Subject: Prayer and Folk Music

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we debut pieces of a new folk liturgy. We'll exporing the questions: "Are there any 'shoulds' to prayer?" and "What are some practical helps for prayer?" Also, Congratulations to Pilgrim and our Pastor on being featured in this month's edition of "The Lutheran" magazine... check out the online version here.
    Pastor Kristian
Epiphany/3 Kings Celebration
Please join us on Sunday, January 5th as we celebrate Epiphany. Our 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature a dramatic procession of the 3 Kings, uplifting music and message, and a piñata for the kids during coffee hour!

Epiphany Preaching Series: 
“Another Way”
During Sundays in January and February, Pastor Kristian will be preaching on the theme, “Another Way”, based on Matthew 2:12, when the Maji were warned in a dream to return to their own country “by another way.”

January 12th “Another Way to Pray”
January 19th “Another Way to Serve”
January 26th “Another Way to Practice Leadership”

We hope you’ll join us for a wonderful Epiphany season!

Annual Congregation Meeting
January 26 at 11:45 a.m.

Calling all members of the Congregation. Please join us on January 26 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service for the Annual Meeting of the Pilgrim Congregation. The Book of Reports will be distributed by January 15 for your preview, and we’ll host an open forum during coffee hour on January 19 for questions and discussion about action items on the agenda.
New Sunday School Term
The winter term will begin on Sunday, January 5, at 9:15 a.m., and we will be going back to our traditional age-based classroom settings with a new curriculum. We'll begin in the Sanctuary with music and prayer, and then split into classes.
New Member Class
What is a Lutheran? What does it mean to be a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church? What are the main ways Pilgrim is helping people and families grow in faith and service? If any of these questions interest you, please join us for a New Member Class on Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. or on Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the church parlor. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office.
First Communion Program
We invite everyone who is in 2nd grade or older to participate in our upcoming First Communion Program, which will be beginning with an Interest meeting on February 19th. The interactive class 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. If you are interested in this class, please email the church office
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS normally meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays 9:15 – 11:15 a.m., although this month will be meeting January 9 and 23, at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Prayer Ministry
Would you like to learn more about prayer?
Please join us on 8:30 a.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave) for our weekly prayer time.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

January 9 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

January 10 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 11 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

January 12 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

January 15 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

January 16 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

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

January 18 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Team
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

January 9, 2014
Dining Group
On Sunday, January 19 @ 5:30 p.m. we will dine at Isla Filipino Restaurant at 2501 W. Lawrence. It is in a small shopping mall with some parking available, also BYOB. It has gotten good reviews from Filipinos who dine there. If attending contact Julie; 773-764-3140; thanks!
Exploring the Bible Class now in Maring Hall
Would you like to grow in faith and in your knowledge of the Bible with a low-key, encouraging group? Join us on Sunday mornings starting at 9:20 a.m. for our “Exploring the Bible” class.
Multicultural Worship Event in January
Join the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) community on Monday, January 20, 2014, for the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center, 100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The event begins with a special multicultural themed worship at 11 a.m. Director of the Advanced Studies Program at LSTC, the Rev. Dr. Jose David Rodriguez, will preside and Associate Priest of Saint James Cathedral, the Rev. Liz Munoz, will preach. The worship will be followed by a complimentary luncheon and guided conversation on the subject of multicultural worship and the way it has an impact on congregations. Attendance is free. If attending, contact Dr. Cheryl Pero  or Program Assistant Francisco Herrera for more details.
Coffee Hour Schedule
The 2014 Coffee Hour Schedule is looking for one more person/family to join our team. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please let Anne Barsano know ASAP. Thank you!
Gloves, Hats, Mittens, Scarves...
If you have been saving new or gently used gloves, hats, mittens and scarves in anticipation of our usual holiday collection, you may put them in the wrapped box in the narthex and they will be donated to the Cornerstone Community Shelter in Uptown. Thanks for your support!
Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact program coordinator Janet Taylor at

We are currently in need of three shoppers; each shopper purchases food and supplies for their team prior to the designated Saturdays. Please contact Janet if you are able to serve in this way.
Food for the Hungry
We are collecting Friendship Center and Common Food Pantries Grocery donations. Please bring food and leave it at the top of the stairs near the entrance of the church.
4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Join the LSTC community on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. for the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration hosted by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center. The Rev. Dr. Jose David Rodriguez will preside and the Rev. Liz Munoz will preach. A special meal in the Refectory follows the service. Please RSVP to Dr. Cheryl Pero at At 1:30 p.m., the Pero Center offers a workshop on multicultural worship. All the day’s events are free and open to the public.
Market Day
Orders are due Monday, January 13th for pick up on Thursday, January 16th, 3-4 p.m. or they can be put in the freezer for pick up on Sunday (please pay for your order and let Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 know of your plan). Order forms are in your church mailbox. You can go online and check out the great sales in the clearance section. Market Day earned Pilgrim $1800 last year — let’s try to get that number up this year! We can with your help!
Gift Cards
Gift Cards will be sold this Friday and Sunday, and Monday and Friday of next week. Did you know that you can use the Kohl’s Kares for Kids gift cards, which we sell, to pay your Kohl's charge? It is advised that you go in to the store to pay for security reasons. This is yet another way to earn 5% for Pilgrim!! Because of your support, we sold over $115,000 worth of gift cards in 2013 — a 7.6% increase over 2012!! Thank you! For questions, contact Anne.
Save the Date: “All that Jazz” Auction: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The annual Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Auction is a highly anticipated tradition among our present and former families. We are excited to announce this year's gala, "All That Jazz," will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in Chicago. The deadline for submitting donations and forms is February 1st, 2014. Please call or stop by the school office for more information.

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be your daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Isaiah 42:1–9: God's servant Israel is endowed with the Spirit in order to bring justice to the nations. The servant will not exercise authority boisterously or with violence, nor will weariness ever keep it from fulfilling its task. God's old promises have been fulfilled; the new assignment of the servant is to bring light to the nations.

The second reading is Acts 10:34–43: Peter crosses the sharp religious boundary separating Jews from Gentiles and proclaims the good news of God's inclusive forgiveness in Jesus' name to Cornelius, a Roman centurion. As a result of Peter's preaching, Cornelius and his family become the first Gentiles to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 3:13–17: Before Jesus begins his ministry, he is baptized by John, touched by the Spirit, and identified publicly as God's child.
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