Subject: This week at Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Update
Run for The Roses Tomorrow!
Tomorrow is the big day! It's Pilgrim Church and School's biggest fundraiser of the year! Tickets are available at the door - don't miss the chance to enjoy good food and great company at Architectural Artifacts! For this week's auction newletter, click here!
A Response to the Violence-
In response to the Newtown Tragedy and several other disturbing events, we as Pilgrim Lutheran Church are gathering to reflect on how we might respond to the reality of gun violence. We will continue our conversation and action planning this month on Sunday, April 28th at 9:20 a.m. You are invited.

New Member Class Invitation
What is a Lutheran? What is Pilgrim Lutheran Church all about? How would Pilgrim be able to help me and my family grow in my relationship with God? What does it mean to be a member of Pilgrim? If any of these questions interest you, please sign up for one of our upcoming “New Member Classes” on a clip board located on the back table. Thank you.
New Participants in Worship
Renee Stuedemann and the worship committee are compiling the schedule for worship participants for the coming months. We are adding Lectors (Readers) and Greeters to our Sunday morning liturgy. If you or your child are interested in participating, please talk to Pastor or Renee this week. 
May Bible Class—Prayer Basics
How should I pray? What happens when I pray? Our prayer team will be leading a special class in May on the topic of prayer. Please join us on May 5th, May 12th, or May 19th at 9:20 a.m.

Lutheran Day in Springfield
May 8th is Lutheran Day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Join Lutherans and other supporters from around the state to advocate for people in need with your state legislators. Event includes training, prayer session at the Capitol and visits with legislators. For more information contact Joy Medrano at 847-635-4653 or
Parents’ Night Out
It’s hard to believe, but Parents’ Night Out has marked its second anniversary at Pilgrim! Parents’ Night Out is a quarterly event in which we provide free babysitting for up to 30 children from Pilgrim and the surrounding community. The parents get a night out without breaking the bank, and the kids have a blast! As we plan our May event, we’re looking for parents who want to volunteer. If you volunteer, you’ll be guaranteed a spot for your child at the next Parents’ Night Out, without having to beat the crowd at registration time. Plus, it’s actually very fun. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or

And now, here’s info on our May event:

It's time to get out and enjoy a spring evening -- and leave the babysitting to us! Our next free Parents' Night Out is coming up May 18th -- so, Moms and Dads, start making plans to re-charge while your kids play at Pilgrim in a safe, fun and free-of-charge environment. This is a community event, so if you've got friends who don't go to Pilgrim, have them sign up and make it a double-date!

WHEN: Saturday, May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Maring Hall
WHO: Children ages 3 to 10 (youngsters must be toilet-trained)
WHAT: Age-appropriate games, movie, craft, cookie-decorating and pizza
COST: No fee, but we'll gladly accept a $2 donation per family to help pay for supplies
HOW: RSVP to Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or Space is limited, so submit your request ASAP! Final deadline to reserve is May 15. Please tell Kristi the names and ages of your children and if you're a Pilgrim church or school family.

Activities will be held in a secure location and children will be monitored the entire time. Child-to-helper ratio will be approximately 3:1.

Church Calendar

Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

April 28 Sunday
 8:00am Worship Service
9:15am Sunday School
9:20am Explore the Bible Group in the parlor
10:30am Worship Service
11:30am Coffee Hour Team Doerfler/Kaniff

April 30 Tuesday
3:15pm Confirmation Class

May 1 Wednesday
8:30am Moms in Prayer
9:55am Chapel
5:30pm First Communion Class

May 2 Thursday
6:30pm TOPS
7:00pm MOMSnext meeting at the Parsonage

May 3 Friday
 6:15pm Girl Scouts

May 4 Saturday
7:00-8:00am Prayer Team at the Parsonage
10am-2pm Project Linus
10am-1pm Hot Meals Team #3 

April 28, 2013
Pilgrim Receives Sulzer Grant Again! 
39 and counting!
Pilgrim Lutheran School is extremely blessed to have received our 39th consecutive grant from the Sulzer Family Foundation. The foundation, which aims to support worthy causes in the local area, was founded by the heirs of Conrad Sulzer, the first settler of the Ravenswood community. This school year Pilgrim received $2,500 which is being used to support our special education program. Pilgrim extends a huge THANK YOU to the Sulzer Family Foundation.

