Subject: Mission October

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Dear Friends,

The Chicago Cubs are on a mission... to win the world series.

Pilgrim is also on a mission... to gather, prepare, and send all as leaders to change the world.  (GPS)  And unlike with the Cubs, where only 9 players can be on the field at the same time, Pilgrim has HUNDREDS of players on the field.

This Sunday we are NOT doing business as usual.  We are breaking out of worship into a time of creative exploration and collaboration as we gather for our 2nd Ever GPS retreat.  Be inspired as you get to know other Pilgrim members better, and get excited about where God is leading us as a community.

Join us for worship at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., and then for the retreat from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.
GPS Congregational Retreat Today! We invite the entire community of Pilgrim to join us from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. This retreat will be important for both new and more experienced members to connect with other leaders and lean into how we can strengthen our mission together. Lunch and child care will be provided.
Altar Flowers today are in celebration of William Hoffman’s 103rd Birthday, given by nephew Gerald Hoffman.
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
Harmony Choir—Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 in the Sanctuary.
The Pilgrim Parent Teacher League's annual Halloween Party is Friday, October 28, 6:30-8 p.m., in Maring Hall. There will be food for purchase, games and prizes, trick-or-treating (for younger kids) and a haunted house (for upper grades and adults). Costumes are encouraged! Cost: $10 per family or $5 per individual child.
Capture the Flag in the Dark—Calling all youth! Join us Friday, October 28th, following the PTL Halloween Party for a late night youth event. Contact Dana Thomas at  for more info.
Our dear Pilgrim friend Mary Satter, wife of John Satter, passed away this past Monday. They have been amazing witnesses to God's love and generosity, and left a tremendous impact on Pilgrim, including the founding gift of $25,000 to the Maring School Endowment Fund. Her life will be celebrated Monday, October 24th: 10 a.m. Visitation, 11 a.m. Funeral, Reception to Follow at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Rd, Northfield, IL 60093, Phone 847-446-8335. May God surround her family, and all the bereaved, with comfort and the hope of the resurrection!

All Saints Sunday—November 6th—We will be honoring all saints, past and present. Please send any names you would like to have read during the prayers to or write the names on the connection cards.
Save the Dates:
October 30th- Reformation and Confirmation Sunday November 6th- All Saints Sunday
November 13th—Commitment Sunday
Opening the Treasure: New Opportunity for Parents and Kids—Pastor Kristian is offering a 5 session class, which will help parents and students of all ages explore the Bible. The next sessions are Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and 9, culminating with a special celebration on the 13th. To RSVP for this class, please email
Women’s Bible Study—It’s not too late to join the next session on Wednesday, October 26. We gather with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin our study of women in the Bible at 7:00. Anna-Kari Johnson and Renee Stuedemann will lead this series at 3944 N. Claremont Ave. If you are interested, please contact
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. In honor of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we are exploring the Bible and what Martin Luther means to us and to the world today.
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

Pastor Christopher Becker is retiring—There will be special church celebrations on November 20 at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., with a roast and dinner at 4:00 p.m. If you can attend RSVP to Angy Thelemann ( If you can’t attend, cards can be sent to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 7160 S Robert Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077. Or, for more info, contact

Ruth Wasiukiewicz is no longer serving as Business Manager at Pilgrim. Lindsay Beveridge (formerly last name White) who served in the business manager position in 2014 and 2015, will be serving as interim bookkeeper, although primarily from her home in Geneva, IL. Halley Williams will be serving as assistant interim bookkeeper on site to make sure Lindsay can receive what she needs and to handle the physical deposits, etc. We are SO THANKFUL for their willingness to serve during this transition time. Below is the information on the job opening. We would invite you to share this with anyone or any websites that might be beneficial... thank you!
Job Opening: Bookkeeper—This position supports the ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School through important bookkeeping duties. The position is 32 hours a week and requires someone with proficiency in accounting practices and excel, maintaining a general ledger, and with excellent communication and people skills.
Please send resumes by email attachment to
Celebrate Halloween and Spread the Word about Pilgrim—We are sponsoring a table at the “Trick or Treat” event on Saturday, October 29th at 10 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. Thank you!
Suggestions for the Endowment Committee—Do you regularly support, or have you recently discovered, a worthy organizations that might benefit from the support of our Pilgrim Community? The Pilgrim Endowment Committee typically makes disbursements from the Endowment Fund each year in early November. We keep a list of worthy organizations in need of our support, but we are always open to suggestions from the congregation. As we approach our early November decision date for 2016, we invite members to submit requests. If you would like to make such a request, please use the Pilgrim Endowment Request Form you'll find on the table at the back of the church. Turn in your completed form to the church office, or hand it to any Pilgrim Endowment Committee member.

Cocktails for a Cause! Join us Friday, November 11th for an evening with friends to support the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Celtic Crown Public House, 4301 N. Western, 60618. Fill up on appetizers and enjoy some beverages and help us fill up the fund, which helps with projects and allows more children/families to experience a Pilgrim Education. Tickets are on sale in the school office and after each worship service, $40 before the event or $50 at the door.

PTL Christmas Greenery Fundraiser—This program provides evergreens to decorate your home as well as gift items shipped across the country or across town. All greenery proceeds directly enrich the classroom experience for our children.
Order online at Orders are due by October 28. Local Delivery Items will be delivered to Pilgrim for pickup at the Dad’s breakfast on Sunday, December 4. Please contact Erin Mendoza with any questions
Mission Gift Grants—The Council approved Mission Gift Grants of $150 for each of the following: Luther North College Prep, Refugee One, Girls Supporting Girls and Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center. You can read more about these grants in the Mission Gifts notebook at the back of the church. Please think about whom you would like to see receive a Mission Gift Grant from Pilgrim in the future. Applications are available in the front of the Mission Gift notebook. The committee to review applications will meet again once we have reached another $50,000 in contributions to our current capital campaign, of which $5,000 is earmarked for Mission Gifts.
Gift cards will be sold on Sunday, Monday and Friday. Halloween is coming and there is still time for you to purchase Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Jewel cards to purchase candy for your little Trick-or-Treaters.
Magazine Drive—Please go online to place your order for magazines, gifts and other items at, as paper orders will no longer be accepted. Our account number is 2633014. We have raised $726.78 so far!
Coffee Hour Teams are looking for additional people to serve on five teams. Each team serves 4 times a year after the 9:30 and 10:30 services. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 if you are interested.

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

                          October 23 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

                          October 25 Tuesday                        
4:00 p.m.  Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Church Council
                        October 26 Wednesday                 
8:35 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. Opening the Treasure
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m.  Harmony Choir
                        October 27 Thursday                         
6:15 p.m.   T.O.P.S

                        October 28 Friday                             
6:30 p.m.     Girl Scouts
6:30 p.m.     PTL Halloween Party
                        October 29 Saturday                        
8:30 a.m.     Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.     Hot Meals Team #9


October 30 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

November 1 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  Board of Ed

November 2 Wednesday

8:35 a.m.  Moms in Prayer
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m.  Opening the Treasure
 7:00 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m.  Harmony Choir

November 3 Thursday

9:00 a.m.  MOPS
 6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S

November 4 Friday
6:30 p.m.
  Girl Scouts

November 5 Saturday
8:30 a.m.
  Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.
  Hot Meals Team #10

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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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