Subject: Honoring All Men!

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 am for a special worship service on this Father's Day Weekend! We will be honoring all men with a special gift, prayer, and fellowship afterwards!
Sunday we welcome Pastor Jess Harren as our guest preacher! Pastor​ ​Harren creates resources for the renewal of churches, blogs, and shares her sermons at She works on dismantling oppression within the church, is on the Metro Chicago Synod Anti-Racism team, and consults with church and pastors. Her current projects are Consent Culture, Emergent Worship (Open Space), Worship Language, and Family System Workshops for Congregations that help congregations find healthy ways to communicate and work together to focus on the mission of the church and sharing the Gospel of Christ. Thank you for being here today!

Honoring all Men! Sunday
—Join us at 9:30 a.m. for a special Father's Day Celebration! We will be honoring all men with a special gift, prayer, and fellowship afterwards!

Church Endowment Fund Matching Gifts Campaign! The Church Endowment Committee is again lifting up a matching gifts campaign inspired by God’s generosity in this season between Mother’s and Father’s Day. The first 20 gifts of $50 or more to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund will be matched with a $50 gift (for a maximum of $1000) by Amy Bergren and Wayne Heintz. In order to best track this, please use the “Online Giving” link on the Pilgrim Church and School webpage. Create your online profile (unless you have one already), and designate the “Church Endowment Fund.”

Dining Group—On Sunday, June 24th @ 5:30 p.m. we will experience a combination of Vietnamese & Croatian food at Sunset Pho Caffe, 5726 N. Western Ave. It should be very interesting! They have a full bar; street parking. Contact Julie if you plan to attend: 773-366-0724. Thanks!

Our Vacation Bible School Registration Link is Live! Please go to to register for this year’s VBS experience! It’s Tuesday, July 24th, through Friday, July 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for 4 year olds through 5th grade. Youth, grades 6—12, are invited to serve as helpers. Volunteers needed! Contact Katie Ruger at or VBS Coordinator Eve Haycock at if you would like information on volunteering. We are very excited!

2018 Block Party Kick Off Meeting—Wednesday, June 20th—September 16, 2018 is coming fast! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Each year we do some things the same, but we also innovate a little bit each year, depending on the ideas and gifts of those involved. It is an opportunity to highlight the amazing community we have at Pilgrim, and is a wonderful embodiment of our mission to gather, prepare, and send!
Our next meeting to bring together ideas and to divvy up jobs will be on Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the church parlor. Contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping at We hope you'll join us!

Calling All Members—Congregational Meeting—Please join us on Sunday, June 24th, for worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by an important congregational meeting. The primary business item will be holding a vote to approve our budget for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. We will be sending out the proposed budget this week by email. If you would like to receive a hard copy mailed to you in advance of the meeting, please let Renee Stuedemann know by calling 773-477-4824. We are very thankful for all of the teams that helped put this together, and especially to Tarah and Shellie for their amazing dedication.

Pilgrim School Highlights—Pilgrim graduated 17 eighth graders on Friday, June 8th. Congratulations Graduates! Thank you to the School Board, the Pilgrim Staff, Pilgrim Music Director Michael Knuth and all our families for a wonderful evening.

Pilgrim Summer Office Hours will be Monday—Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Save the Dates:
Summer Enrichment Camp—June 25-29 (Pirates), July 2-3 & 5 (Castles) and July 9-13 (Legos)
Saturday, July 21—Reception for Pastor Philip Knutson, South African missionary, 5:30 p.m. at Parsonage
Sunday, July 29—Vacation Bible School closing celebration
July 31—August 7—El Salvador Mission Trip
Sunday, August 26—WELCA sponsored Faith & Justice presentation at First Lutheran
"Fun Summer Bible Stories" is an interactive, mini Sunday School experience for children aged 3-11 that will take place each Sunday during coffee hour after 9:30 a.m. worship during the summer. It was the confirmation students idea to do this! It especially makes sense to do this during the summer when Sunday School takes a break. To sign up to help, click here:

Prayer Time—We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing! 

Prayers for Hope and all youth! Pilgrim will be represented by Hope Johnson at the ELCA Multicultural Youth Leadership Event and the National Triennial National Youth Gathering June 24th - July 2nd in Houston. She will be attending with youth from the ELCA youth group Edgewater Congregations Together (ECT) Youth group, led by Pastor Emily Heitzman. Over 25,000 youth will be attending, participating in workshops, city wide service projects, and nightly worship. Hope leaves next Sunday, the 24th at 3:00 a.m.! Please keep her and all the other youth across the country in your prayers!

Women’s Bible Study—Please join us on Wednesday, June 20th, and every other Wednesday (we will skip July 4th and resume on July 11th). We are using the book and study guide titled Grace by Max Lucado. There are still a couple extra copies available. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP or get the books, contact  
Pilgrim’s Card Ministry—If you have cards you would like to donate to the Card Ministry, please give them to Michael Haisler. They will be sent to those in need, or those we are praying for, or those who just need cheering up. They can be left in his mailbox in the Narthex. Thank you!

Farming Hope Chicago Interest Meeting on Thursday, June 21st, at 7:00 p.m.Do you like gardening? Do you have any kind of business experience? Do you like providing food for hungry people? If the answer to any of these three questions is “Yes”, please come to our Farming Hope Chicago interest meeting. We are especially interested in anyone with business experience. A hydroponics garden that can house 500 plants is about to go live at Pilgrim! Even if you can't make the meeting, please email Renee in the church office at so you can be added to the email group.

Pilgrim Hosts LOMC's Swing Choir in concert on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Garden at Pilgrim. Please consider helping out with the dinner at 5:00 p.m., or hosting a few students in your home for the night. It will be a fantastic experience! To sign up, visit this link:
Cinco de Pilgrim—Feedback NEEDED!—We want to hear your thoughts, ideas, and general feedback regarding our fundraising efforts this past year and looking to the future. Could you please give eight minutes of your time and fill out a survey. Even if you did not attend this year's event, we still want your feedback as well! Go to Contact Tarah at with any questions.

2018 Mortgage Campaign—We are using the account formally known as the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to continue to pay our monthly mortgage bill of $2,048. The 2018 Mortgage Campaign Giving is falling short of what is needed to pay the monthly bill. Thank you to everyone who is giving one time or monthly automatic contributions to the current 2018 Mortgage Campaign. We invite those who have not had a chance to give to this campaign to make a donation via check, with the memo saying "2018 Mortgage Campaign," or go to the giving page at and set up a monthly automatic payment. Thank you!

Windows Into Our Future—There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. ​ ​ ​We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 11 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​ ​We ​have raised $23,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Gift Cards—Operation CIP has many gift cards perfect for Father’s Day, graduations and weddings. We will be selling Sunday after church and Monday’s 9:00—10:00 a.m. in the school office. You may use the order form link below and either leave the form in the school office or contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 by 10:00 a.m. Monday. 
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


June 17 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 20 Wednesday
 7:00 p.m. Block Party meeting
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

June 21 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:00 p.m. Hydroponics meeting

June 22 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 23 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


June 24 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Congregational Meeting

June 27 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

June 28 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 29 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 30 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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