Subject: Salty

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Dear Friends,

Has anyone accused you of being "salty"? According to Jesus, that may not be such a bad thing. (Mark 9:50) Salt adds zest. Salt preserves. Salt represents flavor. It replenishes our bodies after exertion.

After a hard week for many of us, it is important that we enter a space of rest, renewal, and peace for our souls. Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
2018 Block Party - Thank you to everyone who helped make our Block Party such a great event! God gave us perfect weather and the attendance was terrific. A special thanks to Sarah Lau and Heather Sexton for their leadership.

Fun Bible Time for Kids continues today, right after the 10:30 a.m. service. This is intended for all kids from ages 3 to 12. It will meet during coffee hour in the Annex, the room right next to the kitchen.

The E.C.T. Youth Group Brunch & ELCA Youth Gathering Recap is set for Sunday, September 30th, from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Avenue, in Founder's Hall. You will hear more about our youth group's experience in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering and provide support to our youth group in their upcoming trips and events. Join us and enjoy a delicious brunch, watch a photo slideshow from the ELCA Youth Gathering, and hear from some of the youth about their experiences on the trip.

Dine Out For Pilgrim - Feed Your Smile by visiting Pot belly (4709 N. Lincoln Avenue) on Wednesday, October 3rd, between 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bring the flyer (available on the table at the back of the sanctuary and in the school office), show it on your smartphone, or mention it to the cashier and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Pilgrim. Go to this site for the flyer and further details:

Animal Blessing- Sunday October 7th - Calling all creatures! We will be doing an animal blessing at 10:15 a.m. and again after the service. Bring your animals, or bring a picture of your animal, and they will be blessed. It is a good thing to thank God for our pets in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, who is celebrated worldwide on October 4.

Survey for Sunday School Aged Families - A survey has been sent out to all households with children aged 0 to 12. We really want to hear from you as we shape our children and family ministry for the present and future. If you did not receive the survey, please contact Renee in the church office:

Calling all 6th - 12th graders! - We invite you to join us on our confirmation/youth retreat on November 2nd-4th at LOMC in Oregon IL. Retreat packets are located on the back table, we would really love to have you join us!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, October 21st - Upper Grade Students Sing
Saturday, October 27th - North Center Halloween Trick or Treat, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 28th - Reformation and Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, November 4th - All Saints Sunday
Friday, November 9th - Dave Maring School Endowment Fundraiser at Little Fort Tavern on Lincoln Avenue

New Member Exploration 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 consider attending an exploration class TODAY (September 30th) and October 7, at 9:15 a.m. in the Church Parlor. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at for more information. Thank you!

Attention Parents of 6th-8th Grade! In this time in which our children are growing so fast, spiritual growth and positive peer support are so important. For this reason, Pilgrim offers a program called confirmation, which enables 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to grow in their relationship with God. With fun trips and retreats, service projects, worship participation, and interactive classes, our students grow a strong faith foundation that will last for a lifetime. This program is open to all students regardless of their background, religious affiliation, or church membership. Our first meeting will be TODAY (September 30th) at 9:15 a.m. All are invited to check it out! For more information about the program, please contact Pastor Kristian at

Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. This week the theme is God’s word leads us to practice justice. Weekly handouts are on the table in the back of the church.

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class that is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We meet in Maring Hall.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, -September 26th. We are using the Women of the ELCA Gather magazine Bible Study series on “Multiple Meanings: Learning from interpretations.” Contact Renee at for more info, and to be added to email updates.

Prayer Time - We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing!

Please Join our Refugee Team on Sunday, October 7th - The Bethany UCC and Pilgrim Lutheran Partnership expects to be assigned another refugee family in the very near future. This will most likely be a family who recently arrived in Chicago, but has not yet been assigned a co-sponsor through RefugeeOne. We are still looking for more people to help tutor or mentor the family, or are willing to take on specific small projects. We will have an Info/Interest meeting on Sunday, October 7th, at 12:00 noon in the Parlor. Please join us or inform Renee at if you are interested.
Thank you to the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) for their support of Pilgrim. We received notice that CLEF has awarded Pilgrim $35,000 to be used for Tuition Assistance. This amount, combined with the generous support of donations from current and alumni families plus members of the congregation, allows many students to be part of the Pilgrim family who might otherwise might not be able to afford our tuition. Thanks!!!

Common Pantry Big Annual Fundraiser - Come have a good time for a good cause! I Am Your Neighbor 2018 benefits the Common Pantry, and will take place on Friday, October 5th at Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood. Enjoy food and drink from local chefs and breweries, along with live entertainment and a few special surprises. Buy your tickets at

Gift Cards - Regular Gift Card hours are now in effect: Sunday in the church foyer at 11:30 a.m. and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Order forms are on the table in the church narthex and in the school office. Please contact Anne Barsano 312-972-9040 or with orders/questions. Remember, cards can be used to purchase other items, such as gas and groceries, in addition to using them as presents. Let's have a really great year of sales!

Windows Into Our Future - There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 10 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $34,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Pilgrim's Magazine Drive has started and will continue through the year. Please hold any renewals which you may have until the order info is posted next week. Pilgrim receives 40% of any magazine (paper and/or digital in some cases), book or gift order. Orders submitted now will be started or received by Christmas.

Want to keep up-to-date on what happens at the Church Council Meetings? Copies of the meeting minutes from Tuesday, June 26th, are available on the table at the back of the church. Thank You to our Council Secretary, Kori Gilbert, for making this available for our members!
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September 30 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. New Member Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids

October 2 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting

October 3 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

October 4 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 5 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 6 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


October 7 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. New Member Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Fun Bible Time for Kids
11:45 a.m. Refugee Family Info/Interest Meeting

October 10 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

October 11 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 12 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 13 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #11
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting
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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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