Subject: New Sunday Worship Time: 9:30 a.m.

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at our new summer worship time, 9:30 a.m. It is a special Sunday in the church year... Holy Trinity Sunday!

In this Sunday's gospel (John 3:1-17), Nicodemus comes to Jesus and asks, "How can anyone be born after having grown old?"

Getting older can be tough. But when we remember we are "spiritual beings immersed in a human experience" ( Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) we realize that renewal can happen, even as we grow old, even as we go through challenges, even as we experience loss. "What is born of the flesh, is flesh. But what is born of the Spirit, is Spirit." (v. 6)

We will also be saying prayers of appreciation for all of our veterans and current military personnel this Sunday in honor of Memorial Day weekend.

The Holy Trinity is ready to refresh us this Sunday! See you at 9:30 a.m. And safe travels to everyone on the road this weekend.
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!

Thank you, Chris Wallis! We thank God for Chris Wallis, who has served as Sunday School coordinator for 9 years and Vacation Bible School coordinator for 5 years. She was honored with a prayer of appreciation and a gift on Sunday, May 20th. If you would like to drop her a card of appreciation, you may place it in her member mailbox behind the organ.

Pilgrim Lutheran's School's Graduation Worship Service—You are invited to attend! It takes place on Friday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m. We are celebrating 17 soon to be Pilgrim alumni! If you have never experienced a graduation service, it is a wonderful experience and a testament to our mission to gather, prepare, and send all as leaders in the world. Note: The reception dinner is by invitation only, as to accommodate the families of the graduates.

Honoring all Men! June 17th—Join us at 9:30 a.m. for a special Father's Day Celebration! We will be honoring all men with a special gift, prayer, and fellowship afterwards! Please join us and invite a neighbor or a friend!

Attention Members: As you probably know, Pilgrim creates member mailboxes behind the organ in large black, metal shelves. We are wanting to maximize space in the narthex, because it is increasingly used for meetings and classes. If you would like to MAINTAIN a mailbox, please let Renee know at or 773-477-4824. Otherwise, we may be discontinuing use of these mailboxes in this age of email correspondence. Thank you.

Save the Dates:
Sunday, June 3—Care Ministry Meeting, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 24—Congregational Meeting to present Budget for the Upcoming Year, 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, July 21—Reception for Pastor Philip Knutson, South African missionary, 5:30 p.m. at Parsonage
Sunday, July 29—Vacation Bible School closing celebration 
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! (Note: There will be no Prayer on Saturday, June 16th.)

Women’s Bible Study
—Please join us on Wednesday, June 6th, 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! The dates are June 25-29 (Pirates), July 2-3 & 5 (Castles) and July 9-13 (Legos). 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  

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.

Coffee Hour is looking for volunteers to take the following dates: July 8, July 22, October 14 and January 13, 2019. Please contact Anne Barsano, or 773-472-6037, if you are interested in any of these. Thank you!

Pilgrim Hosts LOMC's Swing Choir in concert on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Garden at Pilgrim. Please consider helping out with the dinner at 5:00 p.m., or hosting a few students in your home for the night. It will be a fantastic experience!
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. Thank you!

Thank You for our Successful Cinco de Pilgrim Party—What a celebration! 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 to the committee of 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!

Windows Into Our Future—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 have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 11 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​ ​We ​have raised $23,000 so far. 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

Gift Cards—Operation CIP has many gift cards which are perfect for graduations, weddings or helpers and we can order larger amounts for some of them. Pilgrim has many $10/$25 gift cards, including Amazon, available for purchase on Sunday, Monday and Friday. Because of Memorial Day we will be selling on Tuesday, May 29th. You may also fill in an order form and leave it in the school office or contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040. Small purchases can add up to large profits for Pilgrim!   

Church Endowment Fund Matching Gifts Campaign! The Church Endowment Committee is again lifting up a matching gifts campaign inspired by God’s generosity in this season between Mother’s and Father’s 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!
Ravenswood UCC Rummage Sale:  It’s that time of year again! Time to dig through the closets, venture into the attic or basement and bring forth your treasures for the tables of the Ravenswood Rummage Sale. The RUCC gym will be open to receive donations after May 27th. The Sale will take place on Friday, June 8th from 1:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To drop off items for rummage, or to volunteer, call the church office at 773-549-5472 or come by the gym at 2050 W. Pensacola. See you at the sale! --Pastor Jason 
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


May 27 Sunday
 9:30 a.m.Worship Service & Nursery 
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 29 Tuesday
 3:15 p.m.Worship Committee
7:00 p.m. Church Council

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

May 31 Thursday
 6:30 p.m.  T.O.P.S.

June 1 Friday
 6:30 p.m.  Girl Scouts
6:30 p.m. Pilgrim Film Fest

June 2 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


June 3 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 5 Tuesday
 4:00 p.m. Dreamcasting Confirmation
7:00 p.m. Board of Ed.

June 6 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

June 7 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 8 Friday
 9:00 a.m. Pilgrim School Sports Awards
6:30 p.m. Pilgrim Graduation Service

June 9 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood 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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