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Our journey together is alive! Pilgrim's Progress is our monthly newsletter and assists all of us in our walk of faith - what's happening at our church and what's happening with all of us worshiping at Pilgrim. Read this month's newsletter


Pilgrim Lutheran Church


We welcome Pastor Dan Fugate. As our guest pastor today. Pastor Fugate serves as Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod. He served previously as Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Trinity English in Fort Wayne for ten years.  Pastor Fugate and his family live in Carmel. His wife, Karen, teaches English as a Second Language at the elementary level for Indianapolis Public Schools. Both of their sons, Jason and Brent, are students at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.


On Sunday, March 4 our Sunday school youth, all ages, participated in a service project for Lutheran Child and Family Services. The kids painted muslin totes with colorful handprints and the message Jesus Loves You!  Our kids were fantastic artists and worked carefully and lovingly as they created these bags. The bags are filled with hygiene items such as: toothpaste, body wash, shampoo and more.  These bags will go to Lutheran Child and Family Services to help other children.  While bags were drying we talked about the story of the Good Samaritan and we discussed the question Jesus asked, “Who is your neighbor?”  It was a great time to share and create. Sven Schumacher, Director of Lutheran Child and Family services will be here at our 10:45 AM worship service this coming Sunday, March 18th.  We are delighted to have Sven with us and to be able to send him home with these beautiful bags.  Thanks go out to all our children who created the bags and their parents who provided the supplies.



Lunch will be provided.  Please sign up on the purple sheet under the TV.  The cost will be $5.00 payable at the door.  As always friends are welcome, in fact encouraged.  What an incredible way to head into Holy Week.  Divine Drama - A Presentation on the Famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany and the History of Medieval Passion Plays to Modern Movies.  Pastor Dave Schreiber from Resurrection Lutheran Church will offer a special program at the Super Seniors Gathering on Tuesday, March 20th at 12:00 noon. Pastor Schreiber spent a sabbatical leave in 2010 studying the role of drama in the proclamation of the Church, including researching the history of medieval passion plays in Europe (and their often mixed anti-Semitic legacies), that even inform contemporary   portrayals of the passion, whether in Hollywood films or simple local parish Palm/Passion Sunday productions or Good Friday readings. Learn about the incredible tradition of the Oberammergau Play – performed every ten years in a small Bavarian village since the 1600's!!  Contact the church office for details at 317.846.2221.

Did you know:

   + The men of Oberammergau begin to grow long hair and beards one year prior to the play.

   + Only residents who were born or have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years are allowed to participate.

   + The play is performed five times a week from May to early October. It begins at 2:30pm to a dinner break at 5:00pm. The play concludes at 8:00 to 10:30pm.

   +   Over 2,000 citizens are involved including actors, singers, musicians and technical support. There are 124 speaking roles, a 65-member orchestra, 48 person chorus and hundreds of other villagers as stagehands, seamstresses, firemen, ushers, etc.

   + It is estimated that 750,000 people will attend the play in 2020! 


The nominating committee is in search of members to serve on this important committee as we identify people to serve on the Board of Directors and Board of Elders for 2019. Contact John Shilling for details. 317-908-3047


Adult Class in March and April

Beginning on Sunday, March 11 and lasting for six weeks (not including Easter Sunday, April 1) the Sunday Adult Study will focus on the book, Any Body There: Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age.  Written by ELCA pastor and former Pilgrim Organist, Craig Mueller, the book looks at how corporate worship can be an antidote to the distraction, fragmentation and spiritual hunger in society today.

Any Body There?  We may wonder as we watch people engage with their smart phones while being oblivious to what is going on around them.  Any Body There?  Is the question facing the church as it wrestles with declining religious affiliation.  Craig Mueller considers this contemporary context, and offers a response based in an incarnational spirituality accentuating the body and incarnational expression in corporate, multisensory liturgy. 

Pastor John looks forward to leading this class; we are grateful for his willingness to share his teaching with us.  Any questions feel free to contact me: Gloria Worth or 317-846-2221 extension 1226.  


Join us each Wednesday in Lent for food, friendship and worship as we follow our Lenten Journey to the Easter Vigil. Dinner is at 6:00 PM, worship is at 7:00 PM. This series includes a total of 5 Wednesdays which began on February 21st and continues February 28th, March 7th, March 14th and March 21st. Each week the provided dinner entrée will be various soups. Pilgrim members are asked to bring sides, salads and desserts. There is a sign-up sheet for each meal under the TV monitor in the church lobby. There is always plenty of food for everyone, and guests are most welcome! Donations and offerings contributed during Wednesdays in Lent meals or worship services benefit our local Gennesaret Clinics. Join us this season of Lent as we examine ourselves and seek new opportunities to heal those broken by life's circumstances.   Questions? Contact the church office at (317) 846-2221 or

March 21—Elders (Chili)


If you have served in any branch of the Armed Forces, would you please send an email to the following address:   The Congregational Life and Super Seniors Planning Committee are looking ahead at activities and at some point would like to recognize those that have served our country.  Please include your name, rank, date of service, and where you served.  If you have an interesting story to share, that would be a terrific addition also.  At some point, we may ask for a picture--stay tuned.  Please get this info to us by March 30.  Thank you for your service and thank you for taking the time to do this. Questions? Contact the church office at (317) 846-2221 or


