Subject: Skiing this Sunday

Pilgrim Update
A note from Pastor Kristian:

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate our life, ministry, and future together... And... You will have the chance to go skiing in some wonderful conditions!! See you Sunday!

Pastor Kristian
Welcome Baby Jacoby!
There is a new little member of the Pilgrim community: Jacoby Alexander Dickerson, 6 lbs. 15.5 oz., 19.5 inches., was born on September 6th. The proud parents are Tarah and Clay; Jacoby’s new big brother is Lukas.
Youth Night at Chicago Tabernacle
All junior high and senior high youth are invited to join Pastor Kristian in attending youth night at Chicago Tabernacle on Friday, September 27th at 6 p.m. Chicago Tabernacle’s youth ministry is led by Pilgrim alumni Jake Sparlin. Please meet at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave.) at 6 p.m. for rides over to Chicago Tabernacle (4201 N. Troy).
Parsonage Basement Dedication
 On Sunday, October 20th, you are invited to join us for coffee hour at the Parsonage as we dedicate the new multi-purpose room in the basement. We will be unveiling the new room on that day with a special blessing and shared celebration following the service. This will be in place of the normal coffee hour held downstairs following church services. Please help us celebrate this new accomplishment and addition to the parsonage!
7th and 8th Grade Confirmation Begins Next Wednesday
Do you know any 7th or 8th graders who would enjoy growing in their faith with people their age?  Please invite them to check out Pilgrim’s Head2Heart Confirmation Program.  Confirmation for all 7th and 8th graders begins this coming Wednesday, October 2nd, with a Kick-off dinner in Maring Hall at 6:30 p.m.   The dinner is for the students and their parents to attend. Confirmation class will continue the following Wednesday at 4 p.m., October 9th.  For ?’s or more information, please contact Pastor Kristian at 773-990-0813 or at
Pastor Christian Chavarria -
“Build Resurrection”
Please join us in welcoming Pastor Christian Chavarria from the Lutheran Church in El Salvador! Pastor Christian is a world-renowned inspirational speaker and artist. His artwork is displayed in galleries throughout North America, Central America, and Europe. He is coming to tell us about an inspiring campaign named “Build Resurrection.” Please come meet him at one of the following opportunities:

Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. Reception for Pastor Christian Chavarria at the Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester Ave.

Wednesday, October 9th at 10:10 a.m. at Pilgrim Chapel Service, with reception to follow
Luther North Golf Outing
The Leonard “Doc” Schroeder Memorial Golf Classic has been rescheduled due to rain to Sunday, October 20th, at Chevy Chase Golf Course, 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. Registration will be at 10:45 a.m., with 11:30 a.m. shotgun start and lunch on the course. There will be a social hour at 4:00 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner after the game at 5:00 p.m., with raffles and prizes. $560 per foursome or $150 per golfer; $50 dinner only. They are also looking for sponsors for the event. Email with questions; to register or for more info, go to
Target Red Card
Give yourself a hearty pat on the back if you have used your red Target card to make purchases and have directed that 1% goes to Pilgrim!!  Not only did you save 5% on your purchases but Pilgrim received $1045.65 for last year- $200 more than usual. Keep up the good work and tell your friends how easy it is! And you don't have to use a credit card - the same benefits apply to the Target debit card.
October Market Day
Market Day orders are due by Monday, October 7th for pickup on Thursday, October 10th.  New items are Bacon, Egg and Cheese Wrap (8- 4oz/$14.29), Supreme Thin Crust Pizza (2-10"/$13.49) and Cinnamon Coffeecake Slices (8/$10.79).  Why not order some Giant Goldfish Grahams (25- .9oz pouches/$6.49) or Quaker Chewy Granola Bars (24/$7.79) to pass out for Halloween treats!! You will receive a free 1# bag of Broccoli Florets with a $40 order and both the florets and a free 4 pack of Chickensteaks with a $90 order. Please contact Anne Barsano with any questions.  First-time shoppers: Enter NEWFIVE promo code page and save $5 on a $25 order!!  
Church Calendar

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

September 29 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Generations in Faith Together
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Barsano/Satter
Congregational Meeting to approve
Core Values

October 2 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel-Holy Communion Service
4:00 p.m. 7th & 8th grade confirmation

October 3  Thursday
9:00a.m. MOPS Special Event
6:30 p.m. TOPS
Quilters’ Retreat at Camp Dewan begins

October 4 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 5 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #7

September 29, 2013
Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
We are lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

 In Christ's love, we gather, prepare,
 and send all as leaders 
for God's mission in the world.  (GPS)

As a learning and serving community, we :

Praise God with all generations together
Invite everyone to be present together in Christ 
Lift up academic excellence with a heart, 
Grow in prayer and in the Word,
Respond by advocating justice for the vulnerable,
Invest time, talent, and resources generously, and 
Mpower homes for faith formation  

