Subject: This Week at Pilgrim- "Endurance"

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

2nd Thessalonians 13 says, "Do not be weary in doing what is right." But sometimes, we do. This Sunday we'll explore how God's grace gives us the endurance to break bad habits and do great things for God.

See you Sunday, 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

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! 
Come to El Salvador 2014
If you have ever wanted to serve God on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America July 31st- August 10th, 2014.   We will be witnessing the dedication of a new Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador, El Salvador.  We will be able to meet Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.  We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise Christian voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge required.  Please grab a brochure on the back table for next steps!

We had 42 people place orders this Market Day- a record for this year!! We sold 49 pies! Don't worry if you forgot to order one as we have the following extras for sale: Fruit Medley Deep Dish and Pumpkin Pies $12.21, Apple Cinnamon Silk and Turtle Cheesecake $14.25, Pecan Pie $13.23 and Chocolate Java Cake $15.26. We also have 2- 10 count boxes of Market Day 1/4#ers for $12.70 and one box of Market Day all-beef hotdogs (12 count) for $10.90. Please let Anne Barsano ( or 773-472-6037) know if you would like to make a purchase.

The "Long List" of gift cards has been distributed. Place your orders by Monday in order to receive the cards at the end of that week. The holidays are upon us!

Will the family who donated the telescope to the Flea Market please contact Anne Barsano as I have a question? Thank you!

Typhoon Aid
It’s been so painful to see the images coming from the Phillippines over these past few days. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Super Typhoon Haiyan, crashed across the central islands of the Philippines. We at Pilgrim invite you to make a donation to assist in the relief and long-term rebuilding efforts in the wake of this disaster. Through partnerships and as a member of ACT Alliance, Lutheran Disaster Response is responding to the most urgent needs of food, water, clothing, shelter, sleeping material and medicine.

Lutheran Disaster Response is one of the highest rated disaster relief organizations in the world:

Gifts designated to “Pacific Typhoon Response” will be used in full – 100 percent – to help with immediate and long-term need. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help those affected as they journey to recover.

Please visit this link to give:

Other Ways to Give:
Give by Mail:
Lutheran Disaster Response
39330 Treasury Center
Chicago, IL 60694-9300
Write “Pacific Typhoon Response”
on your check's memo line.
Give by Phone:
Credit card by phone: 800-638-3522

Faith5 Journal for Parents
We are glad to be offering a wonderful resource for parents who are ready to try the Faith5 Devotions in their homes: Share, Read, Talk, Pray, Bless. It comes in the form of a “Biblesongs In-Home Journal.” It provides story pages for parents to review and teach the bible passages we are lifting up in Sunday School from December 8th until the end of the Sunday School year in May. It also includes a family journal, where all members of the family can write down their “highs and lows” from each day, along with the reflections on the bible for that day. The cost of this journal is $15. Please email the Pastor at or sign up on the clipboard at the back of the church if you are interested in obtaining one of these journals. Thank you!
Thank you, from Common Pantry (updated)
Dear Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church,
On behalf of Common Pantry, our volunteers, and our clients, I want to personally thank you for your recent donation of $270.00 and coordinating an amazing food drive that brought in 62 lbs of supplies. Your generosity will help us provide food to hundreds of households that will come to the pantry for assistance. Common Pantry executes two weekly emergency food distribution sessions that impact over 300 client households each month. We also operate a monthly home delivery program that assists over 45 senior clients in our community. In these difficult economic times, we truly appreciate your support of our operations. 

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

November 17 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Generations in Faith Together
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Gronau/Heintz

November 18 Monday
6:30 p.m. Threshold Choir rehearsal

November 19 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. PTL Board Meeting
7:30 p.m. Board of Education

November 20 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
4:00 p.m. Confirmation (7 & 8)
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

November 21 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

November 22 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts (potluck)

November 23 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

November 14, 2013
Thanksgiving Sunday—Next Sunday, November 24th
In honor of Thanksgiving, you are invited (but not required) to bring an object to worship on the 24th of November that signifies something or someone for which you are thankful. After a brief time of sharing, you will be invited to bring this object to the altar to form a “Collage of Thanksgiving.”

