Subject: "There's Grace for That"

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Dear Friends,

This week in worship at 9:30 a.m., we will hear the Word the apostle Paul received from God in a dark hour of his life: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

At last week’s ELCA Youth Gathering, over 30.000 youth heard from a young man named Will Starkweather. He had struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide for much of his life. He found a church, then divulged his secret to the pastor. “Pastor Carla listened and then she also said four words: There’s grace for that,” Starkweather said.

“Y’all, those words changed my life.”

Starkweather went on to become an ELCA pastor. Acknowledging the hurt and pain that resides in each of us, Starkweather told all who were gathered, “We are all recovering from something—and there is grace for that.”

After concluding a powerful testimony to a standing ovation, Starkweather greeted friends behind the stage. From his talk, he wanted people to take home with them that there is “no such thing as ‘too broken.’ Our broken places are where God brings out beauty.”

Join us as we gather in grace and beauty this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!

​Pilgrim Hosts LOMC's Swing Choir in concert on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. (note change of time from previous announcement) 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!

Pilgrim Welcomes South African Missionary Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson—On Saturday, July 21st, we will have the honor of welcoming our sponsored and beloved missionary! Rev. Dr. Philip Knutson will be joining us for a potluck dinner and discussion at 5:30 p.m. at the parsonage, 4332 N. Winchester. Please bring a dish to share and be ready to be encouraged by what God is doing through the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa!

Pilgrim Welcomes Common Pantry Executive Director Margaret O'Conor—as our guest in worship on July 22nd at the 9:30 a.m. service. The Common Pantry meets emergency food needs of our community through our weekly food distributions, home delivery to elderly clients, a hot lunch program, and monthly distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables on Produce Day. Please join us welcoming Margaret on this day!

Congratulations to Principal Chris Comella as he was named by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) as the 2018 National Distinguished Principal/ELEA Principal of the Year. Chris, keep up the great work!

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

Save the Dates:
Summer Enrichment Camp—July 9-13 (Legos)
Sunday, July 29—Vacation Bible School closing celebration
Sunday, August 26—WELCA sponsored Faith & Justice presentation at First Lutheran
Taking Faith Home is a devotional tool for families to use on a daily basis. It includes scripture readings, prayers and blessings to share. This week the theme is Jesus sends out his disciples, supporting this week’s Gospel reading. Bring Jesus into your home this summer with this easy to use guide for home worship. Weekly handouts will be on the table in the back of the church.

Why Stewardship? is a thoughtful 90 minute, interactive learning event (in person or online). We’ll begin with stewardship shaped by the “why”: God’s dream that our lives and our world would be healthy and flourish! Then the “what” and the “how.” It will be led by Steve Oelschlager on Wednesday, August 15th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Pilgrim. He is the stewardship program coordinator for the ELCA and is energized by ideas about life, faith, religion, and money. He hopes to be a teacher and leader of life-giving change through his work. Come join us for what is sure to be an educational evening.

"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 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

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! 
2018 Block Party—September 16, 2018 is coming fast! Each fall, Pilgrim throws a unifying party for our church, school, school alumni, hot meals guests, and neighbors. Our next planning 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  

Summer Challenge—Jesus with me! In the back of the church, you will find a cardstock half sheet image of Jesus. To celebrate the various ways Jesus accompanies us this summer, we invite you to: 1. Take Jesus with you this summer! Color it, make it your own! 2. Take a picture with Jesus wherever you are, with whoever you’re with, doing whatever activity, trip, or service. 3. Upload them to Facebook or Twitter at #pilgrimJesus2018 or send them to: 4. Prizes will be given in the fall to the 10 best pictures! And then we’ll enjoy a slideshow in church!

Cards for “Families Belong Together”—Senator Dick Durbin is leading the cause for refugee children who are separated from their parents to receive loving, supportive greeting cards. We are all encouraged, especially kids, to make cards and send them to: UAC/ORR Program, ATTN: Cards for Kids, 330 C Street, SW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20201.

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

Pray for our El Salvador Mission Team!​​We lift up our Pilgrim El Salvador Team as they prepare to experience life, faith, struggle, and hope in El Salvador July 31- August 7. We are so blessed by your prayers and support. Our team members will be installing solar panels, serving food to the hungry, participating in medical campaigns, supporting new churches, serving internal refugees, visiting our sister school (Colegio Luterano) and marching in a prayer march with 3,000 other people from El Salvador and all over the world! Thank you to Michael, Be, and Trella Marinelli, Tonya Saiki, Alicia Figueroa, Scott Russell, Renee Stuedemann, Kristian, Anna-Kari, Hope, Emanuel, and Xavier Johnson, Beck Anstee, Camryn Stewart, Vince Costello, Kenya Fulton, Gerald Butsky, Korrie Cassata, and Michael Haisler, for representing Pilgrim in such an inspiring way!

Pilgrim’s Card Ministry—If you have cards you would like to donate to Pilgrim’s 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!
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!

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

Gift Cards—Pilgrim will be selling gift cards on Sundays after the 9:30 a.m. service and in the school office on 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. Contact Anne Barsano at or 312-972-9040 with questions and for alternate pick up times. Thank you! 
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July 8 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 10 Tuesday
 6:00 p.m. VBS planning meeting
7:00 p.m. El Salvador team meeting

July 11 Wednesday
 7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

July 12 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

July 13 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 14 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #8
8:00 p.m. Ravenswood Beginners AA Meeting


July 15 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service & Nursery
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 17 Tuesday
 7:00 p.m. Mutual Ministry team meeting

July 18 Wednesday
 12:30 p.m. Women’s Society
5:00 p.m. LOMC potluck dinner
7:00 p.m. LOMC concert at Pilgrim
7:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

July 19 Thursday
 6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.
7:00 p.m. Block Party meeting

July 20 Friday
 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts

July 21 Saturday
 11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #9
5:30 p.m. Dr. Rev. Philip Knutson
 potluck & discussion
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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