Subject: Looking to Jesus

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

From this week's 2nd Lesson: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Dining Group Today!
The dining group is going to El Cid, 2645 N. Kedzie Ave., for Mexican on their back patio, weather permitting, this Sunday at 5:30 p.m.; it’s street parking, so we will car pool. Please call Julie Lea, 773-764-3140, to join the fun!
Block Party September 15th
Mark your calendar now! This year’s Block Party will be held after worship on Sunday, September 15th. Pilgrim School’s new principal, Chris Comella, will be installed at the 10:30 a.m. service that day. Watch this space for more details.
September Market Day
Market Day orders may now be placed online at www.marketday.com for the September 12th pick up. There are specials offered to those registered to the site. Please register your email for Pilgrim's Acct #4593.
Dominick’s Gives Back to Schools
Have you ever noticed the yellow "10% Back to School"  labels on the shelves at Dominick's in August and September? These labels show you which products are included in the  promotion which Dominick's runs to benefit our schools.  Please register your Dominick's loyalty card online at eScrip.com or give the number to Anne Barsano. Every time you shop at Dominick's a % of your order goes to Pilgrim. The promotion totals   show up on your receipt in late September and October. You may give those (and also ones from friends, relatives and neighbors) to Anne for credit, even if you are not registered. This is a simple and mindless way to earn extra funds for Pilgrim!!  The promotion starts on August 14th and runs through the 2nd week of September!
Luther North Golf Outing
Luther North College Prep will host The Leonard “Doc” Schroeder Memorial Golf Classic on Sunday, September 15th, at Chevy Chase Golf Course, 1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling. Lunch and registration will be at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. There will be a buffet dinner after the game, at 5:30 p.m., with raffles and prizes. $560 per foursome or $150 per golfer; $50 dinner only. They are also looking for sponsors for the event. Email events@luthernorth.org with questions; to register or for more info about sponsorship, go to luthernorthcollegeprep.org/golfouting201/.
Thank you Pilgrim!
Did you know that Pilgrim has raised over $10,000 for the El Salvador mission so far this year?   What an amazing church! 

Here is the breakdown of how the offerings have been used: 
Scholarships for Trip Participants: $1,297
Salvadoran College Sponsorships: $3,000
Church Construction-Colon Community: $1,000
 Solar Energy Project: $4,380 
Offering to Lutheran Church of El Salvador: $500
 These offerings total $10,177! 

Special thanks to Church Administrative Secretary Barbara DeGraff for processing all of these offerings!

Magazine Drive in September
Pilgrim's Magazine Drive will start September 9th and continue through September 27th.  Packets will go out the first week in September.  If you can't wait, please go to www.gaschoolstore.com to place your order. Pilgrim's New School Online ID is: 2633014. Prices are usually the same or lower than buying directly from the publisher. Remember, Pilgrim receives 40% of your order. 
Flea Market in November
Please let Anne Barsano know if you have any interest in helping with or participating in a Flea Market in Maring Hall on November 9th. Spaces would be $20 (with table $25) and there will be a concession stand run by any group that would like to make $$. We need 10 tables guaranteed before we can proceed.  People from outside of Pilgrim may also participate.  barsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037
Church Calendar

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

August 18 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Otsuka
5:30 p.m . Dining Group at El Cid

August 21 Wednesday
5:30 p.m. Confirmation Pizza Party

August 22 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 24 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #1


August 18, 2013
Pastor Mark Lund this Sunday
Please welcome Pastor Mark Lund, who will lead worship this Sunday. Pastor Lund is a retired ELCA pastor. He grew up in Park Ridge, and graduated from St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary. He served congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illlinois (Palatine, Elgin, and Deerfield). His wife, Katherine, spent her career in health care, mostly in starting up and growing home health care agencies. They are the parents of two grown daughters, and the grandparents of two girls. The Lunds are members at Holy Trinity on Addison, and live in the St. Ben's neighborhood.
Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer and fall, we've been exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We've been bringing some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. This exploration will resume in September, when we’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

September 8th—Lift up Academic Excellence with a Heart
September 15th—(Block Party Sunday) Mpower Homes for Faith Formation
September 22nd—Preach on Mission Statement: In Christ's love, we gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)
Congregational Forum on the Core Values (after service)
September 29th—Congregational Meeting to approve core values

Please continue to consider the areas of inclusion of children and youth, and justice for the vulnerable which were emphasized at worship this summer as you reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Help Spread the Good News!
Help sponsor the purchase of a Bible. Pilgrim School needs new Bibles for student use in Christian Studies classes. We are in the process of purchasing The Guidebook:The NRSV Student Bible for each student in grades 4 through 8. The Guidebook, based on The New Revised Standard Edition currently used by the Church, is a student Bible developed especially to help students engage more deeply in God’s Word and apply it to real life situations. The cost of each hardcover book is $23.45. If you would like to sponsor a purchase, the cost is $23.45. Please indicate to whom you would like to dedicate your contribution. You may use the “Other” line on the pew envelope.
Save the Date:
MOPS Special Event September 5th
Do you find yourself becoming a nag to your child because they just won’t respond? Do your children sometimes ignore you or other adults? Join pediatric counselor, Danielle Marino, LCSW, for evidence-based strategies that will get your child to listen on the first ask. Danielle will demonstrate specific situations you may struggle with and provide you with scripted responses to help decrease problems with your child.