We will also be celebrating the installation of our new Administrative Secretary, Barbara Anthony at the 10:30 a.m. service. We will be blessed with the some wonderful praise music, led by Barbara’s husband, Pastor Barry Anthony, and others. Please join us!
Dining Group Outing 
Sunday, November 17 
Sunday at 5:30 p.m. meet at Himmel's Bistro, a European bistro featuring German dishes, with pastas and pizzas too. Located at 2251 W, Lawrence Ave. Please contact Julie at 773-764-3140 if you plan to attend.
Worship Opportunities
We ask you to prayerfully consider if God is nudging you to become involved in some of our many ministry opportunities. On your connection card, please check an area of interest and we can get more information to you.
Prayer Ministry
Would you like to learn more about prayer? Please join us on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave) for our weekly prayer time. 
Exploring the Bible Class
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. 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. 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!
MOMSnext Special Event TONIGHT
A fun hour-long workshop designed to give you ideas and tools for shaping your family’s identity through traditions: 
*Why we need family traditions
*Three components of a good tradition
*Creative ideas for new traditions
*When to let go of a tradition.

Thursday, November 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsored by MOMSnext North Center Chicago, 4332 N. Winchester Ave. (Pilgrim Parsonage) Childcare will be provided. Letitia Suk is a life coach who specializes in working with moms who want to create an Intentional Life! Her articles on family life have appeared in Chicago Tribune, Family Fun Magazine, Thriving Family, Chicago Parent.
Give the Gift of Warmth 
Through Coat Angels!
SPaRK's service team has once again chosen Coat Angels for this fall's Seasons of Service project. Coat Angels, founded by Pilgrim parent Micki LaSeur, provides coats for children in the city that would otherwise have no coat to wear this winter. A fifty-dollar donation provides a coat, hat, mittens and a scarf for one child, and makes a wonderful Christmas gift for friends and family. We will be selling gift cards after the 10:30 service on Sundays from November 10th through December 1st. You can also purchase a gift card by contacting Pilgrim parent Lara Otsuka at Later in December, we will shop for coats and then bag and tag them for delivery. Please watch for dates for these activities and join us for a meaningful holiday experience!
Parents’ Night Out This Saturday
Parents’ Night Out is a quarterly event in which we provide free babysitting for up to 30 children from Pilgrim and the surrounding community. The parents get a night out without breaking the bank, and the kids have a blast! As we plan our November event, we’re looking for parents who want to volunteer. If you volunteer, you’ll be guaranteed a spot for your child at the next Parents’ Night Out, without having to beat the crowd at registration time. Plus, it’s actually very fun. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or

And now, here’s info on our November event
It's time to get out and enjoy a fall evening and leave the babysitting to us! Our next free Parents' Night Out is coming up Nov. 16, so Moms and Dads, start making plans to re-charge while your kids play at Pilgrim in a safe, fun and free-of-charge environment. 
This is a community event, so if you've got friends who don't go to Pilgrim, have them sign up and make it a double-date! 
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Maring Hall 
WHO: Children ages 3 to 10 (youngsters must be toilet-trained) 
WHAT: Age-appropriate games, movie, craft, cookie-decorating and pizza 
COST: No fee, but we'll gladly accept a $2 donation per family to help pay for supplies 
HOW: RSVP to Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or Space is limited, so submit your request ASAP! Final deadline to reserve is Nov. 14. Please tell Kristi the names and ages of your children and if you're a Pilgrim church or school family. 
Activities will be held in a secure location and children will be monitored the entire time. Child-to-helper ratio will be approximately 3:1. 
WANT TO HELP? If you volunteer once for Parents' Night Out, your child will be guaranteed a spot for the next time! 
Seniors Christmas Luncheon
All Seniors are invited to Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s house for a Seniors Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 6th at 12 p.m. noon – 2 p.m. We will be blessed by wonderful food, fellowship, Christmas Carols, and special music from Mrs. Huelskoetter’s 1st and 2nd grade class.
Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary without losing what is eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 65:17–25:  Addressing the exiles who had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, the prophet proclaims a vision of a future time of peace and prosperity. Though the returned exiles are experiencing hard times, God is about to do a new thing.

The second reading is 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13Some members of the Thessalonian community, because of their belief in the nearness of Christ's return, had ceased to work, living off the generosity of other members of the community. Paul warns them bluntly that if they want to eat, they need to work.

l is The Gospel is Luke 21:5–19:  As history moves toward God's fulfillment there will be frightening signs and events. Before the end, believers will draw strength from their relationship to God and shall be given the words they need to testify and to endure without fear.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
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