Subject: Important Pilgrim News!

7 But Jesus answered them, 
“My Father is still working, and I also am working.”  John 5:17
We once again warmly invite you to our first ever “Renewing Leadership Retreat” this coming Saturday, the 18th of March from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Childcare, breakfast, and lunch are provided, all free of charge!
You are strongly encouraged to attend if:

• You are currently a member of any Pilgrim team, committee, or service group
• You are interested in serving on a team, committee, or service group now or in the future
• You want to support Pilgrim’s teams, committees, and service groups through prayer
• You want to learn a little more about faith formation, team building, and communication as those things relate to Pilgrim’s community
• You attend Pilgrim- all are welcome!

What’s the point?
When it comes to this thing called life, we sometimes get stuck. God knows this, and lovingly calls us into “retreat”; where we are renewed in our baptism and inspired by the Spirit. This is what Pilgrim, Lent, and especially this Saturday is all about.

We are all so blessed to be part of this amazing community- teachers, students, parents, hot meals volunteers, worship leaders, ushers, bread bakers…. We have so much to celebrate and appreciate. We find ourselves in a difficult and divisive moment in our city and our country’s history… and yet we hear, “God is still working” (John 5:17)… What does this mean for us?

This Saturday will be an opportunity to listen to God, to one another, and to our community as we explore “What’s the next new thing to which God is calling Pilgrim?

Our Facilitator:
Our facilitator will be the Rev. Stephen Bouman, Director of the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2008. Previously, he served as Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod and has done extensive work equipping Lutheran Schools throughout the country. He is the author of several books, including The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community We are thrilled that he can be with us!

The Details:
We will enjoy coffee and breakfast refreshments at 8:30 a.m. and begin promptly at 9 a.m. Please enter the courtyard door into the lower level of the sanctuary. It’s the door to the left when someone enters the courtyard. There is also handicapped access through an adjacent door. Please let us know if you will be utilizing this access.
Childcare is being provided free of charge, you are welcome to make a donation.
The retreat will close promptly at 3:15 p.m.
Please come for any part of it that you can make it.. if you are not able to stay all morning, or past lunch, come anyway!

Please RSVP to Renee in the church office by Thursday at 12 noon at

8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.