Subject: Palm Sunday!

Dear Friends, 

Join us for a joyful outdoor procession at 10 a.m. Then at 10:30 a.m., we will enjoy worship featuring widespread participation from the Pilgrim community as we celebrate Jesus entry into Jerusalem!

See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Note: Because of the importance of Palm Sunday, nursery will be provided for young children, all children are invited to participate in this Sunday's service!

Tomorrow: Families, join us for a special Wunder's Cemetery Egg Hunt at 10 a.m., 3963 N. Clark Street
Holy Week at Pilgrim 2016
Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m.—Preschool and Kindergarten Passion Play
Maundy Thursday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Good Friday, March 25th 4:30 p.m. (family service) & 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.—North Center Eggstravanganza Outreach
Saturday, March 26th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.-Easter Breakfast Set Up and Sanctuary Decorating
Easter Sunday, March 27th at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Easter Egg Hunt to follow 10:30 service!
Easter Breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Family Portraits on Easter Sunday—Join us on Easter and pose for a free family/group photo! You will be receiving a free 5x7 portrait for you and yours!

Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt—Saturday, March 19th, 10am sharp! At Wunder’s cemetery, 3963 N. Clark St (SE corner, Clark & Irving Park Rd). Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Alderman Tom Tunney & George Manning. See poster at back of Sanctuary for more details.

“MOPS—The North Center MOPs group is a group for moms that meets the first and third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 7th at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Marta Hardacre for information or to RSVP at  We hope to see you there!

Summer Opportunities:
Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Jointly hosted by Luther Memorial Church and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Ages 3-12, youth invited to serve. For more information, contact Chris Wallis at

July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator, Arlene Calderone at

Weekly E-Newsletters
We are so thankful for the wonderful work our Administrative Staff does to keep us all informed! Halley Williams, our Communications Administrator, sends out two distinct weekly email newsletters:  one pertains to our school families, the other is a Pilgrim-wide email that includes information about ministry going on beyond the school community, including our worship and outreach news.  If you would like to receive one or both of these emails, please contact Halley at and she will be glad to add you to the recipient list.  Thank you!

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Save The Date! - Our annual auction will be held on Saturday, April 30th and we’re bringing it home to Pilgrim! The event will take place in Maring Hall and the theme is Totally Tubular 80’s Pilgrim Prom! We hope to see you there! We are collecting donations and need your help, please contact Sam Doerfler at for forms or with any questions.

Dining Group—On Sunday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. Irish food will be on the menu at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House, 4557 N. Ravenswood. There is street parking & plenty of good Irish beer. See you there! Please let Julie know if you plan to celebrate with us.
773-764-3140. Thanks!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, April 24th-Teacher Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 30th-Pilgrim’s Totally Tubular Annual Auction
Great Banquet Retreats
Men’s Weekend—April 21-24
Women’s Weekend— April 28-May 1
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

Studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Pastor and Martyr of the 20th Century—Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor in Germany during the Second World War and the reign of the Third Reich. He was a prominent writer and theologian, and his faith led him to stand up against the Nazi regime in support of his Jewish brothers and sisters who were being persecuted. This decision led to his imprisonment and death at the hands of Nazi Germany on April 9, 1945. 
An adult forum series (9:15am, Sunday mornings in the fellowship hall) beginning on February 28 will focus on who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, and explore the following theme on April 3rd (How does Bonhoeffer’s life inform our faith today?).

A devotional containing short reflections on some of Bonhoeffer’s writings about faith is available on the table in the Narthex so that all who do not attend the adult forum can still participate in this congregation-wide discussion. Questions? Talk to Marissa Becklin, Ministry in Context Student at

Prayer Ministry
We will not be gathering at our usual time and place on Saturday, March 26th. We hope you will be able to join us at 9:45 at the North Center Town Square (4100 N. Damen, across from CVS) as we spread good news, hand out candy, eggs , and tell people about Pilgrim.

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.

PART I (Intro to the Way of Jesus) will be offered on Sunday, April 3rd  from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
PART II (Intro to being a Lutheran Christian) will be offered on Sunday, April 10th from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
PART III (Intro to Growing and Serving at Pilgrim) will be offered on Sunday, April 17th from 9:15 a.m. to 10 :15 a.m.
Child care is provided throughout each class. Please RSVP to myself or to the Church Office Manager, Kathy Danner at

Lutheran World Relief-Baby Care Donations
Please help our Sunday School kids collect items for LWR Baby Care Kits. Items can be new or gently used (no obvious mending or stains, please) in sizes 6 months to 14 months (2T). Guidelines for the kits are simple but please do not donate items not on this list-we can’t use them. Please place your donations in the orange bin at the rear of the church. The deadline is Sunday, March 13. The kits will be assembled during the Sunday School Easter celebration on Sunday, March 20th. Cash donations to LWR can also be made using the pew envelopes. Any funds designated for the project will go to Lutheran World Relief to help with their shipping costs. Donation List can be found on the back table in the Narthex.
Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt—on Easter we are organizing our Annual Egg Hunt after the 10:30 am service. We need you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun thngs that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies of the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks...the deadline is Good Friday...Thank you!

Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt—on Easter we are organizing our Annual Egg Hunt after the 10:30 am service. We need you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun thngs that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies of the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks...the deadline is Good Friday...Thank you!

Eggstravaganza-Northcenter Spring Egg Hunt—Join us on Saturday, March 26th from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Spring Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza! We will be setting up in the Northcenter Town Square (across from CVS on Lincoln) to hand out eggs, spread the word about Pilgrim, and take part in some Easter weekend fun!
Gift Cards—We have many cards available, which we usually have to order, such as, $25 cards for: Bass Pro Shop, The Children’s Place, Super Cuts, Best Buy, Applebee’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Lou Malnati’s (also in 10’s) and $10 Bath and Body Works and Pizza Hut. We also have our usual restaurant cards.
Why not purchase one to donate to the Annual Auction and Easter is coming! We will be selling on Sunday in the church lobby and, Monday and Thursday in the school office.

 Do you purchase from Office Depot/Office Max either online or at the store? Did you know that you can go to to submit your order online or in-store purchase, enter Pligrim School’s number (70030841) and Pilgrim will earn %5 credit for future purchases.

Reminder-March 31 Deadline to Direct Choice Dollars!
Eligible Thrivent Financial members who have been designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2016 to direct where you want them to go. Don’t miss this opportunity to recommend that Thrivent Financial provide grant funding to Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School. Go to to learn more and find program terns and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.

General Worship Offerings
Budgeted through 02.29.16 $110,000
Actual through 02.29.16 $100,565

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 03.06.16 $ 2,701

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


Mar 20 Palm Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
9:15 a.m. Baby Care Kits Assembly Project
10:10 a.m. Procession of Palms
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Mar 23 Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Preschool & Kindergarten Passion Play

Mar 24 Maundy Thursday 10:00 a.m. Maundy Thursday Service
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service

Mar 25 Good Friday 4:30 p.m. Good Friday Family Service
7:00 p.m. Tennebrae with Prayers around the cross

Mar 26 Saturday 10:00 a.m. Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt-Northcenter
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
1:00 p.m. Volunteer party-Setting up Easter Breakfast and Decorating Sanctuary


Mar 27 Easter Sunday 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Mar 28-Apr 1 Spring Break—No School

Mar 31 Thursday 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Apr 1 Friday 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Apr 2 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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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