Subject: Filled with the Spirit

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Dear Friends,

"Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts."  Epheisans 5:18-19

Join us this Sunday as we accept the Spirit's invitation to be renewed in our soul.  There is music for every spiritual state: joy or sadness, peace or pain, gratitude or lament...  We are glad to enter a communal space where music can provide us healing and hope.  

See you Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!

Rummage Sale - August 24-25 - First Lutheran Church (ELCA) on 3500 W. Fullerton Avenue is a small congregation with a big heart. They are committed to feeding the hungry in their community and serve 60-70 people both breakfast and lunch every Sunday! They are holding rummage sale on August 24 and 25 to raise funds for their hunger ministry. They are accepting donations of books, toys, games, clothing, ,shoes, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. They would be most grateful to receive these items between the 14th and 21st of August. They can also make arrangements to pick up. They can be reached at 773-688-5374, or email 

Pilgrim Summer Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pilgrim offices will be closed on Monday, July 30th and Friday August 3rd.

Dining Group - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. we will enjoy dining on the beer garden (weather permitting) at Resi's, 2034 West Irving Park. Please RSVP to Julie at 773-366-0724.

Welcome Back Teachers and Welcome Meagan! This week, August 20-24th, Principal Comella will be conducting in-services and meetings with our school staff. Please pray for them as they prepare for another year! We welcome our new staff person, Social Worker Meagan Mesirow. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Social Development from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, and Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University (Chicago). Welcome, Meagan!

Save the Dates:
Thursday, August 30 - Pilgrim School New Family Barbeque 6:00 p.m.
September 9th - Change to Fall Sunday Worship Schedule at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 16 - Pilgrimfest Block Party

Taking Faith Home, a wonderful intergenerational resource for growing in faith in your household. This week's "Taking Faith Home" Guide can be found here:

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!

Women’s Bible Study begins a new fall session on Wednesday, September 12th. Contact Renee at to get more info, or to be added to the email updates.

Prayer Requests - We are thankful for everyone who entrusts our prayer team and the Pilgrim community with prayer requests. Because time does not permit us to read the entire list each week, we read two sections out loud during each service: “For those Who Mourn” and ”Recent/Immediate”. When names are submitted, we keep them in these two section for a month. Then, we typically move them to the “Ongoing” list. We appreciate feedback and updates from those who have submitted names. If you would like a name to continue on the Recent/Immediate list because of the urgency of the situation, please let us know, and we will honor your request. If you would like us to remove a name from any list, please let us know. Please talk to Pastor Kristian or the Church Administrator, Renee, if you have any questions or feedback. It is important for all of us to be good stewards of this important ministry of prayer.

"Fun Summer Bible Stories" is an interactive, mini Sunday School experience for children aged 3-11 that will take place each Sunday during coffee hour after 9:30 a.m. worship during the summer. It was the confirmation students idea to do this! It especially makes sense to do this during the summer when Sunday School takes a break. To sign up to help, click here:
2018 Block Party - September 16, 2018 is coming fast! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping at

The Block Party is looking for small game prizes for children and also items that can be used in the Penny Social, bot both children and adults. If you can help, please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or Thank you!

Participate in the Hunger Walk, Support Cornerstone Community Outreach!
The Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk is September 8th, starting at 8:00 a.m. in Jackson Park. The walk is non-competitive, two miles long, and there is a rally with special speakers and various vendors all addressing hunger. Each person who registers and participates, no matter their age, helps to raise credits equaling 200 lbs. of food that help Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) in Uptown to feed to the over 300 homeless men, women, and children that are supported at their shelter. The sign up deadline is August 29th, but you HAVE to register online. Go to and Click Register and search for Cornerstone Community Outreach, so that your participation will directly benefit CCO. There is also a bus leaving from the uptown neighborhood that morning if you would like a ride. If you need help with directions or registering, or have any other questions, please contact Tressa Davis at Thank you!

March in the Von Steuben Day Parade on September 8—We are inviting the Pilgrim Community to come out to the Von Steuben Day German Parade on Saturday,  September 8th 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 1:25 p.m. The parade usually ends around 3:00 p.m. 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!!!

Summer Challenge—Jesus with me! In the back of the church, you will find a cardstock half sheet image of Jesus. To celebrate the various ways Jesus accompanies us this summer, we invite you to: 1. Take Jesus with you this summer! Color it, make it your own! 2. Take a picture with Jesus wherever you are, with whoever you’re with, doing whatever activity, trip, or service. 3. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #pilgrimJesus2018 or send them to: 4. Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And then we’ll enjoy a slideshow in church!

Pilgrim’s Card Ministry - If you have cards you would like to donate to Pilgrim’s Card Ministry, please give them to Michael Haisler. They will be sent to those with birthdays and anniversaries, those in need, in our prayers, or those who just need cheering up. They can be left in his mailbox in the Narthex. Thank you!
2018 Mortgage Campaign - We are using the account formally known as the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to continue to pay our monthly mortgage bill of $2,048. The 2018 Mortgage Campaign Giving is falling short of what is needed to pay the monthly bill. Thank you to everyone who is giving one time or monthly automatic contributions to the current 2018 Mortgage Campaign. We invite those who have not had a chance to give to this campaign to make a donation via check, with the memo saying "2018 Mortgage Campaign," or go to the giving page at and set up a monthly automatic payment. Thank you!

Windows Into Our Future - There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 11 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $23,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Gift Cards - Pilgrim will be selling gift cards on Sundays after the 9:30 a.m. service and in the school office on Mondays from 9:00—10:00 a.m. (with the exception of July 30th). You may also fill in an order form from the table in the narthex or school office or from the link below. Please leave it in the school office or with the Sunday Seller. Contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with questions and for alternate pick up times. Thank you!
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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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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