Subject: This Week at Pilgrim

Pilgrim Announcements
March 1st, 2015

Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday as we explore the words of a man who is simultaneously complimented and condemned by Jesus (Mark 8:31-38) and as we receive the encouragement of a testimony from a son of the congregation who is coming home to share the dramatic difference Pilgrim.. and God... has made in his life! 

 Join us at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Lent at Pilgrim 2015 ‘Living Prayers’
Join us for a wonderful time of growth as we learn to be "Living Prayers" in these 40 days of Lent!

Each Wednesday, we gather at 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by an interactive prayer/service activity that will draw us closer to God, to one another, and the world!

This week, join us as we write letters on behalf of those who are hungry and poor in our world through the witness of a world renowned Christian Advocacy organization, "Bread for the World." 

We also recommend a book for your Lenten Journey: Learning to Pray Again: Peace and Joy Through an Ancient Practice  by Michael Rinehart on, either as an ebook or as a hard copy as we explore being "living Prayers" throughout Lent.

World Day of Prayer Service
Join us for a special and deeply moving "World Day of Prayer" Service on Friday, March 6th at 7 p.m. at Pilgrim.  We will be joining together with members from Luther Memorial Church and others as we engage in a world-wide movement for prayer and peace that originated with a group of prayerful women in Bahamas.   It is a very calming and renewing experience! 
Pilgrim Lutheran School Learning Fair
Do you know someone who might be interested in having their children attend Pilgrim Lutheran School?  Please invite them to come to the Pilgrim Learning Fair this coming Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  They will enjoy a performance from Pilgrim's Band, from the School Chorus, from our Recorder Group, and even a "Where the Wild Things Are" Musical Drama.   All are invited!
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. Join us for the next meeting on March 5th. Childcare available on-site!
Prayer Ministry
Join us for prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (4332 N Winchester Ave)
Bible Discussion Time: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us! 
Volunteer Training
The Salvation Army (5020 N. Pulaski) is hosting free Volunteer Training on March 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be breakfast and lunch provided. Join us for this invaluable training designed to equip volunteers from churches, community groups, and local businesses to work with vulnerable seniors and caregivers in the community! Includes training from well-known gerontology experts in the field.
Get Involved at Pilgrim!
Want to help us celebrate? Are you ready for a new service project?  Please join us on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 in church parlor as we make plans for Pilgrim activities and service projects that take place outside of worship.  We will be discussing the 2015 Block Party as well as Seasons of Service projects for 2015.  Come with your ideas and get ready to make a difference while also making some new friends! 
Hot Meals PLUS is still in need of drivers to deliver hot meals to shut-ins on Saturdays.  E-mail Janet Taylor at or call at 773-777-4052 for more information.  Thank you. 
First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
Did you know that on the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection of donations in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry? Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, you can join in. We invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and simply hand the envelope to the usher.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

March 1 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

March 2 Monday
7:00 p.m. Parish Life Meeting

March 4 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:30 p.m. Confirmation
7:15 p.m. Lenten Service

March 5 Thursday
9:15 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 6 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. World Day of Prayer Service

March 7 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:30 a.m. Praise Team Practice
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
7:00 p.m. Pilgrim Auction

March 8 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

March 10 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

March 11 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
5:30 p.m. First Communion
6:15 p.m. Lenten Supper
6:30 p.m. Confirmation
7:15 p.m. Lenten Service

March 12 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 13 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 14 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

Prayer for this Week
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 (NRSV)
As with Noah, God makes an everlasting covenant with Abraham and Sarah. God promises this old couple that they will be the ancestors of nations, though they have no child together. God will miraculously bring forth new life from Sarah's old womb. The name changes emphasize the firmness of God's promise.

Romans 4:13–25 (NRSV)
Paul presents Abraham as the example for how a person comes into a right relationship with God not through works of the law but through faith. Though Abraham and Sarah were far too old for bearing children, Abraham trusted that God would accomplish what God had promised to accomplish.

