Subject: All Together Now

Pilgrim Update
Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the beginning of Pentecost with choirs, a dramatic reading delivered by our confirmands, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. And congratulations to the Pilgrim Class of 2014 as they graduate tomorrow! 
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
*Items on the Stage…
Anyone who has items stored on the stage downstairs, please retrieve those items. The crew from You Can Do will be coming the week following VBS to clean and paint the stage. Anything left there as of Sunday, June 22, will be donated to charity.
LOMC Family Camp June 29th to July 3rd- Attention Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, and Uncles… want to experience camp with your children? This is the week for you! There will be hiking, Bible Studies, games, swimming, campfires, and so much more. Pastors Johnson, their kids, and a collection of nieces and nephews will be attending! The Executive Director of LOMC, Russ Senti, is extending an AMAZING SPECIAL rate for Pilgrim families for the week. To register, please email registrations@lomc.org And don’t forget to visit www.lomc.org for other summer program options!
Next Sunday, June 15, is Father’s Day Celebration! We will be honoring all men with a blessing and a special gift. Our 9:30 a.m. worship will be largely led by the ROCK (Rock On Christ Kares) Choir is an intergenerational music ministry of Christus Victor Lutheran Church,Apple Valley MN. ROCK is comprised of singers from middle school, high school, young adults, parents, and older adults. In addition to singing at Pilgrim, ROCK Band will be serving and singing at Saint Luke Housing and Ravenswood Community Services Market Pantry that weekend. 
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Project Linus
Dear Pastor Kristian and the members of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Your congregation has generously hosted Thrivent Blanket Day for Project Linus for the last seven years. Thank you! Because you care, we have made 893 blankets for children in need of comfort since we began. This year alone, we completed a total of 160 blankets. There were 87 people at the event this year, and an additional 47 who helped out before and after the event, totaling 134 volunteers. Thank you for touching 294 lives by supporting this event. Thank you so much Pastor Kristian, for your beautiful words and prayer at the event. It is so important to lift up that everyone at the event is doing God’s work with their hands, and you conveyed that beautifully. Soli Deo Gloria! Janet Fisher
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 
Vacation Bible School
This year’s VBS program, Gangway to Galilee, will take place the week of June 16-20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Kids ages 3 through 12 are eligible to participate. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. You can register children to attend VBS and register as a volunteer at the site. We need adult, teen and 7-8th grade volunteers to help with our preparations, as well as to help during VBS. Last year’s volunteers had a great time, so please consider signing up to help this year, even if you don’t have kids! Questions? Contact Chris Wallis.
Giving a Gift to All of our Children
Dear Friends of Pilgrim,
When the last day of school for 2013-2014 ends on June 11, Pilgrim bids a master teacher farewell one last time. Even though Dave Maring retired as the Principal of Pilgrim three years ago, he has continued to teach math and work with students at school. As he ends his 49-year career working with our students, Pilgrim has established the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund in his honor. As soon as a minimum of $50,000 is invested, the school may start using interest from the fund to finance a variety of school projects, including tuition assistance, professional development for staff, and development of new programs for students.
Right now, generous donors from the congregation have made a challenge to the whole Pilgrim community—current families and friends, as well as alumni, their families and friends—to raise a total of $25,000. Once that amount is raised, the donors will add another $25,000 to the total. Meeting this challenge is an awesome way that the Pilgrim community can honor the work that Dave Maring has done for the school and continue his good works into the future.
Please consider a donation of any amount. Our goal is to announce our success at Pilgrim Fest on September 14, 2014. Donations can be made on-line through a link on the Pilgrim website: www.pilgrimchurchandschool.org, or with a check make out to Pilgrim and “DMSE Fund” written in the memo line. If you have any questions, please talk to any of the DMSE Fund Committee members (Ed Nelson, Dale Halter, Sam Doerfler, Alison Hays or Anita Zajac) or contact the church office. Your generosity helps to ensure that the mission of Pilgrim School is moving forward: “Academic Excellence with a Heart!”
In Christ, Kristian Johnson, Pastor Chris Comella, Principal
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

June 6 Friday
6:30 p.m. Graduation

June 7 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

June 8 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Pentecost Sunday
Worship Service, Confirmation Sunday
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 10 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

June 11 Wednesday - 
Last Day of School
9:00 a.m. Final Chapel

June 12 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

June 13 Friday
9:00 a.m. Confirmation Retreat

June 14 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5
Confirmation Retreat (return 9:00 p.m.)


June 5, 2014
SENT TO SERVE
Red Geraniums for Pentecost
Sunday, June 8, is Pentecost, and in keeping with Pilgrim tradition, the congregation is invited to bring red geraniums to decorate the altar. Why red? Red is the color for Pentecost Sunday. The geraniums will be planted in the church garden for all to enjoy over the summer. If anyone would like to volunteer to do the planting, please contact Chris Wallis.  It's a great family project--geraniums are very forgiving!

