Subject: Dance This Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

This Sunday, we will be celebrating the Holy Trinity with special music from Victoria Offutt, special prayers for veterans and our country in honor of Memorial Day, and with some new praise music! The Hymn of the Day is #412 in our Hymnal: "Join the Dance of Trinity"... we invite you to do just that. 

For those who are travelling, safe travels!

Mrs. Ruppe "Appreciation Sunday"
Mrs. Beth Ruppe, our school principal, has accepted a position as the Director of The Total Child Preschool and Childcare Center in Evanston. We are sad to with the news that Mrs. Ruppe will no longer be our Principal. We are so grateful for her dedicated and inspired leadership over the past two years. Please mark the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 9th, on your calendars as an “Appreciation Sunday” for Mrs. Ruppe and her 13 years of service at Pilgrim.

Great Banquet Men’s 
and Women’s Retreats
The Great Banquet retreat is a fantastic experience that helps participants to hear from God and to grow in their relationship with Christ. The retreats are held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The next men's weekend is September 26–29, 2013, and the next women’s weekend is October 3–6, 2013. In the spring of 2014, the men’s weekend will be April 24th–27th and the women’s weekend will be held on May 1st–4th. If you are at all interested in participating, please give your name to Renee, Kathy, Pastor Anna-Kari or Pastor Kristian.

Calling All VBS Volunteers!
On Sunday, June 2nd, after the worship service, please stop by the VBS table in the annex to find out how you can help. Whether you've already let us know you want to be part of this fun week, or are still thinking about it, come talk to us. We especially need a few creative people to help us ahead of time with set construction, which can be done in the evening or on weekends. We're also looking for help with the June 24th evening BBQ kick-off.  

Grim Mile Race at Luther North
On Friday, 6/14/13, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Luther North College Prep, 5700 West Berteau Avenue, will host the inaugural Grim Mile Race. Registration fees are student - $10, individuals - $25, families: $50. This inaugural one mile race is in honor of long-time track and cross country coach, and current LNCP athletic director and science teacher, David Grim. In addition to the race, there will be food, drinks and live music, as well as games for the spectators. All money raised at this event will support the newly created Grim Scholarship Fund. For more information or to register please e-mail

MOPS Toy Drive
Mothers of Preschoolers needs toys! If you are cleaning out your closets and find toys your children have outgrown, please consider donating them to MOPS! We are looking for baby toys, riding and push toys, games, puzzles and books. We will have a collection bin at the back of church! Or you can drop your donation off at 4332 N. Winchester, or, better yet, bring it to a MOPS meeting! 

MOMSnext Schedule Change
MOMSnext, the evening group for moms of elementary students, will be meeting once a month. The next meeting will be on June 6th, from 7-9 p.m. (door opens at  6:30 p.m.). All meetings held at the home of Anna-Kari Johnson, 4332 N. Winchester.
Church Calendar

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

May 26 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service -  
                   Summer hours begin
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Daniel/Arterberry

May 27 Monday —  Memorial Day 
Church and school offices closed

May 28 Tuesday
3:15 p.m. Confirmation Class

May 29 Wednesday
8:30 a.m. Moms in Prayer
9:55 a.m. Chapel

May 30 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. TOPS

May 31 Friday
 6:15 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 1 Saturday
 7:00-8:00 a.m. Prayer Team at Parsonage
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #7

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May 19, 2013
Support ELCA Disaster Relief in Oklahoma
Tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Texas claiming many lives and damaging hundreds of homes. A two-mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., claiming lives and leaving behind a devastating trail of destruction. Plaza Towers Elementary School stood right in the path of the storm's 166-200 mph winds. Many Oklahoma residents already were recovering from storms even before the tornado hit — hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed as 28 tornadoes touched down throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Illinois and Iowa. As strong winds and warm fronts continue to move across the nation, the threat for future tornado outbreaks is looming.

Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is responding in areas affected by these tornadoes. Your help is needed to bring hope to our sisters and brothers in need. Lutheran Disaster Response affiliates are already on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. Throughout the United States we are working hand-in-hand with ELCA synods and other ministry organizations that are experts at outreach in their communities. 

We know it will be a long road to recovery, and your gifts are needed now to begin coordinating volunteers, rebuilding homes and offering spiritual and emotional care to those in need. What you can do:

As the communities work to recover, please keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer.

Your donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “U.S. Tornadoes,” will be used entirely (100 percent) to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster. Donations from people like you allow the ELCA to respond to those in need. Donate online, at: .

Lincoln Square Friendship Center
Has a Home!
The new food pantry that is being established to serve the needs of our neighborhood has found a home: Lincoln Square Friendship Center will be located at 2733 W. Lawrence Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help clean the space and get it ready to serve our neighbors; please drop by on Pantry Cleaning Days, June 7th and 10th, to pitch in! Also, the pantry needs the following items for its space—donations will be appreciated: 2 filing cabinets, 1 cordless telephone, 1 printer with fax capabilities, 4 round folding tables, 32 folding chairs, 2 rectangular folding tables, clothing racks, and hangers. To donate, volunteer or for more information, email
WALK-A-THON to Reach 
You can change lives here and around the world!

On Sunday, June 2, 2013, join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! We’ll meet at Pilgrim on Sunday, June 2nd,  at 7:45 am (that’s before the 9:30am worship service). We’ll be walking to Welles Park, circling it twice, and then heading back to Pilgrim for a celebration! For more information, please contact Pastor Kristian Johnson, email or Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson, (773) 990-0814.

Our Prayer for Sunday
God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31: In the Bible, wisdom has many faces. It is portrayed in terms sometimes human and sometimes divine. Often, it is personified as feminine. In this passage, Woman Wisdom is depicted not only as the first creation of God but also as God’s helper, rejoicing in God’s creation, especially in human beings.

The Psalm is Psalm 8:  Your glory is chanted above the heavens. (Ps.8:2)

The second reading is 
Romans 5:1-5:
Paul describes the life of faith with reference to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Even now, we have peace with God through Jesus, and our hope for the future is grounded in the love of God that we experience through Christ’s Holy Spirit.

The Gospel is 
John 16:12-15Jesus’ ongoing presence with the disciples will be borne by the coming Spirit, who will guide them and communicate to them Jesus’ will and glory.