Mark 8:31–38 (NRSV)
After Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples for the first time what is to come. Peter's response indicates that he does not yet understand the way of the cross that Jesus will travel.
‘Those 70s Shows’ 
Groovy Gala & Auction—Mar 7
The online auction is off to a groovy start- don't miss out on your favorite items! We have over 200 totally cool donations that you definitely need to check out- find them all HERE 
We have everything from an Island getaway to Swim Classes and more! We will have special items at the event for bidding as well- two Michigan getaways, art work from Pilgrim parents and fun experiences, like a Chicago Staycation or an organic farm tour, so make sure to get your tickets so you don't miss out!

Saturday, February 28 is the LAST DAY FOR LOWER PRICED TICKETS! Ticket prices will increase to $85 for regular tickets or $60 for senior tickets, on Sunday, March 1st so get your tickets now! Get tickets, Tuition Raffle or Teacher's Day Off tickets HERE

We have a special announcement for the tuition raffle----we've added a special prize for anyone who has bought/buys a ticket for the tuition raffle PRIOR to the auction will be entered to win! For those of your who have purchased your raffle ticket or purchase it by March 6th, we will have a special drawing for a PAS Punch Card (valued at $150!). Right now, your chances to win the ultimate prize (a year of tuition at Pilgrim!) are great so buy one....or two....or more to hedge your bets! These can be purchased online at the link above. 

In the past, our Fund-a- Need portion of the auction donations have gone directly into much needed projects for our school and our children. Over the 10 year history of Fund-a-Need giving,  we have raised funds for iPads, the Computer On Wheels, technology improvements, desks, a sensory table for preschool, and pull down shades to help darken the room for classroom work.

After careful consideration for the auction this year, the newly designated FUND-A-PROJECT has been established with the concentrated goal of improving and renovating our school playlot and play deck. This renovation will establish a more safe and child friendly environment that will enable our children to have additional opportunities for open space play. It will also create an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space that would allow for both active and non-active recreation! Please consider donating to this wonderful cause during the live auction portion of our auction event!

ALUMNAE: Come to the 2015 Auction!!!
Do you know any Pilgrim School Alumnae??? Pilgrim wants to get the word out to all Alumnae and their families about the totally retro cool "Those 70's Show Auction" on March 7th. Please reach out to any Alumnae you may know and direct them to the Pilgrim Facebook page or the Pilgrim Church and School website to
find out more information, purchase tickets, donate an item to the auction or simply to reconnect to the Pilgrim Community!!! On that note of re-connection; Pilgrim is trying to develop an Alumni association and we are in need of your help.  If you are a graduate, parent or grandparent or friend of a graduate and know their current address, please contact our Ministry Associate, Bilise Bekele at . If you don't want to divulge their address, then please let the graduate know Pilgrim wants to reconnect so that they can send it to us.  Thank you!

Market Day
Pilgrim needs 30 orders per month to keep our rep from Market Day and this is a hard month with the auction on the day MD orders are due. This is also BONUS DESSERT month, with Pilgrim earning 30% of all dessert orders if we sell 100 desserts. So, please choose this month to make your first order- a dessert doesn't take up much space in your freezer. Ask your friends and family if they want one! Order one to donate to our Hot Meals Program!  Place your order online or bring it to the office by Friday, March 6th.   All the desserts will be delicious and fresh tasting for your Easter dinner. This is also the first month for FRESH PRODUCE from Market Day. You can see which produce is included in the order by signing in online and clicking on the name of the item.  A description will follow. The Market Day team will be ordering a box and will check it for quality, etc.  Pickup is Thursday, March 12th, 3- 4:30 or at PAS or on Sunday, March 15th (for church members). Please contact Anne Barsano at 773-472-6037 or with ??. Remember, Pilgrim earns at least 10% of your order! 
Amazon SMILE :-)
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. 

Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Jack Emery, the brother of our Facilities Manager Dave Emery, passed away Tuesday morning. Please continue to pray for Dave and his family in this difficult time.

Here is the information on the wake, funeral, and interment:

Friday, February 27th from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cooney Funeral Home
3918 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL 60618

Funeral Service 
Saturday, February 28th at 11 a.m. at Cooney Funeral Home

Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 E Irving Park Rd, Norridge, IL 60706
Wayne Heintz's mom Selta passed away on Monday in Florida. 

Wayne does not plan to travel there at this time, as he just spent two weeks down there, knowing she was getting closer. 

Please pray for him and their family at this time.
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
Church Office Manager: Lindsay White
School Office Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig

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