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Pilgrim Lutheran Church


Sunday, October 15th is Mission Sunday here at Pilgrim.  Global Mission “nurtures the ELCA’s world engagement through the theology and practice of    accompaniment by walking together with our global companions. Our work together has a multi-faceted approach to mission, from sending missionaries and personnel, to offering grants and scholarships designed to strengthen global church leadership and to support the ministries of companions”. We welcome today Mae Helen Johnson. She works in Global Mission in the ELCA Churchwide Office and was a Young Adult in Global Mission (affectionately called a YAGM) a couple of years ago. She is with us today to assist us in celebrating the global vision of what it means to be the people of God. She will be available after the liturgy in the narthex for questions and conversations and will be with the youth and confirmands during the Education hour. In our liturgy today we will be singing hymns from a variety of global origins as a way of reminding ourselves that we part of something larger than ourselves and the connection in Christ to our sisters and brothers throughout the world.



We are looking for eager and able-bodied workers to help with beautification projects for Lutheran Child & Family Services. The activities include landscaping, grounds cleanup, and cleaning out transportation vans.
LCFS will supply any necessary equipment - we will supply the muscle power! Lunch and plenty of water will be provided. So bring an appetite for service and fun as we join together in putting “God’s Work. Our Hands.” into action!
When: Sat, Oct 21st from 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Lutheran Child & Family Services, 1525 North Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
• How to Participate: Sign-up using the golden sign-up sheet in the church lobby by Sun, Oct 8th
• What to Bring: Clothes you can get dirty, gloves, any light gardening equipment (shovel, spade, rake, push broom, etc)
• T-shirts: Participants will receive a yellow “God’s
Work. Our Hands.” Pilgrim t-shirt; all sizes available on a first-come, first-serve basis Questions? Contact Dan Murphy, Mark Tisdale or Carol Dahoney


Pilgrim is collecting cold weather items to prepare “keep warm kits” for our local Gennesaret Free Clinics. Almost all of those served by the clinic sites either live on the street full time or only go into a shelter overnight. Our goal is to collect enough items to create at least 100 kits! Items needed include (sizes needed for men and women!):
•  New white socks
•  Warm winter hats
•  Warm gloves
•  Scarves
•  Bankets
Donated items can be deposited in the specially designated collection bin in the church lobby located under the donuts table. All donations must be received by Sunday, December 3, 2017. Then, join us on Sunday, December 10th to help assemble these keep warm kits. About the Gennesaret Free Clinics: Came into being in 1988, when Dr. James A. Trippi, a local physician, was volunteering at a church soup kitchen. As he watched the homeless people shuffle through the line, he asked if they had medical care and the response was ‘no’. Seeing a need, Dr. Trippi brought some of his colleagues together to treat homeless persons who slept on the pews of a local church. Today, Gennesaret Free Clinics has medical clinics in one shelter, a church, a mobile medical van and clinic sites in two food pantries – all staffed by volunteers. Other programs of Gennesaret Free Clinics include a Dental and Wellness Clinic, a Women’s Health Initiative, Health Recovery Programs, a Vision Care Program, and an Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic. Questions? Contact Dan Murphy, Mark Tisdale or Carol Dahoney


A Hymn Festival for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation led by David Cherwien, organist And the choirs of Pilgrim Lutheran, Calvary United Methodist, Christ Lutheran, and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches with Michele Robeson-Howard’s brass quartet. Please join us on Friday, October 13th, 7:30 PM at  Pilgrim for this event as we mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!   We will give thanks for how the Holy Spirit breathes God’s grace and freedom into our lives today and will be aided in celebrating by the choral and organ interpretations of longtime Pilgrim friend  David Cherwien.  David is very excited to play our new organ!  We will sing the great hymns of our faith, all tied together with narrations by Susan Palo Cherwien.  Free-will offering will be taken. Questions, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.


The annual CROP Walk will be held on October 15.  Pilgrim has a proud tradition of participation in this Church World Service event.  Because of road construction in Carmel this year the Hamilton County walk will join with the Indianapolis walk, but 25% of our donations will continue to go to Hamilton County agencies.  Pilgrim will be one of 20 local congregations of various faiths raising money and awareness for the problem of world hunger. The walk  begins at 1:00 PM at Christian Theological Seminary near Butler University and will wind approximately 3 miles through the Butler Tarkington area.  Please contact John Shilling at  or 317-908-3047 for registration materials to become a walker or more information on how you can become involved.


