Subject: Pastor Kristian Returns

Pilgrim Update
A note from Pastor Kristian:

Hola! Thanks for all your prayers... I'm thrilled to back with you all... looking forward to catching up with everyone and celebrating the Word once again this coming Sunday.

Please join us as we explore the theme: "Invest time, talent, and resources generously"... I'm getting ready to give away my monthly tithe of $500 to YOU in two weeks... come this Sunday to find out how you can get some of that green!!

Thanks and peace,

Pastor Kristian
Worship Workout
Have you ever thought about participating in worship? It’s such a blessing to serve God on Sundays at Pilgrim. We invite you to a Worship Workout!

On Saturday, September 7th, we invite all present and future worship leaders to come together to review and renew how we lead worship. The morning’s schedule is as follows:

9 a.m. Communion Assistants, Lectors, and Worship Assistants
9:45 a.m. Ushers and Altar Guild

Refreshments will be provided!

Painting Help Wanted!
We need paint volunteers to help with the taping and painting of the parsonage basement next week. We are hoping to complete this by Friday so if we could get taping volunteers on Tuesday or Wednesday and painting volunteers later in the day on Wednesday or anytime Thursday, that would be very helpful. Even an hour of your time would be a big help! Contact Samantha Doerfler with questions or to volunteer-
Block Party September 15th
Mark your calendar now! This year’s Block Party will be held after worship on Sunday, September 15th. Pilgrim School’s new principal, Chris Comella, will be installed at the 10:30 a.m. service that day. The schedule for that day will be:
8 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. G.I.F.T. Generations in Faith Together
10:30 a.m. Worship and Installation of our Teachers and New Principal, Chris Comella
12 noon Pilgrim Block Party Begins

Great Banquet Retreat
The Great Banquet is a 72-hour experience, beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. Join a wonderful community of disciples for three days, enjoying food, fellowship, fresh teaching, worship, and reflection. It is a powerful and dramatic experience of God’s grace and love. The upcoming men’s weekend will be September 26th through the 29th in Park Ridge, and the upcoming women’s weekend will be October 3rd through the 6th. For more information, please call Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814.

September Market Day
Market Day order forms are now in your church mailboxes. They need to be returned to Anne Barsano or the school office by noon, Monday, September 9th. Some of our favorites have returned and there are some tasty new items. Why not give Market Day a try this month. Pick up is Thursday, September 12th. 
Launching Confirmation
Do you know anybody entering 7th or 8th grade? Would they enjoy growing in their faith with people their age? Please invite them to check out Pilgrims Head2Heart Confirmation Program. Join us on Thursday, September 12th at 5:15 p.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave.) for a Confirmation Info Dinner. Pastor Kristian will be share the basics of confirmation and how to enroll your young people if interested. For ?’s or more information, please contact Pastor Kristian at 773-990-0813 or at

Save the Date:
MOPS Special Event September 5th
Do you find yourself becoming a nag to your child because they just won’t respond? Do your children sometimes ignore you or other adults? Join pediatric counselor, Danielle Marino, LCSW, for evidence-based strategies that will get your child to listen on the first ask. Danielle will demonstrate specific situations you may struggle with and provide you with scripted responses to help decrease problems with your child.

“Listening on the First Ask: Parenting without Power Struggles” will be presented by Danielle Marino, LCSW, at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester, Thursday, September 5th, from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Every parent needs a refresher in positive discipline! RSVP: email to Darcia Dierking, The suggested donation is $7 per family to cover meeting expenses. Childcare is provided and is meant to be helpful to moms. If it is more helpful to you to keep your child with you, that is also fine.

Dominick’s Gives Back to Schools
Have you ever noticed the yellow "10% Back to School"  labels on the shelves at Dominick's in August and September? These labels show you which products are included in the  promotion which Dominick's runs to benefit our schools.  Please register your Dominick's loyalty card online at or give the number to Anne Barsano. Every time you shop at Dominick's a % of your order goes to Pilgrim. The promotion totals  show up on your receipt in late September and October. You may give those (and also ones from friends, relatives and neighbors) to Anne for credit, even if you are not registered. This is a simple and mindless way to earn extra funds for Pilgrim!!  The promotion runs through the 2nd week of September!
Church Calendar

Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

August 25 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Daniel/Arterberry

August 27 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

August 28 Wednesday
5:30 p.m. 9th Grade Confirmation Class

August 29 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 31 Saturday
 7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #2

August 25, 2013
End of Summer at Pilgrim
It’s officially the end of summer at Pilgrim Church on Sunday, September 8th. That’s when we’ll return to our usual schedule, with worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Family Camp at LOMC
Join us at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, Illinois, for a weekend of fun and renewal from Friday, August 30th, through Monday, September 2nd! There will be swimming, hiking, archery, pond canoeing, games, crafts, campfires, worship, and cookouts… We'd love to have your family come join the fun! Contact Audrey to reserve your family's campsite (815-732-2220, or   Oregon, Illinois, is just two hours west of Chicago.

