Subject: New Members, New Life!

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.! Come meet our new members! And allow yourselves to be welcomed once again into a community that is about LOVE that brings about a newness of life. A life that lasts, and matters, for forever.

We also welcome you to our Refugee Welcome Team meeting at 12:15 p.m. in the Annex downstairs following worship. See you all soon!
Lent at Pilgrim 2017 “Life-Giving Water” - “The Water I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (Jesus, John 4:14) This year in Lent, we will be opening our community, homes, and lives to the flow of God’s life-giving water. Each Wednesday we gather at 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by a service inspired by the Taize tradition, a meditative and peace-filled service. We will be utilizing Lent as a time of preparation for people preparing to be baptized, as well as renewing all of our baptisms! If you or someone you know would like to explore baptism, please talk to Pastor Kristian (773) 990-0813,

Calling all Youth 6th through 12th Grade
- Join us for the following event on
Saturday, March 25th - Serving Hot Meals at Pilgrim from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with team 10!

Score Big with Pilgrim! Save the date for our annual Auction and Party on April 8, 2017 from 7:00-11:00 p.m., at Whirlyball Chicago. This year the party is FREE (yay!) but the FUNdraising is not. There are many ways to contribute to this year's event: Sponsor, Host, Sell, Donate, or Volunteer! Raffle tickets for $25 each are now going on sale as we make a drive for $25,000 to support our ministry and raise the money sufficient to have a free party on April 8th! Please look for a volunteer standing at the top of the stairs after the 10:30 a.m. service to a) buy tickets yourself or b) pick up tickets to sell Thank you! Contact Jen Goolsby at or Tarah Dickerson at for more information.

Dining Group - On Sunday March 19 we will celebrate St. Joseph Day at RoccoVino's Italian restaurant at 4747 N. Harlem @ Lawrence in Harwood Heights. Please note the time change to 5:00 p.m. Parking is in a small strip mall. Please contact Julie, 773-764-3140, if you would like to partake of delicious pasta.

The Altar Flowers today are in memory of Valerie Joy Carlson and are given by Valerie Rae Carlson.

Like us on Facebook: Help us get to 500 likes! “Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School” for wonderful info, photos and updates!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, March 12th - Bethany Pilgrim Refugee meeting at 12:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 19th- El Salvador Testimonies and Trip Interest Meeting
Sunday, March 26th - Rev. Bill Hutchison (previous Interim Pastor) Guest Preacher
Sunday, April 9th - Palm Sunday Celebration
Saturday, April 15th - North Center Easter Eggstravaganza, 10:00 a.m.
Donations of candy can be brought to Pastor’s office.
Sunday, April 30 - Bethany Pilgrim Refugee fundraiser
Saturday, May 13th - Friendship Center “Jam For Bread” fund raiser
Monday-Friday, July 17-21 - Vacation Bible School
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th
“Renewing Leadership Day Retreat,” Saturday, March 18th - How is the Spirit inviting each of us to be renewed in our work and to reimagine our future? Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster. Our facilitator will be the Rev. Stephen Bouman, Director of the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2008. Previously, he served as Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod and has done extensive work equipping Lutheran Schools throughout the country. We are thrilled that he can be with us! Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Renee at

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 contact the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at

This summer's Vacation Bible School, with theme “A Mighty Fortress”, is scheduled for the week of July 17. VBS is for kids ages 4 through Grade 5. Older kids, youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer as helpers. The more the merrier, it's fun for all of us! Registration for both students and volunteers is now open via a link on Pilgrim's website:
Questions? Contact Chris Wallis (

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!

Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt - We are organizing our Annual Egg Hunts on Easter Sunday, April 16th. We invite you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun things that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies for the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks... the deadline is Good Friday… Thank you!

Mission Trip to El Salvador 2017 - Would you like to experience God’s love and joy and hospitality in another country? Make new friends as we help feed the hungry, plant churches, install solar panels, and march in a parade for peace and human rights. We are holding an El Salvador Trip Interest Meeting on Sunday, March 19th at 12 noon at Pilgrim Lutheran Church basement (Annex Room). At the meeting, we will be sharing about the trip and answering any questions you may have. Those of you who have already committed to the trip will be able to meet some of the others who will be traveling with us!

Gift Cards - We are selling this week on Sunday, Monday and Thursday because of parent-teacher conferences. Gift cards include JiffyLube $25/$30, Petsmart $25, Peapod $50, $100, Rei $25, LLBean $25, Binny's $25, Super Cuts $25, Bakers Square $25, Crate & Barrel $25, iTunes $10, $15 $25. Please see the sellers or contact Anne Barsano at with questions.

Thrivent Choice Dollars - Have you made your decision for the year? Look at the enclosed insert, then go to where you can make your choice before the end of the month. Thank you in advance.

Bethany Pilgrim Refugee project - Join us Sunday at 12:15 p.m. in the Annex for a Refugee welcome meeting! Pilgrim has partnered with a neighboring church, Bethany UCC, to co-sponsor a refugee family through RefugeeOne, a 501 ©(3) organization. We haven’t yet been assigned our family, but we know that they will need support in fulfilling the activities of everyday life—learning a new language, navigating a strange city, finding a job, settling in at school, and acclimating to a culture that is not their own. Guided by RefugeeOne, our group will provide mentoring, tutoring, social, and job development support—as well as financial assistance as they begin their new life in Chicago. Our goal is to raise $6,000, but we will be matched with a family once we’ve raised the first $2,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to For more info contact or go to Facebook at

Beat the heat – with the PTL - Thank you to the parents and the church for graciously furnishing the upper grades class rooms with air conditioners this year! However, there is more to be done. The annex for summer camp use needs two units, as does each of the five lower grade classrooms. Many of you have already been so generous and we appreciate the help keeping the little ones and our campers cool and dry. As such, the PTL will be matching parents’ donations dollar for dollar. Please help us reach this goal to keep our kids safe this warm weather season by placing all donations in the PTL box located in the office. We’ll keep you updated on the progress and thank you once again for your generosity!

OpCIP finally has a program for ordering gift cards on your phone. The free APP is "Benefit Mobile" and the link is Go to the site and select Pilgrim Lutheran to receive the profit. You have the choice of using your checking account or a credit card (% earned differs with payment method). The email shows you the cards they offer. We will still sell cards in the office as the profits are higher, but now you have options. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,038
Actual received week ending 3/5/2017: $2,894

Budget year to date (through January 2017): $90,417
Actual received year to date (through January 2017): $81,436
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


March 12 Sunday
 8:00 a.m.  Worship Service 
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery & Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

March 15 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion
6:15 p.m. All Together Supper
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m. Lent Taize Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

March 16 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 17 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 18 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


March 19 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery & Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

March 22 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion
6:15 p.m. All Together Supper
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m. Lent Taize Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

March 23 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 24 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 25 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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