Womens Bible Study (the once a month study) will be Thursday October 26th at 1:00 PM. We are studying: Simon Peter, A Rock Moved by God at the home of Sundy Hughes home with NEW ADDRESS:  6656 WEST DEER HILL DR. McCORDSVILLE, IN.  46055.  PH: 317-847-8493.  Call for directions or GPS/Map Quest the address.  Located in Deer Crossing Subv.  All are welcome. 


“The first meeting for the ladies Thursday afternoon bible study to be held at Pilgrim this fall will be Thursday, October 26th, in the adult Sunday School classroom. The class will run from 12:30-2:30 PM, with a short break for lunch. PLEASE sign up soon so that the student workbook can be ordered in time to have them for our first class meeting. The class schedule for the rest of the fall will be available at the October 26th opening class. Any questions should be directed to Susie Pike at 317.710.6981.


We are excited to host a worship leaders' workshop on Sunday, November 5th in the sanctuary during the Sunday School hour. This will be beneficial for not only those who are considering or would like to serve in any of these positions, but also for those who currently serve.  Please indicate your interest by signing up on the sheet on the credenza under the narthex TV. This workshop does NOT apply to the six recently-trained (Sep 24 & Oct 1) acolytes.

SACRED THREADS PROJECT Little Dresses for Africa

Sacred Threads  will be undertaking an international mission project in October and November named “Little dresses for Africa”. We invite anyone in the congregation who has an interest in sewing to join us for the construction.  When completed they will be sent to Beaver Dam, WI and then sent to Africa.  We will meet on November 7th at the church to cut out patterns for “Little Dresses for Africa” If anyone in the congregation has fabric they wish to donate, we would welcome it. The stipulation is that it needs to be 1 yard or more.  Please see box at church for fabric donations. Questions?? Call Evelyn  Kramer 317.475.9848


November 19, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM, Fellowship Hall.  Lunch will be served.  We will host a panel of speakers to learn and discuss the hunger needs in Hamilton County, including lack of food access for some residents.  Please attend to learn how we can share our time, talent and treasure to address hunger and other needs in our community.  Questions, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.


October 17th will be a luncheon starting at noon in Fellowship Hall. BECAUSE SEVERAL OF THE SENIORS PLANNING COMMITTEE ARE UNAVAILABLE THAT DAY, WE THOUGHT RATHER THAN CANCEL SOMETHING WE’VE GROWN TO ENJOY, WE SUGGEST YOU BRING A BROWN BAG LUNCH.  INSTEAD OF YOUR $5.00 BUT STILL BRING YOUR SMILE.  Drinks will be provided.  Our guest speaker will again be Lynn Willis with a continuation of the topic, “Over the Counter Medications.”  This is a topic we all question as we walk down those pharmacy aisles.  Remember, friends are always encouraged and welcome.  There will be games available after the luncheon for those who wish to continue the fellowship a little longer.  Please sign up on the sheet under the TV in the narthex.

November 14th will be a "Friendsgiving" where each attendee is encouraged to bring a friend.  We will serve a Thanksgiving-type meal.  There will be a $5.00 charge and on the sign-up sheet you will also notice a spot to sign-up to bring your favorite pie to share.  What is a Thanksgiving meal without pie?  Please do not feel this is mandatory, just a fun addition to our afternoon of "Friendsgiving."  Our speaker will be Dick Dahoney who will give a presentation entitled, "You're a Grand Old Flag," to honor  Veterans Day.  If you are a veteran, we encourage you to bring a photo and a "story" of your time of serving.   Please call Dick at (317) 844-5107 or (317) 727-2468 by Friday, November 10 if you want to participate.  Please leave a message if necessary. 

On December 12th we will end the year with a" Field Trip" to Beef and Boards to enjoy a buffet lunch and performance of "A Christmas Carol."  Ticket price will be $35.00 (includes the buffet and performance); your payment is due (check payable to Pilgrim Lutheran Church) at the luncheon on October 17 - or no later than Sunday, the 22nd - to hold our center section seats.  Darrell Pike is chairing this activity so please direct any questions to him.  We have set aside 40 seats to be sure we can accomodate everyone who is interested in joining fellow Super Seniors.  There is a sign up sheet under the TV in the narthex.  Be sure to check if you will need a ride.   Hope to see all of you there.  Call Dick Dahoney with any questions at (317) 844-5107 or (317) 727-2468.


