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Dear Friends,

There's no table like the welcome table. The communion table.

Where present and eternity,
rich and poor, young and the old,
ones living on earth and saints in heaven, skepticism and certainty,
brokenness and Holiness...

Come experience a celebration around the welcome table... around Jesus, who says to us, "Come and eat."

We will celebrate with the Doerfler, Ruger, Abu-Absi, Santana, Egan, Stewart-Couch,Hays, Harnish, Johnson, Campbell-Stanek, and Volkens Families who have been participating in this year’s First Communion class.

See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!

First Communion Sunday-Today—Join us in celebrating the joy of communion with God and people today at the 10:30 a.m. service.   We will enjoy a special presentation from the Doerfler, Ruger, Abu-Absi, Santana, Egan, Stewart-Couch,Hays, Harnish, Johnson, Campbell-Stanek, and Volkens Families who have been participating in this year’s class, and enjoy a special reception to follow!

Participate in Lutheran/Catholic Day of Dialogue & Prayer
This year's Lutheran/Catholic Day of Dialogue & Prayer between the Synodical Women's Organization (SWO) and the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Willie St., Mount Prospect, IL 60056. Pilgrim's own Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson is one of the keynote speakers. Registration, which includes refreshments, materials, and lunch is $20. 

Dining Group—On Sunday, April 17th at 5:30 p.m. we will partake of Thai food at ‘Taste of Thai Town’, 4461 N. Pulaski. It is run by a well know chef of a former high end Thai restaurant. They serve wine and beer and have a parking lot. Please let Julie know if you plan to attend. Thank you!

Kathy Danner—We are so grateful for the work that Kathy Danner has done over the past year as our office administrator.  She has stepped in wonderfully to help us grow our ministry.   She has decided to "fully retire" to be free to do a variety of things.   Please express your thankfulness to her and for her ongoing ministry as a member of Pilgrim!

Summer Opportunities:
Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st,
9 a.m. to 12 noon. Jointly hosted by Luther Memorial Church and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Ages 3-12, youth invited to serve. For more information, contact Chris Wallis at

July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator,
Arlene Calderone at

Like us on Facebook
We are now over 400 likes!  Please like "Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School" to receive wonderful posts celebrating our ministry and sharing news! 

Save The Date! - Our annual auction will be held on Saturday, April 30th and we’re bringing it home to Pilgrim! The event will take place in Maring Hall and the theme is Totally Tubular 80’s Pilgrim Prom! We hope to see you there! We are collecting donations and need your help, please contact Sam Doerfler at for forms or with any questions.

Save the Dates:
Sunday, April 17th-Assisting Ministers Training, 12:00 noon
Sunday, April 24th-Teacher Appreciation Day
Sunday, May 1st-Godspeed for Seminarians Hans and Marissa
Sunday, June 12th-Congregational Meeting at 10:45 a.m.
June 22-24-UKANDU Sports Camp
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

Prayer Time—We will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join us. 

New Member Classes
—What does ‘Lutheran’ mean? How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim? If you’re at all curious about any of these questions, please explore with us. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Kathy Danner at

The Dickerson family has welcomed their new baby boy, Drake Archer Dickerson! Congratulations on the newest addition to the Pilgrim Church family. If you'd like to help them out with a meal, please check out the Meal Train set up by the MOPS group- 

Meal Train for Sue Couch and Family—Sue Couch is a dear Pilgrim church member who is actively involved in our care, card, prayer, Sunday School, worship, and First Communion ministries. She is the only caregiver to her three grandchildren: Chris (17) Nick (15) and Cameryn (9). Cameryn is preparing for her first communion this Sunday. Sue is recovering from a time in the hospital. We have set up a meal train for her. If you would like to participate in bringing them a meal, here is the link: Thank you for keeping Sue and family in your prayers!

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

Pilgrim is Launching a Hydroponics Garden!
Pilgrim is embarking on an experiment to establish a hydroponics garden to allow guests of the hot meals, community youth, and volunteers to grow fresh food for our hot meals program. We are calling the project, “Farming Hope Chicago”, inspired by a similar ministry in El Salvador- Want to find out more? Join us on Saturday, April 16th at 12:45 for a team meeting and work session. Special thanks to Thrivent for sponsoring this project.

The Friendship Center & Jam for Bread!
Join The Friendship Center for an evening of music, food, and fun to support our neighbors in need. Food will be provided by Smoque BBQ and music by local bands from Chicago and Milwaukee. Visit for more information on this annual event and to purchase tickets. We hope to see you on April 16th at Dank Haus!

Blanket Day for Project Linus-Saturday, May 7, 2016
Project Linus supplies hand-made quilts, fleece blankets, and knitted or crocheted afghans to children who are critically ill or traumatized.  The North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent is sponsoring a Blanket Day for Project Linus.  We will supply everything needed to make hand-colored fabric squares and fleece blankets. The Chapter will also provide lunch.  No sewing skills are required  If you can tie a knot, you can help out!  This event is for school-aged kids and adults. The event will be May 7, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  at Pilgrim!  RSVP to Janet Fisher at 847-266-9244 or  is appreciated.

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador!- May 22nd
You can change lives here and around the world! Join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! Sunday, May 22nd at 7:45 a.m. 

Gift Cards—Now that Spring is trying to appear, your gardens and lawns are looking for help!  Pick up some Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, Target or Walmart gift cards before you head out to shop!  April also starts the bustle of weddings and wedding showers!  We carry cards for most of the usual bridal registries, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma (Pottery Barn) and many others. You can buy them to give as gifts or to buy the gifts- you can also use them on line!  Check the green sheet for denominations and contact Anne Barsano (312-972-9040 for other dollar amounts. Cards will be sold on Sunday,Monday and Fridays.  See you soon!

Job Opening: Office Administrator

This position supports the ministry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School by providing administrative support.   Strong organizational, computer, and people skills required.   This person will work in the school office and will be responsible for worship bulletins, keeping records, and communicating with the wider Pilgrim community.  If you are interested, please send your resume to   Thank you!

General Worship Offerings
Budgeted through 03.31.16 $123,750
Actual through 03.31.16 $116,519

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 04.03.16 $ 2,890

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


April 10 Sunday

8:00 a.m. Worship Service 
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. First Communion Worship Service 
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Apr 14 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Apr 15 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Apr 16 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1


April 17 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service 
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service 
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
12:00 p.m. Assisting Minister’s Training
5:30 p.m. Dining Group-Taste of Thai Town

April 19 Tuesday
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society meeting

Apr 21 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Apr 22 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Apr 23 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School

Our Mission:
In Christ's Love, We Gather, Prepare, and Send 
all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)


Pastor: Kristian Johnson
Principal: Chris Comella
Business Manager: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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