Subject: Heaven is for Real

Pilgrim Update
"kept in heaven... for you" 
1 Peter 1:4
This Sunday, join us in this resurrection season as we explore what the Bible says about heaven, aided by the release of the movie, "Heaven is for Real"
Then, join us for our first ever "GPS Retreat" that will help us live into our mission to Gather, Prepare, and Send all as leaders. See you Sunday!
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
GPS Retreat
“Therefore we are to regard the kingdom of Christ as a large, beautiful arch or vault which is everywhere over us… a great, extended firmament which pure grace and forgiveness illuminate and so fill the world and all things…” -Martin Luther

This afternoon, we as Pilgrim will be gathering under the beautiful arch of our congregational vision to be a gathering, preparing, and sending community, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - our first ever “GPS Retreat.”

All are invited as we celebrate the ways we are growing, reflect on challenges and opportunities, and set goals for the coming months that will help fulfill God’s dream for our church.

We need everyone at Pilgrim to come eat some Potbelly sandwiches and join one of the working groups that are forming that day:

1. CORE PRACTICE ONE: WORSHIP (Praise God with all generations together) Convener: Renee Stuedemann

2. CORE PRACTICE TWO: INREACH AND OUTREACH (Invite everyone to be present together in Christ) Convener: Debbie Suhajda 

3. CORE PRACTICE THREE: OUR DAY SCHOOL (Lift up academic excellence with a heart) Convener: Nancy Liljedahl

4. CORE PRACTICE FOUR: DISCIPLESHIP (Grow in prayer and the Word)
Conveners: Judy Kiehm and Jim Volkens 

5. CORE PRACTICE FIVE: JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY (Respond by advocating Justice for the vulnerable) Conveners: Lara Otsuka and Shellie Riedle 

6. CORE PRACTICE SIX: INVEST TIME, TALENT, AND RESOURCES GENEROUSLY Conveners: Greg Otsuka and Jason Ruger

7. CORE PRACTICE SEVEN: EMPOWER HOMES FOR FAITH FORMATION Convener: Lynn Boecler
Memorial Service Sunday
One of our wonderful new members, MyTruc Haisler, just returned from Vietnam this week. She went to be with her mother, Lily, as she passed away from cancer. We are holding a memorial service for her this Sunday at 6 p.m. The Haisler family invites you to come.
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Mothers of Preschoolers 
Join us at MOPS on June 5th, 9:15 a.m. for a very special guest speaker, author Gillian Marchenko. She will be here to talk to our group about her book, her life raising daughters with down syndrome and competition and depression in motherhood. This is an open event that all moms are welcome to attend and copies of Gillian's new book, Sun Shine Down: A Memoir, will be available. This funny, friendly mom is a great speaker and has been recognized for her openness for the sharing of her story in magazines and conferences. RSVP to samanthadoerfler@hotmail.com if you wish to attend. MOPS asks for a donation of $10 for anyone attending the meetings to cover expenses (this would include child care, coffee, snacks and more).
Dining Group
Sunday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. we will be meeting at Royal Thai Restaurant (2209 W Montrose Avenue). BYOB. Call Julie at 773-764-3140 to reserve a spot. “Simple, charming and great food define this little Thai restaurant in Lincoln Square.”
Invitation to MOMSnext
Calling all mothers! We invite you to the MOMSnext dinners we have coming up. These gatherings are always very positive and a lot of fun, and we grow in friendship and support. If you feel like getting out of the house, come join us at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester) for dinner! All children also get to enjoy dinner and a movie or playing downstairs. If you wish to bring a friend, something to eat, drink or a bottle of wine, all are welcome! MOMSnext is held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Upcoming dates are May 8, June 12. Please join us!
Gathering Garden Bricks
Construction has begun on our new Gathering Garden. We invite you to support the Garden by purchasing a personalized, engraved brick that will be placed in the front courtyard of our new garden. Click HERE for more information. Brick order forms can be printed HERE. Deadline is this Sunday.
Vacation Bible School
This year’s VBS program, Gangway to Galilee, will take place the week of June 16-20, in the mornings. Kids ages 3 through 12 are eligible to participate. Over the coming weeks we will be asking for adult, teen and 7-8th grade volunteers to help with our preparations, as well as lining up people to help during VBS. Last year’s volunteers had a great time, so please consider signing up to help this year, even if you don’t have kids! Questions? Contact Chris Wallis.
Concordia Place:
New 2 year old classrooms opened in January

