Subject: Words for Life

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Psalm 23 is associated with funerals... "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..." but this psalm is not only for death... it provides inspiration for our daily life. Come revel in the green pastures, still waters, and the peace that only the Good Shepherd can bring. 8 a.m and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday!
El Salvador Sunday
Join us on Sunday, October 19th as we enjoy testimonies and images from an amazing mission trip experienced by 19 members of the Pilgrim community. It is fitting that we celebrate the huge impact global partnerships have on all of us before going downtown to walk on the Crop Walk! Come show your support to the Baslers, Saiki’s, Johnsons, Ms. Huelskoetter, Ralph, Andrea Preston, and others! 10:30 a.m. service.
Reformation/Confirmation Sunday
Join us on Sunday, October 26th as we celebrate confirmation for our 9th graders who are ready to affirm their baptism. We will be blessed to have their participation throughout the service, and we’ll be glad to lift up the ways they will be serving the church and the world going forward. We invite everyone to wear the liturgical color RED on October 26th, because red represents the Holy Spirit. This day is a celebration of the Holy Spirit that continues to move us toward the grace and mercy of God. 
Sunday School is In Full Swing!
Kids age 3 through 5th grade are welcome at our Sunday School, which meets at 9:15 in the sanctuary before splitting up into classrooms. Join us for music, prayer, Bible stories and fun activities. Parents are welcome to stay, or of course we are more than happy to have your children with us while you attend the adult discussion group downstairs. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis (

Cocktails for a Cause, Friday, October 17
Join Pilgrim parents, friends and alums at Atlantic Bar and Grill on Friday, October 17, 7:00—11:00 p.m. to enjoy an evening out and help meet the challenge to raise $50,000 for the Dave Maring School Endowment Fun. Pilgrim members John and Mary Satter have issued a generous challenge to the Pilgrim community. As the congregation raises the first $25,000, the Satters will match those donations—dollar for dollar—to kick-start the Fund. Meeting this challenge is an awesome way for the Pilgrim community to honor Dave Maring’s contributions to Pilgrim and to continue his good work into the future. The event runs from 7-11 p.m. Tickets will be available in the school and church offices, as well as outside the school Tuesdays after school and Fridays before school. Tickets are $40 through October 10, and October 11-17 will be $45 (and will be available at the door). This event is for adults only, and payment is by cash or check only, please. Looking forward to see you there.
Prayer Time
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Dining Group
On Sunday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. we will travel to Rosemont to celebrate Octoberfest as they do in Munich at Hofbrauhaus, 5500 Park Place. It is off River Road west onto Bryn Mawr Avenue and go past Muvico; turn left and head up ramp to garage for validated parking. Take elevator A to MB Park. Reserve with Julie, 773-764-3140 and we will also car pool from church.

MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS usually meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Quilters’ Craft Day
The Pilgrim Quilters would like to thank everyone who attended our quilt show during the block party and purchased tickets for our raffle quilt. We are donating $150 of the proceeds to the Maring Endowment fund matching gift challenge. On Sunday, November 9, we will be taking over Maring Hall starting at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon and evening of sewing (or other crafts) and fellowship. We'll supply ironing equipment and power strips for sewing machines, as well as a cutting table. Bring a snack to share, and we'll order dinner around 5 p.m., which usually runs around $9 per person. Want to learn to quilt? We are planning to offer a beginners' class that afternoon. If you are interested, please contact Chris Wallis ( to find out what supplies to bring. No prior experience needed, and we'll include hand-piecing for those who don't have sewing machines.
Fall Adult Bible Discussion Group: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us!
Staff News
First the good news. Our church Administrative Secretary, Barbara Anthony, and her husband, Pastor Barry Anthony, are in the process of accepting a call to serve a church in Pennsylvania. Congratulations to them! But we will miss them very much. Here is the posting for the position... please spread the word!

Job Opening: Administrative Secretary
This position supports the ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church through important bookkeeping and secretarial duties. The position is 32 hours a week and requires someone with proficiency in accounting practices and software, Microsoft Office, excellent communication and people skills, and a living faith in Jesus. Please send resumes by email attachment to

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

October 9 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 10 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
               Church Office Closed

October 11 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #

October 12 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

October 13 Monday
no school, offices closed

October 14 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

October 15 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:30 p.m. **(NO Harmony Choir this week)

October 16 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

October 17 Friday
no school
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Cocktails For A Cause

October 18 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

October 9, 2014
Thrivent uPLAN College Planning Workshop TONIGHT
Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Luther North, Room 105.
Wondering if you will be able to help your student finish college and still retire someday? With planning, you can. You’re invited to attend this complimentary 60-minute college planning overview to learn how academics, admissions and financial strategies can work together to help save you money. Includes FAFSA tips, what to expect when transitioning from high school to college, and COA, OOP, EFC, and need-met and gift-aid ratios are and how they apply to you. Space is limited—RSVP to Sheri Damery at 773-286-3600, x223 or email

