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Dear Friends,

Join us for worship this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we welcome new members, celebrate stewardship, enjoy music from the choir and praise team, and give thanks for each other through a "Volunteer Appreciation" Coffee Hour.

If you had to choose one bible passage to introduce the way of Jesus to someone who had no prior exposure to Christianity, what would you choose?

One good option would be Mark 12:28- 34.

Love God. Love your neighbor as yourself.

When we live these commandments, Jesus says we are "not far" from the kingdom of God. The life God has in store for us is not as far away as we think.

Let's discover this life together! See you Sunday!
Volunteer Appreciation Coffee Hour - Today - Please join us in saying "Thank you" to all those who volunteer at Pilgrim! The council is inviting all those who serve on a team or committee to be acknowledged at coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service. It will also be an opportunity for us to get to know each other and the gifts we are sharing with the larger community. Thank you for the love you show for God and God's people at Pilgrim!

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in honor of Ed and Debbie Nelson’s anniversary.

The Dining Group will be getting together TODAY at 5:30 p.m. at the Blind Faith Café, 525 Dempster, Evanston. They have a full bar and street parking. Please RSVP to Julie at 773-366-0724. Thanks!

Sunday is Stewardship Sunday 2018 - “People of Joy” -  One of God's greatest gifts to us is joy!  There are so many ways God has blessed us to experience joy in our faith and through Pilgrim.  A mailing was sent last week with an invitation to pray about your financial giving to Pilgrim, with an invitation to make a commitment to give intentionally in 2019. Thank you once again for your partnership in our mission to gather, prepare, and send.

Receiving New Members - We praise God for sending Pilgrim new members! Welcome to the following households: Wes and Camille McClain, with children Violet and Thatcher, and Chris and Laura Newbury, Maik and Amanda Breckwoldt, with children Lukas and Lorelai. We will be welcoming these families into membership today and on December 9th.

Pastors' Holiday Party - November 30th - We invite you to our 7th annual Pastors' Holiday Party! Delicious Food, Festive Drinks, Great people! We've worked hard this year, let's also celebrate life together! Seniors lunch from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Staff party from 3:15 - 5:30 p.m. and Leaders, Children, Youth, Volunteers (Everyone!) from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. 

Christmas Decorating - Oh Christmas Tree, you require some assembly! Come help decorate the sanctuary and outdoor areas for Christmas on Saturday, December 1st, at 9:30 a.m. Great activity for families, because kids can help too, and we need at least a couple of taller people to help with the upper reaches of the trees. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

8th Annual Pancake Breakfast - Sponsored by the Pilgrim Dads is December 2nd! The Pilgrim Dads are looking forward to hosting this great event. We need your help to make this happen. Click here and sign up: Please contact Glenn Williams at if you would like to help. This event is open to the community and is a great way to show our Pilgrim spirit!

An Update Meeting regarding our Refugee Co-sponsorship will be held on Sunday, December 9th (changed from the 2nd), at noon at Bethany UCC, 4250 N. Paulina, in their fellowship hall. Everyone involved in this sponsorship is encouraged to attend. It’s a very rewarding experience to help this lovely young family!

Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili - Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, for fun caroling around the neighborhood. Then join us for a Chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s home (4332 N. Winchester). All are invited!

Staff News - Welcome, Grayce! We welcome Grayce O'Toole as our Bookkeeping Clerk. We will officially install her on Sunday, November 25th, at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Saturday, April 27 - Party for Pilgrim Spring Fundraiser at Ebenezer Hall, 1650 W. Foster
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.

Explore the Bible - Thank you so much to everyone for your participation in the survey regarding what topics you would most like to explore. "The Prophets of the Old Testament" came in first.  So, we are beginning a series on the Book of Isaiah. Join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall (the basement). There is no experience necessary.

Women’s Bible Study fall session continues on Wednesday, November 28th. We will use the Women of the ELCA Gather magazine Bible Study on Hospitality. Contact Renee at for more info.

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! 
"Windows Into Our Future" Campaign - Thank you to everyone who came out to our special reception this past Wednesday. Representatives from both the general contractor and the windows manufacturer were on hand to share details of the project and answer questions. We invite you to learn more about this project and to consider giving to this project by visiting To give by check, make the check out to "Pilgrim Lutheran" with the memo line, "Windows Into Our Future". Thank you!

Coat Angels is working to donate 100 coats. Any donation amount will help ($50 buys a coat, fleece, hat and gloves) and you can donate on the website or via Facebook Donations will be taken on November 18th after the 10:30 service or in the school office until November 26th. Coats may also be dropped off in the church parlor at any time. Or, volunteer to shop with the donations or deliver coats by contacting Lori at

Christmas Bags – Can You Help? Continuing our tradition, we will be assembling Christmas “Prayer and Care” Bags and delivering them to seniors, people in hospitals or recovering at home, people who are not in their homes, and simply people who could use a little extra cheer at Christmas time. Join us between services December 2nd for assembling the bags. We invite children and others to come and make handmade cards to include in the bags. For more information, please contact Renee at

Pilgrim Kids Care is leading a campaign to collect offerings for schools affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in communities like Panama City, Florida.  To give, and chose the “Disaster Relief” box.

Coats for Hot Meals Guests are needed now that we have cold weather (mostly men's Medium, Large and a few XL) and unisex hats and gloves. They can be from second hand stores, or your slightly used coats. Drop them off during Hot Meals, or there will be a storage bag them in the Pantry Hallway.

Pilgrim Church Endowment News - For 2018, the committee voted to disburse a total of $13,000 among 20 different worthy causes providing food, support and relief services locally, nationally and worldwide. We disbursed just over 30% to Pilgrim Tuition Assistance. We disbursed just under 30% to National and Global causes, like the ELCA Southeast Michigan Synod (Flint, MI water crisis) and Lutheran Disaster Response which provides relief for domestic disasters like hurricanes and the California wildfires, and COSAD and Lutheran World Relief internationally. And the balance, about 40%, was disbursed to a host of local organizations, such as local food pantries, homeless shelters and a couple churches that engage in providing food and comfort to the needy. We would like to thank everyone for their continuing support of this important part of Pilgrim's extended outreach to our community and beyond.

NEEDED: Bread Bakers and Ushers - Interested in helping out with these critically important activities? Contact Renee 
Support for our New Refugee Family - Please check out to make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. Share this site with all your friends!

Gift Cards - If you are planning to buy coats, etc for Coat Angels or toys for Pablo Casals, whether instore or online, please remember to purchase gift cards or sign up with at Benefit-mobile with your credit card or checking account to benefit Pilgrim. We are listed under schools at 60613 on the Benefit-mobile app. Contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9037 with questions. Please let Anne know by November 30th If you need large denominations of a card. We also carry smaller denominations so don't be afraid to ask!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Pilgrim's Magazine Drive - The paper order part of the magazine drive is over, but you can still order at Pilgrim's account is #2633014. Contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or with questions.

If you are an eligible Thrivent member, please direct your 2019 Thrivent Choice dollars to Pilgrim and the money will go into Pilgrim's Window Fund.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,100
Actual received week ending November 11: $2,176

Budget year to date through October, 2018: $53,733
Actual received year to date through October: $46,078
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Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


November 18 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour/Volunteer Appreciation
1:00 p.m. Quilter’ & Crafter’s Workday

November 21 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

November 23 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

November 24 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


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

November 27 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

November 28 Wednesday
 10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

November 30 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

December 1 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:30 a.m. Church Christmas Decorations
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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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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