Subject: The Gift of Compassion

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Dear Friends,

Join us for worship this coming Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate a value that is under attack in our world today, yet consistently flows from the heart of Jesus:


When the hungry crowds ambush Jesus, the disciples say, "Send the crowds away."

Jesus says, "They need not go away."

Life gets overwhelming. But we need not run from God. God is here to strengthen us, and bless us with the powerful gift of compassion. God's compassion for us! God's compassion flowing through us to others.

With compassion, everything shifts. Fear can be overcome, healing and connection begin. And hungry people get fed. (Matthew 14)

Join us this Sunday!

Looking for inspirational stories of Pilgrim's impact in and around the Community! Amy Truelsen, the editor of our newsletter Pilgrim's Progress, is looking for story ideas to showcase the impact of our community programming. If you have an idea or a story to share with her, please email: and it will be considered for inclusion in the next newsletter!

The Altar Flowers Sunday are given in celebration of Valerie Rae Carlson’s 13th birthday.

It's Block Party Season! 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!
This year we will be celebrating on Sunday, September 17th. Please contact Sarah Lau if you are interested in helping at We hope you'll join us!

The Score Big for Pilgrim party was a great success thanks to the generosity of all of you! Some parties still have spots available, and we would love your help in selling them out. They are always a fun time, and ALL of the proceeds go to Pilgrim. Here's a snapshot of the summer parties on the docket:
Summertime Backyard BBQ: An afternoon of fun and games for the entire family with Brian Irwin's award winning BBQ on August 13th hosted by the Irwin, Dickerson, Carlson, Egan, & McCullom Families. $75/family.
Pub2Pitch: Join some awesome dad's for tailgating and seats at the Chicago Fire game on August 19th hosted by Carl Doerfler, Jim Volkens, Clay Dickerson, and Rob Anstee. $100/person - only TWO spots left.

Apartment for Rent - A Pilgrim family would like to offer a 2 bedroom apartment near Bell and Lawrence to another Pilgrim family. It is being offered here before going to the open market. Backyard use and garage parking are included. 20 minute walk to Pilgrim or take the Damen bus. If interested, please phone Bob at 773-844-6643.

Save the Dates:
Baptism of Frances and Isis Urban - August 13th
New Member Sunday - August 20th
South Africa Sunday - August 27th
Pilgrim Annual Block Party - September 17th 

Prayer Time - We invite you to join us Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. starting on August 12th at the Parsonage for a time of prayer… it is so renewing!

Pilgrim's Summer Hashtag!
#summerinthespirit - Let's let our light shine! The Pilgrim community does some awesome things throughout the summer - Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, volunteering, summer camps, and meaningful travel. Lift up the blessings you are sharing and experiencing through social media! Here's how:
1. Take a picture as you do whatever activity, trip, or service
2. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #summerinthespirit or send them to:
3. Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And we’ll enjoy a slideshow in the fall!
Sunday Morning Nursery - Our supply of volunteers is running low and we'd love some help in the nursery! Commitment of your time during a church service once every two or three months and you can hang out with some cute kiddos! Contact Katie Ruger at if you'd like to help. Thanks!

Synod's ELCA World Hunger Million Dollar Challenge Update - Through the end of May 2017, the synod has given $722,673 toward the Million Dollar Challenge. As a reminder, the challenge runs through October 31, 2017. The goal is to raise one million dollars in support of ELCA World Hunger, and to help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Thank you to everyone who has and is participating.

Hot Meals Team 1 - still needs a shopper! The next dates are August 19 and October 28. If interested, please contact

Nick Zartler Junior - one of our members and a former school Alumni, is recovering from a health crisis. We are so thankful that God saved his life, and we invite you to continue praying for him and his family. Also, the family has started a go fund me page inviting people to make offerings in support of his medical expenses going forward. Here is the link: Over $10,000 was donated first day. Check it out and keep on praying.

ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission - Maddy Tyler, Pilgrim alumn and member, is joining this program, with the opportunity to grow in faith and work in partnership with people in Cambodia. Maddy will be heading to Cambodia in August and needs to raise at least $5,000. If you would like to help her, you can donate at the following website:

Hydroponics Upgrades - We are starting upgrades for our hydroponics project. Improvements will make it modular, movable, easier to take care of and more educational for the students. We still need an additional $400 dollars. Please use the pew envelopes and write Pilgrim Hydoponics on the giving line.

Gift Cards - We will resume Monday sales on August 7th. or your shopping pleasure this week we have Whole Foods $50 & $100, Peapod $50, Supercuts $25, Hair Cuttery $10 & $25, and Lou Malnati's $10& $25 and our usual ones. Please contact Anne Barsano with questions at or 312-972-9040.

Tuition Assistance Appeal - The time has come to lift up among Pilgrim families, members, friends and alumni our Tuition Assistance Campaign for the 2017-18 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 on the Memo Line, “Tuition Assistance.” Thank you!
Church Calendar  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


August 6 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery

August 10 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

August 11 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

August 12 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #10


August 13 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Nursery

August 17 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

August 18 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

August 19 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #1
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:  Zenzile Larry-Muhammad
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Renee Stuedemann

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