Subject: Easter is a Season!

Pilgrim Announcements
April 12th, 2015

Dear Friends,

Thanks to everyone who made last week's Holy experiences so special! 

We look forward this Sunday as we continue growing spiritually in this season of Easter! We will reflect upon Thomas, who many have called the "postmodern disciple." His faith is grounded not only in what he is told, but in what he experiences... sounds a little bit like us!

Join us at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!

First Communion Sunday
Join us in celebrating the joy of communion with God and with God’s people on Sunday, April 19th at the 10:30 a.m. service.   We will enjoy a special presentation from the Daniel, Sperry, Volkens, Bates, Hardin-Frye, Westveer, Boecler, and Aggert Families who have been participating in this year’s class with a special reception to follow!
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!

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 (
Check out Pilgrim Lutheran School!
Pilgrim School will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, April 14th at 9:30 a.m. Principal Comella also offers tours every Tuesday at 10 a.m. To RSVP, please call the School Office at 773-477-4824. Please spread the word to neighbors, co-workers, and friends... did you know that Pilgrim recently saw 100% of their 8th Graders who applied to a selective enrollment high school be accepted? We truly embody "Academic Excellence with a Heart"
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.

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 

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! 
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!
On April 16th, MOPs is hosting our Preschool Panel All-Stars! We are bringing in our team of experts (some of our awesome moms:)) from various schools in the area to share their wealth of knowledge with the group.  Not only are we going to talk about what different schools have to offer, but also our mom's are going to share their tips for how to help your child transition to school, tips on how to get involved, questions, to ask, and much, much, more!  Finally, mom's will have the chance to check out Pilgrim's preschool/kindergarten classrooms, meet and ask questions of Principal Comella and Pastor Johnson as well as see our awesome pre-school teacher Mrs. Bataneant in action!

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)
Market Day
Market Day Pickup is Thursday, April 16th from 3-4 pm or at PAS.  Please contact Anne, or 773-472-6037, if you have a problem with pickup. 
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Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Prayer for this week
Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord's resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 4:32-35 (NRSV)

1 John 1:1—2:2 (NRSV)

John 20:19–31 (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 12 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 14 Tuesday
9:30 a.m. Pilgrim School Open House
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

April 15 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
5:30 p.m. First Communion
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

April 16 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

April 17 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 18 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


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 Sunday 
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
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
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

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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