Subject: Here is Bread

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
This Sunday we celebrate our wonderful First Communion students... we celebrate our teachers... and we celebrate the Lord who walks with us and is revealed to us in the breaking of the bread... the road to Emmaus! See you at 8 a.m or 10:30 a.m.!
Mothers Day Celebration May 11th
Please join us on this Sunday for a very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also, after the 10:30 a.m. service, we will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends and families.
Mothers of Preschoolers 
Join us at MOPS on June 5th, 9:15 a.m. for a very special guest speaker, author Gillian Marchenko. She will be here to talk to our group about her book, her life raising daughters with down syndrome and competition and depression in motherhood. This is an open event that all moms are welcome to attend and copies of Gillian's new book, Sun Shine Down: A Memoir, will be available. This funny, friendly mom is a great speaker and has been recognized for her openness for the sharing of her story in magazines and conferences. RSVP to if you wish to attend. MOPS asks for a donation of $10 for anyone attending the meetings to cover expenses (this would include child care, coffee, snacks and more).
Invitation to MOMSnext
Calling all mothers! We invite you to the MOMSnext dinners we have coming up. These gatherings are always very positive and a lot of fun, and we grow in friendship and support. If you feel like getting out of the house, come join us at the parsonage (4332 N. Winchester) for dinner! All children also get to enjoy dinner and a movie or playing downstairs. If you wish to bring a friend, something to eat, drink or a bottle of wine, all are welcome! MOMSnext is held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Upcoming dates are May 8, June 12. Please join us!
Vacation Bible School
This year’s VBS program, Gangway to Galilee, will take place the week of June 16-20, in the mornings. Kids ages 3 through 12 are eligible to participate. Over the coming weeks we will be asking for adult, teen and 7-8th grade volunteers to help with our preparations, as well as lining up people to help during VBS. Last year’s volunteers had a great time, so please consider signing up to help this year, even if you don’t have kids! Questions? Contact Chris Wallis.
Concordia Place:
New 2 year old classrooms opened in January

Our Early Learning program is geared to the specific developmental milestones of young children. Our developmentally appropriate activities allow each child to develop at his or her own pace and promote confidence in a child’s ability to explore the world around them. Our classrooms have a rich, multi-faceted diversity in race, ethnicity, and economic backgrounds. For more information, please contact Concordia Place at 773-935-3739,
September 14, 2014 Pilgrimfest Block Party!
Are you ready to be a part of Pilgrim’s fall celebration? Do you have some great ideas to make 2014s event better than ever? We already have some new activities in the works, and are looking for an alumni coordinator, an outreach chair, and a logistics coordinator. Join us for a planning meeting Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the church parlor. Questions, contact Shellie Riedle Volkens at or 773-216-1623.
Exploring the Bible Class
Please join us for "Knowing God by Name" as we study the Hebrew names for God in the Old Testament, and how they open up a new understanding of Jewish foundations of our faith and of our walk with God. 9:20 a.m. in Maring Hall.
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the parsonage. Please join us!
“Hansel & Gretel”
From our School Chorus Director: Dr. D’Agostino:
“I am proud to be a part of Chicago Opera Playhouse which will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel” on Friday, May 2nd at 7:30pm in Maring Hall. I play the role of Hansel and I am really excited to have our kids at Pilgrim join us as the Gingerbread chorus! The performance is a shortened adaptation of the opera, created especially for the young and the young at heart! After 45 minutes of performing, we will allow the audience to ask questions about anything related to what they saw. Please invite your friends and neighbors, it's going to be a lot of fun!” Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino, DMA
  Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

May 1 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

May 2 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girlscouts
7:30 p.m. Chicago Opera Playhouse

May 3 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:00 a.m. Project Linus
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9

May 4 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
First Communion Sunday
Teacher Appreciation Sunday
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 6 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Block Party Planning Meeting

May 7 Wednesday
8:50 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
4:00 p.m. Confirmation
8:15 p.m. Harmony Choir Rehearsal

May 8 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:30 p.m. MOMSnext

May 9 Friday
6:30 p.m. 100 Years Snooze (4-6th grades)
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 10 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
9:00 a.m. Project Linus
10:00 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10

