Subject: Graduation Sunday

Pilgrim Announcements
June 7th, 2015

Dear Friends, 

Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate our graduates and live into this season inspired by the Holy Spirit! (Pentecost)

Did you know that Jesus redefined the concept of "family"? Join us this Sunday as we explore how Jesus dealt with the tensions in his own family, and in doing so, was able to open up a whole new way of living, forgiving, and impacting the world!

See you soon!

Pastor Kristian

Honoring all Men!  June 21st
Join us on Sunday, June 21st at 9:30 a.m. for a special Father's Day Celebration!  We will be honoring all men with a special gift, prayer, and Root Beer Float reception afterwards!  Please join us and invite a neighbor or a friend!
Women’s Bible Study
Come to Marta Hardacre’s house: 4335 N. Winchester Ave. #1 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from May 28th through June 25th to join other women as we consider together the answer to the question: “How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama and daily duties?” We will facilitate this discussion through the five-week Bible study based on bestselling author, Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. Refreshments and journals will be provided. Please bring your Bible if you can. Come and relax with us as we enjoy the community God has given us in each other!

“It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted…” Ann Voskamp
Dining Group
On Sunday, June 14th, at 5:30 p.m., we will dining at La Cocina Boricua, 2420 W. Fullerton, near Western, for Puerto Rican Food.  It has gotten good reviews.  It is BYOB and street parking.  Please let Julie know if you plan to attend and we'll try car pooling.  Thanks!
Prayer Ministry
Join us for prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)
Pilgrim Preschool and Kindergarten through 8th Grade School has seats available!
Tours happen weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Other times may be arranged by appointment.  Please contact Principal Chris Comella at or at 773-477-4824 for more information or to schedule a tour. 
Note: FULL DAY—We have now opened a limited number of seats for three-year-olds in the morning class... with options for the afternoon as well, thus making it possible for a 3 year old to attend a full day program at Pilgrim.  Please help spread the word!

Summer Enrichment Program
Are you still looking for activities for your little ones this summer? There are still spots left in our Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program for children ages 4 years old to 3rd grade. The program runs from July 6th—24th on a weekly basis. You can find the flyer with more information and the registration form by clicking HERE
Pilgrim is Accredited by ELCA with 9 Commendations!
The visit last week was at the end of 18 months of preparation by the teachers, the school office, the Board of Education and the Church Council. Our in-house team leader, Halley Williams, coordinated the preparation of an 878 page document for the national team's review. Every staff member also prepared a portfolio of artifacts, each of which was at least a couple hundred pages in length. After reading through our documents and observing our school on Monday and Tuesday, Pilgrim not only earned full accreditation, but also 9 commendations. WOW! Many thanks to everyone on staff, on PTL, on the BOE and on Council for your help, and special thanks to Halley Williams for coordinating this herculean task.  
VBS Registration Deadline is Near!
Registration for this summer's VBS program, Camp Discovery, closes June 15th.  Kids ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to sign up for a week of stories, music, crafts and games. For planning purposes, especially making sure we have enough volunteers, the sooner you sign up your kids, the better!  Register now at on our website by clicking on the banner. Questions? contact Chris Wallis (
Save the Date and Get Involved!
Save the Date! Pilgrim's annual block party will be on Sunday, September 13th. We are already getting ready for food, fun and fellowship!  We are specifically looking for key leaders in organizing activities, kitchen coordination, marketing and outreach, and logistics.  We are also looking for someone to design a flyer. If you would like to help out, please contact Shellie Riedle Volkens at 

Pilgrim Lutheran School is thrilled to receive our very first grant from the Dave Maring Endowment Fund. The Maring Fund was set up by the Pilgrim Church and School community in 2014 to support the school in a variety of ways. For the 2014-2015 school year,  the Maring Fund awarded over $2,600, which has been applied to our tuition assistance program. Pilgrim School extends a HUGE “Thank You” to the Dave Maring Endowment Fund and to all its donors for their support of Pilgrim.

Hot Meals
Most of the ten teams are well-staffed, but we always need substitutes.  Contact Janet Taylor if you are interested in being a substitute or would like to help in keeping the pantry well-supplied.  Contact Janet Taylor at or (773) 777-4052
Hot Meals Plus has made it easy for you to sign up to be a driver by setting up a SignUpGenius page. The commitment for a driver would be on a Saturday for about an hour and a half - delivering hot meals to shut-ins.  You can sign up for up for any Saturday in the summer on SignUpGenius site, visit this link HERE Or if you prefer, you can still sign up with Janet Taylor - Also we are still looking for more shut-ins who could benefit from a meal delivered to them on Saturdays.  Please pass on names to either Janet Taylor  ( 773-777-4052) or Jacquie Mokszycki (
Gift Cards make the perfect gift for graduation, showers, and Father's Day, with amounts from $5 to $100 available.  We will be selling gift cards Sunday through Wednesday the last week of school.  Don't forget to pick up Peapod, Whole Foods, Jewel, Mariano's, Meijer and Strack and vanTil cards for your summer grocery shopping and Dairy Queen (also good at Orange Julius), Baskin Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks for a little treat for yourself!  We have iTunes, AMC and Regal $10 cards (good for everything at the show) for the graduates,  Barnes & Noble and Bath and Body Works in $10 and $25 increments for that special sitter and Amazon in $10, $25, $50 and $100 for anyone on your gift list. Send your order into the school office with a check or give it to the Sunday Seller and you will have it before school lets out!  Please contact Anne Barsano with questions or orders at or (773) 472-6037. We will continue to sell on Sunday and Monday throughout the summer. Thank you for your participation this year!      
Market Day 
This summer, you can buy select Market Day items at Gordon Food Service stores in the area.  When you shop, mention account #4593 and Pilgrim will receive 10% of your entire order, including GFS items.  There is a "$5 off $50" coupon at GFS (good until June 27th) on the table in the church narthex. You can also order online at and have your order shipped to your nearest Gordon store for FREE.  Pilgrim still receives 10% of your order.  Thank you for your support of Market Day throughout the summer! 
Play Lot Update
We have raised $32,000 for the play lot renovation! This is an amazing response from our Pilgrim community and we THANK YOU! This includes the $10,360 on the WeRaise site, $15,000 from the fund-a-project donors at the auction, Chicago Pizza day sponsored by PTL, Popsicles in the play lot, operetta dvd orders, and generous donations that have come into the school office. The reality is that quotes are coming in, and we’re estimating that the project will cost $40,000 - $45,000, not including the little kids' play deck. If we can raise a bit more, we can improve it more!  It’s not too late to make a donation through the school office. 

We are looking for someone to sponsor a jungle gym for $3,200. (yes playgrounds are expensive!) This is a playground feature that we want to add and that will please children of all ages! It will go in the garden space. We’ll need resilient surface underneath this and the climbing wall. That will be expensive too! (site prep, material, labor).

Other specifics to sponsor: 2 new basketball backboards $300 each outdoor volleyball stands  $549, volleyball net $75, climbing handholds for climbing wall 4 gifts of $200

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Prayer for this week
All-powerful God, in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Genesis 3:8–15 (NRSV)

2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1 (NRSV)

Mark 3:20–35 (NRSV)
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


June 7 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 8 Monday
8:00 a.m. School Volunteer
Appreciation Breakfast

June 9 Tuesday 
 7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

June 10 Wednesday

June 11 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study

June 12 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 13 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


June 14 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 16 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

June 17 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study

June 19 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 20 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8

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: Lindsay White
School Office Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig

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