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Pilgrim Lutheran Church
ADULT BIBLE STUDY : LUTHERAN AND OTHER VIEWS OF JESUS’ PARABLES
Pastor Rudy will lead an Advent Class in December. The Advent Stories …Priests struck dumb; mysterious visitations; unexpected pregnancies. The biblical stories leading up to the birth of Jesus are filled with humor, suspense, and some interesting twists and turns. On December 3 and 10, Pastor Mueller will lead conversation around those stories and characters as one way we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Word made flesh. We will meet in the Adult Sunday School room from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Questions? Please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.
The Starry Night display will be up and available for your picking all through November. As in the past, take as many of the stars as you think you can fill. Remember, the items listed on the stars are typically general suggestions for gifts. Have fun, use your imagination. Some stars have suggested prices, but with the variety of gift options, it is recommended that expenses should generally not be in excess of $20 for an item, and in most cases, be less than that. In reality, some items you might choose to buy may indeed cost more than $20, but we urge you to keep those to a minimum.
- Please do not attach the star to the gift. Return the stars to the church and place them in the large Gift box in the narthex. The stars will be reused.
- Please do not wrap the gifts or attach greeting cards to them.
- If you purchase gift cards for restaurants, groceries, movies, etc., please write the amount on the cards and place them in an envelope and put the envelope in the large Gift box.
- If you would prefer to donate money, please write a check payable to Pilgrim Lutheran Church and note: “Starry Night”. Place the check in the offering plate. The check must be donated no later than November 26.
- The gifts will be delivered to LCFS during the week of December 4-8. All gifts must be at Pilgrim no later than Sunday, December 3. There will be no Starry Night Stars in the narthex on Sunday, December 3.
The gifts you provide are given to LCFS for their “Christmas Store”. During a week in December, various families who are recommended by social workers from throughout Marion County can access the “Christmas Store”. There is no charge for the items at the Christmas Store. Each family is given a specific number of gift cards, depending on family size, and the various family members are allowed to choose a limited number of gifts to take. Please contact me if you have questions, comments, suggestions or concerns at 317-846-4373 or ~Dave Hunden
HANGING OF THE GREENS
December 3 will be our annual Hanging of the Greens following the 10:45 AM worship 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.
ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICES and DINNERS
Advent is coming. Please plan on attending Advent worship services each Wednesday during the season of Advent at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary as we prepare for the birth of our Lord. The worship services will be preceded by a dinner at 6:00 pm in fellowship hall on Wednesdays, December 6, 13 and 20. Questions? Please contact the church office at 317.846.2221
UPCOMING SUPER SENIOR ACTIVITIES
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.
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.
Voter's Meeting is Sunday, December 17th, at 9:30 AM. Important agenda items: 1) approval of a 2018 Budget for the congregation; 2) election of new leaders; Show your support for our leaders and staff, and your support for our mission and ministry as a congregation, by attending! Questions? Please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.
WELCA Cookie Walk
It is once again time for the annual Pilgrim Cookie Walk (sale). We are requesting homemade Christmas cookies to be donated. (one batch equals 3-4 dozen) No chocolate chip please. Then we all come and purchase a great assortment of yummy cookies for family and friends for the holiday season. This year the date for the Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 9, from 9-11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Cookies can be delivered to the church kitchen starting December 3rd. If your cookies have nuts in them, please label them as such. The funds raised will be used to support the women's activities at Pilgrim and the Women of the ELCA.
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS. SUNDAY PILGRIM SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
HELP KEEP OTHERS WARM THIS WINTER
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
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.
Help beautify our church and chancel for Christmas by providing poinsettia plants for Christmas Eve. The cost of a 6” plant with foil and bow will be $14.00; the plants may be taken home after Christmas Eve worship to be given as gifts, or to decorate your own home. Sign up on the credenza in the narthex. The deadline to order your poinsettia is Sunday, December 10th!
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PILGRIM GARDEN MINISTRY UPDATE
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
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: LUTHERAN AND OTHER VIEWS OF JESUS’ PARABLES
Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Gospel readings from Matthew for the past couple of months have focused on several of Jesus’ parables. Since 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and since Fred Niedner’s (just-completed today) adult bible class examined topics that set Lutheran theology apart from that of many other denominations, it seems fitting that the Adult Class should continue to explore differences between Lutheran and other interpretations of Scripture. What better way to do this than to focus on several of Jesus’ parables, which by their very nature invite numerous and varied interpretations? This class, which will be led by Lynn Willis, will this Sunday in the Adult Study room on the 2nd floor. Questions? Please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.
PRAYERS FOR JACK
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.
PILGRIM LIBRARY PROGRAM
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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