Subject: This Sunday at 9:30 a.m.: New Members!

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

This Sunday will be an experience! Join us for the "Walk/Run to Reach El Salvador" at 7:45 a.m. Even if you haven't had a chance to recruit sponsors, come out for the fun of it! Before and after the service, check out a solar panel prototype developed by El Salvador Trip Participants Ralph Malfucci and Scott Russell that will bless the rural poor with electricity! Then, during our 9:30 a.m. worship service, we welcome the Sperrys, the Erdbeers, the Schafs, the Haislers, and the Couch Family into membership! Then, join us for a VBS Volunteer Team meeting after the service. See you Sunday!
Mrs. Ruppe "Appreciation Sunday"
Mrs. Beth Ruppe, our school principal, has accepted a position as the Director of The Total Child Preschool and Childcare Center in Evanston. We are sad to with the news that Mrs. Ruppe will no longer be our Principal. We are so grateful for her dedicated and inspired leadership over the past two years. Please mark the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 9th, on your calendars as an “Appreciation Sunday” for Mrs. Ruppe and her 13 years of service at Pilgrim.

Calling All VBS Volunteers!
On Sunday, June 2nd, after the worship service, please stop by the VBS table in the annex to find out how you can help. Whether you've already let us know you want to be part of this fun week, or are still thinking about it, come talk to us. We especially need a few creative people to help us ahead of time with set construction, which can be done in the evening or on weekends. We're also looking for help with the June 24th evening BBQ kick-off.  

Gift Cards
Gift cards make wonderful gifts for graduations, weddings and teacher’s gifts. Visa cards may be ordered as well as other cards not normally kept on hand. June 3rd will be your last day to special order for the end of the school year. Cards will be available by Wednesday, June 5th. We will be selling Tuesday and Wednesday the last week of school. ?? Anne Barsano.
Save the Date—Garden Tour June 23rd
The Pilgrim Garden Tour of 2013 is scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd. We begin with brunch at Anne Rohner's garden, then join the North Center Garden Tour (in progress). The festivities end with a supper at Dierdre O'Day's backyard. Watch this space for details!

Market Day
Monday June 3rd is the last day to order Market Day through Pilgrim for the school year. Go to and check out the many items on sale. Be sure to order some goodies for your summer barbecues and to stock up until September. Pickup is Thursday, June 6th from 3-4 pm. Please contact Anne Barsano if that time is inconvenient for you. 

Great Banquet Men’s 
and Women’s Retreats
The Great Banquet retreat is a fantastic experience that helps participants to hear from God and to grow in their relationship with Christ. The retreats are held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The next men's weekend is September 26–29, 2013, and the next women’s weekend is October 3–6, 2013. In the spring of 2014, the men’s weekend will be April 24th–27th and the women’s weekend will be held on May 1st–4th. If you are at all interested in participating, please give your name to Renee, Kathy, Pastor Anna-Kari or Pastor Kristian.

MOMSnext Schedule Change
MOMSnext, the evening group for moms of elementary students, will be meeting once a month. The next meeting will be on June 6th, from 7-9 p.m. (door opens at  6:30 p.m.). All meetings held at the home of Anna-Kari Johnson, 4332 N. Winchester.
Church Calendar

Here's what's happening this week at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click here

June 2 Sunday
 7:45 a.m. Walkathon for El Salvador
9:30 a.m. Worship Service—
New Member Sunday
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Carlson/Bodine
June 4 Tuesday
 3:15 p.m. Confirmation Class

June 5 Wednesday
8:30 a.m. Moms in Prayer
9:55 a.m. Chapel

June 6 Thursday
 3:00-4:00 p.m. Market Day pickup
6:30 p.m. TOPS
7:00 p.m. MOMSnext meeting at Parsonage

June 8 Saturday
 7:00-8:00 a.m Prayer Team at Parsonage
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #8

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June 2, 2013
Synod Assembly Today and Tomorrow
We thank God for the 200+ congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. We invite everyone to pray for our Synod as we gather for the annual Synod Assembly at Tinley Park Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, May 31st through June 1st. The Assembly’s agenda will include the election of our next Bishop, adopting a Budget for 2014, and lifting up our Synod’s growing mission connection with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Thank you to Marian Azzaro and Jim Volkens, who are serving as Pilgrim’s delegates along with Pastor Kristian.
VBS in June—Register and Volunteer Online!
Vacation Bible School registration is now open! You’ll find a link to the online registration form on Pilgrim’s home page, . VBS is open to all Pilgrim and neighborhood kids ages 3 to 12; it will begin with a barbecue dinner at 5:30 pm and activities from 6- 7:45 p.m. on Monday, June 24th, and continue on Tuesday through Friday morning, from 9:00 until noon, concluding at the 9:30 a.m. worship service on June 30th. The link on the home page also works if you want to volunteer! There are also registration forms for students and volunteers on the table at the back of the church. The cost for the week, which covers snacks, crafts and other materials, is $35 for one child, with a $50 maximum per family. Paper registration forms as well as checks made payable to Pilgrim Lutheran Church can be dropped off in the church office, or left in Amy Kaniff's mailbox at church.