“Listening on the First Ask: Parenting without Power Struggles” will be presented by Danielle Marino, LCSW, at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester, Thursday, September 5th, from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Every parent needs a refresher in positive discipline! RSVP: email to Darcia Dierking, darcia.dierking@gmail.com. The suggested donation is $7 per family to cover meeting expenses. Childcare is provided and is meant to be helpful to moms. If it is more helpful to you to keep your child with you, that is also fine.

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Jeremiah 23:23-29: Because Jeremiah preaches the unpopular message of God’s judgment, he suffers rejection. Today’s reading distinguishes between the true prophet, like Jeremiah, who speaks God’s word, and the false prophet who misleads the people through dreams. One is like wheat; the other like worthless straw.

The Psalmody is Psalm 82: Arise, O God, and rule the earth. (Ps, 82:8)

The second reading is Hebrews 11:29—12:2: The author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses”, we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.

The Gospel is Luke 12:49-56Jesus delivers harsh words about the purifying and potentially divisive effects of obedience to God’s call. The way of the cross often leads followers to encounter hostility and rejection, even from those they love.
Trees

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.

These familiar lines by poet Joyce Kilmer accurately describe how many of us feel about one of God’s most amazing creations: trees. In addition to providing practical gifts of shade and fruit and flowers, they also allow us to mark the years of our spiritual growth through their actual growth toward heaven. But trees, like all God’s creatures, are susceptible to disease and death. Now comes the time for the Pilgrim community to mourn, but also to celebrate, the life of a giant spruce tree which has stood on the ground between the school and the sanctuary for many years.
In recent years, sections of the tree have turned brown and branches were cut from the bottom in an effort to save it, but the browning has continued and now stretches in large patches throughout the branches of the tree. The Pilgrim spruce suffers from cytospora canker, an important disease of spruce in landscape plantings, especially common on trees over 15 years old. Affected branches cannot be saved, and no effective chemical control measures are available. The tree is rotting from inside the trunk where the canker thrives, and the rot will cause the tree to fall if not cut down.

The property committee, with the approval of Council, has arranged for the tree’s removal. As part of Sunday worship on August 25th, the congregation will have a ceremony of celebration for all the gifts this spruce has given the Pilgrim community during its lifetime. We hope that you can attend.
In recent years, sections of the tree have turned brown and branches were cut from the bottom in an effort to save it, but the browning has continued and now stretches in large patches throughout the branches of the tree. The Pilgrim spruce suffers from cytospora canker, an important disease of spruce in landscape plantings, especially common on trees over 15 years old. Affected branches cannot be saved, and no effective chemical control measures are available. The tree is rotting from inside the trunk where the canker thrives, and the rot will cause the tree to fall if not cut down.

The property committee, with the approval of Council, has arranged for the tree’s removal. As part of Sunday worship on August 25th, the congregation will have a ceremony of celebration for all the gifts this spruce has given the Pilgrim community during its lifetime. We hope that you can attend.
In recent years, sections of the tree have turned brown and branches were cut from the bottom in an effort to save it, but the browning has continued and now stretches in large patches throughout the branches of the tree. The Pilgrim spruce suffers from cytospora canker, an important disease of spruce in landscape plantings, especially common on trees over 15 years old. Affected branches cannot be saved, and no effective chemical control measures are available. The tree is rotting from inside the trunk where the canker thrives, and the rot will cause the tree to fall if not cut down.

The property committee, with the approval of Council, has arranged for the tree’s removal. As part of Sunday worship on August 25th, the congregation will have a ceremony of celebration for all the gifts this spruce has given the Pilgrim community during its lifetime. We hope that you can attend.

In recent years, sections of the tree have turned brown and branches were cut from the bottom in an effort to save it, but the browning has continued and now stretches in large patches throughout the branches of the tree. The Pilgrim spruce suffers from cytospora canker, an important disease of spruce in landscape plantings, especially common on trees over 15 years old. Affected branches cannot be saved, and no effective chemical control measures are available. The tree is rotting from inside the trunk where the canker thrives, and the rot will cause the tree to fall if not cut down.

The property committee, with the approval of Council, has arranged for the tree’s removal. As part of Sunday worship on August 25th, the congregation will have a ceremony of celebration for all the gifts this spruce has given the Pilgrim community during its lifetime. We hope that you can attend.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
773-477-4824

Staff:

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

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