Subject: Pilgrim News

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday as we see Jesus enter a nexus of prophets, priests, and prostitutes... how does He always know what to say? Come be a witness to the Living Word that finds a way to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable (Matthew 21:23-32)
We will also be receiving a special presentation from the Crop Walk and will be officially installing our Care Ministry Team. See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School is In Full Swing!
Kids age 3 through 5th grade are welcome at our Sunday School, which meets at 9:15 in the sanctuary before splitting up into classrooms. Join us for music, prayer, Bible stories and fun activities. Parents are welcome to stay, or of course we are more than happy to have your children with us while you attend the adult discussion group downstairs. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis (

Blessing of the Animals- October 4th
Do you have animals in your life? Bring your pets to the Gazebo at Welles Park on Saturday, October 4th at 10 a.m. in honor of St. Francis! We'll be joining animals and people from Luther Memorial Church as we hold a brief, interactive prayer service and then bless each animal in attendance. Come out as Luther Memorial and Pilgrim Lutheran bless neighborhood pets at Welles Park in honor of St. Francis. Drinks and treats will be served... see you then!
Cocktails for a Cause, Friday, October 17
Join Pilgrim parents, friends and alums at Atlantic Bar and Grill on Friday, October 17, 7:00—11:00 p.m. to enjoy an evening out and help meet the challenge to raise $50,000 for the Dave Maring School Endowment Fun. Pilgrim members John and Mary Satter have issued a generous challenge to the Pilgrim community. As the congregation raises the first $25,000, the Satters will match those donations—dollar for dollar—to kick-start the Fund. Meeting this challenge is an awesome way for the Pilgrim community to honor Dave Maring’s contributions to Pilgrim and to continue his good work into the future. The event runs from 7-11 p.m. Tickets will be available in the school and church offices, as well as outside the school Tuesdays after school and Fridays before school. Tickets are $40 through October 10, and October 11-17 will be $45 (and will be available at the door). This event is for adults only, and payment is by cash or check only, please. Looking forward to see you there.
Baby Shower October 5
There will be a baby shower on Sunday, October 5th, following the 10:30 service for Marilyn Donovan’s daughter, Christine, who is expecting a baby girl. Contact Anne Barsano for giftcards.
Prayer Time
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Jazz, Blues & Soul Concert
Chris Forte & The Dream Team will be performing Sunday, September 28, at 4:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield IL. More information about the “One-Tree, Many Branches Concert Series” hosted by Ascension can be found at their website:

Quilters’ Craft Day
The Pilgrim Quilters would like to thank everyone who attended our quilt show during the block party and purchased tickets for our raffle quilt. We are donating $150 of the proceeds to the Maring Endowment fund matching gift challenge. On Sunday, November 9, we will be taking over Maring Hall starting at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon and evening of sewing (or other crafts) and fellowship. We'll supply ironing equipment and power strips for sewing machines, as well as a cutting table. Bring a snack to share, and we'll order dinner around 5 p.m., which usually runs around $9 per person. Want to learn to quilt? We are planning to offer a beginners' class that afternoon. If you are interested, please contact Chris Wallis ( to find out what supplies to bring. No prior experience needed, and we'll include hand-piecing for those who don't have sewing machines.
Emerging Leaders Teen Program
Free Fall Session 2014 at Concordia Place for teens ages 13-18, September 22—December 9, Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Learn leadership skills and conflict resolution strategies and cover topics including ecology, nutrition, stewardship, and community. Questions? Contact Gwyndolyn Siebert 773-463-1600 x330 or

Thrivent uPLAN College Planning Workshop
Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Luther North, Room 105.
Wondering if you will be able to help your student finish college and still retire someday? With planning, you can. You’re invited to attend this complimentary 60-minute college planning overview to learn how academics, admissions and financial strategies can work together to help save you money. Includes FAFSA tips, what to expect when transitioning from high school to college, and COA, OOP, EFC, and need-met and gift-aid ratios are and how they apply to you. Space is limited—RSVP to Sheri Damery at 773-286-3600, x223 or email

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

September 25 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

September 26 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 27 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10

September 28 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

September 30 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council & School Board

October 1 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. Confirmation Info Meeting
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 2 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 3 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. School Dance

October 4 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals at
Welles Park
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1

September 25, 2014
Calling all 7th and 8th Graders
Interested in joining a group that will help you learn about yourself and your relationship with God? Go on fun trips and retreats? Make the world a better place? Please join us on Wednesday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. for a Confirmation Kick-Off and Info Dinner to be held in Maring Hall. We especially invite our 7th grade parents to come learn what confirmation is all about... for our 7th graders, just come and check it out, coming to this meeting does not commit you to the program. Contact Pastor Kristian with any questions.

