Subject: Finding Peace in Lent

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Dear Friends, 

After another hard week, we need a time and a space for our souls to be blessed, and our hearts to be refreshed in love. Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we hear God say to us, “You are loved. The Kingdom of God has come near.” (Mark 1:9-15)

And this Kingdom is rooted in love. When Jesus says, “The time has been fulfilled,” he offers to us a peace the world cannot give. This Sunday, we will not only be reflecting on the teachings of Jesus, but also on the life and ministry St. Francis of Assisi as we allow God to guide us in the ways of peace.
Lent: A Time for Peace—We invite you to be intentional during this season of Lent. Our theme is “Lent: A Time for Peace”. We will be reflecting on the teachings of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi as we allow God to guide us in the ways of peace. Devotionals are now ready to pick up in the back of the Sanctuary, and we also recommend an ebook titled: Lent with St. Francis by Diane Houdek. You can order the book by clicking here:

First Communion Class
—We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program. The interactive class (geared for adults as well as children and youth) is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments. Join us February 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Annex.

Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent—At 6:15 p.m. (following the 5:30 First Communion Class), we will have a community meal—open to all! At 7:00 p.m. we will have a brief Reflective Worship: Prayers Around the Cross, a very centering, peaceful worship setting by Marty Haugen. At 7:30 p.m. the Harmony Choir will have rehearsal.

Join us for a special Black History inspired chapel on Wednesday, February 21st at 10:10 a.m. We are overjoyed to welcome back the Rev. Yehiel Curry as our guest speaker. Rev. Curry serves as the Director of "Rescue, Release, and Restore" a mentoring and camping ministry for youth at risk, and is a renowned speaker who, last week, received the ELCA's Hunstad Award for excellence in youth and family ministry.

Dining Group—Please join us SUNDAY at 5:30 p.m. to experience Belgian food & beer at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 North Clark Street, a long time Andersonville establishment. To reserve, contact Julie at 773-366-0724. Thanks!

Trivia Night 2018—Join us for the annual Pilgrim Lutheran School Trivia Night! It’s Saturday, February 24th, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starting at 7:00. It’s $200 per table, maximum eight (8) players per table. All proceeds go to fund the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Pilgrim Lutheran School at (773) 477-4824 or email

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for Cinco de Pilgrim are well underway - the annual spring party is going to be a fantastic celebration of our community. We have a great group of volunteers, but we’re still in need of a few more people to round out the team. If you would be willing to give a few hours of your time, we would be so grateful. We are specifically looking for help in the areas of donations and sponsorships - it’s work that can largely be done from the comfort of your couch! Email Ana Caref if you’re able to help:

Women of the ELCA
—Thank you to all women who are interested in our new WECLA chapter. Our mission to act boldly will start with In-Reach activities, including the following: February 28 - Lenten Dinner team; March 11—Easter Basket assembly; April 21—Spring Outdoor spruce up (April 28 rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy at or Renee at

Thank You to everyone who participated in making and handing out valentines this past Wednesday! Pilgrim said "You are Loved" 1,153 times this morning at the Montrose Brown Line Stop with homemade valentines from our children!

Many thanks to Alicia Figueroa and the Johnson's for providing food for our "All Together Dinner" this past Wednesday.

Invitation to Worship/Music Team—Attention all singers, instrumentalists, dramatically talented, poets, artists of every kind. We have openings available on our worship music team! Our next rehearsal will be on Saturday, February 17th, at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome! For more information, contact

Save the Date:
April 22—Congregational Spiritual Retreat: The Gift of Listening, 12:00—2:00 p.m.
Explore the Bible Class—Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class. It is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and continue exploring the basics of our Lutheran faith in this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Pastor Daniel Erlander's Book, "The Lutheran Way of Being Christian."

Prayer Time—We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing! 

Women’s Bible Study—We will take a Bible Study break during Lent so everyone can attend our “All Together Dinners” followed by a brief worship service. Join us when we resume in April.
Come to the Care Ministry Team Meeting on Sunday, Feb 25th—We are trying to grow our ministry and visit more people. If you would like to be part of this ministry, visiting homebound people and bringing the fellowship of Christian community to them, please join us. The meeting will be Sunday, February 25th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the parlor. Stop at the coffee hour downstairs after the worship service and bring your snacks and coffee back upstairs for the meeting. Contact Claudia George with any questions.

Please pray for the following people:
-       Judy Daniel, as she recovers from a hospitalization at home. Cards
 can be sent to 6302 W. Warwick, Chicago, IL 60634. A meal train has been set up.  See link for details.
-       Mary Girten is now out of Loyola Hospital and is at Shirley Ryan
Rehab. Cards can be sent to 355 E Erie, Chicago, IL 60611.
-       Sandy Russell is now home from her hospitalization and rehab at
Wesley Place.  Cards can be sent to 2265 W. Giddings, Chicago, IL 60625.
-       Henry Hansen is now out of the hospital and can receive cards at
The Moorings, 811 E Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
-       Renee Stuedemann’s mother, Darlene, is recovering from surgery and is now at home. Cards can be sent to Renee at 3944 N. Claremont, #303, Chicago, IL 60618.

Come to El Salvador 2018—If you have ever wanted to go on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America, July 31st-August 7th, 2018.  We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, help bring solar electricity to rural homes, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise Christian voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge requited. Please contact Pastor Kristian at or Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 
Gift Cards—Now that you have discovered how good the food is at PotBelly's in Lincoln Square, you can purchase one of their gift cards for your next visit. We are selling Sundays at 11:30 a.m. in the church foyer and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., with the exception of Monday, February 19th because of the holiday. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with orders or questions.

Bethany-Pilgrim Project Chili & Dessert Cook Off—It is time to sign up to enter the second annual Chili & Dessert Cookoff! This year’s event will take place from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Maring Hall. (We’re starting and ending earlier this year to get everyone out on time to watch the Oscars.) We’ll be raising money to help a second refugee family. If you would like to enter a Crockpot of chili or a plate of dessert, you can sign up via the link below. If you don’t want to enter the competition, please consider donating supplies and/or joining us to sample the entrees and help select a winner! More information coming soon. In the meantime, help us spread the word!

Thrivent members who have not directed their Choice dollars have until March 31st to do so! You may do it two ways: online at or by phone: 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt. They are open until 6:00 p.m. Central time M-F, but will be closed March 30th and 31st.

Financial Update: The finance team is in daily contact with our contracted accounting firm, Dugan and Lopatka, and we are very close to sending out 2017 year end giving statements. Thank you for bearing with us.

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


February 18 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

February 20 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. PTL

February 21 Wednesday
 5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir (after service)

February 22 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS at Parsonage
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 23 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 24 Saturday 
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8


February 25 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
6:00 p.m. Faith Five All Together Night

February 27 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

February 28 Wednesday
 5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner
7:00 p.m. Lenten Service
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir (after service)

March 1 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 2 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 3 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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