Our Early Learning program is geared to the specific developmental milestones of young children. Our developmentally appropriate activities allow each child to develop at his or her own pace and promote confidence in a child’s ability to explore the world around them. Our classrooms have a rich, multi-faceted diversity in race, ethnicity, and economic backgrounds. For more information, please contact Concordia Place at 773-935-3739, www.concordiaplace.org
  Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

April 24 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
6:30 p.m. Dr. Hardin Event: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll
April 24-26 Quilters Retreat

April 25 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 26 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time 10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #78:30 a.m. Prayer Time 10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #78:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


April 27 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour
12:30 p.m. GPS Retreat
4:00 p.m. Baptism Service
6:00 p.m. Memorial Service

April 29 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Church Council

April 30 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:30 p.m. Confirmation All-Together Night
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

May 1 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

May 2 Friday
7:30 p.m. Chicago Opera Playhouse

May 3 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:00 a.m. Project Linus
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


April 24, 2014
September 14, 2014 
Pilgrimfest Block Party!
Are you ready to be a part of Pilgrim’s fall celebration? Do you have some great ideas to make 2014s event better than ever? We already have some new activities in the works, and are looking for an alumni coordinator, an outreach chair, and a logistics coordinator. Join us for a planning meeting Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor. Questions, contact Shellie Riedle Volkens at shellieriedle@yahoo.com or 773-216-1623.
Exploring the Bible Class
Please join us for NEW SERIES, "Knowing God by Name" as we study the Hebrew names for God in the Old Testament, and how they open up a new understanding of Jewish foundations of our faith and of our walk with God beginning on Sunday, April 13th. 9:20 a.m. in Maring Hall.
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the parsonage. Please join us!
“Hansel & Gretel”
From our School Chorus Director: Dr. D’Agostino:
“I am proud to be a part of Chicago Opera Playhouse which will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel” on Friday, May 2nd at 7:30pm. I play the role of Hansel and I am really excited to have our kids at Pilgrim join us as the Gingerbread chorus! The performance is a shortened adaptation of the opera, created especially for the young and the young at heart! After 45 minutes of performing, we will allow the audience to ask questions about anything related to what they saw. Please invite your friends and neighbors, it's going to be a lot of fun!”
SENT TO SERVE
Pilgrim Mission Gifts Grants Opportunity
Part of Pilgrim’s current three-year Capital Campaign is giving 10% to “mission gifts.” Thanks to your generous donations, we would like to decide on some mission gift donations. We encourage Pilgrim Church and School members of all ages to work together to create mission projects and also apply for support for great organizations. Please find application forms on the table in the back of the church and on Pilgrim’s website soon. Please turn in completed application forms to the Pilgrim Church Office by May 20 at 5pm for the first round of Mission Gift Grant Approvals. For more information, please contact Anna-Kari Johnson at (773) 990-0814 or PastorAKJ@gmail.com
Sex, Drugs, and Rockin’ Roll: Talking to Your Kids About Difficult Topics, by Dr. Bianka Hardin, PSYD
TONIGHT, April 24, 2014 6:30-8:30pm This presentation is aimed at empowering parents to talk to their children about important and sensitive topics. Parents will gain a better understanding of why it is important to start talking about sensitive issues at an early age and learn practical strategies for how to have more frequent and natural conversations instead of having “the talk” when your child is in high school. Tackling these issues early allows parents to impart their personal values and expectations to their children at an influential time in their child’s development. Parents will leave this presentation with increased knowledge and practical tips for how to talk to their children about sensitive topics and understand why these conversations are important in your child’s development. Childcare provided by Valerie Carlson; RSVP to Valerie at 773-895-5668 or vrc04@att.net.
Project Linus Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now for our annual Thrivent Join Hands Day event on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when we will join other members of the Thrivent North Cook County chapter to make comfort blankets for kids. Kids will use fabric markers to create quilt squares to be sewn into blankets by our volunteers, but you don’t have to sew to participate. We also make fleece blankets with knotted fringe or crochet edges, so there's something for every skill level. A delicious lunch is included. RSVP to Janet Fisher at 847-266-9244 or email her.
Pilgrim Mission Gifts Grants Opportunity
Part of Pilgrim’s current three-year Capital Campaign is giving 10% to “mission gifts.” Thanks to your generous donations, we would like to decide on some mission gift donations. We encourage Pilgrim Church and School members of all ages to work together to create mission projects and also apply for support for great organizations. Please find application forms on the table in the back of the church and on Pilgrim’s website soon. Please turn in completed application forms to the Pilgrim Church Office by May 20 at 5pm for the first round of Mission Gift Grant Approvals. For more information, please contact Anna-Kari Johnson at (773) 990-0814 or PastorAKJ@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.
Get Organized Chicago 2014
Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Lane Tech College Prep School parking lot, 2501 W Addison Street (enter on Western Avenue). You are invited to drive through and drop off one car load of donations, recycling, and papers for shredding. “It is our pleasure to make sure your items are distributed to worthy charities, recycled, and shred properly at no charge.” For more info: www.NAPOchicago.com

