Subject: Life Beyond Regret

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us for our "All that Jazz" Auction on Saturday night! A great time for a great cause! Then, join us Sunday as we live into a life-changing Lenten season as we explore the practice of confession and celebrate the Baptism of Eleonore, daughter of Nate and Kate... See you soon!
“Son of God” movie; The life of Jesus Christ!
Tickets have sold out. We are so excited at the interest in the special showings of the “Son of God” movie today, Sunday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m.; If you already have your ticket, please plan on being there by 12:45 p.m. Movie is at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue. Sponsored by North Cook County Chapter of Thrivent Financial and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. The “Son of God” is a major motion picture showing at the Davis and many other theaters.

Childcare Provided on March 9: Please RSVP to the church office if you will be needing childcare. Plan to check your child in to the parsonage by 12:15 p.m. 

The Baptism of Eleonore Luman, daughter of Nate Luman and Kate Cares
Sunday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m.

Lenten Suppers and Worship
We invite you to join us on our 2014 Lenten Journey as we explore the theme “Lives Shaped by Jesus.” Please plan on join us every Wednesday in Lent for worship and discussion at 10:10 a.m. Chapel (with a discussion group to follow) and for Lenten Suppers, discussion, and Vespers from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our core texts will be the Bible and the book The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg, available via Kindle or regular formats. You are invited to pick up a copy of that book as we prepare for Lent at Pilgrim. You can do so at

WEEK 2– March 10-16
BORN OF THE SPIRIT: The Practice of Sacred Change
Readings: Ortberg Book chapters 2 & 3
Bible: Psalm 121

Touring Band House Show at the Parsonage Tonight
Melodic hardcore band, Household, will be playing a house show at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) tonight, March 6th at 8:00 p.m. The band is kicking off their east coast tour. Band members include the son of church secretary, Barbara Anthony. This is a group of young people who have a heart for Jesus and are very passionate about their music. Barbara and her family will be opening for Household (with mellower worship music). 
Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” 
**Household was just named in CityPages' Top Ten List for Minnesota
The dining group will have a taste of Serbian food at Beograd Cafe at 2933 W. Irving Park on Sun. March 16; 5:30 p.m. There is parking behind the restaurant. Please reserve with Julie 773-764-3140 several days before, as the restaurant gets busy. 
Parents & Twos Sunday School
We are adding a toddler group to our Sunday School! Parents and their little ones are welcome to join us for a few minutes of opening music and prayer in the sanctuary at 9:15. Parents and younger children will then meet in the narthex for music, stories and play. Older siblings can join the preschool, K-1, or 2-5 classes. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis or Samantha Doerfler
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend April 25-27 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Schaumburg, IL. Apply today (pre-registration is required by April 4) at or contact Jan Gerzevske at or 630-294-5014. 
Mothers of Preschoolers 
MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS usually meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Invitation to MOMSnext
Calling all mothers! We invite you to the MOMSnext dinners we have coming up. These gatherings are always very positive and a lot of fun, and we grow in friendship and support. If you feel like getting out of the house, come join us at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester) for dinner! All children also get to enjoy dinner and a movie or playing downstairs. If you wish to bring a friend, something to eat, drink or a bottle of wine, all are welcome! MOMSnext is held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Upcoming dates are March 13, May 8, June 12. We aren’t meeting April 10th because that night is a “Keeping Kids Safe” lecture by Dr. Bianka Hardin. Please join us!
Vacation Bible School
This year’s VBS program, Gangway to Galilee, will take place the week of June 16-20, in the mornings. Kids ages 3 through 12 are eligible to participate. Over the coming weeks we will be asking for adult, teen and 7-8th grade volunteers to help with our preparations, as well as lining up people to help during VBS. Last year’s volunteers had a great time, so please consider signing up to help this year, even if you don’t have kids! Questions? Contact Chris Wallis.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

March 6 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS
8:00 p.m. Household house show

March 7 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 8 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1
7:00 p.m. Auction

March 9 Sunday
Daylight Savings Begins
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

March 11 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

March 12 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
10:45 a.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. Confirmation
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:45 p.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

March 13 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

March 14 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 15 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2

March 6, 2014
Exploring the Bible Class
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 in Maring Hall at 9:20 a.m. 
Prayer Ministry
Join us Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for our weekly prayer time at the Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester.
Great Banquet Retreats
Men’s Weekend—April 24-27
Women’s Weekend—May 1-4
Park Ridge, IL
The Great Banquet is an experience of God’s grace, beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. Guests grow in their relationship with God through fellowship with a wonderful community of disciples. Information and registration materials are on the back table. For more information, please talk to Renee Stuedemann or call Anna-Kari at 773▪990▪0814
Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits
Once again during Lent, we will be collecting baby clothing, soap, diapers and other supplies to make Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. The kits will be assembled by our Sunday School kids (and adult friends) on Palm Sunday. Containers to hold donations will be set up in the Narthex throughout Lent.

