Subject: Pentacost means UNITY

Pilgrim Announcements
May 24th, 2015

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon people of all nations and backgrounds through one service: 9:30 a.m.!

What an unbelievable place Pilgrim is. What a joy it is for all of us to be part of such a community! In one week, our school received full accreditation from the ELCA Schools and Learning Centers Board with 9 commendations, we enjoyed a chapel service with the Bishop of the ELCA, we launched a new women's Bible Study, we celebrated having raised $32,000 for a new playground, and we celebrated the Baptism of Liam, the son and nephew of Pilgrim Alumni who came back home to Pilgrim. Some churches don't do that much ministry in one year! Congratulations to all!

Pastor Kristian
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.

Women’s Bible Study
Come to Marta Hardacre’s house: 4335 N Winchester Ave #1 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th to join other women as we consider together the answer to the question: “How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama and daily duties?” We will facilitate this discussion through the five-week Bible study based on bestselling author, Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. Refreshments and journals will be provided. Please bring your Bible if you can. Come and relax with us as we enjoy the community God has given us in each other! “It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we’ve always wanted…” Ann Voskamp
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.)
'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 ( 
Pilgrim Preschool and Kindergarten through 8th Grade School has seats available!
Tours happen weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Other times may be arranged by appointment.  Please contact Principal Chris Comella at or at 773-477-4824 for more information or to schedule a tour. 
Note: FULL DAY—We have now opened a limited number of seats for three-year-olds in the morning class... with options for the afternoon as well, thus making it possible for a 3 year old to attend a full day program at Pilgrim.  Please help spread the word!

Summer Enrichment Program
Are you still looking for activities for your little ones this summer? There are still spots left in our Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program for children ages 4 years old to 3rd grade. The program runs from July 6th—24th on a weekly basis. You can find the flyer with more information and the registration form by clicking HERE
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!

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
Hot Meals
Most of the ten teams are well-staffed, but we always need substitutes.  Contact Janet Taylor if you are interested in being a substitute or would like to help in keeping the pantry well-supplied.  Contact Janet Taylor at or (773) 777-4052
Hot Meals Plus has made it easy for you to sign up to be a driver by setting up a SignUpGenius page. The commitment for a driver would be on a Saturday for about an hour and a half - delivering hot meals to shut-ins.  You can sign up for up for any Saturday in the summer on SignUpGenius site, visit this link HERE Or if you prefer, you can still sign up with Janet Taylor - Also we are still looking for more shut-ins who could benefit from a meal delivered to them on Saturdays.  Please pass on names to either Janet Taylor  ( 773-777-4052) or Jacquie Mokszycki (
Pilgrim is Accredited by ELCA with 9 Commendations!
The visit last week was at the end of 18 months of preparation by the teachers, the school office, the Board of Education and the Church Council. Our in-house team leader, Halley Williams, coordinated the preparation of an 878 page document for the national team's review. Every staff member also prepared a portfolio of artifacts, each of which was at least a couple hundred pages in length. After reading through our documents and observing our school on Monday and Tuesday, Pilgrim not only earned full accreditation, but also 9 commendations. WOW! Many thanks to everyone on staff, on PTL, on the BOE and on Council for your help, and special thanks to Halley Williams for coordinating this herculean task.  
Gift Cards will be sold Tuesday and Friday in the school office next week because of the holiday and will be sold Sunday after church.  We are carrying $10's on many of the kid-friendly cards like Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins, iTunes, AMC, Regal theatres, Amazon, Target, fast foods and many others for those "just a little something" gifts.  We also have many cards which are perfect for graduation, wedding and Father's Day (Jiffy Lube, Auto Zone, sports stores, Golfsmith).  Now is also the time to think about stocking up on groceries cards for when you won't be around Pilgrim this summer! ?? Anne Barsano ( 773-477-4824)
Market Day order forms have been distributed and are due back to the school by Noon, Friday, May 29th or online at by 11 p.m. Saturday, May 30th.  There are many clearance items this month as this is the last Market Day of the year.  Remember to look at the order sheet for your favorite products as the items pictured in the flyer are only the items on sale.  Pick up is Thursday, June 4th, 3-4 pm. and at PAS.  Thank you for your support this year! 
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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Prayer for this week
Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 2:1-21 (NRSV)

Romans 8:22–27 (NRSV)

John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15 (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 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

May 31 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 3 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 4 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 5 Friday
6:30 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 6 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
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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