Subject: "Glocal" Music Jam

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 3rd, for a "Glocal" Music Concert, combining music from local and global contexts, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Maring Hall. We welcome a group of 40 youth and adults from the Bend, Oregon Youth Collective, with special guest Sunitha Mortha, Director of Mission Formation in the Global Mission Unit of the ELCA.
Also, join us Sunday as we celebrate our freedom in Christ and pray for our country on a 4th of July weekend.
Celebrate Family Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, July 5th 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
4332 N. Winchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
Sponsored by the North Cook County
Chapter of Thrivent
When Thrivent found out about our dinner on June 25th and the need of Pastor Lalissa Gemechis, they generously responded with sponsorship of another opportunity for us to gather and pray for the Lutheran Church of Ethiopia and for the family of Pastor Lalissa Gemechis. Come for great food and fellowship.
Who is Pastor Lalissa Gemechis?
Pastor Gemechis is about to become a lead Pastor in one of the fastest growing churches in the World, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. In order to prepare for this role, he has secured a scholarship to pursue a PhD in Missiology at Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Why does he need our prayers and financial support?
Unfortunately, the scholarship he received does not include funding for his wife and his two small children. We believe God has given us an opportunity to fulfill the great command “to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
To give online, go to:
Please RSVP to Pastor Kristian at
or at 773-990-0813.

Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), will be celebrating the Celebrate Family Prayer Breakfast this coming Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
*There will be no Prayer Time at the parsonage on the following dates: July 12th or August 2nd-16th.
Guest Preacher July 13th, 2014
Pilgrim welcomes the Rev. Michael Schnell as our guest preacher on Sunday, July 13th. Rev. Schnell is currently retired, but has served congregations in Illinois, including being the Interim Pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for eighteen months following the death of Pastor Karen and preceding the pastorate of Pr. Redelscheimer. The majority of his years of active ministry include six years in the Division for Mission in North America of the Lutheran Church in America and 16 years as Director of Strategic Planning for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Please join us in welcoming Pastor Schnell back to Pilgrim!
SAVE the DATE: Pilgrim PTL is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, July 17. This will be a great time to meet our new staff members! Bring a new family to see Pilgrim and have some fun with your school friends.
School Openings...
We still need a few good students! We are especially trying to fill seats in Kindergarten, 4th and 7th grades. If you know a family looking for a school, please refer them to Pilgrim.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

July 3 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
Church office closed

July 4 Friday
Offices closed

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

July 6 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 8 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

July 10 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

July 11 Friday
Church Office Closed

July 12 Saturday
(Prayer Time is cancelled)
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

July 1, 2014
El Salvador Mission: Donation List
This Summer, please be part of helping people be healthy! We are collecting money and donations for the medical mission of the  Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Several members of the Pilgrim community are going to El Salvador to deliver them in August of 2014. Please help us by donating:
¨ Used or New Computers for students in El Salvador
¨ Small shampoo and soaps from hotels
¨ Multi vitamins for children or adults
¨ New toothbrushes and toothpastes
¨ $5 for a Spanish Bible
¨ Donations of money for buying the most needed medicines for homeless people in El Salvador, Central America

And please pray for two young Salvadoran doctors (Paola and Alvaro) who will be working medical missions in El Salvador this summer. Thanks to your help, Paola and Alvaro can have medicine and supplies to give homeless children and resettling refugees this summer. For more information about the El Salvador Mission Trips, please contact Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari Johnson, and (773) 990-0814

Giving a Gift to All of our Children Thank you to those who may have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. This Congregation has established this fund with a vision that when fully funded, income from the Fund is going to provide scholarship aid and seed money for new programs at Pilgrim. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation. We need to raise $25,000 and the donor will match it. So far, we are $4500 toward our goal. Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the Pilgrim webpage.
Thank you to the Lutheran youth serving Pilgrim through UKANDU. 
High School students from Lutheran congregations from Minnesota to Tennessee have been working around the building this week, cleaning and painting. The Chicago Lutheran Education Fund (CLEF) coordinates this mission. We appreciate their efforts! Thanks also to Dave Emery for coordinating the work.
Ministry Opportunity
Everyone is invited to participate in a lay ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Please contact Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
Grace Unbound with Eric Law, Sept. 6
Eric Law, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, Los Angeles, California, will lead Grace Unbound, exploring practices and processes that support sustainable and missional ministry on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The $15 registration includes lunch and materials and is supported by a Fund for Mission grant from the synod. Student rates are available. Register by Monday, August 25, 2014, by contacting the Rev. Paula Stecker at or 717-542-1270.

The Rev. Eric Law is on a mission to create inclusive and sustainable congregations and communities. His goal is to transform the ministry of God’s people in the world by developing a dynamic, rejuvenating flow of  spiritual, human, and economic resources.

New Pilgrim Staff Members
On Tuesday, June 17, the Pilgrim Board of Education approved the hiring of 3 new staff members. With the resignation of Sara Chenery, effective June 15, Suzi Ianchici now becomes the permanent Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Paula Raabe is joining our Upper Grade staff to teach Math and Science. Mrs. Raabe has 27 years of experience in Lutheran Schools and also teaches Mathematics Education to teachers at National Louis University. Finally, welcome Cynthia Amezola, a graduate student in a Master of Arts in Teaching program, from Valparaiso University. Ms. Amezola will be working as a co-teacher with Ms. Huelskoetter, Ms. Daczyszyn, and Mr. Knuth. Ms. Amezola joins us as part of a partnership known as LEAPs, sponsored by CLEF and Valparaiso.
Gift Cards
Pilgrim will be selling gift cards Sunday after church (10:30) and Monday throughout the summer. Remember that gift cards are perfect for graduates, birthdays, and thank-you gifts!
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Our Prayer for Sunday
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Romans 7:15–25a;
Life enslaved under sin is a catch-22 existence in which we know good but do not do it and do things we know to be bad. Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30;
Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.
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