Subject: What should we do?

Dear Friends,

In Luke 3, as the crowds experience John the Baptist awakening them to Kingdom of God, they respond by asking, "What should we do?"

Among the many gifts worship brings us is: practicality. Worship is not only something we should do... it's something we get to do.. .and it makes a difference in our day, our homes, our lives, our parenting, our careers, our health... come explore with us what John the Baptist says we should do in these challenging, yet exciting times, at 8 a.m or 10:30 a.m.!
Caroling: Irish American Christmas Festival—December 13th
Join us as we share holiday cheer and spread the Word about Pilgrim by singing for those gathered for the Irish American Christmas Festival at the North Center Town Sq., across from CVS between Lincoln & Damen. Please join us after the 10:30 am service or at Pilgrim by 12 noon for this wonderful outreach opportunity!

Christmas Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Chili—Dec 13
Meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, (4300 N. Winchester) Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. for caroling in the neighborhood. Then join us for a Chili dinner following at 5:30 p.m. at Pastor Kristian and Anna-Kari’s house (4332 N. Winchester) All are invited!

Welcome New Members!
This Sunday, December 13th, Pilgrim welcomes two families into membership:  Mark and Amy Truelsen with daughter Parker sponsored by Wayne and Donna Heintz, and Amy Campbell with children Nicholas, Caroline and Katie sponsored by Gail Egebrecht.
Next Sunday, December 20th, Pilgrim welcomes two more families into membership:  Sarah Abu-Absi (Dan) with daughter Mabel, and Eric and Sonya Crabtree-Nelson with children Clayton and Mae. We are overjoyed to receive their many gifts and support them in their lives of faith and service!
MOPS is a morning group for moms. MOPS meets the first and third Thursday mornings of the month from 9-11:45 am at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N Winchester). Cost is $10 and includes childcare. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at  
Timechange: Pilgrim School Service Dress Rehearsal will be held on Weds. Dec. 16th at 9 a.m., NOT 10A.M. as previously printed. Sorry for the confusion.
Blue Christmas Service—Christmas is a time when we miss loved ones who are no longer with us. A Blue Christmas service brings peace to those of us who have a range of emotions this time of year. Please join us on Saturday, December 19th at 8:30 am in the sanctuary for a simple, beautiful experience of music, prayer and bible readings.
Save the Dates:
Wednesday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m.-School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m. - School Christmas Service
Thursday, December 24th at 4:30, 7:30 and 11:00 p.m.-Family Candlelight Services
Friday, December 25th at 9:30 a.m.-Christmas Day Service
Sunday, December 27th at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, January 3rd-Second Sunday of Christmas
Women’s Bible Study
The next Women's Bible study will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m. at 4335 N Winchester Ave First Floor.    Participants are invited to bring a Bible and a journal if you can, otherwise, they can be provided.   If you are able to make it, please RSVP to group facilitator Marta Hardacre at

Explore the Bible Time
Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Get to know other members in the congregation better? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us! (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)

Coat Angels
We will be delivering coats for coat angels on Monday, December 14th from 9 a.m.a to 2 p.m.
Please let Sam,, know if you want to join! It's a great way to see the impact we've made with this service project.
Dear Pilgrim Community:
Last year, on Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, I organized a mitten making day for the poor. We then distributed them among people living under Lake Shore Drive. It was very well received and appreciated. This year, I was hoping to include the Pilgrim Church and School community as we make more mittens to warm those who are living without shelter.
You can help in the following ways:
1) Drop off packages of handwarmers (can be purchased in bulk at Costco),
2) Mitten Assembly—On January 10th after the 10:30 service, we will be assembling the mittens. On that day, we will need volunteers and some sewing machines that we could borrow for a couple hours. Please email me your interest for sewing or if you have a sewing machine you would like to loan for the day. Thank you in advance- school parent Jennifer Goolsby at

We Need Your Ideas for Mission Gift Recipients! 

As you know, Pilgrim tithes, giving 10% of contributions to the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to Mission Gifts. The Mission Gift Committee is charged with recommending recipients to the Church Council but depends on the congregation for input. Please continue to think of organizations and projects that would be worthy recipients of future Mission Gift funds, and submit applications on their behalf. Applications are accepted at any time but January 6th is the deadline for applications to be considered at the next meeting. Application forms can be found on the table in the church narthex and completed applications can be brought in or sent electronically to the church office. Contact members of the Mission Gift Committee (Anna-Kari Johnson, Jose Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, and Claudia George) with any questions.
Care Boxes Available!
Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in the assembly of care boxes last Sunday...we assembled 55 boxes! There are still more available on the table in the back of the sanctuary, please feel free to take one to someone who could use some Holiday cheer!

Workshop for Parents
“Parenting with Positive Discipline: Developing Respectful Relationships” will take place on January 11, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Centered Therapy Chicago (Directed by Pilgrim member Dr. Bianka Hardin) 4124 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste 1. Registration fees: Early Bird is $45 per person, after Dec. 31, prices are $65 per person (space is limited) Pilgrim member and Presenter Dana Thomas is a certified Positive Discipline Trainer with extensive experience as a teacher trainer, early childhood educator and curriculum designer. For more information, visit To register, please contact Dana Thomas at

Toy Drive Update
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Toy Drive! The toy count is now 191! We met and exceeded our goal of 186! Thank you Pilgrim! this means we can provide toys for all the Preschoolers
—2nd graders at Pablo Casals on Dec. 14th.
Christmas Gift Cards-Monday Dec. 14th is the last day that you can place orders for gift cards that are not kept on hand. We need to hear from you by 10am that morning and the cards will be available for pick up on Weds. morning and Sunday. We will be selling Monday, Wednesday and Sunday that week and then only on Sundays until school resumes on January 4th. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with any questions. Thank you for your support this year and wishes for a Merry Christmas! See you in 2016!

Looking for the Perfect Christmas Gift?
Pilgrim Church and School hoodies and t-shirts are just right for everyone on your list! Show your Pilgrim Pride and order today!

The Kiss Game was a big success, thanks to all the players and donors. With your help, we made $55. which is being donated to the Common Food Pantry to help brighten their holidays. Thank you!!

Dad’s Pancake Breakfast—Thanks to the Pilgrim Community for taking part . We had 25 dads (including alumni dads) helping out. With the support of Unitas Global, Thrivent and Starbucks, the breakfast was able to net over $1250. for the school’s Technology Fund. We’re so grateful for Glenn Williams, Pete Gillespie and all the Pilgrim Dads for an exceptional effort!

General Worship Offerings Update
Budgeted through 11.30.15 $68,750
Actual through 11.30.15 $48,964
Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 11.29.15 $ 1,441

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


Dec 13 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Dec 16 Wednesday 9:00 a.m. School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal

Dec 17 Thursday 6:30 p.m. School Christmas Service

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

Dec 19 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


Dec 20 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Dec 26 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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