Subject: That Word

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Dear Friends,

There is a word in scripture that inspires both disdain and hope, defensiveness and renewal. A word that both riles us up and releases us from undue stress.

Come find out what word we're talking about this Sunday! Join us at 9:30 a.m.

Karen Huelskoetter Appreciation Sunday—Join us on Sunday, June 12th at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the classroom teaching of Pilgrim member “Ms. H.”on the occasion of her retirement. We will enjoy children singing and beautiful prayers of appreciation. Thank you to all who attended the Ice Cream Social this past Wednesday evening in honor of retiring teachers Mrs. Stephanie Daczyszyn from the 2/3 grade classroom and Ms. Huelskoetter from the 1 /2 grade classroom.. We are collecting a love offering for each teacher. You may write checks to Pilgrim and write the name “Huelskoetter” or the name “Daczyszyn” on the memo line.

Congregational Photo—Please join us Sunday, June 12th, immediately following the service for a group photo taken by Michael Haisler. This will be used on the front of a postcard to be produced by the Card Ministry committee to mail to people on our Prayer List. We hope to have as many people as possible to make a strong connection with those receiving the cards.

Congregational Meeting—Sunday, June 12th after the 9:30 a.m. service.
Calling all members! Join us after worship (10:45 a.m.) on Sunday, June 12th as we lift up our mission and vote on a proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. We depend on your participation!

Metro Chicago Synod Bishop Visits Pilgrim—Please Join us on Sunday, June 26th at 9:30 a.m. as we welcome Bishop Wayne Miller as our preacher!  He will be sharing a message.  Since his installation in September of 2007, Bishop Wayne N. Miller has been serving the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, helping its congregations and communities to embrace renewal, growth, and positive change. He is a member of the ELCA Conference of Bishops Task Force on Immigration Reform, and chair of the committee on Ministry Among People in Poverty. He is currently the president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.   
Please consider coming to meet Bishop Miller and encourage him as he represents 190+ congregations in the Chicago area!

Summer Opportunities:

New Pilgrim Sports Camp—Join us for our first summer sports camp, happening June 20th-24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pilgrim! We will be playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer while growing together with old and new friends! Pilgrim is partnering with UKANDU to provide this outreach program for FREE. Snacks and drinks will be provided and we ask you to bring a bag lunch. Please spread the word! Flyers and registration forms are available in the school office and on the back table of the church.

Vacation Bible School! - Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st
Registration Deadline of June 19th is fast approaching!
Children 3-years old (potty trained children only) through grade 5 are invited to Vacation Bible School.  LMC will partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church to hold a week-long program filled with music, crafts, drama, and bible activities. This year, VBS will run 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $35 per child with a $50 per family cap on fees.  Scholarships are available.  There are two steps to register:
First, please fill out the electronic form available at:
 Second, complete payment electronically through Pilgrim’s website or by check payable to
“Pilgrim Lutheran Church” with “VBS 2016” in the memo line and mailed to Pilgrim
Lutheran Church, 4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, IL 60613. Older children and youth are
encouraged to volunteer at VBS (service learning hours are available!).  Contact Chris
Wallis (  for more information.

July 2016 Summer Enrichment Program—July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-9. For more flyer and registration forms, visit or contact Camp Coordinator, Arlene Calderone at

Save the Dates:
Sunday, June 12th-Congregational Meeting at 10:45 a.m.
June 23-25-Youth Mission Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 7th-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Family Camp
July 31st-August 10-El Salvador Mission Trip

Prayer Time—We will be gathering at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m.. We hope you will be able to join us.

Discipleship Groups—Various Pilgrim members are forming discipleship groups to help people grow deeper in their faith and in what God is calling them to do.  Please talk to Brent Sparlin ( Theresa Sparlin ( or Cheryl Saiki ( for more information. 

