Subject: Pilgrim News: The Great Co-Mission

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Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we gather in the name of the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is not just doctrine... the Holy Trinity is God's reality for us, life in all it's fullness!

Join us as we celebrate the great Co-Mission, welcome new members, and come together as members to lift up our priorities and vote to approve a new budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Please access the information for the meeting here:

We will have hard copies of this same packet on hand for your learning and participation.

See you Sunday!

Honoring all Men! June 18th - Join us on at 9:30 a.m. for a special Father's Day Celebration! We will be honoring all men with a special gift, prayer, and Root Beer Float reception afterwards! Please join us and invite a neighbor or a friend!

Happy Birthday Irma! Our beloved member Irma Gronau is celebrating a birthday today (June 18)! We thank God for you!

Calling all Members! Congregational Meeting: Sunday! - Join us as we lift up our vision and values and vote to approve our 2017-18 budget in our congregational meeting. We will begin at 10:45 a.m., directly following our 9:30 a.m. worship service. Thank you!

Welcome, New Members!
- Sunday we will officially install the Sexton and Militante families into membership! We hope you can join us in welcoming them to our worship community! Thank you to New Member Sponsor Families, the Doerflers and Dickersons!

The Altar Flowers today are given in memory of Lois Kane by Marilynn Stammich.

The Dining Group - Sunday we will be dining at Hai Yen, Vietnamese, 1055 W. Argyle, at 5:30; car pooling from church. Please RSVP to Julie: 7737-764-3140.

Calling all youth 6th-12th Grade! Join us for a Picnic and Beach Volleyball Party on Wednesday, June 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at Montrose Point. Bring a snack or dessert to share, or just come! Text Pastor Kristian at 773-990-0813 if you would like exact location or to find the group that night... Thanks!

Baptisms Next Sunday - Join us next week for a very special celebration! We will be celebrating a Father and Son Baptism. Join us in welcoming Mark Maienschein-Cline and Harrison Mutso-Maienschein to the font and into the Pilgrim community! We will also be receiving the mother of Harrison, Amelia, into membership.

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:
Beer & Cider Tasting: An extensive display of beers all ready for you to sample on June 24th hosted by Bob & Sarah Lau. $50/person.
Brushes & Bottles: A create your own masterpiece party & wine tasting taught by Julie Nebel-Dooley and Sarah Eva Monroe on August 5th. $35/person
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:
Monday, June 12th - Academic Awards, 9:00 a.m.
Pilgrim Summer Enrichment Program:
Week 1 June 26-30, Week 2 July 3rd- 7th, Week 3 July 10-14th
Women’s Bible Study — The next session will be Wednesday, June 21st, at 6:30 p.m., we will Gather with refreshments, and 7:00 Prepare with Bible Study. We will use the Bible studies in the Women of ELCA Gather magazine. Anna-Kari Johnson and Renee Stuedemann will lead this series at Renee’s home. If you are interested, please contact Renee at

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!

Sign up for Vacation Bible School - Our theme is “A Mighty Fortress” and will be the week of July 17-21. VBS is for kids ages 4 through Grade 5. Older kids, youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer as helpers. The more the merrier, it's fun for all of us! Registration for both students and volunteers is now open via a link on Pilgrim's website:
Questions? Contact Chris Wallis

Endowment Fund Matching Gifts! From now until June 18th (Father’s Day) the Boecler and Bergren families will match the first 40 gifts of $50 or more to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund with a $50 gift. 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.”

It is with sadness and with resurrection hope that we share that Brigitt Couch, daughter of Sue Couch and mother to Camryn, Chris, and Nick, passed away on May 21st, following their father’s passing five years earlier, so now the kids have lost both parents. Sue and Camryn are active members of our worship community, prayer ministry, care ministry, Sunday School program, and are bright lights in our neighborhood. Please keep Sue, Camryn, Chris, and Nick in your prayers. Cards can be sent to: Sue Couch and Family
4240 N. Wolcott Ave. #2
Chicago, IL 60613
If you would like to make an offering to help the family cover the costs of the cremation and memorial, you may write a check to Pilgrim and place in the memo: Couch Family. There is also a "Go Fund Me" page set up to help secure online donations:
If you would like to help bring them a meal, you can sign up here:

Vacation Bible School Volunteers needed - In addition to a number of positions for group leaders and helpers we need a leader for the Games portion of the program. This entails leading groups of kids through approximately 20 minute segments of active outdoor play. The curriculum includes suggested games or you can come up with your own activities. Please contact Chris if interested. VBS is scheduled for the mornings of July 17-21.

Hot Meals Team 1 - needs a shopper! The dates are June 10, August 19, and October 28. We thank Claudia Dawley for being the previous shopper. This would involve communicating with the team captain before those dates for a list of what to buy and then dropping the food off by Friday evening or early Saturday morning. You would get a fob to come into the school. Your receipts can be turned into the business office for reimbursement. If interested, please contact

Gift Cards - Graduations, weddings, BBQs and vacations - lots of events for which you can use gift cards. We will be selling Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, plus Tuesday and Wednesday (June 13 & 14), the last week of school. Order forms are available in the school office. If you can't come in to purchase a card, please contact Anne Barsano or 773-477-4824.

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 or write a check to Pilgrim and write on the Memo Line, “Tuition Assistance.” Thank you

General Worship Offerings:
Budget year to date (through April) $129,166
Actual received year to date (through April) $143,291
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


June 11 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery
10:45 a.m. Congregational Meeting

June 14 Wednesday
 6:30 p.m. Youth Volleyball Night
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 15 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 16 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 17 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #2


June 18 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery

June 21 Wednesday
 7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 22 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 23 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 24 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

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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