Volunteers Wanted—Parsonage Update!
We are looking for volunteers to coordinate and implement an updated addition to the Parsonage. If you are design-minded and looking for a new project, we’d love your help. We are working to repurpose the sub-basement at the Parsonage into a space that can be used for gatherings, preschool MOPS childcare and special events. Contact Sam at to get involved in this exciting project!

May Bible Class—Prayer Basics
How should I pray? What happens when I pray? Our prayer team will be leading a special class in May on the topic of prayer. Please join us on May 5th, May 12th, or May 19th at 9:20 a.m.

Gift Card News
We are going to stop keeping some gift cards on hand as they take up too much room in our inventory. These stores will still be available for ordering; please help us get rid of these hangers-on! JC Penney, Uno Pizza, Oriental Trading, Groupon, Ross (Dress for Less)—all available in $25. Mother’s Day is coming up. If you are going out to eat in celebration, why not pick up some cards for the restaurant you are patronizing. Visa cards make good gifts for graduates of all ages!
Project Linus in May
Once again, Pilgrim Church is the host for Thrivent Join Hands Day/Project Linus, making blankets for children in difficult situations. Supplies to make blankets and lunch will be provided by Thrivent Financial. No sewing skills are required. This event is for school-aged kids and adults. Several congregations from the North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent Financial will be participating. Come whenever you can—the whole time or just an hour or two. You need not be Lutheran or a member of Thrivent to participate – everyone is welcome! The event will be held on May 4th from 10:00am–2:00 pm in the auditorium. Any questions, see Chris Wallis.
Saturday Hot Meal—
Help Spread the Word!
Pilgrim's HOT MEALS program has offered a hot Saturday lunch for over twenty years and continues to provide this ministry to the community to this day. Residents of the north side of Chicago (specifically Chicago Uptown and the Chicago Indian Center) have benefited from the volunteering of Pilgrim members and their friends. It continues to be a vital outreach ministry of Pilgrim church.

Sae Mikkelson, Pastor Kristian and Janet Taylor have been re-inviting the homeless through calls to social agencies, churches, etc., plus distributing fliers and cards advertising our HOT MEALS program. We would like your help. At the table in the foyer of the church you will find fliers (in both English and Spanish) and “business” cards (same information as the fliers). We would like you to help by posting the fliers in your neighborhood (stores, stations, etc.) and by handing out the cards to the homeless in your CTA stations or parks.

Samantha Doerfler's response to our request for help is worth repeating: “Thank you for making the business cards and hot lunch fliers. I have been utilizing them and it makes me feel great to have something to give to people asking for help or money. I also had them posted at my Y. I think it was such a great, thoughtful idea and really has inspired me to promote the program!”

If you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail Janet Taylor, We thank you for your help!!!!

Our Prayer for Sunday
Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the saints we laud your majesty and might. By the resurrection of your Son, show yourself to us and inspire us to follow 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 
Acts 11:1-18: In defense of his earlier baptism of pagan believers, Peter demonstrates to the members of the Jerusalem church that God’s intention to love Gentiles as well as Jews is revealed in Jesus’ own testimony. In this way the mission to the Gentiles is officially authorized.

The Psalm is Psalm 148:  The splendor of the Lord is over earth and heaven. (Ps.148:13

The second reading is 
Revelation 21:1-6: John’s vision shows us that in the resurrection the new age has dawned: God dwells with us already. Yet we wait for the time when the tears that cloud our vision will be wiped away. Then we will see the new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem.

The Gospel is 
John 13:31-35: After washing the disciples’ feet, predicting his betrayal, and then revealing his betrayer, Jesus speaks of his glorification on the cross. This deep complicated love of Jesus, even to death on the cross, will be the distinctive mark of Jesus’ community.