Subject: A Word for Those aren't so "churchy"

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday at 9:30 a.m. we welcome the Executive Director of the Common Pantry (and the Aunt of a Pilgrim Alum) Margaret O'Conor to share with us!

We will also receive a Word that is meant for all of us... whether we have grown up in church or are exploring Christianity for the first time. Whether we are feeling close to God or far away from God.
Whether we're feeling enthusiastic or burned out.
Whether we are liberal or conservative, rich or poor,
there is a Word in which we are "built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God." Ephesians 2:22

Built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God... Is this too good to be true? Depending on our own strength and moods, yes. But when we depend on God, it is not only possible, it is what happens over and over again, with each step we take toward the cross, toward vulnerability, toward hope.

We are also VERY excited to share a new resource for growing in faith at home... or on the road. Pilgrim has purchased subscription to a wonderful resource called "Taking Faith Home" developed by These inserts give examples of four key faith practices (caring conversations, devotions, service, and rituals) and include a weekly prayer, bible verse, mealtime prayer, and blessing.

They will be on the back table each and every Sunday. For those who can't make it to church, we will be including a link to the insert each week in this weekly enewsletter.

This week's "Taking Faith Home" insert for the week of Sunday, July 22nd can be accessed here:
Thank You Anita Ilika for being here this morning as our guest pianist!

Altar Flowers Sunday are given in celebration of Kevin Barsano’s birthday, given by the Barsano family.

Pilgrim Welcomes Common Pantry Executive Director Margaret O'Conor - as our guest Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. service. The Common Pantry meets emergency food needs of our community through our weekly food distributions, home delivery to elderly clients, a hot lunch program, and monthly distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables on Produce Day. Please join us welcoming Margaret!

Pray for our El Salvador Mission Team!​​ We lift up our Pilgrim El Salvador Team as they prepare to experience life, faith, struggle, and hope in El Salvador July 31- August 7. We are so blessed by your prayers and support. Our team members will be installing solar panels, serving food to the hungry, participating in medical campaigns, supporting new churches, serving internal refugees, visiting our sister school (Colegio Luterano) and marching in a prayer march with 3,000 other people from El Salvador and all over the world! Thank you to Michael, Be, and Trella Marinelli, Tonya Saiki, Alicia Figueroa, Scott Russell, Renee Stuedemann, Kristian, Anna-Kari, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Beck Anstee, Camryn Stewart, Vince Costello, Kenya Fulton, Gerald Butsky, Korrie Cassata, and Michael Haisler, for representing Pilgrim in such an inspiring way!

Dining Group - Today at 5:30 p.m., Roots Pizza & Pasta, is the place to be, 2200 W. Lawrence for side street out door dining. RSVP to Julie, 773-366-0724. 

Rummage Sale - August 24-25 - First Lutheran Church (ELCA) on 3500 W. Fullerton Avenue is a small congregation with a big heart. They are committed to feeding the hungry in their community and serve 60-70 people both breakfast and lunch every Sunday! They are holding rummage sale on August 24 and 25 to raise funds for their hunger ministry. They are accepting donations of books, toys, games, clothing, ,shoes, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. They would be most grateful to receive these items between the 14th and 21st of August. They can also make arrangements to pick up. They can be reached at 773-688-5374, or email

Pilgrim Summer Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pilgrim offices will be closed on Monday, July 30th and Friday August 3rd.

Save the Dates:
July 29—Vacation Bible School closing celebration
August 6-10 - Young Innovators Camp at Pilgrim
Taking  Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. This week the theme is Jesus sends out his disciples, supporting this week’s Gospel reading. Bring Jesus into your home this summer with this easy to use guide for home worship. Weekly handouts will be on the table in the back of the church.

Why Stewardship? is a thoughtful 90 minute, interactive learning event (in person or online). We’ll begin with stewardship shaped by the “why”: God’s dream that our lives and our world would be healthy and flourish! Then the “what” and the “how.” It will be led by Steve Oelschlager on Wednesday, August 15th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Pilgrim. He is the stewardship program coordinator for the ELCA and is energized by ideas about life, faith, religion, and money. He hopes to be a teacher and leader of life-giving change through his work. Come join us for what is sure to be an educational evening.

Prayer Time - We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing!

Women’s Bible Study - Please join us on Wednesday, July 25th, for our last session of the summer. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP contact

"Fun Summer Bible Stories" is an interactive, mini Sunday School experience for children aged 3-11 that will take place each Sunday during coffee hour after 9:30 a.m. worship during the summer. It was the confirmation students idea to do this! It especially makes sense to do this during the summer when Sunday School takes a break. To sign up to help, click here:
2018 Block Party - September 16, 2018 is coming fast! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping at

The Block Party is looking for small game prizes for children and also items that can be used in the Penny Social, bot both children and adults. If you can help, please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or Thank you!

Summer Challenge—Jesus with me! In the back of the church, you will find a cardstock half sheet image of Jesus. To celebrate the various ways Jesus accompanies us this summer, we invite you to: 1. Take Jesus with you this summer! Color it, make it your own! 2. Take a picture with Jesus wherever you are, with whoever you’re with, doing whatever activity, trip, or service. 3. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #pilgrimJesus2018 or send them to: 4. Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And then we’ll enjoy a slideshow in church!

Cards for “Families Belong Together” - Senator Dick Durbin is leading the cause for refugee children who are separated from their parents to receive loving, supportive greeting cards. We are all encouraged, especially kids, to make cards and send them to: UAC/ORR Program, ATTN: Cards for Kids, 330 C Street, SW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20201.

Pilgrim’s Card Ministry - If you have cards you would like to donate to Pilgrim’s Card Ministry, please give them to Michael Haisler. They will be sent to those with birthdays and anniversaries, those in need, in our prayers, or those who just need cheering up. They can be left in his mailbox in the Narthex. Thank you!
Tuition Assistance Appeal - The time has come to lift up among Pilgrim families, members, friends and alumni our Tuition Assistance Campaign for the 2018-19 school year. In our mission to provide academic excellence with a heart, Pilgrim is blessed with many gifts from many people. We invite you to help us extend the gift of a Pilgrim education to more students! Please visit our Vanco giving page or write a check to Pilgrim and write ”Tuition Assistance” on the Memo Line. Thank you!

2018 Mortgage Campaign - We are using the account formally known as the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to continue to pay our monthly mortgage bill of $2,048. The 2018 Mortgage Campaign Giving is falling short of what is needed to pay the monthly bill. Thank you to everyone who is giving one time or monthly automatic contributions to the current 2018 Mortgage Campaign. We invite those who have not had a chance to give to this campaign to make a donation via check, with the memo saying "2018 Mortgage Campaign," or go to the giving page at and set up a monthly automatic payment. Thank you!

Windows Into Our Future - There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 11 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $23,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Gift Cards - Pilgrim will be selling gift cards on Sundays after the 9:30 a.m. service and in the school office on Mondays from 9:00—10:00 a.m. (with the exception of July 30th). You may also fill in an order form from the table in the narthex or school office or from the link below. Please leave it in the school office or with the Sunday Seller. Contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with questions and for alternate pick up times. Thank you!
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July 22 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 25 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

July 26 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

July 27 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 28 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


July 29 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

August 1 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

August 2 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

August 3 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

August 4 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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)


Pastor: Kristian Johnson
Principal: Chris Comella
Business Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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