Subject: Bonhoeffer

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Dear Friends, 

We are so thankful for everyone who made our Holy Week and Easter Sunday experience so amazing!   We invite you to stay in the moment of Easter by lifting up the witness of one of the most dynamic Lutheran leaders of the 20th century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  We will have a special presentation on his life at 9:15 a.m., coupled by special worship services at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

We will also enjoy a special presentation from Pilgrim students regarding an important mission to build schools for girls living in poverty around the world:  Girls Supporting Girls.

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!

Resurrection is real.  It cannot stay buried.
Sunday School—We will resume Sunday School on Sunday, April 3rd at 10:15 a.m.

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.
PART I (Intro to the Way of Jesus) will be offered on Sunday, April 3rd from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
PART II (Intro to being a Lutheran Christian) will be offered on Sunday, April 10th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
PART III (Intro to Growing and Serving at Pilgrim) will be offered on Sunday, April 17th from 9:15 a.m. to 10 :15 a.m.
Child care is provided throughout each class. Please RSVP to the Church Office Manager, Kathy Danner at
Child care is provided throughout each class.

First Communion Sunday-April 10th—Join us in celebrating the joy of communion with God and people on Sunday, April 10th at the 10:30 a.m. service.   We will enjoy a special presentation from the Doerfler, Ruger, Abu-Absi, Santana, Egan, Stewart-Couch,Hays, Harnish, Johnson, Campbell-Stanek, and Volkens Families who have been participating in this year’s class, and enjoy a special reception to follow!

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

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Save The Date!
- Our annual auction will be held on Saturday, April 30th 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! We are collecting donations and need your help, please contact Sam Doerfler at for forms or with any questions.

Save the Dates:
Sunday, April 17th-Assisting Ministers Training, 12:00 noon
Sunday, April 24th-Teacher Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 30th-Pilgrim’s Totally Tubular Annual Auction
Sunday, May 8th-Mother’s Day, Godspeed for Seminarians Hans and Marissa
Sunday, May 22nd-Walk to Reach El Salvador
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

Commemorating Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor and Martyr of the 20th Century—April 3rd
During worship on April 3rd, the Pilgrim community will join together in remembering and honoring Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a German pastor who was martyred by the Nazi regime on April 9th, 1945. This service will include a litany of commitment where we as a church will promise to stand up with and for our brothers and sisters of different faiths and to seek relationship with our neighbors. On that same day the community is also invited to an adult education session (9:15am, Maring Hall) where we will reflect on how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life can inform our faith as Christians today. 

Prayer Time—Location change for April 2nd
We will be gathering at our usual time of 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd however Renee Stuedemann will be hosting, her address is 2112 W. Cullom Ave, 2nd floor. We hope you will be able to join us.

Wondering what the Discipleship Huddles are all about? Interested in learning more? Curious about what and when Pilgrim Disciples Huddles do and talk about? Join us Sunday, April 3 in the parlor room right after church. Say hi to your friends downstairs and grab a snack, coffee and then join us for an informational meeting about the next Pilgrim Huddle. For more information, please contact Theresa Sparlin at

The Dickerson family has welcomed their new baby boy, Drake Archer Dickerson! Congratulations on the newest addition to the Pilgrim Church family. If you'd like to help them out with a meal, please check out the Meal Train set up by the MOPS group- .

LWR Baby Care Kits—Many thanks to all who donated to and helped assemble the Baby Care Kits. We have 22 completed kits going to the Elgin collection center this week. If you still wish to contribute, monetary donations designated for Lutheran World Relief can be placed in the offering plate for the next two Sundays. The contributions will be sent to LWR to help defray their shipping costs.

Pilgrim is Launching a Hydroponics Garden!

Pilgrim is embarking on an experiment to establish a hydroponics garden to allow guests of the hot meals, community youth, and volunteers to grow fresh food for our hot meals program. We are calling the project, “Farming Hope Chicago”, inspired by a similar ministry in El Salvador- Want to find out more? Join us on Saturday, April 16th at 12:45 for a team meeting and work session. Special thanks to Thrivent for sponsoring this project.

The Friendship Center & Jam for Bread!
Join The Friendship Center for an evening of music, food, and fun to support our neighbors in need. Food will be provided by Smoque BBQ and music by local bands from Chicago and Milwaukee. Visit for more information on this annual event and to purchase tickets. We hope to see you on April 16th at at Dank Haus!

Free Will Offering: GSG (Girls Supporting Girls) - GSG is an organization that works to educate kids about the negative impact of inequality on the ability of children worldwide to gain an education, and to raise awareness and funds to help build more schools and create more opportunities for children across the globe.   A group of Pilgrim students have met for the last 8 weeks and learned a great deal about the differences in education for kids, and especially girls, who live in countries that do not provide a free education for their children.  We will be enjoying a short presentation from participants in this program this Sunday, April 3rd.   If you would like to make a donation, please write checks to “Pilgrim Lutheran” and place on the memo line, Girls Supporting Girls, or place cash in a pew envelope and label it, “GSG” and place it in the offering plate at the time of offering.  
Gift Cards—Why not purchase one to donate to the Annual Auction? Easter is here, we will be selling on Sunday in the church lobby and Monday following Easter in the school office.

Do you purchase from Office Depot/Office Max either online or at the store? Did you know that you can go to to submit your order online or in-store purchase, enter Pligrim School’s number (70030841) and Pilgrim will earn %5 credit for future purchases. You can contact Anne Barsano with any questions at or 312-972-9040.

Sports Authority/Sportmart is filing for bankruptcy, please use your gift cards before they stop accepting them!

General Worship Offerings
Budgeted through 02.29.16 $110,000
Actual through 02.29.16 $100,565

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 03.27.16 $ 3,343

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 3 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 6 Wednesday  
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class 

April 7 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. Internet Safety Presentation for Parents

April  8 Friday 
6:00 p.m.  Student Council Movie Night
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Apr 9 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10

April 10 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Apr 13  12:30 p.m. Women's Society 

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

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

Apr 16 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time

11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1

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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