Subject: Keeping the Faith in Fearful Times

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Dear Friends,
How do we keep the faith in fearful times?  In this week's Gospel passage of Matthew 14:22-33, the disciples find themselves filled with fear.  And Jesus presence not only calms their fears, but also gives Peter the courage to step out in faith and to live with courage.

We pray you would have a similar encounter as you join us for worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m.  We will also be celebrating the baptism of Isis and Frances Urban.  See you Sunday!

Join us this Looking for inspirational stories of Pilgrim's impact in and around the Community! Amy Truelsen, the editor of our newsletter Pilgrim's Progress, is looking for story ideas to showcase the impact of our community programming. If you have an idea or a story to share with her, please email:amy.lind@mac.comand it will be
considered for inclusion in the next newsletter!
The Altar Flowers on Sunday are given with celebration to honor the baptism of Isis and Frances Urban.
Stairwell Painting by the Cullom Door - Work is progressing to paint the school stairwells. Our painters will be masking the woodwork in the stairwells on Saturday, August 12, which includes the school entry door on Cullom. DO NOT USE THE CULLOM DOOR after 2;30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12th. The Cullom door is blocked for entry until Friday, August 18th. Enter through the Church Door or the Church Office door. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Dining Group will get together on Sunday, August 20th, at 5:30 p.m.; Greek food is in the menu at Mykonos Restaurant for patio dining, 8660 Golf Rd. in Niles. They have parking; also valet.  Reserve with Julie: 773-764-3140  How about car pooling?
See you there.
It's Block Party Season! 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! This year we will be celebrating on Sunday, September 17th. Please contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping  We hope you'll join us!

The Score Big for Pilgrim party was a great success thanks to the generosity of all of you! Some parties still have spots available, and we would love your help in selling them out. They are always a fun time, and ALL of the proceeds go to Pilgrim. Here's a snapshot of the summer parties on the docket:
Summertime Backyard BBQ: An afternoon of fun and games for the entire family with Brian Irwin's award winning BBQ on August 13th hosted by the Irwin, Dickerson, Carlson, Egan, & McCullom Families. $75/family.
Pub2Pitch: Join some awesome dad's for tailgating and seats at the Chicago Fire game on August 19th hosted by Carl Doerfler, Jim Volkens, Clay Dickerson, and Rob Anstee.
$100/person - only TWO spots left.
Save the Dates:
August 20th - New Member Sunday
August 27th - South Africa Sunday
September 10th - New Worship Schedule at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
September 17th - Pilgrim Annual Block Party
September 20th - Women’s Bible Study begins a new session

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!
Pilgrim's Summer Hashtag! #summerinthespirit - Let's let our light shine! The Pilgrim community does some awesome things throughout the summer - Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, volunteering, summer camps, and meaningful travel. Lift up the blessings you are sharing and experiencing through social media! Here's how:
1.    Take a picture as you do whatever activity, trip, or service
2.      Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #summerinthespirit or send them to:
3.      Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And we’ll enjoy a slideshow in the fall!
Sunday Morning Nursery - Our supply of volunteers is running low and we'd love some help in the nursery! Commitment of your time during a church service once every two or three months and you can hang out with some cute kiddos! Contact Katie Ruger atkatieruger@gmail.comif you'd like to help. Thanks!

Welcome Back El Salvador Team! We are so thankful that our El Salvador Mission Trip Participants (July 31- August 7) are now back home safely. We were so blessed by your prayers and support. Our team members installed solar panels, served food to the hungry, participated in medical campaigns, supported new churches being planted in rural areas, visited our sister school (Colegio Luterano) and marched in a parade with 3,000 other people in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Thank you again to Michael and Trella Marinelli, Alicia Figueroa, Scott Russell, Renee Stuedemann, Kristian, Anna-Kari, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Indigo and Beck Anstee, Seth, Sarah, and Charlie Drake, Vince Costello, Stephanie Zimmerman, Elizabeth Howaniec, and Theresa Sparlin for representing Pilgrim in such an inspiring way! We invite you to join us July 31-August 7th in 2018!
Synod's ELCA World Hunger Million Dollar Challenge Update - Through the end of May 2017, the synod has given $722,673 toward the Million Dollar Challenge. As a reminder, the challenge runs through October 31, 2017. The goal is to raise one million dollars in support of ELCA World Hunger, and to help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Thank you to everyone who has and is participating.
Nick Zartler Junior - one of our members and a former school Alumni, is recovering from a health crisis. We are so thankful that God saved his life, and we invite you to continue praying for him and his family. Also, the family has started a go fund me page inviting people to make offerings in support of his medical expenses going forward. Here is the Over $10,000 was donated first day.  Check it out and keep on praying.
Hot Meals Team 1 - still needs a shopper! The next dates are August 19 and October 28. If interested, please

ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission - Maddy Tyler, Pilgrim alumn and member, is joining this program, with the opportunity to grow in faith and work in partnership with people in Cambodia. Maddy will be heading to Cambodia in August and needs to raise at least $5,000. If you would like to help her, you can donate at the following website:
Hydroponics Upgrades - We are starting upgrades for our hydroponics project.  Improvements will make it modular, movable, easier to take care of and more educational for the students. We still need an additional $400 dollars. Please use the pew envelopes and write Pilgrim Hydroponics on the giving line.

Gift Cards - We will resume Monday sales on August 7th. or your shopping
pleasure  this week we have Whole Foods $50 & $100, Peapod $50, Supercuts $25,  Hair Cuttery $10 & $25, and Lou Malnati's $10& $25 and our usual ones. Please  contact Anne Barsano with questions atcbarsano@aol.comor 312-972-9040.
Tuition Assistance Appeal - The time has come to lift up among Pilgrim families, members, friends and alumni our Tuition Assistance Campaign for the 2017-18  school-year. In our mission to provide academic excellence with a heart, Pilgrim is blessed with many gifts from many people. We invite you to help us extend the gift of a Pilgrim education to more students! Please visit our Vanco giving page http:// or write a check to Pilgrim and write on the Memo Line,  “Tuition Assistance.”  Thank you!
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE

August 13 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m.  Nursery
August 17 Thursday
6:15 p.m.     T.O.P.S.
August 18 Friday
6:30 p.m.     Girl Scouts
August 19 Saturday
11:30 a.m.    Hot Meals Team #1

August 20 Sunday

9:30 a.m.   Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery
August 24 Thursday
6:15 p.m.   T.O.P.S.

August 25 Friday

6:30 p.m.   Girl Scouts

August 26 Saturday

11:30 a.m.   Hot Meals Team #2
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 Manager:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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