Subject: A Non-Prophet Church?

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

Once we have been saved by grace, there's nothing more important than learning to hear from God. One of the ways God speaks to us is through the prophets.
I don't know about you... but I grew up hearing about prophets as people that existed in the Bible, but not in real life... in our time. Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we explore the gifts prophets (both biblical and modern day) bring to us...  
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 at the parsonage on the following dates: July 12th or August 2nd-16th.
Praise God for 2014 VBS Amazing Grace Adventure
We had a wonderful Vacation Bible School week of Gathering, Preparing, and Sending our volunteers and participants as leaders in God's kingdom! Thanks to all who participated in our closing celebration on Sunday, with representation from school families, church families, and neighborhood families... Praise God.

We especially acknowledge the creative and courageous leadership of Chris Wallis, our VBS Director. She did an outstanding job! Also, thanks to our amazing team of volunteers: Anne Barsano, Julie Lea, Gloria Schwarz, Donna Heintz, Valerie Carlson, Beck Anstee, Karen Huelskoetter, Maddie Tyler, Cathy Basler, Jocelyn Basler, Katie Boogert, Mike Knuth, Samantha Doerfler, Katie Ruger, Sue Couch, Jenn Bodine, Andrea Preston, Dana Thomas, Theresa Sparlin, Anna-Kari Johnson, Sarah Jones, and Pastor Kristian.

Guest Preacher July 13th, 2014
Pilgrim welcomes the Rev. Michael Schnell as our guest preacher on Sunday, July 13th. Pastor Schell served as Interim Pastor of Pilgrim for 18 months following the sudden and tragic passing of Pilgrim’s Pastor, Karen Parsons. Please join us in welcoming Pastor Schnell back to Pilgrim!
Giving a Gift to All of our Children
Dear Friends of Pilgrim,
When the last day of school for 2013-2014 ended on June 11, Pilgrim bid 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:, 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 26 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

June 28 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

June 29 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 3 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
Church office closed

July 4 Friday
Offices closed

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

June 26, 2014
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, and (773) 990-0814

Be a part of the Young Church Women United retreat!

When: July 18-20, Friday to Sunday
Where: Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center, Chicago
Near the intersection of Clark and Fullerton in Lincoln Park
Who: Young Women, 18-30
Why: a chance to connect and network with other young women, continue to discover and develop leadership skills and a chance to be re-energized
How: find the application at, hover over “About US,”
click on YCWU – Young Church Women United, and download either a PDF or word file application. Send the completed application to Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this great experience!

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 And don’t forget to visit for other summer program options!
Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club Family Fest
June 25-29, come celebrate the 66th Annual Carnival at W. Irving Park Road and N. Rockwell. Rides, games, food, fun for everyone! There is a coupon in the church office if you are interested.

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. More information will be coming and an informational meeting will soon be scheduled.
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.
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!
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!
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Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Numbers 11:16-29;
The Spirit of God rested upon seventy elders in Israel who had been chosen to share the burden of leadership with Moses. When some became jealous that two others also had the spirit and could prophesy, Moses said that he hoped that all of God’s people would be prophets.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 10:40–42;
When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig:

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