilgrim is once again teaming up with Coat Angels to outfit Chicago kids for winter. Help us reach our goal of keeping 60 kids warm! Here is what you can do: 1) Donate any amount of money towards this service project. If you donate $50, you will buy one complete set (coat, fleece, hat, and gloves) and receive a special gift tag that you can give as a gift this year to a loved one. 2) Buy a new kids coat and donate it! Drop donations in the church parlor by noon on Dec. 4. 3) Volunteer! 4) Join us on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 1 for shopping! Let Sam or Shellie know if you are planning to attend. 5) Help sort coats & prepare them for delivery in the church parlor on Sunday, Dec. 4. 6) Volunteer with Coat Angels to deliver coats to schools across Chicago. Dates with a Pilgrim group are being determined for mid-December. 7) Donations (checks payable to Pilgrim, with Coat Angels in the memo) will be collected from Nov. 21 – Dec. 2 in the School Office and after the second service each Sunday. Questions or to get involved, contact: Samantha Doerfler at or Shellie Riedle at
Not Meals Coats—Our guests could use warm coats, hats, and gloves. Gently used or new items for adults can be dropped off at the Pastor’s office. Also, socks, underwear, and toiletries of all kinds are so appreciated. Not only are these items appreciated, they love the fact that we care enough to collect these items.

Gift Cards—We have added two cards to our list: Binny's Beverage Depot $25 and $100 and Hilton Business Gift Card (good on everything associated with Hilton Hotels and Resorts. We will be selling Sunday, Monday and Friday until the last week before Christmas Break. We will sell Dec 19-21st in the school office. Check out the flyers around Pilgrim, which show gift cards which have higher percentages for a short period of time. We order Monday morning at 10 am. Please contact Anne Barsano  312-472-6037 with questions.

Welcome to the 3 people who have joined the coffee hours teams, starting in January. We still need 2 more and will post the days needed soon. Please check with Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 if you are interested.
Have you tried our new APP, Benefit Mobile?.Use and share this link:https:// with your fellow Pilgrim church and school supporters and friends! When you pay with Benefit you are paying with a purpose! 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. Give to the things that matter most without spending a dime beyond your everyday spend! If 10 people sign up and order a card before Nov 30th, Pilgrim earns $100! Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano or 312-472-6037
OpCIP finally has a program for ordering gift cards on your phone. The free APP is "Benefit Mobile" and the link is Go to the site and select Pilgrim Lutheran to receive the profit. You have the choice of using your checking account or a credit card (% earned differs with payment method). The email shows you the cards they have- no grocery stores. You can view the program without having to sign up. We will still sell cards in the office as their profits are higher, but thought that this new program might work better for some of you. Let's see how this works! Thank you!
General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget                         $           3,391
Actual received week of 11.20.2016               $              3,160

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

November 27 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m.  Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

November 29 Tuesday
 7:30 p.m. Church Council

 November 30 Wednesday
   8:35 a.m.  Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

 December 1 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

 December 3 Saturday 
 8:30 a.m.     Prayer Time
9:30 a.m. Church Christmas Decorating
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

December 4 Sunday
8:00 a.m.   Worship Service
 9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service
10:30 a.m.   Sunday School & Nursery
 11:45 a.m.   Coffee Hour

December 6 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.   Board of Ed

December 7 Wednesday
8:35 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m.  Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

December 8 Thursday
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

December 10 Saturday
8:30 a.m.  Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.   Hot Meals Team #5

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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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