Subject: Coming Together!

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Dear Friends,

It is only fitting that as we hear Jesus pray for us: "that they may be one, as we are one..." that we move to one service this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.! There will be no 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. until the 2nd Sunday of September.

Memorial Day is an important day for us as people of faith and as a nation. We will be honoring our veterans and exploring the meaning and message of the ascension.

We also invite you to join us TONIGHT, in conjunction with local band Kitty Devine & The Big Whoop, at a fund raiser 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.
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.
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.
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!

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 (

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. Budgets will be distributed to the congregation following our council meeting this Tuesday, May 30th. Thank you!

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!

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.

Pilgrim welcomes Mrs. Zenzile Larry-Muhammad as our bookkeeper. 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

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 - 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 

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

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 Sunday morning after a long bout with alcoholism. Their father passed away five years ago from a drug overdose. Sue and Camryn are active members of our worship community, prayer ministry, care ministry, Sunday School program, and are bright lights in our neighborhood. We invite you to a memorial service for Brigitt on Thursday, June 1st at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim. 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:

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

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
- 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 5/21/17 $2,624

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 28 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery
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
 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service for Brigitt Couch
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


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

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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