Subject: It's Not Over

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"Everybody's a little depressed now that Christmas is over..." someone said this morning. It's true, this can be a hard time of year.

But we do have something that brings us together in celebration... Epiphany! Join us this Sunday for a special participative service with a 3 Kings Procession and a special reception with a piñata and 3 Kings Cake to follow! 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

An epiphany is an illuminating discovery or realization...

Let our Epiphany be that God has come to be with us in the person of Jesus, and that God is shining light on our path as we begin a new year... We need light, love, and hope this time of year! See you Sunday!
Epiphany “3 Kings” Celebration—Today—We invite all children and youth to help with a special procession and dramatic reading of the magi story. Please gather at the back of the Narthex. We will have a piñata and great fellowship to follow the 10:30 a.m. service.

Sunday Dining Group—On Sun. Jan. 15, we will be going to Via Lima, a Peruvian restaurant at 4024 N. Lincoln Avenue at 5:30 p.m. They have a private parking lot, around the corner going west, enter from Irving Park. Please join us: reserve with Julie, 773-674-3014 or 773 366-0724-cell.

Pilgrim Welcoming Refugees—We at Pilgrim are led to help welcome families fleeing horror and starting a new life in Chicago. We had an initial conversation led by Shermi, a Pilgrim school parent, at the pancake breakfast. It was decided to have a more formal gathering led by a representative from RefugeeOne, Kim Snoddy, on Sunday, January 22nd at 12 noon at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in the Annex. Kim will be sharing about how we might assist in mentoring and co-sponsoring a refugee family. Please RSVP to

“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting—January 29th—Calling all members! Our upcoming annual meeting will be January 29th at 11:45 a.m. in Maring Hall. It is a great moment to celebrate the ministry that has taken place over the past year, and lift up the goals we have going forward. We will also be electing our council members and sharing a financial update. Thank you in advance for your participation!

First Communion Class begins in February—We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program, which will be beginning with an interest meeting on February 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The interactive class (that is geared for adults as well as children and youth) is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments.

Your 2017 Offering Envelopes—are in your mailboxes in the Narthex. We encourage you us use them, unless of course you have automatic withdrawals for your donations.

Sunday’s Altar Flowers
—are in memory of Raymond William Carlson, given by Valerie Rae Carlson.

Altar Flowers
—Have you ever wondered why we sometimes have fresh flower arrangements on the Altar? They are given in Memory of, or in Honor of or in Celebration of someone special in your life. Sign up sheets (through 2017) are on the bulletin board at the back of the Sanctuary and a pair of arrangements costs $30. Payment can be put in the offering to Pilgrim, with a note that it’s for flowers.

MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N. Winchester). Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and childcare is provided until 11:45 a.m. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at

Save the Dates:
Friday, January 13th—School Winter Carnival, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5th—Souper Bowl Sunday
Saturday, February 25th—Trivia Night
Monday-Friday, July 17-21—Vacation Bible School
Discipleship Groups at Pilgrim—There is a wonderful movement at Pilgrim that is helping people hear God’s voice, read the Bible together, and have the encouragement and support to follow Jesus more joyfully and faithfully. There are groups already meeting and new groups forming soon. If you would like more info please contact Kathy Danner or Theresa Sparlin at

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.

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

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! 

Coffee Hour is still looking for a family or person to do the following dates:  March 26th and July 2nd. Please let Anne Barsano know if you can help on these dates. Thank you!

Thank You from Pilgrim:

—to our Pilgrim Dads for the fantastic food and fellowship! Over $950 was raised for the Pilgrim School Technology Fund. We are grateful for the leadership of Pete Gillespie and Glenn Williams!
—to Shellie Riedle, Samantha Doerfler and everyone who participated in Coats Angels, giving 151 coats in December!
—to everyone who has given to the Pilgrim Toy Drive. These were shared with students at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humbolt Park.

Invitation to Worship/Music Team
—Attention all singers, instrumentalists, dramatically talented, poets, artists of every kind. We have openings available on our worship music team! We would love to have you join us! For more information, contact

Hot Meals Ministry
—Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement). We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Lau at or Beth Biery at

Hot Meals Coats—It’s cold outside and our guests could use warm coats, hats, and gloves. Gently used or new items for adults can be dropped off at the Pastor’s office, along with socks, underwear, and toiletries of all kinds.

Mission Interpretation—Don’t forget to check the latest memo posted on the Mission Bulletin Board at the back of the church. Also, take a look at earlier memos, collected in a notebook on the table in the narthex. Two items of interest include the memo dated 11/15/16 "Reflections from the Church on the Election" by Bishop Eaton and a statement from LIRS (The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) reaffirming the church's mission to protect and welcome refugees.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Faith In Action Assembly—On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th, many people of faith around Chicago will be gathering for Community Renewal Society’s annual assembly. Take action in the spirit of Dr. King and hold our elected officials accountable. Come participate in the democratic process to prevent violence, fund education, and create jobs. We will leave from Pilgrim at 8:30 a.m., the event starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. If you want to meet us at the event location, please go to: St. Mark United Methodist Church, 8441 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60619.

Thank You to Pilgrim—from Lutheran Child & Family Services for the mission donation given to Chicago Uptown Ministry, here in our neighborhood.

Lightning Appeal—On July 10th, 2016, our roof was struck by lightning, and we sustained over $12,000 in damage to our facility. We now need to invest $6,000 to install a proper lightning protection system with rods and surge protectors that will protect our many electronic devices, security equipment, and the building itself. If you would make an end-of-year contribution to this cause, please do so by writing a check to Pilgrim, and write “lightning” on the memo line. Thank you.

Gift Card sales have returned to their normal schedule: Sunday in the church foyer after the 10:30 service, and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00,  Please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 with any questions.

OpCIP finally has a program for ordering gift cards on your phone. The free APP is "Benefit Mobile" and the link is Go to the site and select Pilgrim Lutheran to receive the profit. You have the choice of using your checking account or a credit card (% earned differs with payment method). The email shows you the cards they offer. We will still sell cards in the office as the profits are higher, but now you have options. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037. 
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


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

January 10 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Education

January 11 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Church Council
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

January 12 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 13 Friday
 7:00 p.m. Winter Carnival

January 14 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10


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

January 18 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

January 19 
Thursday 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 20
 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 21 Saturday 1
1:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1

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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