Subject: Pilgrim is Seeing Red

Pilgrim Announcements
October 25th, 2015

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday for worship as we celebrate Reformation Sunday and the Confirmation of three tremendous young people: Erin, Hayden, and Joe.

The title of this email, "Seeing Red" is inspired by the color of the day (red) and by the Gospel reading of the day, Mark 10:46-52, in which Jesus grants sight to a blind man.

Come be encouraged by some good news this weekend! Join us on Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 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 25th “How is God at work among our youth? (Confirmation Sunday)

November 1st All Saints Sunday (Hebrews 11:1-16)

November 8th “Something Better” (Hebrews 11:17-40)

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 wordhip place to hang the pictures of those loved ones who have possed 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.

Halloween Youth Group Movie Night!!!!
They’re Here to Save the World!! Who you gonna call?? GHOSTBUSTERS!!!
Sunday, Oct. 25th at 4:30 p.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave.) cost $5.00 towards Pizza & Pop…...candy will be provided. Halloween Costume contest with prizes. Please rsvp to Jonathan Valencia (773) 241-2155

Celebrate Halloween and Spread the Word about Pilgrim
Pilgrim is sponsoring a table at the “Trick or Treat” event on Saturday, October 31st at 10 a.m. at the North Center Town Square (across from CVS at BellePlaine and Damen) This annual event continues to grow with over 500 children and their parents coming out for the event. We invite you to donate a bag of candy to give out as part of our outreach to the community; please drop off candy at either the school or church office. We are also in need of volunteers, please let Kathy Danner know if you are able to come and volunteer from
9:30-10:30am; 10:30-11:30am or 11:30am to 12:30pm. Thank you!

Pilgrim School Open Houses for Prospective Families:
Tuesday, October 20th at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Novermber 17 at 9:30 a.m. Call Pilgrim at 773-477-4824 to RSVP.

Reformation/Confirmation Sunday
Join us on Sunday, October 25th as we celebrate confirmation for our 9th graders who are ready to affirm their baptism. We will be blessed to have their participation throughout the service and we’ll be glad to lift up the ways they will be serving the church and the world going forward. We invite everyone to wear the liturgical color RED on October 25th, because red represents the Holy Spirit.

Dining Group
Sunday, Oct. 18, we will travel to 1800 S. Racine for apple & oak smoked BBQ at Honky Tonk BBQ. Please arrive at 5:30 p.m. Please let me know if you plan to attend, we will car pool due to street parking only.  Thanks, Julie  773-764-3140 

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  
Participate in Ultimate Youth Lock-in on November 6-7
Take part in the Ultimate Lock-in on Nov. 6-7, 2015 beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending on Saturday at 5 a.m. The cost is $30. From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., youth and adult chaperons will gather at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187, for a concert with Rachel Kurtz and Agape. Then from 12 a.m. until 5 am., participants travel to Enchanted Castle in Lombard (1103 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148) for arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, food, and fellowship. For more information about the event contact Pastor Kristian.

Candy Offering! This month, we are talking about how generous God is toward us in faith and in life.  When we realize how much we've been given, it's easy to consider giving to God and to others!  Some of us give 10% of our income, or a full tithe, to Pilgrim through our worship offerings. We invite our children to do the same thing this Halloween with their candy.  Kids, would you consider giving a tithe, or 10% of your candy, to the poor and to the guests of our Hot Meals program on Saturday?  Bring your "tithe", or 1 out of every 10 pieces of candy, (or more)  to Pilgrim church on Sunday, November 1st, (the morning after Halloween) and we will celebrate how many pieces we receive to share with the needy during our service on November 8th! 
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 15th—Seminarian Marissa Becklin, Preaching receiving guests from UCAN Chicago (Pilgrim Mission Gift Recipient)
Sunday, November 22nd—Receiving Guests from LSTC (Pilgrim Mission Gift Recipient)
Sunday, November 29th-Seminarian Hans Becklin, Preaching
Sunday, December 6th-Receiving Guests from ELCA Good Gifts, School Chorus Sings
Sunday, December 13th-Chili and Caroling at Parsonage, 4:00 p.m.

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, 

Moral Mondays Illinois Mass Mobilization
Monday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
There are many of us concerned about the crisis for the people of Illinois by refusing to pay their fair share of taxes and demanding cuts that are destroying lives. While our lives are on the line, they’re feeling great and getting richer by the minute. It’s time to bring the crisis we are experiencing to their doorstep, to make them really feel it. Please join us for this mass mobilization and civil disobedience to shut it down. Stay tuned for information about the “it”, and plan to join us—and bring everyone who shares your values-on November 2nd.

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. 

Welcome Ruth!
Join us this Sunday as we install Ruth Wasiukiewicz as our Business Manager! Originally from Chicago, she has served as the Township Clerk in Rockford, MI and the Deputy City Clerk in Berwyn, IL providing her with years of administrative and bookkeeping experience. She lives in Portage Park and has been receiving excellent training from our outgoing Business Manager, Lindsay Beveridge, over the past week and a half. We will say a special prayer of installation this coming Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service.

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! 
The Flea Market scheduled for November 7th has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
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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


Oct 25 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. New Member Class (Intro to growing and serving at Pilgrim)
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service-Confimation
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Oct 29 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Oct 30 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Oct 31 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pilgrim Table at North Center Halloween Trick or Treat


Nov 1 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
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

Nov 5 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Nov 6 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Nov 7 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8

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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