Subject: This Week's Pilgrim News

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Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.  
-Oscar Romero

Join us this Sunday as we gather in a dynamic, peace filled community!   We will be having a prayer of appreciation for Janet Taylor and her years of coordination with hot meals.  And join us for our congregational meeting directly following the 10:30 a.m. service!
Prayer of Appreciation for Hot Meals Coordinator Janet Taylor - Sunday we will say a special prayer of appreciation for Janet Taylor for her many years of dedicated service to God and God's people as the Hot Meals Program Coordinator. We are so thankful for her tireless vision, heart, and attention to detail.
“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting - Sunday - Calling all members! Our annual meeting is at 11:45 a.m. in Maring Hall. It is a great moment to celebrate the ministry that has taken place over the past year, and lift up the goals we have going forward. We will be voting to approve a resolution regarding undesignated bequests. We will also be electing our council members and sharing a financial update. We invite you to reflect upon two questions we will discuss at the meeting:
1. One primary way God is blessing your life/your family’s life through Pilgrim is…
2.One untapped or underutilized opportunity for us to extend our mission to the world is… Thank you in advance for your participation!
Quilters & Crafters Play Date - Following the congregational meeting it’s an afternoon of sewing, knitting or other craft. We'll order dinner around 5:00 p.m. Questions?  Contact Chris Wallis at
Chili Cook Off to Benefit the Lincoln Square Friendship Center Food Pantry - This event is today at 1:00 p.m. at The Grafton Pub, 4530 N Lincoln. Admission is $15, paid at the door. Bring a bag of canned goods to double your impact! This event is suitable for all chili-loving ages.
Join Pilgrim’s Women’s Volleyball Team! Are you looking to dust off your sneakers and break a sweat? The Lady Wildcats play on Sundays at St. James Lutheran, 2101 N. Fremont. It’s fun, yet competitive. This week’s game is at 2:00 p.m. vs Irving Park Lutheran. Please arrive 15 minutes early. A fee is TBD. If you're interested or for more information, please contact Wende Niforatos at Game times vary from either 2:00 or 3:15 and last about an hour. Hope to see you there!

5th Annual Super Bowl Party - Sunday, February 5th from 4:45 p.m. at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester Ave.) Join us! Great people, great food, and hopefully good football! While we watch on the big screen in the den, we'll also be showing a movie on the big screen downstairs for the kids. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages to share!  We're looking forward to relaxing with all of you!
First Communion Class begins in February - 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 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The interactive class (that is geared for adults as well as children and youth) is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments.
Trivia Night 2017 - Are you looking for a way to beat cabin fever? Has it been a while since you spent an evening with your friends laughing? Would you like the opportunity to test your intelligence and win $500 while helping students? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions then the annual Pilgrim Lutheran School Trivia Night is for you. It’s Saturday, February 25th, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starting at 7:00.
$160 per table, maximum eight (8) players per table. All proceeds go to fund the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Pilgrim Lutheran School at (773) 477-4824 or email:
Score Big with Pilgrim! Save the date for our annual Auction and Party on April 8, 2017 from 7:00-11:00 p.m., at Whirlyball Chicago. This year the party is FREE (yay!) but the FUNdraising is not.  There are many ways to contribute to this year's event: Sponsor, Host, Sell, Donate, or Volunteer! If any of those words speak to you, then we need your help! Contact Jen Goolsby at or Tarah Dickerson at for more information.
MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332  N. Winchester). Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and childcare is provided until 11:45 a.m. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at
Save the Dates:
Saturday, February 25th—Trivia Night
Saturday, March 1st—
Ash Wednesday
Monday-Friday, July 17-21—Vacation Bible School
Prayer Time - We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing!

Increasing Connection Through Caring Conversations: Strategies for Caring Conversations - A presentation on how to be a supportive and caring   listener will be offered to the entire congregation on Sunday March 5th, with the time and place yet to be determined (either between services or after the late service). The presenter will be Bianka Hardin, PsyD and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Pilgrim member. The program is intended to help all of us in our communication with partners, children, family, friends and neighbors, as well as those we might be visiting through the Care Ministry, and is especially needed in this time as we try to address the fears and heal the divisions in our communities.
“Renewing Leadership Day Retreat,” Saturday, March 18th with Pastor Stephen Bouman - How is the Spirit inviting each of us to be renewed in our work and to reimagine our future? Join us on Saturday, March 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 West Foster, for our “Renewing Leadership Retreat”. Our facilitator will be the Rev. Stephen Bouman, Director of the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2008. Previously, he served as Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod and has done extensive work equipping Lutheran Schools throughout the country. We are thrilled that he can be with us! Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Renee at
Explore the Bible—Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.
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 contact the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at

Next Week, February 5th, is Souper Bowl Sunday! We will be collecting offerings for anti-hunger efforts in Soup Pots as part of a nation-wide movement to combat hunger... Please consider coming with a special offering!

Mission Interpretation—Don’t forget to check the latest memo posted on the Mission Bulletin Board at the cabinet in the entry hall. Also, take a look at earlier memos, collected in a notebook on the table in the narthex. Two items of interest include the memo dated 11/15/16 "Reflections from the Church on the Election" by Bishop Eaton and a statement from LIRS (The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) reaffirming the church's mission to protect and welcome refugees.

Coffee Hour is still looking for a family or person to do the following dates:  March 26th and July 2nd.  Please let Anne Barsano  know if you can help on these dates. Thank you!

Lightning Appeal - Thanks to everyone who gave so generously to the December Lightning Appeal!  Our goal was to receive $5,000, and we received $7,060!
Gift Card sales will be Sunday in the church foyer after the 10:30 service, and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00, Please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 with any questions.
OpCIP finally has a program for ordering gift cards on your phone. The free APP is "Benefit Mobile" and the link is Go to the site and select Pilgrim Lutheran to receive the profit. You have the choice of using your checking account or a credit card (% earned differs with payment method). The email shows you the cards they offer. We will still sell cards in the office as the profits are higher, but now you have options. Let’s raise funds without fundraising! Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

January 29 Sunday
8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
9:15 a.m.  Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m.Worship Service
 10:30 a.m.Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour/Congregational Meeting
1:00 p.m.  Quilters & Crafters Play Date

January 31 Tuesday
7:30 p.m.  Church Council

February 1 Wednesday
8:35 a.m.  Moms In Prayer
 10:10 a.m.  Chapel
 7:00 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
 7:30 p.m.  Harmony Choir

February 2 Thursday
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

February 3 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts

February 4 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
 11:30 a.m.  Hot Meals Team #3


February 5 Sunday
8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
 9:15 a.m.  Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
 10:30 a.m.  Sunday School & Nursery
 11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour

                     February 8 Wednesday                  
   8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m.Chapel
   7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
                       February 9 Thursday                        
6:15 p.m.     T.O.P.S.

                       February 10 Friday                          
 6:30 p.m.     Girl Scouts

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

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:
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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