Subject: Caught in the Net

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we expand our beautiful new folk liturgy and hear the message: "Caught in the Net- Another Way to Lead." Also, please invite everyone you know who has school-aged children to our upcoming School Open House- Thursday, February 6th from
6:00-8:00 p.m. See you soon!
Annual Congregation Meeting
January 26 at 11:45 a.m.

Calling all members of the Congregation. Please join us on January 26 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service for the Annual Meeting of the Pilgrim Congregation.

New Member Class
What is a Lutheran? What does it mean to be a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church? What are the main ways Pilgrim is helping people and families grow in faith and service? If any of these questions interest you, please join us for a New Member Class on Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the church parlor. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office.
First Communion Program
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 19th. The interactive class is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments. If you are interested in this class, please email the church office
Mothers of Preschoolers 
MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS usually meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Quilters’ and Crafters’ Workshop
Join us on Sunday, January 26 after the Congregational Meeting for an afternoon of sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, or whatever project you’d like to bring along. Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share. We’ll order dinner around 5:00 (which usually costs about $8 per person) and work until 7:30 or 8 p.m. We’ll have a cutting station and irons available for those who want to sew. Not a quilter, but want to learn? Let us know ahead of time so we can help you with supplies and material. If you have any questions, contact Chris Wallis (773-561-5419).
Alumni Reunion Chapel 
Wednesday, February 12
We invite all Pilgrim Alumni to join us in Chapel on Wednesday, February 12th for our 10:10 a.m. chapel service. Chicago Public High Schools are not in session on this date, so all high school alumni can join us for chapel and then stay after for donuts and snacks.
Prayer Ministry
Would you like to learn more about prayer?
Please join us on 8:30 a.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave) for our weekly prayer time.
“Son of God” movie; The life of Jesus Christ!
Everyone is invited to special showings on Sunday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 9th. The doors open at 12 noon at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 60625. Tickets for these special showings are only $2 each. Purchase these tickets online through Event Brite: or from Barbara at the church office: (773) 477-4824, hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fridays. Sponsored by Thrivent and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. The “Son of God” is a major motion picture opening at the Davis and many other theaters on February 28th. We will have special prizes for the people that bring the most guests (from among their friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc) Bring your family and friends to experience the life of Jesus!
2nd Annual Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 2nd, 4:45 p.m.—4332 N. Winchester Ave.
Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share! We’ll be showing a movie on the big screen downstairs for the kids while we watch the game on a big screen in the den!

Great Banquet Retreats
Men’s Weekend—April 24-27
Women’s Weekend—May 1-4
Park Ridge, IL
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

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

January 23 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS Special Event
6:30 p.m. TOPS

January 24 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 25 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

January 26 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Congregational Annual Meeting

January 28 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee Meeting
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

January 29 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

January 30 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

January 31 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 1 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

January 23, 2014
Exploring the Bible Class now in Maring Hall
Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group? Join us on Sunday mornings starting at 9:20 a.m. for our “Exploring the Bible” class.
Multicultural Worship Event in January
Join the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) community on Monday, January 20, 2014, for the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center, 100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The event begins with a special multicultural themed worship at 11 a.m. Director of the Advanced Studies Program at LSTC, the Rev. Dr. Jose David Rodriguez, will preside and Associate Priest of Saint James Cathedral, the Rev. Liz Munoz, will preach. The worship will be followed by a complimentary luncheon and guided conversation on the subject of multicultural worship and the way it has an impact on congregations. Attendance is free. If attending, contact Dr. Cheryl Pero  or Program Assistant Francisco Herrera for more details.
Gloves, Hats, Mittens, Scarves...
If you have been saving new or gently used gloves, hats, mittens and scarves in anticipation of our usual holiday collection, you may put them in the wrapped box in the narthex and they will be donated to the Cornerstone Community Shelter in Uptown. Thanks for your support!
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 (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact program coordinator Janet Taylor at We are currently in need of three shoppers; each shopper purchases food and supplies for their team prior to the designated Saturdays. Please contact Janet if you are able to serve in this way.
Food for the Hungry
We are collecting Friendship Center and Common Food Pantries Grocery donations. Please bring food and leave it at the top of the stairs near the entrance of the church.
Rabbi Brant Rosen
The Working Group on the Middle East of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA invites you to hear Rabbi Brant Rosen, nationally prominent activist for Palestinian solidarity, and congregational rabbi in Evanston. Rabbi Rosen will be speaking Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square. He will read from and discuss his book, “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity.” For more information visit or call the church at 773-235-5420.
Acts Of Kindness Cabaret
Date: Sunday, February 09, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Location: Luther North College Prep 5700 W Berteau
Acts Of Kindness Cabaret will perform: A Little Help from My Friends

Join us at 6:00 pm for Cocktails, dessert and an Auction of Art. We will be featuring a red and a white French wine, beer, and tasty confections. The professional show will begin at 7:00 pm. Online registration will be open through February 6th. Tickets are $25 in advance – tickets will be available at the door for $30 each. This event is sponsored in part by Northwest Arts Connection. For more information see our webpage here:
Luther North College Prep is hosting Trivia Night March 1, 2014
Location: 5700 W Berteau Ave, Chicago IL  $180.00 per table. Come and join us for Trivia Night. Form your own teams with as many as ten teammates, choose a theme for your table, dress up and decorate. Bring your own snacks and beverages and play the ten rounds of ten questions. Prizes will be awarded for best theme, heads or tails and high score. Last year’s 50/50 winner took home over $400! Register online Questions? Email
Dog Rescue
Jeannette Gabrielle Buerk runs a Yorkie Poo Mission. If you would be interestd in adopting a yorkie poo puppy or older dog, please contact her at or 773-334-4277.
Gift Cards
The gift card program has added REDBOX to our program. The $25 card may be used at or at any US Redbox location. Pilgrim earns 8%. This card is perfect for college students! Please remember that you may use Kohl’s Kares for Kids cards to pay your Kohl’s statement. You should go to Customer Service at the stores to pay it.

Are you looking for something to donate to the auction? Why not consider buying a gift card? We have many restaurant gift cards which sell well at auctions, as well as clothing stores like Aeropostale, Gap or Old Navy, Carson’s, Macy’s and others. Some of the fast food restaurants and/or movie tickets can be put together by the auction team into baskets or neighborhood packages. Prices range from $5 to $100 (quite a price range). Maybe one of them will fit into your budget! Every donation helps our auction and we get a double profit whammy with Operation CIP earning a portion of your purchase. We will be selling Sunday, Monday and Friday of this week.

Save the Date: “All that Jazz” Auction: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is a highly anticipated tradition among our present and former families. We are excited to announce this year's gala, "All That Jazz," will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Chicago. The deadline for submitting donations and forms is February 1st, 2014. Please call or stop by the school office for more information.

Our Prayer for Sunday
Lord God, your loving-kindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that come through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 1 Corinthians 1:10–18:Paul calls on the Corinthians to end their dissensions and share the unified outlook of the gospel. Discord arises when we forget that we belong not to human leaders or institutions but to Christ who was crucified for us. Indeed, the unifying word of the cross of Christ is the center of the gospel and the power of God's salvation.

The Gospel reading is 
Matthew 4:12–23:
Jesus begins his public ministry shortly after John the Baptist is imprisoned by Herod. He proclaims the nearness of God's reign and calls four fishermen to be his first disciples.
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