Subject: Salt and Light

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday as we say godspeed to the Killelea family at the 8 a.m. service and welcome Lincoln Tremmel through Baptism at the 10:30 a.m. service. This week, we will continue with the “Son of God” preaching series by exploring what it means to be “salty for God” and share a truly inspiring clip from the upcoming movie. See you Sunday!
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 16th
Salt and Light

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!
Dining Group
On Sunday, February 16, we will try again to make 5:30 p.m. reservations at Isla Filipino restaurant at 2501 W. Lawrence. The restaurant has gotten great reviews from Filipinos who frequent the restaurant. Please make reservations early with Julie 
773-764-3140. Thanks, and see you there!
Baptisms and Godspeeds
Godspeed for Kristi, Dirk, Lauren, and Henry Killelea (moving to Minnesota)
Sunday, February 16th, 8 a.m. Service

The Baptism of Lincoln Tremmel, son of Jim Tremmel and Lindsay White, who will be affirming their baptisms
Sunday, February 16th, 10:30 a.m. Service

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.

Join us in congratulating Doris and Michael Knuth on the birth of their grandson, Miles Anderson Durant, born to their daughter, Heather. Miles was 7 lbs, 15 oz, and was born on Friday, February 7th in Syracuse, New York.

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

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
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
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 13 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. MOMSnext

February 14 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 15 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8

February 16 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
Godspeed to the Killeleas
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Baptism of Lincoln Tremmel

February 17 Monday
School and Church Office closed
6:30 p.m. Threshold Choir

February 19 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:00 p.m. Confirmation
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

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 13, 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
Join Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari and others in handing out hand-made Valentine’s cards to passersby under the El stop at Montrose.   They will be out there between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 14th.  If you would like to make some homemade cards saying “God loves you!” or “Happy Valentines Day”, please bring them to the church office today by 3:00 p.m.
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.
Rabbi Brant Rosen
The Working Group on the Middle East of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA invites you to hear Rabbi Brant Rosen, nationally prominent activist for Palestinian solidarity, and congregational rabbi in Evanston. Rabbi Rosen will be speaking Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square. He will read from and discuss his book, “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity.” For more information visit or call the church at 773-235-5420.
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
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
Are you looking for something to donate to the auction? Why not consider buying a gift card? We have many restaurant gift cards which sell well at auctions, as well as clothing stores like Aeropostale, Gap or Old Navy, Carson’s, Macy’s and others. Some of the fast food restaurants and/or movie tickets can be put together by the auction team into baskets or neighborhood packages. Prices range from $5 to $100 (quite a price range). Maybe one of them will fit into your budget! Every donation helps our auction and we get a double profit whammy with Operation CIP earning a portion of your purchase. We will be selling Sunday, Monday and Friday of this week.
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, the strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Isaiah 59:12–21: 
When sin is prevalent, justice is distant; when we deny the Lord and turn away from God, it grieves Him. And yet God remains sovereign and faithful. He is our Redeemer, and at His Name we will see His glory.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 5:13–20:In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encourages his followers to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, doing good works and keeping God's commandments.
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