Subject: Appointment Confirmation: Sunday, May 21st

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Dear Friends, 

We are writing to confirm your appointment this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we worship the living God together. Grounded in God's love, we'll experience of joy, warmth, and peace that will shape your coming week for the better! We'll even grow more comfortable with that "C" word!

See you Sunday!
New Sunday Worship Schedule Starts May 28th - Please note that starting next Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend, we will move to our summer schedule of one 9:30 a.m. service each Sunday until Labor Day. Please make plans to join us this summer in worship!

Walk to Reach El Salvador!- Today - You can change lives here and around the world! There’s still a chance to sponsor walkers who are raising funds for travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! For more information, pick up a flyer and sponsor form or email Anna-Kari at for more info!

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 - On Sunday, June 4th - from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - you are cordially invited to join us for an Honorary Brunch in Appreciation of his ministry, immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship service.
Coach Suhajda - On Friday, June 9th, 9 a.m. we will be offering a prayer of appreciation for Mike Suhajda and presenting him with a gift.
If you would like to help with the June 4th celebration, please contact Pastor Kristian. If you would like to help with the June 9th celebration, please talk to Mr. Comella. Thank you!

Pilgrim welcomes Mrs. Zenzile Larry-Muhammad as our bookkeeper. Today we will officially install Mrs. Larry-Muhammad at the 10:30 am. Service. Zenzile has been working as a temporary employee since January, but Council approved her to join the staff officially on May 1. Mrs. Larry-Muhammad has 20 years of experience working in the non-profit world and in government. She is also an avid student of acupuncture. If you have questions about any financial matters, you can find Mrs. Larry-Muhammad in the office across from Pastor’s Office or email her at

The Auction Was a Huge Success - We are pleased to announce that we netted over $53,000 for Pilgrim! Thank you to Jenn Goolsby, Analisa Caref, Tarah Dickerson, Heidi Thompson and the entire “Score Big” team for their amazing work. And, to Pilgrim, for your generous support.

Dining Group - Today, at 5:30 p.m., we will travel to 1055 W. Argyle​ for authentic Vietnamese cuisine (they also serve beer and wine). Parking is tight, so we will car pool. Please notify Julie, 773-764-3140, if you plan to attend.

How NOT to Avoid “Talking Politics” - Join a community forum in the 47th Ward on Tuesday, May 23, at the Sulzer Regional Library, at 7:00 p.m. Facing History and Ourselves is sponsoring a practical presentation and discussion on engaging others with civility and respect as we seek to ease tension and participate effectively in our democracy. The forum is free, but please RSVP at

The Solar Panel team, in conjunction with local band Kitty Devine & The Big Whoop, are holding a fund raiser on Friday, May 26th, for the 21 and older crowd at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge located at 3058 W. Irving Park Road. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. with the band starting at 9:30 p.m. There will be a suggested donation of $5 which will go towards the El Salvador solar panel project. We will also have a split the pot raffle and raffle for several prizes including gifts certificates to some local restaurants.

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!

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.
Sunday, June 11th - Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget, 10:45 a.m.
Monday, June 12th - Academic Awards, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 18th - Honoring All Men - Father’s Day
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th
August 24-26 - Confirmation Retreat 
Women’s Bible Study — The next session will be Wednesday, May 24th, at 6:30 p.m., we will Gather with refreshments, and 7:00 Prepare with Bible Study. We will use the Bible studies in the Women of ELCA Gather magazine. Anna-Kari Johnson and Renee Stuedemann will lead this series at Renee’s home. If you are interested, please contact Renee at  

Bible Story Time - Today is the last Sunday before Memorial Day weekend for Intergenerational Bible Story Time at 9:15 in the Annex. For more information or to lead your favorite Bible story, contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814.

Explore the Bible - Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall before we begin our Summer Worship Schedule… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.

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
Geraniums for Pentecost—The congregation is invited to bring RED geraniums to decorate the altar on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th. The geraniums will be planted in the gathering garden for our community to enjoy. If a family would like to volunteer for this job, please contact Chris Wallis (

Volunteer for the Common Pantry by working at the Ribfest - They are looking for people to help set up on June 9th from 3:00-7:00 p.m., and to work the Gates, ID Line, Beverage Line, VIP Tent and Kids Square on June 10th from 11:30-3:00 p.m. The Fest is at Lincoln/Damen/Irving and it’s lots of fun! If you are interested, contact Renee at this week!

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

Thrivent Action Team is a program to lead a one-time fundraiser, service activity or educational event with the help of family and friends. All Thrivent members can apply for $250 seed money twice a year to get a project off the ground. To apply, visit To become a member, go to

Gift Cards - It looks like grilling season has arrived along with graduations and Father's Day!  Be sure to pick up some gift cards for purchasing your grilling items and gifts (or to give as gifts).  We have Peapod, Jewel, Mariano's, Whole Foods, Dick's, Bass Pro, LL Bean, Best Buy, Amazon (in $10, $25 & $100), Jiffy Lube and many, many more. We will be selling Sunday, Monday and Friday through the end of the year, with the exception of Memorial Day. 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 5/14/17 $2,480

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


May 21 Sunday
 7:45 a.m. Run/Walk to Reach El Salvador
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible/Bible Story Time
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Nursery & Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 24 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
6:30 p.m. All Together Night, Confirmation
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 25 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 26 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
8:00 p.m. El Salvador Solar Fundraiser, Lizard’s Liquid Lounge
May 27 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


May 28 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery & Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 30 Tuesday
 6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

May 31 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 1 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 2 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 3 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10

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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