Subject: Listen

Dear Friends, 

Join us this coming Sunday as we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday and reflect on the words: "This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him!" Is it possible to hear Jesus' voice in our day-to-day life? If so, how?

Come to the mountaintop with us at 8 a.m. or 10:30 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 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

Super Bowl Party—Sunday, February 7th from 4:45p.m. on...hosted by Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari, 4332 N. Winchester Ave...feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share! We’ll be showing a movie on the big screen downstairs for the kids while we watch the game on the big screen in the den!

Lenten Pottery Project—We invite you to participate in a special activity as a part of our Lenten theme, “40 Days of Creativity”. We are hosting a three week pottery project which will occur in conjunction with our First Communion class. Under the leadership of Cynde Heiniger and with the help of Pilgrim’s kiln, each child will design, sculpt and fire
their very own clay cup (chalice) which will serve as a meaningful symbol of faith that each family can receive into their home. Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February, 17th, 24th and March 2nd. Please RSVP to including the age of your child and whether you as an adult can come and help as well. Many thanks to Cynde Heiniger for coordinating this wonderful project! (You are not required to sign up for First Communion to participate in this project)

Valparaiso University “College Sunday” - Valpo is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, IN, an hour’s drive from Chicago. Materials highlighting some of their programs are available on the table in the Narthex.

Dining Group—on Sunday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m. will be going to Mango Mexican Restaurant at 8743 N. Milwaukee Ave, in Niles. It is in a mini mall with plenty of parking & a full bar. Contact Julie at 773-764-3140 for reservations.

MOPS—is a morning group for moms that involves great speakers, food, and encouragement! Contact Marta Hardacre at with any questions
Save the Dates:
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.
Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.-Pilgrim School Open House/Learning Fair

New Adult Education Series: Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith-Would you like to learn more about your faith? The faith of others? We invite you to join us Sundays at
9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we explore the bible, faith, and our relations with other people, other denominations and religions…. there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary. Child care is available, contact

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. Our next session will be held on Sunday, February 21st at 9:15 a.m. Contact Pastor Kristian or Kathy in the Church Office at if you are interested.

First Communion Class-Begins this coming Wednesday February 10th—We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program. 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. Classes begin on Wednesday, February 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the annex (in the basement of the church).

Senior Care Job Fair—Wednesday, February 10th 3:30-6:30 Wesley Place, 1415 W. Foster Ave, Chicago (773-769-5500). They will be interviewing for Certified Nursing Assistants (CAN) and Resident Associate (RA) positions. Information will be on the table in the Narthex.
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. Teams are still needed for Feb. 24 and March 9. For more information, or to sign up, contact Chris Wallis (

Next Friday! 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. 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.

Love Letters to/from God

Throughout February, we invite people of all ages to write a “100 word love letter”. You may write a love letter in thanks to God, or a love letter creatively imagining what God would want to say to us. Please bring these letters to Pastor Kristian or send them to

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—Congratulations to everyone who purchased gift cards during 2015! $131,159 worth of cards were sold, generating a profit of $6,557.95. 24% of sales were in the “6 weeks of Christmas” from November 16th until December 28th. Just think how much we would earn if we had a killer week like that once each quarter! We have added $50 Saks 5th Avenue (12% profit) to our list. Thank you again for your support of the program!
Don’t forget to renew your magazine subscriptions throughout the year to support Pilgrim. Our account number is 2633014 through Reordering this way starts or continues your subscription faster than through the publishers and Pilgrim earns 40% of your order. Contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with any questions.

General Worship Offerings

Budgeted through 01.31.16 $96,250
Actual through 01.31.16 $90,958

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173

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


Feb 7 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
4:45 p.m. Super Bowl Party at Parsonage
Feb 10 Wednesday 10:10 a.m. Ash Wednesday Service
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. Soup Supper
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
Feb 11 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Feb 12 Friday 6:30-8:30 a.m. Hand out Valentines at Montrose Brown Line “L” stop
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Feb 13 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


Feb 14 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
Feb 17 Wednesday 6:15 p.m. Soup Supper

Feb 18 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

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

Feb 20 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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