Electronics and Other Items Recycling and Drop-off Project
Electronics Recycling, Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 5333 N. Western Ave.
Bring electronics, metals and paper for recycling. Donated books and old bikes will be given to Open Books & Working Bikes for their initiatives. Can't make it? Visit http://www.recycle-o-bike.org/ and complete the form. Arrange a time for cargo bikes and a crew to come to your location and haul away your electronic devices for FREE! To be sure you are in the pick-up zone, visit bit.ly/1h4QHth. For more information, contact Andres Hernandez vivaelfrente@netzero.net

Lutheran Day
Tuesday, May 13, Lutherans gather from across the state to study, pray, and take action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. 5:45 a.m. meet at Pilgrim, returning approximately 8:15 p.m. See poster in back of sanctuary for more details. Please RSVP to Pastor Kristian
Celebrate Older Americans Month
The Auxiliary of the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights invites you to join in celebrating Older Americans Month by donating to the Benevolent Care Fund of the Lutheran Life Communities Foundation. Donations will be collected during the month of May and will be sent to the Lutheran Home.
Summer Camps by Luther North
http://luthernorthcollegeprep.org/ for details on 2014 camps offered by Luther North: June 16-20—Choir, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Cross Country
June 23-27—Robotics, Yoga, Volleyball
June 16-28—Theatre

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Do you order on the Internet?? Do you want Pilgrim to benefit from your purchases?? Pilgrim is registered with www.escrip.com. All you have to do is register your grocery loyalty and/or your credit card with them, indicate that Pilgrim is your school of choice and any purchases you make through them benefits Pilgrim. There are a variety of promotions stores such as Amazon involved. It’s Cybersecure, check it out!
THIS SUNDAY
Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Acts 2:14a, 22–32;
After the Holy Spirit came to the apostles on Pentecost, Peter preaches the gospel to the gathered crowd. He tells them that Jesus, who obediently went to his death according to God's plan, was raised from the dead by God. Finally, he appeals to scripture, quoting Psalm 16:8-11, to show that Jesus is the Messiah: though crucified, the risen Jesus is now enthroned.

The second reading is 1 Peter 1:3–9;
This epistle was written to encourage Christians experiencing hardships and suffering because of their faith in Christ. The letter opens by blessing God for the living hope we have through Christ's resurrection even in the midst of difficult circumstances and surroundings.

The Gospel reading is John 20:19–31;
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. But one of their number is missing, and his unbelief prompts another visit from the Lord.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
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Staff:

Principal: Chris Comella comella.pilgrim@gmail.com
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony churchoffice@pilgrimchurchandschool.org
Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig: office.pilgrim@gmail.com

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