Subject: Jesus just won't stop...

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Dear Friends,

Jesus just won't stop talking about the children. (Mark 10:2-16) But Jesus is far from being redundant. He is persistent in bringing the children into the center of his teaching and into the lives of the Christian community because "whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."

What does that mean? Can we really live as children when our lives become filled with the demands of adulthood? Only by the grace of God. Join us in exploring this together this Sunday, at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Also, we will be blessing all animals this Sunday before and after each service in honor of St. Francis! See you soon!
2018 Block Party - Thank you to everyone who helped make our Block Party such a great event! God gave us perfect weather and the attendance was terrific. A special thanks to Sarah Lau and Heather Sexton for their leadership.  Don't forget to pick up any bowls or utensils left at the block party.

Animal Blessing- Sunday- Calling all creatures! We will be doing an animal blessing at 10:15 a.m. and again after the service. Bring your animals, or bring a picture of your animal, and they will be blessed. It is a good thing to thank God for our pets in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, who was celebrated worldwide on October 4.

Fun Bible Time for Kids continues today, right after the 10:30 a.m. service. This is intended for all kids from ages 3 to 12. It will meet during coffee hour in the Annex, the room right next to the kitchen.

Confirmation/Reformation Sunday- October 28th - We will be celebrating Reformation on Sunday, October 28th at our worship services. The color of the day is red! We will be celebrating the confirmation of 5 young people at the 10:30 a.m. service: Andrew, Wyatt, Sven, Valerie Rae, and Hope! We hope you'll join us!

Celebrate Halloween and Spread the Word about Pilgrim - We are sponsoring a table at the “Trick or Treat” event on Saturday, October 27th, at 10:00 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.

Survey for Sunday School Aged Families - A survey has been sent out to all households with children aged 0 to 12. We really want to hear from you as we shape our children and family ministry for the present and future. If you did not receive the survey, please contact Renee in the church office:

Calling all 6th - 12th graders! - We invite you to join us on our confirmation/youth retreat on November 2nd-4th at LOMC in Oregon IL. Retreat packets are located on the back table, we would really love to have you join us!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, October 21st - Upper Grade Students Sing
Sunday, November 4th - All Saints Sunday

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.

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 meet in Maring Hall.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, October 10th. We are using the Women of the ELCA Gather magazine Bible Study series on “Multiple Meanings: Learning from interpretations.” Contact Renee at for more info, and to be added to email updates.

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! 

Please Join our Refugee Team Today - The Bethany UCC and Pilgrim Lutheran Partnership expects to be assigned another refugee family in the very near future. This will most likely be a family who recently arrived in Chicago, but has not yet been assigned a co-sponsor through RefugeeOne. We are still looking for more people to help tutor or mentor the family, or are willing to take on specific small projects. We will have an Info/Interest meeting today, at 12:00 noon in the Parlor. Grab some foos at coffee hours, and join us. Or, contact Renee at if you are interested.

Coat Angels is working to raise upfront donations this year to guarantee that they are able to fulfill the requests being received. They have received requests for 4,000 new coats! Any donation amount will help and you can donate on the website or via Facebook Pilgrim will still be collecting coats during the month of November, so please watch for details within the next few weeks.
Thank you to the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) for their support of Pilgrim. We received notice that CLEF has awarded Pilgrim $35,000 to be used for Tuition Assistance. This amount, combined with the generous support of donations from current and alumni families plus members of the congregation, allows many students to be part of the Pilgrim family who might otherwise might not be able to afford our tuition. Thanks!!!

PTL GREENERY SALE IS ON - 'TIS THE SEASON TO BUY EARLY! The leaves are turning...there is a chill in the air... Halloween is just around the it must be time to buy your holiday GREENERY from the Pilgrim Parent Teacher League! Plan early to beautify your home this Christmas with sustainably-harvested evergreen wreaths, centerpieces and garland AND raise money for classrooms in the process.
Greenery orders can be sent across town or across the country so it is also a convenient gift item for friends, family, neighbors and business associates. Place orders online at: or use the flyer on the back table. All orders are due online or to the office Friday, November 2. Direct Delivery items will be sent directly to the recipient to arrive within the first two weeks after Thanksgiving. Local Delivery items will be available for pickup at Pilgrim December 2 . Payment is not accepted online but you can send a check to the office or pay at pickup. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $3000, which will go directly to classrooms! Please contact Carrie Goerne with any questions -

Bethany Pilgrim Refugee Fundraising - We are so excited that our refugee fundraising site is up and running. Please check out to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. Share this site with all your friends!

Cocktails for a Cause! Support the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund! Dave Maring taught, coached and served as Principal at Pilgrim for 49 years. The School Endowment Fund honors Dave’s mission to give children the greatest gift of all: a Pilgrim education. The Endowment Fund Committee is hosting a party on Friday, November 9, at the Little Fort Tavern on Lincoln Avenue. The $45 ticket price includes drinks and food. Proceeds from the Fund goes to Tuition Assistance and pays for special teacher projects and classes. Save the date and support the Fund!

Gift Cards - Regular Gift Card hours are now in effect: Sunday in the church foyer at 11:30 a.m. and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Order forms are on the table in the church narthex and in the school office. Please contact Anne Barsano 312-972-9040 or with orders/questions. Remember, cards can be used to purchase other items, such as gas and groceries, in addition to using them as presents. Let's have a really great year of sales!

Windows Into Our Future - There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 10 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $34,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Pilgrim's Magazine Drive has started and will continue through the year. Please hold any renewals which you may have until the order info is posted next week. Pilgrim receives 40% of any magazine (paper and/or digital in some cases), book or gift order. Orders submitted now will be started or received by Christmas.

Want to keep up-to-date on what happens at the Church Council Meetings? Copies of the meeting minutes from Tuesday, June 26th, are available on the table at the back of the church. Thank You to our Council Secretary, Kori Gilbert, for making this available for our members!

Financial Update - Thank you to everyone for your generous giving to Pilgrim! Our Interim Bookkeeper, Grayce, is preparing 3rd Quarter Giving Statements. They will be sent out the last week of October. Our finance team is working very hard to restore our books and to help us migrate to an upgraded financial accounting system. Thank you for your continued support!
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October 7 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. New Member Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids
12:00 p.m. Refugee Family Info/Interest Meeting

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

October 11 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 12 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 13 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


October 14 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 & Fun Bible Time for Kids

October 17 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

October 18 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 19 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 20 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting
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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