Subject: Kings Shall See

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday as we continue our series "By Another Way" by exploring another way to serve. Inspired by the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, we'll hear a reading from Isaiah 49:1-7, and celebrate our identity as God's chosen servants. We'll be singing "Build your Kingdom Here" once again! And, we also invite you to a open forum after the service this Sunday, the 19th, at 11:45 a.m., so that we may be prepared the votes to be held at our congregational meeting on Sunday, January 26th at 11:45 a.m.
Epiphany Preaching Series: 
“Another Way”
During Sundays in January and February, Pastor Kristian will be preaching on the theme, “Another Way”, based on Matthew 2:12, when the Maji were warned in a dream to return to their own country “by another way.”

January 19th “Another Way to Serve”
January 26th “Another Way to Practice Leadership”

We hope you’ll join us for a wonderful Epiphany season!

Annual Congregation Meeting
January 26 at 11:45 a.m.

Calling all members of the Congregation. Please join us on January 26 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service for the Annual Meeting of the Pilgrim Congregation. The Book of Reports went out by email January 15 for your preview, and we will host an open forum during coffee hour on Sunday, January 19 for questions and discussion about action items on the agenda.

Directory Proof
A proof copy of the new directory will be posted on a table in the foyer this Sunday. Please stop by and check to make sure your information is correct. Please initial if all is well, and if anything needs to be changed, please mark in the changes. Thank you.
Dining Group
On Sunday, January 19 @ 5:30 p.m. we will dine at Isla Filipino Restaurant at 2501 W. Lawrence. It is in a small shopping mall with some parking available, also BYOB. It has gotten good reviews from Filipinos who dine there. If attending contact Julie; 773-764-3140; thanks!
New Member Class
What is a Lutheran? What does it mean to be a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church? What are the main ways Pilgrim is helping people and families grow in faith and service? If any of these questions interest you, please join us for a New Member Class on Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the church parlor. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office.
First Communion Program
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 19th. The interactive class is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments. If you are interested in this class, please email the church office
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Special Event
MOPS welcomes Professional Organizer, Kelly Brask to our January 23 meeting. Kelly will give us ideas on how to get, and keep, our homes and families organized. Feel free to bring your collection of old batteries, ink cartridges and eyeglasses and Kelly will recycle them via NAPO Chicago's Green Team. A donation of $10 is requested for child care and meeting expenses. Please RSVP to Sam at
Quilters’ and Crafters’ Workshop
Join us on Sunday, January 26 after the Congregational Meeting for an afternoon of sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, or whatever project you’d like to bring along. Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share. We’ll order dinner around 5:00 (which usually costs about $8 per person) and work until 7:30 or 8 p.m. We’ll have a cutting station and irons available for those who want to sew. Not a quilter, but want to learn? Let us know ahead of time so we can help you with supplies and material. If you have any questions, contact Chris Wallis (773-561-5419).
Alumni Reunion Chapel 
Wednesday, February 12
We invite all Pilgrim Alumni to join us in Chapel on Wednesday, February 12th for our 10:10 a.m. chapel service. Chicago Public High Schools are not in session on this date, so all high school alumni can join us for chapel and then stay after for donuts and snacks.
Prayer Ministry
Would you like to learn more about prayer?
Please join us on 8:30 a.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave) for our weekly prayer time.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

January 16 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

January 17 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 18 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

January 19 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

January 22 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:00 p.m. Confirmation (7&8)
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

January 23 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS Special Event
6:30 p.m. TOPS

