Subject: This Sunday

Pilgrim Update
A note from Pastor Kristian:

Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday as we give thanks to God for the excellent and dedicated ministry of our Administrative Secretary, Barbara DeGraff. 
Also, inspired by the Gospel (Luke 16:19-31),we'll be exploring the question, "What does Jesus say about the gap between the rich and the poor? And where do we begin to address such immense injustices?"

See you Sunday!

Pastor Kristian
Mission Statement and Core Practices
At a recent congregational meeting, Pilgrim approved the following mission statement and core practices:

 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  

Thank you to all who participated in the months of sessions that has culminated in shaping this foundation for ministry! 
Connections New Members Class 
October 17th
What is a Lutheran? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church? How might Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith and service? If you are interested in any of these questions, please join us on Thursday, October 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 in the church Parlor for a new member class given by Pastor Kristian. Please RSVP to or 773-990-0813. Child care is available upon request. 
Pilgrim’s Got Talent!
Dear Friends at Pilgrim,
Thank you for helping me with the Multiply Your Talents project, Thanks to your generosity, we will be able to give a total of $224 back to Pilgrim Church.
I love you. Keep smiling.
Hope Johnson, age 9

Moms in Prayer
Attention moms, grandmas, aunts—any woman desiring to pray for children and schools, whether private, public or homeschool, from preschool through college. Join us and pray for the next generation. Experience the joy of replacing anxiety with peace and hope when you pray scripturally and specifically for your children and schools. The Pilgrim Moms in Prayer meets on Wednesdays in the parlor, from 8:45 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. For more information contact Cathy Basler,
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.
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
Flea Market in November
 The Flea Market is happening on 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. Applications are available in the school office and on the table in the narthex. Please let Anne Barsano know if you are able to help.  Sign up sheets have been posted. Thank you.
Church Calendar

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

October 13 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 Lea/Egebrecht

October 16 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:00 p.m. 7th & 8th grade confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

October 17 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. New Member Class
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 18 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

October 19 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team
8:30 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #9

October 13, 2013
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.

Prayer Breakfast October 19th
You are invited to pancake breakfast sponsored the Prayer Team on Saturday, October 19th at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage. We will enjoy a delicious breakfast cooked by Pastor Kristian, and will explore the ways we can grow in our prayer life as individuals and as a congregation. Prayer is a wonderful gift to us from God…come experience it!
Exploring the Bible Class Returns 
October 27th
 Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group?  Join us on Sunday mornings starting at 9:20 a.m. for our "Exploring the Bible" class, resuming on Sunday, October 27th.  We will be using N. T. Wright's book Colossians and Philemon as our guide, if you'd like to pick up your own copy in advance of the class. These eight studies on Colossians and Philemon are designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world's leading New Testament scholars.  We hope you'll join us!
“Faith5 Night” 
with Guest Presenter Amy Kippen
Friday, November 8th
What is “Faith5”? How can we raise our kids to value what matters most... faith and family?  All are invited for an incredible evening of fellowship and growth as we welcome Faith Inkubators specialist Amy Kippen from Fargo, North Dakota, to be our presenter. This event is designed for all ages, parents are especially encouraged to attend. Childcare will be provided. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Thrivent.
Multiply Your Talents Challenge Dinner
Renee Stuedemann and Ralph Maffucci will host a dinner party at 2112 West Cullom on Saturday, October 19th, at 6 p.m. You are invited to come, and enjoy the food and fellowship. When you leave, please pay what you want or what you think the meal was worth. You can designate it for Pilgrim’s Operating Fund, or to rebuild Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador. But, you must RSVP to or 773-248-4354 prior to October 14th, to make sure they have enough food!

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!
Potbelly Fundraiser Next Thursday 
Take a night off of cooking and pick up a soup or sandwich while raising money for Pilgrim.  Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Lincoln Square (4709 N. Lincoln Ave.) will donate 25% of ALL sales from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to Pilgrim on 10/17/13. Yes, you read that correctly: the donation applies to ALL sales, so there is no need to mention Pilgrim when ordering. (If you can't make it out, the deal also applies to all deliveries made during that same time period.) 
7th Annual Kids Care 5K
The 7th Annual Pilgrim Kids Care 5K will be run Saturday, October 26th. You do not have to be a runner to participate in the 5K; there are always participants of all speeds from sprinters to strollers. Children 10 and younger are welcome to participate in either the 5K or the dashes. (Note-children 10 and under who participate in the 5K need to pay the 5K registration fee not the fee for the kids dashes). Not interested in running or walking? We still want you to join us, so, how about coming out to volunteer or just cheer the participants on? For questions, more information or to sign up to volunteer, please email Randy Warren at
Lincoln Square Friendship Center
The new food pantry in our neighborhood, Lincoln Square Friendship Center, has been in operation for two weeks now, at 2733 W Lawrence Ave. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with deliveries, unloading food, stocking shelves, and all the other tasks needed, a total of 98 individuals have been served in LSFC’s first two weeks. There will be a Grand Opening and Fundraising Event at the Center on October 12th, from 6 until 9 p.m.; light appetizers and beverages will be served. There is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, call LSFC at 773-907-6388 or email
Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Amos 6:1a, 4-7: The prophet Amos announces that Israel’s great wealth is not a cause for rejoicing but rather for sorrow, because God’s people have forgotten how to share their wealth with the poor. The wealthy will be the first to go into exile when judgment comes.

The Psalmody is Psalm 146: The Lord gives justice to those who are oppressed. 

The second reading is 1 Timothy 6:6-19: Timothy is reminded of the confession he made at his baptism and of its implications for daily life. His priorities will be different from those of people who merely want to be rich.

The Gospel iLuke 16:19-31: Jesus tells a parable in which the poor one is “lifted up” and the rich one is “sent away empty”. Jesus makes it clear that this ethic of merciful reversal is not new but is as old as Moses and the prophets.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara DeGraff
Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig:

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