Subject: Mountaintop Sunday

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends, This is not a Sunday to be missed... we will have Pancakes after both services at 8 a.m and 10:30 a.m., and a special presentation at 9:15 a.m. that will help us explore how to positively impact the lives of at risk youth in our community
Join us at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for a special sermon series featuring video clips of the soon to be released “Son of God” Movie:
Sunday, March 2nd 
Reducing Violence, Restoring Hope
“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 2nd and 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 opening at the Davis and many other theaters on February 28th.

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.

Ash Wednesday March 5
You are invited to our services where we will have the Imposition of Ashes at 10:10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Directly following the 10:10 a.m. service, we will hold our “Week One” session of our Lenten program “Lives Shaped by Jesus” from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. We will have a Soup Supper that evening at 6:15 p.m., followed by a “40 Days to Shape our Future” session from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., before we move upstairs to a meditative service at 7:30 p.m. In addition to our observances at Pilgrim, Pastor Kristian will be offering prayer and the blessing of the ashes to passersby at the intersection of Wilson and Broadway from 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and between 3:45 p.m. and 5:20 p.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.” Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5th. Please plan on join us that Wednesday and 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
Touring Band House Show at the Parsonage
Melodic hardcore band, Household, will be playing a house show at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) on Thursday, 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. Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
click here for a music video

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
God desires joyful marriages. You can enrich your relationship when you attend the April 25-27, 2014 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Schaumburg, IL. Apply today at or contact Jan Gerzevske at or 
630-294-5014. Pre-registration is required by April 4, so don't delay! It’s a Weekend you won’t forget!
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

February 27 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

February 28 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

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

March 2 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
UCAN Presentation
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Pilgrim Dads’ Pancake Breakfast
following both services

March 5 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Ash Wednesday Worship
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
10:45 a.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
5:30 p.m. First Communion Informational Meeting
6:15 p.m. Confirmation All-Together Night
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:45 p.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
7:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship
8:30 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

March 6 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

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

February 27, 2014
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.
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.
Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network 
How do we put Pilgrim’s core value of advocating justice for the vulnerable into action? Join us on March 2 at 9:15 in the annex for a discussion with Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN). UCAN strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Get a plate of pancakes and come see how Pilgrim can support their efforts. For more information, contact Shellie Riedle Volkens, or see the UCAN website,
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.
Pancake Breakfast
The Pilgrim Dads invite you all to a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 2 in Maring Hall, following services. A donation of $5 per head is requested. The menu will include gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free pancakes, by request. Please contact Pete Gillespie for the ingredients list. Volunteers and electric griddles are needed. Please contact Pete Gillespie at or Bret Petkus at for details. After breakfast, the Dads will be hosting a Pancake Cook-off Challenge, which is open to everyone. Amaze your friends and family with your cooking skills. Entry fee is $5. All ingredients and materials will be provided. Winner will be the Pancake Champion Chef of the Year. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pilgrim School Technology Fund.
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 and the order needs to be submitted by Monday, March 10th for pick up on Thursday, March 13th. There are several new desserts which would be perfect for your Easter dinner and wonderful items you could donate to the Easter breakfast. Tell Anne if you can’t pick up on Thursday, and we can hold your order until Sunday.
Save the Date: “All that Jazz” Auction: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is coming soon! This is a highly anticipated tradition among our present and former families. We are excited to announce this year's gala, "All That Jazz," will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Chicago. 

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through 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 
Exodus 24:12–18:
At Mount Sinai, Moses experienced the presence of God for forty days and forty nights. The “glory of the Lord” settled on the mountain, and on the seventh day God called out to Moses. On the mountain God gave Moses the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.

The second reading is 2 Peter 1:16–21:
At the transfiguration, God’s voice was heard, declaring Jesus to be the beloved Son. By the activity of the Holy Spirit, God's voice continues to be heard through the word of scripture.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 17:1–9:
Shortly before he enters Jerusalem, where he will be crucified, Jesus is revealed to his disciples in a mountaintop experience of divine glory called the transfiguration.
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