Subject: Pilgrim News

Pilgrim Announcements
November 25, 2015

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday for the first Sunday of Advent! It is always exciting to light the first candle and to begin a new journey of faith together. We welcome our seminary student Hans Becklin as our preacher. 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Pilgrim Dads’ 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast, December 6
The pilgrim Dads are looking forward to hosting the best pancake breakfast that has ever been served out of Maring Hall on December 6! We need your help to make this happen. Click Here and sign up! We need volunteers from 7am until 3pm. We also need griddles, if you have one that you can bring or let us borrow. All proceeds will help support the school’s technology fund. Please contact Glenn Williams at or Pete Gillespie at for details.
Advent By Candlelight:   Wednesday, December 9th
Join us for something new and beautiful this year! We will be having a one-time mid week gathering in the Spirit of Advent on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. We will be making homemade Christmas cards for the sick and shut ins, we will enjoy a potluck dinner, and sing some hymns and say some prayers by candelight. For more information, please talk to teacher, organist, and choir director Mr. Knuth
Christmas Decorating
Christmas miracles are great, but unfortunately have never yet included those giant Christmas trees floating themselves down from the storage loft, nor sorting out their own wiring. Please join us Saturday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m. to decorate the sanctuary. This is a great family activity, since kids can help with the wreaths, ornaments and garlands. Weather permitting we will also be hanging lights outside. Refreshments will be served (no fruitcake, unless somebody really really wants it--but you'll need to let us know!) To volunteer (or request said fruitcake) contact Chris Wallis at
Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili—Dec 13
Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, (4300 N. Winchester) Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. for caroling in the neighborhood. Then join us for a Chili dinner following at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s house (4332 N. Winchester) All are invited!

Pilgrim School Open Houses for Prospective Families:
January 26, 2016, and March 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Call Pilgrim at 773-477-4824 to RSVP.

MOPS is a morning group for moms. MOPS meets the first and third Thursday mornings of the month from 9-11:45 am at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N Winchester). Cost is $10 and includes childcare. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at  
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. There are three sessions offered as a part of new member instruction (Part I, Part II, and Part III).
People interested in participating in these classes can participate in any order. The next round of sessions will be offered on January 10th, 24th, and 31st, 2016. You may RSVP to Kathy in the Church Office at

Women’s Bible Study
The next Women's Bible study will be held on Thursday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at 4335 N Winchester Ave First Floor.    Participants are invited to bring a Bible and a journal if you can, otherwise, they can be provided.   If you are able to make it, please RSVP to group facilitator Marta Hardacre at

Explore the Bible Time

Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Get to know other members in the congregation better? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us! (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)

The Telford Family is proud to welcome their new baby girl, Elouise (Ella)! Show your support and congratuate them in person by delivering a meal to help them through this transition. Sign up to deliver a meal with this link: Thank you for your help!
Dear Pilgrim Community:
Last year, on Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, I organized a mitten making day for those in need. We then distributed them among people living under Lake Shore Drive. It was very well received and appreciated. This year, I was hoping to include the Pilgrim Church and School community as we make more mittens to warm those who are living without shelter.
You can help in two ways:
2) Drop off packages of handwarmers (can be purchased in bulk at Costco), buttons, shrunken 100% wool sweaters or fleece to be used as materials in the school office. Everything helps.
3) Mitten Assembly At a later date TBD, we will be assembling the mittens. On that day, we will need volunteers and some sewing machines that we could borrow for a couple hours. Please email me your interest for sewing or if you have a sewing machine you would like to loan for the day. Thank you in advance- school parent Jennifer Goolsby at

