Subject: It's Growing Season

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we reflect upon the "Parable of the Sower" with the help of guest Pastor Michael Schnell. We also invite you to a Parent and Teacher League Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. See you soon!
GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 
*There will be no Prayer Time on the following dates: 
July 12th or August 2nd-16th.
Guest Preacher July 13th, 2014
Pilgrim welcomes the Rev. Michael Schnell as our guest preacher on Sunday, July 13th. Rev. Schnell is currently retired, but has served congregations in Illinois, including being the Interim Pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for eighteen months following the death of Pastor Karen and preceding the pastorate of Pr. Redelscheimer. The majority of his years of active ministry include six years in the Division for Mission in North America of the Lutheran Church in America and 16 years as Director of Strategic Planning for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Please join us in welcoming Pastor Schnell back to Pilgrim!
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Celebrate summer with Pilgrim Church and School at an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social. Every Pilgrim Wildcat and all their friends and family are welcome. We are especially welcoming all new Pilgrim families, and our new upper grade teacher, Mrs. Paula Raabe. Please invite a guest new to Pilgrim or one new to the neighborhood to see what a great place we are. School Tours will be available to interested families. The Social is Thursday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Garden on Cullom Ave. In addition to ice cream and toppings, non-dairy and gluten-free treats will be available for families with food sensitivities. Please join in the fun for a few minutes or for the whole evening. And bring a friend!
Dining Group
On Sun. July 20, dining on the patio at Rockwell Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell at Eastwood. Gathering time 5:30 for pub food & beer or other drinks. Please reserve with Julie, 773-764-3140 who will then make reservations. Hope the weather cooperates!
SAVE the DATE: Pilgrim PTL is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 17. This will be a great time to meet our new staff members! Bring a new family to see Pilgrim and have some fun with your school friends.
School Openings...
We still need a few good students! We are especially trying to fill seats in Kindergarten, 4th and 7th grades. If you know a family looking for a school, please refer them to Pilgrim.
Wrigleyville Summerfest
It’s summer in Chicago, which means two things on weekends - worship and street fests! Join Resurrection Lutheran Church (with Interim Pastor Bill Hutchison) as we present our 12th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest with great bands, great food, even better drinks, and the best Kid’s Zone around on Saturday, Aug 2 (noon-10pm) and Sunday, August 3 (noon-9pm)! Fest proceeds support the church and our preschool, the ELCA Metro Chicago Synod, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, The Night Ministry, and Lakeview Pantry. You can also follow the Fest on twitter and Facebook. Cheers! 
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
El Salvador Mission: Donation List
This Summer, please be part of helping people be healthy! We are collecting money and donations for the medical mission of the  Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Several members of the Pilgrim community are going to El Salvador to deliver them in August of 2014. Please help us by donating:
¨ Used or New Computers for students in El Salvador
¨ Small shampoo and soaps from hotels
¨ Multi vitamins for children or adults
¨ New toothbrushes and toothpastes
¨ $5 for a Spanish Bible
¨ Donations of money for buying the most needed medicines for homeless people in El Salvador, Central America

And please pray for two young Salvadoran doctors (Paola and Alvaro) who will be working medical missions in El Salvador this summer. Thanks to your help, Paola and Alvaro can have medicine and supplies to give homeless children and resettling refugees this summer. For more information about the El Salvador Mission Trips, please contact Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari Johnson, pastor4pilgrim@gmail.com and (773) 990-0814

Participate in Grace Unbound with Eric Law, Sept. 6
Eric Law, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, Los Angeles, California, will lead Grace Unbound, exploring practices and processes that support sustainable and missional ministry on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The $15 registration includes lunch and materials and is supported by a Fund for Mission grant from the synod. Student rates are available. Register by Monday, August 25, 2014, by contacting the Rev. Paula Stecker at paula.stecker@live.com or 717-542-1270. The Rev. Eric Law is on a mission to create inclusive and sustainable congregations and communities. His goal is to transform the ministry of God’s people in the world by developing a dynamic, rejuvenating flow of spiritual, human, and economic resources.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

