Subject: Something for Everyone

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday for worship at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m., and an education hour that invites everyone to learn together at 9:15 a.m..

1) Sunday School ages 3 through 11 in the first floor school hallway (Kindergarten and Preschool/Nursery Rooms)
2) Confirmation for ages 12-15 in the annex
3) "Explore the Bible" Class for parents, caregivers, and adults in Maring Hall

God has good things for us to learn, no matter where we are on our journey. We are grateful for the ways the Spirit is moving us into faithful service and action in this season of reformation.

See you Sunday!
Thank you EVERYONE who made Pilgrimfest 2017 a fantastic experience! Special thanks to Sarah Lau and Monique Stinson for their coordination, and thank you to the dozens of food bringers, game and activity leaders, the St. James band, the worship participants, and all who came to set up and clean up! The feedback from everyone has been overwhelmingly positive. We are so thankful for a day that lifted up the best of who Pilgrim is and who we are becoming!

Fall Start for Sunday School - We start Sunday School this Sunday, October 1st! We encourage all children ages 3 through 5th grade to join us at 9:15 a.m. If you are interested in bringing a snack, reading a story, or shadowing a Sunday School teacher, please contact Sunday School coordinator Chris Wallis at  

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection 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, 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 hand the envelope to the usher.

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers! MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets 2 Thursdays a month. All moms with children up to 5 years old are welcome to attend. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. Childcare, snacks and coffee are provided. Meetings are hosted at the Parsonage (4332 N. Winchester). There is a $10 fee for each meeting. To RSVP, please email

Calling All Youth! Join us for our 2nd Annual "Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag" event on Friday, October 6th. Meet us at the parsonage at 6:15 p.m. for pizza, and we'll head to Welles Park a little after 7:00 p.m. for an epic battle. RSVP to

Score Big For Pilgrim theme parties still available - If you want to connect with old friends or meet new ones, sign up with Tarah at Remember, all proceeds go to Pilgrim!
October 14th - Old School House Party - $35/person
October 21st - All Dudes, All-in Poker Party - $65/person

Let's celebrate the new school year at Pilgrim's DOVETAIL NIGHT OUT - Come socialize with our school and community. Visit with old friends and make new ones as well! Bring your friends! Adults only. Each ticket includes 4 generous tastings of Dovetail's hand-crafted, European-styled, Dovetail beers or sodas! Plus complimentary appetizers. It’s October 8th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine. Tickets are $40 if purchased before Oct. 4, or $50 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by check or cash at Pilgrim School's office. Tickets may also be purchased via credit card at our eventbrite page, although a convenience charge will apply.
A special thanks to locally owned Dovetail Brewery for donating the space for this gathering. Proceeds will fund next year's 8th Grade field trip to Washington DC.

Potluck and Screening of “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves - Join us on Sunday, October 22nd at 5:00 p.m. as we enjoy food, fellowship, and a screening of a wonderful documentary by Rick Steves called “Luther and the Reformation.” It will be a great way to learn about the Lutheran faith and the ways God is calling us to be faithful today. We invite you to bring a dish to share: Last names A through I, protein; last names J through Q, Salad/Fruit/Vegetable; last names R-Z, dessert. Thank you!

Save the Dates:
October 14th, Saturday - Fall Revival at Holy Family Lutheran Church, 6:00 p.m.
October 15th, Sunday - Women of the ELCA intro meeting for all women, 12:00 noon
October 27th, Friday - PTL Halloween party, 6:30 p.m.
October 28th, Saturday - North Center Halloween Trick or Treat, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
October 29th, Sunday - Reformation and Confirmation Sunday
November 10th, Friday - Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser for the Dave Maring Endowment Fund, Celtic Crown Public House, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
November 17-19 - Fall Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center

Calling all women to attend a WELCA meeting - On October 15th, the director for membership of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will present an informational meeting about the organization with the intention that we may want to start one here at Pilgrim. Currently, Lutheran women gather in more than 7,000 locations for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more. WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support the mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Join us at noon on the 15th in the Annex.

Exploring the Bible - Join us on Sundays starting today at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class that is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and explore the basics of the Lutheran way of being Christian, in light of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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! 

The Women's Network of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois invites all women to learn more about this growing women's organization that promotes and supports the work of LSSI. "Chocolate, Wine and Helping Others" is the theme of a Get Acquainted Party at a member's home overlooking Lake Michigan on the north side of Chicago on Thursday, October 19, at 6:45 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation on the LSSI foster care program. If interested please contact network member Dixie Downes at or 847-679-2631 by TODAY.

Opening the Treasure Kick-Off Wednesday, October 4th - What is Opening the Treasure? It is a an experience for children, youth, and parents/caregivers together to grow in faith together. This year, we will be using Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim's Course, "Holding your Family Together." Researched, taught and tweaked in 150 cities from the US, to Korea, to Canada to India, the course will help you solidify a family faith revolution into the heart of church and the hearth of your homes in simple, beautiful and powerful ways in 6 weeks. It will transform churches as it transforms families into faith communities who share highs and lows. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. at the church parsonage at 4332 N. Winchester to learn more.

Women’s Bible Study - even if you missed the first session, it’s not too late to join our next session on October 4th. We are studying The Best Yes by Lysa Terkerust. Books are still available. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP, or if you have questions, contact
Sunday Morning Nursery - Our supply of volunteers is running low and we'd love some help in the nursery! Commitment of your time during a church service once every two or three months and you can hang out with some cute kiddos! Contact Katie Ruger at if you'd like to help. Thanks!

Meal Schedule for Lisa Gold
- Congratulations to Joe Szwab and Lisa who just had their second son and they would love support from our community with meals. To sign up, go to:
Meats for Sale - We are selling extra burgers and beef franks from the Pilgrim Fest. All are frozen and have not been thawed. All-Beef Franks, 8/pound, pack of 10 for $5. Ground Beef 1/4 pound Patties, 80% lean, 15 for $10. All come with a bag of buns (16 count) if desired. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 if interested.

Annual PTL Greenery Fundraiser - Please support Pilgrim Lutheran School’s classrooms by purchasing greenery for the holidays! The fresh greenery is a great gift for friends, family, neighbors and business associates. Local Delivery items will be available for pickup at Pilgrim on December 3. Direct Delivery items will be sent directly to the recipient to arrive within the first two weeks after Thanksgiving. A limited number of ordering brochures are available in the back of the Church, however, ordering is much easier when you place your order online! All orders are due online or to the office Friday, November 3. Money is due December 3. Payments are not accepted online. Please contact Erin Mendoza with any questions

Gift Cards - will be sold Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in the church foyer and Monday and Friday from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the school office. Take a look at the green order form to see which cards you need for getting ready for winter-for house, garden or people.

Have you tried our new APP, Benefit Mobile? Use this link: Purchase digital gift cards and instantly redeem them online or in-store, or give the perfect gift to a friend or family member. Choose from 100 of America’s leading national brands like Starbucks, Target, Walmart and Amazon. Up to 20% of each transaction will go to support a school or non-profit of your choice (Pilgrim!). You can use a credit card or a bank account. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Questions, contact Anne Barsano or 312-972-9040.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of Sept. 18-24: $2,067
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


October 1 Sunday

 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

October 3 Tuesday

 7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting

October 4 Wednesday

 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 5 Thursday

 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 6 Friday

 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 7 Saturday

 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8


October 8 Sunday

 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

October 11 Wednesday

 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

October 12 Thursday

 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

October 13 Friday

 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 14 Saturday

 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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