Subject: Pilgrim News!

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Dear Friends,

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust the Lord!"
Psalm 34:8

Join us this Sunday as we welcome back our El Salvador Team and explore the gift of hunger and the bread of eternal life.

See you Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!

What a team!!! El Salvador 🇸🇻 Delegation 2018. 12 Solar Systems installed, over 300 served in medical campaigns, hundreds of kids encouraged, and we celebrated the birth of a new church! Thank you Pilgrim for all your prayers, support, and joyful participation!  Thank you to Michael, Be, and Trella Marinelli, Tonya Saiki, Alicia Figueroa, Scott Russell, Renee Stuedemann, Kristian, Anna-Kari, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Beck Anstee, Camryn Stewart, Vince Costello, Kenya Fulton, Gerald Butsky, Korrie Cassata, and Michael Haisler, for representing Pilgrim in such an inspiring way!
Rummage Sale - August 24-25 - First Lutheran Church (ELCA) on 3500 W. Fullerton Avenue is a small congregation with a big heart. They are committed to feeding the hungry in their community and serve 60-70 people both breakfast and lunch every Sunday! They are holding rummage sale on August 24 and 25 to raise funds for their hunger ministry. They are accepting donations of books, toys, games, clothing, ,shoes, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. They would be most grateful to receive these items between the 14th and 21st of August. They can also make arrangements to pick up. They can be reached at 773-688-5374, or email 

Pilgrim Summer Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pilgrim offices will be closed on Monday, July 30th and Friday August 3rd.

Save the Dates:
Saturday, September 8 - 33rd Annual Hunger Walk
Saturday, September 8 - Pilgrim marches in Von Steuben Day Parade
Sunday, September 16 - Pilgrimfest Block Party
Why Stewardship? Session planned for this coming Wednesday, August 15th has been postponed.  We will reschedule, watch for details!

Taking Faith Home, a wonderful intergenerational resource for growing in faith in your household. This week's "Taking Faith Home" Guide can be found here:

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!

Women’s Bible Study begins a new fall session on Wednesday, September 12th. Contact Renee at to get more info, or to be added to the email updates.

"Fun Summer Bible Stories" is an interactive, mini Sunday School experience for children aged 3-11 that will take place each Sunday during coffee hour after 9:30 a.m. worship during the summer. It was the confirmation students idea to do this! It especially makes sense to do this during the summer when Sunday School takes a break. To sign up to help, click here:
2018 Block Party - September 16, 2018 is coming fast! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping at

The Block Party is looking for small game prizes for children and also items that can be used in the Penny Social, bot both children and adults. If you can help, please contact Anne Barsano 773-472-6037 or Thank you!

Summer Challenge—Jesus with me! In the back of the church, you will find a cardstock half sheet image of Jesus. To celebrate the various ways Jesus accompanies us this summer, we invite you to: 1. Take Jesus with you this summer! Color it, make it your own! 2. Take a picture with Jesus wherever you are, with whoever you’re with, doing whatever activity, trip, or service. 3. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #pilgrimJesus2018 or send them to: 4. Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And then we’ll enjoy a slideshow in church!

Pilgrim’s Card Ministry - If you have cards you would like to donate to Pilgrim’s Card Ministry, please give them to Michael Haisler. They will be sent to those with birthdays and anniversaries, those in need, in our prayers, or those who just need cheering up. They can be left in his mailbox in the Narthex. Thank you!
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!

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 - Pilgrim will be selling gift cards on Sundays after the 9:30 a.m. service and in the school office on Mondays from 9:00—10:00 a.m. (with the exception of July 30th). You may also fill in an order form from the table in the narthex or school office or from the link below. Please leave it in the school office or with the Sunday Seller. Contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with questions and for alternate pick up times. Thank you!
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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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