Subject: Learning Together

Dear Friends,

"In the power of the Spirit... Jesus was teaching..." (Luke 4:14-15)

Before Dr. King was a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Civil Rights Icon, and renowned preacher, he was a student of Jesus, and a student of the Holy Spirit. Great things happen in us and through us when we learn from Jesus.

Come learn with us on MLK weekend! Worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Lent at Pilgrim 2016 “40 Days of Creativity”
Because we are all made in God’s image...we are creative! (Genesis 1:26) Our Lenten Theme is “40 Days of Creativity”. Each Wednesday starting on February 10th, we gather at 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by an interactive prayer/creative activity that will draw us closer to God, to one another, and our community! We are looking for creative ideas and people to weave together as we journey toward the cross and the empty tomb. We are holding a meeting to brainstorm and gather people and ideas together on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at the Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester, Chicago, Il 60613.
We also recommend a book for your Lenten Journey: “The Artisan Soul” by Erwin McManus on, either as an ebook or as a hard copy as we move through “40 Days of Creativity” throughout Lent.
Ash Wednesday Schedule:
7a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Offering Prayer and Ashes at Wilson Red line Stop, Uptown (Wilson and Broadway)
10:10 a.m. Ash Wednesday Service, including the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
3:30p.m. to 5 p.m. Offering Prayer and Ashes at Wilson Red Line Stop, Uptown
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. Soup Supper
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

Congregation Forum and Annual Meeting—Attention Members:
We invite you to help us shape our future! Join us on Sunday, January 31st for our annual meeting at 11:45 a.m. in Maring Hall. We will be reflecting on our ministry and discern how God is leading us in 2016. We will be inviting you to share your prayerful reflections to the questions: 1) How does Pilgrim nurture your faith? And 2) What are your ideas to help Pilgrim grow in its mission to gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God’s misson in the world?
We will be having a Question and Answer forum Sunday, January 24th at 11:45 a.m.
Please contact Council President Mike Suhjada or Pastor Kristian Johnson with any questions or concerns.

Dining Group 
The next outing will be on Sunday, January 17th at 5:30. We will experience the exotic atmosphere & food of Morocco at Shokran, 4027 W. Irving Park Rd. It is BYOB & street parking. This is one not to miss! Contact Julie, 773-674-3140 to reserve.

Quilters’ and Crafters’ Playdate
Join us Sunday, January 31st after the congregational meeting (around 1p.m.) for an afternoon of sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, or whatever. Bring a snack to share, and we’ll order dinner (usually around $8 apiece) late in the afternoon. Irons will be provided; bring your own sewing machine. If you want to learn to quilt, contact us ahead of time for a list of supplies. For questions, or to RSVP, contact Chris Wallis (

Annual Trivia Night: Saturday, January 30th from 7-11 p.m.
Grab 7 of your smartest friends and support the 7th and 8th grades at Pilgrim Annual Trivia Night. Tables are for 8 players maximum, $240 a table. Visit or pay by check in the school office. Compete for a $500 prize! Questions? Email Marcia Frellick at

MOPS—is a morning group for moms that involves great speakers, food, and encouragement! MOPS next meeting is Thursday morning, January 21st from 9-11:45 am at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N Winchester). The meeting theme will be ‘Tea and Testimony’ where a few moms will be giving testimony on motherhood and we will also be decorating coffee mugs. Cost is $10 and includes childcare. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at 

Attention Members-Please pick up your 2016 box of Giving Envelopes, located on the card table in the narthex. Enclosed in your box is an E-Giving form as well, which is a way to give regularly that does not involve the envelopes, and benefits in many ways.

Save the Dates:
Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30 p.m.-First Communion Interest Meeting
Sunday, January 31st at 11:45 a.m.– Annual Meeting/Council Elections
Sunday, February 7th-Souper Bowl Sunday-Collecting offerings for the hungry
Wednesday, February 10th-Ash Wednesday services at 10:10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with a Soup Supper at 6:15 p.m.

PTL Winter Carnival-Friday, January 15th
Join us for the Annual Pilgrim Parent/Teacher League Winter Carnival, Friday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. The carnival is a great family event, providing fun games and activities for children of all may even win a pet fish! Youth and adults are invited to volunteer. We ask for a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Food will also be available for sale. Thank you to the PTL for putting together such a wonderful event!

New Adult Education Series: Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith-Would you like to learn more about your faith? The faith of others? Get to know other members better? Discuss spirituality in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together and begin a new series, “Honoring our Neighbors Faith”, in which we explore our relationship with people other denominations and religions… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary. Child care is available, contact .

Women’s Bible Study—The next Women’s Bible Study will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m. at 4335 N. Winchester Ave., first floor. Participants are invited to bring a Bible and a journal if you can, otherwise, they will be provided. If you are able to make it, please RSVP to group facilitator Marta Hardacre 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 explore with us. Contact Pastor Kristian or Kathy in the Church Office at if you are interested.

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 January 27th at 5:30 p.m. The inter active 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.


Lenten Mid-Week Suppers
Starting Wednesday, February 10 and continuing through March 16, Pilgrim will have a mid-week supper. 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 p.m., followed by a brief worship service, which this year will include intergenerational creative activities. Put together your own team or volunteer on your own and we’ll match you up with others. For more information, or to sign up, contact Chris Wallis (

Valentine’s Day Outreach—Join us in handing out hand-made Valentine’s Day cards to passersby under the Montrose Brown Line El stop on Friday, February 12th from 6:30 a.m. untl 8:30 a.m. If you would like to make some homemade cards saying “God Loves You” or “Happy Valentine’s Day”, please bring them to the church office.

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 Marta Hardacre at

Come to El Salvador 2016
If you have ever wanted to go on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America, July 31st-August 10th, 2016. We will be witnessing the dedication of a new Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador, El Salvador. We will be able to meet Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, help bring solar electricity to rural homes, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise Christian voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge requited. Please talk to Pastor Kristian or Pastor Anna-Kari for more information.

Gift Cards- Will be sold as always in the lobby after the 10:30 service and from the school office on Mondays and Fridays.

General Worship Offerings

Budgeted through 12.30.15 $82,500
Actual through 12.31.15 $74,834

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 01.10.16 $ 1,522

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


Jan 17 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Jan 21 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jan 22 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jan 23 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


Jan 24 Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Adult Education Series
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Jan 28 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jan 29 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jan 30 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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