Subject: Water Life

Pilgrim Update
January 18, 2014

Dear Friends,

Where there is water, there is life. 

And where there is water and the Spirit, there is a church that comes alive to be what Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. called "the beloved community." 
(Mark 1:11) 

Come experience the LOVE this Sunday! And join us in welcoming Ethiopian Pastor Lalissa and his family, who will be in worship together with us for the first time!  8 a.m and 10:30 a.m.

Congregational Meeting
Attention Members:  We invite you to help us shape our future! Join us on Sunday, January 25th for our annual meeting as we review ministry accomplishments during 2014 and chart a course forward for 2015.   We will be reviewing our 2015 mission goals and presenting a 2015 January through June budget for approval.  We will be having a Question and Answer session TODAY at 11:45 a.m.  
Please ask Council President Greg Otsuka ( or Treasurer Carl Doerfler ( with any questions or concerns.

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  explore with us. Membership is done by attending our two-part New Members class.  Part One is offered on the last Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Part Two is offered on the first Sunday of every month from 9:20 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.  This means that the next classes will be on the 29th of January and on the 1st of February.   Please RSVP to 

Dining Group
On Sunday January 18th, 5:30 p.m., we will partake of Serbian food at Beograd (2933 W. Irving Park) for a hearty meal in the cold weather.  We have been there before and really enjoyed the very tasty food and excellent service.  Try it, you may like it!  Please reserve with Julie; 773-764-3140  Thanks!

Quilters' & Crafters’ Day
Join us on Sunday, January 25, after the congregational meeting (around 1 p.m.) for an afternoon of sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, or other crafts and fellowship.  Bring a snack or beverage to share, and we'll order dinner (usually approximately $8 per person) late afternoon. Interested in learning to quilt?  Contact Chris Wallis ( for a supply list.

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! 
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 4th. The interactive class 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. 
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 this coming week on January 22nd.! Childcare is available on-site! 
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

January 16 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 17 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

January 18 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Question & Answer / Coffee Hour
5:30 p.m. Dining Group

January 21 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

January 22 Thursday
9:15 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 24 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


January 25 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Annual Meeting / Coffee Hour
1:00 p.m. Quilters’ & Crafters’ Day

January 27 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

January 28 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 a.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

January 29 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

January 31 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8

Build Resurrection is Breaking Ground
After many months of praying, we are overjoyed to announce that construction is beginning on a new sanctuary and ministry center in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Resurrection Lutheran Church is part of the Colegio Luterano Campus, which is Pilgrim’s sister school.  Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson is traveling to El Salvador to be there for the ground breaking this Sunday, January 18th at 9 a.m.  This project continues to be led by Pastor Christian Chavarria, who visited Pilgrim in October of 2013.  Please use this weekend to pray for our brothers and sisters and for the project, which faces more challenges but is underway!

Martin Luther King Jr. Faith in Action Assembly
On Monday, January 19 more than 1,200 people of faith from the congregations and partners of Community Renewal Society will come together for our annual Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly. This year’s Faith in Action Assembly will include:
Taking action to reduce violence through the Reclaim Campaign with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle;
Taking action to remove barriers to employment for people with records, reform education funding, and win a Community Benefits Agreement for jobs and affordable housing on the west side with our city and state elected officials;
Holding a mayoral candidate forum on jobs and public safety.

Where:  Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 South King Drive, Chicago
When:  Monday, January 19, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (registration at 9:30 am)

For more information, click HERE.

Welcome Pastor Lalissa’s Family!
Thanks to answered prayers and the generosity of all of you, we are welcoming the family of Lutheran Ethiopian Pastor Lalissa Gemechis to Pilgrim!  Pastor Lalissa’s wife, Bilisie, and their son Homey (age 7) and daughter Wada (age 3) HAVE ARRIVED HERE on Winchester and will be staying with Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari and family in the Parsonage. Homey and Wada will be attending Pilgrim Lutheran School starting January 20th.  Bilisie will be an active volunteer in our ministry.  Bilisie has been working as a Program Director for Canadian Christian Children’s Fund, overseeing a sponsorship program for 10,000 children in Ethiopia.  Her husband, Pastor Lalissa, is about to become a lead Pastor in one of the fastest growing churches in the World, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus ( (meaning “the Dwelling Place of Jesus).  They have grown in membership from 22,000 to 6.2 million over the past 50 years.  In order to prepare for this role, he is continuing to pursue a PhD in Missiology at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.
Thank you for receiving this new Pilgrim family with God’s love!

Confronting Pharaoh Training
We pray every week: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” But how can we live that prayer? Many of us are blessed to give money to charity, but what if we could do something more. What if we could let our lives, not just our money, be part of the solution to a safer and more just city?
Join us for a two part training called “Confronting Pharaoh” that is rooted in our Christian faith and located right here in our neighborhood!

Part 1: Sunday, January 25 from 1-4pm
Part 2: Sunday, February 22 from 1-4pm
Ravenswood UCC (2050 W. Pensacola Ave, Chicago)

These trainings will be lead by 
Community Renewal Society

For more information contact: Ryan Wallace, (312) 673-3852

‘Those 70s Shows’ 
Grovvy Gala & Auction—Mar 7
The tuition raffle is going strong and we have a limited number of tickets available so get yours now! Tickets are priced at $150 each and the prize could be valued up to $8,500 this year (depending on what year of school the winning family has children enrolled in). This is the biggest auction prize we've ever had! You can win a FREE year of tuition for one child at Pilgrim for the 2015-2016 school year and the more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning!

To buy tickets online, click HERE!

You can add on the tuition raffle ticket, as well as buy Teacher's Day Off tickets prior to the event.

***Something new***- this year, the Teacher's Day Off tickets will be counted (not drawn) so vote early and often for your favorite teacher! Don't they deserve a day off for all they do for your child? Help them get some R&R!

Winter Carnival
Step right up to the Pilgrim PTL Winter Carnival this Friday the 16th from 6:30-8 p.m. It’s an evening of indoor fun for the whole family. Admission is $10 per kid and $20 per family with unlimited games and some special prizes. Food is available for purchase. We hope to see you there!
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Our Prayer for Sunday 
Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)

Act 19:1-7 (NRSV)

Mark 1:4-11 (NRSV)

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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