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Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!

Sometimes, the most important meetings are never planned or marked in our calendars in advance.   Sometimes we have an encounter that awakens us to a love, compassion, and connection that we desperately need, but had never even known to ask for.

John 4 describes such an encounter.  Join us at the well of living water this Sunday, hear a life-changing testimony from our partnership with El Salvador, and be encouraged as we prepare for the cross and the empty tomb!

We also invite you to join us tomorrow at Ebenezer anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m for our first ever "Renewing Leadership" retreat... details can be found here:   http://newsletters.getresponse.com/archive/pilgrimchurch/Important-Pilgrim-News-417820705.html?u=BswE

HOLY WEEK at PILGRIM—2017
 
Sunday, April 9th- PALM SUNDAY
An outdoor procession at 10:10 a.m., services 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
 
Wednesday, April 12th CHILDREN’S PASSION PLAY 6:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, April 13th MAUNDY THURSDAY
10:10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
 
Friday, April 14th GOOD FRIDAY
4:30 pm (Family Service) and  7 p.m. (Tennebrae)
 
April 16th
EASTER SUNDAY
8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Egg Hunt to Follow both services!

GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Easter Flowers - Help decorate the sanctuary for Easter! If you would like to order flowers to take home after worship on Easter Sunday, please contact the office at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org or fill out Order Form insert and place in offering tray. Lillies are $10.50 each. Orders are due this Tuesday March 21st by 10:00 a.m.
 
Easter Breakfast & Set Up - We invite you to join us for Easter Breakfast this year on April 16th at 8:30 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! Join us on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00 p.m. as we decorate the sanctuary for worship and Maring Hall for Easter Breakfast!
 
Lent at Pilgrim 2017 “Life-Giving Water” - Each Wednesday we gather at 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by a service inspired by the Taize tradition, a meditative and peace-filled service. If you or someone you know would like to explore baptism, please talk to Pastor Kristian (773) 990-0813, pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org
 
Story of Love at Chicago Tabernacle - You are invited to the “Story of Love” Play from son of the congregation Pastor Jake Sparlin: “This production completely transformed my life from the inside. PLEASE - do whatever you can to make it out.” The production is free, designed for those aged 10 and above, it is good to come at least 45 minutes before start time to make sure you get a seat. Friday, April 7th at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8th at 3 p.m., Friday, April 14th at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 15th at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Chicago Tabernacle, 3231 N. Cicero.
 
Calling all Youth 6th through 12th Grade - Join us for the following event on Saturday, March 25th - Serving Hot Meals at Pilgrim from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with team 10!
 
Score Big with Pilgrim! Save the date for our annual Auction and Party on April 8, 2017 from 7:00-11:00 p.m., at Whirlyball Chicago. This year the party is FREE (yay!) but the FUNdraising is not. There are many ways to contribute to this year's event: Sponsor, Host, Sell, Donate, or Volunteer! Raffle tickets for $25 each are now going on sale as we make a drive for $25,000 to support our ministry and raise the money sufficient to have a free party on April 8th! Please look for a volunteer standing at the top of the stairs after the 10:30 a.m. service to a) buy tickets yourself or b) pick up tickets to sell. Thank you! Contact Jen Goolsby at jhgoolsby@gmail.com or Tarah Dickerson at tdickerson15@hotmail.com for more information.
 
Kitchen Clean Up - Sarah Lau has offered to lead the charge to organize and clean up our busy kitchen during the week of March 27th (school spring break). If you have a dish, tray or pan that belongs to you and it’s in the kitchen, please pick it up before then. Extra, unclaimed items will be given away. If there are stake holders who would like to help Sarah, or have sacred space in the kitchen, please be in touch with Sarah at sarahlau@juno.com. Thank You, Sarah!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, March 19th- SUNDAY El Salvador Testimonies and Trip Interest Meeting Sunday, March 26th - Rev. Bill Hutchison (previous Interim Pastor) Guest Preacher Saturday, April 15th - North Center Easter Eggstravaganza, 10:00 a.m.Donations of candy can be brought to Pastor’s office.
Sunday, April 30th - Bethany Pilgrim Refugee Chili Cookoff fundraiser Wednesday, May 10th - Women’s Bible Study begins summer session Saturday, May 13th - Friendship Center “Jam For Bread” fund raiser Monday-Friday, July 17-21 - Vacation Bible School
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th

PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
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 contact the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org
 
This summer's Vacation Bible School, with theme “A Mighty Fortress”, is scheduled for the week of July 17. VBS is for kids ages 4 through Grade 5. Older kids, youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer as helpers. The more the merrier, it's fun for all of us! Registration for both students and volunteers is now open via a link on Pilgrim's website: http://www.pilgrimchurchandschool.org/church/index.php Questions? Contact Chris Wallis (cewallis1949@yahoo.com)
 
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!
SENT TO SERVE
Mission Trip to El Salvador 2017 - Would you like to experience God’s love and joy and hospitality in another country? Make new friends as we help feed the hungry, plant churches, install solar panels, and march in a parade for peace and human rights. We are holding an El Salvador Trip Interest Meeting SUNDAY at 12 noon at Pilgrim Lutheran Church basement (Annex Room). At the meeting, we will be sharing about the trip and answering any questions you may have. Those of you who have already committed to the trip will be able to meet some of the others who will be traveling with us!
 
Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt - We are organizing our Annual Egg Hunts on Easter Sunday, April 16th. We invite 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!

Families with health concerns and those who mourn say thank you to everyone for your prayers. They are deeply appreciated!
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Bethany Pilgrim Refugee project - Things are moving quickly! We are so excited that RefugeeOne has assigned us our family! They are Rohingya Burmese refugees and the family consists of a single Mom and 3 daughters living in Rogers Park.
Guided by RefugeeOne, we will provide mentoring, tutoring, social & job development support and financial assistance. If you want to be a mentor, tutor or participate in other supportive activities and have not already signed up, please contact Beckygillespie@mac.com Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to www.refugeeone.org/BethanyPilgrim For more info go to Facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/bethanypilgrimrefugees/ Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our initial $2,000 goal within days of posting our fundraising site!
 
Gift cards will be sold on Sunday, Monday and Friday this week and then only on Sundays, March 26 and April 2 because of Spring Break. We are trying to clean up our stash of gift cards and have the following on hand in addition to our normal cards: JiffyLube $25/$30, Petsmart $25, Peapod $50, LLBean $25, Binny's $25, Super Cuts $25, Bakers Square $25, Crate & Barrel $25, iTunes $10, $15, $25. Please see the sellers or contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com to purchase.
 
Thrivent Choice Dollars - Look at the enclosed insert, then go to Thrivent.com/ thriventchoice where you can make your choice for Pilgrim Lutheran School Chicago before the end of the month. Thank you in advance!
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


THIS WEEK
 
March 19 Sunday 
 8:00 a.m.Worship Service
9:15 a.m.Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery & Sunday School
 11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
12:00 noon  El Salvador Interest Meeting
 
March 22 Wednesday
8:35 a.m.     Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m.  First Communion
6:15 p.m.  All Together Supper
7:00 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m.  Lent Taize Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

March 23 Thursday
6:15 p.m.     T.O.P.S.

March 24 Friday
   6:30 p.m.     Girl Scouts

March 25 Saturday
 8:30 a.m.     Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.     Hot Meals Team #3
 
NEXT WEEK

March 26 Sunday
8:00 a.m.Worship Service
 9:15 a.m.  Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m.  Nursery & Sunday School
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour

March 29 Wednesday
8:35 a.m.  Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:15 p.m.  All Together Supper
 7:00 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m. Lent Taize Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choit

March 30 Thursday
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

March 31 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts

April 1 Saturday
8:30 a.m.  Prayer Time
 11:30 a.m.  Hot Meals Team #1


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: business@pilgrimchicago.org
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams  office@pilgrimchicago.org
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann  churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org

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