Subject: This Week at Pilgrim

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
"This week at Pilgrim" is truly special. Each Holy Week service has come together beautifully to lead us in holy reenactments of Jesus' last supper, death, and resurrection. Also, please plan on joining us next Sunday, the 27th for our first ever "GPS Retreat." See you soon!
You're invited to Holy Week 
at Pilgrim 2014

Maundy Thursday, April 17th
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
GPS Visioning Retreat April 27
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. Click HERE for details.
Mothers of Preschoolers 
Join us at MOPS on June 5th, 9:15 a.m. for a very special guest speaker, author Gillian Marchenko. She will be here to talk to our group about her book, her life raising daughters with down syndrome and competition and depression in motherhood. This is an open event that all moms are welcome to attend and copies of Gillian's new book, Sun Shine Down: A Memoir, will be available. This funny, friendly mom is a great speaker and has been recognized for her openness for the sharing of her story in magazines and conferences. RSVP to if you wish to attend. MOPS asks for a donation of $10 for anyone attending the meetings to cover expenses (this would include child care, coffee, snacks and more).
Dining Group
Sunday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. we will be meeting at Royal Thai Restaurant (2209 W Montrose Avenue). BYOB. Call Julie at 773-764-3140 to reserve a spot. “Simple, charming and great food define this little Thai restaurant in Lincoln Square.”
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 May 8, June 12. Please join us!
Gathering Garden Bricks
Construction has begun on our new Gathering Garden. We invite you to support the Garden by purchasing a personalized, engraved brick that will be placed in the front courtyard of our new garden. Click HERE for more information. Brick order forms can be printed HERE.
  Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

April 17 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship

April 18 Friday
Good Friday (no school)
3:00 p.m. Confirmation
4:30 p.m. Good Friday Family Service
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Candlelight Prayers & Worship

April 19 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time 10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
7:00 p.m. Vespers Service/Easter Vigil8:30 a.m. Prayer Time 10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
7:00 p.m. Vespers Service/Easter Vigil8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
7:00 p.m. Vespers Service/Easter Vigil

April 20 Sunday Easter Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt

April 23 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

April 24 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
6:30 p.m. Dr. Hardin Event: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll
April 24-26 Quilters Retreat

April 25 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 26 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

April 17, 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!
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 egg hunt… Thank you!
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.
Pilgrim Mission Gifts Grants Opportunity
Part of Pilgrim’s current three-year Capital Campaign is giving 10% to “mission gifts.” Thanks to your generous donations, we would like to decide on some mission gift donations. We encourage Pilgrim Church and School members of all ages to work together to create mission projects and also apply for support for great organizations. Please find application forms on the table in the back of the church and on Pilgrim’s website soon. Please turn in completed application forms to the Pilgrim Church Office by May 20 at 5pm for the first round of Mission Gift Grant Approvals. For more information, please contact Anna-Kari Johnson at (773) 990-0814 or
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
Get Organized Chicago 2014
Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Lane Tech College Prep School parking lot, 2501 W Addison Street (enter on Western Avenue). You are invited to drive through and drop off one car load of donations, recycling, and papers for shredding. “It is our pleasure to make sure your items are distributed to worthy charities, recycled, and shred properly at no charge.” For more info:

Electronics and Other Items Recycling and Drop-off Project
Electronics Recycling, Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 5333 N. Western Ave.
Bring electronics, metals and paper for recycling. Donated books and old bikes will be given to Open Books & Working Bikes for their initiatives. Can't make it? Visit and complete the form. Arrange a time for cargo bikes and a crew to come to your location and haul away your electronic devices for FREE! To be sure you are in the pick-up zone, visit For more information, contact Andres Hernandez

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.
Gift Cards will be sold on Sunday and Monday of this week. Every purchase helps Pilgrim! 
Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is Acts 10:34-43;
Peter crosses the immense religious and social boundary that separates Jews from Gentiles in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, so that God’s forgiveness in Jesus’ name would reach out to the Gentiles just as it had to Jews.

The second reading is Colossians 3:1–4;
Easter means new life for us as it first meant new life for Christ. His resurrection reshapes the entire focus and motivation for our lives, since we are now hidden with the risen Christ in God.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 28:1–10;
Evidently expecting to find Jesus’ corpse, some of his women followers go to the tomb with embalming spices. After a perplexing encounter with the empty tomb and angelic visitors, the women become the first to proclaim the amazing news of resurrection.
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