This  Sunday, September 29th, we’ll be having a special congregational meeting to vote on the proposed Mission Statement and Core Practices.  
Multiply Your Talents Challenge Dinner
When Pastor Kristian handed out seed money to challenge us to multiply our talents, Renee Stuedemann received $50. So, Ralph and Renee  will host a dinner party at our house on Saturday, October 19th, at 6:00 p.m. They invite you to come, and enjoy the food and fellowship. When you leave, they ask you to pay what you want or what you think the meal was worth. You can designate it for the Pilgrim Operating Fund, or the campaign to rebuild Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador. Their only request is that you RSVP to or 773-248-4354 prior to October 14th, to make sure they have enough food!

MOPS Special Event on October 3rd
On October 3rd, MOPS will host Letitia Suk, speaker, writer, and Life Coach, who will give us her special presentation “Joy for the Journey”. This fun hour-long workshop presents 12 essential items we need for our journey as moms from “Don’t forget the guidebook” to “Enjoy the sights along the way.” Please join us at 9:15am (doors open at 8:45).  Suggested donation $10, Childcare provided. RSVP to

Barbara DeGraff Retirement
It with sadness that we announce that our beloved Administrative Secretary Barbara DeGraff has announced her decision to retire, effective November 1, 2013.  Barbara has served on staff at Pilgrim since 2006, and her work has greatly advanced the mission and ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School.   We are grateful for her superb work in the areas of bookkeeping, communications, bulletins and announcements, and so much more.   Please mark your calendars... we will be honoring Barbara with words and prayers of gratitude on Sunday, October 13th, to give thanks for her seven years of exemplary service.

Block Party Food
The food at the Block Party was enjoyed by all but we have some undefrosted items for sale. Please contact Anne Barsano if you are interested in purchasing the following:

5 Market Day Hamburger 1/4 lb Patties (box of 10): $12.70
2 Market Day All-Beef Franks (box of 12): $10.90
1 Boca Burgers (Vegan) (box of 16)  $10.10

Crazy for Karaoke!
On Friday, October 4th, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. , enjoy an evening of Karaoke at the beautiful  DANK Haus Skyline Lounge! Join Cornel and Doerthe, Brent and Theresa, Kristian and Anna-Kari in being a star for a night!  Come dressed as a favorite celebrity or just come as you are!  Get photographed by paparazzi.   Take your turn at the microphone… or just enjoy the show over delicious food and beverages!  The first beer/wine, or pop is free! Cost is $20 per performer/$40 per karaoke couple. Tickets are available through October 1st in the school office. Make your checks out to Pilgrim Lutheran, and write “Karaoke” on the memo line.
Magazine Drive Orders Due 
Magazine orders are due September 29th but you may also go online to to place and charge an order anytime during the year. Pilgrim's account # is: 2633014. Orders are filled more quickly that way. Pilgrim receives 40% of your order!!
Gift Card News
We have added three more stores to our Gift Card list: $50 FTD Florist, $25 Family Christian Stores, (100% of  the store's profits goes to Christian causes both in the U.S. and abroad ) and $25 PacSun, These will need to be ordered until we see a need to keep them on hand. 
Dominick’s “Back to School”
Please turn in your Dominick's register receipts (or those of friend and neighbors) to Anne Barsano before October 10th so that they may be submitted for redemption of points. If you are registered with Dominick's program, your purchases will be applied to Pilgrim automatically. Thank you for participating in the Dominick's "10% Back to School" campaign.  
Flea Market in November
We are still looking for participants for the Flea Market scheduled for November 9th, 9am-3pm in Maring Hall. We need people to either purchase tables or spaces or to donate items to the Pilgrim tables.  We also need helpers for a variety of jobs. The concession stand will benefit the Pilgrim Volleyball Team.  Please let Anne Barsano know by September 29th  if you are interested. Applications will be available in the school office if the event is a go.  Thank you.
Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c: Naaman, a Syrian general, suffers from leprosy. In this passage Elisha miraculously cures his illness, but only after Naaman realizes, with the help of his servants, that he also needs healing for his pride. This foreign general then acknowledges the sovereignty of the God of Israel.

The Psalmody is Psalm 111: I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. (Ps. 111:1)

The second reading is 2 Timothy 2:8-15: Though Paul is chained as a prisoner, he reminds Timothy that the word of God is never shackled or confined. He encourages his young friend to proclaim that word of freedom in an honest and upright life as well as in his teaching and preaching. 

The Gospel iLuke 17:11-19: Jesus’ mission includes making the unclean clean again. Unexpectedly, a cleansed Samaritan leper becomes a model for those who would praise and worship God and give thanks for God’s mercy.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


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