Subject: New Worship Times

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Dear Friends,

Join us for worship for our “School Year” schedule on Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, we invite you to come back to church and to come home to God’s love.

There’s a lot going on right now. A lot. We need God and we need each other more than ever.

It’s hard to get to church for many reasons. But once we get there, we know we’ve done the right thing. Our soul begins to breathe, and find the grace and the positive focus we need for another week.

And also, this Sunday, we will be saying a special prayer of appreciation for long time Pilgrim member and school volunteer Irma Gronau as she prepares to move to Wisconsin. Please join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. followed by a special reception to follow!
Sunday we honor long time member Irma Gronau before she moves to Wisconsin. We thank her for her years of service on numerous committees. Please join us for cake and refreshments at coffee hour.

Calling All Parents and Caregivers! We are so thankful to be partners with you as we learn faith together with children and youth of all ages! We are getting ready to launch Sunday School again starting on Sunday, October 1st. We need your input and participation as prepare for a new year. To that end, we invite all parents of Sunday School age children (preschool through Grade 5) to attend a discussion TODAY, at 9:15 or after the 10:30 service. We will also be sending out an electronic survey regarding children's faith development during the following week. Please help us to shape our Children's Ministry programs by participating in these meetings and/or the survey.

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in honor of Kathy Danner’s brother, Ken Schifo.

Next Week Church Services - will be held indoors at 8:00 a.m. and an outdoor celebration at 10:30 a.m. followed by our annual Block Party!

It's Block Party Time! Pilgrim throws an, annual unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Each year we do some things the same, but we also innovate a little bit each year, depending on the ideas and gifts of those involved. It is an opportunity to highlight the amazing community we have at Pilgrim, and is a wonderful embodiment of our mission to gather, prepare, and send!
This year we will be celebrating on Sunday, September 17th. It’s not too late to contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping AND sign up to volunteer for all sorts of good things at We hope you'll join us!

Pilgrim has a New Improved Phone System - It was just installed and we are working to figure it all out. If you have troubles contacting us, please keep calling or use email. We appreciate your patience during this time of transition!

Pilgrim School Update - Pilgrim opens its school doors for the 96th year of Academic Excellence with a Heart! We are welcoming 48 students/36 families new to Pilgrim. Thanks to the Pilgrim staff and the PTL for hosting 160 new and returning families at our annual New Family BBQ. Big Thanks to Property Committee members Jim Volkens and Dave Emery for ensuring that our building is in excellent shape. Special Thanks to CLEF for their grant to underwrite new stairwell carpeting and painting and to our families from Uptown Christian/JPUSA for their hard work to paint the stairwells. Finally, thanks to Congregation members for the many ways that you support the school. You are always welcome to visit and volunteer in our classrooms. We praise God for all our blessings!

Remember the Score Big For Pilgrim party and fundraiser last spring? It may be a distant memory, but the party is continuing this fall. There are a few remaining theme parties still on the docket and all of them have spots available. So if you want to connect with old friends or meet new ones, sign up with Tarah Dickerson at Remember, all proceeds go to Pilgrim!
September 23rd - Wine & Food Pairing with the Lau's and the Biery's - $50/person
September 30th - Oktoberfest with the Volken's and the Boecler's - $50/person
October 14th - Old School House Party - $35/person
October 21st - All Dudes, All-in Poker Party - $65/person

Oktoberfest Party - It is not to late to join in the fun for the Oktoberfest Auction Party. Break out your Dirndl or Lederhosen and join us for dinner and German bier as we celebrate Oktoberfest the Pilgrim way. Ein Prosit! To attend, contact Shellie Riedle at or 773-216-1623. The cost is $50 per person, payable to Pilgrim. Please remember this is an adults only event. Event Details: Bavaria on Bradley Place Pilgrim Oktoberfest, Boecler's Bavarian Biergarten, 2033 West Bradley Place,
Saturday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Save the Dates:
October 8th, Sunday - Women of the ELCA intro meeting for all women, 12:00 noon
October 14th, Saturday - Fall Revival at Holy Family Lutheran Church, 6:00 p.m.
October 22nd, Sunday - Potluck and Screening of “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
October 29th, Sunday - Reformation and Confirmation Sunday

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays starting on September 24th at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class that is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and explore the basics of the Lutheran way of being Christian, in light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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! 