May 1, 2014

Pilgrim School Awarded the Sulzer Grant for 40th time!
Pilgrim Lutheran School is extremely blessed to have received our 40th consecutive grant from the Sulzer Family Foundation. The foundation, which aims to support worthy causes in the local area, was founded by the heirs of Conrad Sulzer who was the first settler of the Ravenswood community. This school year Pilgrim received $2,500 which is being used to support our special education program. Pilgrim extends a huge THANK YOU to the Sulzer Family Foundation. 
Looking for Rides to Church
We are looking for people who would be willing and able, on occasion, to give a ride to someone who needs help getting to church for Sunday worship and home again afterwards. If you have not already done so, please let Barbara Anthony, in the church office, know if your name can be added to a list of volunteer drivers, and also let us know if your vehicle is accessible to people who may have limited mobility. Thank you in advance!
Pilgrim Mission Gifts Grants Opportunity
Part of Pilgrim’s current three-year Capital Campaign is giving 10% to “mission gifts.” Thanks to your generous donations, we would like to decide on some mission gift donations. We encourage Pilgrim Church and School members of all ages to work together to create mission projects and also apply for support for great organizations. Please find application forms on the table in the back of the church and on Pilgrim’s website soon. Please turn in completed application forms to the Pilgrim Church Office by May 20 at 5pm for the first round of Mission Gift Grant Approvals. For more information, please contact Anna-Kari Johnson at (773) 990-0814 or
Project Linus Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now for our annual Thrivent Join Hands Day event on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when we will join other members of the Thrivent North Cook County chapter to make comfort blankets for kids. Kids will use fabric markers to create quilt squares to be sewn into blankets by our volunteers, but you don’t have to sew to participate. We also make fleece blankets with knotted fringe or crochet edges, so there's something for every skill level. A delicious lunch is included. RSVP to Janet Fisher at 847-266-9244 or email her.
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.
Get Organized Chicago 2014
Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Lane Tech College Prep School parking lot, 2501 W Addison Street (enter on Western Avenue). You are invited to drive through and drop off one car load of donations, recycling, and papers for shredding. “It is our pleasure to make sure your items are distributed to worthy charities, recycled, and shred properly at no charge.” For more info:

Lutheran Day
Tuesday, May 13, Lutherans gather from across the state to study, pray, and take action for greater justice and compassion in Illinois. 5:45 a.m. meet at Pilgrim, returning approximately 8:15 p.m. See poster in back of sanctuary for more details. Please RSVP to Pastor Kristian
RIBFEST Volunteers Needed
Help Raise Money for Pilgrim and Volunteer at RIBFEST, which will run Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th. Pilgrim is filling 3.5 or 4 hour shifts on Saturday, June 7, in the afternoon. See volunteer registration form for exact shift choices. Pilgrim will earn $$MONEY$$ for every shift that we can fill. All proceeds will directly benefit Pilgrim! Please Help out the kids by volunteering for a shift. Ask your family and friends to help too—EVERYONE is Welcome to help out!
Registering to volunteer is easy:
1. Download and Print form available HERE.
2. Read and Fill out all parts of the Volunteer Registration Form.
3. Return your completed form to PILGRIM by Friday, May 23. All Ribfest volunteers will be required to attend a short volunteer training session prior to the event.
If you have any questions or need any additional information contact Robert Knapp 773-612-3563. Forms can be dropped off at Pilgrim’s school office, faxed to (773) 477-8996 or emailed to

Celebrate Older Americans Month
The Auxiliary of the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights invites you to join in celebrating Older Americans Month by donating to the Benevolent Care Fund of the Lutheran Life Communities Foundation. Donations will be collected during the month of May and will be sent to the Lutheran Home.
Summer Camps by Luther North for details on 2014 camps offered by Luther North: June 16-20—Choir, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Cross Country
June 23-27—Robotics, Yoga, Volleyball
June 16-28—Theatre

Gift Cards
Mother's Day is coming! We have Bath and Body Works, Ulta 3, Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Fannie May, Carsons, Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs and many other restaurant gift cards ready for purchase. Use the cards to buy a gift for Mom, take her out for dinner or give her a card to her favorite store. We will be selling Sunday, Monday and Friday or contact Anne Barsano. Make Mom's Day!

Market Dayforms have been passed out and are due back to Pilgrim on Monday, May 12th with pick up on Thursday, May 15th. Earn a free Micro Fiber Drying Mat with a $40 order. Check out the 50+ items on sale and the new Turkey Burritos! Contact Anne Barsano with questions.
Do you order on the Internet?? Do you want Pilgrim to benefit from your purchases?? Pilgrim is registered with All you have to do is register your grocery loyalty and/or your credit card with them, indicate that Pilgrim is your school of choice and any purchases you make through them benefits Pilgrim. There are a variety of promotions stores such as Amazon involved. It’s Cybersecure, check it out!
Our Prayer for Sunday
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Acts 2:14a, 36–4;
Today’s reading is the conclusion of Peter's sermon preached following the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. The center of his preaching is the bold declaration that God has made the crucified Jesus both Lord and Christ.

The second reading is 1 Peter 1:17–23;
The imagery of exile is used to help the readers of this letter understand that they are strangers in a strange land. Christians no longer belong to this age. Through the death of Christ we belong to God, so that our focus, faith, and hope are no longer on such things as silver or gold.

The Gospel reading is Luke 24:13–35;
The colorful story of Jesus' appearance to two disciples on the road to Emmaus answers the question of how Jesus is to be recognized among us. Here, he is revealed through the scriptures and in the breaking of bread.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
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