Subject: Pilgrim News

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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all! 

Join us for Worship at 8:00 am and 10:30 am..
Epiphany “3 Kings” Celebration - On Sunday, January 13th, we invite all children and youth to help with a special procession and dramatic reading of the magi story. Please gather at the back of the Narthex. We will have a piñata and great fellowship to follow the 10:30 a.m. service.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Faith In Action Assembly - On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st, many people of faith around Chicago will be gathering for Community Renewal Society’s annual assembly. We will let our voices be heard as we host a Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum during the assembly. The Example Setters Youth Poetry group will perform the Keynote Address. We will leave from Pilgrim at 7:45 a.m., the Praise Team starts the assembly at 8:45 a.m., which ends at 11:30 a.m. If you want to meet us at the event location, please go to: Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Drive, Chicago. Please RSVP to by January 17th.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry—On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry. You can support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy designated missions listed on the pew giving envelope. We invite you to enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go to communion and hand the envelope to the usher. Or, put it in the offering plate.

Christmas Un-Decorating Party, Saturday, January 19th - Please join the Worship team on Saturday, January 19th at 9:30 a.m. to pack up the Christmas trees and other decorations. Weather and resources permitting, we’ll also tackle the outdoor lights. Refreshments will be served. Contact Chris Wallis at to volunteer or for more information.

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,
Altar Flowers - Have you ever wondered why we sometimes have fresh flower arrangements on the Altar? They are given in Memory of, or in Honor of or in Celebration of someone special in your life. Sign up sheets (through 2019) are on the bulletin board at the back of the Sanctuary and a pair of arrangements costs $30. Payment can be put in the offering to Pilgrim, with a note that it’s for flowers.
Pilgrim Lutheran School - Academic Excellence with a Heart!  We have Preschool through 8th Grade. Pilgrim uses a “whole child” approach, and
prides itself on a play-based preschool and kindergarten, high test scores and a 95% acceptance rate of graduates into competitive high schools. For more information give us a call at 773-477-4824. Check us out at Or, come for a tour any Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.!
Trivia Night is February 9th! Flyers with registration forms are now available! If you are a trivia fan or just want to hang out with friends for a fun filled evening, this is your chance. Gather 7 of your friends and purchase a table. Act now and get a discount!
After January 9th, the table cost goes up to $200 ($25 per person). Forms and flyers are available in the school office and links below. Don't miss out, tables sell out fast! Don't forget the raffle! Winners will be announced at Trivia Night. The Registration Form is at:
 Form-2019-1.pdf Or the Flyer is at:
Sunday, January 13 - Due Date for Reports for Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 27 - Congregational Vision & Leadership Meeting, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 9 - Trivia Night
Saturday, April 27 - Party for Pilgrim Spring Fundraiser at Ebenezer Hall, 1650 W. Foster
New Member Exploration Classes - What does ‘Lutheran’ mean? How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? If you’re at all curious about any of these questions, please consider attending a new member exploration class. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.orgto RSVP.
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!

First Communion Class begins in February - Join us on Wednesday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. This 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 Ten Commandments, and the meaning of the Sacraments.
Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It
includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. Weekly handouts are on the table at the back of the church.
Explore the Bible - We are studying the Prophets of the Old Testament. Join us on Sunday’s at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall (the basement). We are taking a holiday break and will resume on January 13th. There is no experience necessary.
Women’s Bible Study will meet again on Wednesday, January 9th. Contact Renee at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.orgfor more info or to get on the email list.
Thank you from Coat Angels for your generosity and support! Between donated coats and monetary donations totaling $1,300, we were able to provide coats for 78 children. Coat Angels was thrilled to receive this bounty!
Thank you, Pilgrim! The school sends a heartfelt thank you for all the toy donations. We met and exceeded our goal! We collected 188 toys! This is such a
generous community! Friday, December 14th, the toys were delivered to our friends at Pablo Casals Elementary School. Thanks for making it happen.
"Windows Into Our Future" Campaign - Thank you to everyone who came out to our special reception on November 14th. Representatives from both the general contractor and the windows manufacturer were on hand to share details of the project and answer questions. We invite you to learn more about this project and to consider giving to this project by visiting To give by check, make the check out to "Pilgrim Lutheran" with the memo line "Windows Into Our Future". So far, we have received over $64,000. Our goal is to raise $95,000 by March. Thank you!
NEEDED: Bread Bakers and Ushers - Interested in helping out with these critically important activities? Contact Renee
Coats for Hot Meals Guests are needed (mostly men's Medium, Large and a few XL) and unisex hats and gloves. They can be from second hand stores, or your slightly used coats. Drop them off during Hot Meals, or there will be a storage bag for them in the Pantry Hallway.
2019 Giving Envelopes - Members, please pick up your box of giving envelopes for 2019. They are on the table in the narthex.
Party for Pilgrim 25K Raffle! We invite each Pilgrim household, both school and church families, to participate in selling raffle tickets! Grand Prize is $2,000 cash, and consolation prizes are two $500 Amazon Gift Cards! Please pick up your envelope today. You have two options: A) Sell 10 raffle tickets at $25 each or B) Write a check to Pilgrim for $250. This allows us to all contribute equally and generously in this year’s annual fundraiser!
Gift Cards - Happy 2019! Gift card sales for the year ended on a high note with sales of $20,160 for the month of December - more than our 1st and 3rd individual quarter totals. Thank you for your continued support! Cash and check sales will resume January 6th and continue on Sundays after the 10:30 service, and Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. in the school office. Sales also increased on our Benefit-mobile app, where Pilgrim is listed under 60613 and schools. You may pay using your bank account or a credit card. Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 with questions.
Support for our New Refugee Family - Please check out http:// make a tax-deductible donation to our cause. We still need to raise more money to meet our commitment to RefugeeOne for our family. Share this site with all your friends!
Interested in knowing what happens at Church Council meetings? Go to to find a synopsis from the October meeting.
Click link below for synopsis:
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

January 6 Sunday
  8:00 a.m. Worship Service
 9:15 a.m.  Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m.  Confirmation
10:30 a.m.   Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour

January 8 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  Church Council

January 9 Wednesday
6:30 p.m.  Women’s Bible Study
 7:30 p.m.   Alcoholics Anonymous

January 10 Thursday
6:15 p.m.   T.O.P.S.

January 11 Friday
6:30 p.m.   Girl Scouts

January 12 Saturday
11:30 a.m.   Hot Meals Team #4
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

January 13 Sunday
  8:00 a.m. Worship Service
 9:15 a.m.  Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m.  Confirmation
10:30 a.m.   Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour

January 15 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  School Board

January 16 Wednesday
7:30 p.m.   Alcoholics Anonymous

January 17 Thursday
6:15 p.m.   T.O.P.S.
7:00 p.m. PTL

January 18 Friday
6:30 p.m.   Girl Scouts

January 19 Saturday
11:30 a.m.   Hot Meals Team #5
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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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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