Subject: Go High

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Dear friends,

Our first lady Michelle Obama urged us, especially when we are suffering low blows, to "Go high!"

In this coming Sunday's readings, the author of Colossians tells us similarly, "Set your minds on things that are above..."

Let's do this together, this Sunday at 9:30 AM!
Today we welcome Pastor Paula Stecker as our Preacher and Presider. Pastor Paula is an ELCA pastor with a heart for congregational life, multicultural ministry, and social justice. She and her husband, Carl, raised their daughters as they served as missionary nurses in Central Africa. After returning home and studying at LSTC, she was ordained and served in Pennsylvania and in Haiti. Pastor Paula is an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute ( is working to help our congregations increase their capacity for intercultural communication.
Thank You—To Austin (Ziggy) Mustain, our guest flutist today for sharing his special musical talents. He has studied flute for 11 years and is a 2016 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the son of Dan Mustain and Anne Rohner, Pilgrim parents.
Pray for our Pilgrim El Salvador Delegation! We are excited that members of our delegation are either in El Salvador or on their way! Thanks for all your generous prayers and support for the following 17 individuals from the Pilgrim community joining a total group of 34 from the U.S. on the mission trip led by Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari Johnson: Michael and Trella Marinelli, Alicia Figueroa, Scott Russell, Kenya Fulton, Renee Stuedemann, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Tonya Saiki, Vince Costello, Tim, Rachel, and Elias Wilkin, Mindy Wieland.
NO PARKING in the back playlot—from August 1st—20th. It will take several days to paint the various colors, then it needs time to cure before cars can drive on it. We thank David Emery for all his hard work and dedication to Pilgrim.
First Lutheran Church Rummage Sale—Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 3500 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL. Come find a treasure or at least enjoy a good lunch and baked goods! For more information email

Partnership with CLEF Nets Pilgrim Security Upgrades—The Chicagoland Lutheran Education Foundation (CLEF) has announced that Pilgrim is receiving a $55K of a grant from a private foundation for security upgrades in CLEF schools. Improvements for Pilgrim include four additional security cameras, new lighting in the playground areas, 12 new basement windows, a new Hot Meals exterior door and 11 new interior doors to secure the Annex and Maring Hall. Work on these projects should happen in August before the start of school and have minimal impact on Pilgrim’s daily operations. Many thanks to CLEF for continued support of the safety and well-being of our day school students!
Save the Dates:August 7th - “Treasure Hunt” Sunday, inspired by Luke 12:32-40, Guest Preacher Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony
August 14th“Hall of Faith” Sunday (Hebrews 11:29-12:2) Pastor Ann Hicks (Pilgrim’s
First Female Pastor) preaching
August 21stOutdoor/Gathering Garden Coffee Hour
August 28th“South Africa Sunday” Celebrating our Partnership with the Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson and the Lutheran Church of South Africa
September 4th—Welcome to our New Seminarians, Patrick and Jeff
September 11th—God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
September 18th—Outdoor Worship and Block Party

Greater Chicago Great Banquet Retreats—The Great Banquet is an experience of God’s grace, beginning Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. Guests grow in their relationship with God through fellowship with a wonderful community of disciples. The Men’s Weekend is September 22-25 and the Women’s weekend is September 29-October 2. Information and registration materials are on the back table. For more information, please talk to Renee Stuedemann or call Anna-Kari at
Tending to our Souls in Emotional Times—We are in a difficult and anxious moment in our nation's history. Amidst the violence, fear, and mistrust, how do we tend to our souls? And what can we do about the suffering we see in the world? Dr. Bianka Hardin and Pastor Johnson will be creating a time and space in late August for reflection and discussion on these two questions. Please stay tuned for more details. Our Bishop, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has issued a statement with her thoughts and some resources that can be found here:
Discipleship Groups—Various Pilgrim members are forming discipleship groups to help people grow deeper in their faith and in what God is calling them to do. Please talk to Brent ( Theresa Sparlin ( or Cheryl Saiki ( for more information.

Prayer TimeWe invite you to join us during the following Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for a time of prayer... it is so renewing! Here are the locations for upcoming Saturdays:
Saturday, August 6th - No gathering
Saturday, August 13th - Renee's House, 3944 N. Claremont, Unit 303 Saturday, August 20th- Parsonage

