Subject: It's Still Love Week :)

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Hello Friends,

Tuesday was Valentine's Day, and Pilgrim students, for the fourth straight year, passed out over 900 handmade valentines to commuters at the Brown Line "El". It was beautiful.

And it's still love week at Pilgrim. This coming Sunday, the scriptures, our "Explore the Bible Class", the music, will all culminate in a much needed infusion of Love for us and the daily challenges we face. Join us at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!
March 1st Ash Wednesday Schedule:
7:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Offering Prayer and Ashes at Wilson Red line Stop, Uptown (Wilson and Broadway)
10:50 a.m. Ash Wednesday Service, including the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner (soup supper)
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

Lent at Pilgrim 2017 “Life-Giving Water” - “The Water I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (Jesus, John 4:14) This year in Lent, we will be opening our community, homes, and lives to the flow of God’s life-giving water. Each Wednesday starting on March 1st, we gather at 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by a Taize service, a meditative and peace-filled service. We will be utilizing Lent as a time of preparation for people preparing to be baptized, as well as renewing all of our baptisms! If you or someone you know would like to explore baptism, please talk to Pastor Kristian (773) 990-0813,

Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent - Starting Wednesday, March 1st and continuing through April 5th, Pilgrim will have a community meal on Wednesday evenings. Teams are needed to prepare a meal for approximately 30-35 people. We’ve traditionally called these “soup suppers”, but any crowd-friendly dish is fine. Suppers are served from 6:15-7:00 p.m., followed by a brief worship service, which this year will be inspired by the Taize tradition. For more information, or to sign up, contact Renee at the church office:

Pilgrim Dining Group - TODAY at 5:30 p.m. we will be enjoying Central Asian and Russian cuisine at Chayhana Restaurant, located at 2245 W. Irving Park Road. It’s a friendly little family place with halal food (prepared in the manner prescribed by Islamic law). It’s BYOB, and free parking on Irving. RSVP to Julie at 773-764-3140.

Pilgrim Welcoming Refugees - We at Pilgrim are led to help welcome families fleeing horror and starting a new life in Chicago. TODAY we are meeting at 12:00 noon at Bethany United Church of Christ, 4250 N. Paulina, to continue our work and planning. Please join us! If you are interested in receiving updates via email, contact Renee at the church office

First Communion Class
- We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program, beginning with an interest meeting on February 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The interactive class, geared for adults as well as children and youth, is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God.

Trivia Night 2017
- Join us for the annual Pilgrim Lutheran School Trivia Night! It’s Saturday, February 25th, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starting at 7:00. $160 per table, maximum eight (8) players per table. All proceeds go to fund the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Pilgrim Lutheran School at (773) 477-4824 or email:

Calling all Youth 6th through 12th Grade - Join us for the following events:
Sunday, February 26th - Serving Lunch at Trinidad Lutheran Church in Humboldt Park, leaving Pilgrim at 11:50 a.m. and departing from Trinidad at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 3rd - Pilgrim Dance and After Party - All 6th-8th Graders are invited to the middle school dance at Pilgrim. We will have an after party event (like we did after the Halloween Carnival) at the 9:30 p.m.. Confirmands can attend the dance and the after party, or just come for the after party event. Saturday, March 25th - Serving Hot Meals at Pilgrim from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with team 10!

Irving Park Lutheran Church’s 28th Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Bake Sale - All you can eat Swedish & regular pancakes, lingonberries, apple topping, and sausages on Tuesday, February 28, at 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at IPLC Gymnasium, 4057 North Harding. Admission: $10/adult, $5 children 12 and under. Proceeds support the 2017 Summer Camp @ IPLC. Full or half day options for one or more weeks July 31-August 25. More info: or 773-267-1666.

