Subject: Living and Active

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as we experience a Word that is "living and active" and brings us to "the throne of grace." (Hebrews 4:12-16)

We also are honored that were chosen to welcome a Rohingya family arriving in Chicago this coming Wednesday! If you would like to help set up their apartment, please visit this link:

Have a wonderful weekend!
Confirmation/Reformation Sunday - October 28th - We will be celebrating Reformation Sunday on 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!

PTL Halloween Party... You're Invited - Join us on Friday, October 26th, for the annual Parent Teacher League (PTL) Halloween Party! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a minimal charge, with tickets being on sale for purchasing food, and entry to games, Trick or Treat, and many other activities! The party ends at 8:00 p.m. and community members are welcome.

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 at know if you are able to come and volunteer from 9:30-10:30am; 10:30-11:30am or 11:30am to 12:30pm.

The Metro Chicago Synodical Women’s Organization Conference is on Saturday, October 27th at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora. Topics include Fighting for Working and Immigrant Families, AMMPARO (, RefugeeOne and InFaith Community Foundation. Contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814 for more info or for a ride. Registration forms are on the table in the back of the Narthex.

Dining Group - On Sunday, October 28th, at 5:30 p.m. we will partake of Venezuelan dishes at BienMeSabe, 1637 W. Montrose. It is BYOB and it has street parking. RSVP to Julie, 773-366-0724. See you there! 

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!

All Saints Sunday is coming up on November 4th. If you would like any names remembered outloud during the prayers, please submit them via a Sunday worship connection card, or by emailing Renee in the church office at

Save the Dates:
Friday, October 19th - PTL Ninja Fundraiser
Sunday, October 21st - Upper Grade Students Sing
Sunday, November 4th - All Saints Sunday
Sunday, November 18th - Stewardship 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. The class is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the Bible. We meet in Maring Hall.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, November 7th. 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!

Coat Angels is working to raise upfront donations to guarantee that they are able to fulfill the requests being received. They have received requests for 4,000 kids! Any donation amount will help and you can donate on the website or via Facebook Pilgrim will still be collecting coats during November, so please watch for details within the next few weeks.

Come and Welcome our New Refugee Family - The Bethany Pilgrim Partnership has been assigned another Rohingya refugee family! This is a co-sponsorship with RefugeeOne. It's a young couple with a 2 year old child, and they are arriving at O’Hare on Wednesday afternoon, October 17th. You are invited to greet them! Please contact Renee at if you want more info. If you are interested in donating items recommended by RefugeeOne for the family, please check out the link to sign up. We will collect items in the Parlor and plan to have them delivered to their apartment by next Wednesday. It’s a fast turn around! Also, 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! And, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Block Party, raising $1,770 for our family! We still have a few thousand dollars to go.
Thank you to the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) for their support of Pilgrim. We received $35,000 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!!!

Tis The Season To Order Greenery! - The annual Pilgrim PTL Greenery sale is open for business. Greenery is a great gift for friends, family, neighbors and business associates. Items ship across the country or across town. Most importantly, greenery proceeds directly enrich the classroom experience for our children. Ordering is much easier when you place your order online at You may also use the links below for the flyer and order forms. 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. Money is due the day of pickup. Payments are not accepted online. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $3000! Contact Carrie Goerne at or 312-404-2347 with any questions.

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. EXCEPT, there is no school on Friday, October 19th, so Gift Cards will be sold this week on Thursday instead of Friday. 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 $39,000 in offerings or pledges 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.
The link to order is and Pilgrim’s account is #2633014.

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 14 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
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
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


October 21 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 24 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

October 25 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 26 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 27 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
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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