Subject: The Road to Emmaus

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Dear Friends, 

Join us this Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. as we enjoy God opening our hearts to love... to compassion.. to connection... to community.

The "Road to Emmaus" (Luke 24:13-35) story never ceases to speak to us, wherever we are. The resurrected Jesus specializes in changing the trajectory of our day, our week, and our lives for the better.

We are looking forward to sharing this moment with you, together with our first communion students, who will be helping lead the service.

We also remind you of the opportunity to come back to Pilgrim later on for the Chili and Dessert Cook-Off Fundraiser for our refugee family sponsored through Refugee One. See you Sunday!
Next Sunday: Teacher Appreciation Sunday and Dedication of O'Hara Playlot-
Join us next Sunday as 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!

Chili Cook-Off to Benefit Refugee Family! Come one, come all to the Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Bake-Off to benefit the Bethany Pilgrim Refugee Project TODAY, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Maring Hall. There is no admission fee, but we ask people to bring cash bills to place in front of the best pot of chili and the best dessert. Your monetary donations will determine the Chili and Dessert King or Queen of Chicago's North Side!!! Music will be provided by the Irving Park Trio.

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.

Easter Breakfast Thank You to everyone who contributed to this year's Easter breakfast! We are so grateful for Bob, Sarah, Michael, Peter, and Aaron Lau, as well as to Collin Brown and Jonathan Valencia, for their coordination and hospitality!

A Big Thank You to Jenn Goolsby, Analisa Caref, Tarah Dickerson, and the entire “Score Big” team for their amazing work. Our big fundraiser, held on April 8th at Whirlyball Chicago, was a tremendous success! Final numbers are not yet available, but we are well on our way to meeting our goals for both the annual budget and Fund-A-Need. Thank you, Pilgrim, for your generous support!

Save the Dates:
Sunday, June 4th - Honorary Bruch in Appreciation of Michael Knuth’s 42 Years of School Teaching
Friday, June 12th - Sports Awards, 9:00 a.m.; Pilgrim School Graduation, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11th - Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
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

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 contact the Church Office Administrator, Renee, at The next cycle of new member classes begins TODAY. Thank you!

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.

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.

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.  
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
, on the bulletin board at the back of the church, includes the following: "Information on Lutheran Day, the many challenges in South Sudan and neighbouring countries and how the church is helping, an idea for bringing the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to life, and an invitation to join next week’s World Hunger webinar."

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!

Needed: a Pre-Kinder Teacher - When a window closes, a door opens…Pilgrim School is looking for a licensed pre-Kindergarten teacher to take the retiring Mike Knuth’s position. If you or someone you know is interested in serving Pilgrim as a co-teacher in the best Early Childhood classroom in Chicago, contact Principal Comella at or at 773.477.4824

The Friendship Center
, a nonprofit organization operating multiple food assistant programs on the north-side of Chicago, seeks a Director of Programming and Development. This person will be responsible for managing the development plan and continuing the organization's program development. This position requires exceptional organizational and leadership skills. Ideal candidates will have experience in nonprofit management, development, and must be comfortable speaking to groups and individuals about the mission of The Friendship Center. 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 502 likes!

Gift Cards - We carry Jewel, Peapod, Whole Foods, Marianos, Target, Carsons, Macys, The Gap, Hair Cuttery, Super Cuts and many others. We will be selling this Sunday, Monday and Friday. Contact Anne Barsano, with questions or orders.

Bethany Pilgrim Refugee project
- We are so excited to co-sponsor a Rohingya Burmese family with RefugeeOne. We are providing mentoring, tutoring, social & job development support and financial assistance. If you want to help and have not already signed up, please contact Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to For more info go to Facebook at

The Welles Park Nature Park - is 1 of 3 Chicago park projects up for a chance to receive $20,000 through the National Recreation and Park Association’s “Meet Me At The Park” program. The grant will be awarded based on public votes. To vote, visit and select Welles Park, or text the code welles to 35350. To really help them win, vote EVERY DAY between now and April 30.

General Worship Offerings:

Needed weekly to meet budget: $3,038
Actual received week ending 4/23/17 $2,699

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


April 30 Sunday
 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 a.m. Explore the Bible/Bible Story Time
10:30 a.m. Worship Service, First Communion
10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Nursery
11:45 a.m. Coffee Hour
4:00 p.m. Chili Cook-off, Refugee Fundraiser

May 2 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Board of Education

May 3 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 4 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 5 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 6 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6


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 3 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 4 Thursday
 6:15 p.m. T.O.P.S.

May 5 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

May 6 Saturday
 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #7

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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