Items for Baby Care Kits:
All items should be new or gently used (no stains or tears, please) No patriotic, religious, or military symbols (including camouflage). Clothing items can range from sizes 6-24 months (which is a change--no newborn or 3-month clothing).
Lightweight T-shirts (long or short-sleeved, no Onesies)
Gowns or sleepers without feet, Socks
Sweaters, jackets, or sweatshirts with hoods (or include a baby cap)
Lightweight receiving blankets
Flat-fold cloth diapers (the lightweight ones work best)
Hand towels, preferably dark colored
Mild soap, 4-5 oz. in original wrappers—no heavily scented or deodorant soap

Project Linus Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now for our annual Thrivent Join Hands Day event on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when we will join other members of the Thrivent North Cook County chapter to make comfort blankets for kids. Kids will use fabric markers to create quilt squares to be sewn into blankets by our volunteers, but you don’t have to sew to participate. We also make fleece blankets with knotted fringe or crochet edges, so there's something for every skill level. A delicious lunch is included.
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 Janet Taylor at
Pitching and Hitting Baseball Clinic
Luther North College Prep (5700 W Berteau Ave, Chicago 60634) is holding a pitching and catching clinic on Tuesday, March 11th from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm, open for 5th-8th graders. Registration is required for this event and the cost is $10 per child. Each child should bring a baseball glove and catching gear to participate in the catching portion of this clinic. To register for this event or for more information, please contact our athletic director David Grim at or 773-286-3600 ext. 254.
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.
Luther North College Prep presents
All in the Timing - Dinner Theatre
March 29th, 2014 6 pm ~ Tickets $25 
“All in the Timing” is a collection of six short comedies by the American playwright David Ives. The plays focuses on language and wordplay, life and meaning, and the complexity of human relationships. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.
Gift Cards
We have added to our list of gift cards and you can order them for delivery on Wednesday. Sales will be Sunday, Monday and Friday during the month of March, with the exception of the 17th and 21st which are during Spring Break. Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 with any questions..
Market Day forms are in your church mailboxes. Dessert Bonus Days are here! Every purchase you make helps us earn up to 45% profit for our school. This month, the more you buy, the more our school earns! Go to by 11:00 p.m. Monday, March 10th or turn in your order form to the school office by noon on Monday. You may also submit your order to Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 by 10 p.m. on Monday. Pick up is Thursday, March 13th, 3-4 p.m. You may also pick up at PAS or on the following Sunday. Please contact Anne with any questions.
“All that Jazz” Auction: 
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is this weekend!
 We still need some help from volunteers. Please sign up if you are available. We need four more people for set up from 4:00-5:30 p.m., and three more to sell raffle tickets around 8:00 or 8:30 p.m. for 30 minutes. Please go to the auction website to sign up or email Becky Petkus at
Pancake Breakfast/Open House
Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin Park, IL is having a Pancake Breakfast/Open House on Saturday morning, March 15th ,from 8:00-12:00 We are working hard to raise awareness of our four principal outreach ministries, and in doing so, to also raise $10,000 by March 31st in order to maximize the full matching funds from Thrivent Financial’s Challenge initiative. We are asking a donation for the breakfast: $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children under 12; preschoolers are FREE! Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling 847-455-7013. We will also have a raffle and delicious Bake Sale items, so don’t miss it!
Our Prayer for Sunday
Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Romans 5:12–19:
Through Adam's disobedience, humanity came under bondage to sin and death, from which we cannot free ourselves. In Christ's obedient death, God graciously showers on us the free gift of liberation and life.

The second reading is Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7: Human beings were formed with great care, to be in relationship with the creator, creation, and one another. The serpent's promise to the first couple that their eyes would be opened led, ironically, to the discovery only that they were naked.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 4:1–11:
Jesus experiences anew the temptations that Israel faced in the wilderness. As the Son of God, he endures the testing of the evil one.
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