Subject: Honoring All Women!

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Join us on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.! Gentlemen, time to show some love! Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, Mothers, Friends, Grandmothers will receive blessings, prayers, and a gift! As part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits. We will also be lifting up our Church Endowment Fund.

A Blessed Mother's Day Weekend to everyone!
Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday! Join us for our last Sunday of the school year schedule, with services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We will enjoy a festive service as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, while lifting up our growth through the "Gift of Listening" Campaign. The color of the day is RED!

Geraniums for Pentecost—The congregation is invited to bring RED geraniums to decorate the altar on May 20th. The geraniums will be planted in the gathering garden for our community to enjoy. Join WELCA to plant them on Saturday, May 26th at 9:30 a.m. Contact Renee if interested in helping

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in memory of Grandmothers Christine and Alma and Mother Florence by Gerald Hoffman.

Honoring All Women! Sunday we celebrate all women at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services! Gentlemen, time to show some love! Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, Mothers, Friends, Grandmothers...enjoy blessings, prayers, and a gift! As part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families.

Walk to Reach El Salvador!- May 20th - You can change lives here and around the world! Join us at 7:45 a.m. next Sunday at Pilgrim for a fun 3 mile walk/run to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! For more information, pick up a flyer and sponsor form from the back table or contact Anna-Kari at 773-990-0814 for more info!

Dining Group
—Southern, soul food at Pearl's Place, 3901 S. Michigan, on Sunday, May 20th, at 5:30. It is BYOB and they have a parking lot. Contact Julie, 773-366-0724.

Summer Worship Schedule with one service at 9:30 a.m. begins on Sunday, May 27th. Join us as we all worship together.

Save the Dates:
Sunday, June 3—Care Minitstry Meeting, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 24—Congregational Meeting to present Budget for the Upcoming Year, 11:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Camp:
June 25—29—Pirates, July 2—3, 5—6—Castles, July 9—13—Legos
Wednesday, July 18—LOMC Swing Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim
Vacation Bible School—July 24-27, closing celebration Sunday, July 29
Announcing Vacation Bible School 2018—Please save the dates: 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. The registration link will be made live shortly. We are very excited!

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!

Explore the Bible Class—Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. for "Explore the Bible" Class. It is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity. We will meet in Maring Hall and continue exploring the basics of our Lutheran faith in this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Pastor Daniel Erlander's Book, "The Lutheran Way of Being Christian."

Women’s Bible Study—Please join us on Wednesday, May 23rd, and every other Wednesday. 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 Summer Enrichment Camp—This program allows children the opportunity to explore themes of interest to them and explore the places around the city where they can find out more about each theme. We emphasize community-building, collaboration, and, of course, fun! Click on this link for further information including times and costs!

Future Design School Young Innovators Program—empowers kids to create, innovate and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students learn design methods and get hands-on-experience building new business offerings. It’s August 6-10 and is only $165 for Pilgrim Students. For more info contact the school office at
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 to the 2018 Mortgage Campaign. Thank you!

Farming Hope Chicago! 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 email Renee in the church office at so you can be added to the email group. 

Thank You for our Successful Cinco de Pilgrim Party—What a celebration! There were 175 members of the Pilgrim community in attendance! All of your generous bidding and buying totaled $34,000! That money, combined with the proceeds from the fall raffle, brings our fundraising total to nearly $60,000 for this year! All receipts and invoices have been emailed, but if you would like a hard copy, contact Ana at or 773-616-3522. Thank you so much to the committee for all their work: Ana Caref, Tarah Dickerson, Tara Karmin, Katie Wilson, Ann Simpson, Shellie Militante, Jessica Ittner, Parul Desai, Erin Telford, Laurie Steensma, Jamie Bates, Sam Parker and Heather Sexton. It takes a community!

Fund-A-Need Project: Windows Into Our Future—On Saturday, May 5th, we launched this Pilgrim-wide project. 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 need to provide our students and staff with the best environment possible, and we need to become better stewards of our monthly heating and air conditioning bills. The full-cost for new windows plus the cost of construction to install them is approximately $170,000. We are working with our partners at CLEF to raise half of this amount. We need you to help raise the other half. Our goal is $85,000, and our appeal is to both school families and church members. The “Cinco de Pilgrim” launch of the 2018-2019 campaign was very encouraging - nearly $20,000 was pledged in one time and recurring monthly gifts. What an exciting way to kick off this big project. Thank you for your generosity.
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

Church Endowment Fund Matching Gifts Campaign! Today the Church Endowment Committee will be lifting up a matching gifts campaign inspired by God’s generosity in this season of Mothers and Fathers 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.” Thank You!

A Global 6K for Water will take place at Montrose Harbor on May 19th. The event is sponsored by World Vision to raise donations for clean water globally. The distance of 6 kilometers is the average that a family member in the third world will walk daily to retrieve water for the family. This distance is walked every day for the family's daily water. We now have a “Pilgrim Lutheran Wildcats” team. Please register to walk or run at and join our team! If you wish to donate, visit our team page and sponsor our runners. Or, contact Bob Lau at with questions.

Gift Cards—There is still time to purchase cards for Mother's Day giving! Going out or purchasing a gift - use a card or give one to Mom so she can get what she wants! Are you looking for a little something to give to graduates or helpers this May or June? Pilgrim has many $10/$25 gift cards available for purchase on Sunday, Monday and Friday. You may also fill in an order form and leave it in the school office or contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040.

FREE PIANO! Pilgrim has a plethora of pianos and is giving away a spinet. If interested, please contact Michael Knuth for details at 773-784-4623.

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


May 13 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Explore the Bible &
Learning Session: The 10 Command- ments
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 15 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. PTL

May 16 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

May 17 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 18 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 19 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10
8:00 p.m. Beginners AA Meeting


May 20 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service and Walk for
El Salvador
9:15 a.m. Sunday School & Explore the Bible &
Learning Session: The 10 Command- ments
10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 23 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

May 24 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 25 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 26 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1
8:00 p.m. 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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