Subject: Pilgrim E-Update

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Dear Friends,

"What do we do now?"

That's what those gathered at the moment of Pentecost asked Peter... it was wonderful that the Holy Spirit was moving so powerfully, but... what now?

God has a Word for us! Let's ponder this question with the strength of a community that is seeking faith, hope, and love. Join us on this last Sunday of the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. schedule before we move to our summer schedule on the 29th of May.

New Sunday Worship Schedule Starts Next Week - Please note that starting on Sunday, May 29th (Memorial Day Weekend) we will move to our summer schedule of one 9:30 a.m. service each Sunday until Labor Day. Please make plans to join us this summer in worship!

Welcome Renee! - We are overjoyed to announce that Pilgrim’s own Renee Stuedemann will be serving as our new Office Administrator, taking Kathy Danner’s place. Please take the opportunity to congratulate Renee and express our gratitude to Kathy. You can continue to send any requests to Kathy until May 26th which is her last day.
Dining Group—’Good Ole Southern Cooking’ is on the table at Luella’s Southern Kitchen, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. at 5:30 on Sunday, May 22nd. It is BYOB. Please contact Julie, 773-764-3140, as she will make reservations.

Mad Beats, Mad Science
—Do you like science? Do you like making a difference in the lives of the world’s poor? Do you like music and having a good time? Then you need to attend “Mad Beats, Mad Science 2- Revenge of the Nerds” on Saturday, June 4th at 7 p.m. hosted by Pilgrim Alumni Scott Russell. It will be held at the home of
Scott’s friend, Kenya Fulton, who lives at 2104 N Western Ave. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and funds for the solar energy project to benefit the poor in El Salvador. Captain Scott will once again be performing science experiments to dazzle the eye and senses!

Classroom Retirement-Moments of Appreciation
—Come express apprecation Mrs. Daczyszyn (Grades 2/3) and Ms. Huelskoetter (Grades 1/ 2) as they retire from classroom teaching. We will hold an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 1st from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pilgrim Playground. We will also be using the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday , June 12th to honor Karen Huelskoetter for her work in the classroom as a member of our congregation. We are collecting a love offering for each teacher. You may write checks to Pilgrim and write the name “Huelskoetter” or the name “Daczyszyn” on the memo line.

Summer Opportunities:
New Pilgrim Sports Camp—Join us for our first summer sports camp, happening June 20th-24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim! We will be playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer while growing together with old and new friends! Pilgrim is partnering with UKANDU to provide this outreach program for FREE. Snacks and drinks will be provided and we ask you to bring a bag lunch. Please spread the word! Flyers and registration forms are available in the school office and on the back table of the church.

Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st
Children 3-years old (potty trained children only) through grade 5 are invited to Vacation Bible School. LMC will partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to hold a week-long program filled with music, crafts, drama, and bible activities. This year, VBS will run 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $35 per child with a $50 per family cap on fees. Scholarships are available. There are two steps to register:
First, please fill out the electronic form available at:
Second, complete payment electronically through Pilgrim’s website or by check payable to “Pilgrim Lutheran Church” with “VBS 2016” in the memo line and mailed to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613.
Older children and youth are encouraged to volunteer at VBS (service learning hours are available!). Contact Chris Wallis ( for more information.

July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program
—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more information, contact Camp Coordinator,
Arlene Calderone at

Save the Dates:

Friday, June 3rd-Pilgrim 8th Grade Graduation Service, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 12th-Congregational Meeting at 10:45 a.m.
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp

July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

Prayer Time—We will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join us.

Needed – “People” People
The Care Ministry Team is looking for people who have the gift of being able to connect with others and who would enjoy providing companionship to those who need a visitor – those who are homebound or in a hospital or nursing home. If you are interested, please come to the next meeting of the Care Ministry Team this Sunday, May 22nd (in the narthex after the 10:30 AM worship service)

Nursery—Are you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings?  I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis.  Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at if you're interested.  Thanks so much!

Do you work for a company that offers matching gifts?
  If so, please consider inviting your company to make a matching gift to "Pilgrim Lutheran Church English Synod", which is our official name on the federal register of religious non-profits.  Thank you!

—Our final numbers are in from the “Totally 80’s Pilgrim Prom” auction fundraiser and we raised over $70,000! Thank you to Samantha Doerfler and our wonderful team of volunteers!

Weekend Trips to El Salvador, Central America!

YOU are invited to join us in El Salvador, Central America for a weekend this summer!  If you have dreamed of visiting El Salvador, this is the summer to do it!  Come and see El Salvador August 4-7 or July 28-31.  The cost for 4 days and 3 nights is $300 plus airfare and the experience is priceless!  Airfares are less expensive this year--these trips are truly possible!  We are still hosting the full inspiring El Salvador and Guatemala Mission Trip July 31-August 10as well.  The brochure and all the forms are found on by clicking on the “El Salvador” tab. Please contact Pastor Anna-Kari at (773-990-0814) or Pastor Kristian at

Endowment Fund Matching Gifts! -In honor of her parents and Pilgrim, Pilgrim member Marian Azzaro has made the following invitation and challenge to the Pilgrim community: From now until June 19th (Father’s Day) Marian will match the first 20 gifts of $50 or more to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund with a $50 gift of her own.  (for a maximum of $1000).  So that we can 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.”

Gift Cards—Gift cards make great graduation gifts! We carry Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Target, Visa 50's and many other cards for clothes or dorm accessories. We will be selling Sundays after church, Mondays and Fridays and Tuesday, May 31st, in the school office. Please contact Anne Barsano with questions.

The last collection for Campbell’s Soup labels will be the end of May as Campbell’s is stopping the program. Please send in all of your UPC’s with the little box around it, by that time, even if you have to cut them off the cans, etc. Pilgrim obtains sports equipment with the labels!

General Worship Offerings

Budgeted through 04.30.16 $137,500
Actual through 04.30.16 $137,391

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 05.15.16 $ 2,392

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 22 Sunday
8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible Class
9:15 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
12:00 p.m. Care Ministry Team Meeting

May 24 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

May 25 Wednesday
 9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service

May 26 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S
7:30 p.m. Stewardship Team Meeting at the Parsonage

May 27 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 28 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


May 29 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service and Nursey

Jun 1 Wednesday
 9:00 a.m. Moms in Prayer
10:10 a.m. School Chapel Service
6:30 p.m. Teacher Retirement Ice Cream Social
7:30 p.m. Vacation Bible School Team Meeting

Jun 2 Thursday
9:15 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S

Jun 3 Friday
9:30 a.m. Sports Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts
6:30 p.m. Pilgrim Graduation

Jun 4 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
7:00 p.m. Mad Beats, Mad Science

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: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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