Subject: Catholics and Lutherans

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

"Look to the rock from which you were hewn..." Isaiah 51:1
"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church..." Matthew 16:8
Join us this Sunday as we reflect on these Scriptures and explore the questions: What's the difference between Catholics and Lutherans? What do we have in common? What might a future of working together look like? See you Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!

"I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security." - Pope Francis
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
School Openings...
We still need a few good students! We are especially trying to fill seats in Kindergarten, 4th and 7th grades. If you know a family looking for a school, please refer them to Pilgrim.
Pilgrim's Block Party Sept. 14, 2014
Buy your tickets ahead of time for a deal! Pre-sale tickets will be 11 for $10. Tickets bought on the day at the block party will be $1 each. Tickets are required for food and refreshments, but most activities will be free!

Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase after church on Aug. 31st and Sept. 7th (10:30 A.M. service only). Tickets will also be available outside in the gathering garden on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 8:30 - 9:30 A.M. and Thurs Sept. 11 from 6 - 7 P.M.

Bring your friends and come join the fun! Outdoor church service at 10:00 A.M. with block party to follow at 11:30 A.M. Petting Zoo, Quilt Show, Bingo and more!

8 a.m. Service- Familiar and Reflective
The worship committee has spent some time over the summer seeking feedback, discussing, and praying inspired by the question:  “How might the Spirit want to shape our 8 am service in a distinctive and faithful way?”  These discussions have led us to create an 8 a.m. service starting on September 7th that is both reflective in nature and familiar in its use of music.  We are also exploring providing a nursery for that service, as we have many young families that are attracted to the hour of the service.
We encourage you to come and experience the 8 a.m service this fall! 
P.S. We will not be having an 8 a.m. service on Sunday, September 14th.  We will have only one outdoor service that day at 10 a.m., as we will begin the block party immediately afterward!  The 8 a.m. service will continue every Sunday the following week, September 21st.
March with Pilgrim in the Von Steuben Day Parade- Saturday, Sept. 6th
We are inviting the Pilgrim Community to come out to the Von Steuben Day German Parade on Saturday September 6th to march in this wonderful community event. Let's show our pride in Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School. 
Please meet at the North Center CVS at 1pm. The parade usually ends around 3pm in Lincoln Square.
If you need more information or have any questions please contact Pastor Kristian at or Principal Comella at
Thanks and we hope to have a huge turnout!!!
Giving a Gift to All of our Children Thank you to those who may have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. This Congregation has established this fund with a vision that when fully funded, income from the Fund is going to provide scholarship aid and seed money for new programs at Pilgrim. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation. We need to raise $25,000 and the donor will match it. Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the Pilgrim webpage.
Ministry Opportunity
Everyone is invited to participate in a lay ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Please contact Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

August 21 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 23 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

August 24 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

August 26 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

August 27 Wednesday
6:30 p.m. Confirmation

August 28 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 30 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

August 21, 2014
Help Spruce Up Lake View HS
On Saturday, Aug. 23, join Lake View High School Principal Scott Grens, #LakeViewPartners, local elected officials and Ald. Ameya Pawar for a Rally Round LVHS event! They will be painting, cleaning and building community around this neighborhood high school that's just a few blocks south of Ravenswood. Rep. Ann Williams and Pawar will pick up the cost of paint, but they need community members to show up and roll up their sleeves.
pictured above: Pastor's son Xavier with Cleiton, one of the orphans who has now found a home with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador

El Salvador Team is Back!

What a tremendous blessing it was to be with 19 pilgrimites on a mission trip in El Salvador... they were all so amazing to work with and learn from.  If you see any of the Baslers, or Jean Carroll, Anne Meyers, Andrea Preston, Scott Russell, Ralph Maffucci, and Cheryl and Tonya Saiki. Principal Chris Comella and Karen Huelskoetter, please ask them about their trip!  Thanks again to the Pilgrim's Capital Campaign Mission Gifts for the generous grants of $10,000 to build Lord of Life Colon, $1,500 to the Hope House Clinic, and $1000 to the Bread of Life Pupuseria Restaurant...was it EVER fun to distribute those checks and see those projects impacting so many hundreds of people!!!!!!!!!!!

Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. We would like a portion of the money currently available for Mission Gifts to go to an ELCA-sponsored mission, per the guidelines developed for the current Capital Campaign which concludes at the end of 2014.

Information about the current ELCA Relief and Development projects can be found at The projects include the following:
ELCA Malaria Campaign
    ELCA World Hunger
    HIV and AIDS Ministry
    Lutheran Disaster Response
    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
    Social Ministry Organizations

If one or more of these projects holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. The deadline for the next round of applications is September 19.

Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
Ministry Opportunity
You are invited to participate in a Care Ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Call Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
Gift Cards
Be sure to pick up some gift cards if you are ordering or purchasing clothes and supplies for your children's and/or your return to school. We have Kohl's, Carson's, Macy's, LLBean. Lands End, Ross, TJMaxx/Marshall's, Sears, Target and other card available or immediate pickup. We are selling Sunday in the church foyer after the service and in the school office on Monday from 9-10 a.m. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with questions or to place an order.
Market Day forms have been mailed to anyone who has ordered more than 3 times in the past year. We will be distributing forms by August 25th. Orders are due by Monday, September 8th for pick-up on Thursday, September 11th. New items are: Chicken Alfredo Skillet Meal, Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Treats and Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets. If you go to you can save $2 each on Naked Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken (180 calories), French Toast Sticks (box of 43-45 sticks) and Supersweet Corn (4#). Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with any questions or to place an order.
Magazine Drive: Our Magazine Drive will begin the first week in September, or you can go online and place your order, both new and renewal, at anytime during the year. Our account # is: 2633014. Pilgrim receives 40% of your order.
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
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Our Prayer for Sunday
God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 51:1–6;
Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God's deliverance will come soon and will never end.

The second reading is Romans 12:1–8;
In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoints are not molded by this age, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work. God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 16:13–20;
At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


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