Subject: Happy New Year!

GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Sunday School Christmas Break
Sunday School  will resume at 10:15 on January 3.
Christmas Un-Decorating Party
Please join the Worship team on Saturday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. to pack up the Christmas trees and other decorations.  Weather and resources permitting, we'll also tackle the outdoor lights.  Refreshments will be served
Contact Chris Wallis (cewallis1949@yahoo.com) to volunteer or for more information.
Epiphany “3 Kings” Celebration
Join us on Sunday, January 10th for our Epiphany Celebration! We will reenact the 3 King’ visit with a special procession and a piñata with special “Rosca Reyes” bread to follow! Worship is at 8a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Save the Dates:
Sunday, January 3rd-Second Sunday of Christmas
Wednesday, January 6th - 10:10 A.M. Opening School Chapel Service
Friday, January 15th - Winter Carnival 6:30 PM Sponsored by the PTL $5/person/$10/Family
Sunday, January 24th at 11:45 a.m. Annual Meeting Preparatory Forum
Sunday, January 31st at 11:45 a.m. Annual Meeting/Council Elections
MOPS is a morning group for moms. MOPS meets the first and third Thursday mornings of the month from 9-11:45 am at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N Winchester). Cost is $10 and includes childcare. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at tdickerson15@hotmail.com.  
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Prayer and Pancake Breakfast
We're going to celebrate one of the best combinations on earth...prayer and pancakes!  Even if you have no experience praying, or have never been able to attend one of our prayer times, join us on Saturday, January 9th for a Prayer and Pancake Breakfast:  8:30 AM at the Parsonage (4332 Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

New Adult Education Series: Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith
Would you like to learn more about your faith? The faith of others? Get to know other members better? Discuss spirituality in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. starting on Sunday, January 10th in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together and begin a new series, “Honoring our Neighbors Faith”, in which we explore our relationship with people other denominations and religions… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

Women's Bible Study
The next Women's Bible Study will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m. at 4335 N Winchester Ave, first floor.  Participants are invited to bring a Bible and a journal if you can, otherwise, they will be provided.  If you are able to make it, please RSVP to group facilitator Marta Hardacre at martasamrta79@gmail.com

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us! (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)

New Member Classes
What does ‘Lutheran’ mean? How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim? If you’re at all curious about any of these questions, please explore with us. You may RSVP to Kathy in the Church Office at kdanner@pilgrimchicago.org


First Communion Class-Begins in February
We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program, which will be beginning with an interest meeting on January 27th at 5:30 p.m. The inter active class (that is 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.

Discipleship Groups at Pilgrim
There is a wonderful movement at Pilgrim that is helping people hear God's voice, read the Bible together, and have the encouragement and support to follow Jesus more joyfully and faithfully.  There are groups already meeting and new groups forming soon...please contact Pastor Kristian if you would like more info.
SENT TO SERVE
Dear Pilgrim Community:
Last year, on Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, I organized a mitten making day for the poor. We then distributed them among people living under Lake Shore Drive. It was very well received and appreciated. This year, I was hoping to include the Pilgrim Church and School community as we make more mittens to warm those who are living without shelter.
You can help in the following ways:
1) Drop off packages of handwarmers (can be purchased in bulk at Costco),
2) Mitten Assembly—On January 10th after the 10:30 service, we will be assembling the mittens. On that day, we will need volunteers and some sewing machines that we could borrow for a couple hours. Please email me your interest for sewing or if you have a sewing machine you would like to loan for the day. Thank you in advance- school parent Jennifer Goolsby at jhgoolsby@gmail.com

Workshop for Parents
“Parenting with Positive Discipline: Developing Respectful Relationships” will take place on January 11, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Centered Therapy Chicago (Directed by Pilgrim member Dr. Bianka Hardin) 4124 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste 1. Registration fees: Early Bird is $45 per person, after Dec. 31, prices are $65 per person (space is limited) Pilgrim member and Presenter Dana Thomas is a certified Positive Discipline Trainer with extensive experience as a teacher trainer, early childhood educator and curriculum designer. For more information, visit www.positivediscipline.org. To register, please contact Dana Thomas at dthomas.eds@gmail.com

Thank you Pilgrim!

We are so blessed to have such a generous community!

Coat Angels: We more than doubled the goal we were hoping to reach, thanks so much for the many coats and financial contributions.

Toy Drive
: Thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal and were able to provide toys for all of the preschool-2nd grade children at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park! We have over 213 toys and donations coming in.

Pancake Breakfast: Thanks to the Pilgrim community for taking part in the Dads’ Pancake Breakfast.  We had 25 dads (including alumni dads) helping out.  With the support of Unitas Global, Thrivent, and Starbucks, the breakfast was able to net over $1250 for the school’s Technology Fund.   We're so grateful for Glenn Williams, Pete Gillespie, and all the Pilgrim Dads for an exceptional effort!

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
Did you know that on the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection of donations in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry? Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, you can join in.  We invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, endorse your donation pf any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and simply hand the envelope to the usher.

Invitation to Worship/Music Team
Attention all singers, instrumentalists, dramatically talented poets, artists of every kiind.  We have opening available on our worship music team!  We would love to have you join us.  For more information, contact Marta Hardacre at martasmarta79@gmail.com

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 at jkstay@aol.com


FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift Cards
We will be selling only on Sundays until school resumes on January 4th. Please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or 312-972-9040 with any questions. Thank you for your support this year and wishes for a Merry Christmas! See you in 2016!

Annual Trivia Night!
Trivia Night Discount Date Extended!
Grab 7 of your smartest friends and support the 7th and 8th grades at Pilgrim's Annual Trivia Night!
Saturday, January 30th from 7-11 PM • Doors Open 6PM
Tables (8 players max) $200 Before Jan 8th• $240 After
Online registration is at http://pilgrimschool.schoolauction.net/trivianight2016/.
You may get your tickets and preorder your pizzas there or fill out a form in the office. The forms are attached to the fliers. Thanks to all who have already signed up!

Thank you to the following for providing beautiful poinsettias for our Christmas services:
Anne Barsano, Kathy Danner, Jeanne and Vito Valencia, Ruth Wasiukiewicz, Halley Williams, Doris and Michael Knuth, in honor of Anna Knuth
In memory of Marie and Herbert Anderson and Harold Knuth


Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

THIS WEEK

Jan 3 Sunday

8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Jan 7 Thursday

6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jan 8 Friday

 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jan 9 Saturday

8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

NEXT WEEK
Jan 10 Sunday

8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Jan 14 Thursday

6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jan 15 Friday

6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jan 16 Saturday

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

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)

773.477.4824

Pastor: Kristian Johnson   pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org
Principal: Chris Comella   ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org
Business Manager: Ruth Wasiukiewicz rwasiukiewicz@pilgrimchicago.org
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams  office@pilgrimchicago.org
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner  kdanner@pilgrimchicago.org

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