Subject: Palm Sunday!

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday, Holy week begins, when we remember the days before and after Jesus' public execution in real time. It is a chance for all of us to reflect on our lives and provide faith forming experiences for our children. We invite you to join us this Sunday, March 25th for our 8 a.m. service, and then a "Palm Procession" around the block, starting at 10:10 a.m. and continuing with joyful service at 10:30 a.m., blessed by the singing of our Gospel Kids!

GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Wednesday, March 28—6:30 p.m. Passion Play presented by Preshool & Kindergarten students
Thursday, March 29—Maundy Thursday
8:45 a.m. Worship (School Chapel) and 7:00 p.m. Worship
Friday, March 30—Good Friday
4:30 p.m. Family Service and 7:00 p.m. Tennebrae (7 Last Words of Christ) Service
Sunday, April 1—Easter!
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
8:30—10:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Worship with Brass Quartet and Choir
Easter Egg Hunt for all Children following the 10:30 Service

Eggstravaganza-Northcenter Spring Egg Hunt—Join us on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we spread the word about Pilgrim! It’s the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce’ Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza! We meet 400-500 people and enjoy the smiles of our community’s children! It takes place in the Northcenter Town Square (across from CVS on Lincoln). We invite you to work a shift from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., or from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Easter Breakfast & Set Up—We invite you to join us for Easter Breakfast this year on April 1st from 8:30—10:00 a.m. Please sign up on the big board by the organ to bring a dish or something to contribute. Volunteers are needed to set up, service hours available! Also, join us on Saturday, March 31st at 1:00 p.m. as we decorate the sanctuary for worship and Maring Hall for Easter Breakfast!

Easter Baskets—have been assembled by the Pilgrim community. Please take a basket to give to someone who is homebound or who could benefit from some special attention. 

Paul, the Apostle of Christ Movie—This new movie just opened and you are invited to join us to see it. We plan to go SUNDAY at the Regal City North Stadium 14 theatre at 2600 N. Western Avenue. The show we plan to attend is at 3:45 and we suggest you get tickets ahead of time on line. Check out the movie trailer to peak your interest!

New Member Exploration 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 consider attending an exploration class in April. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org for more information. Thanks!

Thank you to all of our hosts during our Lenten “All Together Dinners” on Wednesday evenings! Every meal was wonderful! We are filled with appreciation for Alicia Figueroa and the Johnson’s, the Wallis Team, the WELCA women, the Confirmation families, Renee and Judy’s Discipleship huddle, the Williams family, and all those who participated.

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)! Join MOPS on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, from 9-11:45 a.m. as we talk tips and tricks for staying organized in parenthood and life. We will be sharing life hacks, apps, and strategies to help us learn from each other. Childcare and snacks are provided. Meetings are $10 per person. Meetings are held at 4332 N Winchester Ave. If you have questions, please email mopsnorthcenter@hotmail.com or find us on Facebook: MOPS North Center Chicago.

Women of the ELCA—Thank you to all women who are interested in our new WECLA chapter. Our next event “to act boldly” will be Spring Outdoor Spruce Up on April 21 (April 28 rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy at Judithdaniel@sbcglobal.net or Renee at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org

Save the Dates:

Sunday April 8—Guest Preacher Jean Duran
Sunday April 15—First Communion Sunday
Sunday April 22—Congregational Spiritual Retreat: The Gift of Listening, 12—2:00 p.m.
Sunday April 29—Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Saturday May 5—Cinco de Pilgrim Big Annual Fundraiser, 7:00 p.m. Whirlyball Chicago
Sunday May 13—Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday May 20—Walk to Reach El Salvador, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp:
June 25—29—Pirates
July 2—3, 5—6—Castles
July 9—13—Legos
Week August 6-10—Future Design School Young Innovators Program
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
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!

Explore the Bible Class—Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. (except Easter when we have brunch!) 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."

Women’s Bible Study—Please join us when we will start a new series on Wednesday, April 11th. We will be using the book and study guide titled Grace by Max Lucado. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP or get your book ahead of time, contact churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org

Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp—This program allows children the opportunity to explore themes of interest to them and explore the places around the city where they can find out more about each theme. We emphasize community-building, collaboration, and, of course, fun! Click on this link for further information including times and costs! https://pilgrimchicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Pilgrim-Summer-Enrichment-Camp-2018-FAQ-Registration-Form.docx

Future Design School Young Innovators Program—empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students learn design methods and get hands-on-experience building new business offerings. It’s only $165 for Pilgrim Students. For more info contact the school office at office@pilgrimchicago.org
SENT TO SERVE
Coffee Hour—Is there anyone who would like to serve 11:30 Coffee Hour on April 8th? Anyone available and willing, please let Anne Barsano know by Easter Sunday.  
Also, Coffee Hour is in need of two or three more people or families to fill in the rotation for those who have resigned. The list is posted on the bulletin board at the back of church. If you are interested, please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037. Thank you!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for Cinco de Pilgrim are well underway - the annual spring party on May 5th 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: analisacaref@gmail.com

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.  Please contact Pastor Kristian at pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org or Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 for more information, and brochures are on the table at the back of church.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
The Bethany-Pilgrim Project Chili & Dessert Cook Off was a whole lot of fun. We met our goal by raising $2,125 in support of our next refugee family! Thank you to everyone who voted with their wallets! Jack and Matthew Doerfler won the top dessert award and the grand prize for chili went to Pete Gillespie. Congratulations!

Thrivent members who have not directed their Choice dollars have until March 31st to do so! You may do it two ways: online at www.Thrivent.com/Thriventchoice 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.

Gift Cards
—If your Easter baskets need a little perking up, we are carrying the following $10 gift cards: Starbucks (also $5s), Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Target, Lou Malnati's, Amazon, Wendy's, Chipotle, Dairy Queen, Hair Cuttery, Panera, Potbellys, Walmart, Subway, Red Robin, Claires, Regal and AMC Theaters, Bath and Body Works. We also are trying to get rid of the following $25s: Pier 1, Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods (also $50 & 100), Best Buy, and Petsmart. Please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or 312-972-9040 if interested. We are selling Sundays, Mondays and Fridays (not 3/30) and Thursday March 29th. Thank you!

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


THIS WEEK

March 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

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

March 28 Wednesday
 6:30 p.m. Preschool & Kinder Passion Play
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir (after service)

March 29 Thursday
 8:45 a.m. Chapel Worship
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship

March 30 Friday
 4:30 p.m. Family Worship Service
7:00 p.m. Tennebrae Worship Service

March 31 Saturday
 10:00 a.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
1:00 p.m. Easter Brunch/Sanctuary Set Up
8:00 p.m. Beginners AA Meeting

NEXT WEEK

April 1 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Easter Worship Service
8:30 a.m. Easter Brunch
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Brass
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 4 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

April 5 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

April 6 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 7 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4
8:00 p.m. Beginners AA Meeting
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
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams  office@pilgrimchicago.org
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann  churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org

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