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

January 25 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

January 16, 2014
Exploring the Bible Class now in Maring Hall
Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group? Join us on Sunday mornings starting at 9:20 a.m. for our “Exploring the Bible” class.
Multicultural Worship Event in January
Join the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) community on Monday, January 20, 2014, for the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center, 100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The event begins with a special multicultural themed worship at 11 a.m. Director of the Advanced Studies Program at LSTC, the Rev. Dr. Jose David Rodriguez, will preside and Associate Priest of Saint James Cathedral, the Rev. Liz Munoz, will preach. The worship will be followed by a complimentary luncheon and guided conversation on the subject of multicultural worship and the way it has an impact on congregations. Attendance is free. If attending, contact Dr. Cheryl Pero  or Program Assistant Francisco Herrera for more details.
Coffee Hour Schedule
The 2014 Coffee Hour Schedule is looking for one more person/family to join our team. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please let Anne Barsano know ASAP. Thank you!
Gloves, Hats, Mittens, Scarves...
If you have been saving new or gently used gloves, hats, mittens and scarves in anticipation of our usual holiday collection, you may put them in the wrapped box in the narthex and they will be donated to the Cornerstone Community Shelter in Uptown. Thanks for your support!
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 program coordinator Janet Taylor at We are currently in need of three shoppers; each shopper purchases food and supplies for their team prior to the designated Saturdays. Please contact Janet if you are able to serve in this way.
Food for the Hungry
We are collecting Friendship Center and Common Food Pantries Grocery donations. Please bring food and leave it at the top of the stairs near the entrance of the church.
Martin Luther King 
Faith in Action Assembly
Join Pastor Kristian and Hundreds of People of Faith to Take Action in the Spirit of Dr. King!On Monday, January 20, 800-1000 people of faith from Community Renewal Society member congregations, along with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, County Commissioners, and members of the Illinois General Assembly, will come together for our annual Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly, a powerful morning of worship, witness and direct action for racial and economic justice. Join us! Monday , January 20, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm (registration at 9:30), Kingdom Baptist Church, 301 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644 At the Assembly, we will be calling for the Illinois General Assembly and Cook County Commission to:
• Create a Fair Tax to adequately fund public education and other vital services
• Oppose the expansion of mandatory minimum sentencing
• With the FORCE Project, remove absolute, lifetime bars to employment for people with felony records
• Support the Reclaim Campaign to reduce violence by investing in Restorative Justice Peace Hubs and decreasing unjust detention in the Cook County Jail
4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Join the LSTC community on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. for the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center. The Rev. Dr. Jose David Rodriguez will preside and the Rev. Liz Munoz will preach. A special meal in the Refectory follows the service. Please RSVP to Dr. Cheryl Pero at At 1:30 p.m., the Pero Center offers a workshop on multicultural worship. All the day’s events are free and open to the public.
Rabbi Brant Rosen
The Working Group on the Middle East of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA invites you to hear Rabbi Brant Rosen, nationally prominent activist for Palestinian solidarity, and congregational rabbi in Evanston. Rabbi Rosen will be speaking Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square. He will read from and discuss his book, “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity.” For more information visit or call the church at 773-235-5420.
Prelude To A Dream
North Park Covenant Church & The March Civil Rights Arts Project present “Prelude To A Dream” tonight, January 19, at 5:00 p.m. at North Park Covenant church, 5250 N. Christiana Avenue. Free admission. RSVP to
Dog Rescue
Jeannette Gabrielle Buerk runs a Yorkie Poo Mission. If you would be interestd in adopting a yorkie poo puppy or older dog, please contact her at or 773-334-4277.
Gift Cards
The gift card program has added REDBOX to our program. The $25 card may be used at or at any US Redbox location. Pilgrim earns 8%. This card is perfect for college students! Please remember that you may use Kohl's Kares for Kids cards to pay your Kohl's statement. You should go to Customer Service at the stores to pay it. Thank you for your support in 2013; our sales were over $115,000.
Save the Date: “All that Jazz” Auction: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is a highly anticipated tradition among our present and former families. We are excited to announce this year's gala, "All That Jazz," will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Chicago. The deadline for submitting donations and forms is February 1st, 2014. Please call or stop by the school office for more information.

Our Prayer for Sunday
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Isaiah 49:1–7: Here the servant Israel speaks for herself and acknowledges herself as God's secret weapon. Called before her birth like Jeremiah and John the Baptist, the servant is not only to restore Israel itself. The servant's ultimate assignment is to bring news of God's victory to the ends of the earth. God in faithfulness has chosen Israel for this task.

The second reading is 1 Corinthians 1:1–9: Though God's church in Corinth is a fractious congregation beset with many conflicts, Paul opens this letter by spotlighting the multiple ways God has enriched and sustained its life as part of the divine call into the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel reading is John 1:29–42: John the Baptist's witness to Jesus initiates a chain of testimony as his disciples begin to share with others what they have found.
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