Subject: 10,000 Reasons

Pilgrim Announcements
April 26th, 2015

Dear Friends,

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This Sunday, we'll be singing the song, "10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman, which has become an anthem for many reminding us of Jesus powerful presence in our lives...

We often hear the phrase, "Jesus is the reason for the season" at Christmas time. These words ring even more powerfully true in this season of Easter! 

Join us this Sunday at 8 am or 10:30 am!

Teacher Appreciation Sunday—May 3rd
You are cordially invited to attend Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School's Teacher Appreciation Day Service on Sunday May 3rd at 10:30 a.m.   Please consider making a note of appreciation and drop it off in a box labeled “Teacher Appreciation Notes” which is located on the top of the metal church mailboxes in the narthex (behind the organ)  They will be presented to the teachers as a part of the service!  Thank you!

Mother’s Day—May 10th
Please join us on Sunday, May 10th for a very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also as part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

Calling all Jr. and Sr. High Youth!
Join us on Saturday, April 26th from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. for an afternoon of bowling, food, and fun at St. John's Lutheran bowling alley, 4939 W. Montrose.   We're excited to start up our youth group again and thanks to Jonathan Valencia for helping us get reconnected! Please contact Jonathan with any questions—more info to follow!

Sunday School Music: CALLING ALL KIDS!
New happenings are in the works for the next 3 Sundays during Sunday School and we NEED YOU! Children in Preschool through Grade 5 are all being called to be a part of our special worship leading experience on MOTHER'S DAY, May 10th, so we need you to be part of the rehearsals on April 26th, May 3th, and May 10th!

We are looking for singers, bar chime players, instrument players, and more!  Join us at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning to learn and practice!

Questions? Contact  Karen Huelskoetter or Shannon Westveer

Legacy Bricks Dedication
Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 9:30 am.. for a special dedication of the "Legacy Bricks" in the newly installed Gathering Garden.   The "Legacy Bricks" feature the name of past teachers, Principals, and Pastors that have served throughout Pilgrim's history.  Our featured guest that day will be Dr. Richard Calhoun, currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Concordia University in River Forest.  Dr. Calhoun is the grandson of Pilgrim's first Principal, Alfred Rumsfeld.  Please spread the word among alumni and friends of Pilgrim.

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador
You can change lives here and around the world! Join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! Sunday, May 17th at 7:45 a.m. we meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on 4300 N. Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (1 block south of Montrose, 1 block east of Damen.  We’ll be walking to Welles Park, circling it twice, and then heading back to Pilgrim for a celebration! For more information, please contact Pastor Kristian Johnson at  or Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814.  
'Camp Discovery' - Vacation Bible School is coming! 
Planning and volunteer recruitment are underway for our third VBS adventure, which is scheduled for the week of June 22nd.  Vacation Bible School is for kids ages 3 through Grade 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Older kids and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help make this a great experience. Even if you aren't available that week, you can help with set design and building and other preparations.  Online registration is now available on—click on the VBS banner! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Chris Wallis ( 
Prayer Ministry
Join us for prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (4332 N Winchester Ave)
Bible Discussion Time: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us! 
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  explore with us. Membership is done by attending our two-part New Members class.  The next meeting-  PART I will be on Sunday morning, the  of May 3rd, 9:15 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. and Part II is Tuesday, of May 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. People interested in participating in these classes can participate in any order. Both Part I and Part II are offered each month (so for example, you could attend Part II this month, and Part I next month).

You may RSVP to Lindsay in the Church Office at

PTL Spring Cleaning Drive
PTL is partnering with the Family Tree Resale Shop for Pilgrim's First Spring Cleaning Drive.  Through this partnership, any clothing, home items, toys or furniture donated will translate to shopping vouchers at the Family Tree Resale shop.  Pilgrim will be able to give vouchers to friends and families in need or to our classrooms.   Donations can be left in the annex the week of April 17th through April 28th.  Drivers are also available to pick up furniture within a 10 mile radius of Pilgrim.  
Please contact Jacquie Mokszycki at with any questions or to set up a furniture pick up.   Thank you in advance!

Thrivent Blanket Day for Project Linus
Project Linus supplies hand-made comfort blankets to children who are critically ill or traumatized.  The North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent will supply everything needed to make hand-colored fabric squares and fleece blankets (both tied-edge and crochet-edge). The Chapter will also provide lunch.  No sewing skills are required. If you can tie a knot, you can help out!  If you are a quilter, please bring your own machine and basic supplies – we’ll have flannel available to sew the colored squares into quilts.  In addition, we will supply yarn, fleece and instruction for crochet-edge fleece blankets. Everyone is welcome - school-aged children through adults.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
4300 N Winchester Ave, Chicago IL 60613-1016 
RSVP:  Janet Fisher at if you will be able to attend, or just show up.
Hot Meals PLUS is now in its fifth week.  The following appeal is not for more drivers (although we can always add to our list of possible drivers), but rather for names of SHUT-INS!  Think about your neighbors and acquaintances in the Pilgrim area - could someone use a hot meal delivered once a week (Saturday noon)?  Please call or e-mail either Jackie Mokszycki (773-677-0676) or Janet Taylor(773-777-4052)
Market Day orders for May will go home soon.  Why not try our new FRESH produce boxes, which are packed 4 days before delivery to our location!  May is also Cookie and Pizza Bonus month, with 3 new types of ready-to-bake cookies and 11 types of pizza.  All three deep-dish pizzas are made by Uno's pizzeria!  Class parties are coming up sooner than you think, so why not purchase some of the pizzas for the celebration. Pilgrim earns 20% of our orders when we sell 100 pizza and/or cookies.  Order are due online to  by 11 p.m., Saturday, May 9th and paper orders to the school by Noon, Friday, May 8th.  Contact Anne by Noon Saturday, May 9th at or 773-472-6037.  Orders may be picked up May 14th  from 3:00—4:00 p.m. or at PAS
We Raise!  A New Playground!
Exciting news! We have a dream to improve and renovate our school play-lot and play deck. This renovation will establish a safer and more child-friendly environment to enable our children in our church and school to have additional opportunities for creative play, as well as, creating an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space.  Initial plans for renovation include demolition of existing surfaces and replacement with new ones, removal of chain-link fences, and installation of more child-friendly hardscapes.

Pilgrim has launched its first crowd-funding site HERE

If we raise $9,000 through this website, we will be eligible for an additional grant from Wheatridge Ministries!

Check out the project on WeRaise, and share the site with your family and friends. Share on social media. Share with your children. Share with alumni and alumni parents. Share with church members. Donations are accepted on-line and in the office. We truly appreciate your support in raising funds for our school and for maintaining the quality education that Pilgrim continues to provide each year!

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Prayer for this week
O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 4:5-12 (NRSV)

1 John 3:16-24 (NRSV)

John 10:11-18 (NRSV)
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here


April 26 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 28 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee Meeting
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

April 29 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
6:30 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

April 30 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 1 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 2 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1


May 3 Sunday
Teacher Appreciation Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 6 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 7 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 8 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 9 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2

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)

Pastor: Kristian Johnson
Principal: Chris Comella
Church Office Manager: Lindsay White
School Office Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig

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