Fall Adult Bible Discussion Group: Unpacking Discipleship
Following Jesus is life’s most challenging and rewarding adventure! Yet, when we hear words like “evangelism” and “discipleship”, we don’t always get so excited. Is it because these words are too dated and “churchy” to be useful in 2014? Or do they need to be renewed and reclaimed so that we can live Jesus' dream for us? Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group, even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us!

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in joining a Coffee Hour team, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037.
The 2014 CROP Hunger Walk/Pizza Party
Pilgrim is proud to be participating in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 19th at 2 p.m. The CROP Walk is celebrating it’s 35th year of fighting hunger both around the corner and around the world. The 10K Walk (or 2-Mile “family route”) is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the Pilgrim community to join together for a great cause. Those interested in carpooling can meet at the church following the late service that day (around 12:45 p.m.) or you can meet us where the walk steps off (St. James Episcopal Church, 65 E. Huron Street). There is no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to gather donations from friends and family to support their efforts. After the walk, we’ll gather back in Maring Hall for a pizza party to celebrate. You will be hearing more about the CROP Walk at school and church in the coming weeks, but you can sign up at any time by contacting Lara Otsuka at or (773) 255-6519. To learn more about CROP, visit their website at
Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. If there is a project that holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. 
Luther North Homecoming 2014
October 4
9:30 am - 11:30 Athletic Hall of Fame Reunion Brunch
10:00 am Morning Celebration Service
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Dedication of The Friend Library
1:00 pm - Football Game vs. Hiawatha

Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
Giving a Gift to All of our Children 
Thank you to those who have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation; if we raise $25,000, the donor will match it. Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the 
 Pilgrim webpage.

Pilgrim Pews
Wayne and Donna Heintz have two 9.5 foot long Pilgrim pews and are looking for a good home for them. Call them if you are interested at 773-281-6522.

Auction Question... We are trying to locate an individual who purchased theater tickets at the auction. If anyone knows Emily Stromdahl or how to reach her, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037
Gift Cards continue to be sold after church on Sunday and in the school office on Monday and Friday, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. or you may send in an order to the school office and it will be filled the next sale date and returned to you as you wish. We are working on an online gift card and/or eScrip card ordering program where you would pay through an ACH program, but we will not start this unless there is enough interest. Please let Anne Barsano know if this is a way of ordering which you would like and would use.
Market Day are due by Monday, October 6th- in the school office by 9 am and online by 11 pm that evening. #3461 Cheez-it Snack Pack (25 count) $8.09, #3426 Fruit Snack pack (28 ct) $7.49 and #6166 Quaker Chewy Granola Bar Variety Pack (24 count) $7.79 make great Halloween treats. Check out our cookie dough varieties (4 dozen for $15.00), including New Coconut Pecan. These cookies are so easy to bake, whether you need 5 or 20 cookies! Please contact Anne Barsano with questions at or 773-472-6037.
Magazine Drive: due in the school office or with the Sunday Seller by Sunday, October 5th or you may go online to and charge your order. Pilgrim's order #: 2633014. Please contact Anne Barsano with questions. Pilgrim earns 40% on your order.
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim. (Note from the Church Office - it was fun to see a deposit on our bank statement, knowing that this program is making a difference!!)
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Our Prayer for Sunday
God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32;
Ezekiel challenges those who think they cannot change because of what their parents were and did, or who think they cannot turn from their wicked ways. God insistently invites people to turn and live.

The second reading is Philippians 1:21–30;
As part of a call for harmony rather than self-seeking, Paul uses a very early Christian hymn that extols the selflessness of Christ in his obedient death on the cross. Christ's selfless perspective is to be the essential perspective we share as the foundation for Christian accord.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 21:23–32
After driving the moneychangers out of the temple (21:12), Jesus begins teaching there. His authority is questioned by the religious leaders, who are supposed to be in charge of the temple.
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.

Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
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