November is Stewardship month.  Karin Veatch has an announcement in the bulletin with information on how to use our time, talents, & treasures.  Lunch will start following the 10:45 AM service  followed by a panel to discuss the Hunger needs in Hamilton County.  She will keep you updated.  Plan to attend. Questions, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.

December 3 will be our annual Hanging of the Greens following the 10:45 AM service.  After greeting Pastor, please return to the front pews and we will give you instructions on getting started.  Many of you are pros at this, but we also want to get newer members involved .  All ages are encouraged; it is wonderful seeing a family working together to decorate a tree or hang the garland.  Following the decorating we will have a salad and pizza luncheon.  We do need to ask that you sign up on the sheet under the TV so we have a handle on how many pizzas to order.  Questions, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.




We’re   excited to announce that Pilgrim will be embarking on a vegetable garden ministry beginning in the spring of 2018. The infrastructure allowing fresh garden produce to be donated and distributed to those in need is well in place in Marion & Hamilton counties…so we don’t have to go it alone!  A location for our new    garden has already been chosen, just east of the maintenance building at the east side of our property.  Excavation and site preparation will begin this month!  As part of our Social Ministry program, we encourage gardeners and “would be” gardeners in our congregation to step up and lend a hand in this new endeavor. We are looking for donations of garden equipment, especially a rototiller!  Please contact Paul Swanson with interest, questions, and advice: 317-344-3051 (H), 317-605-7735 (cell), or


Sunday, October 1 began a five week study with Fred Niedner.  Fred has become a fall fixture around Pilgrim and we look forward to his teaching.  We are ever grateful he makes the long journey these Sundays from Valparaiso to us.  Mark your calendars to come to Fred Niedner proposal for five-week adult education series in October 2017

Five Centuries of Mystery and Paradox:  How Lutherans Live with Unanswerable Questions

Christian theology has always held to nonsensical assertions. A gruesome crucifixion proved the best news ever. Christ is one person, fully God and completely human. God is both one and three.

This anniversary series will examine Lutheran theology’s distinctive embrace of additional paradoxes, thanks to its insistence that the church’s response to every difficult, important question must, above all else, honor the death of Christ as necessary and sufficient for our salvation and also offer comfort to penitent hearts.

October 1 – Core principles of Lutheran theology, and how Christian doctrines are made on earth, not in heaven.

October 8 – Atonement: Examining the many ways Christians have understood    Jesus’ death as an event that saved the world.

October 15 – Christ’s Descent to Hell: How did this line in the Apostles’ Creed originate, and what does it mean?

October 22 – Predestination: Calvin taught that God, from eternity, predestines every soul, some to heaven, some to hell. Lutherans responded, “Not so fast!” Why?

October 29 – The Problem of Evil: How can evil exist and even thrive in the creation of an all-powerful, good God?


October 22, 2017, 11:45a – 1:00p Fellowship Hall.  Lunch will be served. Pilgrim is in the process of updating its Constitution and Bylaws. We will gather and discuss the ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations, and consider a draft that has been put forth by the constitution task force (Frank Bates, Mark Tisdale, Karin Veatch and John Williams).  Any new constitution will be voted upon by the congregation, so please consider attending the forum to listen, learn and share your thoughts.  Sign-up sheet is in the narthex. FAQ document is available now (narthex). Draft constitution and summary document will be circulated shortly. Questions, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.



Jack Kelleher, son of Pilgrim members John and Kristen Kelleher and grandson of Dave and Marcia Runkel, was diagnosed with a glioma over the 2016 winter break. Please keep Jack and his family in your hearts and prayers. You can learn more about Jack’s progress from the Kelleher family CaringBridge page: caringbridge.org/visit/wevegotyourbackjack.

The youth group has been united in prayer at a common time each day since learning of Jack's diagnosis. They invite the congregation to join them in prayer for Jack every night at 8:30 PM. Matthew 18:19-20 says, "When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Please join in prayer and let's use our Pilgrim Family to encircle Jack and his family in prayer. For more information, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.


Did you know that Pilgrim has a beautiful library full of books, magazines and DVDs for all ages? Come on up to the library, located on the 2nd floor (just outside of the choir loft) and check out a book or two! When you return the books, sign up to win a $10 gift card in our monthly drawing! The more books you read, the more chances to win! For more information, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.


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