July 10 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

July 11 Friday
Church Office Closed

July 12 Saturday
(Prayer Time is cancelled)
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


July 13 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
(Pastor Schnell)
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 17 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
6:30 p.m. Pilgrim School 
Ice Cream Social (Gathering Garden)

July 19 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10


July 10, 2014
Giving a Gift to All of our Children Thank you to those who may have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. This Congregation has established this fund with a vision that when fully funded, income from the Fund is going to provide scholarship aid and seed money for new programs at Pilgrim. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation. We need to raise $25,000 and the donor will match it. So far, we are $9,433.00 toward our goal. Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the Pilgrim webpage.
School Openings...
We still need a few good students! We have openings in all grades except for EC3, PK4, and 8th grade. If you know a family looking for a school, please refer them to Pilgrim.
SENT TO SERVE
Ministry Opportunity
Everyone is invited to participate in a lay ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Please contact Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
THANK YOU to everyone who has generously supported the “Celebrate Family” Fund to support the ministry of Ethiopian Pastor Lalissa Gemechis. Thank you to the 40+ that attended the benefit dinner on June 25th and the prayer breakfast on July 5th. Thanks to the generosity of Pilgrim Members, Pilgrim School Families, local businesses, and Thrivent Financial, we have now raised over $5300 towards the goal of $6000 to help him bring his wife and two children here from Ethiopia as he completes his Doctoral Studies at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne. We rejoice in this opportunity to fulfill the great command “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” To give online, go to: http://tiny.cc/5368gx
Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. We would like a portion of the money currently available for Mission Gifts to go to an ELCA-sponsored mission, per the guidelines developed for the current Capital Campaign which concludes at the end of 2014.

Information about the current ELCA Relief and Development projects can be found at http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development. The projects include the following:
ELCA Malaria Campaign
    ELCA World Hunger
    HIV and AIDS Ministry
    Lutheran Disaster Response
    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
    Social Ministry Organizations

If one or more of these projects holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. The deadline for the next round of applications is September 19.

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.
Grace Unbound with Eric Law, Sept. 6
Eric Law, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, Los Angeles, California, will lead Grace Unbound, exploring practices and processes that support sustainable and missional ministry on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The $15 registration includes lunch and materials and is supported by a Fund for Mission grant from the synod. Student rates are available. Register by Monday, August 25, 2014, by contacting the Rev. Paula Stecker at paula.stecker@live.com or 717-542-1270.

The Rev. Eric Law is on a mission to create inclusive and sustainable congregations and communities. His goal is to transform the ministry of God’s people in the world by developing a dynamic, rejuvenating flow of  spiritual, human, and economic resources.

New Pilgrim Staff Members
On Tuesday, June 17, the Pilgrim Board of Education approved the hiring of 3 new staff members. With the resignation of Sara Chenery, effective June 15, Suzi Ianchici now becomes the permanent Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Paula Raabe is joining our Upper Grade staff to teach Math and Science. Mrs. Raabe has 27 years of experience in Lutheran Schools and also teaches Mathematics Education to teachers at National Louis University. Finally, welcome Cynthia Amezola, a graduate student in a Master of Arts in Teaching program, from Valparaiso University. Ms. Amezola will be working as a co-teacher with Ms. Huelskoetter, Ms. Daczyszyn, and Mr. Knuth. Ms. Amezola joins us as part of a partnership known as LEAPs, sponsored by CLEF and Valparaiso.
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift Cards
Pilgrim will be selling gift cards Sunday after church (10:30) and Monday throughout the summer. Remember that gift cards are perfect for graduates, birthdays, and thank-you gifts!
Amazon
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2284295 Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Do you order on the Internet? Check out www.escrip.com
THIS SUNDAY
Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 55:10–13;
God’s word to Israel's exiles is as sure and effective as never-failing precipitation. Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.

The second reading is Romans 8:1–11;
There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its slavery. The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23;
In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School

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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