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The Altar Flowers, Sunday, are given in memory of Charlotte Thompson, by her daughter, Myrtle Thompson Montag. June 27 would have been her 97th birthday.

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

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.

Let's celebrate America and the opportunities it offers. Join the Bethany and Pilgrim communities as we welcome our Burmese refugee family for a true American tradition: a July 4th picnic and fireworks display at Winnemac Park. We will gather at the southeast corner of of the park, which is accessible from the north-south streets (Seeley, Hoyne, etc) that end at the park, beginning around 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and the beverage of your choice (I don't think city parks allow alcoholic beverages), along with a chair or a blanket. It's an event for the whole family: there is a playground at the southwest corner of the park for the kids, and plenty of space to run around or toss a frisbee. Stay as long as you'd like, but some of us will definitely stick around for the fireworks, which usually begin around 8:45 or 9. If you've never experienced the Winnemac Park fireworks, you're in for a treat!

This will be the first opportunity that our family—Mom Setara, 17-year-old Dilnara and 6-year-old twins NorAlia and NorFatima—will have to meet the friends who have supported them during their transition to Chicago. Questions can be directed to Judy Beaupre ( or Becky Gillespie (

We hope to see you there in your red, white and blue!

Celebration of Rev. David Langseth’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination - Sunday, July 16th- Please join us for the a special celebration in honor of Pastor Kristian’s father-in-law, Pastor Anna-Kari’s father, David Langseth. Pastor Langseth served congregations in Boston, New York, and most recently in Schaumburg, IL. He will be preaching and the Langseth family will be hosting a brunch reception in his honor to follow the 9:30 a.m. service. Thank you to Pilgrim for helping to honor him and his ministry.

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:
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:
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, July 5th, 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 will take a break from Prayer Time while Pastor is on vacation. Please join us when we resume on Saturday morning, July 15th at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage.... it is so renewing! 

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 - School is over and we start our summer schedule for gift card sales. During the summer we will sell on Sundays at 10:30 in the church foyer and Mondays from 8:30 -10:00 a.m. in the school office. Please contact Anne Barsano or 773-477-4824 with questions and orders.

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!
Delivered by Pastor Kristian Johnson on 06.10.17

“Let there be Light”

Mission isn’t about bringing our gifts to needy people. It’s about letting the light of God’s love illuminate the gifts that each community has, no matter what culture, place, education level or background we come from. For 18 years, my wife, Pastor Anna-Kari, and I have been leading mission trips to accompany El Sinodo Luterano Salvadoreno, the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. We go every summer, and the congregation I currently serve, Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, is partnering to bring solar electricity to rural homes in El Salvador.

El Salvador is a country in Central America that has many challenges. Still deeply affected by a brutal civil war that lasted from 1980 to 1992, many resettled refugees still have no running water or electricity.

The gift of a solar panel allows Salvadorans to better utilize the gifts they have in abundance: an exemplary work ethic, intelligent and talented children, and SUN! Lots of SUN!

The impact of installed solar panels on rural communities is dramatic: Now children can continue to read and do homework past 6:30 p.m. And, a solar panel brings phone service to a community, since they are able to charge their phones!

We have already installed 40 solar panels in El Salvador, we are raising money to ship 60 more this summer.

We are so thankful for the privilege of coming alongside our Salvadoran brothers and sisters as they shine the light of Jesus love in their homes and in their community!

Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


June 25 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery

June 28 Wednesday
 7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

June 29 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 30 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 1 Saturday 
1:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


July 2 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery

July 5 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

July 6 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

July 7 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 8 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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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