Subject: Uh-Oh

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 am. for worship!  We will be welcoming Michael Burton and Mark Haeseler into membership and be blessed by the theme, "Lord, make us instruments of your peace." 

"Now there were some Greeks who came, saying, 'We wish to see Jesus.'"  

In this age of marketing, social media, and attracting "followers", most of us would be happy if a whole new "demographic" wanted to connect with us.  But surprisingly, when the Greeks come saying they want to meet Jesus, the first thing out of his mouth is a pronounced, "Uh-Oh."  

Why the strange reaction?   We'll reflect on Jesus' mind and heart, and be blessed with how Jesus transforms a painful moment into one of redemption and hope.
Lent: A Time for Peace—We invite you to be intentional during this season of Lent. Our theme is “Lent: A Time for Peace”. We will be reflecting on the teachings of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi as we allow God to guide us in the ways of peace. Devotionals are now ready to pick up in the back of the Sanctuary, and we also recommend an ebook titled: Lent with St. Francis by Diane Houdek. You can order the book by clicking here:
Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent—At 6:15 p.m. we will have a
community meal—open to all! At 7:00 p.m. we will have a brief Reflective Worship: Prayers Around the Cross, a very centering, peaceful worship setting by Marty Haugen. At 7:30 p.m. the Harmony Choir will have rehearsal.
Easter Basketshave been assembled by the Pilgrim community. Please take a basket to give to someone who is homebound or who could benefit from some special attention.
Dining Group—TODAY we're going Chinese at Wah Sun, 4319 N. Lincoln Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Julie Lea at 773-764-3140.
Eggstravaganza-Northcenter Spring Egg Hunt—Join us on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we spread the word about Pilgrim! It’s the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce’ Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza!  We meet 400-500 people and enjoy the smiles of our community’s children! It takes place in the Northcenter Town Square (across from CVS on Lincoln). We invite you to work a shift from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., or from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Easter Breakfast & Set UpWe invite you to join us for Easter Breakfast this year on April 1st from 8:30—10:00 a.m. Please sign up on the big board by the organ to bring a dish or something to contribute. Volunteers are needed to set up, service hours available! Also, join us on Saturday, March 31st at 1:00 p.m. as we decorate

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers! MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets every other Thursday. All moms with children from birth to 5 years old are welcome to attend. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. The meeting concludes at 11:45 a.m. Childcare, snacks and coffee are provided. Meetings are hosted at the Parsonage (4332 N. Winchester). There is a $10 fee for each meeting. To RSVP, please email

Join MOPS on March 22nd from 9-11:45 a.m. as we talk tips and tricks for staying organized in parenthood and life. We will be sharing life hacks, apps, and strategies to help us learn from each other. Childcare and snacks are provided. Meetings are $10 per person. Meetings are held at 4332 N Winchester Ave. If you have questions, please email or find us on Facebook: MOPS North Center Chicago.
Women of the ELCA—Thank you to all women who are interested in our new WECLA chapter. Our next event “to act boldly” will be Spring Outdoor Spruce Up on April 21 (April 28 rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy at or Renee at
Save the Dates:
Sunday April 8—Guest Preacher Jean Duran
Sunday April 15—First Communion Sunday
Sunday April 22—Congregational Spiritual Retreat: The Gift of Listening, 12—2:00 p.m.
Sunday April 29—Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Saturday May 5—Cinco de Pilgrim Big Annual Fundraiser, 7:00 p.m. Whirlyball Chicago
Sunday May 13—Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday May 20—Walk to Reach El Salvador, 8:00 a.m.

Explore the Bible Class—Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class. It is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and continue exploring the basics of our Lutheran faith in this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Pastor Daniel Erlander's Book, "The Lutheran Way of Being Christian."
Women’s Bible Study—Please join us when we will start a new series on Wednesday, April 11th. We will be using the book and study guide titled Grace by Max Lucado. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP or get your book ahead of time, contact
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!
Thank You from ELCA World Hunger—Congratulations to the Pilgrim community and Kids Care for successfully competing in the Metro Chicago Synod Million Dollar Challenge! A thank you video is available at

