Subject: Jesse's Tree and Pancakes

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Dear Friends,

We hope you'll join us for a very unique and wonderful Sunday as we enjoy the Pilgrim Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Pilgrim Dads (before and after the 10:30 a.m. service and a special "Jesse Tree" Drama presented by children and youth.

At 9:15 a.m., we will be assembling care baskets for shut-ins and those in need.

And at 11:45 a.m., a group of us will be exploring how we can welcome and support refugees coming into Chicago.

Fill up your stomachs with flapjacks, and fill up you soul with the Spirit!

See you Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Sunday—Children Participating in Worship—We love having children participate and lead worship! It forms faith in children and inspires us as adults! Today is a Sunday in which we invite all children to participate throughout the service with their families and friends. For this reason, there is no Sunday School today, we’ll resume next week, December 11th. Nursery is available for the younger children as usual.

Pilgrim Dads’ 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast is SUNDAY!
The Pilgrim Dads are hosting the best hot cake breakfast that has ever been served out of Maring Hall. It’s being served between services and following the 10:30 service. They are suggesting a $5 donations to help support the school’s technology fund.

Greenery Pickup—For those who ordered Greenery, pick up is Sunday in Maring Hall. Forgot to order? Check to see if they have extras.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry—We invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Singing at the Irish American Christmas Market—Join us on Sunday, December 11th immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service as we accept an invitation to spread joy at the annual Irish American Christmas Market. We will be singing from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., and it is always a good time. Meet at church at 12 noon, or meet us at 12:30 p.m. at 4100 N. Damen at the North Center Town Square (across from CVS.) Thank you!

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

Blue Christmas Service—We often miss loved ones who have died during the holidays. Join us for our Blue Christmas Service, as we receive peace as we mourn and remember those we hold dear this Christmas. Saturday, December 17th at 9 a.m.

Altar Flowers—Have you ever wondered why we sometimes have fresh flower arrangements on the Altar? They are given in Memory of, or in Honor of or in Celebration of someone special in your life. Sign up sheets (through 2017) are on the bulletin board at the back of the Sanctuary and a pair of arrangements costs $30. Payment can be put in the offering to Pilgrim, with a note that it’s for flowers.

Save the Dates:
Monday, December 19th—School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 20th—School Christmas Service, 6:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 2017—Vacation Bible School
Our Bookkeeper Opening has been filled! Linda Vaeth is a CPA, has decades of experience in bookkeeping and accounting, and is also active leader in her church. Her first day will be January 4th, 2017. An immense thank you to Interim Bookkeepers Lindsay Beveridge and Halley Williams for their valiant work during this time of transition.

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.

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

Pilgrim School Gets into the Spirit of the Season—During this Advent season of preparations, Pilgrim students have begun to learn songs and make decorations for Christmas. Students are learning about Jesus’ Family Tree by making Jesse Tree ornaments. Isaiah tells us that the Messiah comes from a shoot of Jesse’s stem—Jesse is the father of King David—and Pilgrim Kids will be decorating the Jesse Tree at our annual Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 20. We are also using the ornaments to decorate the Pilgrim Tree at the Irish Christmas Market on Friday, December 9. Congregation members are welcome to join us for the tree trimming and for the Children’s Christmas Service. If you would like to attend the “dress rehearsal” for the Christmas Service, join us at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 19.

Women’s Bible Study—Join us for our next session on Wednesday, December 14, studying the Samaritan Woman, who meets Jesus at the well. It’s great Bible reading and discussion. We gather with refreshments at 6:30 and begin our study of women in the Bible at 7:00. Anna-Kari Johnson and Renee Stuedemann lead this series at 3944 N. Claremont Ave. If you are interested, please contact  
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 to Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park. This year we are aiming high and hope to collect 185 gifts! There are copies of the flier on the back table, or click

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! Help sort coats & prepare them for delivery in the church parlor TODAY. Or, volunteer with Coat Angels to deliver coats to schools across Chicago. Dates with a Pilgrim group are being determined for mid-December. Questions or to get involved, contact: Samantha Doerfler at or Shellie Riedle at

Hot 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.

Mission Interpretation: Telling Stories of Our Hands Doing God's Work is a weekly memo with news from the ELCA and the Metro Chicago Synod. It contains stories of mission work (at the local and national level), the church's statements about current events, and a listing of coming events. Check out this week's memo is posted on the Mission Bulletin Board in the corner at the back of the church. 
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.

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 offer. We will still sell cards in the office as the profits are higher, but now you have options. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037. 

General Worship Offerings:

Needed weekly to meet budget                      $ 3,391
Actual received week of 11.27.2016               $ 1,615
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


December 4 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast & Care Boxes
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Pancake Breakfast & Greenery Pick Up

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


December 11 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
4:00 p.m. Caroling & Chili

December 13 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Ed

December 14 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 15 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

December 16 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 17 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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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