Subject: All Peoples

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Dear Friends,

The prophet Isaiah declares that a place of worship should be "a house of prayer for all peoples".    Come experience the power of prayer and of community as we gather for worship this coming Sunday at 9:30 am.! 

This Sunday, we welcome Michael, Antonella, Florenzo, and Milena Garbo into membership.  Join us in welcoming this wonderful family to Pilgrim, and allow the Spirit to inspire you!

Sunday we welcome New Members, Michael and Antonella Garbo, with their children Florenzo and Milena. Thank you to their sponsors, Jim Volkens and Shellie Riedle, and their children Nathan and Amelia.
Looking for inspirational stories of Pilgrim's impact in and around the Community! Amy Truelsen, the editor of our newsletter Pilgrim's Progress, is looking for story ideas to showcase the impact of our community programming. If you have an idea or a story to share with her, please email:amy.lind@mac.comand it will be considered for inclusion in the next newsletter! The deadline is August 31.
The Dining Group will get together Sunday, August 20th, at 5:30 p.m. for Greek food. We will be dining on the patio at Mykonos Restaurant, 8660 Golf Rd. in Niles. They have parking; also valet. Reserve with Julie: 773-764-3140. How about car pooling? See you there.
It's Block Party Season! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Each year we do some things the same, but we also innovate a little bit each year, depending on the ideas and gifts of those involved. It is an opportunity to highlight the amazing community we have at Pilgrim, and is a wonderful embodiment of our mission to gather, prepare, and send! This year we will be celebrating on Sunday, September 17th. Our next meeting will be Thursday, August 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Please contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping  We hope you'll join us!
Pilgrim School Update - All the summer programs at Pilgrim are done and I have heard some great postive comments about all of them. Congratulations to Arlene and Madlin for their great work with Summer Enrichment Camp June 27- July 14! Chris Wallis and Deaconess Claire from Luther Memorial filled the building with VBS July 17- 21! And Parent Megan Wade coordinated a Chess Camp at Pilgrim, which brought in almost 50 students (only 5 from Pilgrim) each day for a week to play chess July 24-28th!

We are replacing the carpeting and repainting our stairwells in partnership with Jesus People USA!  And we are thrilled to share that our current expected enrollment now stands at 167 students, a 20 student increase over last year!  We praise God!
Save the Dates:
August 27th - South Africa Sunday
September 10th - New Worship Schedule at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
September 17th - Pilgrim Annual Block Party
September 20th - Women’s Bible Study begins a new session
October 14th, Saturday - Fall Revival at Holy Family Lutheran Church, 6:00 p.m. October 22nd - Potluck and Screening of “Luther and the Reformation” by Rick Steves, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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!
Pilgrim's Summer Hashtag! #summerinthespirit - Let's let our light shine! The  Pilgrim community does some awesome things throughout the summer - Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, volunteering, summer camps, and meaningful travel. Lift up the blessings you are sharing and experiencing through social media! Here's how:
1.    Take a picture as you do whatever activity, trip, or service
2.      Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #summerinthespirit or send them to:
3.      Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And we’ll enjoy a slideshow in the fall!
Hot Meals Team 3 needs your help - Join the best team out there. Our next date for service is September 2nd. We rotate the calendar so you will not serve again for 10 weeks. If you are interested, please email Janet Taylor atjkstay@aol.comor call 773- 777-4052.
Sunday Morning Nursery - Our supply of volunteers is running low and we'd love some help in the nursery! Commitment of your time during a church service once every two or three months and you can hang out with some cute kiddos! Contact Katie Ruger atkatieruger@gmail.comif you'd like to help. Thanks!
The Prayer List needs your Help - Please review the Prayer List in this Announcement to see if it is up-to-date. Please notify the church office at
 churchadmin@pilgrimchicago.orgor make a comment on the Connection Card if there are any changes or updates. Thanks!
Welcome Back El Salvador Team! We are so thankful that our El Salvador Mission Trip Participants (July 31- August 7) are now back home safely. We were so blessed by your prayers and support. Our team members installed solar panels, served food to the hungry, participated in medical campaigns, supported new churches being planted in rural areas, visited our sister school (Colegio Luterano) and marched in a parade with 3,000 other people in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Thank you again to Michael and Trella Marinelli, Alicia Figueroa, Scott Russell, Renee Stuedemann, Kristian, Anna-Kari, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Indigo and Beck Anstee, Seth, Sarah, and Charlie Drake, Vince Costello, Stephanie Zimmerman, Elizabeth Howaniec, and Theresa Sparlin for representing Pilgrim in such an inspiring way! We invite you to join us July 31-August 7th in 2018!
Synod's ELCA World Hunger Million Dollar Challenge Update - Through the end of May 2017, the synod has given $722,673 toward the Million Dollar Challenge. As a reminder, the challenge runs through October 31, 2017. The goal is to raise one million dollars in support of ELCA World Hunger, and to help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Thank you to everyone who has and is participating.
Nick Zartler Junior - one of our members and a former school Alumni, is recovering from a health crisis. We are so thankful that God saved his life, and we invite you to continue praying for him and his family. Also, the family has started a Go Fund Me page inviting people to make offerings in support of his medical expenses going forward. Here is the Over
$10,000 was donated first day.  Check it out and keep on praying.
ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission - Maddy Tyler, Pilgrim alumn and member, is joining this program, with the opportunity to grow in faith and work in partnership with people in Cambodia. Maddy will be heading to Cambodia in August and needs to raise at least $5,000. If you would like to help her, you can donate at the following website:
Hydroponics Upgrades - We are starting upgrades for our hydroponics project.
Improvements will make it modular, movable, easier to take care of and more
educational for the students. We still need an additional $400 dollars. Please use the pew envelopes and write Pilgrim Hydroponics on the giving line.
Gift Cards - will be sold Sunday and Monday, 8/20 and 8/21 and Tuesday, 8/29. We have some cards which have not been moving and would like to move them from our  inventory. If you use Whole Foods, Peapod, SuperCuts, PetSmart, Dick's Sporting Goods or Lou Malnati's, please pick up a card or two to help us. Please contact Anne Barsano atcbarsano@aol.comor 312-972-9040 for denominations and availability. Thank you. Pilgrim appreciates your support!
Tuition Assistance Appeal - The time has come to lift up among Pilgrim families, members, friends and alumni our Tuition Assistance Campaign for the 2017-18 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 http:// or write a check to Pilgrim and write on the Memo Line, “Tuition Assistance.”  Thank you!
Ruby Ann Laurente - a friend of member Michael Haisler, is seeking assistance to fund extensive dental work. She has been in our prayers. You can contribute at the following Go Fund Me site that Michael started:
Financial Update - We are very thankful for our Bookkeeper Mrs. Zenzile Larry, who, in her first six months, has helped us restore our books after a challenging time of transition. Because of this ongoing work, we have not been able to send out quarterly giving reports so far this year.  We are working very hard to be able to send out giving reports after the third quarter, in early October. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Zenzile at 773-477-4824,
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

August 20 Sunday
9:30 a.m.     Worship Service
9:30 a.m.  Nursery
August 22 Tuesday
7:00 p.m.     School Board meeting
August 24 Thursday
6:15 p.m.     T.O.P.S.
7:00 p.m. Block Party meeting

August 26 Saturday
        11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
August 27Sunday
9:30 a.m.     Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery
August 31Thursday
6:15 p.m.     T.O.P.S.
September 2 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
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 Manager:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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