Subject: Prayers Answered

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

There are longings within us. There are dreams not yet fulfilled, problems not yet solved, injustices not yet confronted.

And in the midst of all this, God is present. And God answers our prayers. Come this Sunday to explore the link between prayer and justice. We will also say a special send-off prayer with all who are going on the El Salvador Mission Trip next week.

God's peace!
El Salvador Trip
Thank you to those people connected to Pilgrim’s community that will be participating in this year’s mission trip to El Salvador: Renee Stuedemann, Ralph Maffucci, Scott Russell, Alex Bologna, Jean Carroll, Ann Carroll, Corie Sparlin, Pastors Anna-Kari and Kristian, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson. We are thankful for the many ways they will experience God’s presence in El Salvador, and we look forward to commissioning them with a special sending prayer at our service on July 28th.

Did you know that Pilgrim has raised over $10,000 for the El Salvador mission so far this year?   What an amazing church! 
Here is the breakdown of how the offerings have been used: 
Scholarships for Trip Participants: $1,297
Salvadoran College Sponsorships: $3,000
Church Construction-Colon Community: $1,000
 Solar Energy Project: $4,380 
Offering to Lutheran Church of El Salvador: $500
 These offerings total $10,177!
Special thanks to Church Administrative Secretary Barbara DeGraff for processing all of these offerings!

El Salvador Solar Energy Project
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to this project!   Thanks to Ralph Maffucci and Scott Russell, who have come up with a prototype solar energy system that could bring electrical power to rural homes in El Salvador.  We are transporting the materials we need to bring power to 8 homes in the villages of the Guazapa region of El Salvador.  Special thanks to Thrivent chapter President Marie Cleveland who has donated the cost of shipping the solar panels to El Salvador and is personally guiding those materials to El Salvdor.  Marie is Corporate Accounts Manager at Fedex.  God continues to work miracles and answer prayers... we praise God!
Treasure Hunting for a Good Cause!
Come to Penn Dutchman Antiques, 4912 N Western Avenue (behind the T-Mobile store), phone 773-271-2208,  on Saturday, July 27th, any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.: 40% of all purchase will be donated to Pilgrim Lutheran's El Salvador Mission. Free refreshments served. 

 Enjoy the stories and humor of local historian and Pilgrim member and store owner Mr. James Mowery (father to Debbie Suhajda and father-in-law to Mike Suhajda) Thank you Mr. Mowery!!

Come find jewelry, hardware, collectibles, art, toys, painting, home decorations, lamps, civil War memorabilia and Marilyn Monroe items. 

Or go to the Penn Dutchman Collectibles Store at and see the over 10,000 items for sale. online. Once you find items you'd like, call the store to make sure your purchases will be included in the Pilgrim El Salvador Fundraiser. Thank you!
Pilgrim School Needs a 
Choral Music Teacher/Director
Responsibilities include: 1 hour/week of Introduction to Choral Singing for 4th Grade; 1 hour/week of Advanced Choral Singing for 5th-6th Grade and 1 hour/week for 7th-8th Grade; plus, 1 hour/week of prep time. Students learn music reading, sight-singing and the fundamentals of good musicianship. Student performances may include weekly chapel service on Wednesday mornings, Christmas service, and a Spring Concert. The choral music teacher may also need to be present for special occasions (select evening services and Sunday services) to help lead the choir in an offering of music. Other performance opportunities may be service project(s) and/or school musical production(s). Teacher must maintain student discipline and grades. The choral music teacher works to maximize the contribution of any and all singers who participate.

Inquiries: send a resume and supporting materials electronically to Mr. Chris Comella, Pilgrim Principal, at or call 773-477-4824.

