Subject: Easter!

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Dear Friends,

"It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Resurrection wonder can’t be packaged, but it can experienced... in space that welcomes the Mystery, in a community that is open to newness..."  -Eugene Peterson

Come celebrate Easter with us! Services this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Delicious breakfast before and after the 10:30 a.m. service, with an egg hunt to follow!!
Sunday, April 1—Easter! Join us Sunday for 8:00 a.m. Worship Service, 8:30—10:00  a.m. Easter Breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Worship with Brass Quartet and Choir, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for all Children and Coffee Hour.
A Big Thank You to our Musicians Today for adding so much to our Easter
celebration! Thanks to Laurie Diehl, Howard Goldfine, Corky May and Jeff Urban.
Join us Next Week for Worship—Next week, April 8th, we welcome Pastor Jean Duran as our Guest Preacher. She writes “I am thankful for this opportunity to worship with Pilgrim. I served as pastor at two churches, Church of the Master in Carol Stream and Living Lord in Bartlett. I currently fill in for area churches as needed. My husband is also a Lutheran pastor and works in the national ELCA office. We have lived in Carol Stream for 26 years. Our three daughters live in the Chicago area and we are blessed
to see them weekly. We have one granddaughter, Arabella, who just turned 5 and is the sunshine in our lives! We have been friends with the Johnson family for many years and are honored to be Hope's godparents. May God speak to us as we join our hearts together in worship.”
First Communion Sunday—On Sunday, April 15th, we will be celebrating the First Communion with the Telford, Bates, Crabtree-Nelson, Huntsinger, Smith, Hotary, and Johnson families. The children and their families will be leading the majority of the service, enjoying a special reception afterwards. Please join us in celebrating the ways we are empowering homes for faith formation!
The Gift of Listening - Sunday, April 22nd—"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." - Karl A. Menniger. Would you like to learn more about the gift of listening and receive an opportunity to grow your faith at the same time? Join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 12-2 for a Pilgrim retreat based on the gift of listening. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

New Member Exploration 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 consider attending an exploration class in April. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at for more information. Thanks!
Calling Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)! Join MOPS on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, from 9-11:45 a.m. as we talk tips and tricks for staying organized in parenthood and life. If you have questions or want more information, please email or find us on Facebook: MOPS North Center Chicago.
Women of the ELCA—Thank you to all women who are interested in our new WECLA chapter. Our next event “to act boldly” will be Spring Outdoor Spruce Up on April 21st (April 28th rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy at or Renee at
A FREE screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age—Pilgrim Lutheran PTL is hosting a screening of this award-winning film that depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics, and offers solutions. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids and watch this film together. A moderated discussion led by Eric Crabtree-Nelson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will follow the screening.
WHEN: Thursday, April 26th 7:15 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:45)
WHERE: 4300 N. Winchester. For more information visit
The Church and School Offices will be closed the week after Easter. For any pastoral emergencies, please call Pastor Kristian at 773-990-0813.
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Save the Dates:
Sunday April 29—Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Saturday May 5—Cinco de Pilgrim Big Annual Fundraiser, 7:00 p.m. Whirlyball Chicago
Sunday May 13—Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday May 20—Walk to Reach El Salvador, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp: June 25—29—Pirates, July 2—3, 5—6—Castles, July 9—13—Legos
Explore the Bible Class—Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. (except Easter when we have brunch!) for "Explore the Bible" Class. It is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and continue exploring the basics of our Lutheran faith in this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Pastor Daniel Erlander's Book, "The Lutheran Way of Being Christian."

Prayer Time—We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing! Due to Spring Break, our next session will be April 14th.
Women’s Bible Study—Please join us when we will start a new series on
Wednesday, April 11th. We will be using the book and study guide titled Grace by Max Lucado. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP or get your book ahead of time, contact
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp—This program allows children the
opportunity to explore themes of interest to them and explore the places around the city where they can find out more about each theme. We emphasize community- building, collaboration, and, of course, fun! Click on this link for further information including times and costs!
Future Design School Young Innovators Program—empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students learn design methods and get hands-on-experience building new business offerings. It’s August 6-10 and is only $165 for Pilgrim Students. For more info contact the school office at
Coffee Hour—Is there anyone who would like to serve 11:30 Coffee Hour on April 8th? Anyone available and willing, please let Anne Barsano know by Easter Sunday. Also, Coffee Hour is in need of two or three more people or families to fill in the rotation. The list is posted on the bulletin board at the back of church. If you are interested, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037. Thank you!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for Cinco de Pilgrim are well underway - the annual Spring Party on May 5th at Whirlyball Chicago. It’s going to be a fantastic celebration of our community. We have a great group of volunteers, but we’re still in need of a few more people to round out the team. If you would be willing to give a few hours of your time, we would be so grateful. We are specifically looking for help in the areas of donations and sponsorships - it’s work that can largely be done from the comfort of your couch! Email Ana Caref if you’re able to help:
Come to El Salvador 2018—If you have ever wanted to go on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America, July 31st-August 7th, 2018. Please contact Pastor Kristian at or Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 for more information, and brochures are on the table at the back of church.
Pilgrim Alumni & Friends—Tap into that deep sense of Wildcat pride and become a sponsor of the 2018 Pilgrim Lutheran Spring Party/Cinco de Pilgrim. Your generosity will be showcased to as many as 200 families and professionals from throughout the community. What better way to honor your Pilgrim graduate than by making a gift in their name! Help us meet our fundraising goals so that we can continue to provide “Academic Excellence with a Heart” to all of our students. Please consider a spring party sponsorship - levels start at just $100! Email:
A Global 6K for Water will take place at Montrose Harbor on May 19th. The event is sponsored by World Vision to raise donations for clean water globally. The distance of 6 kilometers is the average that a family member in the third world will walk daily to retrieve water for the family. This distance is walked every day for the family's daily water. If you would like to walk/run this distance to raise funds and awareness for this issue, please register/donate at or contact Bob Lau at Let’s form a Team Pilgrim for this event!
Gift Cards—We are trying to sell the following $25s: Pier 1, Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods and Petsmart. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 if interested. We resume selling on Sunday, Monday and Friday starting April 8th. Thank you!

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

             April 1 Sunday             
8:00 a.m.  Easter Worship Service
   8:30 a.m. Easter Brunch
10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Brass
10:30 a.m.  Nursery
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour and Easter Egg Hunt

April 4 Wednesday
7:30 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous

April 5 Thursday
6:30 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

April 6 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts

April 7 Saturday
11:30 a.m.  Hot Meals Team #4
8:00 p.m.   Beginners AA Meeting

April 8 Sunday
8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
9:15 a.m.  Sunday School & Explore the Bible
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour

April 10 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  Board of Ed

April 11 Wednesday
5:30 p.m.  First Communion Class
7:30 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous

April 12 Thursday
6:30 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

April 13 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts

                             April 14 Saturday                           
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5
8:00 p.m.  Beginners AA Meeting


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
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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