Subject: Palm Sunday!

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday for a truly special celebration! Sunday School party at 9:15 a.m., meet for Palm Sunday procession around the block at 10 a.m., and a joyful service as we remember that Jesus has come for us! See you Sunday
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
You're invited to Holy Week 
at Pilgrim 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13
8:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School Easter Party
10:10 a.m. Meet in Church Basement for a Procession around the Block
10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship in Sanctuary with Sunday Singers, Gospel Kids, and testimonies from “Lives Shaped By Jesus”
New Member Sunday
11:45 Coffee Hour Fellowship to Follow

Wednesday, April 16th
6:30 p.m. Passion Play presented by Preschool and Kindergarten 

Maundy Thursday, April 17th
10:10 a.m. Worship (School Chapel) with Holy Communion
7:30 p.m. Worship (assisted by our First Communion Families) with Holy Communion and stripping of the altar

Good Friday, April 18th
4:30 p.m. Family Service (assisted by our Confirmation Students)
7:00 p.m. Candlelight Prayers Around the Cross

Easter Saturday, April 19th
7:00 p.m. Vespers Service (followed by sanctuary decoration and refreshments)

Easter Sunday, April 20th
8:00 a.m. Worship, 9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Worship
Easter Egg Hunt for all Children following the 10:30 a.m. service
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
El Salvador Interest Meeting April 13, 12:15 p.m.
Meet in the Annex for information about the upcoming trip to El Salvador. We will be serving in El Salvador, Central America July 31st—August 10th, 2014, and will be witnessing the dedication of a new Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador, El Salvador. We will meet Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, 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, no Spanish knowledge required.

Save the Date GPS Visioning Retreat
Calling all leaders! We will be uniting under the banner of our mission statement to Gather, Prepare and Send to listen to God and to one another to identify our goals for the coming months of ministry. Sunday, April 27th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Lunch provided. Watch for details.
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend April 25-27 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Schaumburg, IL. Apply today (pre-registration is required by April 4) at GodLovesMarriage.org or contact Jan Gerzevske at luthmarrencounternorthil@gmail.com or 630-294-5014. 
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.”
  Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

April 10 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

April 11 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 12 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6


April 13 Sunday
Palm Sunday & New Member Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School/Easter Party
10:10 a.m. Palm processional
             (meet in basement)
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
12:15 p.m. El Salvador Interest Meeting

April 16 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel/“Lives Shaped By Jesus”
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:30 p.m. Passion of the Christ
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

April 17 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
10:10 a.m. Maundy Thursday Worship
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship

April 18 Friday
Good Friday (no school)
3:00 p.m. Confirmation
4:30 p.m. Good Friday Family Service
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Candlelight Prayers & Worship

April 19 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
7:00 p.m. Vespers Service/Easter Vigil


April 10, 2014
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 TONIGHT April 10, May 8, June 12. Please join us!
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.
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!
SENT TO SERVE
Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt
On Easter we’d like to have our 2nd Annual Egg Hunt after the 10:30 a.m. Service. We need you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun things that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies for the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks... the deadline is Good Friday. Thank you to Wayne and Donna Heintz for coordinating this egg hunt… Thank you!
Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. sharp! At the Wunder’s Cemetery at 3963 N Clark Street (the S/E corner of Clark and Irving Park Road). Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Alderman Tom Tunney & George Manning. See poster at back of Sanctuary for more details.
Sex, Drugs, and Rockin’ Roll: Talking to Your Kids About Difficult Topics, by Dr. Bianka Hardin, PSYD
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.
Lutheran Day: Rally for Human Care
Tuesday, May 13, Lutherans gather from across the state to study, pray, and take action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. 6:00 a.m. meet at Pilgrim, returning approximately 7:30 p.m. See poster in back of sanctuary for more details.
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: Rally for Human Care
Tuesday, May 13, Lutherans gather from across the state to study, pray, and take action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. 6:00 a.m. meet at Pilgrim, returning approximately 7:30 p.m. See poster in back of sanctuary for more details.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift Cards will be sold on Sunday, Monday and Thursday of this week. Don't forget to purchase grocery cards before you shop for your Easter dinner. Maybe you can pick up some cards to use as Easter goodies such as Fannie May, Target, Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins $5 & $10, Subway $5 & $10, movie tickets, iTunes $15 and Dairy Queen $10. Every purchase helps Pilgrim! 
Do you order on the Internet?? Do you want Pilgrim to benefit from your purchases?? Pilgrim is registered with 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 (4% back) involved. It's Cybersecure — check it out! 
April Market Day orders are due Monday, April 14th and pickup is Thursday, April 17th. Why not pick up an item for Pilgrim’s Easter Breakfast or for your Easter dinner. Pilgrim gains in both ways!
Our Prayer for Sunday
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Philippians 2:5-11;
Paul uses an early Christian hymn to help us comprehend Jesus’ obedient selflessness on the cross and how God has made Christ lord over all reality. The perspective of the cross becomes the way we rightly understand God, Christ, our own lives, and fellowship within the community of Christ.


The Gospel reading is Matthew 21:1-17;
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
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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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