Subject: Really, Jesus?

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
This week's Gospel includes the verse of Matthew 5:44... "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"... it makes you want to say, "Really, Jesus?" Yet, there is life giving wisdom and freedom in these words. Also, this Sunday, we will be saying "Godspeed" to the Dierking Family as they are moving to Minnesota... stay dry and see you soon!
Join us at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for a special sermon series featuring video clips of the soon to be released “Son of God” Movie:
Sunday, February 23rd
Another Way to Deal with Adversaries
Mrs. Beata Halter, lay preacher

Sunday, March 2nd 
Reducing Violence, Restoring Hope
“Son of God” movie; The life of Jesus Christ!
Everyone is invited to special showings on Sunday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 9th .at 1:00 p.m.; please plan on being there by 12:45 p.m. Move is at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets for these special showings are only $2 each. Purchase these tickets online through Event Brite: or from Barbara at the church office: (773) 477-4824, hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fridays. Sponsored by North Cook County Chapter of Thrivent Financial and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. The “Son of God” is a major motion picture opening at the Davis and many other theaters on February 28th. We will have special prizes for the people that bring the most guests (from among their friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc) Bring your family and friends to experience the life of Jesus!

Childcare Provided: Please RSVP to the church office if you will be needing childcare. On March 2 and 9, check your child in to the parsonage by 12:15 p.m. 

Baptisms and Godspeeds
Godspeed for Paul, Darcia, Jonathan, and Elsie Dierking
Sunday, February 23rd, 10:30 a.m. service

The Baptism of Eleonore Luman, daughter of Nate Luman and Kate Cares
Sunday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m.

Ash Wednesday March 5
You are invited to our services where we will have the Imposition of Ashes at 10:10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Note that directly following the 10:10 a.m service, we will hold our “Week One” session of our Lenten program “Lives Shaped by Jesus” from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Also note that we will have a Soup Supper that evening at 6:15 p.m., followed by a “40 Days to Shape our Future” session from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, before we move upstairs to a meditative service at 7:30 p.m. In addition to our observances at Pilgrim, Pastor Kristian will be offering prayer and the blessing of the ashes to passersby at the intersection of Wilson and Broadway from 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and between 3:45 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
Lenten Suppers and Worship
We invite you to join us on our 2014 Lenten Journey as we explore the theme “Lives Shaped by Jesus.” Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5th. Please plan on join us that Wednesday and every Wednesday in Lent for worship and discussion at 10:10 a.m. Chapel (with a discussion group to follow) and for Lenten Suppers, discussion, and Vespers from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our core texts will be the Bible and the book The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg, available via Kindle or regular formats. You are invited to pick up a copy of that book as we prepare for Lent at Pilgrim. You can do so at
Parents & Twos Sunday School
We are adding a toddler group to our Sunday School! Parents and their little ones are welcome to join us for a few minutes of opening music and prayer in the sanctuary at 9:15. Parents and younger children will then meet in the narthex for music, stories and play. Older siblings can join the preschool, K-1, or 2-5 classes. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis or Samantha Doerfler
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend
God desires joyful marriages. You can enrich your relationship when you attend the April 25-27, 2014 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Schaumburg, IL. Apply today at or contact Jan Gerzevske at or 
630-294-5014. Pre-registration is required by April 4, so don't delay! It’s a Weekend you won’t forget!
Mothers of Preschoolers 
MOPS is a morning group for moms. Discussions and speakers focus on relevant, important, and interesting topics. MOPS usually meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at 4332 N. Winchester Ave. Childcare available on-site!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

February 20 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

February 21 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 22 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

February 23 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Godspeed to the Dierkings

February 25 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

February 26 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

February 27 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

February 28 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 1 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1

February 20, 2014
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.
Prayer Ministry
Join us Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for our weekly prayer time at the Parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester.
Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network 
How do we put Pilgrim’s core value of advocating justice for the vulnerable into action? Join us on March 2 at 9:15 in the annex for a discussion with Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN). UCAN strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Get a plate of pancakes and come see how Pilgrim can support their efforts. For more information, contact Shellie Riedle Volkens, or see the UCAN website,
Great Banquet Retreats
Men’s Weekend—April 24-27
Women’s Weekend—May 1-4
Park Ridge, IL
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
New Church Directories
The new church directories are available on the table at the back of the sanctuary.
Valentine’s Day Outreach
Several from our Pilgrim Community handed out over 400 hand-made valentines at the Montrose stop on Valentine's Day. Passers by also enjoyed music from Mrs. Huelskoetter's class.
Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers are needed to read or monitor achievement tests for students in grades 4 – 8. Help is needed from 8:35 – 12:20 from Feb. 24 – Feb. 28. You can assist for one morning or more than one morning. Please contact Cheryl Saiki for more information at or 773-784-6034. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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 Janet Taylor at
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.
Luther North College Prep is hosting Trivia Night March 1, 2014
Location: 5700 W Berteau Ave, Chicago IL  $180.00 per table. Come and join us for Trivia Night. Form your own teams with as many as ten teammates, choose a theme for your table, dress up and decorate. Bring your own snacks and beverages and play the ten rounds of ten questions. Prizes will be awarded for best theme, heads or tails and high score. Last year’s 50/50 winner took home over $400! Register online Questions? Email
Luther North College Prep presents
All in the Timing - Dinner Theatre
March 29th, 2014 6 pm ~ Tickets $25 
“All in the Timing” is a collection of six short comedies by the American playwright David Ives. The plays focuses on language and wordplay, life and meaning, and the complexity of human relationships. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.
Come to El Salvador 2014
If you have ever wanted to serve God on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America July 31st—August 10th, 2014. We will be witnessing the dedication of a new Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador, El Salvador, and will meet Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, 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 required. Please grab a brochure on the back table for next steps!
Pancake Breakfast
The Pilgrim Dads invite you all to a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 2 in Maring Hall, following services. A donation of $5 per head is requested. The menu will include gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free pancakes, by request. Please contact Pete Gillespie for the ingredients list. Volunteers and electric griddles are needed. Please contact Pete Gillespie at or Bret Petkus at for details. After breakfast, the Dads will be hosting a Pancake Cook-off Challenge, which is open to everyone. Amaze your friends and family with your cooking skills. Entry fee is $5. All ingredients and materials will be provided. Winner will be the Pancake Champion Chef of the Year. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pilgrim School Technology Fund.
Gift Cards
Gift cards will be sold on Sunday in the church foyer and Monday and Friday in the church office.
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. 

Our Prayer for Sunday
Holy God of compassion, you invite us into your way of forgiveness and peace. Lead us to love our enemies, and transform our words and deeds to be like his through whom we pray, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18: 
The Holiness Code in Leviticus urges people to be holy since God is holy. Holiness is lived out in partiality for and consideration of the poor and the weak. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves.

The second reading is 1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23: Jesus Christ is the foundation of the church and its ministry. We are God's temple because God's Spirit dwells in us, and we belong to Christ. Hence we are called to build wisely upon this sure foundation not for our own benefit but for others to experience Christ's benefits.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 5:38–48: 
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares an end to the law of vengeance. God's people will respond to evil with love and forgiveness.
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