Prayer and Care Boxes-Dec 6
We would like to assemble a “Prayer and Care” Basket for our seniors and shut-ins. Last year, over 40 baskets were assembled and taken by Pilgrim members to deliver. If you have any Christmas decorations, devotional books, chocolate, or any other gifts a senior might enjoy, please bring them to the Pastor’s office or bring them to our assembly session on Sunday, December 6th at 9:20 a.m. For more information, please call Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814 or Many thanks to
you all!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, November 29th-Seminarian Hans Becklin, Preaching
Friday, December 4th Seniors Christmas Party at the Parsonage, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 5th Church Decorating Party, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday, December 6th-Receiving Guests from ELCA Good Gifts, School Chorus Sings
Sunday, December 6th-Mission Gifts Presentation from Sheri Meyer, Luther North High School
Wednesday, December 9th-”Advent by Candlelight” Potluck Dinner, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 13th at 1 p.m. Pilgrim Children sing at the Irish American Christmas Festival, North Center Town Square (across from CVS between Lincoln and Damen)
Sunday, December 13th-Chili and Caroling at Parsonage, 4:00 p.m.

Coffee Hour Spots Open!
Thank you to those who have responded to the invitation to serve as a co-host our coffee hour rotation.  In order to keep coffee hour open each week, we need 13 coffee hour teams, because each team is called upon to serve 4 times a year.  Each team is comprised at least two people or families.  Right now, 10 teams are full, and three teams are in need of another person or family.   Please consider joining one of the three teams who are short so we can continue having coffee hour each week. 
Duties of coffee hour servers are: to make coffee (which is provided) before service, purchase or make a variety of snacks and juices for people to enjoy and set out the plates and cups (which are also provided).  Monies collected can be donated to a cause the team supports or kept by the team for their own reimbursement.  Cakes are provided by Pilgrim for special occasions.  If you think that you could help us out, please contact Anne Barsano The coffee hour schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.  Would you please check out the dates which need help and let Anne or the person listed know that you would like to help that Sunday.  Coffee hour is too good a thing to lose!!

Boxtops For Education 
The boxtops collection program continues at Pilgrim….you can also place your boxtops in the container on the table in the narthex of the church or in the container in the school office.  Join the effort!  All funds raised from the boxtops collection will go to fund Pilgrim Kids Care.  Questions?  Contact Paula Raabe (
or check out the program's website

Help keep Chicago’s kids warm this winter!
Pilgrim is once again teaming up with Coat Angels, a local Chicago non-profit founded by former Pilgrim parent Micki LeSueur for our winter Seasons of Service Project. With a $50 donation, Coat Angels provides new coats, fleece jackets, hats and gloves to kids in Chicago’s most poverty stricken neighborhoods. For mor information on this all-volunteer organization, check out their website at
Here’s how you can help. Pilgrim will collect the donations and sell “gift cards”. A team from Pilgrim will shop, bag and label the coats for delivery. NEW coats willalso be accepted in sizes appropriate for school age children. For more information or how to get involved, contact Samantha Doerfler at or Shellie Riedle at Gift cards will be sold after the 10:30 service Sundays in November.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
Did you know that on the first Sunday of each month, our ushers take a special collection of donations in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry? Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, you can join in. Next Sunday in worship, we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and simply hand the envelope to the usher. 
Gift Cards—In anticipation of the holidays we have added some new gift cards to our list: Baker’s Square $25, American Express $50, $100 and $250 (already activated), $25, Nordstrom $25 and $100 and Spa Week $25. Unfortuantely we no longer carry KFC, Red Box or Eddie Bauer. Sif you can’t decide which gift card to give someone, why not purchase a Paper Certificate for Gift Card in any amount and let the recipient choose from our list. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with questions. Thank You!

Magazine Drive - Tallies are in for the Magazine Drive and so far we have earned $964.80 for Pilgrim. This amount will grow as people continue to place orders throughout the year! Online you may order gifts, books and other items such as wrapping paper and cards. Go to Pilgrim’s account number is 2633014. Thanks again everyone!

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Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


Nov 29 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Dec 3 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Dec 4 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
12:00 p.m. Seniors’ Luncheon at Parsonage

Dec 5 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:30 a.m. Church Decorating Party
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


Dec 6 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Pilgrim Dads’ Pancake Breakfast
Dec 10 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Dec 11 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Dec 12 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

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: Kathy Danner

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