Subject: Easter!

Dear Friends, 

Resurrection is real. It is written, not only in books, but in every leaf of springtime and in every heart renewed by faith.

Come be renewed this Sunday, at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., with a delicious breakfast at 9 a.m. and free family/group portraits and a egg hunt after the 10:30 a.m. service...

We also invite you to this evening's Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., and our Family Good Friday service at 4:30 p.m. and our Tennebrae service at 7 p.m.

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!

Sunday School—Because today is a special Holy Week service, we want to encourage children to worship with their families. Our nursery is available during the service from the conclusion of Children’s Time through the Sharing of Peace. We will resume Sunday School on Sunday, April 3rd at 10:15 a.m.

First Communion Sunday-April 10th
—Join us in celebrating the joy of communion with God and people on Sunday, April 10th at the 10:30 a.m. service.   We will enjoy a special presentation from the Doerfler, Ruger, Abu-Absi, Santana, Egan, Stewart-Couch,Hays, Harnish, Johnson, Campbell-Stanek, and Volkens Families who have been participating in this year’s class, and enjoy a special reception to follow!

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

Thank you to the following persons for purchasing flowers to decorate our altar for Easter Sunday:
The Barsano Family in memory of: Vera & George Maggio; Charles & Josephine Barsano; Charlotte & Floyd Wallace and Floyd Wallace III.
Hans & Marisa Becklin in memory of Jay R. Becklin
Angela Cardo in celebration of Easter and Families
Wayne and Kathy Danner in memory of John Walter Danner
Gail Egebrecht in honor of Family
Claudia George in celebration of Tova Neith Cook’s 1st birthday
Amber & Jason Hacker in honor of Hughes, Saundra & Annalyce Grogan
Michael & Doris Knuth in honor of Anna Knuth; in memory of Marie & Herbert Anderson and Harold Knuth

The Lau Family in memory of Susan Lau & Helen Firnhaber
Ed & Debbie Nelson in honor of Nels Nelson & Floyd Thompson
The Saiki Family in memory of Mario Accardo and Richard Saiki
Carol Shogren in memory of John & Cecelia Szostek
Deb & Mike Suhajda in honor of Kathy Mowery; in memory of Connie Suhajda
The Valencia Family in memory of Vito
Chris Wallis in honor of Eve and Sarah Domann

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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.

Save the Dates:
Sunday, April 17th-Assisting Ministers Training, 12:00 noon
Sunday, April 24th-Teacher Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 30th-Pilgrim’s Totally Tubular Annual Auction
Sunday, May 8th-Mother’s Day, Godspeed for Seminarians Hans and Marissa
Sunday, May 22nd-Walk to Reach El Salvador
June 22-24-UKANDU Sports Camp
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

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

Commemorating Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor and Martyr of the 20th Century—April 3rd
During worship on April 3rd, the Pilgrim community will join together in remembering and honoring Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a German pastor who was martyred by the Nazi regime on April 9th, 1945. This service will include a litany of commitment where we as a church will promise to stand up with and for our brothers and sisters of different faiths and to seek relationship with our neighbors. On that same day the community is also invited to an adult education session (9:15am, Maring Hall) where we will reflect on how Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life can inform our faith as Christians today. 

Prayer Time—Location change for April 2nd
We will be gathering at our usual time of 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2nd however Renee Stuedemann will be hosting, her address is 2112 W. Cullom Ave, 2nd floor. We hope you will be able to join 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.
Child care is provided throughout each class. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Kathy Danner at

Wondering what the Discipleship Huddles are all about? Interested in learning more? Curious about what and when Pilgrim Disciples Huddles do and talk about? Join us Sunday, April 3 in the parlor room right after church. Say hi to your friends downstairs and grab a snack, coffee and then join us for an informational meeting about the next Pilgrim Huddle. For more information, please contact Theresa Sparlin at

LWR Baby Care Kits—Many thanks to all who donated to and helped assemble the Baby Care Kits. We have 22 completed kits going to the Elgin collection center this week. If you still wish to contribute, monetary donations designated for Lutheran World Relief can be placed in the offering plate for the next two Sundays. The contributions will be sent to LWR to help defray their shipping costs.

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

Pilgrim is Launching a Hydroponics Garden!

Pilgrim is embarking on an experiment to establish a hydroponics garden to allow guests of the hot meals, community youth, and volunteers to grow fresh food for our hot meals program. We are calling the project, “Farming Hope Chicago”, inspired by a similar ministry in El Salvador- Want to find out more? Join us on Saturday, April 9th at 12:45 for a team meeting and work session. Special thanks to Thrivent for sponsoring this project.

The Friendship Center & Jam for Bread!
Join The Friendship Center for an evening of music, food, and fun to support our neighbors in need. Food will be provided by Smoque BBQ and music by local bands from Chicago and Milwaukee. Visit for more information on this annual event and to purchase tickets. We hope to see you on April 16th at at Dank Haus!

Come to El Salvador 2016
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, 2016.   This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge required.  This will be the 17th 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

Gift Cards—Why not purchase one to donate to the Annual Auction? Easter is here, we will be selling on Sunday in the church lobby and Monday following Easter 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. You can contact Anne Barsano with any questions at or 312-972-9040.

Sports Authority/Sportmart is filing for bankruptcy, please use your gift cards before they stop accepting them!

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 03.20.16 $ 2,269

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 27 Easter Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Mar 28-Apr 1 Spring Break—No School

Mar 31 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

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

Apr 2 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


April 3 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Confirmation???
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Apr 7 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Apr 8 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Apr 9 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10
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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