Subject: All Together Now

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!

There are many forces trying to drive us apart.... to distract us from God and to divide us from one another.

It's a WONDERFUL thing to defy these forces and catch the wave of the Holy Spirit that comes to unite and renew us in this season of Pentecost.

Join us this Sunday as we come together...

- to honor the classroom ministry of Karen Huelskoetter on the occasion of her retirement
- to take a congregational picture right after the service
-  to participate in a congregational meeting affirming our priorities as we approve a 2016-17 budget

It's a big Sunday... we depend on your participation, as you are part of the word, "All"!  

See you at 9:30 a.m.!

"All who believed where together and had all things in common... praising God and having the goodwill of all the people."  Acts 2:44,47
Karen Huelskoetter Appreciation Sunday—Today we celebrate the classroom teaching of Pilgrim member “Ms. H. ”on the occasion of her retirement. We will enjoy children singing and beautiful prayers of appreciation. We are extremely grateful for the ministry of our two retiring teachers Mrs. Stephanie Daczyszyn from the 2/3 grade classroom and Ms. Huelskoetter from the 1 /2 grade classroom.. We are collecting a love offering for each teacher. You may write checks to Pilgrim and write the name “Huelskoetter” or the name “Daczyszyn” on the memo line.

Congregational Photo—Please join us Sunday, immediately following the service for a group photo taken by Michael Haisler. This will be used on the front of a postcard to be produced by the Card Ministry committee to mail to people on our Prayer List. We hope to have as many people as possible to make a strong connection with those receiving the cards.

Congregational Meeting—This Sunday! Calling all members! Join us after the 9:30 worship service as we lift up our mission and vote on a proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. We depend on your participation!
Honoring all Men! June 19th - Join us on Sunday, June 19th at 9:30 a.m. for a special Father's Day Celebration! We will be honoring all men with a special gift, prayer, and Root Beer Float reception afterwards! Please join us and invite a neighbor or a friend!

Metro Chicago Synod Bishop Visits Pilgrim—Please Join us on Sunday, June 26th at 9:30 a.m. as we welcome Bishop Wayne Miller as our preacher! He will be sharing a message. Since his installation in September of 2007, Bishop Wayne N. Miller has been serving the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, helping its congregations and communities to embrace renewal, growth, and positive change. He is a member of the ELCA Conference of Bishops Task Force on Immigration Reform, and chair of the committee on Ministry Among People in Poverty. He is currently the president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. Please come to meet and encourage him as he represents 190+ congregations in the Chicago area!

Summer Opportunities:
New Pilgrim Sports CampJoin us for our first summer sports camp, happening June 20th-24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim! We will be playing basketball,  volleyball, and soccer while growing together with old and new friends! Pilgrim is partnering with UKANDU to provide this outreach program for FREE. Snacks and drinks will be provided and we ask you to bring a bag lunch. Please spread the word! Flyers and registration forms are available in the school office and on the back table of the church.
Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st Registration Deadline of June 19th is fast approaching!
Children 3-years old (potty trained children only) through grade 5 are invited to Vacation Bible School. LMC will partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to hold a week-long program filled with music, crafts, drama, and bible activities. This year, VBS will run 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $35 per child with a $50 per family cap on fees. Scholarships are  available.  There are two steps to register:
First, please fill out the electronic form available at:
Second, complete payment electronically through Pilgrim’s website or by check payable to “Pilgrim Lutheran Church” with “VBS 2016” in the memo line and mailed to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613. Older children and youth are encouraged to volunteer at VBS (service learning hours are available!).  Contact Chris Wallis ( for more information.
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 pilgrimenrich or contact Camp Coordinator, Arlene Calderone at
Dining Group—On Sun. June 26, 12 noon brunch will be the Greenhouse Inn Restaurant at Misericordia, hopefully in the sunny atrium. They are located at 6300 N. Ridge with a large parking lot.  Reserve-Julie & enjoy!
Save the Dates:
June 19th - Baptism of Drake Dickerson, and Welcome to the youth and adults from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, North St. Paul, MN
June 26th - Welcome to youth and adults from St. Phillip Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN June 23-25 -Youth Mission Weekend
July 3rd - Vacation Bible School Closing Celebration, 9:30 a.m.
July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp July 17th -  Baptism of Theo Leber
July 24th - Send Off of El Salvador Mission Team July 31st -August 10 -El Salvador Mission Trip

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 Groups—Various 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 ( Theresa Sparlin ( or Cheryl Saiki ( for more information.
Thank You! - to everyone who walked and contributed to this year's, Walk to Reach El Salvador! Thanks to your generous support, we raised over $1700 for Pilgrim Participants and their mission in partnership with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.
Helping Vets - Currently, there are several hundred homeless veterans in Chicago. Alderman Pawar is collecting household items to support our vets as they move into permanent homes. The items listed on a sheet available on the back table will be accepted at the 47th Ward Office (4243 N. Lincoln) through June. For more information, please call (773) 868-4747 or email
NurseryAre you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings? I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis. Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at if you're interested.  Thanks so much!
Auction Thank YouOur final numbers are in from the “Totally 80’s Pilgrim Prom” auction fundraiser and we raised over $70,000! Thank you to Samantha Doerfler and our wonderful team of volunteers!
Endowment Fund Matching Gifts! -In honor of her parents and Pilgrim, Pilgrim member Marian Azzaro has made the following invitation and challenge to the Pilgrim community: From now until June 19th (Father’s Day) Marian will match the first 20 gifts of $50 or more to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund with a $50 gift of her own.  (for a maximum of $1000).   So that we can best track this, please use the “Online Giving” link on the Pilgrim Church and School webpage. Create your online profile (unless you have one already), and designate the “Church Endowment Fund.”
June is the month for beautiful brides, fresh-faced graduates and handsome and loving dads! Purchase a gift card from Pilgrim to honor them, whether it be from a specialty store, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Carson's, Crate & Barrel, William-Sonoma, Dick's, Bass Pro Shop, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or a generic one, such as Visa $50 (no activation fee) or Amazon ($10, $25, 50 or $100). We will be selling after the Sunday service and in the school office on Monday 8:30-10:00 a.m. Or, you may contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 to place an order and arrange for pick up.
Pilgrim Playlot Project UpdateThe 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 148 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:
We recently discovered accounting errors that led to inaccurate reporting in this section of the bulletin announcements of our actual year–to-year offerings received. After correcting these errors, we have learned that we are significantly behind budget.
Budgeted through 05.31.16                                $      151,250
Actual through 5.31.16                                        $      136,721
Needed weekly to meet budget                        $           3,391
Actual received week of 6.5.16                          $           2,165
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

June 12 Sunday
9:30 a.m.Worship Service and Nursery
10:45Congregational Meeting
2:00 p.m.  Girl Scouts

June 15 Wednesday
7:00 p.m.Alcoholics Anonymous

Jun 16 Thursday
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jun 17 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

Jun 18 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10

               June 19 Sunday               
     9:30 a.m.Worship Service and Nursery

         June 15 Wednesday   
 7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

                             Jun 16 Thursday                              
9:15 a.m. MOPS
6:15 p.m.T.O.P.S
                             Jun 17 Friday                                   
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
                           Jun 18 Saturday                              
 8:30 a.m.Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.Hot Meals Team #1
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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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