Women’s Bible Study will begin its fall session on Wednesday, September 20th. We will be studying The Best Yes by Lysa Terkerust. It’s about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. This is for every women to listen to when God wants you to say YES. The books will be distributed at our first session. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP or to get your book early, contact

PBS to air “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” - The Reformation is getting nationwide television exposure! This film explores Luther’s lasting impact on Christianity. Learn more at It’s on WTTW (local channel 11) at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/12, and at 2:30 a.m. on 9/14.

Synod Antiracism Team; Presented by Chicago Regional Organizing for AntiRacism (CROAR) - This is an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States. This workshop is designed to reveal how systemic racism creates barriers to true multicultural diversity and racial justice. We will explore the historical development of systemic racism, examine the ongoing realities of racism and review a strategic methodology to dismantle racism. Please join us on Thursday to Saturday, October 12 -14, 2017, Catholic Theological Union, 5416 South Cornell St., Chicago, IL 60615. Please register at: Thank you.
Hot Meals Team 3 needs your help - Join the best team out there. We rotate the calendar so we serve every 10 weeks. Our next time up is November 11th. If you are interested, please email Janet Taylor at or call 773-777-4052.

Sunday Morning Nursery - Our supply of volunteers is running low and we'd love some help in the nursery! Commitment of your time during a church service once every two or three months and you can hang out with some cute kiddos! Contact Katie Ruger at if you'd like to help. Thanks!

The Prayer List needs your Help - Please review the Prayer List in this Announcement to see if it is up-to-date. Please notify the church office at or make a comment on the Connection Card if there are any changes or updates. Thank You!

Former Pilgrim Teacher and active church member Judy Kiehm suffered a fall on Saturday, September 2nd and broke her arm. (The one for whom the prestigious "Kiehm Award" is named. She is a full time caregiver for her partner, Richard, who has many health challenges. In order to recover, she needs to rest for the next few weeks.
If you would like to sign up to bring them a meal, here is the link:

Thank you for all your prayers and support!

ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission - Maddy Tyler, Pilgrim alumna and member, is growing in faith and working in partnership with people in Cambodia. Maddy needs to raise at least $5,000. If you would like to help her, you can donate at the following website:

Hydroponics Upgrades - We have started upgrades for our hydroponics project. Improvements will make it modular, movable, easier to take care of and more educational for the students. We still need an additional $400 dollars. Please use the pew envelopes and write Pilgrim Hydroponics on the giving line.

Gift Cards - will be sold this Sunday in the church foyer at 10:30 a.m. and next Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The Pilgrim Gift Card order list will go out next week. Welcome back everyone!

Thrivent matching $3 Million - Thrivent members have an opportunity to double the impact of their gift. Personal donations can be made on to provide assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims. When you do, Thrivent will double the impact - up to a total of $3 million. The Lutheran Disaster Response is one of the organizations that has been selected to receive matching dollars. To donate to them, simply click on Lutheran Disaster Response. Remember all gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for "Hurricane Response – United States" will be used entirely (100 percent) for hurricane recovery.

Financial Update - We are very thankful for our Bookkeeper Mrs. Zenzile Larry, who, in her first six months, has helped us restore our books after a challenging time of transition. Because of this ongoing work, we have not been able to send out quarterly giving reports so far this year. We are working very hard to be able to send out giving reports after the third quarter, in early October. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Zenzile at 773-477-4824, or

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


September 10 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

September 13 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

September 15 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 16 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5


September 17 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Block Party

September 20 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

September 21 Thursday
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

September 22 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 23 Saturday
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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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