Subject: Honoring All Men

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Dear Friends,

This week we mourn the passing of long time Pilgrim Church and School leader Erwin Gronau.

This week, we celebrate the baptism of a beautiful baby boy, Drake Dickerson.

We invite you to join us this coming Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we honor these two men, and all men.    

There is a God who weaves together life, death, and resurrection,
 who gives us peace and purpose,
 who draws us into a narrative of healing and hope.

Come experience that God together!

Celebration and Welcome! Today we celebrate the baptism of Drake Dickerson!  We praise God for the joy of sharing in this moment and journey with
you! We also welcome a dynamic group of youth and adults from St. Mark Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, MN as they travel to Detroit to serve as a part of a Youthworks Mission Trip.

Honoring all Men! We will be honoring all men this morning with a special gift, prayer, and a Root Beer Float reception after church!  Please join us .

Metro Chicago Synod Bishop Visits PilgrimPlease Join us on Sunday, June 26th at 9:30 a.m. as we welcome Bishop Wayne Miller as our preacher! He will be sharing a message. Since his installation in September of 2007, Bishop Wayne N. Miller has been serving the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, helping its congregations and communities to embrace renewal, growth, and positive change. He is a member of the ELCA Conference of Bishops Task Force on Immigration Reform, and chair of the committee on Ministry Among People in Poverty. He is currently the president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. Please come to meet and encourage him as he represents 187 congregations in the Chicago area!
Summer Opportunities:
New Pilgrim Sports Camp—Our first summer sports camp, happening June 20th- 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim has filled up! We will be playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer while growing together with old and new friends! Pilgrim is partnering with UKANDU to provide this outreach program for FREE. Snacks and drinks will be provided and we ask you to bring a bag lunch.

Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st—The Registration Deadline is today, June 19!
Children 3-years old (potty trained children only) through grade 5 are invited to Vacation Bible School. LMC will partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to hold a week-long program filled with music, crafts, drama, and bible activities. This year, VBS will run 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $35 per child with a $50 per family cap on fees. Scholarships are  available.  There are two steps to register:
First, please fill out the electronic form available at:
Second, complete payment electronically through Pilgrim’s website or by check payable to “Pilgrim Lutheran Church” with “VBS 2016” in the memo line and mailed to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613. Older children and youth are encouraged to volunteer at VBS (service learning hours are available!).  Contact Chris Wallis ( for more information.
July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more flyer and registration forms, visit pilgrimenrich or contact Camp Coordinator, Arlene Calderone at
Dining Group—On Sun. June 26, 12 noon brunch will be the Greenhouse Inn Restaurant at Misericordia, hopefully in the sunny atrium. They are located at 6300 N. Ridge with a large parking lot.  Reserve-Julie & enjoy!
Save the Dates:
June 26th—Welcome to youth and adults from St. Phillip Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN June 23-25—Youth Mission Weekend
July 3rd—Vacation Bible School Closing Celebration, 9:30 a.m.
July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th—Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 10th—Walk to Church Sunday, in honor of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) July 17th—Fourth Generation Pilgrim Baptism of Theo Leber
July 24th—”Bring a Pet to Church” Sunday in honor of the Gospel in Luke 11:1-13; Commissioning of Team Going to El Salvador
July 31st—World Hunger Emphasis Sunday, Guest Preacher Paula Stecker July 31st -August 10 -El Salvador Mission Trip

Prayer TimeWe will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to  9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join us.
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 Sparlin ( Theresa Sparlin ( or Cheryl Saiki ( for more information.

Thank You! - to everyone who walked and contributed to this year's, Walk to Reach El Salvador! Thanks to your generous support, we raised over $1700 for Pilgrim Participants and their mission in partnership with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.
Helping Vets - Currently, there are several hundred homeless veterans in Chicago.  Alderman Pawar is collecting new household items to support our vets as
they move into permanent homes. The items listed on a sheet available on the back table will be accepted at the 47th Ward Office (4243 N. Lincoln) through June. For more information, please call (773) 868-4747 or email
NurseryAre you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings? I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis. Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at if you're interested.  Thanks so much!
Endowment Fund Matching Gift—Thank you, thank you, thank you to one and all for the contributions you've made recently to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund. As we mentioned in previous bulletins, Pilgrim member Marian Azzaro offered to match $50 for the first 20 Church Endowment contributions of $50 or more. You did it! Now, Marian is adding $1000 to her own contribution which she is making in honor of her parents. In total, in this period between Mother's Day and Father's Day, we will have increased the Church Endowment Fund by more than $8,000! That's quite a difference we've made with even small contributions. Let's keep this in mind and keep it up!
June is the month for beautiful brides, fresh-faced graduates and handsome and loving dads! Purchase a gift card from Pilgrim to honor them, whether it be from a specialty store, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Carson's, Crate & Barrel, William-Sonoma, Dick's, Bass Pro Shop, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or a generic one, such as Visa $50 (no activation fee) or Amazon ($10, $25, 50 or $100). We will be selling after the Sunday service and in the school office on Monday 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Or, you may contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 to place an order and arrange for pick up.

Pilgrim Playlot Project UpdateThe 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. We started with a goal of 165, and now have 148 more to go. Renovation will take place in August. To donate today, drop a check in the office, or donate on our website
General Worship Offerings:
We recently discovered accounting errors that led to inaccurate reporting in this section of the bulletin announcements of our actual year–to-year offerings received. After correcting these errors, we have learned that we are significantly behind budget.

Budgeted through 05.31.16                                                           $      151,250
Actual through 5.31.16                                                                   $      136,721

Needed weekly to meet budget                                                   $          3,391
Actual received week of 6.12.16                                                  $            2,523
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 19 Sunday
9:30 a.m.
Worship Service and Nursery

June 20-24 M-F
Pilgrim/UKANDU Sports Camp

June 22 Wednesday
7:00 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous

Jun 23 Thursday
6:15 p.m.

Jun 24 Friday
6:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts

Jun 25 Saturday
8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Prayer Time
Hot Meals Team #1

June 26 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service and Nursery

June 27-July 1 M-F
9:00-12:00 Vacation Bible School

June 29 Wednesday
7:00 PM Alcoholics Anonymous

June 30 Thursday
9:15 a.m.

6:15 p.m.

July 1 Friday
6:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts

July 2 Saturday
8:30 a.m.
Prayer Time
11:30 a.m.
Hot Meals Team #2
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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