Subject: Start Here

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Dear Friends,

With so much going on in our lives, and in the world, Jesus doesn't give us all the answers... but he does give us clarity on where to start...

it's heaven.

"Doesn't heaven come later?" you ask? Even with all the pain in the world, Jesus is proof... it doesn't have to.

Intrigued? Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m or 10:30 a.m. as we ride the wave of momentum from an awesome outdoor worship and block party..

See you Sunday!

Pilgrim Church and School Serving as location this Saturday as part of a city-wide response to violence.

Join us for a peace gathering this Saturday, September 24 from 12:00-1:00pm. at 4300 N. Winchester. We are uniting with congregations and organizations all around Chicago that will be gathering at that same time in their own neighborhoods to call for peace. From our many communities, with one collective voice, we will call for:

1) Unity and solidarity throughout Chicago to combat violence and its causes;

2) Attention to the many local, often overlooked, initiatives that address violence;

3) Resources for the communities most impacted by violence.

This is not the only way we should respond to the violence plaguing our city, but it will be a powerful and unique action with the potential to tell a different story about the city we love.

After a brief gathering of song and prayer, we will march on Montrose between Damen and Ravenswood Avenues, ending at 1 p.m. Participants are invited to bring artwork, songs, and signs expressing prayers for peace.
For more information, contact Pastor Kristian, 773-477-4824

Who is organizing Chicago Calls For Peace?
The action is being organized by Father Michael Pfleger (Saint Sabina Catholic Church) and Rev. David Swanson (New Community Covenant Church, Bronzeville) with the support of community and faith leaders all over Chicago.

Pet Blessing, October 1st—Bring your Dog, Cat, Hamster, Reptile, Fish or other animal to the Welles Park Gazebo on October 1st at 10:00 a.m. for a special blessing. The Blessing of the Animals is traditionally celebrated the first weekend in October in conjunction with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. We are glad to celebrate this blessing together with our friends at Luther Memorial Church.

Thank You—to Anita Ilika for your beautiful piano music for worship on Sunday morning.

Another wonderful Block Party! - A HUGE thank you to the entire Pilgrim community who pitched in, came out and supported another great Pilgrim Block Party! We were blessed with beautiful weather, a fantastic worship service, a great turn out and a new addition with the funnel cakes from our neighbor Gray. Thanks to Event Coordinator Sarah Lau, Facilities Manager David Emery, Bouncy House supervisor Coach Suhajda and Anne Barsano for their tireless work. And a special thanks to the Pilgrim Parent Teacher League (PTL) for helping to provide the petting zoo.

—The North Center MOPs group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pilgrim parsonage. MOPs is a community group for moms! Discussions and speakers will focus on relevant, important and interesting topics. Fall semester dates are 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17 and 12/1. The cost of each meeting is $10 which goes towards childcare as well as program costs. Doors open at 9am and childcare is provided until 11:45am. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Ginger Fowler at

Confirmation Info and Pizza Night Join us Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Parsonage. Confirmation is a program that helps 6th - 9th graders learn about themselves and their relationship with God. With fun trips and retreats, service projects, 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 church/faith affiliation. Coming to this meeting does not commit you to the program. Parents and students are welcome to attend!

Updating Our Data Base—Are you one of many who no longer has a land line, but only use a cell phone? Or have you moved? If so, please provide updated info to so we have your correct info before we publish a new Church Directory.

Like us on Facebook:  Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for wonderful info, photos, and updates!

Save the Dates
October 30th- Reformation and Confirmation Sunday
November 6th- All Saints Sunday
November 11th—”Cocktails for a Cause” Maring Endowment Fundraiser
November 27th—African Choir Concert

Opening the Treasure: New Opportunity for Parents and KidsWe as parents want our children to have a solid spiritual foundation. We want our children to learn about the Bible in a meaningful and age appropriate way. We also hear the research that faith formation happens primarily at home, but we as parents don't know where to start, and we don't think we know enough about the Bible ourselves.
Pastor Kristian is offering a 5 session class called "Opening the Treasure", which will help parents and students of all ages explore the Bible together. The format will be similar to the First Communion Class that is offered each spring, but will have completely different content. The first session will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m. The class will continue at 5:30 p.m. on October 19th, 26th, and November 2nd and 9th, culminating with a special celebration on the 13th. To RSVP for this class, please email Renee in the office at

Women’s Bible Study to Begin—Wednesday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. we will Gather with refreshments, and 7:00 Prepare with Bible Study. We will use the study guide Ten Women of the Bible: One by One They Changed The World, by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop. Anna-Kari Johnson and Renee Stuedemann will lead this series at 3944 N. Claremont Ave. At the first session we will determine if Wednesday is the best day, frequency, time and location. If you are interested, please contact Renee at Let us know if you want us to order your book, or if
you want to purchase it yourself.

