Subject: Special Mother's Day Celebration

Pilgrim Announcements
May 10th, 2015

Dear Friends,

Please join us for a truly special Mother's Day Celebration this Sunday.

We will honor all women with a special gift and a prayer, we will enjoy special music and dance offerings from our children's choir, and we will be taking free family/group portraits afterward.

Pilgrim is the place to be and the way to start a very special day! 

See you at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Starting on Sunday, May 24th, we will move to one service at 9:30 a.m. Our 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services resume in September. 

Pilgrim Apartment Opening
Pilgrim has 2 bedroom apartment at 4314 Winchester Ave. #1 that will be available to rent on June 1st, 2015. Rent will be $1,350 plus utilities. Interested tenants can email to arrange viewing of the apartment and/or to obtain a rental application.
Mother’s Day
Sunday is our very special Mother's Day celebration. Each woman will receive a white carnation. Also 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.
WALK-A-THON to Reach El Salvador
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! Sunday, May 17th at 7:45 a.m. we meet at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on 4300 N. Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (1 block south of Montrose, 1 block east of Damen.  We’ll be walking to Welles Park, circling it twice, and then heading back to Pilgrim for a celebration! For more information, please contact Pastor Kristian Johnson at  or Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson (773) 990-0814.  
ELCA National Bishop Visits Pilgrim
Please join us on Wednesday, May 13th at 10:10 a.m. for a special school chapel service as we welcome Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton to Pilgrim! Bishop Eaton was elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, and is the first female Bishop in our history.  Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.   Eaton’s husband, the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest, is vice president for advancement and church relations at Bexley Seabury Federation. They are parents of two adult children, Rebeckah and Susannah.  She’s been featured in Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, and is an important voice as we shape our witness in an increasingly challenging ministry environment. 

“We don’t disengage from the world,” Bishop Eaton has said.  “As a church called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to listen deeply, to speak out about racial equity and inclusion, to respect and uplift the dignity and humanity of every person and to join with others in organizing for change.” 

Please consider coming to meet Bishop Eaton and encourage her as she represents the over 4 million members of the ELCA!

Click HERE for even more info on Bishop Eaton.
Legacy Bricks Dedication
Join us on Sunday, May 31st at 9:30 am.. for a special dedication of the "Legacy Bricks" in the newly installed Gathering Garden.   The "Legacy Bricks" feature the name of past teachers, Principals, and Pastors that have served throughout Pilgrim's history.  Our featured guest that day will be Dr. Richard Calhoun, currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Concordia University in River Forest.  Dr. Calhoun is the grandson of Pilgrim's first Principal, Alfred Rumsfeld.  Please spread the word among alumni and friends of Pilgrim.

Quilters' & Crafters Workday
Join us on Sunday, May 17th for an afternoon of crafting and fellowship.  You don't have to sew:  bring knitting, scrapbooking, photo albums or whatever you'd like.  Want to learn to quilt?  Let us know ahead of time and we'll give you a supply list.  The Pilgrim Quilters will be tying up any loose ends from Project Linus and working on their own projects.  We'll get started after coffee hour, around 1 p.m., order dinner (about $9 each) late in the afternoon, and work until 7:30 or so.  Come for as much or as little time as you wish. Bring a snack or beverage to share.  Contact Chris Wallis ( for more information.

'Camp Discovery' - Vacation Bible School is coming! 
Planning and volunteer recruitment are underway for our third VBS adventure, which is scheduled for the week of June 22nd.  Vacation Bible School is for kids ages 3 through Grade 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Older kids and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help make this a great experience. Even if you aren't available that week, you can help with set design and building and other preparations.  Online registration is now available on—click on the VBS banner! If you'd like to volunteer, contact Chris Wallis ( 
Prayer Ministry
Join us for prayer time at the parsonage every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (4332 N. Winchester Ave.)
Bible Discussion Time: Unpacking Discipleship
Join us on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. as we study “Unpacking Discipleship” together. This is a “no experience necessary” group; even if you’ve never read the Bible, you are invited to learn with us! 
Come to El Salvador 2015
If you have ever wanted to serve God on a mission trip, now is the time! Come with us to El Salvador, Central America  this summer—July 31st- August 10th, 2015.   Come make friends at our sister school, Colegio Luterano!  We will be able to meet Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bishop Medardo Gomez and the leaders in the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. ALL AGES WELCOME, no Spanish knowledge required.  This will be the 16th summer that Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari have led a mission trip to El Salvador. For more information, please contact them at 773-990-0814 or at  or 
click HERE to see all the brochures and forms.  Thank you for your support and prayers!

