Subject: MYT Celebration and Pilgrim News

Pilgrim Update
A note from Pastor Kristian:

This Sunday, we will be celebrating the culmination of our Multiply your Talents (MYT) challenge by enjoying testimonies of all the creative, wonderful things people have done with their money. We will also explore the theme of reformation and how it applies to our life in the here and now... and to explore the question... Is the church still relevant in our post modern culture?
See you Sunday!

Pastor Kristian
Mission Statement and Core Practices
At a recent congregational meeting, Pilgrim approved the following mission statement and core practices:

 In Christ's love, we gather, prepare,
 and send all as leaders 
for God's mission in the world.  (GPS)

As a learning and serving community, we :

Praise God with all generations together
Invite everyone to be present together in Christ 
Lift up academic excellence with a heart, 
Grow in prayer and in the Word,
Respond by advocating justice for the vulnerable,
Invest time, talent, and resources generously, and 
Mpower homes for faith formation  

Thank you to all who participated in the months of sessions that has culminated in shaping this foundation for ministry! 
Build Resurrection Update
Thanks be to God! GOOD NEWS!!! Together we have raised $68,092 in offerings or pledges in the past 15 days. Together with the $60,000 the Salvadoran Church had raised before, we now have $128,092. Only $51,908 is left to raise to reach our total goal of $180,000. Please pray and invite friends to help finish raising the $51,908 so Christian can return to El Salvador Oct. 29 and start building this November 2013. For more information, please visit
Target Red Card
Give yourself a hearty pat on the back if you have used your red Target card to make purchases and have directed that 1% goes to Pilgrim!!  Not only did you save 5% on your purchases but Pilgrim received $1045.65 for last year- $200 more than usual. Keep up the good work and tell your friends how easy it is! And you don't have to use a credit card - the same benefits apply to the Target debit card.
Stewardship Sunday October 27th
Join us on Sunday, October 27th as we celebrate the culmination of the “MYT Challenge” in which many members received a portion of Pastor Kristian’s September tithe and were challenged to use the gift of money to multiply their talents in glory to God. We will hear some creative testimonies about what people have done with their money! Also, we will be inviting our members to bring their commitment cards that indicate how they have been led to give for the 2014 year. We will also enjoy special music from our School Chorus, led by Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino.

7th Annual Kids Care 5K
The 7th Annual Pilgrim Kids Care 5K will be run Saturday, October 26th. You do not have to be a runner to participate in the 5K; there are always participants of all speeds from sprinters to strollers. Children 10 and younger are welcome to participate in either the 5K or the dashes. (Note-children 10 and under who participate in the 5K need to pay the 5K registration fee not the fee for the kids dashes). Not interested in running or walking? We still want you to join us, so, how about coming out to volunteer or just cheer the participants on? For questions, more information or to sign up to volunteer, please email Randy Warren at
Flea Market in November
 The Flea Market is happening on November 9th, 9am-3pm in Maring Hall. We need people to either purchase tables or spaces or to donate items to the Pilgrim tables. We also need helpers for a variety of jobs. The concession stand will benefit the Pilgrim Volleyball Team. Applications are available in the school office and on the table in the narthex. Please let Anne Barsano know if you are able to help. Sign up sheets have been posted. Thank you.

There are still tables and spaces left for the Flea Market. If you are interested please contact Anne Barsano. If you don't want a table, Pilgrim is accepting donations for their space of most everything except for clothes and large furniture items. Jackets, coats, and suits are fine. Profits will benefit the Knutsons, our missionaries in South Africa. Items may be placed on the stage from November 2nd on. 

Luther North Presents: Luther North Fine Arts Alumni Encore Performance and Dinner Theater November 2nd from 5:30 – 8 pm in the school cafeteria at 5700 W Berteau Avenue. Join us at 5:30 as alumni practice with the LNCP Band and Choir and peruse the art exhibit. At 6 pm the band and choir with their alums will perform. Dinner will be served at 6:20, and then all will entertained by the LNCP Theater Troupe performing These Shining Lives. This event is open to all - Tickets are $25 each or $15 for students and are available on our website Questions? Email
Men's Pickup Basketball
Are you interested in a night of fun, fitness and fellowship with other Pilgrim men? If so, fellow parishioner and Pilgrim parent John Telford is gauging interest for an ongoing men's pickup basketball game this fall/winter. Send an email to if you want to participate and/or help organize as we sort out the details.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

October 27 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Generations in Faith Together
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Schwarz/Volkens/Dierking

October 29 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. SPARK Meeting
7:30 p.m. Church Council

October 30 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
6:30 p.m. Confirmation—9th Graders
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

October 31 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

November 1 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
9:00 p.m. Ultimate Lock-In

