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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday in worship at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we recognize that in Jesus, we have a good shepherd that will never leave us. Ever.

We also hear Jesus say: "There will be one flock, one shepherd." We want to embody the oneness God has blessed us with as we gather for "The Gift of Listening" retreat from 12 to 2. Lunch and child care will be provided!

See you Sunday!
We’ve reserved a seat for you! Pilgrim’s auction committee has been working very hard to make this year’s Cinco de Pilgrim Spring Party a huge success and they would like you to join them on May 5th. Come and spend time with other members of the church and meet the amazing families we support through our shared mission. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Suhajda at or Doris Knuth at We look forward to seeing you there.

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in honor of Carolyn Barsano’s 40th birthday, by the Barsano family.

The Gift of Listening - SUNDAY—"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." - Karl A. Menniger. Would you like to learn more about the gift of listening and receive an opportunity to grow your faith at the same time? Join us from 12:00-2:00 p.m. today for a Pilgrim retreat based on the gift of listening. Lunch will be provided.

Pilgrim Dining Group—Join us today at 5:30 p.m. for friendship and Italian cuisine at Basilico, 4701 N. Cumberland. Reserve with Julie at 773-366-0724. Thank you!

Dine Out for Pilgrim—A yummy way to give…Roots Handmade Pizza in Lincoln Square, 2200 West Lawrence Avenue, is donating 20% of purchases made on Wednesday, April 25th, from open to close (11 a.m. - midnight) to Pilgrim! You can dine in, carry out or have delivery. Just mention Pilgrim or bring the flyer. All sales are included, except Happy Hour items (3:00-6:00 p.m.)

Join us next Sunday for Teacher Appreciation Sunday! We will be sharing a special prayer and a gift with each of our teachers on April 29th, as well as praying for all teachers in this great city of Chicago. If you would like to write a note of appreciation for any of our teachers, please do so and place in a specially marked box on the back table in the sanctuary. Thank you!

A FREE screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age—Pilgrim Lutheran PTL is hosting a screening of this award-winning film depicting messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and offers solutions. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids and watch together. A moderated discussion will follow, led by Eric Crabtree-Nelson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. WHEN: Thursday, April 26th at 7:15 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:45) WHERE: 4300 N. Winchester. For more information visit

8th Grade Testimonies—We invite the entire Pilgrim community to come worship at our School Chapels on the Wednesdays of May 2nd, 9th, and 16th. At each of these chapel services, we will hear faith testimonies from our graduating 8th graders. It is a very inspiring experience. If you cannot come, continue to pray prayers of praise and provision for our 8th graders and for all our students and staff!

Save the Dates:
Sunday May 13—Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday May 20—Walk to Reach El Salvador, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp: June 25—29—Pirates, July 2—3, 5—6—Castles,
July 9—13—Legos

Congratulations to Owen Smith as he received the sacrament of Holy Baptism last Saturday, April 14th! He is the son of Jaime Sweet and Chad Smith. We are excited to walk with you in your new life in Christ!

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."

Women’s Bible Study—Please join us on Wednesday, April 25th, and every other Wednesday. We will be using the book and study guide titled Grace by Max Lucado. 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 get book, contact

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 in April. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at for more information. Thanks!

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!

2018 Triennial ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston—Pilgrim will be represented at the Triennial Youth Gathering this year! 8th Grader Hope Johnson will be attending the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event from June 24-26, and the National Youth Gathering from June 27-July 1. Hope will join 25,000 youth from around the United States and around the world in worshiping, connecting, doing service projects, and exploring the theme: “This Changes Everything.” Please pray for Hope and for all the youth participating in this gathering!

Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp—This program allows children the opportunity to explore themes of interest to them and explore the places around the city where they can find out more about each theme. We emphasize community-building, collaboration, and, of course, fun! Click on this link for further information including times and costs!

Future Design School Young Innovators Program—empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students learn design methods and get hands-on-experience building new business offerings. It’s August 6-10 and is only $165 for Pilgrim Students. For more info contact the school office at
Congratulations to the Bates, Crabtree-Nelson, Hotary, Huntsinger, Johnson, Smith, and Telford families on their children’s first communion celebration last Sunday! We are thankful for the wonderful leadership you provided last Sunday, April 15th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for Cinco de Pilgrim are well underway - the annual Spring Party on May 5th at Whirlyball Chicago. It’s going to be a fantastic celebration of our community. We have a great group of volunteers, but we’re still in need of a few more people to round out the team. If you would be willing to give a few hours of your time, we would be so grateful. We are specifically looking for help in the areas of donations and sponsorships - it’s work that can largely be done from the comfort of your couch! Email Ana Caref if you’re able to help:

Farming Hope Chicago! - Do you like gardening? Do you have any kind of business experience? Do you like providing food for hungry people? If the answer to any of these three questions is “Yes”, please consider joining us for an interest meeting in Pilgrim’s new project, “Farming Hope Chicago”, a hydroponics garden whose potential is truly astounding! The meeting will be held on Sunday, April 29th, in the Annex at 12:00 noon.

Geraniums for Pentecost—The congregation is invited to bring RED geraniums to decorate the altar on May 20th. The geraniums will be planted in the gathering garden for our community to enjoy. Join WELCA to plant them on Saturday, May 26th at 9:30 a.m. Contact Renee if interested in helping
Pilgrim Alumni & Friends—Tap into that deep sense of Wildcat pride and become a sponsor of the 2018 Pilgrim Lutheran Spring Party/Cinco de Pilgrim. Your generosity will be showcased to as many as 200 families and professionals from throughout the community. What better way to honor your Pilgrim graduate than by making a gift in their name! Help us meet our fundraising goals so that we can continue to provide “Academic Excellence with a Heart” to all of our students. Please consider a spring party sponsorship - levels start at just $100! Email:

A Global 6K for Water will take place at Montrose Harbor on May 19th. The event is sponsored by World Vision to raise donations for clean water globally. The distance of 6 kilometers is the average that a family member in the third world will walk daily to retrieve water for the family. This distance is walked every day for the family's daily water. If you would like to walk/run this distance to raise funds and awareness for this issue, please register/donate at or contact Bob Lau at Can we form a Team Pilgrim for this May 19th event?

Gift Cards—Are you looking for a little something to donate to the auction or to give to graduates or helpers this May or June? Pilgrim has many $10/$25 gift cards available for purchase on Sunday, Monday and Friday. You may also fill in an order form and leave it in the school office or contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040. Thank you from OperationCIP

FREE PIANO! Pilgrim has a plethora of pianos and is giving away a spinet. If interested, please contact Michael Knuth for details at 773-784-4623.
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


April 22 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Explore the Bible &
Serving Session: Teaching Kids about reading the Bible
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 24 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

April 25 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

April 26 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:15 p.m. Screenagers

April 27 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 28 Saturday 
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
8:00 p.m. Beginners AA Meeting


April 29 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Explore the Bible &
Learning Session: The 10 Command ments
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 1 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Ed

May 2 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

May 3 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:15 p.m. Screenagers

May 4 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 5 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
8:00 p.m. Beginners AA Meeting

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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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