New Way to Help Pilgrim
Do you have a Dominick’s Loyalty card? Have you registered that card at, so that when you use it Pilgrim receives a % of your purchase? Do you order online? Have you registered your credit cards with so that Pilgrim is credited for a % of $$ spent at the stores on their website? This site is cyber-secure and does not generate spam or additional emails, according to Pilgrim members who have been signed up for the past ten years! This is by far the easiest way to help Pilgrim without going out of your way! No more excuses that we don’t take credit cards, and you don’t even have to think that you are donating to Pilgrim. Schools the same size as Pilgrim receive thousands of dollars from this program and Pilgrim earns around one hundred! Let’s see if we can get a little more of the pot! Just go to and register your cards. Pilgrim’s group ID is : 6552385. Link to “3 Easy Ways to Earn for our Group”. Thank you! Contact Anne Barsano at or 773-472-6037 with questions.
Magazine Drive in the Fall 
Please think of Pilgrim Lutheran School  when those magazine renewal notices come in! Although the drive officially begins in the fall, you can go online, to, to renew or begin a subscription any time. Pilgrim’s school ID is 2633014 

Lincoln Square Friendship Center 
Has a Home!
The new food pantry that is being established to serve the needs of our neighborhood has found a home: Lincoln Square Friendship Center will be located at 2733 W. Lawrence Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help clean the space and get it ready to serve our neighbors; please drop by on Pantry Cleaning Days, June 7th and 10th, to pitch in! Also, the pantry needs the following items for its space—donations will be appreciated: 2 filing cabinets, 1 cordless telephone, 1 printer with fax capabilities, 4 round folding tables, 32 folding chairs, 2 rectangular folding tables, clothing racks, and hangers. To donate, volunteer or for more information, check out their Facebook page or  email
Support ELCA Disaster Relief in Oklahoma
Tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Texas claiming many lives and damaging hundreds of homes. A two-mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., claiming lives and leaving behind a devastating trail of destruction. Plaza Towers Elementary School stood right in the path of the storm's 166-200 mph winds. Many Oklahoma residents already were recovering from storms even before the tornado hit — hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed as 28 tornadoes touched down throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Illinois and Iowa. As strong winds and warm fronts continue to move across the nation, the threat for future tornado outbreaks is looming.

Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is responding in areas affected by these tornadoes. Your help is needed to bring hope to our sisters and brothers in need. Lutheran Disaster Response affiliates are already on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. Throughout the United States we are working hand-in-hand with ELCA synods and other ministry organizations that are experts at outreach in their communities. 

We know it will be a long road to recovery, and your gifts are needed now to begin coordinating volunteers, rebuilding homes and offering spiritual and emotional care to those in need. What you can do:

As the communities work to recover, please keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer.

Your donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “U.S. Tornadoes,” will be used entirely (100 percent) to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster. Donations from people like you allow the ELCA to respond to those in need. Click here to donate online.

Our Prayer for Sunday
Merciful Lord, we do not presume to come before you trusting in our own righteousness, but in your great and abundant mercies. Revive our faith, we pray; heal our bodies, and mend our communities, that we may evermore dwell in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading i
I Kings 8:22-23, 41-43: King Solomon prays at the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, built under his direction. Solomon prays that the temple will be a sign of God’s presence and power, not only to the Israelites, but to all peoples.

The Psalm is Psalm 96:1-9:  Declare the glory of the Lord among the nations. (Ps.96:3)

The second reading is 
Galatians 1:1-12: Paul, who started this church in Galatia, is angry and troubled that the congregation is confused by other teachers. As he begins this letter, Paul is direct with them about his desire for Christ’s pure gospel to be the center of their lives.

The Gospel is 
Luke 7:1-10: A Roman centurion stands to lose a highly valued slave. Jewish leaders in Capernaum consider the centurion worthy, but the Gentile declares himself unworthy. In the midst of this tangle of attitudes, the centurion shows his understanding of authority and his testimony that Jesus has it, even authority over illness and death.