Subject: Son of God Series Begins

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends, Please join us for tonight's Pilgrim School Open House from 6-8 p.m. And we invite you to join us on Sunday as we lift up Jesus' teachings on friendship. We'll be using a dramatic presentation from the movie "Son of God" that will bring Luke 5:17-26 to life. Services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
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 9th
Another Way to Be a Friend
Sunday, February 16th
Another Way to Be “Salty”
Sunday, February 23rd
Another Way to Deal with Adversaries
Sunday, March 2nd 
Reducing Violence, Restoring Hope
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, February 13th 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.
“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 Elenore Lumen Cares, daughter of Nate Lumen and Kate Cares
Sunday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m.

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
Starting on February 9, 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!
Alumni Reunion Chapel 
Wednesday, February 12
We invite all Pilgrim Alumni to join us in Chapel on Wednesday, February 12th for our 10:10 a.m. chapel service. Chicago Public High Schools are not in session on this date, so all high school alumni can join us for chapel and then stay after for donuts and snacks.
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

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

February 6 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS
6:00 p.m. Pilgrim School Learning Fair

February 7 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 8 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

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

February 11 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

February 12 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
4:00 p.m. Confirmation
6:30 p.m. Confirmation All Together Night
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir rehearsal

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 6, 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,
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 by Wednesday, February 12th.
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.
Acts Of Kindness Cabaret
Date: Sunday, February 09, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Location: Luther North College Prep 5700 W Berteau
Acts Of Kindness Cabaret will perform: A Little Help from My Friends

Join us at 6:00 pm for Cocktails, dessert and an Auction of Art. We will be featuring a red and a white French wine, beer, and tasty confections. The professional show will begin at 7:00 pm. Online registration will be open through February 6th. Tickets are $25 in advance – tickets will be available at the door for $30 each. This event is sponsored in part by Northwest Arts Connection. For more information see our webpage here:
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
The Science of Concordia Place
Educational Event for parents and children 18 months to 5 years, February 8, 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. at Concordia Place, 3300 North Whipple Street in the Annex Building. Please RSVP to 773-463-1600 ext. 111.
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.
Market Day orders are due Monday, Feb 10th, with pick up on Thursday, 3-4 p.m. or we can hold them until Sunday for you. Cookie dough is on special this month with a savings of $2 when you purchase two boxes. Just take out the number of cookies you want and bake. No amount is too few!! Go-GO Squeez applesauce is on sale this month- 18 3.2 oz pouches are $12.29. Call Anne Barsano with?? 773-472-6037.
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
Lord God, with endless mercy you receive the prayers of all who call upon you. By your Spirit show us the things we ought to do, and give us the grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Isaiah 58:1–9: 
Shortly after the return of Israel from exile in Babylon, the people were troubled by the ineffectiveness of their fasts. God reminds them that outward observance is no substitute for genuine fasting that results in acts of justice, such as feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and clothing the naked.

The second reading is 1 Corinthians 2:1–12: 
Though people such as the Corinthians are enamored with human philosophy and wisdom, Paul continuously presents God’s hidden wisdom which is Jesus Christ crucified. True spiritual maturity involves judging ourselves and others in light of God’s revelation in the cross.

The Gospel reading is 
Luke 5:17-26: Men tried to bring a paralyzed man to Jesus, and realizing the crowd was too great, they lowered him through the ceiling. Jesus’ response by healing the paralyzed man caused quite the discussion as those in the room realized Jesus’ authority and power.
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