Subject: Big Star, Big Sunday

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Epiphany! We invite all children and youth to help with a special procession and dramatic reading of the magi story… please gather at 10:15 a.m. We will have a piñata and great fellowship to follow the 10:30 a.m. service.

Also this Sunday, at 9:15 a.m., we welcome Stephanie Olson as our guest presenter to begin our new series, “Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith.” She will be sharing about what it means to be a Christian in a religiously diverse and quickly changing world. Child Care will be provided!

Stephanie attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, graduating with a History Major and German minor, and obtained Master of Arts degree in Mission and World Christianity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She has served ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program, serving in Kernen im Remstall, Germany and worked at a facility for adults with mental handicaps. She also spent two years teaching in a bilingual high school in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. In February 2011, she was a member of a delegation for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations.
Christmas Un-Decorating Party
Please join the Worship team on Saturday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. to pack up the Christmas trees and other decorations. Weather and resources permitting, we'll also tackle the outdoor lights. Refreshments will be served
Contact Chris Wallis ( to volunteer or for more information.

Quilters' and Crafters' Playdate
Join us Sunday, January 31st after the congregational meeting (around 1 p.m.) for an afternoon of sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, or whatever. Bring a snack to share, and we'll order dinner (usually about $8 apiece) late in the afternoon. Irons will be provided; bring your own sewing machine. If you want to learn to quilt, contact us ahead of time for a list of supplies. For questions, or to RSVP, contact Chris Wallis (

PTL Winter Carnival-Friday, January 15th
Join us for the Annual Pilgrim Parent/Teacher League Winter Carnival, Friday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. The carnival is a great family event, providing fun games and activities for children of all may even win a pet fish! Youth and adults are invited to volunteer. We ask for a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Food will also be available for sale. Thank you to the PTL for putting together such a wonderful event!

MOPS—is a morning group for moms that involves great speakers, food, and encouragement! MOPS next meeting is Thursday morning, January 21st from 9-11:45 am at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N Winchester). Cost is $10 and includes childcare. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at 

Attention Members-Please pick up your 2016 box of Giving Envelopes, located on the card table in the narthex. Enclosed in your box is an E-Giving form as well, which is a way to give regularly that does not involve the envelopes, and benefits in many ways.

Dining Group
The next outing will be on Sunday, January 17th at 5:30. We will experience the exotic atmosphere & food of Morocco at Shokran, 4027 W. Irving Park Rd. It is BYOB & street parking. This is one not to miss! Contact Julie, 773-674-3140 to reserve.

Annual Trivia Night: Saturday, January 30th from 7-11 p.m.
Grab 7 of your smartest friends and support the 7th and 8th grades at Pilgrim Annual Trivia Night. Tables are for 8 players maximum, $240 a table. Visit or pay by check in the school office. Compete for a $500 prize! Questions? Email Marcia Frellick at

Save the Dates:
Friday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the PTL, $5 per person/$10 per family
Sunday, January 24th at 11:45 a.m.-Annual Meeting Preparatory Forum
Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30 p.m.-First Communion Interest Meeting
Sunday, January 31st at 11:45 a.m.– Annual Meeting/Council Elections
Sunday, February 7th-Souper Bowl Sunday-Collecting offerings for the hungry
Wednesday, February 10th-Ash Wednesday services at 10:10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with a Soup Supper at 6:15 p.m.

New Adult Education Series: Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith-Would you like to learn more about your faith? The faith of others? Get to know other members better? Discuss spirituality in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. starting on Sunday, January 10th in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together and begin a new series, “Honoring our Neighbors Faith”, in which we explore our relationship with people other denominations and religions… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

Women’s Bible Study—The next Women’s Bible Study will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m. at 4335 N. Winchester Ave., first floor. Participants are invited to bring a Bible and a journal if you can, otherwise, they will be provided. If you are able to make it, please RSVP to group facilitator Marta Hardacre at

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. There are three sessions offered as a part of new member instruction (Part I, Part II, and Part III) People interested in participating in these classes can attend in any order. The next round of sessions will be offered on January 10th, 24th, and 31st, 2016. You may RSVP to Kathy in the Church Office at

First Communion Class-Begins in February—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 January 27th at 5:30 p.m. The inter active 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.

Workshop for Parents—“Parenting with Positive Discipline: Developing Respectful Relationships” will take place on January 11, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Centered Therapy Chicago (Directed by Pilgrim member Dr. Bianka Hardin) 4124 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste 1. For more information and to register, visit or contact Dana Thomas (Pilgrim member) at
Dear Pilgrim Community: We are making mittens to warm those who are living without shelter. You can help by:
1) Drop off packages of handwarmers (can be purchased in bulk at Costco),
2) Mitten Assembly—Today, January 10th after the 10:30 service, we will be assembling the mittens. We will need volunteers and sewing machines that we can borrow for a couple hours. Please email me your interest for sewing or if you have a sewing machine you would like to loan for the day. Thank you in advance- school parent Jennifer Goolsby at

The Reverend Margin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly– On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th, many people of faith around Chicago will be gathering for Community Renewal Society’s annual assembly. Take action in the spirit of Dr. King and hold our elected officials accountable. Speak up for economic justice, a fair tax, and for creating job opportunities for people with records. Come participate in the democratic process to prevent violence, fund education, and create jobs. We will leave from Pilgrim at 8:45 a.m., the event starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. If you want to meet us at the event location, please do. First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.

Thank you Pilgrim! We are so blessed to have such a generous community!
Coat Angels: We more than doubled the goal we were hoping to reach, thanks so much for the many coats and financial contributions.
Toy Drive: Thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal and were able to provide toys for all of the preschool-2nd grade children at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park! We have over 213 toys and donations coming in.
Pancake Breakfast: Thanks to the Pilgrim community for taking part in the Dads’ Pancake Breakfast.  We had 25 dads (including alumni dads) helping out.  With the support of Unitas Global, Thrivent, and Starbucks, the breakfast was able to net over $1250 for the school’s Technology Fund.   We're so grateful for Glenn Williams, Pete Gillespie, and all the Pilgrim Dads for an exceptional effort!

Invitation to Worship/Music Team—Attention all singers, instrumentalists, dramatically talented, poets, artists of every kind. We have openings available on our worship music team! We would love to have you join us! For more information, contact Marta Hardacre at

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 (basement0. We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor at

Come to El Salvador 2016
If you have ever wanted to go on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America, July 31st-August 10th, 2016. We will be witnessing the dedication of a new Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador, El Salvador. We will be able to meet Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, help bring solar electricity to rural homes, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise Christian voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge requited. Please talk to Pastor Kristian or Pastor Anna-Kari for more information.

Gift Cards- Will be sold as always in the lobby after the 10:30 service and from the school office on Mondays and Fridays.

General Worship Offerings

Budgeted through 12.30.15 $82,500
Actual through 12.31.15 $74,834

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 01.03.16 $ 3,727

Total December Offerings $20,873

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


Jan 10 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Jan 14 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jan 15 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jan 16 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8


Jan 17 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Jan 21 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jan 22 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jan 23 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

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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