Subject: The Reformation- More than History

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.!

This fall is a chance to celebrate history as we acknowledge the 500th Anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany. However, this fall is also a chance to allow God to reform US.

This process is not easy. There are moments of tension and disequilibrium. But Jesus is with us, and comes to us with parables like Matthew 20:1-16 and give us a whole new perspective.

One of welcome.
One of grace.

And as we grow in trust in the One who welcomes us, our faith grows and we are set free to be the people, and the church, we're meant to be.

Join us as we celebrate reformation! As we lift up testimonies of faith from El Salvador! As we dive into the Word at 9:15 a.m.!

See you Sunday!
The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in celebration of Wyatt Attkisson’s 14th birthday, given by Jill and Erik Attkisson.

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. Jame's 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 are so thankful to partner with parents and caregivers as we learn faith together with children and youth! We are getting ready to launch Sunday School again starting next 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 

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers! MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group will have an open meeting on September 28th. All moms with children from birth to 5 years old are welcome to attend. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. The meeting concludes 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!
September 30th - Oktoberfest with the Volken's and the Boecler's - $50/person
October 14th - Old School House Party - $35/person
October 21st - All Dudes, All-in Poker Party - $65/person

Oktoberfest Party - It is not to 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 Pilgrim Oktoberfest, Boecler's Bavarian Biergarten, 2033 West Bradley Place,
Saturday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m.

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 22nd, Sunday - Potluck and Screening of “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
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 17-19 - Fall Confirmation Retreat at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center
Confirmation Interest Night - 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. I'd like to invite you to our upcoming pizza dinner and confirmation interest meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester Ave. (just north of Pilgrim). Coming to this info meeting does not commit you to the program. If you aren't able to make the meeting, but would like to receive the information about the program, please contact Pastor at 773-990-0813.

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 consider starting 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.

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.

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!

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. It’s about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. We still have books 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!

Gift Cards - will be sold on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in the church foyer and Monday and Friday from 8:30 to 10 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- house, garden and people!

Meats for Sale - The pizzas at the Pilgrim Fest were so popular, that we have extra meats. All are frozen and have not been thawed. We have: All-Beef Franks, 8/pound, pack of 10 for $5; MorningStar Veggie Burgers 12/$10 only one available; Ground Beef 1/4 pound Patties, 85% lean, 15 for $10. All come with a bag of buns if desired. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 if interested.

Relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria - We invite you to stand by our neighbors to the south as they clean up after the hurricanes. Your gifts provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by these disasters. Give by using the pew envelopes and write Hurricane Response or Lutheran Disaster Response on the giving line and on your check. Place it in an offering tray, or hand it to an usher.

Thrivent matching $3 Million - Thrivent members have an opportunity to double the impact of their gift. Personal donations can be made on to provide assistance to hurricane victims. When you do, Thrivent will double the impact - up to a total of $3 million. To donate to them, simply click on Lutheran Disaster Response. Remember all gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for "Hurricane Response – United States" will be used entirely (100 percent) for hurricane recovery.

Financial Update - We are very thankful for our Bookkeeper Mrs. Zenzile Larry, who, in her first six months, has helped us restore our books after a challenging time of transition. Because of this ongoing work, we have not been able to send out quarterly giving reports so far this year. We are working very hard to be able to send out giving reports after the third quarter, in early October. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Zenzile at 773-477-4824, or

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of Sept. 11-17: $4,587
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


September 24 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery

September 26 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council Meeting

September 27 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
6:30 p.m. Confirmation Info Meeting

September 28 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

September 29 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 30 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


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
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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