Subject: Who is Gamaliel?

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as we reflect on one of most underrated people in the New Testament.

Gamaliel. (Acts 5) Not to be confused with Gargamel, of "Smurfs" villainy fame. :) Gamaliel was skeptical of Christianity. But he was willing to give it a chance, and encouraged others to not rush to judgment upon encountering the witness of "people of the way" for the very first time.

Especially on Martin Luther King weekend, let us gather in honoring those who speak up in such a way that causes us to reflect upon the question: "What is God doing in our midst?"

Hope to see you Sunday! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting—January 27th - Calling all members! Our upcoming annual meeting will be January 27th at 11:45 a.m. in Maring Hall. It is a great moment to celebrate the ministry that has taken place over the past year. We will be electing our council members and sharing a financial update. Thank you in advance for your participation! In addition, we will be introducing a new tool for Pilgrim’s growth and future: the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) is an on-line instrument that will help leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping us as we live into the future of Pilgrim’s mission. The survey will be distributed on January 27th, and we will collect responses through Sunday, February 17th. Results of the survey will be shared and interpreted with the council on February 27th.

Party for Pilgrim at the April 27th Spring Fundraiser - It will be our best German event ever! How can you help? 1) Participate in the 25k Raffle. Sell 10 tickets for $25 each, or donate $250. Raffle winners will be announced at Trivia Night. CHURCH PEOPLE, PLEASE GIVE RAFFLE TICKETS AND MONEY TO CHERYL SAIKI, or drop off in the school office. For info contact Halley at 2) Find a Sponsor. It’s a great opportunity for companies to received exposure, build new and deeper community networks, all for a worthy cause. For info contact Camille at 3) Help solicit Donations for the silent auction and premier items for the live auction. Also, vendor donations for beer, and wine donations for the wine drive. Let the Party Planning team know if you can offer a party. For donation info contact Shellie at For party info contact Annalisa at 4) Volunteering to make it all happen. Contact Shannon at 5) Attend the Party. Tickets will be on sale for $50 each until April 12th, then it’s up to $60. There will be plenty of food, drinks, bidding, dancing and fun for all, at Ebenezer Hall, 1650 W. Foster. Here’s the link to submit Donations & Sponsorships 

Dining Group - Sunday we will go to the Serbian Village Restaurant, 3144 W. Irving Park Road, for 5:30 p.m. dining. Street parking is available. Please join us and RSVP to Julie at 773-366-0724.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Faith In Action Assembly - On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st, many people of faith around Chicago will be gathering for Community Renewal Society’s annual assembly. We will let our voices be heard as we host a Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum during the assembly. The Example Setters Youth Poetry group will perform the Keynote Address. We will leave from Pilgrim at 7:45 a.m., the Praise Team starts the assembly at 8:45 a.m., which ends at 11:30 a.m. If you want to meet us at the event location, please go to: Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Drive, Chicago. Please RSVP to by January 17th.

Prayers for Grayce - On January 24th, our Bookkeeper Grayce O'Toole will be having double hip replacement surgery. Her recuperation will require her to be in rehab, then at home, for at least one month. Please keep her in your prayers. In the meantime, our Treasurer Tarah Dickerson will be working in the bookkeeper's office 8-10 hours a week to keep Pilgrim functioning. Thank you Tarah! If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Bookkeeping office at

Quilters & Crafters Play date—Join us Sunday, January 27th, after the congregational meeting for an afternoon of sewing, knitting or other craft. Bring a snack to share and we'll order dinner around 5:00 pm. Questions? Contact Chris Wallis at

Dine Out for Pilgrim at the Piggery Restaurant, 1625 W. Irving Park, on January 30th. They are donating 15% of purchases from open to close (11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m..). This event will benefit the Windows Into Our Future program. You can dine in or carry out (phone orders only, 773-281-PIGS). Be sure to show the flyer or mention Pilgrim! All sales are included, except items on special. We are excited to be partnering with The Piggery for this fun event. If you have any questions, please contact Sara at Thank you!

Sunday, January 27 - Chicagoland United in Prayer, Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 - El Salvador Meeting/Trip Reunion 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 - Parsonage Super Bowl Party, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 15 - Grandparents Day at Pilgrim Lutheran School
Sunday, February 17 - El Salvador Sunday
Thursday, March 7 - Pilgrim School Open House - Prospectives Welcome
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! 

Valentine’s Cards Outreach - Join us in handing out hand-made Valentine’s cards to passersby under the El stop at Montrose. We will be out there between 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Thursday, February 14th. Some will also be sent to our seniors and shut-ins. If you would like to make homemade cards saying “God loves you!” or “Happy Valentines Day”, please bring them to Pastor’s office by Wednesday, February 13th.
If every child or adult :) from Pilgrim could make at least 10 cards, we would have plenty to pass out! Thank you!

First Communion Class begins in February - Join us on Wednesday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. This interactive class (that is geared for adults as well as children and youth) is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with God. We will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the meaning of the Sacraments.

Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. Weekly handouts are on the table at the back of the church.

Explore the Bible - We are studying the Prophets of the Old Testament. Join us on Sunday’s at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall (the basement). There is no experience necessary.

Women’s Bible Study will meet again on Wednesday, January 23rd. We meet every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments and start at 7:00 p.m. Contact Renee at for more info or to get on the email list.  
Windows Into Our Future" Campaign - Thank you to everyone who came out to our special reception on November 14th. Representatives from both the general contractor and the windows manufacturer were on hand to share details of the project and answer questions. We invite you to learn more about this project and to consider giving to this project by visiting To give by check, make the check out to "Pilgrim Lutheran" with the memo line, "Windows Into Our Future". So far, we have received over $72,000. Our goal is to raise $95,000 by March. Thank you!

NEEDED: Bread Bakers and Ushers - Interested in helping out with these critically important activities? Contact Renee

Coats for Hot Meals Guests are needed (mostly men’s Medium, Large and a few XL) and unisex hats and gloves. They can be from second hand stores, or your slightly used coats. Drop them off during Hot Meals, or the clothes bag in the Pantry Hallway.

2019 Giving Envelopes - Members, please pick up your box of giving envelopes for 2019. They are on the table in the narthex.

Trivia Night - Cash Bar, Chicago Pizza, Split the Pot, a Raffle winner and more! Don't miss this great event. All proceeds go towards helping our class of 2020 get to Washington D.C. for their class trip! Gather your people and get those forms in. This event is selling out fast! The cost is $200 for a table of 8. Here’s the link for a Registration Form:

Gift Cards - 2018 card sales ended on a high note with sales of $20,160 for the month of December - more than our 1st and 3rd individual quarter totals. Thank you for your continued support! Cash and check sales are Sundays after the 10:30 service, and Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. in the school office. Sales also increased on our Benefit-mobile app, where Pilgrim is listed under 60613 and schools. You may pay using your bank account or a credit card. Contact Anne Barsano or 773-472-6037 with questions.

Interested in knowing what happens at Church Council meetings? Go to to find a synopsis from the October meeting.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,100
Actual received week ending January 13th: $2,055
Budget year to date through December, 2018: $75,631
Actual received year to date through December $80,600
Thank you everyone for your very generous year end offerings!
Click link below for synopsis:
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


January 20 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

January 23 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

January 24 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.
6:30 p.m. Mutual Ministry Committee Meeting

January 25 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

January 26 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


January 27 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible
9:15 a.m. Confirmation
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
11:45 a.m. “Vision and Leadership”
Congregational Meeting
1:00 p.m. Quilters & Crafters Play date

January 29 Tuesday
7:00 p.m. Church Council

January 30 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

January 31 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

February 1 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

February 2 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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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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