Pilgrim’s Calendar is Online!
Did you know that Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School has one combined calendar online?  It is an easy way to keep up to date on upcoming events and opportunities. Please check out the calendar anytime by visiting our website,, visiting the scroll for updating events, and then clicking “Click here to go to Calendar.”  Thanks to our Administrative Secretary for setting up this wonderful online calendar.
Church Calendar

Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

July 28 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Gronau

August 1 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

August 3 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m Prayer Team 
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #7

July 28, 2013
Pilgrim welcomes
renowned Preacher next week
Next week, August 4th,  Pilgrim will be blessed with the Pastoral leadership of Pastor Daniel Schwick. Pastor Schwick has been the Director of since its inception in January, 2000. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor who served congregations in Chicago for fifteen years and was heavily involved in social and community issues in his parish ministry. In the mid-1980's Dan was a founding board member of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless. In the '90's, Dan was a founding board member and later served as vice president and president of Lakeview Action Coalition (LAC), an institution-based community organization in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, near Wrigley Field. LAC worked extensively in addressing issues relating to displacement caused by gentrification. was founded in January of 2000 by the three Illinois synods (regional bodies) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) along with the national church body and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). The purpose of the ministry is to educate and mobilize Lutherans in the 550+ ELCA congregations in Illinois to stand up for just public policy. Among the issues addressed by the group are the abolition of capital punishment, increased access to healthcare for poor people, stronger government support for human services, and a variety of other poverty and social justice concerns.
Dan is married to Pastor Kathie Bender Schwick. They have three sons an
d live in Park Ridge.

A message from our New Principal:
Setting off on a journey must be a familiar theme at a school and a church called “Pilgrim.” Coming to the principalship at such a lively and successful school as Pilgrim, I am excited by the blessing of joining my journey to those of the students, their families, the staff and the congregation.

 As I join my way to Pilgrim’s journey, I fully trust that we can accomplish all our goals for the children at Pilgrim School if we stay firm in the faith that God will continue to help us along our journey. At Ebenezer Lutheran, where I am a member, we recall that Samuel erected a stone “and called its name Ebenezer, for he said, ‘Hitherto the Lord has helped us,’” (1 Sam.6: 12). May the Spirit continue to work through you and through me to ensure the success of our students in an even greater way than Samuel experienced on his journey! I look forward to meeting each of you and working with the teachers, staff, and, most importantly, the children of Pilgrim Lutheran. If you have any questions or thoughts for me—either about from where I have come, about my current vision, or about what I hope our future outcomes might be—please feel free to contact me at school. I have my walking shoes on and I am ready to move forward with all of you!
Chris Comella

Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer and fall, we’re going to be exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We’re going to be bringing back some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. We’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

July 28th—Respond by advocating Justice for the Vulnerable
August 25th—Invest time, talent, and resources generously
September 8th—Lift up Academic Excellence with a Heart
September 15th—(Block party Sunday) Mpower Homes for Faith Formation
September 22nd—Preach on Mission Statement: In Christ's love, we gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)
Congregational Forum on the Core Values (after service)
September 29thCongregational Meeting to approve core values

Please join us in worship this summer as we reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty and ever-living God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you gladly give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us your abundant mercy. Forgive us those things that weigh on our conscience, and give us those good things that come only through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Genesis 18:20-32: In today’s reading, Abraham fulfills the commission given him by God, that all the nations of the earth should bless themselves through him. Abraham’s call is to teach God’s way of justice and righteousness

The Psalmody is Micah 6: 8:God has shown thee, O People,what is good and what the Lord requires of thee, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.

The second reading is Colossians 2:6-15: Paul warns his congregation in Colossae about “the empty lure” of philosophies and traditions that compromise faith. Through the gift of faith, the church is mystically connected to Christ in his death and resurrection, which is enacted in baptism.

The Gospel is Luke 11:1-13: In teaching his disciples this prayer, Jesus also reminds them to focus on God’s coming reign, God’s mercy, and the strengthening of the community. Jesus encourages his disciples to child-like trust and persistence in prayer.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara DeGraff
Interim Office Manager: Ellen Twohig:

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