Subject: It Never Gets Old

Pilgrim Announcements
May 3rd, 2015

Dear Friends,

I once asked the one of the best preachers I have heard, "What makes you such a good preacher?" And he replied without missing a beat, "Every week, I pray that God would give me yet another way to preach emphatically, creatively, and passionatley about Love. God's love is everything."

Come experience love that gives our souls rest, our relationships forgiveness, and our lives a brand new start. We also invite you to come in support of our teachers as we appreciate them as a part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

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. 

Pilgrim Apartment Opening
Pilgrim has 3 bedroom apartment at 4314 Winchester Ave. #1 that will be available to rent on June 1st, 2015. Rent will be $1350 plus utilities. Interested tenants can email to arrange viewing of the apartment and/or to obtain a rental application.
Teacher Appreciation Sunday—May 3rd
You are cordially invited to attend Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School's Teacher Appreciation Day Service on Sunday May 3rd at 10:30 a.m.   Please consider making a note of appreciation and drop it off in a box labeled “Teacher Appreciation Notes” which is located on the top of the metal church mailboxes in the narthex (behind the organ)  They will be presented to the teachers as a part of the service!  Thank you!

Mother’s Day—May 10th
Please join us on Sunday, May 10th for a very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also 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.

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.

ELCA National Bishop Visits Pilgrim
Please join us on Wednesday, May 13th at 10:10 a.m. for a special school chapel service as we welcome Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton to Pilgrim! Bishop Eaton was elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, and is the first female Bishop in our history.  Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.   Eaton’s husband, the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest, is vice president for advancement and church relations at Bexley Seabury Federation. They are parents of two adult children, Rebeckah and Susannah.  She’s been featured in Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, and is an important voice as we shape our witness in an increasingly challenging ministry environment. 

“We don’t disengage from the world,” Bishop Eaton has said.  “As a church called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to listen deeply, to speak out about racial equity and inclusion, to respect and uplift the dignity and humanity of every person and to join with others in organizing for change.” 

Please consider coming to meet Bishop Eaton and encourage her as she represents the over 4 million members of the ELCA!
Sunday School Music: CALLING ALL KIDS!
New happenings are in the works for the next 3 Sundays during Sunday School and we NEED YOU! Children in Preschool through Grade 5 are all being called to be a part of our special worship leading experience on MOTHER'S DAY, May 10th, so we need you to be part of the rehearsals on April 26th, May 3th, and May 10th!

We are looking for singers, bar chime players, instrument players, and more!  Join us at 9:15 AM each Sunday morning to learn and practice!

Questions? Contact  Karen Huelskoetter or Shannon Westveer

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.  
'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! 
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 Sunday morning, the  of May 3rd, 9:15 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. and Part II is Tuesday, of May 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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

Celebrate Family Ethiopian Dinner
You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Celebrate Family Dinner! Come enjoy delicious Ethiopian food prepared by Ralph Maffucci and friends! We will also have wine, dessert, and music! We will collect a freewill offering in support of the ministry of Ethiopian Pastor Lalissa Gemechis and his wife, Bilisie, and their children Homey and Wada here in Chicago.

Ralph and Renee, Anna-Kari and Kristian

Saturday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM

Casa Ethiopia 4332 N Winchester Ave Chicago, IL 60613
Thrivent Blanket Day for Project Linus
Project Linus supplies hand-made comfort blankets to children who are critically ill or traumatized.  The North Cook County-Chicago Chapter of Thrivent will supply everything needed to make hand-colored fabric squares and fleece blankets (both tied-edge and crochet-edge). The Chapter will also provide lunch.  No sewing skills are required. If you can tie a knot, you can help out!  If you are a quilter, please bring your own machine and basic supplies – we’ll have flannel available to sew the colored squares into quilts.  In addition, we will supply yarn, fleece and instruction for crochet-edge fleece blankets. Everyone is welcome - school-aged children through adults.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
4300 N Winchester Ave, Chicago IL 60613-1016 
RSVP:  Janet Fisher at if you will be able to attend, or just show up.
Pilgrim School is undergoing accreditation from the church wide ELCA Schools Office. Any congregation member who would like to meet with the Accreditation Team is welcome to join us on Monday, May 11th, at 7 p.m. for desserts in Maring Hall or on Tuesday, May 12th, at 3:30 p.m. in the 7th/8th grade classroom. The ELCA Schools team invites your questions and comments. If you have any other questions in the meantime, please contact our School Principal, Chris Comella (
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 PLUS is now in its fifth week.  The following appeal is not for more drivers (although we can always add to our list of possible drivers), but rather for names of SHUT-INS!  Think about your neighbors and acquaintances in the Pilgrim area - could someone use a hot meal delivered once a week (Saturday noon)?  Please call or e-mail either Jackie Mokszycki (773-677-0676) or Janet Taylor(773-777-4052)
Market Day orders for May will go home soon.  Why not try our new FRESH produce boxes, which are packed 4 days before delivery to our location!  May is also Cookie and Pizza Bonus month, with 3 new types of ready-to-bake cookies and 11 types of pizza.  All three deep-dish pizzas are made by Uno's pizzeria!  Class parties are coming up sooner than you think, so why not purchase some of the pizzas for the celebration. Pilgrim earns 20% of our orders when we sell 100 pizza and/or cookies.  Order are due online to  by 11 p.m., Saturday, May 9th and paper orders to the school by Noon, Friday, May 8th.  Contact Anne by Noon Saturday, May 9th at or 773-472-6037.  Orders may be picked up May 14th  from 3:00—4:00 p.m. or at PAS
Pump Up Pilgrim’s Play Space
We’re heading into the home stretch on our crowd-funding push to Reinvent Pilgrim’s Play Lot.  Help us reach our goal of $9000! We’ll be able to make it happen with more donations. All amounts are welcome, but we’re really hoping 100 families could donate $100 each.  That would equal $10,000 and make all the difference!  We’re at 28 supporters and 40% funded this week.  Let’s raise that up to 100 supporters!  

The site can be found HERE

We’ll use every dollar this summer to go to improving the lot for our children. But, if we don’t reach the $9000 goal, we won’t get a dime from this project and the pledges won’t be charged. Please spread the word and please consider a gift towards this important improvement. THANKS!!! 
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Prayer for this week
O God, you give us your Son as the vine apart from whom we cannot live. Nourish our life in his resurrection, that we may bear the fruit of love and know the fullness of your joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 8:26–40 (NRSV)

1 John 4:7–21 (NRSV)

John 15:1–8 (NRSV)
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 3 
Teacher Appreciation Sunday
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

May 6 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 7 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 8 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 9 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


May 10 Sunday Mother’s Day
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

May 12 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Meeting

May 13 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel—Bishop Easton visiting
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 14 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 15 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 16 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

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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