November 2 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
6:00 p.m. Confirmation Dinner
6:30 p.m. Trivia Night

October 27, 2013
All Saints Remembrances
On November 3rd, we’ll be remembering those who have died in our prayers. We invite you to submit the names of anyone you'd like remembered in the bulletin, no matter when they have passed away. Please use the space on your Connection Card for any names you’d like to add.
Exploring the Bible Class Returns 
October 27th
Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group?  Join us on Sunday mornings starting at 9:20 a.m. for our "Exploring the Bible" class, resuming on Sunday, October 27th.  We will be using N. T. Wright's book Colossians and Philemon as our guide, if you'd like to pick up your own copy in advance of the class. These eight studies on Colossians and Philemon are designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world's leading New Testament scholars.  We hope you'll join us!
“Faith5 Night” 
with Guest Presenter Amy Kippen
Friday, November 8th
What is “Faith5”? How can we raise our kids to value what matters most... faith and family?  All are invited for an incredible evening of fellowship and growth as we welcome Faith Inkubators specialist Amy Kippen from Fargo, North Dakota, to be our presenter. This event is designed for all ages, parents are especially encouraged to attend. Childcare will be provided. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Thrivent.
Youth Lock In
Take part in the Ultimate Lock-in November 1-2, 2013, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending on Saturday at 5 a.m.
Lock In for Jr and Sr High Youth, Friday, November 1:
Join youth from around the synod for this annual event for high school and middle school youth of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. From 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., youth and adult chaperones will gather at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5401 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, to view and discuss the 2012 film Bully. Then from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m., participants travel to Enchanted Castle in Lombard (1103 S. Main St., Lombard 60148) for arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, food, and fellowship. To register, please contact Pastor Kristian.
MOMSnext Special Event
A fun hour-long workshop designed to give you ideas and tools for shaping your family’s identity through traditions: 
*Why we need family traditions
*Three components of a good tradition
*Creative ideas for new traditions
*When to let go of a tradition.

Thursday, November 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsored by MOMSnext North Center Chicago, 4332 N. Winchester Ave. (Pilgrim Parsonage)
Letitia Suk is a life coach who specializes in working with moms who want to create an Intentional Life! Her articles on family life have appeared in Chicago Tribune, Family Fun Magazine, Thriving Family, Chicago Parent.
Market Day forms have been distributed. Please check out all the goodies available for Thanksgiving- including the pumpkin pie! Orders are due Monday, Nov 4th with pick up on Thursday, Nov 7th. Please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037or regarding pick up questions.
Welcome to New Administrative Secretary
This week, we welcome Barbara Anthony as our new Administrative Secretary. Barbara Anthony is new to Chicago, having moved earlier this year from Modesto, California with her husband, Barry Anthony. Barry is attending North Park Seminary to pursue a Masters of Christian formation. Please feel free to stop by the office and give Barbara Anthony a warm welcome! She is excited to meet you!
Parents’ Night Out
Parents’ Night Out is a quarterly event in which we provide free babysitting for up to 30 children from Pilgrim and the surrounding community. The parents get a night out without breaking the bank, and the kids have a blast! As we plan our November event, we’re looking for parents who want to volunteer. If you volunteer, you’ll be guaranteed a spot for your child at the next Parents’ Night Out, without having to beat the crowd at registration time. Plus, it’s actually very fun. 
If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or

And now, here’s info on our November event

It's time to get out and enjoy a fall evening and leave the babysitting to us! Our next free Parents' Night Out is coming up Nov. 16, so Moms and Dads, start making plans to re-charge while your kids play at Pilgrim in a safe, fun and free-of-charge environment. 
This is a community event, so if you've got friends who don't go to Pilgrim, have them sign up and make it a double-date! 
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Maring Hall 
WHO: Children ages 3 to 10 (youngsters must be toilet-trained) 
WHAT: Age-appropriate games, movie, craft, cookie-decorating and pizza 
COST: No fee, but we'll gladly accept a $2 donation per family to help pay for supplies 
HOW: RSVP to Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or Space is limited, so submit your request ASAP! Final deadline to reserve is Nov. 14. Please tell Kristi the names and ages of your children and if you're a Pilgrim church or school family. 
Activities will be held in a secure location and children will be monitored the entire time. Child-to-helper ratio will be approximately 3:1. 
WANT TO HELP? If you volunteer once for Parents' Night Out, your child will be guaranteed a spot for the next time! 
Our Prayer for Sunday
Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Jeremiah 31:31-34The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the Lord means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.

The Psalmody is Psalm 46: The Lord is our refuge and strength.. 

The second reading is Romans 3:21-30Paul's words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and the other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ's death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.

The Gospel is John 8:31-36: Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets people free from sin.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


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