Subject: We're Not Alone

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Dear Friends,

Are we alone in the universe? Or is there life beyond this planet?

Science will continue to help us explore these questions, but the reality of Jesus' risen presence among us has already spoken to our deepest existential yearnings. Because of Jesus presence and activities on earth, Jesus turns to us and says, "You are witnesses." What might this mean for us?

Ono joy we will witness on Sunday is the the First Communion of Caroline, Clayton, Jimmy, Maddy, Olivia, Owen, and Xavier. These students will be leading the majority of the service as they make this important milestone in the faith together.

See you Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
We’ve reserved a seat for you! Pilgrim’s auction committee has been working very hard to make this year’s Cinco de Pilgrim Spring Party a huge success and they would like you to join them on May 5th. Come and spend time with other members of the church and meet the amazing families we support through our shared mission. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Suhajda at or Doris Knuth at We look forward to seeing you there.

First Communion Sunday—Sunday we are celebrating the First Communion with the Bates, Crabtree-Nelson, Hotary, Huntsinger, Johnson, Smith, and Telford families. The children and their families will be leading the majority of the service and enjoying a special reception afterwards. Please join us in celebrating the ways we are empowering homes for faith formation!

The Gift of Listening - Sunday, April 22nd—"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." - Karl A. Menniger. Would you like to learn more about the gift of listening and receive an opportunity to grow your faith at the same time? Join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 12-2 for a Pilgrim retreat based on the gift of listening. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Pilgrim Dining Group—Italian is the choice for the day on Sunday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Basilico, 4701 N. Cumberland, located in a small strip mall. Reserve with Julie at 773-366-0724. Thanks!

Dine Out for Pilgrim—A yummy way to give…Roots Handmade Pizza in Lincoln Square, 2200 West Lawrence Avenue, is donating 20% of purchases made on Wednesday, April 25th, from open to close (11 a.m. - midnight) to Pilgrim! You can dine in, carry out or have delivery. Just mention Pilgrim or bring the flyer. All sales are included, except Happy Hour items (3:00-6:00 p.m.)

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

A FREE screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age—Pilgrim Lutheran PTL is hosting a screening of this award-winning film that depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics, and offers solutions. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids and watch this film together. A moderated discussion led by Eric Crabtree-Nelson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will follow the screening. WHEN: Thursday, April 26th 7:15 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:45) WHERE: 4300 N. Winchester. For more information visit

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Save the Dates:
Sunday April 29—Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Sunday May 13—Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday May 20—Walk to Reach El Salvador, 8:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp: June 25—29—Pirates, July 2—3, 5—6—Castles,
July 9—13—Legos
Congratulations to Owen Smith who will receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism Saturday! He is the son of Jaime Sweet and Chad Smith. We are excited to walk with you in your new life in Christ!

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 on Wednesday, April 25th, and every other Wednesday. 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 book, contact

New Member Exploration 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 consider attending an exploration class in April. Child care is provided throughout each class. Please contact our Church Office Administrator, Renee Stuedemann, at for more information. Thanks!

Calling Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)! Join MOPS on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 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.

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!

Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp—This program allows children the opportunity to explore themes of interest to them and explore the places around the city where they can find out more about each theme. We emphasize community-building, collaboration, and, of course, fun! Click on this link for further information including times and costs!

Future Design School Young Innovators Program—empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students learn design methods and get hands-on-experience building new business offerings. It’s August 6-10 and is only $165 for Pilgrim Students. For more info contact the school office at
Coffee Hour is in need of two or three more people or families to fill in the rotation. The list is posted on the bulletin board at the back of church. If you are interested, 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 at Whirlyball Chicago. It’s 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:

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, and brochures are on the table at the back of church.
Pilgrim Alumni & Friends—Tap into that deep sense of Wildcat pride and become a sponsor of the 2018 Pilgrim Lutheran Spring Party/Cinco de Pilgrim. Your generosity will be showcased to as many as 200 families and professionals from throughout the community. What better way to honor your Pilgrim graduate than by making a gift in their name! Help us meet our fundraising goals so that we can continue to provide “Academic Excellence with a Heart” to all of our students. Please consider a spring party sponsorship - levels start at just $100! Email:

A Global 6K for Water will take place at Montrose Harbor on May 19th. The event is sponsored by World Vision to raise donations for clean water globally. The distance of 6 kilometers is the average that a family member in the third world will walk daily to retrieve water for the family. This distance is walked every day for the family's daily water. If you would like to walk/run this distance to raise funds and awareness for this issue, please register/donate at or contact Bob Lau at Can we form a Team Pilgrim for this May 19 event?

Gift Cards—We are trying to sell the following $25s: Pier 1, Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods and Petsmart. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 if interested. We have resumed our regular selling schedule on Sunday, Monday and Friday. Thank You!

FREE PIANO! Pilgrim has a plethora of pianos and is giving away a spinet. If interested, please contact Michael Knuth for details at 773-784-4623.

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


April 15 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Explore the Bible &
Learning Session: Creative Prayer
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 17 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. PTL

April 18 Wednesday
 12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

April 19 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

April 20 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 21 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
8:00 p.m. Beginners AA Meeting


April 22 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Explore the Bible &
Serving Session: Teaching Kids about reading the Bible
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

April 24 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Church Council

April 25 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

April 26 Thursday
 9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:15 p.m. Screenagers

April 27 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

April 28 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
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
Business Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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