Subject: Happy Thanksgiving from Pilgrim

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for the culmination of the church year... "Christ the King" Sunday. We will be blessed with great music from the harmony choir, a sermon from our Seminarian Karl Anliker, and the installation of our new bookkeeper, Grayce O'Toole. Pastor Kristian will be present to preside.

Please check out the amazing opportunities to grow and to serve here at Pilgrim in this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving, and safety to all who are traveling!

"For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth."
-Jesus, John 18:37
School Christmas Service
Thursday, December 20th, 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Worship Celebrations
Sunday, December 23rd 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services 
 Monday, December 24th
4:30 p.m. Family Candlelight
7:30 p.m. Candlelight
10:00 p.m. (new time) Candlelight

Christmas Morning Worship
Tuesday, December 25th 9:30 a.m.

Lessons and Christmas Carols
Sunday, December 30th 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in honor of Dave & Erica Reed’s anniversary.

Pastors' Holiday Party - November 30th - We invite you to our 7th annual Pastors' Holiday Party! Delicious Food, Festive Drinks, Great people! We've worked hard this year, let's also celebrate life together! Seniors lunch from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Staff party from 3:15 - 5:30 p.m. and Leaders, Children, Youth, Volunteers (Everyone!) from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Christmas Decorating - Oh Christmas Tree, you require some assembly! Come help decorate the sanctuary and outdoor areas for Christmas on Saturday, December 1st, at 9:30 a.m. Great activity for families, because kids can help too, and we need at least a couple of taller people to help with the upper reaches of the trees. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

8th Annual Pancake Breakfast - Sponsored by the Pilgrim Dads is December 2nd! The Pilgrim Dads are looking forward to hosting this great event. We need your help to make this happen. Click here and sign up: Please contact Glenn Williams at if you would like to help. This event is open to the community and is a great way to show our Pilgrim spirit! Starting at 9:00 a.m.!

Christmas Bags – Can You Help? Continuing our tradition, we will be assembling Christmas “Prayer and Care” Bags and delivering them to seniors, people in hospitals or recovering at home, people who are not in their homes, and simply people who could use a little extra cheer at Christmas time. Join us between services December 2nd for assembling the bags. We invite children and others to come and make handmade cards to include in the bags. For more information, please contact Renee at

Blue Christmas Service
- is a special service that honors the love we have for those we miss during the holidays. Join us on Saturday, December 8th at 4 p.m. (as the sun is going down) a peace-filled service.

An Update Meeting regarding our Refugee Co-sponsorship will be held on Sunday, December 9th (changed from the 2nd), at noon at Bethany UCC, 4250 N. Paulina, in their fellowship hall. Everyone involved in this sponsorship is encouraged to attend. It’s a very rewarding experience to help this lovely young family!

Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili - Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, 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 home (4332 N. Winchester). All are invited!

Staff News - Welcome, Grayce! We welcome Grayce O'Toole as our Bookkeeping Clerk. We will officially install her today at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Friday, November 30 - Deadline to donate coats for Coat Angles
Monday, December 10 - Deadline to donate for Toy Drive
Saturday, February 9 - Trivia Night
Saturday, April 27 - Party for Pilgrim Spring Fundraiser at Ebenezer Hall, 1650 W. Foster
Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. This week the theme is God’s word leads us to practice justice. Weekly handouts are on the table in the back of the church.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, November 28th. We will use the Women of the ELCA Gather magazine Bible Study on Hospitality. Contact Renee at for more info.

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! 
"Windows Into Our Future" Campaign - Thank you to everyone who came out to our special reception this past Wednesday. Representatives from both the general contractor and the windows manufacturer were on hand to share details of the project and answer questions. We invite you to learn more about this project and to consider giving to this project by visiting To give by check, make the check out to "Pilgrim Lutheran" with the memo line, "Windows Into Our Future". Thank you!

Coat Angels is working to donate 100 coats. Any donation amount will help ($50 buys a coat, fleece, hat and gloves) and you can donate on the website or via Facebook Donations will be taken in the school office until November 26th. Coats may also be dropped off in the church parlor at any time. Or, volunteer to shop with the donations or deliver coats by contacting Lori at

Pilgrim Kids Care is leading a campaign to collect offerings for schools affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in communities like Panama City, Florida.  To give, and chose the “Disaster Relief” box.

Coats for Hot Meals Guests are needed now that we have cold weather (mostly men's Medium, Large and a few XL) and unisex hats and gloves. They can be from second hand stores, or your slightly used coats. Drop them off during Hot Meals, or there will be a storage bag them in the Pantry Hallway.

Pilgrim Church Endowment News - For 2018, the committee voted to disburse a total of $13,000 among 20 different worthy causes providing food, support and relief services locally, nationally and worldwide. We disbursed just over 30% to Pilgrim Tuition Assistance. We disbursed just under 30% to National and Global causes, like the ELCA Southeast Michigan Synod (Flint, MI water crisis) and Lutheran Disaster Response which provides relief for domestic disasters like hurricanes and the California wildfires, and COSAD and Lutheran World Relief internationally. And the balance, about 40%, was disbursed to a host of local organizations, such as local food pantries, homeless shelters and a couple churches that engage in providing food and comfort to the needy. We would like to thank everyone for their continuing support of this important part of Pilgrim's extended outreach to our community and beyond.

NEEDED: Bread Bakers and Ushers - Interested in helping out with these critically important activities? Contact Renee 
Support for our New Refugee Family - Please check out to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. Share this site with all your friends!

Gift Cards - If you are planning to buy coats, etc for Coat Angels or toys for Pablo Casals, whether instore or online, please remember to purchase gift cards or sign up with at Benefit-mobile with your credit card or checking account to benefit Pilgrim. We are listed under schools at 60613 on the Benefit-mobile app. Contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9037 with questions. Please let Anne know by November 30th If you need large denominations of a card. We also carry smaller denominations so don't be afraid to ask!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Pilgrim's Magazine Drive - The paper order part of the magazine drive is over, but you can still order at Pilgrim's account is #2633014. Contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or with questions.

If you are an eligible Thrivent member, please direct your 2019 Thrivent Choice dollars to Pilgrim and the money will go into Pilgrim's Window Fund.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,100
Actual received week ending November 18th: $4,030
Budget year to date through October, 2018: $53,733
Actual received year to date through October: $46,078
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Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


November 25 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

November 27 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

November 28 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

November 30 Friday
 12:00 p.m. Pastors’ Senior Holiday Party
3:15 p.m. Pastors’ Staff Holiday Party
5:30 p.m. Pastors’ Everyone Holiday Party
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 1 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:30 a.m. Church Christmas Decorations
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


December 2 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Pilgrim Dad’s Pancake Breakfast
0:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

December 4 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board

December 5 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

December 7 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 8 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
1:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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