Subject: Reaching out to serve

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

This Sunday, please extend a warm welcome to Pastor Dan Schwick, who will guide our congregation in worship while our pastor, his family and members of the Pilgrim community are engaged in mission work in El Salvador.

Pastor Schwick is one of the leaders of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. LSSI reaches out to tens of thousands of people each year, through a vast network of social service programs, to people of all ages, races, religions and economic classes throughout Illinois. These programs are all based on the deep concern for the needs of others that the El Salvador mission also expresses.
Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer and fall, we've been exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We've been bringing some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. This exploration will resume in September, when we’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

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 29th—Congregational Meeting to approve core values

Please continue to consider the areas of inclusion of children and youth, and justice for the vulnerable which were emphasized at worship this summer as you reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Help Wanted—
Parsonage Basement Re-Purposing
We need several volunteers for short shifts to help lay floor tiles in the Parsonage Basement as part of our Re-Purposing project. We will need 8 or so volunteers next Wednesday, August 7th, for time slots throughout the day starting at 9 a.m. If you can do a 1-2 hour time slot during the day or late afternoon/early evening, it would be a huge help. No knowledge of flooring required, please contact Sam Doerfler to sign-up:
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!
Online Giving at Pilgrim Church!
Did you know that you can support the mission Pastor Kristian is leading in El Salvador—and all the other ministries of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School—by giving online?

Just visit the church website, then click on the Online Giving tab just below the church address at the top of the page.  If you want to be able to tack your donation history, click Create Profile. If you're already a Simply Giving donor, you'll be asked to reset your password. If that doesn't happen,, please get in touch with Barbara DeGraff,
To make a one-time or recurring donation without tracking your donation history just fill out the form and click Continue. Donations may be made to any of the funds and missions of Pilgrim Church - the Saturday Hot Meal, the Food Pantry, or any other cause. If you’d like to contribute to a fund not listed, use “Other” and tell which ministry you're supporting.

Church Calendar

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

August 4 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Azzaro/Nootens

August 8 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

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

August 4, 2013
Help Spread the Good News!
Help sponsor the purchase of a Bible. Pilgrim School needs new Bibles for student use in Christian Studies classes. We are in the process of purchasing The Guidebook:The NRSV Student Bible for each student in grades 4 through 8. The Guidebook, based on The New Revised Standard Edition currently used by the Church, is a student Bible developed especially to help students engage more deeply in God’s Word and apply it to real life situations. The cost of each hardcover book is $23.45. If you would like to sponsor a purchase, the cost is $23.45. Please indicate to whom you would like to dedicate your contribution. You can donate online or by using the pew envelope at worship.

El Salvador Trip
Thank you to those people connected to Pilgrim’s community who are 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 are experiencing God’s presence in El Salvador.

Did you know that Pilgrim has raised over $10,000 to 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!

Pilgrim welcomes Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony 
Next week, August 11th,  Pilgrim will be blessed with the Pastoral leadership of Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony is Associate Professor of Modern Church History and director of the D. Min. program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Before joining LSTC, he taught Church History at Hindustan Bible Institute and College, Chennai, India for sixteen years, where he also served as Academic Dean.  Vetha has also served over nine years as Outreach Minister and missional pastor in Chicago, besides his pastoral ministry in India. His research interest includes early Indian Lutheranism and immigrant non-western churches in the West.

Vetha grew up and received his early education in India. He received the bachelor of theology degree from Serampore University, the bachelor of education from Annamalai University, the bachelor of divinity [M.Div] degree and master of theology degree [history of Christianity] from United Theological College, the master of arts degree in philosophy from Osmania University, the master of arts degree in history from Annamalai University, and the master of theology from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  His doctor of philosophy degree was bestowed "with distinction" by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

He is married to Serene, who teaches high school biology. Their daughter is in medical school and their son is a college student.

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.
Our Prayer for Sunday
Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23: The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities”. Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is from God.

The Psalmody is Psalm 49:1-12: My mouth shall speak of wisdom. (Ps. 49:3)

The second reading is Colossians 3:1-11: Life in Christ includes a radical reorientation of our values. Just as the newly baptized shed their old clothes in order to put on new garments, so Christians are called to let go of greed and take hold of a life shaped by God’s love in Christ.

The Gospel is Luke 12:13-21: In God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty”. Jesus uses a parable to warn against identifying the worth of one’s life with the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God.

Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


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