Subject: Pilgrim Weekly Update

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Dear Friends,

"Let light shine out of darkness!"

We all need the light. In the midst of these cold winter days, and in the midst of so much going on in the world and in our lives, let us walk into a place and moment of light and hope... Transfiguration Sunday!!!!

Join us at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!

And, at 9:15 a.m., we are calling all children to join our confirmation youth as we make valentines, sing songs, play some fun games, and eat donuts!

See you Sunday!
Lent: A Time for Peace—We invite you to be intentional in the upcoming season of Lent. Our theme is “Lent: A Time for Peace”. We will be reflecting on the teachings of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi as we allow God to guide us in the ways of peace. Devotionals are now ready to pick up in the back of the Sanctuary, and we also recommend an ebook titled: Lent with St. Francis by Diane Houdek. You can order the book by clicking here:

February 14th Ash Wednesday Schedule:
6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Distribute Valentines at the Montrose Brown Line stop (Ravenswood and Montrose)
9:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Chapel, including the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner (soup supper)
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent—Starting this Wednesday, February 14th and continuing through March 21st, Pilgrim will have a community meal on Wednesday evenings. Suppers are served from 6:15-7:00 p.m., followed by a brief worship service. This year we will be using Marty Haugen's Lenten liturgy "Prayers Around the Cross" a very centering, peaceful worship setting. For more dinner information, or to sign up, contact Chris at

Join us for a special Black History inspired chapel on Wednesday, February 21st at 10:10 a.m. We are overjoyed to welcome back the Rev. Yehiel Curry as our guest speaker. Rev. Curry serves as the Director of "Rescue, Release, and Restore" a mentoring and camping ministry for youth at risk, and is a renowned speaker who, last week, received the ELCA's Hunstad Award for excellence in youth and family ministry. 

First Communion Class—We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program. The interactive class (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 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments. Join us February 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Annex.

Calling all Children! Sunday!—We invite all children to come at 9:15 a.m. on February 11th as we launch a new idea, "Faith 5 Friends". Our ultra-cool confirmation students will be helping lead a song and a lesson for the kids. We will also be making Valentines in preparation for our outreach at the Montrose El on Wednesday, February 14th! Oh... and there will also be donuts. Please join us!

Dining Group—Please join us on Sunday, February 18th, at 5:30 p.m. to experience Belgian food & beer at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 North Clark Street, a long time Andersonville establishment. To reserve, contact Julie at 773-366-0724. Thanks!

Trivia Night 2018—Join us for the annual Pilgrim Lutheran School Trivia Night! It’s Saturday, February 24th, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starting at 7:00. It’s $200 per table, maximum eight (8) players per table. All proceeds go to fund the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Pilgrim Lutheran School at (773) 477-4824 or email

Women of the ELCA
—Thank you to all women who are interested in our new WECLA chapter. Our mission to act boldly will start with In-Reach activities, including the following: February 28 - Lenten Dinner team; March 11—Easter Basket assembly; April 21—Spring Outdoor spruce up (April 28 rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy at or Renee at

Vision and Leadership Congregational Meeting Summary—We are thankful for the strong attendance and energy at our “Vision and Leadership” congregational meeting. Welcome to our new President, Joel Heinger; our new Treasurer, Tarah Dickerson, and our new at large council members:  Sarah Abu-Absi, Doris Knuth, Heidi Thompson, and Jonathan Valencia. Thank you to outgoing council members: Mike Suhajda, Michael Dooley, Theresa Sparlin, Jim Volkens, and Halley Williams. 

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! Our next rehearsal will be on Saturday, February 17th, at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome! For more information, contact

Save the Date:
February 25—Care Ministry Team Meeting at 12:00 noon
April 22—Congregational Spiritual Retreat: The Gift of Listening, 12:00—2:00 p.m.
Women’s Bible Study—We will take a Bible Study break during Lent so everyone can attend our “All Together Dinners” followed by a brief worship service. Join us when we resume in April.

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."

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!

Your 2018 Offering Envelopes—are in your mailboxes in the Narthex, including NEW MEMBERS. We encourage you to use them, unless of course you have automatic withdrawals for your donations.
Valentine’s Day Outreach 2018—Join us in handing out hand-made Valentine’s Day cards to passersby under the Montrose Brown Line El stop on Wednesday, February 14th from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. If you would like to make some homemade cards saying “God Loves You” or “Happy Valentine’s Day”, please bring them to the church office.

Come to El Salvador 2018—If you have ever wanted to go on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America, July 31st-August 7th, 2018.  We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, help bring solar electricity to rural homes, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise Christian voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge requited. Please contact Pastor Kristian at or Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 
HELP WANTED: Cinco de Pilgrim Volunteers! Help us plan an incredible spring party for the Pilgrim community this May - join the fiesta crew! We can’t pull off an evening like this without a LOT of help - there are jobs big and small, but this is definitely a TEAM effort. Questions or Ideas? email

Bethany-Pilgrim Project Chili & Dessert Cook Off—It is time to sign up to enter the second annual Chili & Dessert Cookoff! This year’s event will take place from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Maring Hall. (We’re starting and ending earlier this year to get everyone out on time to watch the Oscars.) We’ll be raising money to help a second refugee family. If you would like to enter a Crockpot of chili or a plate of dessert, you can sign up via the link below. If you don’t want to enter the competition, please consider donating supplies and/or joining us to sample the entrees and help select a winner! More information coming soon. In the meantime, help us spread the word!

Gift Cards—Now that you have discovered how good the food is at PotBelly's in Lincoln Square, you can purchase one of their gift cards for your next visit. We are selling Sundays at 11:30 a.m. in the church foyer and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., with the exception of Monday, February 19th because of the holiday. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with orders or questions.

Thrivent members who have not directed their Choice dollars have until March 31st to do so! You may do it two ways: online at or by phone: 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt. They are open until 6:00 p.m. Central time M-F, but will be closed March 30th and 31st.
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


February 11 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

February 14 Wednesday
 6:30 a.m. Distribute Valentines at Brown Line
9:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion Meeting
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir (after service)

February 15 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 16 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 17 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


February 18 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
6:00 p.m. Faith Five All Together Night

February 20
 Tuesday 7:00 p.m. PTL

February 21 Wednesday
 5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. All Together Dinner
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir (after service)

February 22 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS at Parsonage
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 23 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 24 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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