Volunteer Thank-You
Thanks to the volunteers who helped with the parsonage sub-basement flooring- it looks amazing! Our Facilities Manager David Emery was very appreciate of the help, which made the job go a lot faster, saving Pilgrim money too! We are so appreciative of everyone who volunteered!

Volunteers Needed Please
This Sunday, August 25th, at 12:30 p.m. there will be a very special Block Party Volunteers Meeting. Please try to attend, meeting following service in Maring Hall.

Sign up online for KIDS GAMES volunteers:
Sign up online for PILGRIMFEST volunteering, food, setup, breakdown, logistics:

Help is needed for our very special block party, Sunday, September 15th. There will be a very special service at 10:30 a.m.where we celebrate Pilgrim's 101st year of worship and we install our new school principal, immediately followed by PILGRIMFEST on  Winchester, from noon until 5 p.m.

Special attractions inclue:
1 p.m. The Miracle Center (TMC) Youth Ensemble performs dances from the musical Fame
2 p.m: The Jesse White Tumblers  presented by the PTL

Farm in Chicago Petting Zoo
101 Scoop Ice Cream Sundae
Pilgrim Dad's Huelskoetter Farms Pulled Pork sandwich
Bounce House
Kids Crafts and Games
Penny Social
Volleyball games all day
Kids Crafts and Games
8th grade Homemade Refreshment Tent with iced coffee and root beer
Cake Walk - Musical Chairs - Pie Face
Bake Off from the 1921 Pilgrim Ladies Aid Society Cookbook

We need volunteers for:
Kids games
Ticket Sales
Heavy lifting and Chairs and Tables
Food Prep and Serving
Breakdown and Cleanup

for more info contact Robert Knapp or 773-612-3563

Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer and fall, we've been exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We've been bringing some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. This exploration will resume in September, when we’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

September 8th—Lift up Academic Excellence with a Heart
September 15th—(Block Party Sunday) Mpower Homes for Faith Formation
September 22nd—Preach on Mission Statement: In Christ's love, we gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)
Congregational Forum on the Core Values (after service)
September 29th—Congregational Meeting to approve core values

Please continue to consider the areas of inclusion of children and youth, and justice for the vulnerable which were emphasized at worship this summer as you reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Magazine Drive in September
Pilgrim's Magazine Drive will start September 9th and continue through September 27th.  Packets will go out the first week in September.  If you can't wait, please go to to place your order. Pilgrim's New School Online ID is: 2633014. Prices are usually the same or lower than buying directly from the publisher. Remember, Pilgrim receives 40% of your order. 
Luther North Golf Outing
Luther North College Prep will host The Leonard “Doc” Schroeder Memorial Golf Classic on Sunday, September 15th, at Chevy Chase Golf Course, 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling. Lunch and registration will be at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. There will be a buffet dinner after the game, at 5:30 p.m., with raffles and prizes. $560 per foursome or $150 per golfer; $50 dinner only. They are also looking for sponsors for the event. Email with questions; to register or for more info about sponsorship, go to
Flea Market in November
Please let Anne Barsano know if you have any interest in helping with or participating in a Flea Market in Maring Hall on November 9th. Spaces would be $20 (with table $25) and there will be a concession stand run by any group that would like to make $$. We need 10 tables guaranteed before we can proceed.  People from outside of Pilgrim may also participate. or 773-472-6037
Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 58:9b-14: The Lord promises those who have returned from exile that where justice and mercy prevail, the ruins will be rebuilt and light will rise in darkness. It is a new day for new beginnings.

The Psalmody is Psalm 103:1-8:The Lord crowns you with mercy and steadfast love. (Ps, 103:4)

The second reading is Hebrews 12:18-29: Using images of Moses from the Old Testament, the writer presents a striking vision of the new covenant of God made possible in Christ. There is no longer fear, only awe in the new promise in Christ into which we are invited.

The Gospel iLuke 13:10-17: Jesus heals a woman on the sabbath, offering hew a new beginning for her life. When challenged by a narrow reading of the sabbath command, Jesus responds by expanding “sabbath work” to include setting people free from bondage.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara DeGraff
Office Manager: Ellen Twohig:

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