Subject: Beyond the Game

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Most of us will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, or at least the commercials. But do you know what's REALLY special about what's happening this Sunday?

Something bigger than the game. Something eternal. Something important for the here and now. Something that changes our kids lives and our own.

It's worship. Worship inspires us and prepares us for life.

Just think about the amount of hours the Atlanta and New England players have spent working out or on the practice field, versus how many hours they have actually been playing in a real game. The time they spend in games is dwarfed by the time they have spent in training and preparation!

When it comes to our lives, it's flip flopped. We spend very little time on our spiritual growth compared to living our lives. But let us remember... God makes the most of every moment we have in worship and in spiritual community...

Come be strengthened by God's Word and presence this coming Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!
5th Annual Super Bowl Party - Sunday from 4:45 p.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Avenue). Join us! Great people, great food, and hopefully good football! While we watch on the big screen in the den, we'll also be showing a movie on the big screen downstairs for the kids. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages to share! We're looking forward to relaxing with all of you!

Join Pilgrim’s Women’s Volleyball Team!
Are you looking to dust off your sneakers and break a sweat? The Lady Wildcats play on Sundays at St. James Lutheran, 2101 N. Fremont. It’s fun, yet competitive. Game times vary from either 2:00 or 3:15 and last about an hour. A fee is TBD. If you're interested or for more information, please contact Wende Niforatos at Hope to see you there!

Pilgrim Dining Group - On February 19th at 5:30 p.m. we will be enjoying Central Asian and Russian cuisine at Chayhana Restaurant, located at 2245 W. Irving Park Road. It’s a friendly little family place with halal food (prepared in the manner prescribed by Islamic law). It’s BYOB, and no Pay Box parking on Irving. RSVP to Julie at 773-764-3140.

First Communion Class - 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 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The interactive class (that is geared for adults as well as children and youth) is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments.

MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N. Winchester). Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and childcare is provided until 11:45 a.m. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at

Trivia Night 2017 - Are you looking for a way to beat cabin fever? Has it been a while since you spent an evening with your friends laughing? Would you like the opportunity to test your intelligence and win $500 while helping students? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions then the annual Pilgrim Lutheran School Trivia Night is for you. It’s Saturday, February 25th, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starting at 7:00. $160 per table, maximum eight (8) players per table. All proceeds go to fund the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Pilgrim Lutheran School at (773) 477-4824 or email:

Calling all Youth 6th through 12th Grade
- Join us for the following events:
Friday, February 26th - Serving Lunch at Trinidad Lutheran Church in Humboldt Park, leaving Pilgrim at 11:50 a.m. and departing from Trinidad at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 3rd - Pilgrim Dance and After Party - All 6th-8th Graders are invited to the middle school dance at Pilgrim. We will have an after party event (like we did after the Halloween Carnival) at the 9:30 p.m.. Confirmands can attend the dance and the after party, or just come for the after party event. Saturday, March 25th - Serving Hot Meals at Pilgrim from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with team 10!

Wednesday Community Meals in Lent - Starting Wednesday, March 1st and continuing through April 5th, Pilgrim will have a community meal on Wednesday evenings. Teams are needed to prepare a meal for approximately 30-35 people. We’ve traditionally called these “soup suppers”, but any crowd-friendly dish is fine. Suppers are served from 6:15-7:00 p.m., followed by a brief worship service, which this year will be inspired by the Taize tradition. For more information, or to sign up, contact Renee at the church office:

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! If any of those words speak to you, then we need your help! Contact Jen Goolsby at or Tarah Dickerson at for more information.

Need Prayers or Pastoral Visit? If you or a dear one experiences a life changing challenge (hospitalization, death, health issues) please let us know. Contact Pastor or the church office at

Save the Dates:

Saturday, February 25th—Trivia Night
Saturday, March 1st—Ash Wednesday
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.

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!

Strategies for Increasing Connection Through Caring Conversations - A presentation on how to be a supportive and caring listener will be offered to the entire congregation on Sunday March 5th, with the time and place yet to be determined (either between services or after the late service). The presenter will be Bianka Hardin, PsyD and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Pilgrim member. The program is intended to help all of us in our communication with partners, children, family, friends and neighbors, as well as those we might be visiting through the Care Ministry, and is especially needed in this time as we try to address the fears and heal the divisions in our communities.

“Renewing Leadership Day Retreat,” Saturday, March 18th with Pastor Stephen Bouman - How is the Spirit inviting each of us to be renewed in our work and to reimagine our future? Join us on Saturday, March 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster, for our “Renewing Leadership Retreat”. Our facilitator will be the Rev. Stephen Bouman, Director of the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2008. Previously, he served as Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod and has done extensive work equipping Lutheran Schools throughout the country. We are thrilled that he can be with us! Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Renee at

Explore the Bible—Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

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

It’s Souper Bowl Sunday! Sunday, we will be collecting offerings for anti-hunger efforts in Soup Pots as part of a nation-wide movement to combat hunger.

Coffee Hour is still looking for a family or person to do the following dates:  March 26th and July 2nd. Please let Anne Barsano know if you can help on these dates. Thank you!

Applications Needed for Mission Gifts:
The Mission Gift Team will soon be meeting to consider applications for the next round of Mission Gifts from our Capital Campaign funds. Information and applications are available in the pocket of the Mission Gifts Notebook located on a chair next to the Mission Gifts Bulletin Board at the back of the church. You can check the bulletin board and the notebook for information about recipients of past Mission Gifts and, if you would like ideas for possible future recipients, take a look at the Mission Interpretation Memos from the Chicago Metro Synod. The latest Memo is posted on the bulletin board and past memos from 2016 can also be found on the chair next to the bulletin board.

Lightning Appeal - Thanks to everyone who gave so generously to the December Lightning Appeal! Our goal was to receive $5,000, and we received $7,060!

Gift Card sales -  Valentine's Day is just around the corner so why not pick up a gift card for your special person or persons! We have Macys, Carsons, Old Navy, LLBean, Land's End and many more. Tuck a Dunkin Donuts $5 or a Starbucks $5 in a card for your children for a special treat. Pick up a restaurant card for that special dinner, whether or not it is on the 14th! Contact Anne Barsano with questions.

OpCIP finally has a program for ordering gift cards on your phone. The free APP is "Benefit Mobile" and the link is Go to the site and select Pilgrim Lutheran to receive the profit. You have the choice of using your checking account or a credit card (% earned differs with payment method). The email shows you the cards they offer. We will still sell cards in the office as the profits are higher, but now you have options. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037.

General Offerings:
Giving Update for 2016-17 Fiscal Year:
Budgeted through December: $77,499.98
Actual Received through December: $70,581.73
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


February 5 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. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

February 7 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting

February 8 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

February 9 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

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

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


February 12 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. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

February 15 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

February 16 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 17 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 18 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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