Subject: Clay

Dear Friends, 

People change. Sometimes we are tempted to believe that they don't, but people do change.

Jesus founded the church to be a love community where people grow and change for the better.

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as we grow together as clay molded by the hands of our compassionate Creator. (Isaiah 64:1-12, 2nd Corinthians 4:1-15) This is in keeping with our Lenten theme, "40 Days of Creativity".
“40 Days to Shape our Future” - Because we are all made in God’s image...we are creative! (Genesis 1:26) Our Lenten Theme is “40 Days of Creativity”. Each Wednesday through March 16th, we gather at 6:15 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by an interactive prayer/creative activity that will draw us closer to God, to one another, and our community! Next week we will be making pretzels and talking about postures of prayer! We also recommend a book for your Lenten Journey: “The Artisan Soul” by Erwin McManus on, either as an ebook or as a hard copy as we move through “40 Days of Creativity” throughout Lent.

Pilgrim Lutheran School Open House—Pilgrim School offers “Academic Excellence with a Heart”. Pilgrim (Preschool through 8th grade) uses a “whole child” approach, focusing on academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development. Pilgrim prides itself on a play-based preschool and kindergarten, high test scores, and a 95% acceptance rate of graduates into competitive high school programs. Our Open House opens a window for both current and prospective families into what Pilgrim students are doing in the classroom. Building tours are available for prospective families. Join us on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. for our upcoming Open House at 4300 N. Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60613. For more information, please contact Principal Chris Comella at

—The North Center MOPs group is a group for moms that meets the first and third Thursday of each month. We are pleased to welcome Shasta Nelson, M.Div. as our speaker on Thursday, March 3rd. Shasta is a female friendship expert and pastor who speaks to groups around the country. Shasta is also the author of Friendships Don't Just Happen!, a guidebook on the various levels of friendships and how to create meaningful relationships. Please contact Marta Hardacre for information or to RSVP at  We hope to see you there!

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.

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:
Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.-Pilgrim School Open House/Learning Fair
Saturday, March 12th– 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m-Council Retreat, Ascension Lutheran Church, Northfield, IL
Saturday, March 19th at 10 a.m.—Wunders Cemetery Egg Hunt
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 10:10 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.
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 how his life and ministry can inform our relationship today as Lutherans with our brothers and sisters of Jewish faith. The following is the forum schedule: February 28(Who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?), March 6 (What can we learn about Judaism?), 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 will be passed out to the entire congregation on February 28 so that all who do not attend the adult forum can still participate in this congregation-wide discussion.
We look forward to seeing you, and joining in this important conversation together!
Questions? Talk to Marissa Becklin, Ministry in Context Student

Congratulations to Cheryl Saiki—Our long time member Cheryl Saiki has been elected into the position of Vice President of the Church Council. Cheryl has always been an active member of the Pilgrim community and we know she will add her knowledge and love of God to assist in the management of the Church Council. Please extend your congratulations to her.

Lutheran World Relief-Baby Care Donations
Please help our Sunday School kids collect items for LWR Baby Care Kits. Items can be new or gently used (no obvious mending or stains, please) in sizes 6 months to 14 months (2T). Guidelines for the kits are simple but please do not donate items not on this list-we can’t use them. Please place your donations in the orange bin at the rear of the church. The deadline is Sunday, March 13. The kits will be assembled during the Sunday School Easter celebration on Sunday, March 20th. Cash donations to LWR can also be made using the pew envelopes. Any funds designated for the project will go to Lutheran World Relief to help with their shipping costs. Donation List can be found on the back table in the Narthex.
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!

Prayer and Care Boxes-Wednesday, March 16th—We would like to assemble “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, chocolate, or any other gifts a senior might enjoy, please bring them to the Pastor’s office or to our assembly session on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:15 p.m. For more information, please call Anna-Kari Johnson (773-990-0814) or Many thanks to you all.

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! We will be selling on Sunday in the church lobby and, Monday and Friday from 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 purchase in-store, give Pligrim School’s number (70030841) and Pilgrim will earn %5 credit.

Don’t forget to 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.

Universal Orlando Resort - Gift Cards now available - $25, $100, $500! Talk to Anne Barsano about restrictions.

General Worship Offerings:

Budgeted through 01.31.16 $96,250
Actual through 01.31.16 $90,958

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 02.21.16 $ 3,228

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


Feb 28 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 1 Tuesday 7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

Mar 2 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 3 Thursday 6:30 p.m. Pilgrim Open House
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Mar 4 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

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


Mar 6 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 8 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Church Endowment Meeting

Mar 9 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 10 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. Stewardship Team Meeting

Mar 11 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Mar 12 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

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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