Subject: Hypocrisy and Hope

Pilgrim Announcements
May 17th, 2015

Dear Friends,

While reading an article about the state of Christianity in North America on the internet, I noticed one of the commenters shared:

"…religion is simply a superstition based on incredibly silly stories… as we see the universal hypocrisy of religions and the evil perpetrated in the name of “God”, I can’t help but ask… “Is this is a con game?”

Are these your thoughts sometimes? What would you say if someone you know shared something similar? Do we as Christians offer merely hypocrisy, or real truth and hope? And what does that look like for times like these?

Join us this Sunday as explore our possible responses to these perspectives, and what it means for our lives and our future as families and as a church. This week is the last Sunday of 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services until the fall… see you then! 

Pastor Kristian

Starting on Sunday, May 24th, we will move to one service at 9:30 a.m. Our 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services resume in September. 

WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador
You can change lives here and around the world! Join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! Sunday, May 17th at 7:45 a.m. we meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on 4300 N. Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (1 block south of Montrose, 1 block east of Damen.  We’ll be walking to Welles Park, circling it twice, and then heading back to Pilgrim for a celebration! For more information, please contact Pastor Kristian Johnson at  or Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814.  
Legacy Bricks Dedication
Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 9:30 am.. for a special dedication of the "Legacy Bricks" in the newly installed Gathering Garden.   The "Legacy Bricks" feature the name of past teachers, Principals, and Pastors that have served throughout Pilgrim's history.  Our featured guest that day will be Dr. Richard Calhoun, currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Concordia University in River Forest.  Dr. Calhoun is the grandson of Pilgrim's first Principal, Alfred Rumsfeld.  Please spread the word among alumni and friends of Pilgrim.

Sunday School term-end celebration
Due to the May 24 transition to one service, this Sunday, May 17th, marks the end of the spring term.  We will have our year-end party starting at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.  Sunday School will resume after Labor Day. 

Quilters' & Crafters Workday
Join us on Sunday, May 17th for an afternoon of crafting and fellowship.  You don't have to sew:  bring knitting, scrapbooking, photo albums or whatever you'd like.  Want to learn to quilt?  Let us know ahead of time and we'll give you a supply list.  The Pilgrim Quilters will be tying up any loose ends from Project Linus and working on their own projects.  We'll get started after coffee hour, around 1 p.m., order dinner (about $9 each) late in the afternoon, and work until 7:30 or so.  Come for as much or as little time as you wish. Bring a snack or beverage to share.  Contact Chris Wallis ( for more information.

'Camp Discovery' - Vacation Bible School is coming! 
Planning and volunteer recruitment are underway for our third VBS adventure, which is scheduled for the week of June 22nd.  Vacation Bible School is for kids ages 3 through Grade 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Older kids and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help make this a great experience. Even if you aren't available that week, you can help with set design and building and other preparations.  Online registration is now available on—click on the VBS banner! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Chris Wallis ( 
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.)
Bible Discussion Time: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us! 
Come to El Salvador 2015
If you have ever wanted to serve God on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America  this summer—July 31st- August 10th, 2015.   Come make friends at our sister school, Colegio Luterano!  We will be able to meet Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge required.  This will be the 16th summer that Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari have led a mission trip to El Salvador. For more information, please contact them at 773-990-0814 or at  or 
click HERE to see all the brochures and forms.  Thank you for your support and prayers!

Prayer for this week
Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 1:1-11 (NRSV)

1 John 5:9-13 (NRSV)

Luke 24:44-53 (NRSV)
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 

New Member Classes
What does ‘Lutheran’ mean?  How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim?  If you're at all curious about any of these questions, please  explore with us. Membership is done by attending our two-part New Members class.  The next meeting - PART I will be on Thursday evening, May 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Part II is Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to noon. People interested in participating in these classes can participate in any order. Both Part I and Part II are offered each month (so for example, you could attend Part II this month, and Part I next month). You may RSVP to Lindsay in the Church Office at
Geraniums for Pentecost
Help decorate the altar on Sunday, May 24th by bringing red geraniums to church.  The flowers will later be planted in the church garden for all to enjoy.  If anyone would like to volunteer to do the planting,  contact Chris Wallis (  This is a great family activity!

41 and counting!
Pilgrim Lutheran School is extremely blessed to have received our 41st 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.
Hot Meals
Most of the ten teams are well-staffed, but the need for substitutes is always true.  Contact Janet Taylor if you are interested in being a substitute or would like to be in charge of keeping the pantry well-supplied.  Contact Janet Taylor at or (773) 777-4052

Hot Meals Plus
For eight weeks now a hot Saturday noon meal has been delivered to some shut-ins. Please contact Janet Taylor or Jackie Mokszycki with names of shut-ins. Also we would like to add more drivers to our list of delivery people. Delivery takes less than two hours. If you would like more information, to submit the name of a shut-in or if you would like to sign up to be a driver, please contact Jackie Mokszycki at
Gift Cards Why not consider purchasing gift cards as gifts for your graduates, teachers or students?  We are carrying a greater variety of $10 denomination cards than usual. Orders may be emailed to Anne Barsano and then would be held for pickup on selling days.   
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! 
The reality is that quotes are coming in, and we’re estimating that the project will cost $40,000- $45000, not including the play-deck for little kids. We have 8 more days to STRETCH our goal and raise another $5K. We will apply to a few small potential grants.  Can you help us S T R E T C H by $25, $50, $100 or $250, $500. It has been wonderful and inspiring to see so many families, individuals, alumni and grandparents of students all donating to this project. If you can share the link with someone, please do! 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 all ages of children!  It will go in the garden space.  We’ll need resilient surface (rubber tiles or turf- comparing costs)  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

The crowd funding site can be found HERE
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Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

May 17 Sunday
7:45 a.m. Walk/Run for El Salvador
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
1:00 p.m. Quilters’ Meeting
2:00 p.m. UNExtreme Couponing 

May 19 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

May 20 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 21 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. Finance Committee
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 22 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 23 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

May 24 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 25 Monday
No School—Memorial Day

May 26 Tuesday
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

May 27 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 28 Thursday
6:30 p.m. New Member Class—Part 1
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 29 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 30 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:00 a.m. New Member Class—Part 2
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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
Church Office Manager: Lindsay White
School Office Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig

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