Subject: Home

Dear Friends, 

Sometimes in our lives, we end up feeling disconnected from God. We long for a place of rest and true communion with our Creator and with others.

In the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24), we see two sons... one who has made some obvious bad decisions, and one that has made some obvious good decisions. Yet both end up experiencing a disconnect from God and from their true home.

Join us this Sunday as we experience Grace reconnecting us again to our true home... our relationship with God.
“40 Days of Creativity” - Because we are all made in God’s image...we are creative! (Genesis 1:26) Our Lenten Theme is “40 Days of Creativity”. Each Wednesday through March 16th, we gather at 6:15 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by an interactive prayer/creative activity that will draw us closer to God, to one another, and our community! Next week, March 9th, Bianka Hardin will be leading people of all ages in a collaging/vision board activity. This process will be fun and will help us reflect on our identity and journey, and can lead to new insights and connections! Please bring images, magazines, old calendars, etc. so we will have materials for this wonderful intergenerational project.

MOPS—The North Center MOPs group is a group for moms that meets the first and third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 17th at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Marta Hardacre for information or to RSVP at  We hope to see you there!

Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt—Saturday, March 19th, 10am sharp! At Wunder’s cemetery, 3963 N. Clark St (SE corner, Clark & Irving Park Rd). Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Alderman Tom Tunney & George Manning. See poster at back of Sanctuary for more details.

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.

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

Save the Dates:
Saturday, March 12th– 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m-Council Retreat, Ascension Lutheran Church, Northfield, IL
Saturday, March 19th at 10 a.m.—Wunders Cemetery Egg Hunt
Holy Week at Pilgrim 2016
Palm Sunday, March 20th
-8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (outdoor procession at 10 a.m.)
Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m.—Kindergarten Passion Play
Maundy Thursday, March 23rd at 10:10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Good Friday, March 25th 4:30 p.m. (family service) & 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—North Center Eggstravanganza Outreach
Saturday, March 26th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.-Easter Breakfast Set Up and Sanctuary Decorating
Easter Sunday, March 27th at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Easter Egg Hunt to follow 10:30 service!
Easter Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 30th-Pilgrim’s Totally Tubular Annual Auction
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

Studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor and Martyr of the 20th Century
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany during the Second World War and the reign of the Third Reich. He was a prominent writer and theologian, and his faith led him to stand up against the Nazi regime in support of his Jewish brothers and sisters who were being persecuted. This decision led to his imprisonment and death at the hands of Nazi Germany on April 9, 1945. 
An adult forum series (9:15am, Sunday mornings in the fellowship hall) beginning on February 28 will focus on who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, and explore the following themes: March 6 (What can we learn about Judaism?), March 13 (What does the ELCA say about anti-Semitism?), and April 3 (How does Bonhoeffer’s life inform our faith today?).
A devotional containing short reflections on some of Bonhoeffer’s writings about faith is available on the table in the Narthex so that all who do not attend the adult forum can still participate in this congregation-wide discussion. Questions? Talk to Marissa Becklin, Ministry in Context Student at

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Congratulations to Cheryl Saiki—Our long time member Cheryl Saiki has been elected into the position of Vice President of the Church Council. Cheryl has always been an active member of the Pilgrim community and we know she will add her knowledge and love of God to assist in the management of the Church Council. Please extend your congratulations to her.

Lutheran World Relief-Baby Care Donations
—Please help our Sunday School kids collect items for LWR Baby Care Kits. Items can be new or gently used (no obvious mending or stains, please) in sizes 6 months to 14 months (2T). PLEASE DO NOT DONATE ITEMS NOT ON THIS LIST. Place your donations in the orange bin at the rear of the church. The deadline is Sunday, March 13. The kits will be assembled during the Sunday School Easter celebration on Sunday, March 20th. Cash donations to LWR can also be made using the pew envelopes. Any funds designated for the project will go to Lutheran World Relief to help with their shipping costs. Donation List can be found on the back table in the Narthex. 

Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt—on Easter we are organizing our Annual Egg Hunt after the 10:30 am service. We need you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun thngs that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies of the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks...the deadline is Good Friday...Thank you!

Prayer and Care Boxes-Wednesday, March 16th
—We would like to assemble “Prayer and Care” baskets for our seniors and shut-ins. Last year, over 40 baskets were assembled and taken by Pilgrim members to deliver. If you have any Easter/Spring decorations, devotional books, fruit, stuffed animals, or any other gifts a senior might enjoy, please bring them to the Pastor’s office or to our assembly session on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:15 p.m. For more information, please call Anna-Kari Johnson (773-990-0814) or Many thanks to you all.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry? Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Gift Cards—We have many cards available, which we usually have to order, such as, $25 cards for: Bass Pro Shop, The Children’s Place, Super Cuts, Best Buy, Applebee’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Lou Malnati’s (also in 10’s) and $10 Bath and Body Works and Pizza Hut. We also have our usual restaurant cards.
Why not purchase one to donate to the Annual Auction and Easter is coming! We will be selling on Sunday in the church lobby and, Monday and Thursday 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.

Magazine Subscriptions—Don’t forget to order/renew your magazine subscriptions throughout the year to support Pilgrim. Our account number is 2633014 through Reordering this way starts or continues your subscription faster than through the publishers and Pilgrim earns 40% of your order. Contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with any questions. You can also order books, music and gift items at the same website.

Reminder-March 31 Deadline to Direct Choice Dollars!
Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2016 to direct where you want them to go. Don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School. Go to to learn more and find program terns and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

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 02.28.16 $ 2,337

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 6 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service 
   9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service 
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Mar 8 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Church Endowment Meeting

Mar 9 Wednesday 10:10 a.m. School Chapel
6:15 p.m. Soup Supper
6:15 p.m. Confirmation
7:15 p.m. Brief Service of Word and Song 

Mar 10 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. Stewardship Team Meeting

Mar 11 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Mar 12 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6


Mar 13 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Mar16 Wednesday 10:10 a.m. School Chapel
6:15 p.m. Soup Supper
6:15 p.m. Confirmation
7:15 p.m. Brief Service of Word and Song

Mar 17 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Mar 18 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Mar 19 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:0 a.m. Wunders Cemetery Egg Hunt
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

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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