Pilgrim Lutheran School Open House- Thursday, March 9th - Pilgrim School offers “Academic Excellence with a Heart”. Pilgrim (Preschool through 8th grade) uses a “whole child” approach, focusing on academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development. Pilgrim prides itself on a play-based preschool and kindergarten, high test scores, and a 95% acceptance rate of graduates into competitive high school programs. Our Open House opens a window for both current and prospective families into what Pilgrim students are doing in the classroom. Building tours are available for prospective families. Join us on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. for our upcoming Open House at 4300 N. Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60613. For more information, please contact Principal Chris Comella at

Need Prayers or Pastoral Visit? If you or a dear one experiences a life changing challenge (hospitalization, death, health issues) please let us know. Contact Pastor at 773-990-0813 or the church office at

Score Big with Pilgrim! Save the date for our annual Auction and Party on April 8, 2017 from 7:00-11:00 p.m., at Whirlyball Chicago. This year the party is FREE (yay!) but the FUNdraising is not. There are many ways to contribute to this year's event: Sponsor, Host, Sell, Donate, or Volunteer! If any of those words speak to you, then we need your help! Contact Jen Goolsby at or Tarah Dickerson at for more information.

Save the Dates:
Saturday, February 25th - Vickie Fiedler Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5th - Kids Participate in Worship
Sunday, March 12th - New Member Sunday
Sunday, March 19th- El Salvador Testimonies and Trip Interest Meeting
Monday-Friday, July 17-21 - Vacation Bible School
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th
Strategies for Increasing Connection Through Caring Conversations - March 5th - A presentation on how to be a supportive and caring listener will be offered to the entire congregation on Sunday March 5th at 12:00 noon in the Annex. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP by February 26th to

Renewing Leadership Day Retreat,” Saturday, March 18th - Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster. Our facilitator will be Rev. Stephen Bouman, Director of the Domestic Mission unit of the ELCA since 2008, plus extensive experience working to equip Lutheran Schools. Refreshments and lunch provided. Please RSVP to Renee at

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 - Join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage.

Help Children with Comfort Squeezing Pillows - Joey Cardo, Pilgrim alumni, has a service project to become an Eagle Scout and he wants your help. While children recover from heart surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital, they have a lot of pain from coughing, sneezing or laughing. Heart shaped pillows help, both emotionally and physically. His goal is to raise $750 (or 70 pillows). He’s looking for volunteers to help assemble pillows on Saturday, March 11th, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Maring Hall. If interested, contact or or check out

Check out the latest Mission Memo - This week's Mission Memo thanks students from Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for passing out over 900 handmade valentines at the Montrose El Stop. It is located on the Mission Gifts Bulletin Board at the back of the church. 
Thank you to the parents and the church for graciously furnishing the upper grades class rooms with air conditioners this year! However, there is more to be done. The annex for summer camp use needs two units, as does each of the five lower grade classrooms. Many of you have already been so generous; and while certainly not required, we appreciate the help keeping the little ones and our campers cool and dry. As such, the PTL will be matching parents’ donations dollar for dollar. Please help us reach this goal to keep our kids safe this warm weather season by placing all donations in the PTL box located in the office. We’ll keep you updated on the progress and thank you once again for your generosity!

Gift Cards - will be sold on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday this week because of President's Day. We are trying to clean up our stash of "leftover from the holidays" gift cards and have the following onhand: JiffyLube $25/$30, Petsmart $25, Peapod $50, $100, Rei $25, LLBean $25, Binny's $25, Super Cuts $25, Bakers Square $25, Crate & Barrel $25, iTunes $10, $15 $25. Please see the sellers or contact Anne Barsano at with 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.

General Worship Offerings: 

Needed weekly to meet budget $3,391
Actual received week of 2/12 $2,495
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


February 19 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
12:00 p.m. Refugee meeting at Bethany
5:30 p.m. Dining Group

February 22 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion interest meeting
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

February 23 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 24 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 25 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
7:00 p.m. Trivia Night


February 26 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

February 28 Tuesday
 7:30 p.m. Church Council

March 1 Ash Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:50 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion interest meeting
6:15 p.m. Soup Supper
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

March 2 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 3 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 4 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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