Subject: A New Thing

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Dear Friends,

"When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God..." Acts 11:18

Sometimes, God does a new thing. It can be scary and exciting and confusing and wonderful, all at the same time.

The scriptures affirm that God is always doing a new thing... perhaps this is because there is always something in our life that needs disrupting, and there is always something in our life that needs to be renewed.

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we experience God doing a new thing...

And thanks to all those who have turned in the stewardship survey so far... help us reach our goal of 50 received by this Sunday! If you need the link, please let know...

Metro Chicago Synod Bishop Visits Pilgrim—Please Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at 10:10 a.m. for a special school chapel service as we welcome Bishop Wayne Miller to Pilgrim!  He will be sharing a message.  Since his installation in September of 2007, Bishop Wayne N. Miller has been serving the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, helping its congregations and communities to embrace renewal, growth, and positive change. He is a member of the ELCA Conference of Bishops Task Force on Immigration Reform, and chair of the committee on Ministry Among People in Poverty. He is currently the president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. Please consider coming to meet Bishop Miller and encourage him as he represents 190+ congregations in the Chicago area!

It’s Auction Time! - On Saturday, April 30th our annual auction will be held at 7:00 p.m. and we’re bringing it home to Pilgrim! The event will take place in Maring Hall and the theme is Totally Tubular 80’s Pilgrim Prom! We hope to see you there! Please contact Sam Doerfler at with any questions.

Godspeed for Hans and Marissa- Sunday, May 1st—Next week, we will be saying "Godspeed" to our wonderful Lutheran School of Theology Seminarians Hans and Marissa Becklin.  Please express to them your heartfelt thanks and encouragement at this time .

Children's Ministry Feedback Meeting— Wednesday, May 4th—We are called to empower homes for faith formation, and to provide a wonderful experience and learning and fun for all ages on Sunday mornings.  We invite all parents and caregivers to join us on Wednesday, May 4th at 7 p.m.—8 p.m. in the Pilgrim Narthex  as we explore Sunday School and other related topics.  We need your input as we are evaluating our new Sunday morning schedule and making plans for next year.  Thanks in advance for your help! 

Mother’s Day—May 8th—Please join us on Sunday, May 8th 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.

Summer Opportunities:
Vacation Bible School! -
Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st,
9 a.m. to 12 noon. Jointly hosted by Luther Memorial Church and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Ages 3-12, youth invited to serve. For more information, contact Chris Wallis at
July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator,
Arlene Calderone at

Save the Dates:
Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m.—Pilgrim Graduation Service
Sunday, June 12th-Congregational Meeting at 10:45 a.m.
June 22-24-UKANDU Sports Camp
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

Prayer Time—We will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join 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.
Child care is provided throughout each class. You can attend the three classes in any order. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Kathy Danner at

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry. Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Nursery—Are you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings?  I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis.  Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at if you're interested.  Thanks so much!
Blanket Day for Project Linus-Saturday, May 7, 2016
Project Linus supplies hand-made quilts, fleece blankets, and knitted or crocheted afghans to children who are critically ill or traumatized.  The North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent is sponsoring a Blanket Day for Project Linus.  We will supply everything needed to make hand-colored fabric squares and fleece blankets. The Chapter will also provide lunch.  No sewing skills are required  If you can tie a knot, you can help out!  This event is for school-aged kids and adults. The event will be May 7, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  at Pilgrim!  RSVP to Janet Fisher at 847-266-9244 or  is appreciated.

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador!- May 22nd
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 22nd at 7:45 a.m. 

Gift Cards—Now that Spring is trying to appear, your gardens and lawns are looking for help!  Pick up some Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, Target or Walmart gift cards before you head out to shop!  April also starts the bustle of weddings and wedding showers!  We carry cards for most of the usual bridal registries, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma (Pottery Barn) and many others. You can buy them to give as gifts or to buy the gifts- you can also use them on line!  Check the green sheet for denominations and contact Anne Barsano (312-972-9040 for other dollar amounts. Cards will be sold on Sunday, Monday and Fridays.  See you soon!

Job Opening: Office Administrator
This position supports the ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School by providing administrative support.   Strong organizational, computer, and people skills required.   This person will work in the school office and will be responsible for worship bulletins, keeping records, and communicating with the wider Pilgrim community.  If you are interested, please send your resume to   Thank you!

General Worship Offerings

Budgeted through 03.31.16 $123,750
Actual through 03.31.16 $116,519

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 04.17.16 $ 2,427

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 24 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Teacher’s Appreciation Worship
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 26 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee meeting
7:30 p.m. Church Council meeting

April 27 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Metro Chicago Synod Bishop Visits Pilgrim at School Chapel Service

Apr 28 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Apr 29 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Apr 30 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
7:00 p.m. Pilgrim Auction


May 1 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Godspeed to Seminarians Worship
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 3 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board meeting

May 4 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service
7:00 p.m. Children’s Ministry Feedback Meeting

May 5 Thursday
9:15 a.m. M.O.P.S.
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. Stewardship Team Meeting

May 6 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 7 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

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
Business Manager: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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