Pilgrim Card Ministry—Thank you to Michael Haisler for offering to lead our Card Ministry, with assistance from Sue Couch. They will be helping us send greeting cards to those who need cheering up or are in need. If you have greeting or get well cards that you will not be using, please drop them off at Pastor’s office so Michael can put them to good use. You can connect with Michael at
Coffee Hour Servers—Are you looking for something easy to do for Pilgrim Lutheran Church? Coffee Hour is in need of two or three more people or families to fill in our rotation for those who have resigned. Your team serves 4 times a year and the contributions people give can be given to your favorite charity or kept as a reimbursement to you. The list is posted on the bulletin board at the back of church. If you are interested to be a team or would just like to do one special day, please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037. Thank you!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for Cinco de Pilgrim are well underway - the annual spring party on May 5th is going to be a fantastic celebration of our community. We have a great group of volunteers, but we’re still in need of a few more people to round out the team. If you would be willing to give a few hours of your time, we would be so grateful. We are specifically looking for help in the areas of donations and sponsorships - it’s work that can largely be done from the comfort of your couch! Email Ana Caref if you’re able to help:
A Meal Train for Judy Daniel has been set up as she recovers from knee surgery and her recent hospital visit. The meals can be delivered to Pilgrim and then volunteers will take them to her. Details of what to bring are in the following sign up link: She is so appreciative of these meals, along with the cards received and prayers for her recovery.
Come to El Salvador 2018—If you have ever wanted to go on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America, July 31st-August 7th, 2018. Please contact Pastor Kristian at or Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 for more information.
Upcoming ELCA World Hunger Event—You are invited to a resource fair and a special cooking-related challenge to spice up your life on Saturday, April 21. Who should come? Anyone who likes to eat, and especially anyone who likes to get creative in the kitchen. The event will take place at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615.
The Bethany-Pilgrim Project Chili & Dessert Cook Off was a whole lot of fun. We met our goal by raising $2,125 in support of our next refugee family! Thank you to everyone who voted with their wallets! Jack and Matthew Doerfler won the top dessert award and the grand prize for chili went to Pete Gillespie. Congratulations!

Thrivent members who have not directed their Choice dollars have until March 31st to do so! You may do it two ways: online at or by phone: 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt. They are open until 6:00 p.m. Central time M-F, but will be closed March 30th and 31st.
Gift Cards—If your Easter baskets need a little perking up, we are carrying the following $10 gift cards: Starbucks (also $5s), Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Target, Lou Malnati's, Amazon, Wendy's, Chipotle, Dairy Queen, Hair Cuttery, Panera, Potbellys, Walmart, Subway, Red Robin, Claires, Regal and AMC Theaters, Bath and Body Works. We also are trying to get rid of the following $25s: Pier 1, Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods (also $50 & 100), Best Buy, and Petsmart. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 if interested. We are selling Sundays, Mondays and Fridays (not 3/30) and Thursday March 29th. Thank you!
Financial Update: The council, the finance team, Principal Comella, and Pastor Johnson have been working together to address a lack of bookkeeping accuracy in a thorough and expedient manner. There has been a change in the business office. Ms. Zenzile Larry is no longer employed at Pilgrim. We have hired an interim bookkeeping clerk, Grayce O’Toole, who started Monday, March 12th, in the business office. Her email is Grayce is working as an interim because we want to take the time to interview multiple candidates before making a permanent hire. Thank you for your patience, feedback, and support.

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


March 18 Sunday
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
 9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
 10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
5:30 p.m. Dining Group
March 20 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  PTL meeting
March 21 Wednesday
 5:30 p.m. First Communion Class
6:15 p.m.  All Together Dinner
7:00 p.m. Lenten Service
7:30 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir (after service)

March 22 Thursday
9:00 a.m.  MOPS at Parsonage
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

March 23 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts

March 24 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
4:30 p.m.  Praise Team Rehearsal
 8:00 p.m.  Beginners AA Meeting

March 25 Sunday
8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
 9:15 a.m.  Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m.  Nursery
 11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour

March 28 Wednesday
6:30 p.m.  Preschool & Kinder Passion Play
7:30 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m.  Harmony Choir (after service)

March 29 Thursday
8:45 a.m.  Chapel Worship
 7:00 p.m.  Maundy Thursday Worship

March 30 Friday
4:30 p.m.  Family Worship Service
 7:00 p.m.  Tennebrae Worship Service

March 24 Saturday
10:00 a.m.  Praise Team Rehearsal
 11:30 a.m.  Hot Meals Team #3
 1:00 p.m.  Easter Brunch/Sanctuary Set Up
8:00 p.m.  Beginners AA Meeting
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
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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