Subject: Special Guest This Sunday

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
This Sunday, we welcome Jennifer DeLeon, Director of Government Relations, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. She is a dynamic and engaging leader! At 9:20 a.m. in Maring Hall, she will help us connect with thousands of Lutherans across Illinois who speak out in favor of a strong public–private safety net for people in need in our state. She will also be giving a temple talk during the 10:30 a.m. service.
Lenten Suppers and Worship
SESSION 6: April 7-13: UNSTOPPABLE LOVE: The Passion of Jesus
Readings: Ortberg Book chapters 11,12,13 and Bible: Psalm 31

Wednesday mornings, 10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m. after chapel in the Parlor
Wednesday evenings, 6:15 p.m.—8:00 p.m., begins with free supper
Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Childcare will be provided at all sessions. Our core texts for these sessions will be the Bible and the book The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg.

You're invited to Holy Week 
at Pilgrim 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13
8:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School Easter Party
10:10 a.m. Meet in Church Basement for a Procession around the Block
10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship in Sanctuary with Sunday Singers, Gospel Kids, and testimonies from “Lives Shaped By Jesus”
11:45 Coffee Hour Fellowship to Follow

Wednesday, April 16th
6:30 p.m. Passion Play presented by Preschool and Kindergarten 

Maundy Thursday, April 17th
10:10 a.m. Worship (School Chapel) with Holy Communion
7:30 p.m. Worship (assisted by our First Communion Families) with Holy Communion and stripping of the altar

Good Friday, April 18th
4:30 p.m. Family Service (assisted by our Confirmation Students)
7:00 p.m. Candlelight Prayers Around the Cross

Easter Saturday, April 19th
7:00 p.m. Vespers Service (followed by sanctuary decoration and refreshments)

Easter Sunday, April 20th
8:00 a.m. Worship, 9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Worship
Easter Egg Hunt for all Children following the 10:30 a.m. service
El Salvador Interest Meeting April 13, 12:15 p.m.
Meet in the Annex for information about the upcoming trip to El Salvador. We will be serving in El Salvador, Central America July 31st—August 10th, 2014, and will be witnessing the dedication of a new Resurrection Lutheran Church in San Salvador, El Salvador. We 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, no Spanish knowledge required.

Save the Date GPS Visioning Retreat
Calling all leaders! We will be uniting under the banner of our mission statement to Gather, Prepare and Send to listen to God and to one another to identify our goals for the coming months of ministry. Sunday, April 27th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Lunch provided. Watch for details.
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend April 25-27 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Schaumburg, IL. Apply today (pre-registration is required by April 4) at or contact Jan Gerzevske at or 630-294-5014. 
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!
Invitation to MOMSnext
Calling all mothers! We invite you to the MOMSnext dinners we have coming up. These gatherings are always very positive and a lot of fun, and we grow in friendship and support. If you feel like getting out of the house, come join us at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester) for dinner! All children also get to enjoy dinner and a movie or playing downstairs. If you wish to bring a friend, something to eat, drink or a bottle of wine, all are welcome! MOMSnext is held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Upcoming dates are April 10, May 8, June 12. Please join us!
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

April 3 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

April 4 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 5 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

April 6 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 8 Tuesday
9:30 a.m. Pilgrim School Open House
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

April 9 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel/“Lives Shaped By Jesus”
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m. Confirmation All Together Night
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:45 p.m. “Lives Shaped By Jesus” Session
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

April 10 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

April 11 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 12 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

April 3, 2014
Vacation Bible School
This year’s VBS program, Gangway to Galilee, will take place the week of June 16-20, in the mornings. Kids ages 3 through 12 are eligible to participate. Over the coming weeks we will be asking for adult, teen and 7-8th grade volunteers to help with our preparations, as well as lining up people to help during VBS. Last year’s volunteers had a great time, so please consider signing up to help this year, even if you don’t have kids! Questions? Contact Chris Wallis.
Exploring the Bible Class
Please join us for NEW SERIES, "Knowing God by Name" as we study the Hebrew names for God in the Old Testament, and how they open up a new understanding of Jewish foundations of our faith and of our walk with God beginning on Sunday, April 13th. 9:20 a.m. in Maring Hall.
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the parsonage. Please join us!
Jazz Passion
Sunday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m., Saint Luke Church, 1500 W Belmont: A staged production with 12-piece jazz band, soloists and choir. Free admission, free parking., 773-472-3383
Pastor Lalissa Gemechis Scholarship
Thanks for for all of those who were able to give a love offering toward his studies and ministry. If you would still like to make a gift, you may write checks to Pilgrim and write “Lalissa” in the memo line, or you may go online to our donations page, and make an online donation under the “Other” option, and write “Lalissa” next to the amount you are donating.
Candy and Eggs Needed for Egg Hunt
On Easter we’d like to have our 2nd Annual Egg Hunt after the 10:30 a.m. Service. We need you to donate plastic eggs, candy, or any other fun things that would fit in a plastic egg. Please bring supplies for the egg hunt to the Pastor’s office over the next three weeks... the deadline is Good Friday. Thank you to Wayne and Donna Heintz for coordinating this breakfast… Thank you!
Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. sharp! At the Wunder’s Cemetery at 3963 N Clark Street (the S/E corner of Clark and Irving Park Road). Sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Alderman Tom Tunney & George Manning. See poster at back of Sanctuary for more details.
LAST DAY - Sunday, April 6
Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits
We are collecting baby clothing, soap, diapers and other supplies to make Baby Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. The kits will be assembled by our Sunday School kids (and adult friends) on Palm Sunday. Containers to hold donations are set up in the Narthex.

