Subject: Pilgrim Weekly ENewsletter

Pilgrim Announcements
October 4th, 2015

Dear Friends, 

We are on a roll!
September 13th- Wonderful outdoor worship, Installation of Teachers, and block party
September 20th- Installation of Office Administrators, Sunday School Teachers, and successful launch of new Children's Ministry schedule
September 27th- El Salvador Sunday and a joyful Baptism

And this Sunday, we settle into a new series: Faith Is...

What purpose does faith serve in today's world? What difference does it make in our lives? This Sunday we will begin at looking at the prophets, and how God spoke through them in many and various ways, and how God might speak into our lives today.

We also invite you to a wonderful workshop on finances by Ed Nelson: Your Legacy; Family, Church and Charity at 9:15 a.m.

See you in worship at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School and nursery beginning at 10:15 a.m.
October/November Worship Theme: “Faith is…”
Join us in worship throughout October and November as we begin a new preaching series, “Faith Is”, that will be exploring questions that are central to our lives and to our relationship with God based on the book of Hebrews.

Sunday Theme:

October 4th “Is God still speaking?” (An exploration of the prophets…)

October 11th “Where is God amid so much suffering?” (learning from the ultimate pioneer) 
October 18th “What about women of faith in the Bible? (Acts 16 and Romans 16)

October 25th “How is God at work among our youth? (Confirmation Sunday)

El Salvador Sharing
Pilgrim, THANK YOU for all your prayers and support. We are so excited to share about the amazing experience we had during our August mission trip as we served the hungry, worked on a cooperative farm called “Farming Hope”, installed Solar Energy Systems, and joined a prayer march for peace and human rights. You will blessed to know how you have blessed the people of El Salvador! Please join us Wednesday, October 14th at 10:10 a.m.
Sincerely, the Basler family, Tonya Saiki, the Johnson family, Katie LaCroix, Yessenia Rivera,Scott Russel, and Ralph Maffucci

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Cocktails for a Cause—Oct 16th
Join Pilgrim parents, friends and alums at Atlantic Bar and Grill, 5062 N. Lincoln, on Friday, October 16th, 6:00—10:00 p.m. to enjoy an evening out and help meet the challenge to raise funds for the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. Tickets will be available in the school and church offices. Tickets are $40 (and will be available at the door for $50). This event is for adults only, and payment is by cash or check only, please. Looking forward to see you there.

Chapel: Come See our kids shine!
The public is always invited to join us for our weekly chapel services on Wednesdays at 10:10 a.m. It is a joy to worship with our students as they lead songs, prayers, dramas and presentations. As the main church doors are locked at that time, please ring the bell at the school/Cullom entrance. It is a wonderfully uplifting experience.

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  
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.)

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. 

PART l (Intro to the Way of Jesus) will be offered on Sunday, October 11th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

PART ll (Intro to being a Lutheran Christian) will be offered on Sunday, October from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

PART lll (Intro to Growing and Serving at Pilgrim) will be offered on Sunday, October 25th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 

People interested in participating in these classes can participate in any order. Another round of the three sessions will be offered on November 1st, 8th, and 15th. You may RSVP to Kathy in the Church Office at 

Save the Dates:
Sunday, November 1st—All Saints Sunday
Sunday, November 8th—Commitment Sunday

Hall of Saints Invitation
Starting on October 11th, we invite you to bring photographs or printed images of loved ones who have died and who inspired you. We would like to assemble a “Hall of Saints” that will use our worship place to hang the pictures of those loved ones who have passed on to be with the Lord. Please bring your pictures to worship on October 11th, 18th, 25th or November 1st, and we will invite you to place them on a clothesline (attached by a clothespin) that will run along the north and south walls of the sanctuary.

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

Coffee Hour Spots Open!
We are again looking for people to fill in teams where people have left Chicago.  Please contact Anne Barsano, 

Luggage Drive for UCAN 
During the month of September, as part of this fall's "Season of Service" project, we are having a Luggage Drive for UCAN.  (  UCAN's mission is to support youth who have suffered trauma from abuse or neglect.  The luggage is needed for when the children are moved to foster care.  New and lightly used luggage and duffle bag donations can be placed on the north west wall of the narthex underneath the bulletin boards.  Profits from the block party, along with matching funds from Thrivent (THANK YOU!) , will be donated to UCAN's Youth Starter Kit/Essentials Programs. Thank you for your participation and generosity!

Gift Cards are available in the school office Monday and Friday and in the church foyer on Sunday. Be sure to pick up a $25 Lou Malnati’s gift card from Pilgrim before dining at any of their locations. We also carry Gordon Food Service gift cards where you can still pick up select Market Day items! Send an order in with your child and it will go home the same way.
Gift Cards are available in the school office Monday and Friday and in the church foyer on Sunday. If you don't have the time to stop into the school office you can send an order with your child and the cards will go home the next selling day (you will be sent an email regarding your order). Checks should be made out to Pilgrim Lutheran Church CIP.  Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with questions. Order forms are on SIS under promotions, in the school office and on the table in the narthex.  Thank you! 
Flea Market - Please let Anne Barsano ( know by October 4th if you are interested in saving a space ($25) or space/table ($30) at a Flea Market scheduled for November 7th.  We cannot commit to holding one unless we have 10 tables/spaces reserved.  Proceeds from general Pilgrim table sales and table/space rentals will go to the Tuition Assistance Program.  Proceeds from the Concession Stand will go to the organization staffing it. We have heard only from 2 people regarding spaces. This is a good way to get rid of extra items around your house. Thank you
Magazine orders are due in the school office by Monday, October 5th. Order forms are in the school office or on the table in the church narthex. You may also go online to and place your order using a credit card.  Pilgrim's account is: 2633014.  Pilgrim earns 40% of your order.  
Amazon SMILE :-)
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.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


Oct 4 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Your Legacy: Faith, Church, Charity
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Oct. 6 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. School Marketing Team
7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

Oct. 7 Wednesday
4:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

Oct 8 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Shoe Party @ Click

Oct. 9 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girls Scouts

Oct 10 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


Oct 11 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. New Member Class (Intro to the Way of Jesus)
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Oct 15 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Oct 16 Friday
6:00 p.m.— 10:00 p.m. Cocktails for a Cause @ Atlantic Bar & Grill

Oct 17 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5
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: Lindsay Beveridge
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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