Subject: Shepherds in the City

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Dear Friends, 

We believe there are shepherds in the city, those that the Good Shepherd uses to guide and inspire us. We thank God for our teachers! This Sunday, we celebrate all teachers and celebrate the dedication of the Donald O'Hara playlot. We will be blessed with special music from our students and with a surprise twist in the dedication ceremony! Join us at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Teacher Appreciation Sunday and Dedication of O'Hara Playlot- Sunday we celebrate all teachers and celebrate the dedication of the Donald O'Hara playlot. Donald O'Hara is a beloved member of Pilgrim who died in April of 2015. Shortly thereafter, we learned that he left an estate gift of $50,000 to Pilgrim! $12,500 was given to church endowment fund, $12,500 was given the Maring School Endowment Fund, and $25,000 was dedicated to the completion of the playlot and the play deck for our ongoing ministry. Let's make sure to celebrate in his honor and to the glory of God next week!

Honoring All Women! Join us on Sunday, May 14th as we celebrate all women at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.! Gentlemen, time to show some love! Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, Mothers, Friends, Grandmothers... come enjoy blessings, prayers, and a gift! As part of the special day, after the 10:30 a.m. service, a photographer will be taking group and family portraits in Maring Hall of all women and their friends/families. We will also be lifting up our Church Endowment Fund.

Honoring “Mike and Mike” - This spring, the entire Pilgrim community is honoring Mr. Michael Knuth as he retires from 42 years of classroom teaching and Coach Michael Suhajda as he retires from 28 years of serving as a volunteer Athletic Director. 
Mr. Knuth will be honored on Wednesday, May 17th - 10:10 a.m. Chapel - We will be offering a prayer of appreciation for Mr. Knuth and presenting him with a gift. And again on Sunday, June 4th- from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (You are cordially invited to join us for a Honorary Brunch in Appreciation of his ministry, immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship service.) Coach Suhajda- Friday, June 9th, 9 a.m. We will be offering a prayer of appreciation for Mike Suhajda and presenting him with a gift.
Please join us on these dates! If you would like to help with the May 17th celebration, please contact Mrs. Cardo. If you would like to help with the June 4th celebration, please contact Pastor Kristian. If you would like to help with the June 9th celebration, please talk to Mr. Comella. Thank you!

A Chili Cook Off and Dessert Bake Off Thank You to everyone who helped provide an awesome feast and to those who worked behind the scenes to raise money for the Bethany Pilgrim Refugee Project. Thanks also to the 7th and 8th graders who helped set up, serve and clean up. Samantha Doerfler was awarded the North Center Best Chili Maker. We raised over $2,500!

Dine Out for Pilgrim - and a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds will go to Pilgrim. Join us Wednesday, May 10th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Borelli’s Pizza, 2124 W. Lawrence and Wednesday, May 17th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Lou Malnati’s, 4340 N. Lincoln Avenue.

"Thuringia - a concert journey to the home of Bach and Luther" on May 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, Chicago. Admission is free!

New Sunday Worship Schedule Starts May 28th - Please note that starting on Sunday, May 28th (Memorial Day Weekend) we will move to our summer schedule of one 9:30 a.m. service each Sunday until Labor Day. Please make plans to join us this summer in worship!

Save the Dates:
Friday/Saturday, June 9-10 - Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly, Tinley Park, IL.
Friday, June 12th - Sports Awards, 9:00 a.m.; Pilgrim School Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11th - Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget, 10:45 a.m.
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 — Beginning Wednesday, May 10th, 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

Bible Story Time - Join us Sunday’s until Memorial Day weekend for Intergenerational Bible Story Time at 9:15 in the Annex. Each week a story will be explored by kids, parents, grandparents, kids of any age. For more information or to lead your favorite Bible story, contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814.

Explore the Bible - Would you like to learn more about the Bible? Discuss spirituality and faith in a non-threatening, non-judgmental context? We invite you to join us at 9:15 a.m. in Maring Hall, Sunday’s through May 21st, as we read and discuss the Bible together… there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary.  

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.
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.

This week’s Mission Memo is posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church. It includes news of the Metro Chicago Synod Assembly, the MI (Mission Interpretation) Gathering, 2017 Lutheran Day, and resources to tell the story of Global Ministries and Hunger.

WALK to Reach El Salvador!- May 21st - You can change lives here and around the world! Join us in a fun 3 mile walk/run in Chicago to send a mission team 2,825 miles to Central America! Please sponsor walkers who are raising funds for the travel costs and materials to build houses, churches, distribute medicine and feed refugees this summer! For more information, pick up a flyer and sponsor form or email Anna-Kari at for more info!

The Friendship Center, a nonprofit organization operating multiple food assistant programs on the north-side of Chicago, seeks a Director of Programming and Development. View the full job description at If interested, email a resume and cover letter to

Like us on Facebook: Check out “Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School” for wonderful info, photos and updates! We are at 511 likes!

Thrivent Action Team is a program to lead a one-time fundraiser, service activity or educational event with the help of family and friends. All Thrivent members can apply for $250 seed money twice a year to get a project off the ground. To apply, visit To become a member, go to

Gift Cards
- Mother's Day is just around the corner. Pick up a gift card so Mom can get a start on her summer wardrobe at Macy's, Carson's, TJMaxx/Marshalls, Nordstrom's, LLBean and others. Why not give her a restaurant card to use with her significant other or friends- we carry an extensive list! Is gardening her thing? We carry Home Depot, Lowe's and Menards. Contact Anne Barsano with questions: or 773-472-6037.

Jam for Bread will be Saturday, May 13th at Dank Haus and all proceeds from this event support The Friendship Center. By attending you help feed more than 1500 individuals in the coming month! Tickets are on sale and the best price is to buy ahead of time. What you get for only $35: food, music, and fun! There will be a kids area for those wiggly bodies that need something to do. Food is provided by Smoque BQQ, Tre Kroner, and Tiny Lounge. Beer by Half Acre (suggested donation)! Wine pull, silent auction, raffle, and more! Or go all out and attend the VIP hour for exclusive food, drinks, and prizes.

General Worship Offerings:
Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,038
Actual received week ending 4/30/17 $2,321

Budget year to date (through March 2017): $116,250
Actual received year to date (through March 2017): $120,272 
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


May 7 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible/Bible Story Time
10:30 a.m. Worship Service, 
Teacher Appreciation Day
11:45 a.m. Dedication of O’Hara Play Lot & Deck
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 9 Tuesday
 6:30 p.m. Church Endowment Committee

May 10 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Maring Endowment Committee
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 11 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 12 Friday
 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Lower Grade Operetta
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 13 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7


May 14 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible/Bible Story Time
10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Mother’s Day Cele bration
10:30 a.m. Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 17 Wednesday
 8:35 a.m. Moms In Prayer
10:10 a.m. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 18 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 19 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 20 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
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
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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