Subject: Dream Weekend

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Dear Friends,

It's a dream weekend! Saturday is Pilgrim's biggest party/fundraiser of the year, the auction! Join us at 7 p.m.

And Sunday morning is a Resurrection celebration... living God's dream for us (Revelation 21:22 - 22:5) at 8 a.m or 10:30 a.m., and as we express our thanks for our two students from LSTC, Hans and Marissa.

See you soon!

Godspeed for Hans and Marissa—Sunday, May 1st—We will be saying "Godspeed" to our wonderful Lutheran School of Theology Seminarians Hans and Marissa Becklin. Please express to them your heartfelt thanks and encouragement at this time .

Extending Our Sincere Thanks  - To the people of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School who have helped provide guidance, support, and who have helped shape our learning experience over the course of the past year, we extend our sincere thanks. This congregation and community has an enormous and magnificent capacity for compassion, kindness, and love, and we have been so grateful and blessed to share the experience of worship and community life with you. Our time as your Ministry in Context students has been the first experience of immersion ministry that either of us have engaged in—Pilgrim has shaped us as leaders, and thus you will all have a fond place in our hearts as we continue in our future ministry. We will continue to hold your community in prayer as we go forth from this place, and trust in our continued unity as one body in the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for the hospitality that you have extended to us-we are immensely thankful.

Marissa and Hans Becklin

Children's Ministry Feedback Meeting— Wednesday, May 4th—We are called to empower homes for faith formation, and to provide a wonderful experience and learning and fun for all ages on Sunday mornings.  We invite all parents and caregivers to join us on Wednesday, May 4th at 7 p.m.—8 p.m. in the Pilgrim Narthex  as we explore Sunday School and other related topics.  We need your input as we are evaluating our new Sunday morning schedule and making plans for next year.  Thanks in advance for your help!
Mother’s Day—May 8th—Please join us on Sunday, May 8th for a very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also as part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

Summer Opportunities:
Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st,
Children 3-years old (potty trained children only) through grade 5 are invited to Vacation Bible School.  LMC will partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to hold a week-long program filled with music, crafts, drama, and bible activities. This year, VBS will run 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $35 per child with a $50 per family cap on fees.  Scholarships are available.  There are two steps to register:

First, please fill out the electronic form available at:
 Second, complete payment electronically through Pilgrim’s website or by check payable to “Pilgrim Lutheran Church” with “VBS 2016” in the memo line and mailed to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613.
Older children and youth are encouraged to volunteer at VBS (service learning hours are available!).  Contact Chris Wallis (  for more information.

July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator,
Arlene Calderone at

Save the Dates:
Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m.—Pilgrim Graduation Service
Sunday, June 12th-Congregational Meeting at 10:45 a.m.
June 22-24-UKANDU Sports Camp
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

Prayer Time—We will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join us.

New Member Classes—What does ‘Lutheran’ mean? How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim? If you’re at all curious about any of these questions, please explore with us. Child care is provided throughout each class. You can attend the three classes in any order. Please RSVP to the Church Office Administrator, Kathy Danner at

Pieces to the Puzzle: Helping Parents and Children Fit Together
Come to this Positive Discipline workshop on Temperament, where we will learn how an understanding of our own personalities will lead to parenting success, and how to choose discipline methods that are a good fit for both parent and child.  Presented by Pilgrim member Dana Thomas and hosted by Pilgrim member Dr. Bianka Hardin!
When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from &:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Centered Therapy Chicago, 4124 N. Lincoln Ave, Ste. 1

Registration required, contact Dana Thomas at
Registration fees: Early Bird is $45 per person through May 9th, after May 9th the fee is $55 per person. *Space is limited.

First Sunday, Feed the Hungry
On the first Sunday of each month our ushers take a special collection in support of local and world efforts to feed the hungry. Whether you want to support the Pilgrim Saturday Hotmeals program or one of several other worthy missions, we invite you to use the special envelopes provided in each pew, check off one of the designated missions listed, enclose your donation of any amount, take the envelope with you when you go for communion and hand the envelope to the usher.

Nursery—Are you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings?  I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis.  Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at if you're interested.  Thanks so much!

Blanket Day for Project Linus-Saturday, May 7, 2016
Project Linus supplies hand-made quilts, fleece blankets, and knitted or crocheted afghans to children who are critically ill or traumatized.  The North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent is sponsoring a Blanket Day for Project Linus.  We will supply everything needed to make hand-colored fabric squares and fleece blankets. The Chapter will also provide lunch.  No sewing skills are required  If you can tie a knot, you can help out!  This event is for school-aged kids and adults. The event will be May 7, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  at Pilgrim!  RSVP to Janet Fisher at 847-266-9244 or  is appreciated.

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador!- May 22nd

You can change lives here and around the world! 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 su
mmer! Sunday, May 22nd at 7:45 a.m. 
Mother's Day is May 8th so why don't you pick up a gift card to buy a gift for her or for her to buy from her favorite store.  If you are going out, why not purchase some cards for that restaurant.  We carry a wide variety of cards, from the mundane to the magnificent. Check out our green list for ideas! 

Gift Cards—Now that Spring is trying to appear, your gardens and lawns are looking for help!  Pick up some Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, Target or Walmart gift cards before you head out to shop!  April also starts the bustle of weddings and wedding showers!  We carry cards for most of the usual bridal registries, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma (Pottery Barn) and many others. You can buy them to give as gifts or to buy the gifts- you can also use them on line!  Check the green sheet for denominations and contact Anne Barsano (312-972-9040 with questions. Send in an order with your child and the cards will go home the same way or you can purchase them on Sunday in the church foyer and Monday and Fridays in the school office. See you soon!

The last collection for Campbell’s Soup labels will be the end of May as Campbell’s is stopping the program. Please send in all of your UPC’s with the little box around it, by that time, even if you have to cut them off the cans, etc. Pilgrim obtains sports equipment with the labels!

General Worship Offerings
Budgeted through 03.31.16 $123,750
Actual through 03.31.16 $116,519

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 04.24.16 $ 2,986
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


May 1 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Godspeed to Seminarians Worship
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 3 Tuesday
7:00 p.m. School Board meeting

May 4 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service
7:00 p.m. Children’s Ministry Feedback Meeting

May 5 Thursday
9:15 a.m. M.O.P.S.
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:00 p.m. Stewardship Team Meeting

May 6 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 7 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


May 8 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 11 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society Meeting

May 12 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

May 13 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 14 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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