Subject: Light for this New Year

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Dear Friends,

Join us for a special Epiphany celebration this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. We will enjoy a dramatic reading of the Magi coming to worship Jesus and honor a Latin American tradition of "3 Kings Cake" and a Piñata during our fellowship time!

In the midst of many personal and global challenges, let us draw upon the light that heals us, empowers us, and makes us whole. Let us worship our true king, Jesus!

See you Sunday 

Epiphany “3 Kings” Celebration—Sunday—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 before the 10:30 a.m. service. We will have a piñata and great fellowship to follow the 10:30 a.m. service.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Faith In Action Assembly—On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15th, 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 7:45 a.m., the event starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. If you want to meet us at the event location, please go to: Old St. Pat's, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661.

New Member Exploration 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 consider attending an exploration class on January 15 or 22nd. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at to RSVP.

“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting—January 28th—Calling all members! Our upcoming annual meeting will be January 28th 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!

A Pre-Congregational Meeting Forum for Members will be held on Sunday, January 21st, during the coffee hour at 11:45 in Maring Hall, to review any questions regarding our ministry or upcoming annual meeting .

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 Wednesday, January 31st 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.

Christmas Un-Decorating Party—Please join the Worship team on Saturday, January 20th at 9:30 a.m. to pack up the Christmas trees and other decorations. Weather and resources permitting, we’ll also tackle the outdoor lights. Refreshments will be served. Contact Chris Wallis at to volunteer or for more information.

Dining Group—On Sunday, January 21st at 5:30 p.m., we will dine at Nick’s Pizza & Pub, located at 2434 West Montrose. Street parking is available. Join the fun and RSVP to Julie Lea at 773.764.3140.

Women of the ELCA—We welcome all women to join the next WELCA meeting on Sunday, January 21st, following the 10:30 a.m. service in the Annex. This will be our first election of officers! Then we will identify our course of action, depending on feedback and interests of those attending. So, we want lots of women to give their input!

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers! MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group will meet on Thursday, January 25th. All moms with children from birth to 5 years old are welcome to attend. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. The meeting concludes at 11:45 a.m. Childcare, snacks and coffee are provided. Meetings are hosted at the Parsonage (4332 N. Winchester). There is a $10 fee for each meeting. To RSVP, please email

Quilters & Crafters Play date—Join us Sunday, January 28th, after the congregational meeting for an afternoon of sewing, knitting or other craft. Bring a snack to share and we'll order dinner around 5 pm. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

Trivia Night 2018—Join us for the annual Pilgrim Lutheran School Trivia Night! It’s Saturday, February 24th, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starting at 7:00. It’s $200 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

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

Thank You to Jonathan and Collin—for the beautiful and creative Lessons and Carols and Marriage Vow Renewal service on December 31st. It was very moving!

Save the Date:
Friday, January 26th - PTL Winter Carnival, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 28th—“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, Febraury 4th—Souper Bowl Anti-Hunger Offering
Saturday, February 24th - Trivia Night
Women’s Bible Study—Our next session will be on January 24th with studying The Apostles' Creed from the WELCA Gather magazine (the September, October and November issues). If you don’t subscribe, copies will be available. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP, or if you have questions, contact

Explore the Bible Class—Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class. It is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and continue exploring the basics of our Lutheran faith in this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Pastor Daniel Erlander's Book, "The Lutheran Way of Being Christian."

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!

Your 2018 Offering Envelopes—are in your mailboxes in the Narthex. We encourage you to use them, unless of course you have automatic withdrawals for your donations.
Valentine’s Day Outreach 2018—Join us in handing out hand-made Valentine’s Day cards to passersby under the Montrose Brown Line El stop on Wednesday, February 14th from 6:30 a.m. until 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.

Hot Meals Coats—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. Also, socks, underwear, and toiletries of all kinds are so appreciated. Not only are these items appreciated, they love the fact that we care enough to collect these items.

Come to El Salvador 2018—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 7th, 2018.  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 required. Please contact Pastor Kristian at or Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 
Cinco De Pilgrim Raffle Fundraising - Thank you for all your donations! With some last minute offerings, our total came to $25,350! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!! We thank Tarah Dickerson for all her work to spearhead this raffle drive. God bless all of you!

HELP WANTED: Cinco de Pilgrim Volunteers! Help us plan an incredible spring party for the Pilgrim community this May - join the fiesta crew! We can’t pull off an evening like this without a LOT of help - there are jobs big and small, but this is definitely a TEAM effort. Questions or Ideas? email

Gift Cards - We are on our regular schedule with sales on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and sales Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Order forms can be found in the school office, on the table in the church narthex, on SIS and at the following link: Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 or 312-972-9040 with questions or orders. Happy New Year to all.
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


January 7 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

January 10 Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

January 11 Thursday
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 12 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 13 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


January 14 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

January 16 Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Board of Ed Meeting

January 17 Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

January 18 Thursday
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 19 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 20 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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