Subject: Love Builds Up

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Dear Friends,

"Love builds up." 1 Corinthians 8:1 Join us this Sunday for worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., as we acknowledge the One who comes to build us up through the power of Love and the encouragement from a wonderful community.

Also, it is very important for all our members to make our best effort to attend our Annual Congregational Vision and Leadership meeting directly following the 10:30 a.m. service, around 11:45 a.m. We will be looking to elect a new President, Treasurer, and new council members. We will also share the first draft of an emerging strategic plan.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the Holy Spirit's work in this season!
“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting—Sunday!—Calling all members! Our annual meeting will be 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!

Lent: A Time for Peace—We invite you to be intentional in the upcoming season of Lent. Our theme is “Lent: A Time for Peace”. We will be reflecting on the teachings of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi as we allow God to guide us in the ways of peace. Paper devotionals will be available for picking up next week, and we also recommend an ebook titled: Lent with St. Francis by Diane Houdek. You can order the book by clicking here:

February 14th Ash Wednesday Schedule:
6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Distribute Valentines at the Montrose Brown Line stop (Ravenswood and Montrose)
9:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Chapel, including the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner (soup supper)
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent - Starting Wednesday, February 14th and continuing through March 21st, Pilgrim will have a community meal on Wednesday evenings. 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 6:15-7:00 p.m., followed by a brief worship service. This year we will be using Marty Haugen's Lenten liturgy "Prayers Around the Cross" a very centering, peaceful worship setting. For more dinner information, or to sign up, contact Chris at

Quilters & Crafters Play date—Join us today, after the congregational meeting for an afternoon of sewing, knitting or other craft in Maring Hall. Bring a snack to share and we'll order dinner around 5:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

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 this 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.

Dine Out For Pilgrim—Join us for a fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Their 4709 N. Lincoln Avenue store is giving back on January 31 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. All you need to do is buy your meal, mention Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School to the cashier and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Pilgrim. Excludes Potbelly gift cards.

Annual Super Bowl Party - Sunday, February 4th from 5 p.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave.) Join us! Great people, great food, and hopefully good football! While we watch on the big screen in the den, we'll also be showing a movie on the big screen downstairs for the kids. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages to share! We're looking forward to relaxing with all of you!

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers! MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group will meet next on Thursday, February 8th. 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

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

Women of the ELCA—Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting last week.  Our mission to act boldly will start with In-Reach activities, including the following: February 28 - Lenten Dinner team; March 11—Easter Basket assembly; April 21—Spring Outdoor spruce up (4/28 rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy at or Renee at

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

Save the Date:
Sunday, Febraury 4th—Souper Bowl Anti-Hunger Offering
Sunday, Febraury 4th—Super Bowl Party, Parsonage, 5:30 P.M
Saturday, February 24th—Trivia Night
Sunday, March 4th—Chili & Dessert Cook Off Refugee Fundraiser
Women’s Bible Study—Our next session will be on February 7th 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 We will be taking a Bible Study break during Lent, but resuming in April.

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!

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."

Your 2018 Offering Envelopes—are in your mailboxes in the Narthex, including NEW MEMBERS. 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.

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 requited. 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.

Pilgrim is seeking to hire a Database Administrator to assist with the
development and planning of a new Pilgrim-wide database that will be user friendly and sustainable. It is an 8 hour a week position. Strong computer skills is a must, data entry experience is desired. If interested, please send a resume by email attachment to

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $2,981
Actual received week of January 15-21: $2,815      
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


January 28 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
11:45 a.m. Congregational Annual Meeting
1:00 p.m. Quilters/Crafters Day Work/Play Day

January 30 Tuesday
 7:30 p.m. Church Council

January 31 Wednesday
 5:30 p.m. First Communion Interest Meeting
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

February 1 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 2 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 3 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5


February 4 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

February 6 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Ed

February 7 Wednesday
 5:30 p.m. First Communion Meeting
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

February 8 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 9 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 10 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
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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