Thank You! - to everyone who walked and contributed to this year's, Walk to Reach El Salvador!  Thanks to your generous support, we raised over $1700 for Pilgrim Participants and their mission in partnership with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.

Helping Vets
- Currently, there are several hundred homeless veterans in Chicago.  Alderman Pawar is collecting household items to support our vets as they move into permanent homes.  The items listed on a sheet available on the back table will be accepted at the 47th Ward Office (4243 N. Lincoln) through June.  For more information, please call (773) 868-4747 or email

Nursery—Are you interested in hanging out with some cute kiddos in the nursery on Sunday mornings?  I have a volunteer opportunity for you! We're looking for a few more families to help staff the nursery during the Sunday morning service on a rotating basis.  Commitment would be about once every few months. Please contact Katie Ruger at if you're interested.  Thanks so much!

Auction THANK YOU—Our final numbers are in from the “Totally 80’s Pilgrim Prom” auction fundraiser and we raised over $70,000! Thank you to Samantha Doerfler and our wonderful team of volunteers!

Endowment Fund Matching Gifts! -In honor of her parents and Pilgrim, Pilgrim member Marian Azzaro has made the following invitation and challenge to the Pilgrim community: From now until June 19th (Father’s Day) Marian will match the first 20 gifts of $50 or more to the Pilgrim Church Endowment Fund with a $50 gift of her own.  (for a maximum of $1000).  So that we can best track this, please use
the “Online Giving” link on the Pilgrim Church and School webpage. Create your online profile (unless you have one already), and designate the “Church Endowment Fund.”

June is the month for beautiful brides, fresh-faced graduates and handsome and loving dads!  Why not purchase a gift card from Pilgrim to honor them, whether it be from a specialty store, such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Carson's, Crate & Barrel, William-Sonoma, Dick's, Bass Pro Shop, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or a generic one, such as Visa $50 (no activation fee) or Amazon ($10, $25, 50 or $100). This week we will be selling after the Sunday service and in the school office on Tuesday, May 31stand Friday from 8:30 to 10 am. We will be placing an order on Tuesday for the following week which will be available on Wednesday or Thursday.  You may also contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 to place an order and arrange for pick up.

Pilgrim Playlot Project Update—The play deck renovation for our younger children is under way!  We thank those who have contributed to help us get this far:  Most recently, the Ravenswood manor garage sale and many friends and family donations, and now we also thank those who have contributed to the Mrs Mowery memorial fund. Her passion for early childhood education will be remembered and honored.  Your generous donations have pushed the fund up to $21,000.  Of course, it’s not too late to contribute!  We are looking for additional sponsors for a rubber playground tile for $100 each.  We started with a goal of 165, and now we have 148 more to go.  We are planning for renovations in the month of August. Help us out if you can! To donate today, drop a check in the office, or donate on our website

General Worship Offerings:
We recently discovered accounting errors that led to inaccurate reporting in this section of the bulletin announcements of our actual year–to-year offerings received. After correcting these errors, we have learned that we are significantly behind budget.

Budgeted through 05.31.16 $ 151,250
Actual through $ 136,676

Needed weekly to meet budget $ 3,173
Actual received week of 5.29.16 $ 2,323
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


June 5 Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service and Nursery

June 6 Monday 7:50 a.m.
School Volunteer Appreciation

June 7 Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
School Board Meeting

June 8 Wednesday 9:00 a.m.
 Pilgrim Last Day of School -
Sending Chapel

Jun 9 Thursday 6:15 p.m.

Jun 10 Friday 6:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts

Jun 11 Saturday 8:30 a.m.
Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9


June 12 Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service and Nursery

10:45 a.m. Congregational Meeting

2:00 p.m. Girl Scouts

June 15 Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
 Alcoholics Anonymous

Jun 16 Thursday 6:15 p.m.

Jun 17 Friday 6:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts

Jun 18 Saturday 8:30 a.m.
Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10

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 Manager: Ruth Wasiukiewicz
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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