Subject: Honoring All Women!

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate all women at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.! Gentlemen, time to show some love! Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, Mothers, Friends, Grandmothers... come enjoy blessings, prayers, and a gift!

Also as part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Mother’s Day Celebration—Women of the world and of Pilgrim!  We appreciate you!  We are gifting each woman in attendance Sunday with a white carnation.  Also as part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

Welcome Renee! - We are overjoyed to announce that Pilgrim’s own Renee Stuedemann will be serving as our new Office Administrator, taking Kathy Danner’s place. Please take the opportunity to congratulate Renee and express our gratitude to Kathy.

Special Presentation:  Lutherans are Busy in the Holy Land!
Sunday, May 22nd at 9:15 a.m.  in Maring Hall  Come learn about the amazing things happening in the Holy Land through the witness of the Lutheran Church of Jordan and Palestine! We welcome renowned presenter Elisabeth Trost as she shares inspiring images and stories that will inspire us with faith and hope!

New Sunday Worship Schedule Fast Approaching - Please note that starting on Sunday, May 29th (Memorial Day Weekend) we will move to our summer schedule of one 9:30 a.m. service each Sunday until Labor Day. Please make plans to join us this summer in worship!

Summer Opportunities:
Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st
Children 3-years old (potty trained children only) through grade 5 are invited to Vacation Bible School.  LMC will partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to hold a week-long program filled with music, crafts, drama, and bible activities. This year, VBS will run 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $35 per child with a $50 per family cap on fees.  Scholarships are available.  

There are two steps to register:
First, please fill out the electronic form available at
: https://docs.google.com/a/pilgrimchicago.org/forms/d/1Ppfk3IvLagIl_c-tq27Bj2NDR8GgEJedgoXBL0EcpDc/viewform?c=0&w=1&fbzx=-7333355348855503000

Second, complete payment electronically through Pilgrim’s website or by check payable to “Pilgrim Lutheran Church” with “VBS 2016” in the memo line and mailed to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613.
Older children and youth are encouraged to volunteer at VBS (service learning hours are available!).  Contact Chris Wallis (cewallis1949@yahoo.com)  for more information.

July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator, Arlene Calderone at amjcalderone@gmail.com

Save the Dates:
Friday, May 20th-History Extravaganza - 4th through 8th grade performances at 9:30 AM and 7:00 PM
Friday, June 3rd-Pilgrim 8th Grade Graduation Service, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 12th-Congregational Meeting at 10:45 a.m.
June 22-24-UKANDU Sports Camp
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Good Morning from the Stewardship Team!
Thank you to everyone who has already filled out our brief survey...if you haven’t, please take a few minutes to fill it out right now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7ZMZ69V
There are so many ways we are already utilizing our gifts for ministry... it's good to celebrate them and explore how we can strengthen our ministry even more!  Thank you again for your help in reaching our goal of 50 stewardship surveys received!  Joel Heiniger and the Pilgrim Stewardship Team.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24 

Prayer Time—We will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join us.

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 explore with us. Child care is provided throughout each class. You can attend the three classes in any order. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Kathy Danner at kdanner@pilgrimchurch.org.

Pieces to the Puzzle: Helping Parents and Children Fit Together Come to this Positive Discipline workshop on Temperament, where we will learn how an understanding of our own personalities will lead to parenting success, and how to choose discipline methods that are a good fit for both parent and child.  Presented by Pilgrim member Dana Thomas and hosted by Pilgrim member Dr. Bianka Hardin!
When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from &:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Centered Therapy Chicago, 4124 N. Lincoln Ave, Ste. 1
Registration required, contact Dana Thomas at dthomas.eds@gmail.com
Registration fees: Early Bird is $45 per person through May 9th, after May 9th the fee is $55 per person. *Space is limited.


SENT TO SERVE
Nursery—Are you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings?  I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis.  Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at katieruger@gmail.com if you're interested.  Thanks so much!

Geraniums for Pentecost
—The congregation is invited to bring RED geraniums to decorate the altar on Pentecost Sunday, May 15.  The geraniums will be planted in the gathering garden for our neighbors to enjoy.  If a family would like to volunteer for this job, please contact Chris Wallis (cewallis1949@yahoo.com)

Do you work for a company that offers matching gifts?  If so, please consider inviting your company to make a matching gift to "Pilgrim Lutheran Church English Synod", which is our official name on the federal register of religious non-profits.  Thank you!

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador!- May 22nd—You can change lives here and around the world! Join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! Sunday, May 22nd at 7:45 a.m. 

Weekend Trips to El Salvador, Central America!

YOU are invited to join us in El Salvador, Central America for a weekend this summer!  If you have dreamed of visiting El Salvador, this is the summer to do it!  Come and see El Salvador August 4-7 or July 28-31.  The cost for 4 days and 3 nights is $300 plus airfare and the experience is priceless!  Airfares are less expensive this year--these trips are truly possible!  We are still hosting the full inspiring El Salvador and Guatemala Mission Trip July 31-August 10as well.  The brochure and all the forms are found on http://www.pilgrimchurchandschool.org/church/ministries.php#ministries by clicking on the “El Salvador” tab. Please contact Pastor Anna-Kari at (773-990-0814) or Pastor Kristian at pastorkristian@pilgrimhicago.org

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Mother's Day is  Sunday so why don't you pick up a gift card to buy a gift for her or for her to buy from her favorite store.  If you are going out, why not purchase some cards for that restaurant.  We carry a wide variety of cards, from the mundane to the magnificent. Check out our green list for ideas!  

Gift Cards—Now that Spring is trying to appear, your gardens and lawns are looking for help!  Pick up some Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, Target or Walmart gift cards before you head out to shop!  April also starts the bustle of weddings and wedding showers!  We carry cards for most of the usual bridal registries, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma (Pottery Barn) and many others. You can buy them to give as gifts or to buy the gifts- you can also use them on line!  Check the green sheet for denominations and contact Anne Barsano (312-972-9040 orcbarsano@aol.com) with questions. Send in an order with your child and the cards will go home the same way or you can purchase them on Sunday in the church foyer and Monday and Fridays in the school office. See you soon!
The last collection for Campbell’s Soup labels will be the end of May as Campbell’s is stopping the program. Please send in all of your UPC’s with the little box around it, by that time, even if you have to cut them off the cans, etc. Pligeim obtains sports equipment with the labels!

General Worship Offerings
Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 05.01.16 $ 2,773


Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


THIS WEEK

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

May 11 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society Meeting

May 12 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

May 13 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 14 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

NEXT WEEK

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

May 17 Tuesday
7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting

May 18 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service

May 19 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. PTL Meeting

May 20 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 21 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6


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)

773.477.4824

Pastor: Kristian Johnson   pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org
Principal: Chris Comella   ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org
Business Manager: Ruth Wasiukiewicz rwasiukiewicz@pilgrimchicago.org
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams  office@pilgrimchicago.org
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner  kdanner@pilgrimchicago.org

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