Subject: Breaking Open

Dear Friends, 

While we are set to "lose" an hour on Sunday morning, as we gather in worship, we will gain so much!

Beauty... inspiration...connection... uplifting music... renewal... inspired by our scriptures for the day and manifested in the baptisms of Sam and Mabel Abu-Absi at the 10:30 a.m. service.

So please join us at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday.. and don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!  
Holy Week at Pilgrim 2016
Palm Sunday, March 20th-8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (outdoor procession at 10 a.m.)
Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m.—Kindergarten Passion Play
Maundy Thursday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Good Friday, March 25th 4:30 p.m. (family service) & 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—North Center Eggstravanganza Outreach
Saturday, March 26th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.-Easter Breakfast Set Up and Sanctuary Decorating
Easter Sunday, March 27th at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Easter Egg Hunt to follow 10:30 service!
Easter Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Baptism Today—Sunday, March 13th, we celebrate the baptism of Sam and Mabel Abu-Absi! To all friends, family members, schoolmates, and sponsors… Welcome!
“40 Days of Creativity” - Because we are all made in God’s image...we are creative! (Genesis 1:26) Our Lenten Theme is “40 Days of Creativity”. This coming Wednesday, March 16th, we gather at 6:15 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by a creative service project...we’ll be putting together “Prayer and Care” baskets for our seniors and shut-ins. Last year, over 40 baskets were assembled and taken by Pilgrim members to deliver. If you have any Easter/Spring decorations, devotional books, fruit, stuffed animals, or any other gifts a senior might enjoy, please bring them to the Pastor’s office or to our assembly session on Wednesday...this is the last Wednesday dinner of Lent, so please join us!
MOPSThe North Center MOPs group is a group for moms that meets the first and third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 17th at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Marta Hardacre for information or to RSVP at  We hope to see you there!
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
Weekly E-Newsletters
We are so thankful for the wonderful work our Administrative Staff does to keep us all informed! Halley Williams, our Communications Administrator, sends out two distinct weekly email newsletters:  one pertains to our school families, the other is a Pilgrim-wide email that includes information about ministry going on beyond the school community, including our worship and outreach news.  If you would like to receive one or both of these emails, please contact Halley at and she will be glad to add you to the recipient list.  Thank you!
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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.
Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt—Saturday, March 19th, 10am sharp! At Wunder’s cemetery, 3963 N. Clark St (SE corner, Clark & Irving Park Rd). Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Alderman Tom Tunney & George Manning. See poster at back of Sanctuary for more details.
Dining Group—On Sunday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. Irish food will be on the menu at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House, 4557 N. Ravenswood. There is street parking & plenty of good Irish beer. See you there! Please let Julie know if you plan to celebrate with us.
773-764-3140. Thanks!

Family Portraits on Easter Sunday—Join us on Easter and pose for a free family/group photo! You will be receiving a free 5x7 portrait for you and yours!

Save the Dates:
Saturday, April 30th-Pilgrim’s Totally Tubular  Annual Auction

Great Banquet Retreats
Men’s Weekend—April 21-24
Women’s Weekend— April 28-May 1
The Great Banquet is an experience of God’s grace, beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. Guests grow in their relationship with God through fellowship with a wonderful community of disciples. Information and registration materials are on the back table. For more information, please talk to 
Renee Stuedemann or call Anna-Kari at 773▪990▪0814
Studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor and Martyr of the 20th Century—Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany during the Second World War and the reign of the Third Reich. He was a prominent writer and theologian, and his faith led him to stand up against the Nazi regime in support of his Jewish brothers and sisters who were being persecuted. This decision led to his imprisonment and death at the hands of Nazi Germany on April 9, 1945. 
An adult forum series (9:15am, Sunday mornings in the fellowship hall) beginning on February 28 will focus on who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, and explore the following themes: March 13 (What does the ELCA say about anti-Semitism?), and April 3 (How does Bonhoeffer’s life inform our faith today?).
A devotional containing short reflections on some of Bonhoeffer’s writings about faith is available on the table in the Narthex so that all who do not attend the adult forum can still participate in this congregation-wide discussion. Questions? Talk to Marissa Becklin, Ministry in Context Student at
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt—on Easter we are organizing our Annual Egg Hunt after the 10:30 am service. We need you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun thngs that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies of the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks...the deadline is Good Friday...Thank you!

Eggstravaganza-Northcenter Spring Egg Hunt—Join us on Saturday, March 26th from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Spring Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza! We will be setting up in the Northcenter Town Square (across from CVS on Lincoln) to hand out eggs, spread the word about Pilgrim, and take part in some Easter weekend fun!
Gift Cards—We have many cards available, which we usually have to order, such as, $25 cards for: Bass Pro Shop, The Children’s Place, Super Cuts, Best Buy, Applebee’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Lou Malnati’s (also in 10’s) and $10 Bath and Body Works and Pizza Hut. We also have our usual restaurant cards.
Why not purchase one to donate to the Annual Auction and Easter is coming! We will be selling on Sunday in the church lobby and, Monday and Thursday 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.
Magazine Subscriptions—Don’t forget to order/renew your magazine subscriptions throughout the year to support Pilgrim. Our account number is 2633014 through Reordering this way starts or continues your subscription faster than through the publishers and Pilgrim earns 40% of your order. Contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with any questions. You can also order books, music and gift items at the same website.
Reminder-March 31 Deadline to Direct Choice Dollars!
Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2016 to direct where you want them to go. Don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School. Go to to learn more and find program terns and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.
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 03.06.16                        $ 2,701
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

Mar 13 Sunday              
         8:00 a.m.                Worship Service
         9:15 a.m.                Adult Education Series
         9:15 a.m.                Confirmation
         10:15 a.m.              Sunday School & Nursery
         10:30 a.m.              Worship Service
         11:45 a.m.              Coffee Hour
Mar16 Wednesday      
         10:10 a.m.              School Chapel
         6:15 p.m.                Soup Supper
         6:15 p.m.                Confirmation
         7:15 p.m.                Brief Service of Word and Song          
Mar 17 Thursday          
         6:30 p.m.                T.O.P.S
Mar  18 Friday               
          6:30 p.m.               Girl Scouts
Mar 19 Saturday           
         8:30 a.m.                Prayer Time
         10:0 a.m.                Wunders Cemetery Egg Hunt
         11:30 a.m.              Hot Meals Team #7
Mar 20 Sunday                          
         8:00 a.m.                Worship Service
         9:15 a.m.                Adult Education Series
         9:15 a.m.                Confirmation
         10:15 a.m.              Sunday School & Nursery
         10:30 a.m.              Worship Service
         11:45 a.m.              Coffee Hour
Mar 23 Wednesday     
         10:10 a.m.              School Chapel
         6:00 p.m.                Kindergarten Passion Play
         6:15 p.m.                Confirmation
Mar 24 Thursday          
         6:30 p.m.                T.O.P.S
Mar  25 Friday               
         6:30 p.m.                Girl Scouts
Mar 26 Saturday           
         8:30 a.m.                Prayer Time
         11:30 a.m.              Hot Meals Team #8
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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