Subject: Strong in Spirit: Pilgrim News

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Dear Friends, 

join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a unique and uplifting worship experience.  

Little known fact: The church calendar gives us the option of celebrating the birth of John the Baptist in June! So we're going to do it this Sunday! And the timing couldn't be better. We need the witness of John the Baptist at a time like this. He comes to us as one who
- meets us at the border of rich and poor, urban and rural, citizen and foreigner
- stands in the river of God's forgiveness and new life
- speaks prophetically and tenderly
- gives light in the darkness.
- guides our feet into the way of peace. (Lluke 1:57-80)

May we grow strong in the spirit as we celebrate along with Elizabeth, Zechariah, and all those ready for the joy and mercy of our God.

See you Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!
Calling All Members—Congregational Meeting—Please join us SUNDAY following the 9:30 a.m. service for an important congregational meeting. The primary business item will be holding a vote to approve our budget for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. We are very thankful for all of the teams that helped put this together, and especially to Tarah Dickerson and Shellie Reidle for their amazing dedication.

Dining Group
—Sunday at 5:30 p.m. we will experience a combination of Vietnamese & Croatian food at Sunset Pho Caffe, 5726 N. Western Ave. It should be very interesting! They have a full bar, plus street parking. Contact Julie if you plan to attend: 773-366-0724. Thanks!

Pilgrim Hosts LOMC's Swing Choir in concert on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Garden at Pilgrim. Please consider helping out with the dinner at 5:00 p.m., or hosting a few students in your home for the night. It will be a fantastic experience! To sign up, visit this link:

Our Vacation Bible School Registration Link is Live! Please go to to register for this year’s VBS experience! It’s Tuesday, July 24th, through Friday, July 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for 4 year olds through 5th grade. Youth, grades 6—12, are invited to serve as helpers. Volunteers needed! Contact Katie Ruger at or VBS Coordinator Eve Haycock at if you would like information on volunteering. We are very excited!

Coffee Hour
is looking for people to take the following dates: July 8, July 22, October 14 and January 13, 2019. Please contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 if you are interested can take one of these dates. Thank you!

2018 Block Party Kick Off—September 16, 2018 is coming fast! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Each year we do some things the same, but we also innovate a little bit each year, depending on the ideas and gifts of those involved. It is an opportunity to highlight the amazing community we have at Pilgrim, and is a wonderful embodiment of our mission to gather, prepare, and send! Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 19th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Parlor. Contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping at

Pilgrim School Highlights—The Pilgrim Sports Awards Assembly was Friday, June 8. Congratulations to all our athletes and their coaches for hard work during the 2017-2018 school year. Cross Country and Track Coach Dylan Allingham won the Anne Barsano Sports Volunteer Award for 2018. The Mike Suhajda Sportsmanship Award went to Riley Black. Thank you, Riley B., for representing Pilgrim well!

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Tests—This year’s testing revealed that 69% of all Pilgrim students in Grades 1-8 exceeded their MAP goals in Math and 70% exceeded their MAP goals in Reading. Our students are growing academically in impressive ways!

Pilgrim Summer Office Hours are Monday—Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Save the Dates:
Summer Enrichment Camp—June 25-29 (Pirates), July 2-3 & 5 (Castles) and July 9-13 (Legos)
Saturday, July 21—Reception for Pastor Philip Knutson, South African missionary, 5:30 p.m. at Parsonage
Sunday, July 29—Vacation Bible School closing celebration
July 31—August 7—El Salvador Mission Trip
Sunday, August 26—WELCA sponsored Faith & Justice presentation at First Lutheran
"Fun Summer Bible Stories" is an interactive, mini Sunday School experience for children aged 3-11 that will take place each Sunday during coffee hour after 9:30 a.m. worship during the summer. It was the confirmation students idea to do this! It especially makes sense to do this during the summer when Sunday School takes a break. To sign up to help, click here:

Women’s Bible Study—Please join us on Wednesday, July 11th (we will skip July 4th). We are using the book and study guide titled Grace by Max Lucado. There are still a couple extra copies available. We gather at Renee Stuedemann’s home for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and begin at 7:00 p.m. To RSVP or get the books, contact  

Prayers for Hope and all youth! Pilgrim will be represented by Hope Johnson at the ELCA Multicultural Youth Leadership Event and the National Triennial National Youth Gathering June 24th - July 2nd in Houston. She will be attending with youth from the ELCA youth group Edgewater Congregations Together (ECT) Youth group, led by Pastor Emily Heitzman. Over 25,000 youth will be attending, participating in workshops, city wide service projects, and nightly worship. Hope leaves next Sunday, the 24th at 3:00 a.m.! Please keep her and all the other youth across the country in your prayers!

Prayer Time—We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Parsonage for a time of prayer... it is so renewing! 

Pilgrim’s Card Ministry—If you have cards you would like to donate to the Card Ministry, please give them to Michael Haisler. They will be sent to those in need, or those we are praying for, or those who just need cheering up. They can be left in his mailbox in the Narthex. Thank you!

Farming Hope Chicago—Do you like gardening? Do you have any kind of business experience you would like to share? Do you like providing food for hungry people? If the answer to any of these three questions is “Yes”, please email Renee in the church office at so you can be added to the email group and future meetings.
Cinco de Pilgrim—Feedback NEEDED!—We want to hear your thoughts, ideas, and general feedback regarding our fundraising efforts this past year and looking to the future. Could you please give eight minutes of your time and fill out a survey. Even if you did not attend this year's event, we still want your feedback as well! Go to Contact Tarah at with any questions.

2018 Mortgage Campaign—We are using the account formally known as the Growing Forward Capital Campaign to continue to pay our monthly mortgage bill of $2,048. The 2018 Mortgage Campaign Giving is falling short of what is needed to pay the monthly bill. Thank you to everyone who is giving one time or monthly automatic contributions to the current 2018 Mortgage Campaign. We invite those who have not had a chance to give to this campaign to make a donation via check, with the memo saying "2018 Mortgage Campaign," or go to the giving page at and set up a monthly automatic payment. Thank you!

Windows Into Our Future—There are ​30 classroom windows which face west along the alley. They are old, they are not energy/cost efficient, and they provide no sound proofing. We have set a goal to raise​ $85,000​ in the next 11 months,​ and our appeal is to both school families and church members. ​We ​have raised $23,000 so far. We ​encourage both one-time donations and on-going monthly donations to this campaign over the coming 12 months. To give, visit and if you have any questions, please contact the school office at

Tuition Assistance Appeal—The time has come to lift up among Pilgrim families, members, friends and alumni our Tuition Assistance Campaign for the 2018-19 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”Tuition Assistance” on the Memo Line. Thank you!

Gift Cards—Pilgrim will be selling gift cards on Sundays after the 9:30 a.m. service and in the school office Mondays from 9:00—10:00 a.m. You may also fill in an order form from the table in the narthex or school office or from the link below. Please leave it in the school office or with the Sunday Seller or contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with questions and for alternate pick up times. Thank you!
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June 24 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour & Congregational Meeting
5:30 p.m. Dining Group

June 27 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Harmony Choir
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

June 28 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

June 29 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 30 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


July 1 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 3 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Ed

July 4 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

July 5 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

July 6 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 7 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting

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 Office:  Grayce O'Ttoole
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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