Subject: It's Holy Week

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Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us for the most meaningful weekend of any and every year.

Many of us enjoyed the universally acclaimed animated movie, "Inside Out", which takes place inside the brain of an 11 year old girl named Riley. The movie introduces the concept of a "core memories" that shape Riley's identity and future. In order for her to overcomes her depression and fears, she is cleansed of harmful core memories and is blessed with loving ones.

This week, we experience the core memories of our identity as children of God and followers of Jesus:
Jesus entry into Jerusalem.
The "First Communion" with the disciples.
The gift of forgiveness through the cross.
The reality of Resurrection.

We hope to see you soon!


Wednesday, April 12th
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 13th
10:10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 14th
4:30 pm (Family Service)
and 7:00 p.m. (Tennebrae)

Sunday, April 16th
8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Egg Hunt to follow 10:30 service!

We Invite all Sunday School Children to stay in the worship service today. The Nursery will still be available for the younger children.

Family Portrait
s - Join us TODAY during coffee hour and pose for a free family/group photo! You will be receiving a free portrait for you and yours!

Needed: a Pre-Kinder Teacher - When a window closes, a door opens…Pilgrim School is looking for a licensed pre-Kindergarten teacher to take the retiring Mike Knuth’s position. If you or someone you know is interested in serving Pilgrim as a co-teacher in the best Early Childhood classroom in Chicago, contact Principal Comella at or at 773.477.4824

The Dining Group - Will get together on Sunday, April 23, at 5:30 at Mi Cuidad, an Ecuadorian restaurant at 3041 W. Irving Park. They have a full bar and street parking. Don't miss the good food, as they have good reviews; see you there. Confirm with Julie: 773-764-3140.

Like us on Facebook
: Check out “Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School” for wonderful info, photos and updates! We are at 496 likes!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, April 23rd - Last Sunday at Pilgrim for LSTC Seminarian Patrick Freund
Sunday, May 7th - Teacher Appreciation Sunday & Dedication of O’Hara Playlot
Wednesday, May 10th - Women’s Bible Study begins summer session
Sunday, May 21st - Walk to Reach El Salvador, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th

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 contact the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at

Bible Story Time - Join us Sunday’s until Memorial Day weekend (except Easter) for Intergenerational Bible Story Time at 9:15 in the Nursery. Each week a story will be explored by kids, parents, grandparents, kids of any age. For more information or to lead your favorite Bible story, contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814.

Sign up for Vacation Bible School - Our theme is “A Mighty Fortress” and will be the week of July 17-21. VBS is for kids ages 4 through Grade 5. Older kids, youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer as helpers. The more the merrier, it's fun for all of us! Registration for both students and volunteers is now open via a link on Pilgrim's website:
Questions? Contact Chris Wallis

Vacation Bible School Volunteers needed - In addition to a number of positions for group leaders and helpers we need a leader for the Games portion of the program. This entails leading groups of kids through approximately 20 minute segments of active outdoor play. The curriculum includes suggested games or you can come up with your own activities. Please contact Chris if interested. VBS is scheduled for the mornings of July 17-21.

Explore the Bible
- Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.  
Hot Meals Team 10 is working on a special Easter meal for Saturday, April 15th. We will have a ham, sides, rolls and all the fixings! We'd love to have a dessert buffet to offer the diners and are hoping for some help in making this a memorable meal. If you would like to contribute a dessert for this festive feast, please contact Sam at and plan to deliver the dessert to Pilgrim by Friday, April 14th. Thanks for your help in making this hot meal extra special.

Comfort Squeezing Pillows - A heart felt thank you to everyone who supported Joey Cardo’s Eagle Scout project last weekend. We were able to make 99 stuffed and bagged post-op pillows! I greatly appreciate all the sewers and stuffers. We couldn't have done it without you! Joey Cardo

This Week’s Mission Memo - Please check out the latest Mission Memo (#374) on the Mission Gifts Bulletin Board at the back of the church. It includes: 1) An invitation from the Synod Mid-East Working Group to attend a concert in support of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, 2)News from the Campaign for the ELCA and some of the many things it allows us to do, 3) A message from Bishop Medardo Ernest Gomez Soto of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador relative to refugees from El Salvador and their neighbors, and 4)The ELCA reaction to the Executive order on the Environment.

Mission Trip to El Salvador 2017 - Would you like to experience God’s love and joy and hospitality in another country? Make new friends as we help feed the hungry, plant churches, install solar panels, and march in a parade for peace and human rights. For more info, contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814 Pastor at

Bethany Pilgrim Refugee project - We are so excited to co-sponsor a Rohingya Burmese family with RefugeeOne. We are providing mentoring, tutoring, social & job development support and financial assistance. If you want to help and have not already signed up, please contact Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to For more info go to Facebook at

Chili Cook-Off to Benefit Refugee Family! Come one, come all to the Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Bake-Off to benefit the Bethany Pilgrim Refugee Project on Sunday, April 30th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Maring Hall. There is no admission fee, but we ask people to bring cash bills to place in front of the best pot of chili and the best dessert. Your monetary donations will determine the Chili and Dessert King or Queen of Chicago's North Side!!! Music will be provided by the Irving Park Trio. Thanks for your support and hope to see you there! If you want to contribute chili or a dessert, contact OR if you want to donate other supplies go to

The Welles Park Nature Park - is one of three Chicago park projects up for a chance to receive $20,000 through the National Recreation and Park Association’s “Meet Me At The Park” program. The grant will be awarded based on public votes. To vote, visit and select Welles Park, or text the code welles to 35350. To really help them win, vote EVERY DAY between now and April 30.

Gift Cards - "Spring has sprung, the grass is riz! I wonder where the bunnies iz!" Before you go out to buy your Easter goodies and spring wardrobes why not pick up some gift cards! We carry Jewel, Peapod, Whole Foods, Marianos, Target, Carsons, Macys, The Gap, Hair Cuttery, Super Cuts and many others. We will be selling this Sunday, Monday and Thursday (April 13), Easter Sunday and Tuesday (April 18) because of days off. Contact Anne Barsano, with questions or orders. Happy Easter to all!

Jam for Bread Silent Auction benefiting the Friendship Center will be on May 13th at the Dank Haus. They are accepting donation items ranging from fun experiences for children to a night out for adults. Contact Heidi Bush at to donate or for more info. Tickets can be purchased at

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


April 16 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Easter Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Easter Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee/Breakfast Hour

April 19 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

April 20 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

April 21 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 22 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


April 23 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible/Bible Story Time
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 26 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

April 27 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

April 28 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 29 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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