Worship Workout 
Saturday, October 18th
Have you ever thought about participating in worship? It’s such a blessing to serve God on Sundays at Pilgrim. We invite you to a Worship Workout! Please come to the corresponding time you are interested in:
9:30 a.m. Lectors, Assisting Ministers, and Communion Assistants
10:30 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. Ushers and Altar Guild

Children at the Border - What can I do?
When unaccompanied migrant children are released to a guardian, need an advocate, or would benefit from a loving adoptive family, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services is there to help. We are experts in serving and advocating for the best interests of refugee and immigrant children. We promote family unity and reunification when it is a viable, safe option. And we actively partner with other domestic and international organizations to advance the best interests of all separated and unaccompanied children, within the United States and globally. Please visit for more information.
Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed
If you would be interested in joining a Coffee Hour team, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037.
The 2014 CROP Hunger Walk/Pizza Party
Pilgrim is proud to be participating in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 19th at 2 p.m. The CROP Walk is celebrating it’s 35th year of fighting hunger both around the corner and around the world. The 10K Walk (or 2-Mile “family route”) is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the Pilgrim community to join together for a great cause. Those interested in carpooling can meet at the church following the late service that day (around 12:45 p.m.) or you can meet us where the walk steps off (St. James Episcopal Church, 65 E. Huron Street). There is no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to gather donations from friends and family to support their efforts. After the walk, we’ll gather back in Maring Hall for a pizza party to celebrate. You will be hearing more about the CROP Walk at school and church in the coming weeks, but you can sign up at any time by contacting Lara Otsuka at or (773) 255-6519. To learn more about CROP, visit their website at
Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. If there is a project that holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. 
Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.

Gloves Needed for Hot Meals Program
Our guests at the hot meal have been asking if we could provide gloves as the weather is getting cooler. Please bring gloves to the church office or to the kitchen, placing them near the hot meals box. Thank you!

A Church Coming Back to Life!
From Pilgrim friend Jennifer DeLeon: Many of you have heard Trinidad has been going through a transition and we are working hard to keep growing. The SPIRIIT is alive and doing GREAT things at Trinidad Lutheran Church in Humboldt Park! I would like to invite to a special worship service we will be having on Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. It will be a time of renewal & transformation a commitment with God the Church and the Community. We will be having a free community meal after the service and will be sharing with the community testimonies of God’s love! Bishop Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive Director of the ELCA Division for Global Mission, will be bringing the message. Thank you for your prayers!
Wine, dessert and shoes....what could be better? Join the ladies of Pilgrim as we enjoy a night without the kids, shopping with a cause at Click Shoes & More. Proceeds from this private after hours evening, will go towards the Dave Maring Endowment Fund.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Goolsby at It would be a shame to not have enough wine or chocolate...

Countdown To Greenery
Please support our classrooms by purchasing greenery for the holidays. The Parent Teacher League (PTL) is excited to offer greenery for the holidays. Complete all of your holiday decorating in 5 minutes by selecting from fresh wreaths, centerpieces and garland. The greenery is a great gift for friends, family and business. Most importantly, greenery proceeds directly enrich the classroom experience for our children. In the past, monies raised have supported technology and science. This year in our “Countdown to Greenery,” see how our teachers would like to utilize PTL resources to encourage the education of our children. Click HERE for a brochure, HERE for a price list, and HERE for an order form. Any further questions please contact Jacqueline Mokszycki at
Gift Cards 
Are you making costumes for Halloween? Pick up your Joanne gift card from our sellers. Get your Halloween treats from CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Jewel and Target using gift cards! Need movie tickets, Fandango or Rebox - we have them. We will be selling today after church and on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct 14th and 16th, in the school office because of school holidays. Contact Anne with ?? at or 773-472-6037.
Magazine Drive: If you didn't get a paper order for magazines turned in, go to online and place your order anytime during the year. Pilgrim’s code is: 2633014.  Pilgrim still earns 40% of your order!
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim. (Note from the Church Office - it was fun to see a deposit on our bank statement, knowing that this program is making a difference!!)
Do you order on the Internet? Check out
Our Prayer for Sunday
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 25:1–9; 
After a hymn of praise acknowledging God as a shelter for the poor, the prophet portrays a wonderful victory banquet at which death—which in ancient Canaan was depicted as a monster swallowing everyone up—will be swallowed up forever. The prophet urges celebration of this victory of salvation.

The second reading is Philippians 4:1–9;
Though writing from prison and facing an uncertain future, Paul calls on the Philippians to rejoice and give thanks to God no matter what the circumstance. God's peace is with us and binds together our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ, especially when things around us do not seem peaceful.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 22:1–14
Jesus tells a parable indicating that the blessings of God's kingdom are available to all, but the invitation is not to be taken lightly.
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.

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

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