Subject: We Need Lent

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Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we receive a Word for the wilderness and special music from our school chorus!

What is lent? Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation and preparing to begin his ministry.

We need these forty days. Let us resist the temptation to treat this season like any ordinary season. We recognize that we, too, are in the wilderness in need of a Word from God.

See you Sunday!

P.S. Please keep Sarah Lau and family in your prayers this weekend as she mourns the loss of her father, Arnie Firnhaber.
Lent at Pilgrim 2017 “Life-Giving Water” - “The Water I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (Jesus, John 4:14) This year in Lent, we will be opening our community, homes, and lives to the flow of God’s life-giving water. Each Wednesday we gather at 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for a community dinner for all ages, followed by a service inspired by the Taize tradition, a meditative and peace-filled service. We will be utilizing Lent as a time of preparation for people preparing to be baptized, as well as renewing all of our baptisms! If you or someone you know would like to explore baptism, please talk to Pastor Kristian (773) 990-0813,

Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent
- Every Wednesday, through April 5th, Pilgrim will have a community meal on Wednesday evenings. Teams are needed for 3/29 and 4/5 to prepare a meal for approximately 30-35 people. We’ve traditionally called these “soup suppers”, but any crowd-friendly dish is fine. Suppers are served from 6:15-7:00 p.m. For more information, or to sign up, contact Renee at the church office:

Calling all Youth 6th through 12th Grade - Join us for the following event on
Saturday, March 25th - Serving Hot Meals at Pilgrim from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with team 10!

Loved Beyond Measure: Celebrate the incredible ministry of ELCA Schools and Learning Centers during the week of March 5-11. Over 1,400 ELCA schools and learning centers in the U.S. provide high quality education in nurturing Christian communities! If you are looking for an elementary school or a early childhood center for your child, check out Pilgrim School on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. for Learning Fair Open House. For more information about Pilgrim School, contact Chris Comella, Principal, at Take a tour and see the Pilgrim difference: Academic Excellence with a Heart! 

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! Raffle tickets for $25 each are now going on sale as we make a drive for $25,000 to support our ministry and raise the money sufficient to have a free party on April 8th! Please look for a volunteer standing at the top of the stairs after the 10:30 a.m. service to a) buy tickets yourself or b) pick up tickets to sell Thank you! Contact Jen Goolsby at or Tarah Dickerson at for more information.

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Save the Dates:
Sunday, March 12th - New Member Sunday
Sunday, March 12th - Bethany Pilgrim Refugee meeting at 12:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 19th- El Salvador Testimonies and Trip Interest Meeting
Sunday, March 26th - Rev. Bill Hutchison (previous Interim Pastor) Guest Preacher
Sunday, April 9th - Palm Sunday Celebration
Saturday, April 15th - North Center Easter Eggstravaganza, 10:00 a.m.
Donations of candy can be brought to Pastor’s office.
Sunday, April 30 - Bethany Pilgrim Refugee fundraiser
Saturday, May 13th - Friendship Center “Jam For Bread” fund raiser
Monday-Friday, July 17-21 - Vacation Bible School
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th
Strategies for Increasing Connection Through Caring Conversations - Today a presentation on how to be a supportive and caring listener will be offered to the entire congregation at 12:00 noon in the Annex. The presenter will be Bianka Hardin, PsyD and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Pilgrim member. The program is intended to help all of us communicate 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 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 

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

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!

Help Children with Comfort Squeezing Pillows - Joey Cardo, Pilgrim alumni, has a service project to become an Eagle Scout and he wants your help. While children recover from heart surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital, they have a lot of pain from coughing, sneezing or laughing. Heart shaped pillows help, both emotionally and physically. He has reached his monetary goal of $750, but needs your help assembling pillows. He’s looking for volunteers who are handy and willing to sew, by machine; stuff, by hand; and bag pillows. Assembling will be held on Saturday, March 11th, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Maring Hall. Snacks will be served and service hours will be given. If interested, contact or or check out

Refugee Welcome Team Update: We now have a Facebook page as we launch our Refugee Welcome team! Search for Bethany Pilgrim Refugees, or click here:

Check out the latest Mission Memo
- This week's Mission Memo thanks students from Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for passing out over 900 handmade valentines at the Montrose El Stop. It is located on the Mission Gifts Bulletin Board at the back of the church.
Gift Cards - We are selling this week on Sunday, Monday and Friday. Gift cards include JiffyLube $25/$30, Petsmart $25, Peapod $50, $100, Rei $25, LLBean $25, Binny's $25, Super Cuts $25, Bakers Square $25, Crate & Barrel $25, iTunes $10, $15 $25. Please see the sellers or contact Anne Barsano at with questions.

Beat the heat – with the PTL - Thank you to the parents and the church for graciously furnishing the upper grades class rooms with air conditioners this year! However, there is more to be done. The annex for summer camp use needs two units, as does each of the five lower grade classrooms. Many of you have already been so generous and we appreciate the help keeping the little ones and our campers cool and dry. As such, the PTL will be matching parents’ donations dollar for dollar. Please help us reach this goal to keep our kids safe this warm weather season by placing all donations in the PTL box located in the office. We’ll keep you updated on the progress and thank you once again for your generosity!

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.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,038
Actual received week ending 2/26/2017 $1,648

Budget year to date (through January 2017): $90,417
Actual received year to date (through January 2017): $81,436      
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


March 5 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Kids
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

March 7 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. School Board

March 8 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion
6:15 p.m. All Together Supper
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m. Lent Taize Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

March 9 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.
6:30 p.m. School Open House

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

March 11 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
1:00 p.m. Eagle Scout Squeezing Pillows project


March 12 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Kids
10:30 a.m. Nursery & Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

March 15 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
5:30 p.m. First Communion
6:15 p.m. All Together Supper
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 p.m. Lent Taize Service
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

March 16 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

March 17 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

March 18 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
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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