Subject: Church - what's the point?

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

Why do we need church to believe in God? What makes the church different from any other club or organization? Pastor Kristian will be exploring these questions as we explore the theme, "Inviting everyone to be present in Christ", and we will be welcoming beautiful Evelyn Telford into our community through Baptism!

Thanks for your prayers for Constance Suhajda (Michael's mom), Annie (Cyndi Heiniger's mom), and member Carol Shogren as they recover from recent surgeries.

See you Sunday!
El Salvador Solar Energy Project
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to this project! Thanks to Ralph Maffucci and Scott Russell, who have come up with a prototype solar energy system that could bring electrical power to rural homes in El Salvador. We are still trying to raise the necessary funds to obtain and transport the materials we need to bring power to 8 homes in the villages of the Guazapa region of El Salvador. If anyone would like to give to this project, please make a check out to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, with “solar El Salvador” in the memo line. Thank you.

Dining Group at Delicias Brianna
The Dining Group will be going to Delicias Brianna, 4911 N. Western Avenue, on July 21st at 5:30pm to get a taste of El Salvadoran food before the trip in August. It is BYOB. Please let Julie Lea know if you plan to attend as the restaurant is small, 773-764-3140. Thanks!

A Mountain Top Experience!
We are so thankful for an amazing Vacation Bible School experience! The good news of Jesus was sung, danced, crafted, proclaimed, shared, eaten, and lived out in so many creative ways this week… it’s astounding! We praise God for all of the volunteers… from Pilgrim and from beyond Pilgrim… that made this ministry possible… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! And special thanks to Chris Wallis for serving as VBS Director… tremendous work!

Market Day in the Summer!
90 Market Day products are now available at 8 Gordon Food Service Stores in Illinois and Wisconsin. The closest one to Pilgrim is located at 50 Golf Mill Center in Niles (behind the Golf Mill theater). A list of other stores is on the table in the back of the church. Pilgrim's account is 4593; we earn 5% on Market Day products and 1% on all other items.

Looking for Alumni!
Pilgrim is once again trying to develop an Alumni association and we are in need of your help. If you are a graduate, parent or grandparent or friend of a graduate and know his or her current address, would you please let Anne Barsano know? If you don't want to divulge the address, then please let the graduate know so that they can send it in to us. Thank you!  

Looking for Rides to Church
We are looking for people who would be willing and able, on occasion, to give a ride to someone who needs help getting to church for Sunday worship and home again afterwards. Please let Barbara DeGraff, in the church office, know if your name can be added to a list of volunteer drivers, and also let us know if your vehicle is accessible to people who may have limited mobility. Thank you in advance.

Praise Report — Evelyne Manning
Several weeks ago, we asked for prayers for our new member Evelyne Manning, who was in critical condition at Swedish Covenant Hospital. However, by the grace of God, buoyed by many prayers, hymns, and bible readings from the Pilgrim community, she has made a complete turn-around, and she is on the mend at her home, St. Paul’s House on California Ave.! Please continue to pray for her!

Church Calendar

Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

July 14 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Cares & Luman/Dickerson

July 17 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. TOPS

July 20 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team at Parsonage
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Visioning Retreat
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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July 14, 2013

Hospital/Health Concerns
From Pastor Kristian: I am thankful to be your Pastor. I am grateful when people let me know when there is a health concern or when someone is in the hospital, because it allows me to extend a pastoral visit. Please call me at 773-990-0813 to keep me informed and to let me know when someone is in the hospital or might be in need of Pastoral Care. Thank you!

El Salvador Trip
Thank you to those people connected to Pilgrim’s community that will be participating in this year’s mission trip to El Salvador: Renee Stuedemann, Ralph Maffucci, Scott Russell, Alex Bologna, Jean Carroll, Ann Carroll, Corie Sparlin, Pastors Anna-Kari and Kristian, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson. We are thankful for the many ways they will experience God’s presence in El Salvador, and we look forward to commissioning them with a special sending prayer at our service on July 28th.

Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer and fall, we’re going to be exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We’re going to be bringing back some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. We’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

July 14th—Invite Everyone to be Present
July 21st—Grow in prayer and the word: Bring your Bible to church Sunday,
Blessing of the Bibles, Youth Sunday

July 28th—Respond by advocating Justice for the Vulnerable
August 25th—Invest time, talent, and resources generously
September 8th—Lift up Academic Excellence with a Heart
September 15th—(Block party Sunday) Mpower Homes for Faith Formation
September 22nd—Preach on Mission Statement: In Christ's love, we gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)
Congregational Forum on the Core Values (after service)
September 29thCongregational Meeting to approve core values

Please join us in worship this summer as we reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Gift Cards for Your Vacation
Before you leave on your summer travels, check out  he gas and restaurant gift cards Pilgrim carries. We also can order hotels cards with a one or two week notice. Next year we will have a reduction of cards kept on hand as it is not worth our time counting inventory for unused cards. Even though the cards never expire (with the exception of Visa cards) we would prefer to put the money into regularly purchased gift cards. If you plan to buy cards on a weekly or monthly basis, please let Anne Barsano ( or 773-472-6037 or ) know so we will have them when you want them.

Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace throughout the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 66:10-14Those who returned from the exile found that the hopes and expectations for the glorious restoration of Judah were not fulfilled. For these disappointed people, the prophet envisions salvation in the image of a nursing woman. Mother Jerusalem and a mothering God remind the community how they are sustained and supported. 

The Psalm is Psalm 66:1-9: All the earth bows down before you and sings your name. (Ps. 66:4)

The second reading is Galatians 6:7-16: In close of his letter to the Galatians, Paul encourages them to live as people made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Here Paul offers practical advice about how people who believe in this truth will live, exercising common concern for one another in “the family of faith.”

The Gospel is Luke 10:1-11, 16-20: Jesus commissions harvesters and laborers to go where he would go and do what he would do. Risking hardship and danger in exchange for the experience of great joy, they offer peace and healing as signs that the reign of God is near