Save the Date and Get Involved!
Save the Date! Pilgrim's annual block party will be on Sunday, September 13th. We are already getting ready for food, fun and fellowship!  We are specifically looking for key leaders in organizing activities, kitchen coordination, marketing and outreach, and logistics.  We are also looking for someone to design a flyer. If you would like to help out, please contact Shellie Riedle Volkens at 

New Member Classes
What does ‘Lutheran’ mean?  How can Pilgrim help me and my family grow in faith? What does it mean to become a member of Pilgrim?  If you're at all curious about any of these questions, please  explore with us. Membership is done by attending our two-part New Members class.  The next meeting - PART I will be on Thursday evening, May 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Part II is Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to noon. People interested in participating in these classes can participate in any order. Both Part I and Part II are offered each month (so for example, you could attend Part II this month, and Part I next month). You may RSVP to Lindsay in the Church Office at
Geraniums for Pentecost
Help decorate the altar on Sunday, May 24th by bringing red geraniums to church.  The flowers will later be planted in the church garden for all to enjoy.  If anyone would like to volunteer to do the planting,  contact Chris Wallis (  This is a great family activity!

Pilgrim School is undergoing accreditation from the church wide ELCA Schools Office. Any congregation member who would like to meet with the Accreditation Team is welcome to join us on Monday, May 11th, at 7 p.m. for desserts in Maring Hall or on Tuesday, May 12th, at 3:30 p.m. in the 7th/8th grade classroom. The ELCA Schools team invites your questions and comments. If you have any other questions in the meantime, please contact our School Principal, Chris Comella (
41 and counting!
Pilgrim Lutheran School is extremely blessed to have received our 41st consecutive grant from the Sulzer Family Foundation.  The foundation, which aims to support worthy causes in the local area,  was founded by the heirs of Conrad Sulzer who was the first settler of the Ravenswood community.  This school year Pilgrim received $2,500 which is being used to support our special education program.  Pilgrim extends a huge THANK YOU to the Sulzer Family Foundation.
Hot Meals
Most of the ten teams are well-staffed, but the need for substitutes is always true.  Contact Janet Taylor if you are interested in being a substitute or would like to be in charge of keeping the pantry well-supplied.  Contact Janet Taylor at or (773) 777-4052

Hot Meals Plus
For eight weeks now a hot Saturday noon meal has been delivered to some shut-ins. Please contact Janet Taylor or Jackie Mokszycki with names of shut-ins. Also we would like to add more drivers to our list of delivery people. Delivery takes less than two hours. If you would like more information, to submit the name of a shut-in or if you would like to sign up to be a driver, please contact Jackie Mokszycki at
Gift Cards Why not consider purchasing gift cards as gifts for your graduates, teachers or students?  We are carrying a greater variety of $10 denomination cards than usual. Orders may be emailed to Anne Barsano and then would be held for pickup on selling days.   
Market Day orders are due online by 11 pm Saturday night, May 9th or contact Anne Barsano by Noon on Saturday. Pickup is Thursday, May 14th or call Anne for special arrangements for the following Sunday.   
Shoe Party!
Summer is just around the corner, so celebrate with an adorable new pair of shoes!  Join the Pilgrim community as we shop, chat and enjoy a private party at Click Shoes & More on Southport Ave on Wednesday, May 13th from 7—9 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit Pilgrim's Playground fund.  See the flyer attached to this email!
PLEASE RSVP to Jennifer Goolsby: 312-848-1950 or
Pump Up Pilgrim’s Play Space
Fantastic News! We’ve reached our online $9,000 goal!!  We send a warm thank you to all of the supporters online, at the auction, and to those who have contributed in the office. Now that we’ve reached our first goal, we’d like to raise additional money towards our “stretch” goals. We need to improve the little kids’ play deck (preschool through 2nd grade)  on top of the annex too. Our next stretch goal is an additional $6,000.  Thanks again so much to everyone who has given so abundantly and generously!

The crowd funding site can be found HERE
Amazon SMILE :-)
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. 

Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
thank you Thank You THANK YOU!
  • Many thanks to everyone who came to our "Celebrate Family" Dinner at Casa Ethiopia on Saturday, May 2nd.  We raised $997 for the ministry of Pastor Lalissa Gemechis and his family.  A very special thanks to Cathlynn Nigh, Ralph Maffucci and Renee Stuedemann, and to Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari for their hospitality.
  • Many thanks to Jonathan Valencia for organizing our youth bowling event and pizza party on Sunday, April 26th at St. John's Lutheran on Montrose!  A great time was had by all!
Prayer for this week
O God, you are preparing us for joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 10:44-48 (NRSV)

1 John 5:1-6 (NRSV)

John 15:9-17 (NRSV)
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

May 10 Sunday - Mother's Day
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

May 12 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. Executive Meeting

May 13 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel—Bishop Easton visiting
12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
4:10 p.m. Confirmation
7:00 p.m. InReach Discipleship Strategy Meeting
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 14 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 15 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 16 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #3

May 17 Sunday
7:45 a.m. Walk/Run for El Salvador
8:00 a.m. Reflective Worship
9:15 a.m. Bible Discussion
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
2:00 p.m. UNExtreme Couponing—Auction Party
7:30 p.m. Quilters’ Meeting

May 19 Tuesday
7:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

May 20 Wednesday
10:10 a.m. School Chapel
7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir

May 21 Thursday
9:00 a.m. MOPS
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 22 Friday
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 23 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4

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
Church Office Manager: Lindsay White
School Office Operations Manager: Ellen Twohig

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