Subject: Worship...Eat...Play...Block Party 2013

Pilgrim Update
A note from Pastor Kristian:

Dear Friends, Join us for an inspiring and renewing day this Sunday, September 15th as we celebrate the theme "Mpower Homes for Faith Formation"

8 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. G.I.F.T. Generations in Faith Together
10:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship and Installation of our Teachers and New Principal, Chris Comella
12 noon Pilgrim Block Party Begins

And if you can, please come at 9 a.m. to help set up for the worship service and block party... see you soon!

Pastor Kristian

Barbara DeGraff Retirement
It with sadness that we announce that our beloved Administrative Secretary Barbara DeGraff has announced her decision to retire, effective November 1, 2013.  Barbara has served on staff at Pilgrim since 2006, and her work has greatly advanced the mission and ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School.   We are grateful for her superb work in the areas of bookkeeping, communications, bulletins and announcements, and so much more.   Please mark your calendars... we will be honoring Barbara with words and prayers of gratitude on Sunday, October 13th, to give thanks for her seven years of exemplary service.

Chaplain Karl to Afghanistan
Army Chaplain Karl Redelsheimer has traveled through Kandahar and is now at his base in Afghanistan, with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. He travels around the area visiting different platoons; mail can be sent to this address and will be held if he’s not there:

CH (CPT)  Redelsheimer, Karl N.
2/2 CR, HHD, Staff Platoon
FOB Frontenac
APO AE  09380  USA

As a chaplain, he gives things out to soldiers, like candy, so if anyone wants to send wrapped candy or cards from kids “thanking a soldier”, Chaplain Karl will be able to pass that out to other soldiers as he visits them. Anyone who sends a package would need to fill out a customs form, and there are limits on what can be sent—no pork products, for example! And of course, he will also enjoy hearing from the folks at Pilgrim! His wife Kim has requested the prayers of the Pilgrim community for him and for his family during this time.

New Gift Cards Available
Pilgrim's Gift Card Program is back on its normal schedule- Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30- 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the church foyer. Check out the list of cards available in the school office, under documents on SIS and on the church/school website. 
Flea Market in November
Here's how our Flea Market on Saturday, November 9th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Maring Hall will work if we have it. 8' x 10' spaces ($20) or spaces w/tables ($25) will be sold. You bring whatever you want to sell to the space you have bought between 7-9 p.m. Friday or  7-9 a.m. Saturday, you man your table on Saturday and you keep whatever $$ you make. Your space must be cleared by 4 p.m.. Pilgrim also has tables on the stage which hold items donated by the community. We will need people to set up, price and man those tables. There is a concession stand. We will do the advertising. Please let Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 know if you are interested by Sunday, Sept 29th. We need 20 spaces sold to make our time worth while so  ask your friends and neighbors if they want to participate. 
Church Calendar

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

September 12 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Set up for outdoor worship
9:15 a.m. G.I.F.T Generations in Faith Together
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
12:00 noon Block Party

September 18 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel

September 19 Thursday
9:15 a.m. MOPS
6:00 p.m. MOMSnext
6:30 p.m. TOPS

September 20 Friday
 6:00 p.m. Chicago Tabernacle Visit—9th Grade Confirmation
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

September 21 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #5

September 15, 2013
Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
We are lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

 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  
We invite you to join us for a special congregational forum in Maring Hall following the 10:30 a.m. service on September 22nd to discuss how this mission statement and core practices would be used to shape our ministry going forward. Then, on Sunday, September 29th, we’ll be having a special congregational meeting to vote on the proposed Mission Statement and Core Practices.  
Pastor Christian Chavarria -
“Building Resurrection”
Please join us in welcoming Pastor Christian Chavarria from the Lutheran Church in El Salvador! Pastor Christian is a world-renowned inspirational speaker and artist. His artwork is displayed in galleries throughout North America, Central America, and Europe. He is coming to tell us about an inspiring campaign named “Building Resurrection.” Please come meet him at one of the following opportunities:

Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. Reception for Pastor Christian Chavarria at the Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester Ave.

Wednesday, October 9th at 10:10 a.m. at Pilgrim Chapel Service, with reception to follow
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, excellent communication and people skills, and a living faith in Jesus.  Please send resumes by email attachment to
Dining Group at Ignotz Ristorante
The dining group will enjoy Italian food on Sunday, September 22nd, 5:30 p.m. at Ignotz Ristorante, 2421 S. Oakley in Chicago. Enjoy old-world Italian cuisine in an old Chicago speakeasy-style establishment. Ignotz Ristorante offers a classic Italian menu and is known for its thin crust pizza and veal dishes. Call Julie Lea, 773-764-3140, if you’d like to join the fun!

Men’s Basketball at Pilgrim?
Are you interested in a night of fun, fitness and fellowship with other Pilgrim men? If so, fellow parishioner and Pilgrim parent John Telford is gauging interest for an ongoing men's pickup basketball game this fall/winter. Send an email to if you want to participate and/or help organize as we sort out the details. 

MOPS and MOMSnext in the Fall
MOPS (for mothers of preschoolers) and MOMS next (mothers of elementary age students) continue this fall, with MOPS meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, from 9:15—11:15 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.) and MOMSnext on the 2nd Thursday, 6:30—8:00 p.m. (except in September, when the meeting will be on the 19th). Childcare is available for MOPS meetings; children at welcome at MOMSnext meetings, which begin with pizza at 6:00 p.m. The September 19th meeting of MOPS will be a Swap Meet; the MOMSnext September meeting topic will be Your Vision for Your Family: Identifying your core values that direct your decisions and your calendar. Fall MOPS meetings will include a talk by Letitia Suk, “Joy for the Journey”. Ms. Suk will speak to MOMSnext on the topic “This is the way we always do it: Family Traditions and Rituals”.  

Magazine Drive in September
The Magazine Drive is in full swing.  Contact Anne Barsano with questions.  40% of your orders is retained by Pilgrim, split evenly between church and school.
Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Deuteronomy 6:1-9: As the children of Israel enter the promised l and, Moses instructs them to love the Lord and to teach God's law. Verses 4-5 are called the Shema (Hebrew for "hear"), which is still used in Jewish daily prayer.

The Gospel iJohn 3:13-17: This is the conclusion of Jesus' response to Nicodemus the Pharisee. Jesus tells him about the Son who has been sent by God to save. 
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara DeGraff
Office Manager: Ellen Twohig:

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