Subject: Splash!

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Dear Friends,

God's Word... 85 kids and youth... 25+ parents and caring adults... have certainly made a SPLASH this week at Vacation Bible School (VBS)  This Sunday at 9:30 a.m., We will be celebrating the gift of faith this coming Sunday with uplifting presentations from our VBS kids and an opportunity for all of us to get out of our boats!  (Matthew 14:22-33)

See you this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!  Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend!

GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES
Today we Celebrate a wonderful week of Vacation Bible School at Pilgrim and with partnership with Luther Memorial Church!   We enjoyed learning together with over 85 children and youth, and thankful for the 25+ adults that served as volunteer leaders. We are especially thankful for all the little ones… 34 of our participants were under the age of 5! Special thanks to Pilgrim’s Chris Wallis and Luther Memorial’s Deaconess Claire for their amazing dedication, creativity, crisis management  and joy in Jesus… this week was a blessing!
 
The Altar Flowers today are in celebration of Anne, Chuck and Chris Barsano’s birthdays, plus the birth of Sarah Lyn Barsano on June 29, Anne’s granddaughter!
 
Next Sunday is “Walk to Church” Sunday—Join us next Sunday as we encourage health in the summer. In honor of the walk the Good Samaritan took toward Jericho, we encourage you to walk to church next Sunday. Recognition will be given to the oldest walkers, the youngest walkers, and the walkers that hiked the furthest!
 
Welcome Ms. Kristen Stone and Ms. Kathyrn Allore!
We are happy to announce the hiring of two new teachers to replace Ms. Huelskoetter and Mrs. Daczyszyn, who retired this spring. We welcome Ms. Kristen Stone as Pilgrim’s 1st/2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher. Ms. Stone has 20 years of teaching experience and understands the workshop process of teaching reading and writing, which Pilgrim uses successfully. She taught 1st grade for 7 years in Redford, Michigan;
Pre-K for 3 years in Sanford, Florida, as well as 2 years in Redford, Michigan. Most recently has taught 1st grade at Agassiz Elementary and 2nd grade at Burley Elementary in the CPS system. She has also worked as a private educator. Ms. Stone is committed to weaving Christian values into her teaching and is an active member of her church. We are confident that she is a good fit for Pilgrim and will embody Academic Excellence with a Heart. Ms. Stone has a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College; a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Michigan-Dearborn; and a certificate for ESL teaching from the American College of Education.

We also welcome Ms. Kathyryn Allore as Pilgrim’s new 2/3 homeroom teacher. Ms. Allore is a native of Michigan and has taught for two years at Trinity Lutheran School in Utica, Michigan. She holds a Bacherlor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Allore was a 2nd grade homeroom teacher, but also has experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st, and 4th grades. One of her greatest passions in teaching is using the workshop method for teaching, reading, and writing. Ms. Allore is looking forward to joining the Pilgrim congregation as part of her move to Chicago. She has a strong interest in coaching volleyball. Ms. Allore’s colleagues describe her as being thorough and committed to her students. She is eager to learn and is always willing to adapt methods of teaching in order to meet individual student needs.
We will be holding an Ice Cream Social soon as an official welcome party, watch for details!
 
Summer Opportunities:
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 flyer and registration forms, visit http://tinyurl.com/ pilgrimenrich or contact Camp Coordinator, Arlene Calderone at amjcalderone@gmail.com
 
Save the Dates:
July 17th—Fifth Generation Pilgrim Baptism of Theo Leber
July 24th—”Bring a Pet to Church” Sunday in honor of the Gospel in Luke 11:1-13; Commissioning of Team Going to El Salvador
July 31st—World Hunger Emphasis Sunday, Guest Preacher Paula Stecker
July 31st -August 10 -El Salvador Mission Trip
 
PREPARE (GROWTH) OPPORTUNITIES
Prayer TimeWe 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.
 
Discipleship GroupsVarious Pilgrim members are forming discipleship groups to help people grow deeper in their faith and in what God is calling them to do. Please talk to Brent Sparlin (brent.sparlin@gmail.com) Theresa Sparlin ( Theresa.Sparlin@gmail.com) or Cheryl Saiki (cgsaiki@sbcglobal.net) for more information.

