Subject: A Great Way to Start the Year

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Let’s start the year off right by praising God together on the first Sunday of the year! Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Epiphany at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. . Our 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature a dramatic procession of the 3 Kings, uplifting music and message, and a piñata for the kids during coffee hour!
    Pastor Kristian
Epiphany/3 Kings Celebration
Please join us on Sunday, January 5th as we celebrate Epiphany. Our 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature a dramatic procession of the 3 Kings, uplifting music and message, and a piñata for the kids during coffee hour!

Epiphany Preaching Series: 
“Another Way”
During Sundays in January and February, Pastor Kristian will be preaching on the theme, “Another Way”, based on Matthew 2:12, when the Maji were warned in a dream to return to their own country “by another way.”
January 5th “Another Way to Read the Bible”
January 12th “Another Way to Pray”
January 19th “Another Way to Serve”
January 26th “Another Way to Practice Leadership”

We hope you’ll join us for a wonderful Epiphany season!

New Sunday School Term
The winter term will begin on Sunday, January 5, at 9:15 a.m., and we will be going back to our traditional age-based classroom settings with a new curriculum. We'll begin in the Sanctuary with music and prayer, and then split into classes.
First Communion Program
We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program, which will be beginning with an Interest meeting on February 19th. The interactive class is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments. If you are interested in this class, please email the church office
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS normally meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays 9:15 – 11:15 a.m., although this month will be meeting January 9 and 23, at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

January 3 Friday
6:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts

January 4 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2

January 5 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Erdbeer/Dooley Coffee Hour Team

January 7 Tuesday
 7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

January 8 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
6:30 p.m. Confirmation All Together Night
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

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

January 10 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 11 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

January 3, 2014
Christmas Decoration Removal
What goes up, must come down. If you can spare an hour or two tomorrow, Saturday, January 4 (starting at 9:30 a.m.) to help us pack up the Christmas decorations it would be much appreciated. Refreshments of the non-fruitcake variety will be served. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis
Prayer Ministry
Would you like to learn more about prayer? 
The Prayer Ministry will be starting up again on January 11. Please join us on 8:30 a.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave) for our weekly prayer time.
Exploring the Bible Class now in Maring Hall
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 starting at 9:20 a.m. for our “Exploring the Bible” class.
Multicultural Worship Event in January
Join the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) community on Monday, January 20, 2014, for the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center, 100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The event begins with a special multicultural themed worship at 11 a.m. Director of the Advanced Studies Program at LSTC, the Rev. Dr. Jose David Rodriguez, will preside and Associate Priest of Saint James Cathedral, the Rev. Liz Munoz, will preach. The worship will be followed by a complimentary luncheon and guided conversation on the subject of multicultural worship and the way it has an impact on congregations. Attendance is free. If attending, contact Dr. Cheryl Pero  or Program Assistant Francisco Herrera for more details.
2014 Giving Envelopes
Your envelopes are available on a table in the foyer.
Coffee Hour Schedule
The 2014 Coffee Hour Schedule will be out this week, however, we need to replace a member of our team. Team 8 with Judy Daniel serves on March 2, June 8 (9:30), September 7 and November 30. If you would like to join that team, please let Anne Barsano know ASAP. Thank you!
Gloves, Hats, Mittens, Scarves...
If you have been saving new or gently used gloves, hats, mittens and scarves in anticipation of our usual holiday collection, you may put them in the wrapped box in the narthex and they will be donated to the Cornerstone Community Shelter in Uptown. Thanks for your support!
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.
Gift Cards
Gift cards will be sold Sunday, Monday and Friday this week. Pick up some to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales!
Save the Date: “All that Jazz” Auction: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is a highly anticipated tradition among our present and former families. We are excited to announce this year's gala, "All That Jazz," will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Chicago. The deadline for submitting donations and forms is February 1st, 2014. Please call or stop by the school office for more information.

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Isaiah 60:1–6: Jerusalem is assured that nations will make a pilgrimage to her, because the light of God’s presence is in her midst. The bountiful food of the sea and the profits of international trade will come streaming to Jerusalem and thereby declare God’s praise.

The second reading is Ephesians 3:1–7: What had been hidden from previous generations is now made known through the gospel ministry of Paul and others. In Christ both Jews and Gentiles participate in the richness of God’s promised salvation.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 2:1–12: God’s promise shines bright in the night as magi follow a star to honor a new king. Strangers from a faraway land, they welcome the long-awaited messiah of Israel.
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