Explore New Cultures this Summer — Host an International Student for 1-2 Weeks! Do you enjoy showing guests around Chicago? Want to get your kids more globally-engaged? Consider becoming a homestay host! Pilgrim Alumni Elizabeth Howaniec is working as an Intern with WorldChicago. She has reached out to us as they seek short-term homestay hosts for four summer exchange programs this summer. opportunities include: TheU.S.—Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program, the London, UK Youth Dialogue Programme, and the Summer Leadership Program for Cuban Youth (full dates below). Students are ages 15–18, and selected for this distinguished program through a competitive, merit- based process. Home hosts provide a bed, meals, and a glimpse into everyday life in America. Youth take part in educational programming weekdays from approximately 9 to 5, with evenings and weekends free to spend with their hosts. For more information, For more information, visit or contact Brian Peckrill or312.254.1800 x100.
Do you have any books you would like to donate? We would like to offer the hot meals patrons and Sunday morning visitors the opportunity to take/have a used book to read. We will use the hard cover books for this program and donate paper backs to the Veterans Hospital. If you have any books you would like to donate, please put them on the counter in the annex (the room off of Maring Hall). If you have any questions, please contact Deb Suhajda. Thanks for your help!
Take Jesus with you! This summer, we invite everyone from Pilgrim to participate in a fun, faith-filled project called “Jesus with Me”! Inspired by Ms. Huelskoetter’s “Flat Kid” project. In the back of the Pilgrim’s sanctuary, you will find a half sheet cardstock with an image of Jesus. So, take Jesus with you this summer! Color it, make it your own! Take a picture with Jesus wherever you are, with whoever you’re with, doing whatever activity, trip, or service. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at
#Pilgrim with Jesus or send them to: pastorkristian@pilgrim Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And, there will be a “Jesus with Me” slideshow in church in the fall!
Hospice Volunteer Opportunities—Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care serves the six county Chicagoland area, Elgin, Aurora and Joliet areas. Volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities  and they are specifically looking for Patient Care Friendly Visitors (4 hrs/wk) and Pet Therapy Volunteers (4 hrs/wk). For more information, contact Katie Kirby at 847-721-3342

Tuition Assistance Appeal—The time has come to lift up our Tution Assistance Fund among Pilgrim families, members, friends and alumni for the 2016-17 school- year. In our mission to provide academic excellence with a heart, many of us choose to make a donation to the Tuition Assistance Fund to provide the blessing of a Pilgrim education to students that otherwise would not be able to afford it. Checks can be made out to "Pilgrim Lutheran School" with the memo line saying "Tuition Assitance", or you can visit
Summer is upon us and Operation CIP's gift card program has started our summer hours: Sunday after church (10:30 am) and Monday from 8:30 to 10 am in the school office. To avoid the hot weather why don't you pick up some AMC or Regal movie tickets in $10 or $25 and enjoy the cool theater! For your trips in the heat you can get some Dairy Queen, Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins or Starbucks cards to cool you off! Don't want to cook! Buy some Lou Malnati or other retaurant cards and either go to the restaurant or order for delivery and pay with the
cards!! Contact Anne at or 312-972-9040 or to order and arrange for pickup.
Pilgrim Playlot Project Update—The play deck renovation for our younger children is under way! We thank all those who have contributed to help us get this far. Your generous donations total $21,000. Currently, we are looking for additional sponsors for a rubber playground tile for $100 each. Renovation will take place in August. To donate today, drop a check in the office, or donate on our website

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget       $          3,391
Actual received week of 7.24.2016  $          2,165

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

                                  July 31 Sunday                                 
9:30 a.m Worship Service and Nursery

August 3 Wednesday    
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

August 4 Thursday  
6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S

August 6 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
August 7 Sunday 
9:30 a.m. Worship Service and Nursery

 August 10 Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

   August 11 Thursday     
6:15 p.m.   T.O.P.S

August 13 Saturday 
    11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8

Remembering in our Prayers:
The Allen family on the passing of baby Allen, friend of Erin Telford
The Thompson family on the passing of our beloved Charlotte
The Reykjalin family on the passing of Thelma, friend of Anne Barsano & Millie Ostrander

Eddy Behof (friend of Kathy Danner)
Angela Askrenas (friend of Melinda Voitus)
Karen Bergstrom (Chris Wallis’ sister)
Sue Couch & family (Camryn, Nick, Chris)
Leo Ford & family (friends of Azzaro family)
Gus Ceschin (father of Marian Azzaro)
Tim Ceschin (brother of Marian Azzaro)
Alan Ceschin (brother of Marian Azarro)
Lisa Forte (friend of Cyndi Heiniger)
Kevin Kuo (friend of Amy Campbell)
Nancy McGarry (friend of Nancy Danner)
Gianna & Jimmy Sannicandro (Kathy Danner’s friends)
Tim Satherlie (longtime Pilgrim friend)
Mary Satter (member)
Jane Smaga (friend of Judy Daniel)
Annie Sokolowski (Cyndi Heiniger’s mother)
Eugene Sokolowski (Cyndi Heiniger’s father)
Eric Stammich (Marilyn Stammich’s son)
Jennifer Stammich (Marilyn Stammich’s granddaughter)
Tim Touhy friend of Brian Wattelet) 
Jeanne Valencia (member)
Erica Zak (friend of Sue Couch)

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: Renee Stuedemann

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