Report from Mission Gifts Team
A big thank you to everyone at Pilgrim!!! This is a very exciting time at Pilgrim Lutheran Church because together, we are finishing our 2011-2014 Forward in Faith Capital Campaign. Did you know that we tithe 10% of everything we receive through this campaign to be used as mission gifts? For example, every time another $50,000 comes in, $5,000 becomes available to gift! Please pray and join in this effort as we finish our important 2014 projects and move into the future.

The Pilgrim Capital Campaign Mission Gifts Team met for the 3rd time on May 20. The members of this team are Joe Cardo, Claudia George, Tarah Dickerson, and Anna-Kari Johnson. We reviewed 11 applications totaling $56,787.50 in requests. The council has so far approved the following:

Grant $10,000 to build Lord of Life Lutheran Church in El Salvador
Grant $5,000 to the Equipo Solar (Solar Team) in El Salvador
Grant $1,000 to the “Bread of Life Project-Pastors and Feeding People” in El Salvador
Grant $1,500 to building the Hope House Clinic, part of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church
Grant $2,500 for Tuition Assistance to Luther North College Prep.

The Mission Gifts Team has set the next goal deadline date for receiving grant applications for Friday, June 13 by 2:00 pm in the Pilgrim Church Office. Applications can be found on the back table of the church.

Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
September 14, 2014 Pilgrimfest Block Party!
Are you ready to be a part of Pilgrim’s fall celebration? Do you have some great ideas to make 2014’s event better than ever? Please contact Shellie Riedle Volkens at shellieriedle@yahoo.com or 773-216-1623.
Summer Camps by Luther North
http://luthernorthcollegeprep.org/ for details on 2014 camps offered by Luther North: June 16-20—Choir, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Cross Country
June 23-27—Robotics, Yoga, Volleyball
June 16-28—Theatre

Luther North College Prep Skill Based Summer Camps June 16 – 28th
We are once again running a two week summer camp for incoming 5th–8th grade students. Offering a variety of skill-based classes in sports, fine arts and fun academics taught by Luther North College Prep faculty and coaches, including Choir, Theatre, Baseball/Softball, Track/Cross Country, Co-Ed Basketball, Co-Ed Volleyball, Yoga and Robotics. Before and after care is available. More info at www.luthernorth.org or email summercamp@luthernorth.org or call us at 773-286-3600 x251

The Second Annual Grim Mile June 13
A One Mile run on the LNCP outdoor track and is for all ages. Whether you are an elite, fitness or fun runner we have a group for you. We also have a family walk for all that are registered. We start 6:00 at pm - food, beverages and games for kids. Bring the whole family out for fun! More information is on our website at www.luthernorth.org. Email events@luthernorth.org or call us at 773.286.3600 x251
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift Cards
Pilgrim will be selling gift cards Sunday after church (10:30} and Monday through Wednesday in the school office (8:30-10) the last week of school. For the summer we will be selling Sunday after church and Monday from 9 - 10 am in the school office. If you are looking for smaller tokens of appreciation, we have on hand the following denominations (in addition to the regular gift cards): $10 Target “Thank You” cards, Starbucks $5/10, Dairy Queen $10, Dunkin' Donuts (Baskin-Robbins) $5/10, Kohl's $10, Amazon $10, Subway $5/10, Fandango $10, KFC $5, Walmart $5/10, Jewel $5/10, Bath & Body Works $10 and AMC $9 (all shows tickets) and AMC $25 (everything) cards. New Store: $25 Stein Mart (order only now). Place your order on Monday and pick up the cards that day or on Wednesday (if they need to be ordered) for gifts or for your own purchasing needs! Thank you for a profitable school year at CIP!
Market Day is over for the school year. Thank you to those families who purchased religiously (npi) throughout the year. Your support was much appreciated. Since 1989, Pilgrim has raised over $50,000 in profits on Market Day sales of over $500,000. Have a wonderful summer and we will see all of you in September at Market Day, September 11th!
Do you order on the Internet? Check out www.escrip.com
THIS SUNDAY
Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty and ever-living God, you hold together all things in heaven and on earth. In your great mercy receive the prayers of all your children, and give to all the world the Spirit of your truth and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Acts 2:1–21;
Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ's resurrection.

The second reading is 1 Corinthians 12:3b–13;
Paul is helping the Corinthians understand the relationship between our God-given unity and Spirit-created diversity. The Spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christians diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. We need one another’s diverse spiritual gifts, because the same Spirit has given them to each person for the common good.

The Gospel reading is John 20:19–23;
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
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Staff:

Principal: Chris Comella comella.pilgrim@gmail.com
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony churchoffice@pilgrimchurchandschool.org
Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig: office.pilgrim@gmail.com

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