SENT TO SERVE
Block Party Team Forming- As you all know, our annual block party is a wonderful annual event that helps draw the Pilgrim community together (Hot Meals/School/Worship Community/Neighborhood) and is a wonderful way to embody our mission to gather, prepare, and send. We are looking to form a team to put on a wonderful party on Sunday, September 18th. We are in the process of setting a planning meeting... stay tuned for details! If you are at all interested in helping, please contact Renee at the church office at churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org to be added to the Block Party Team email list

Do you have any books you would like to donate? We would like to offer the hot meals patrons and Sunday morning visitors the opportunity to take/have a used book to read. We will use the hard cover books for this program and donate paper backs to the Veterans Hospital. If you have any books you would like to donate, please put them on the counter in the annex (the room off of Maring Hall) and we will make them available. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Suhajda. Thanks for your help!
 
Thank You to The Pilgrim Community from Karen Huelskoetter
I want to extend my deepest gratitude and delight for your kindness and recognition on Sunday, June 12, before, during, and after the worship. It is an extreme honor to work with you now in our ministry and mission of Gathering, Preparing, and Sending and during the past 26 years. This amazing community has been my family, my support, my workplace, and my home. I thank God for each and every one of you and all of the opportunities we have had to bring His peace, justice, and love to the world. Working at Pilgrim in the classroom has been a true passion of mine; the professionalism and “master teacher goal” of the staff and leadership have always been at the forefront. Being a part of the music ministry has been a heartfelt joy throughout the years and, of course, working to empower children to lead worship is one of the best memories.
I pray that Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School will continue to build, grow, lead, create, and inspire spirit filled leaders who will let their “light shine” throughout the community and the world!
Sincerely and gratefully,
Karen Huelskoetter
 
Special Thanks to UKANDU Chicago and to Principal Comella and Pastor Kristian, Trella Marinelli, Elena Steensma, and Hope Johnson for their inspired work to make Pilgrim's First Summer Sports Camp Possible. We had 40 children participate in soccer, volleyball, and basketball and learn about the good news of Jesus!
 
Take Jesus with you! This summer, we invite everyone from Pilgrim to participate in a fun, faith-filled project called “Jesus with Me”! Inspired by Ms. Huelskoetter’s “Flat Kid” project. In the back of the Pilgrim’s sanctuary, you will find a half sheet cardstock with an image of Jesus. Here’s the information as we invite you to participate: Take Jesus with you this summer! Color it, make it your own! Take a picture with Jesus wherever you are, with whoever you’re with, doing whatever activity, trip, or service. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #Pilgrim with Jesus or send them to:pastorkristian@pilgrim chicago.org Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And we’ll enjoy a slideshow in church in the fall!
 
Thank you for your Prayers—Debbie Schulz has been in our prayers for several years and she is now cancer free! Praise the Lord.

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Summer is upon us and Operation CIP's gift card program has started our summer hours: Sunday after church (10:30 am) and Tuesday (due to the 4th of July) from 8:30 to 10 am in the school office. To avoid the hot weather why don't you pick up some AMC or Regal movie tickets in $10 or $25 and enjoy the cool theater! For your trips in the heat you can get some Dairy Queen, Dunkin' Donuts/ Baskin Robbins or Starbucks cards to cool you off! Don't want to cook! Buy some Lou Malnati or other retaurant cards and either go to the restaurant or order for delivery and pay with the cards!! Contactl Anne at cbarsano@aol.com or 312-972- 9040 or to order and arrange for pickup.
 
Pilgrim Playlot Project Update—The play deck renovation for our younger children is under way! We thank all those who have contributed to help us get this far. Your generous donations total $21,000. Currently, we are looking for additional sponsors for a rubber playground tile for $100 each. We started with a goal of 165, and now have 136 more to go. Renovation will take place in August. To donate today, drop a check in the office, or donate on our website
 

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget     $            3,391
Actual received week of 6.19.16     $            2,043
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

                                   July 3 Sunday                                   
9:30 a.m. Worship Service and Nursery
 
                                    July 5-8 T-F                                        
9:00-1:00 Summer Enrichment Camp

                  July 6 Wednesday              
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous 

            July 7 Thursday             
6:15 p.m.  T.O.P.S

                              July 8 Friday                                      
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
 
                          July 9 Saturday                                
8:30 a.m.        Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.     Hot Meals Team #3

NEXT WEEK

July 10 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service and Nursery
 
July 11-15 M-F
9:00-1:00 Summer Enrichment Camp
 
July 13 Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
 
Block Party Planning
7:00 p.m. July 14 Thursday
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July 15 Friday
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 16 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


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: Renee Stuedemann  churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.org

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