Items for Baby Care Kits:
All items should be new or gently used (no stains or tears, please) No patriotic, religious, or military symbols (including camouflage). Clothing items can range from sizes 6-24 months (which is a change--no newborn or 3-month clothing).
Lightweight T-shirts (long or short-sleeved, no Onesies)
Gowns or sleepers without feet, Socks
Sweater s, jackets, or sweatshirts with hoods (or include a baby cap)
Lightweight receiving blankets
Flat-fold cloth diapers (the lightweight ones work best)
Hand towels, preferably dark colored
Mild soap, 4-5 oz. in original wrappers—no heavily scented or deodorant soap

Sex, Drugs, and Rockin’ Roll: Talking to Your Kids About Difficult Topics, by Dr. Bianka Hardin, PSYD
April 24, 2014 6:30-8:30pm This presentation is aimed at empowering parents to talk to their children about important and sensitive topics. Parents will gain a better understanding of why it is important to start talking about sensitive issues at an early age and learn practical strategies for how to have more frequent and natural conversations instead of having “the talk” when your child is in high school. Tackling these issues early allows parents to impart their personal values and expectations to their children at an influential time in their child’s development. Parents will leave this presentation with increased knowledge and practical tips for how to talk to their children about sensitive topics and understand why these conversations are important in your child’s development. Childcare provided by Valerie Carlson; RSVP to Valerie at 773-895-5668 or
Project Linus Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now for our annual Thrivent Join Hands Day event on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when we will join other members of the Thrivent North Cook County chapter to make comfort blankets for kids. Kids will use fabric markers to create quilt squares to be sewn into blankets by our volunteers, but you don’t have to sew to participate. We also make fleece blankets with knotted fringe or crochet edges, so there's something for every skill level. A delicious lunch is included. RSVP to Janet Fisher at 847-266-9244 or email her.
Lutheran Day: Rally for Human Care
Tuesday, May 13, Lutherans gather from across the state to study, pray, and take action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. 6:00 a.m. meet at Pilgrim, returning approximately 7:30 p.m. See poster in back of sanctuary for more details.
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.
Sunday is the last day to order Easter Lilies in honor or memory of a loved one. If you wish to place an order, please fill out the form enclosed in your bulletin and leave in the offering or with an usher. Thank you.
Gift Cards will be sold Sunday, Monday and Friday for the Month of April, with the exceptions of Fridays, April 18th and 25th. Why not pick up some gift cards before you shop for your Easter finery and goodies! Call Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 with questions, or if you want to order and can’t make it on our selling days. Thank you for your support!
Do you order on the Internet?? Do you want Pilgrim to benefit from your purchases?? Pilgrim is registered with All you have to do is register your grocery loyalty and/or your credit card with them, indicate that Pilgrim is your school of choice and any purchases you make through them benefits Pilgrim. There are a variety of promotions stores such as Amazon (4% back) involved. It's Cybersecure — check it out! 
April Market Day order forms are in your mailbox and orders are due Monday, April 14th. Check out the E-Z Order form for a complete listing of items. Check out the clearance site online for some great deals! Pick up is Thursday, April 17th—in plenty of time for your Easter dinner. Contact Anne with questions.
Get in the Game!
Saturday, April 5, 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Pilgrim
Celebrate spring with the opening weekend of baseball! Enjoy an evening of classic rock & roll, baseball trivia, NCAA semi-finals, food, fun, and friends… and the night supports the Lincoln Square Friendship Center. A suggested donation of $20 for the evening includes ballpark food such as hotdogs, brats, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, beer, wine, soda, and water. Entertainment provided by St Jams Band. Contact Karen Huelskoetter with any questions. 

Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, 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 58:8-14:
God’s promises to guide continually and satisfy the needs of His people are richly expressed, but with that comes a plea to call the Sabbath a day holy to the Lord, and to keep the Lord your delight.

The Gospel reading is John 11:1-45:
Jesus is moved to sorrow when his friend Lazarus falls ill and dies. Then, in a dramatic scene, he calls his friend out of the tomb and restores him to life.
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