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"There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters."

Where is this quote from? 2017? Actually, it is from 1964, from a Pastor named Martin Luther King.

In times like these, we are meant to listen to the prophets, who speak God's living word. Prophets like Isaiah. Prophets like King. Prophets like John the Baptist, who remind us that the Beloved one is here to build "a beloved community." (Matthew 3:13-17)

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. in listening to the prophets and receiving wisdom and inspiration for the road ahead. And consider joining us on Monday for the CRS MLK Faith in Action Assembly! Details can be found below

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry—Since the 1st Sunday of this month landed on New Year’s Day with our special Lessons and Carols service, we did not collect our Feed the Hungry offering. Therefore, today we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Sunday Dining Group—Today we will be going to Via Lima, a Peruvian restaurant at 4024 N. Lincoln Avenue at 5:30 p.m. They have a private parking lot, around the corner going west, enter from Irving Park. Please join us: reserve with Julie, 773-674-3014 or 773 366-0724-cell.

Pilgrim Welcoming Refugees—We at Pilgrim are led to help welcome families fleeing horror and starting a new life in Chicago. We had an initial conversation led by Shermi, a Pilgrim school parent, at the pancake breakfast. It was decided to have a more formal gathering led by a representative from RefugeeOne, Kim Snoddy, on Sunday, January 22nd at 12 noon at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in the Annex. Kim will be sharing about how we might assist in mentoring and co-sponsoring a refugee family. Please RSVP to

“Vision and Leadership” Congregational Meeting
—January 29th—Calling all members! Our upcoming annual meeting will be January 29th 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, and lift up the goals we have going forward. We will be voting to approve a resolution regarding undesignated bequests. We will also be electing our council members and sharing a financial update.
We invite you to reflect upon two questions we will discuss at the meeting:
1. One primary way God is blessing your life/your family’s life through Pilgrim is…
2. One untapped or underutilized opportunity for us to extend our mission to the world is… Thank you in advance for your participation!

Christmas Decorations are Coming Down - Decorations are great to look at, but at some point they must come down. Join us this Saturday (Jan 14) at 9:45 a.m. to help. This is a great activity for families with lighter things for the kids. Refreshments will be served.

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 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The 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 10 commandments, and the meaning of the sacraments.

MOPS is an community support group for Mothers Of Preschoolers. The North Center group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pilgrim parsonage (4332 N. Winchester). Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and childcare is provided until 11:45 a.m. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Tarah Dickerson at

Save the Dates:
Sunday, February 5th—Souper Bowl Sunday
Saturday, February 25th—Trivia Night
Saturday, March 1st—Ash Wednesday
Monday-Friday, July 17-21—Vacation Bible School
"Renewing Leadership Retreat,” Saturday, March 18th with Pastor Stephen Bouman - We have so many amazing members, school families, staff, and volunteers at Pilgrim! It is powerful when we come together as a community to be inspired by our strengths, to face our challenges, and to embrace our opportunities. How is the Spirit inviting each of us to be renewed in our work and to reimagine our future? Join us on Saturday, March 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 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. He is the author of several books, including The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community. We are thrilled that he can be with us! Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Renee at

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton's January Article in Living Lutheran
- Happy New Year! In her January column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) reminds us that the “gift of grace, especially as it comes to us in baptism,” helps us “make sense of our lives and resolves the stress” of making resolutions. Read her column 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! 

Explore the Bible—Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

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
Coffee Hour is still looking for a family or person to do the following dates:  March 26th and July 2nd. Please let Anne Barsano know if you can help on these dates. Thank you!

Mission Interpretation
—Don’t forget to check the latest memo posted on the Mission Bulletin Board at the back of the church. Also, take a look at earlier memos, collected in a notebook on the table in the narthex. Two items of interest include the memo dated 11/15/16 "Reflections from the Church on the Election" by Bishop Eaton and a statement from LIRS (The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) reaffirming the church's mission to protect and welcome refugees.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Faith In Action Assembly—On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18th, many people of faith around Chicago will be gathering for Community Renewal Society’s annual assembly. Take action in the spirit of Dr. King and hold our elected officials accountable. Come participate in the democratic process to prevent violence, fund education, and create jobs. We will leave from Pilgrim at 8:30 a.m., the event starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. If you want to meet us at the event location, please go to: St. Mark United Methodist Church, 8441 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60619.
Lightning Appeal—On July 10th, 2016, our roof was struck by lightning, and we sustained over $12,000 in damage to our facility. We now need to invest $6,000 to install a proper lightning protection system with rods and surge protectors that will protect our many electronic devices, security equipment, and the building itself. If you would make an end-of-year contribution to this cause, please do so by writing a check to Pilgrim, and write “lightning” on the memo line. Thank you.

Gift Card sales will be Sunday in the church foyer after the 10:30 service, and Tuesday (not Monday because of the MLK Jr. Holiday) and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10:00,  Please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 with any questions.

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


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

January 18 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

January 19 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

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

January 21 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1


January 22 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

January 25 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

January 26 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

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

January 28 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2

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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