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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday as we acknowledge the wondrous power of the cross.   The cross is perhaps the world's most popular symbol, and is perhaps the least understood.   Even those that heard Jesus first speak about the cross were, at times, thoroughly confused.  (Mark 8:31-38)

In light of the difficult moment in which we find ourselves, the cross reflects both the mystery of our lives and the hope we desperately need.   

Life is crazy busy and hard.   That's why we need to gather under the canopy of grace, in the presence of the One who gives us true peace.

See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.!
Welcome and thank you to Jacob Sipes from Concordia Lutheran University in River Forest for serving as our guest organist Sunday!
Lent: A Time for Peace—We invite you to be intentional during this season of Lent. Our theme is “Lent: A Time for Peace”. We will be reflecting on the teachings of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi as we allow God to guide us in the ways of peace. Devotionals are now ready to pick up in the back of the Sanctuary, and we also recommend an ebook titled: Lent with St. Francis by Diane Houdek. You can order the book by clicking here:
Wednesday “All Together Dinners” in Lent—At 6:15 p.m. we will have a
community meal—open to all! At 7:00 p.m. we will have a brief Reflective Worship:  Prayers Around the Cross, a very centering, peaceful worship setting by Marty Haugen. At 7:30 p.m. the Harmony Choir will have rehearsal.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans for Cinco de Pilgrim are well underway - the annual spring party is 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:
Women of the ELCA—Thank you to all women who are interested in our new WECLA chapter. Our mission to act boldly will start with In-Reach activities, including the following: February 28 - Lenten Dinner team; March 11—Easter Basket assembly; April 21—Spring Outdoor spruce up (April 28 rain date). To sign up, RSVP to Judy atJudithdaniel@sbcglobal.netor Renee

Thank You to everyone who participated in making and handing out valentines on February 14th! Pilgrim said "You are Loved" 1,153 times this morning at the Montrose Brown Line Stop with homemade valentines from our children!
Invitation to Worship/Music Team—Attention all singers, instrumentalists, dramatically talented, poets, artists of every kind. We have openings available on our worship music team! Our next rehearsal will be on Saturday, February 17th, at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome! For more information, contact
Save the Date:
March 25—Palm Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School Easter Party
10:10 a.m. Meet in Maring Hall for Procession around the Block 10:30 a.m. Worship with Gospel Kids
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
March 28—Passion Play presented by Preshool & Kindergarten students, 6:30 p.m.
March 29—Maundy Thursday
8:45 a.m. Worship (School Chapel) with Holy Communion
7:00 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion (assisted by 1st Communion Families)
March 30—Good Friday
4:30 p.m. Family Service (assisted by Confirmation Students) 7:00 p.m. Tennebrae (7 Last Words of Christ) Service
April 1—Easter Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
8:30—10:00 Easter Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Worship with Brass Quartet and Choir
Easter Egg Hunt for all Children following the 10:30 Service
April 22—Congregational Spiritual Retreat: The Gift of Listening, 12:00—2:00 p.m.
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—We will take a Bible Study break during Lent so everyone can attend our “All Together Dinners” followed by a brief worship service. Join us when we resume in April.

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!
Come to the Care Ministry Team Meeting SUNDAY—We are trying to grow our ministry and visit more people. If you would like to be part of this ministry, visiting homebound people and bringing the fellowship of Christian community to them,  please join us. The meeting will be from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Narthex. Stop at the coffee hour downstairs after the worship service and bring your snacks and coffee back upstairs for the meeting. Contact Claudia Georgeclaudia@outflux.netwith any questions.
A Meal Train for Judy Daniel as she recovers from knee surgery. The meals only need to be delivered to Pilgrim and then volunteers (thanks, Tarah, for taking on the first delivery) will be taking them to her. Details of what to bring are in the following sign up link:
It’s National Lutheran Schools Week—Celebrate the ministry of the over 1,400 ELCA schools and early childhood education centers, serving over 150,000 children and employing over 18,000 staff nationally. Pilgrim is proud to be a part of these numbers! It is indeed “Still All About Jesus” and we are making a difference! Learn more at
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. We will accompany the church in their work to resettle and feed refugees, help children attend school, help bring solar electricity to rural homes, minister with the homeless, and encourage our sister churches who raise Christian voices for human rights on a daily basis. This trip is open to all people. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge requited. Please contact Pastor Kristianpastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.orgor Pastor Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814
Refugee Family Thank You Update—After recent bed bug exterminations from our refugee’s apartment, we received a donated mattress, box spring and frame. Thank you to Matt Gates (husband of Pilgrim’s 2nd/3rd grade teacher) for helping with the move and transportation. At the last minute (in the bitter cold) it was discovered that the metal bed frame did not fit the mattress. Stephanie Zimmerman called Mattress Firm at the corner of Western and Lawrence, with plans to buy the cheapest frame and pick it up on the way to the family's apartment. When Stephanie explained the Bethany-Pilgrim Project to sponsor a refugee family, the manager, Shaun O'Brien, surprised everyone with a top-of-the-line bed frame -- for FREE!  Thank you, Mattress Firm!
Gift Cards—Now that you have discovered how good the food is at PotBelly's in Lincoln Square, you can purchase one of their gift cards for your next visit. Other cards we have are Claires $10, Best Buy $25, Petsmart $25, Pier One $25 and Regal and AMC theaters $10 and $25. We are selling Sundays at 11:30 am in the church foyer and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10 am. Please contact Anne Barsano atcbarsano@aol.comor 312-972-9040 with orders or questions.
Bethany-Pilgrim Project Chili & Dessert Cook Off—It is time to sign up to enter the second annual Chili & Dessert Cookoff! This year’s event will take place from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School,  Maring Hall. (We’re starting and ending earlier this year to get everyone out on time to watch the Oscars.) We’ll be raising money to help a second refugee family. If you would like to enter a Crockpot of chili or a plate of dessert, you can sign up via the link below. If you don’t want to enter the competition, please consider donating supplies and/or joining us to sample the entrees and help select a winner! More information coming soon. In the meantime, help us spread the word!
Thrivent members who have not directed their Choice dollars have until March  31st to do so! You may do it two ways: online or by phone: 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt. They are open until 6:00 p.m. Central time M-F, but will be closed March 30th and 31st.
Financial Update: The finance team is in daily contact with our contracted accounting firm, Dugan and Lopatka, and we are now in the process of sending out 2017 year end giving statements. If you have not received it yet, you should get it very soon. Thank you for bearing with us.

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

February 25 Sunday
 8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
 9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m.  Nursery
11:45 a.m.  Coffee Hour
6:00 p.m.  Faith Five All Together Night

February 27 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  Church Council

February 28 Wednesday
5:30 p.m.  First Communion Class
 6:15 p.m.  All Together Dinner
 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service
7:30 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m.  Harmony Choir (after service)

March 1 Thursday
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

March 2 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts

March 3 Saturday
11:30 a.m.  Hot Meals Team #9

March 4 Sunday
8:00 a.m.  Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m.  Nursery
 11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
3:00 p.m. Chili/Dessert Cook-off Fundraiser

March 6 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.  Board of Ed

March 7 Wednesday
5:30 p.m.  First Communion Class
 6:15 p.m.  All Together Dinner
 7:00 p.m.  Lenten Service
 7:30 p.m.  Harmony Choir (after service)
7:30 p.m.  Alcoholics Anonymous

March 8 Thursday
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

March 9 Friday
6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts


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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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