Subject: This week at Pilgrim

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Being a "born again" Christian sometimes gets a bad rap. What did Jesus really mean when he told Nicodemus in a clandestine, late night conversation that he must be "born from above"? Join us this Sunday as we continue our lenten journey under the theme, "Lives Shaped By Jesus." And thanks for the amazing turnout the last two Wednesdays... please join us next Wednesday evening as well!
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Sunday, March 16
We are thrilled to welcome Pastor Joseph Chu to Pilgrim’s pulpit! Pastor Chu is the Associate Program Director of Lutheran Disaster Response – U.S., ELCA. Ordained in 1990, he has served congregations in Illinois and California. From 2004-2009, he served as the Program Director for Asia and the Pacific in the ELCA’s Global Mission unit. Prior to that, Joe was the Director of Fundraising and Marketing for New Horizons, a social service agency serving people with developmental disabilities in the San Fernando Valley, California. In addition, he has been as a teacher, a  social worker and a non-profit organization administrator in various U.S. cities, as well as in Hong Kong, where he was born and raised. Joe is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California, and has a Master’s degree in Pacific and International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. Joe lives with his wife, Elizabeth and two teen-aged children in a Northwest suburb of Chicago.
Special Guest Preacher next Sunday, March 23rd
Next week, Pastor Kristian will be here to help us host a remarkable leader in Global Christianity. We will welcome Pastor Lalissa Gemechis of the Mekane Yesus (Lutheran) Church of Ethiopia as our guest preacher. The Lutheran Church of Ethiopia is the fastest growing Lutheran Church in the world, having grown from 22,000 to over 5.5 million members over the past 50 years. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne. You will not want to miss meeting him and hearing his message! We will also take the opportunity to say a prayer of dedication for our new screen that was graciously installed by Cornell Erdbeer.
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Lenten Suppers and Worship
We invite you to join us on our 2014 Lenten Journey as we explore the theme “Lives Shaped by Jesus.” Please plan on join us every Wednesday in Lent for worship and discussion at 10:10 a.m. Chapel (with a discussion group to follow) and for Lenten Suppers, discussion, and Vespers from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our core texts will be the Bible and the book The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg, available via Kindle or regular formats. You are invited to pick up a copy of that book as we prepare for Lent at Pilgrim. You can do so at http://goo.gl/JZ1doo

WEEK 3– March 17-23
AN UNHURRIED LIFE: The Practice of Slowing
Readings: Ortberg Book chapters 4, 5
Bible: Psalm 95

Wednesday mornings, 10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m. after chapel in the Parlor (There will be no Wednesday morning session of “Lives Shaped By Jesus” at 10:45 a.m. on March 19… we will resume on March 26th.)
Wednesday evenings, 6:15 p.m.—8:00 p.m., begins with free supper
Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Childcare will be provided at all sessions. Come as you are; no experience or prior reading is necessary.
The dining group will have a taste of Serbian food at Beograd Cafe at 2933 W. Irving Park on Sunday. March 16; 5:30 p.m. There is parking behind the restaurant. Please reserve with Julie 773-764-3140. 
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 
MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS usually meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
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. We aren’t meeting April 10th because that night is a “Keeping Kids Safe” lecture by Dr. Bianka Hardin. Please join us!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

March 13 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

March 14 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 15 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


March 16 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

March 17-21 Spring Break

March 19 Wednesday
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:45 p.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

March 20 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

March 21 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 22 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3


March 13, 2014
Keeping Kids Safe: Practical Strategies for Parents Who Want to Protect Their Children from Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This free program presented by Bianka Hardin, PsyD, is aimed at teaching parents about the signs and symptoms of childhood sexual abuse and practical strategies about how to protect children from sexual exploitation and unsafe situations. Parents will leave this presentation with increased knowledge and practical tips for how to talk to their children about protecting themselves from risky situations and feel better about protecting their personal boundaries. For more info: http://tinyurl.com/mjktef5 Contact info: phone 773-569-1426 or email
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
Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group? Join us on Sunday mornings in Maring Hall at 9:20 a.m. 
Prayer Ministry Location Change***
Prayer time the next three Saturdays (March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th) will take place at Renee’s house, 2112 W. Cullom, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us!
Great Banquet Retreats
Men’s Weekend—April 24-27
Women’s Weekend—May 1-4
Park Ridge, IL
The Great Banquet is an experience of God’s grace, beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. Guests grow in their relationship with God through fellowship with a wonderful community of disciples. Information and registration materials are on the back table. For more information, please talk to Renee Stuedemann or call Anna-Kari at 773▪990▪0814
SENT TO SERVE
Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits
Once again during Lent, we will be collecting baby clothing, soap, diapers and other supplies to make Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. The kits will be assembled by our Sunday School kids (and adult friends) on Palm Sunday. Containers to hold donations will be set up in the Narthex throughout Lent.

Items for Baby Care Kits:
All items should be new or gently used (no stains or tears, please) No patriotic, religious, or military symbols (including camouflage). Clothing items can range from sizes 6-24 months (which is a change--no newborn or 3-month clothing).
Lightweight T-shirts (long or short-sleeved, no Onesies)
Gowns or sleepers without feet, Socks
Sweaters, jackets, or sweatshirts with hoods (or include a baby cap)
Lightweight receiving blankets
Flat-fold cloth diapers (the lightweight ones work best)
Hand towels, preferably dark colored
Mild soap, 4-5 oz. in original wrappers—no heavily scented or deodorant soap

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.
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.
Food for the Hungry
We are collecting Friendship Center and Common Food Pantries Grocery donations. Please bring food and leave it at the top of the stairs near the entrance of the church.
Luther North College Prep presents
All in the Timing - Dinner Theatre
March 29th, 2014 6 pm ~ Tickets $25 
“All in the Timing” is a collection of six short comedies by the American playwright David Ives. The plays focuses on language and wordplay, life and meaning, and the complexity of human relationships. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift Cards
Sales will be Sunday, Monday and Friday during the month of March, with the exception of the 17th and 21st which are during Spring Break. Contact Anne Barsano cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037 with any questions..
Pancake Breakfast/Open House
Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin Park, IL is having a Pancake Breakfast/Open House on Saturday morning, March 15th ,from 8:00-12:00 We are working hard to raise awareness of our four principal outreach ministries, and in doing so, to also raise $10,000 by March 31st in order to maximize the full matching funds from Thrivent Financial’s Challenge initiative. We are asking a donation for the breakfast: $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children under 12; preschoolers are FREE! Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling 847-455-7013. We will also have a raffle and delicious Bake Sale items, so don’t miss it!
All That Jazz Auction
Thank you, Pilgrim community, for all your support with the auction this past weekend! The auction raised over $55,000 for the church and school. A special thank-you to the auction committee for all your hard work, time, and effort. There is much to celebrate. 

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children. Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to all the world through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Genesis 12:1–4a:
God’s call of Abram and Sarai has a clear purpose—that through them all the families of the earth would gain a blessing. As they set out on their journey they are accompanied by promises of land, nation, and a great reputation.

The second reading is Romans 4:1–5, 13–17:
In the person and example of Abraham we discover that a right relationship with God does not involve earning a reward from God but entails trusting God's promises. Abraham is the forebear and model for both Jews and Gentiles, because we too trust that ours is a God who gives life to the dead.

The Gospel reading is John 3:1–17:
A curious Pharisee visits Jesus by night to learn from the teacher his friends reject. Jesus speaks to him about life in the Spirit and the kingdom of God.
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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