Subject: Amazed and Astonished

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a very special Pentecost celebration! We will celebrate the ways the Holy Spirit amazes and astonishes us with a dramatic reading (Acts 2:1-21), musical offerings from the Gospel Kids +, and join us for a brunch honoring Michael Knuth on his retirement from 42 years of classroom ministry at 10:45 a.m. See you Sunday!

Honoring “Mike and Mike” - This spring, the entire Pilgrim community is honoring Mr. Michael Knuth as he retires from 42 years of classroom teaching and Coach Michael Suhajda as he retires from 28 years of serving as a volunteer Athletic Director.
Mr. Knuth - Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you are invited to join us for an Honorary Brunch in Appreciation of his ministry, immediately following 9:30 a.m. worship.
Coach Suhajda - On Friday, June 9th, at 9 a.m. we will be offering a prayer of appreciation for Mike Suhajda and presenting him with a gift.
In order to make a love offering in appreciation of Mr. Knuth’s ministry, or in order to make a gift in honor of Coach Suhajda by contributing to a fund for new uniforms for our athletic program (which are very needed), you can write checks to “Pilgrim Lutheran” and use the memo line to indicate to which fund you are contributing.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry - On the first Sunday of the month we take a special collection in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry. Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Calling all Members! Congregational Meeting: Sunday, June 11th - Join us as we lift up our vision and values and vote to approve our 2017-18 budget in our congregational meeting. We will begin at 10:45 a.m., directly following our 9:30 a.m. worship service. Thank you!

Welcome, New Members! - On Sunday, June 11th, we will officially install the Sexton and Militante families into membership! We hope you can join us in welcoming them to our worship community!

The Dining Group will be dining at Hai Yen, Vietnamese, 1055 W. Argyle, on Sunday, June 11, at 5:30; car pooling from church. Please RSVP to Julie: 7737-764-3140.

Calling all youth 6th-12th Grade! Join us for a Picnic and Beach Volleyball Party on Wednesday, June 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at Montrose Point. Bring a snack or dessert to share, or just come! Text Pastor Kristian at 773-990-0813 if you would like exact location or to find the group that night... Thanks!

Honoring all Men! June 18th - Join us on 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!

The Score Big for Pilgrim party was a great success thanks to the generosity of all of you! We sold spots to various theme parties hosted by members of our great community. Some of those parties still have spots available, and we would love your help in selling them out. They are always a fun time, and ALL of the proceeds go to Pilgrim. Here's a snapshot of the summer parties on the docket:
Sip, Snack, and Sweat: A work-out class and after party on June 10th hosted by Bianka Hardin-Frye, Sally Benson, and Alison Hays. $35/person.
Beer & Cider Tasting: An extensive display of beers all ready for you to sample on June 24th hosted by Bob & Sarah Lau. $50/person.
Brushes & Bottles: A create your own masterpiece party & wine tasting taught by Julie Nebel-Dooley and Sarah Eva Monroe on August 5th. $35/person
Summertime Backyard BBQ: An afternoon of fun and games for the entire family with Brian Irwin's award winning BBQ hosted by the Irwin, Dickerson, Carlson, Egan, & McCullom Families. $75/family.
Pub2Pitch: Join some awesome dad's for tailgating and seats at the Chicago Fire game on August 19th hosted by Carl Doerfler, Jim Volkens, Clay Dickerson, and Rob Anstee. $100/person - only TWO spots left.

Save the Dates:
Friday/Saturday, June 9-10 - Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly, Tinley Park, IL.
Friday, June 9th - Sports Awards, 9:00 a.m.; Pilgrim School Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 12th - Academic Awards, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 18th - Baptism of Mark Maienschein-Cline & Harrison Mutso-Maienschein
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th
August 24-26 - Confirmation Retreat 
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! 

Sign up for Vacation Bible School - Our theme is “A Mighty Fortress” and will be the week of July 17-21. VBS is for kids ages 4 through Grade 5. Older kids, youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer as helpers. The more the merrier, it's fun for all of us! Registration for both students and volunteers is now open via a link on Pilgrim's website:
Questions? Contact Chris Wallis

Endowment Fund Matching Gifts! From now until June 18th (Father’s Day) the Boecler and Volkens families will match the first 20 gifts of $50 or more to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund with a $50 gift (for a maximum of $1000). In order to 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.” Thanks You!

It is with sadness and with resurrection hope that we share that Brigitt Couch, daughter of Sue Couch and mother to Camryn, Chris, and Nick, passed away on May 21st, following their father’s passing five years earlier, so now the kids have lost both parents. Sue and Camryn are active members of our worship community, prayer ministry, care ministry, Sunday School program, and are bright lights in our neighborhood. Please keep Sue, Camryn, Chris, and Nick in your prayers. Cards can be sent to: Sue Couch and Family
4240 N. Wolcott Ave. #2
Chicago, IL 60613
If you would like to make an offering to help the family cover the costs of the cremation and memorial, you may write a check to Pilgrim and place in the memo: Couch Family. There is also a "Go Fund Me" page set up to help secure online donations:
If you would like to help bring them a meal, you can sign up here:

Vacation Bible School Volunteers needed - In addition to a number of positions for group leaders and helpers we need a leader for the Games portion of the program. This entails leading groups of kids through approximately 20 minute segments of active outdoor play. The curriculum includes suggested games or you can come up with your own activities. Please contact Chris if interested. VBS is scheduled for the mornings of July 17-21.

Hot Meals Team 1 - needs a shopper! The dates are June 10, August 19, and October 28. We thank Claudia Dawley for being the previous shopper. This would involve communicating with the team captain before those dates for a list of what to buy and then dropping the food off by Friday evening or early Saturday morning. You would get a fob to come into the school. Your receipts can be turned into the business office for reimbursement. If interested, please contact

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 or write a check to Pilgrim and write on the Memo Line, “Tuition Assistance.” Thank you

Gift Cards
- Graduations, weddings, BBQs and vacations - lots of events for which you can use gift cards. We will be selling Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, plus Tuesday and Wednesday (June 13 & 14), the last week of school. Order forms are available in the school office. If you can't come in to purchase a card, please contact Anne Barsano or 773-477-4824.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,038
Actual received week ending 5/28/17 $1,576

Budget year to date (through April) $129,166
Actual received year to date (through April) $143,291
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


June 4 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery
10:45 a.m. Brunch in Appreciation of Mr. Michael Knuth

June 6 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Education

June 7 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel - 8th Grade Testimonies
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 8 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 9 Friday
 9:00 a.m. Athletic Awards/Suhajda Appreciation
6:30 p.m. Graduation

June 10 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1


June 11 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery
10:45 a.m. Congregational Meeting

June 14 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
6:30 p.m. Youth Volleyball Night
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 15 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 16 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 17 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2

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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