Subject: Come see!

Pilgrim Announcements
April 19th, 2015

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday as we continue to grow in the season of Easter, to see... and experience... God's love. 

At the 10:30 a.m. service, we will enjoy special music from the Pilgrm School Chorus and a special presentation from our First Communion Students as they receive their First Communion. We also invite you to an Interest/Info Meeting on the El Salvador Trip at 12:15 p.m. in the Annex. See you Sunday!

1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are...

Teacher Appreciation Sunday—May 3rd
You are cordially invited to attend Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School's Teacher Appreciation Day Service on Sunday May 3rd at 10:30 a.m.   Please consider making a note of appreciation and drop it off in a box labeled “Teacher’s Appreciation Notes” which is located on the top of the metal church mailboxes in the narthex (behind the organ)  They will be presented to the teachers as a part of the service!  Thank you!
Mother's Day Celebration- May 10th Please join us this Sunday for a very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

Mother’s Day—May 10th
Please join us on Sunday, May 10th for a very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also as part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

Calling all Jr. and Sr. High Youth!
Join us on Saturday, April 26th from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. for an afternoon of bowling, food, and fun at St. John's Lutheran bowling alley, 4939 W. Montrose.   We're excited to start up our youth group again and thanks to Jonathan Valencia for helping us get reconnected! Please contact Jonathan with any questions—more info to follow!

Come to El Salvador 2015
If you have ever wanted to serve God on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America  this summer—July 31st- August 10th, 2015.   Come make friends at our sister school, Colegio Luterano!  We will be able to meet Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.  We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help build churches, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge required.  This will be the 16th summer that Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari have led a mission trip to El Salvador.  For more information, please contact them at 773-990-0814 or at  or 
click HERE that has all the brochures and forms.  Thank you for your support and prayers!
Join us for an Informational/Interest Meeting on Sunday, April 19th at 12:15 p.m. in the Annex 

Legacy Bricks Dedication
Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 9:30 am.. for a special dedication of the "Legacy Bricks" in the newly installed Gathering Garden.   The "Legacy Bricks" feature the name of past teachers, Principals, and Pastors that have served throughout Pilgrim's history.  Our featured guest that day will be Dr. Richard Calhoun, currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Concordia University in River Forest.  Dr. Calhoun is the grandson of Pilgrim's first Principal, Alfred Rumsfeld.  Please spread the word among alumni and friends of Pilgrim.

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador
You can change lives here and around the world! Join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! Sunday, May 17th at 7:45 a.m. we meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on 4300 N. Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (1 block south of Montrose, 1 block east of Damen.  We’ll be walking to Welles Park, circling it twice, and then heading back to Pilgrim for a celebration! For more information, please contact Pastor Kristian Johnson at  or Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814.  
'Camp Discovery' - Vacation Bible School is coming! 
Planning and volunteer recruitment are underway for our third VBS adventure, which is scheduled for the week of June 22nd.  Vacation Bible School is for kids ages 3 through Grade 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Older kids and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help make this a great experience. Even if you aren't available that week, you can help with set design and building and other preparations.  Online registration system will begin in April and registration forms are available on the back table. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Chris Wallis (
Dining Group
On Sunday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m., we will partake of Persian food at Noon-O-Kabab, 4661 N. Kedzie Ave.  It is BYOB and street parking.  Please let Julie know by calling her at 773-764-3140 if you plan to attend.  Thanks! 
Prayer Ministry
Join us for prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (4332 N Winchester Ave)
Bible Discussion Time: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us! 
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. Membership is done by attending our two-part New Members class.  The next meeting-  PART I will be on Sunday morning, the 3rd of May, 9:15 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. and Part II is Tuesday, the 5th of May from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. People interested in participating in these classes can participate in any order. Both Part I and Part II are offered each month (so for example, you could attend Part II this month, and Part I next month).

You may RSVP to Lindsay in the Church Office at

PTL Spring Cleaning Drive
PTL is partnering with the Family Tree Resale Shop for Pilgrim's First Spring Cleaning Drive.  Through this partnership, any clothing, home items, toys or furniture donated will translate to shopping vouchers at the Family Tree Resale shop.  Pilgrim will be able to give vouchers to friends and families in need or to our classrooms.   Donations can be left in the annex the week of April 17th through April 28th.  Drivers are also available to pick up furniture within a 10 mile radius of Pilgrim.  
Please contact Jacquie Mokszycki at with any questions or to set up a furniture pick up.   Thank you in advance!

Thrivent Blanket Day for Project Linus
Project Linus supplies hand-made comfort blankets to children who are critically ill or traumatized.  The North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent will supply everything needed to make hand-colored fabric squares and fleece blankets (both tied-edge and crochet-edge). The Chapter will also provide lunch.  No sewing skills are required. If you can tie a knot, you can help out!  If you are a quilter, please bring your own machine and basic supplies – we’ll have flannel available to sew the colored squares into quilts.  In addition, we will supply yarn, fleece and instruction for crochet-edge fleece blankets. Everyone is welcome - school-aged children through adults.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
4300 N Winchester Ave, Chicago IL 60613-1016 
RSVP:  Janet Fisher at if you will be able to attend, or just show up.
Hot Meals PLUS is now in its fifth week.  The following appeal is not for more drivers (although we can always add to our list of possible drivers), but rather for names of SHUT-INS!  Think about your neighbors and acquaintances in the Pilgrim area - could someone use a hot meal delivered once a week (Saturday noon)?  Please call or e-mail either Jackie Mokszycki (773-677-0676) or Janet Taylor(773-777-4052)
Join the Party!
Two of the fundraising parties from the Pilgrim auction recently occurred and were a ton of fun! You won't want to miss out on the upcoming parties so check out the list below and email Sam directly to secure your spot! The parties are hosted by a person or a group who plan and pay for them, with all money given to attend the party going directly to Pilgrim. It's a win-win- a great fundraiser and a fun opportunity to get to know other parents and families, have fun and maybe even learn a new skill! 

Email Sam to sign up (

These parties still have space → Beer & Euchre Party ▪ UnExtreme Couponing ▪ Moms and Margaritas ▪ Aloha Abany Park ▪ Now That's Italian ▪ BBQ, Beer and Big Time Fun ▪ Bavaria on Bernard ▪ Healthy Cooking Party ▪ Canning Party 

Pump up Pilgrim’s Play Space!
Pilgrim has launched it’s first crowd-funding site! Click HERE. The FUND-A-PROJECT was established with the goal of renovating our school playlot and play deck. This project will establish a safer and child friendly environment!  The playlot funding got an awesome kick-start with $15,000 raised at the auction. We appreciate your support in raising funds for our school and maintaining the quality education that Pilgrim continues to provide each year. With plans being developed for this summer, we ask you to carefully consider a gift towards this important project! 

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Prayer for this week
Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 3:12-19 (NRSV)

1 John 3:1-7 (NRSV)

Luke 24:36b–48 (NRSV)
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 19 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. First Communion Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
12:15 p.m. El Salvador Interest Meeting
5:30 p.m. Dining Group

April 22 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

April 23 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

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

April 25 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10


April 26 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 28 Sunday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee Meeting
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

April 29 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
6:30 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

April 30 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 1 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 2 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
Church Office Manager: Lindsay White
School Office Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig

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