Subject: This Word is Released!

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Dear Friends, 

God is still speaking! Amid a lot of talk about words that are released or not being released, come hear a Word that brings peace to our hearts and to our homes. Released for us, and released for a hungry world. This Sunday, September 9th at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

We also resume the "Explore the Bible" Class for youth and adults at 9:15 am. and "Fun Summer Bible Stories" for children 3-12 right after the 10:30 a.m. service.
See you Sunday!
Other weekend notes:
Join us this Saturday as we walk at the Von Steuben German Parade! Meet at CVS on Lincoln and Belle Plaine at 1:25 p.m.

There is no prayer meeting this tomorrow at the parsonage, as a bunch of us are going to the Chicago Hunger Walk in support of Cornerstone Community Outreach!
Our Fall Worship Schedule begins on SUNDAY. We will have two services, at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. We look forward to having you join us! With our Block Party on September 16th, we will all celebrate together with one church service at 10:30 a.m. Then on September 23rd, we return to the fall schedule with 8:00 and 10:30 services.

2018 Block Party - The Pilgrim church and school picnic is set for Sunday, September 16th, from 10:30 to 4:00. Come join the fun as we celebrate the coming together of the church, school, neighborhood and hot meals community. We plan to have two bands this year and all of the fun and games, the good food and the good weather. This year we are raising money for Refugee One - an organization that brings the community together to start new refugee families on the road to success. To volunteer, go to If you have questions, contact
Sarah Lau at

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in celebration of Wayne and Kathy Danner’s 20th wedding anniversary.

God’s Work Our Hands Sunday! Join us SUNDAY, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Avenue, as we gather with our Edgewater Lutheran congregations for lunch, fellowship, and an opportunity to participate in a service project together. This year we will be collecting materials and assembling Hygiene Kits for the Night Ministry. These kits will be distributed to our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

The E.C.T. Youth Group Brunch & ELCA Youth Gathering Recap is set for Sunday, September 30th, from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Avenue, in Founder's Hall. You will hear more about our youth group's experience in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering and provide support to our youth group in their upcoming trips and events. Join us and enjoy a delicious brunch, watch a photo slideshow from the ELCA Youth Gathering, and hear from some of the youth about their experiences on the trip. 
Welcome Seminarian Karl! Pilgrim is blessed to have received a student in the Mission in Context program for the 2018-19 school year. Students in the "MIC" program spend 7 hours learning and serving a week in a local congregation. Here is a note from our student Karl: “Hello! I am Karl Anliker, a second year Master of Divinity student at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. I grew up in Indiana and attended Valparaiso University before doing Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I currently live in Hyde Park with my wife Charlotte who teaches Kindergarten. We love living in Chicago, exploring the Field Museum, and walking in our neighborhood. I am excited to learn and grow alongside God's faithful servants at Pilgrim this year.”

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. We will skip Block Party Sunday, and resume on September 23rd.

New Member Exploration 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 consider attending an exploration class on September 23, 30, or October 7. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at for more information. Thank you!

Fun Bible Time for Kids begins on Sunday, September 23rd, right after the 10:30 a.m. service. This is intended for kids from ages 3 to 12. It will meet during coffee hour in the Annex, the room right next to the kitchen.

Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. This week the theme is God’s word leads us to practice justice. Weekly handouts are on the table in the back of the church.

The Prayer List needs your Help - Please review the Prayer List in this Announcement to see if it is up-to-date. Please notify the church office at or make a comment on the Connection Card if there are any changes or updates. Thanks!

Women’s Bible Study begins a new fall session this Wednesday, September 12th. We will be studying from the Women of the ELCA Gather magazine Bible Study series on “Multiple Meanings: Learning from interpretations.” Contact Renee at for more info, and to be added to email updates.

rayer 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! 
Are we ready to Co-sponsor another Refugee Family? We have completed a very successful refugee con-sponsorship with Bethany UCC, and our Rohingya family has moved to Milwaukee, beginning a new life with the Mom having a new Rohingya husband. We wish them all the best! We are so grateful for the countless ways many of you contributed to this project! Now we are ready to begin preparation for co-sponsoring a another family, with support from RefugeeOne. Thank you for helping us raise just over $2,000 at our March 4th Chili and Dessert Cookoff! Now we need to raise an additional $6,000 and $8,000. If you want to help with fund raising, be a tutor or mentor for the family, or are willing to take on specific small projects, we need to know. We’d love if have a big enough team that the work isn’t overwhelming for anyone. Please inform Judy Beaupre at or Renee at if you want to join us. Even if you were on the previous team, we still want to know if you’re available again.

The Chicago CROP Hunger Walk - 2018 marks the 36th anniversary of the Chicago CROP Hunger Walk. CROP Hunger Walks help children and families in the U.S. and worldwide to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow. Our local efforts are making a difference! The Walk date is Sunday, October 14, 2018; registration starts at 1:00 pm with step-off at 2:00 p.m. from the historic Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. The goal this year is to raise over $50,000; this will bring the total funds raised by the Chicago CROP Walk to $1.7 million dollars. 25% of the funds we raise will used here to benefit the following local programs: A Just Harvest, Lakeview Pantry, The Episcopal Hunger Committee, South Loop Campus Ministry and Second Presbyterian. So, let’s get a team together!

Pilgrim’s Card Ministry - If you have cards you would like to donate to Pilgrim’s Card Ministry, please give them to Michael Haisler. They will be sent to those with birthdays and anniversaries, those in need, in our prayers, or those who just need cheering up. They can be left in his mailbox in the Narthex. Thank you!
2018 Mortgage Campaign - We are using the account formally known as the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to continue to pay our monthly mortgage bill of $2,048. The 2018 Mortgage Campaign Giving is falling short of what is needed to pay the monthly bill. Thank you to everyone who is giving one time or monthly automatic contributions to the current 2018 Mortgage Campaign. We invite those who have not had a chance to give to this campaign to make a donation via check, with the memo saying "2018 Mortgage Campaign," or go to the giving page at and set up a monthly automatic payment. Thank you!

Windows Into Our Future - There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 10 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $34,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Gift Cards - As of today, the normal Gift Card schedule begins. With the exception of Labor Day when cards are sold on Tuesday, cards will be sold on Sunday in the church foyer at 11:30 a.m. and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Order forms are on the table in the church narthex and in the school office. Please contact Anne Barsano 312-972-9040 or with orders or questions. Remember, cards can be used to purchase other items, such as gas and groceries, in addition to using them as presents. Let's have a really great year of sales!

Want to keep up-to-date on what happens at the Church Council Meetings? Copies of the meeting minutes from Tuesday, May 29th, are available on the table at the back of the church. Thank You to our Council Secretary, Kori Gilbert, for making this available for our members!
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September 9 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

September 12 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 13 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
6:30 p.m. Back to School Night

September 14 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 15 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


September 16 Sunday
 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. PilgrimFest

September 19 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

September 20 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

September 21 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 22 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting
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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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