Subject: Come Hear an African Prophet

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
We welcome Pastor Lalissa Gemechis of the Mekane Yesus (Lutheran) Church of Ethiopia as our guest preacher. The Lutheran Church of Ethiopia is the fastest growing Lutheran Church in the world, having grown from 22,000 to over 5.5 million members over the past 50 years. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne. You will not want to miss meeting him and hearing his message! 
Guest Preacher Sunday, March 23rd
Pastor Kristian will be here to help us host a remarkable leader in Global Christianity. We welcome Pastor Lalissa Gemechis of the Mekane Yesus (Lutheran) Church of Ethiopia as our guest preacher. The Lutheran Church of Ethiopia is the fastest growing Lutheran Church in the world, having grown from 22,000 to over 5.5 million members over the past 50 years. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Indiana. You will not want to miss meeting him and hearing his message! We will also take the opportunity to say a prayer of dedication for our new screen that was graciously installed by Cornell Erdbeer.
Lenten Suppers and Worship
We invite you to join us on our 2014 Lenten Journey as we explore the theme “Lives Shaped by Jesus.” Please plan on join us every Wednesday in Lent for worship and discussion at 10:10 a.m. Chapel (with a discussion group to follow) and for Lenten Suppers, discussion, and Vespers from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our core texts will be the Bible and the book The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg, available via Kindle or regular formats. You are invited to pick up a copy of that book as we prepare for Lent at Pilgrim. You can do so at

WEEK 4: March 24-30
Prayer and Scripture Study
Ortberg Book chapters 6,9
Bible: Psalm 13

Wednesday mornings, 10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m. after chapel in the Parlor
Wednesday evenings, 6:15 p.m.—8:00 p.m., begins with free supper
Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Childcare will be provided at all sessions. Come as you are; no experience or prior reading is necessary.
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend April 25-27 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Schaumburg, IL. Apply today (pre-registration is required by April 4) at or contact Jan Gerzevske at or 630-294-5014. 
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!
Invitation to MOMSnext
Calling all mothers! We invite you to the MOMSnext dinners we have coming up. These gatherings are always very positive and a lot of fun, and we grow in friendship and support. If you feel like getting out of the house, come join us at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester) for dinner! All children also get to enjoy dinner and a movie or playing downstairs. If you wish to bring a friend, something to eat, drink or a bottle of wine, all are welcome! MOMSnext is held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Upcoming dates are May 8, June 12. We aren’t meeting April 10th because that night is a “Keeping Kids Safe” lecture by Dr. Bianka Hardin. Please join us!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

March 20 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

March 21 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 22 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

March 23 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

March 25 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Council

March 26 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel/“Lives Shaped By Jesus”
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. Confirmation All Together Night
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:45 p.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

March 27 Thursday
6:30 p.m. “Keeping Kids Safe”
6:30 p.m. TOPS

March 28 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 29 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time 2112 W. Cullom
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

March 20, 2014
Leadership Huddles
Pastor Kristian and his wife Anna-Kari have started two leadership huddles that meet twice a month. The purpose of the huddles is to teach and live discipleship the way Jesus did. Please pray for these groups, and watch for details in the coming months about how to connect with this ministry.
Keeping Kids Safe: Practical Strategies for Parents Who Want to Protect Their Children from Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This free program presented by Bianka Hardin, PsyD, is aimed at teaching parents about the signs and symptoms of childhood sexual abuse and practical strategies about how to protect children from sexual exploitation and unsafe situations. Parents will leave this presentation with increased knowledge and practical tips for how to talk to their children about protecting themselves from risky situations and feel better about protecting their personal boundaries. For more info: Contact info: phone 773-569-1426 or email
Vacation Bible School
This year’s VBS program, Gangway to Galilee, will take place the week of June 16-20, in the mornings. Kids ages 3 through 12 are eligible to participate. Over the coming weeks we will be asking for adult, teen and 7-8th grade volunteers to help with our preparations, as well as lining up people to help during VBS. Last year’s volunteers had a great time, so please consider signing up to help this year, even if you don’t have kids! Questions? Contact Chris Wallis.
Exploring the Bible Class
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 in Maring Hall at 9:20 a.m. 
Prayer Ministry Location Change***
Prayer time March 22nd and March 29th will take place at Renee’s house, 2112 W. Cullom, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Please join us!
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
Jazz Passion
Sunday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m., Saint Luke Church, 1500 W Belmont: A staged production with 12-piece jazz band, soloists and choir. Free admission, free parking., 773-472-3383
Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits
Once again during Lent, we will be collecting baby clothing, soap, diapers and other supplies to make Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. The kits will be assembled by our Sunday School kids (and adult friends) on Palm Sunday. Containers to hold donations will be set up in the Narthex throughout Lent.

Items for Baby Care Kits:
All items should be new or gently used (no stains or tears, please) No patriotic, religious, or military symbols (including camouflage). Clothing items can range from sizes 6-24 months (which is a change--no newborn or 3-month clothing).
Lightweight T-shirts (long or short-sleeved, no Onesies)
Gowns or sleepers without feet, Socks
Sweaters, jackets, or sweatshirts with hoods (or include a baby cap)
Lightweight receiving blankets
Flat-fold cloth diapers (the lightweight ones work best)
Hand towels, preferably dark colored
Mild soap, 4-5 oz. in original wrappers—no heavily scented or deodorant soap

Project Linus Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now for our annual Thrivent Join Hands Day event on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when we will join other members of the Thrivent North Cook County chapter to make comfort blankets for kids. Kids will use fabric markers to create quilt squares to be sewn into blankets by our volunteers, but you don’t have to sew to participate. We also make fleece blankets with knotted fringe or crochet edges, so there's something for every skill level. A delicious lunch is included.
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 Janet Taylor at
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.
Gift Cards
Sales will be Sunday, Monday and Friday during the month of March, with the exception of the 21st which is during Spring Break. Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 with any questions..
Get in the Game!
Saturday, April 5, 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Pilgrim
Celebrate spring with the opening weekend of baseball! Enjoy an evening of classic rock & roll, baseball trivia, NCAA semi-finals, food, fun, and friends… and the night supports the Lincoln Square Friendship Center. A suggested donation of $20 for the evening includes ballpark food such as hotdogs, brats, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, beer, wine, soda, and water. Entertainment provided by St Jams Band. Contact Karen Huelskoetter with any questions. 

Our Prayer for Sunday
Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Exodus 17:1–7:
Because the thirsty Israelites quarreled with Moses and put the Lord to the test, Moses cried out in desperation to the Lord. The Lord commanded Moses to strike the rock to provide water for the people. The doubt-filled question—“Is the Lord among us or not?”—received a very positive answer.

The second reading is Romans 5:1–11:
Though we often hear that God helps those who help themselves, here Paul tells us that through Jesus' death God helps utterly helpless sinners. Since we who had been enemies are reconciled to God in the cross, we now live in hope for our final salvation.
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