Many of you have made incredibly delicious soups for our Lenten Dinners.  If you are one who has shared your culinary skills at one or many of the dinners, Congregational Life and Super Seniors Planning Committee  would love to have your recipes and put them together in a "Soup for Smiles" cookbook so we can all enjoy them at home.  You may get your recipes to us in one of two ways, electronically by sending to or put them in a basket that will be noted on the credenza under the TV. The last Lenten  dinner will be this coming Wednesday, March 21 and the Elders are our hosts.  They will be providing chili.  Elders, we would like those recipes also. When you submit your recipe, please be sure to include your name on the recipe. Thank  you for serving the congregation with your time and delicious soups during this season of Lent and now for sharing your recipes.  Please try and get them to us by March 30.    Questions? Contact the church office at (317) 846-2221 or


The next series of the Thursday afternoon ladies bible study will be starting on Thursday, February 22, and continuing for seven sessions.  The subject of the study is based on a book co-authored by Dallas Williard and John Ortberg entitled, Living in Christ's Presence - Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God, and is taken from Dallas' last conference in 2013, two months before his death.  The series has a companion set of DVD's that are actually segments of the conversations between Dallas and John at the conference, so the book has a very conversational tone.  Published by the Formatio division of InterVarsity Press, "the book follows the rich tradition of the church in the journey of spiritual formation.  But the study is not merely about being informed, but about being transformed by Christ and conformed to his image...by integrating God's Word with spiritual practice." As Pastor John reminded us a few weeks ago, as part of our Lenten journey, "we will be asked to discipline ourselves" as we contemplate Christ's journey to the cross.  This study will help guide us in the practice and understanding of the spiritual disciplines and find that, far from being onerous, the spiritual disciplines yield joy in our journey with Christ.  There is a list on the signup table in the narthex for those who are interested in attending so that we will know how many books to order.  The class will meet every two weeks from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the adult Sunday School classroom upstairs.  The cost of each student book is $14.00.  If you can’t attend but are interested in buying a book, just let us know. If you have any questions regarding the class or purchasing the book, please contact Susie Pike at 317-710-6981."


It’s COLD living outside! In December, Pilgrim members assembled 60 “keep warm kits” using your generous donations of cold weather items. Pilgrim members then distributed these kits to homeless people living on the street through our local Gennesaret Free Clinics. It’s STILL cold living outside and Pilgrim is continuing to collect donations to prepare new “keep warm kits”. Our goal is to collect enough supplies to create another 100 kits and now is a great time to shop for these items as many are on sale! We need more of all these items, but those with an asterisk * we need most (adult sizes needed for men and women!):
Warm gloves (not mittens) *
• New white socks
• Warm winter hats
• Scarves
• Blankets/throws *
• Reusable tote bags (99¢ at Marshalls!) *
Deposit donated items in the designated collection bin in the church lobby located near the donuts/coffee area.

About the Gennesaret Free Clinics: Came into being in 1988, when Dr. James A. Trippi, a local physician, was volunteering at a church soup kitchen. As he watched the homeless people shuffle through the line, he asked if they had medical care and the response was ‘no’. Seeing a need, Dr. Trippi brought some of his colleagues together to treat homeless persons who slept on the pews of a local church. Today, Gennesaret Free Clinics has medical clinics in one shelter, a church, a mobile medical van and clinic sites in two food pantries – all staffed by volunteers. Other programs of Gennesaret Free Clinics include a Dental and Wellness Clinic, a Women’s Health Initiative, Health Recovery Programs, a Vision Care Program, and an Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic. Questions? Contact Dan Murphy or Mark Tisdale


The Annual Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly WANTED: VOTING MEMBERS, three individuals to attend the Annual Indiana-Kentucky Synod  Assembly, on Thursday, May 31st through Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (All voting members are eligible including youth who have been confirmed. The costs of registration, housing, and meals for those who attend are covered by a line item in our church budget. Any Pilgrim members interested should contact Greg Rexing or Jim Williams or call the church office at 317.846.2221.  


Once again the Congregational Life committee will be planning a Progressive Dinner on Saturday, March 17, 4:30 PM. Happy St. Patrick's Day.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the credenza starting Feb. 14.  We are looking for host homes for appetizers, dinners (6-8 people each), and dessert.  And if you cannot host, then come and join us for dinner, bringing either an appetizer or a dessert to share.  Please sign up by Mar. 11 so we can assign homes for dinner.  Maps will be provided to the host homes.  Questions? Please contact the church office for any questions that you might have at  317.846.2221.





Did you know that Pilgrim has a beautiful library full of books, magazines and DVDs for all ages? Come on up to the library, located on the 2nd floor (just outside of the choir loft) and check out a book or two! When you return the books, sign up to win a $10 gift card in our monthly drawing! The more books you read, the more chances to win! For more information, please contact the church office at 317.846.2221.


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