Subject: It's Fun to be the Church

Pilgrim Update

It's Fun Being the Church!
Greetings from El Salvador!  What an honor it has been to serve among 19 people from Pilgrim, 41 people in our mission group in total, and with the hundreds of dynamic Salvadorans with whom we work and learn.  Pictured above: Church members from the Guazapa Mtn. region of El Salvador prepare to leave Miracle of God Lutheran Church after a wonderful day of worship and fellowship.   You can see how motivated they are to be the church and serve together, as over 40 people are gathered into the back of a pickup truck, ready to rock and roll over a steep and stony road for over an hour each way...  May it inspire us  to make sure to worship together this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!
Much love in Christ, Pastor Kristian

To see a 17 second video of this truck waving goodbye, click here:
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester) from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
*There will be no Prayer Time on the following dates: 
9th & 16th.
Support Pilgrim School!!!
Houses are selling again and families are on the move. If a new family has moved near you, please pass along the good news about Pilgrim School. Seats are available in almost every grade. Let everyone know about the best school in the city! For more information or a school tour, contact Principal Chris Comella,
Participate in Grace Unbound with Eric Law, Sept. 6
Eric Law, executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, Los Angeles, California, will lead Grace Unbound, exploring practices and processes that support sustainable and missional ministry on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The $15 registration includes lunch and materials and is supported by a Fund for Mission grant from the synod. Student rates are available. Register by Monday, August 25, 2014, by contacting the Rev. Paula Stecker at or 717-542-1270. The Rev. Eric Law is on a mission to create inclusive and sustainable congregations and communities. His goal is to transform the ministry of God’s people in the world by developing a dynamic, rejuvenating flow of spiritual, human, and economic resources.
Giving a Gift to All of our Children Thank you to those who may have contributed to the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund. This Congregation has established this fund with a vision that when fully funded, income from the Fund is going to provide scholarship aid and seed money for new programs at Pilgrim. We currently have a matching grant challenge from a member of the congregation. We need to raise $25,000 and the donor will match it. Please help if you can. Donations are being accepted via the Pilgrim webpage.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

*Pastor Kristian will be out of the office July 28 - August 15. Barbara will be away from the church office July 30 - August 15. Thanks to Donna Heintz for covering the church office in our absences. The church office will be open T/W/Th 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. during those weeks.

August 7 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 9 Saturday
 (no prayer team today)
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

August 10 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
Guest Pastor Paula Stecker
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

August 12 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Committee

August 14 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 16 Saturday
(no prayer team today)
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

August 7, 2014
Ministry Opportunity
Everyone is invited to participate in a lay ministry group which is forming to provide visits to home-bound or hospitalized members of our congregation. Please prayerfully consider serving in this way. Please contact Judy Daniel or Claudia George for more information.
Pilgrim Sends 19 to El Salvador
We are so thankful that we have sent 19 people to El Salvador on a Mission Trip this summer. The group is a wonderful cross section of church members, school families, hot meals volunteers, and church and school staff. Please join us in praying for Brian, Cathy, Erik, Jocelyn, and Abby Basler, Kristian, Anna-Kari, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Jean Carroll, Anne Meyers, Andrea Preston, Scott Russell, Ralph Maffucci, and Cheryl and Tonya Saiki. Principal Chris Comella and Karen Huelskoetter are going for a shorter time (four days) to strengthen our partnership with our sister school, the Colegio Luterano Elementary School, in San Salvador.
This is the 14th summer Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari have led mission trips to El Salvador… over 200 people have participated. Each year, they are accompanying Bishop Gomez and the Lutheran Church of El Salvador with:
• building new churches with a team led by Pastor Matias Bonilla
• serving at the Hope House, which ministers among homeless kids and adults
• sponsoring students with scholarships to attend elementary school, high school, and college, including those at Colegio Luterano
• installing solar energy units into rural homes without electricity
• Health Ministries, with medical and dental campaigns, both urban and rural
• Marching in a parade with over 2,000 Christians to pray for peace and human rights
• supporting the Build Resurrection Project, building a new sanctuary and community center in San Salvador
To see more pictures, click here to Pilgrim's Facebook page:
Advocates for ELCA Mission Work Needed
Does the work of ELCA in mission to the world appeal to you? Would you like to participate in contributing to their efforts? The Mission Gifts Team invites the members of the congregation to help by researching the ELCA Relief and Development projects and and submitting an application requesting Mission Gift funds for one or more of them. We would like a portion of the money currently available for Mission Gifts to go to an ELCA-sponsored mission, per the guidelines developed for the current Capital Campaign which concludes at the end of 2014.

Information about the current ELCA Relief and Development projects can be found at The projects include the following:
ELCA Malaria Campaign
    ELCA World Hunger
    HIV and AIDS Ministry
    Lutheran Disaster Response
    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
    Social Ministry Organizations

If one or more of these projects holds a special interest for you, and you would like submit an application requesting a Mission Gift on their behalf, please talk to one of the members of the Mission Gift Team: Anna-Kari Johnson, Joe Cardo, Tarah Dickerson, or Claudia George. The deadline for the next round of applications is September 19.

Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
Gift Cards
Be sure to pick up some gift cards if you are ordering or purchasing clothes and supplies for your children's and/or your return to school. We have Kohl's, Carson's, Macy's, LLBean. Lands End, Ross, TJMaxx/Marshall's, Sears, Target and other card available or immediate pickup. We are selling Sunday in the church foyer after the service and in the school office on Monday from 9-10 a.m. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with questions or to place an order.
Magazine Drive: Our Magazine Drive will begin the first week in September, or you can go online and place your order, both new and renewal, at anytime during the year. Our account # is: 2633014. Pilgrim receives 40% of your order.
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
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Our Prayer for Sunday
O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
1 Kings 19:9–18;
On Mount Horeb, where God had appeared to Moses with typical signs of God's presence—earthquake, wind, and fire—Elijah now experienced God in “sheer silence.” God assured Elijah that he is not the only faithful believer. Seven thousand Israelites are still loyal. God instructed Elijah to anoint two men as kings and to anoint Elisha as his own successor.

The second reading is Romans 10:5–15;
A right relationship with God is not something we achieve by heroic efforts. It is a gift received in the proclamation whose content is Jesus Christ. This proclaimed word creates our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence Christian proclamation is an indispensable component of God's saving actions.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 14:22–33;
Matthew’s gospel typically portrays Jesus’ disciples as people of “little faith” who fail despite their best intentions. In this story, Matthew shows how Jesus comes to the disciples when they are in trouble and sustains them in their time of fear and doubt.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


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Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
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