Pray For The Next Generation
—Attention moms, grandmas, aunts - any woman desiring to pray for children and schools. Experience the joy of replacing anxiety with peace and hope when you pray scripturally and specifically for your child, Pilgrim
Lutheran School and other schools. Join us every Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in
the parlor at the back of church. No experience needed. Contact Pilgrim parent Cathy Basler at for more info.

Discipleship Groups—Various Pilgrim members are forming discipleship groups to help people grow deeper in their faith and in what God is calling them to do.  Please talk to Brent (, Theresa Sparlin
or Cheryl Saiki ( for more information.

Explore the Bible—Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us next week at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary. In September, in honor of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we will be exploring the questions: What is the Lutheran Reformation? What is the difference between being Catholic and Lutheran? And, is a reunification in process?

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. Child care is provided throughout each class. You can attend the three classes in any order. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at

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!  
Thank You—to everyone who marched in the German Day/Von Steuben Parade last Saturday! We spread many smiles and invitations to Pilgrim around the community.

Thank You Northcenter Chamber of Commerce
—for the $2,700 grant to purchase wall pads for Maring Hall. This will contribute to a fun, safer and hopefully, quieter play space for our children. And, thank you to our Principle, Chris Comella, for taking the time from his busy schedule to complete the application.

Suggestions for the Endowment Committee—Do you regularly support, or have you recently discovered, a worthy organizations that might benefit from the support of our Pilgrim Community? The Pilgrim Endowment Committee typically makes disbursements from the Endowment Fund each year in early November. We keep a list of worthy organizations in need of our support, but we are always open to suggestions from the congregation. As we approach our early November decision date for 2016, we invite members to submit requests. If you would like to make such a request, please use the Pilgrim Endowment Request Form you'll find on the table in the narthex. Turn in your completed form to the church office, or hand it to any Pilgrim Endowment Committee member.

Breadbakers needed—If you can follow a simple recipe and are willing to bake communion bread once or twice over a four-month period, please contact Chris Wallis at

Sunday School Teachers—There is still time to sign up to teach on future Sundays. The program is very user friendly and no prior teaching experience required, just a willingness to share God's word with his children. Please contact Chris Wallis at or 773-561-5419 if you are interested.
Fall Gift Cards—will be sold in the school office Monday’s and Friday’s from 8:30—10:00 a.m. Please contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 for more info.

Pilgrim Magazine Drive—packets are on the back table. Please turn in your paper orders to the school office or put in Anne Barsano’s mailbox in church. Also, You can order and charge your order at at anytime throughout the year. Pilgrim's account # is: 2633014 and we earn 40% of your order. Order new or renew your present subscriptions or order gifts for others!

Oktoberfest Party—It is not too late to join in the fun for the Oktoberfest Auction Party. Break out your Dirndl or Lederhosen and join us for dinner and German bier as we celebrate Oktoberfest the Pilgrim way. Ein Prosit! To attend, contact Shellie Riedle at or 773-216-1623. The cost is $50 per person, payable to Pilgrim. Please remember this is an adults only event. Event Details: Bavaria on Bradley Place, Boecler's Bavarian Biergarten, 2033 West Bradley, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m.

General Worship Offerings:

Needed weekly to meet budget                        $ 3,39
Actual received week of 9/18                             $ 3,057

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


September 25 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

September 27 Tuesday
 7:30 p.m. Church Council

September 28 Wednesday
 8:30 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. Confirmation Info Night
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 29 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S

October 1 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Pet Blessing at Welles Park
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5


October 2 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

October 4 Tuesday
 7:30 p.m. Church Council

October 5 Wednesday
 8:30 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

October 6 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S

October 8 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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