Subject: Time to Celebrate!

Pilgrim Update
Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we appreciate our teachers and as we celebrate the First Communion of 12 children and their families! We also invite you to the new prayer class that is being offered at 9:20 a.m.! It will be a great Sunday, please join us!
Geraniums for Pentecost
Sunday, May 19th, is Pentecost.  We invite everyone to bring RED geraniums to church on that day. The plants will decorate the altar, and then be planted in Pilgrim’s garden to enhance our landscaping. We also are looking for volunteers to do the planting (a great project for a family). If you are willing to help with the planting, please contact Chris Wallis,

Market Day in May
Market Day orders are due Monday, May 13th, for pickup on Thursday, May 16th.  There are many items available at discounted prices so check out the website at: The Decadent Chocolate Cake served at the auction is available for $10- $5 off the normal price!! Plan to order burgers and hot dogs for your Memorial Day gatherings! Check out the new Bacon and Cheese Angus Burger!

New Participants in Worship
Renee Stuedemann and the worship committee are compiling the schedule for worship participants for the coming months. We are adding Lectors (Readers) and Greeters to our Sunday morning liturgy. If you or your child are interested in participating, please talk to Pastor or Renee this week. 
May Bible Class—Prayer Basics
How should I pray? What happens when I pray? Our prayer team will be leading a special class in May on the topic of prayer. Please join us on May 5th, May 12th, or May 19th at 9:20 a.m.

Gift Card News
We are going to stop keeping some gift cards on hand as they take up too much room in our inventory. These stores will still be available for ordering; please help us get rid of these hangers-on! JC Penney, Uno Pizza, Oriental Trading, Groupon, Ross (Dress for Less)—all available in $25. Mother’s Day is coming up. If you are going out to eat in celebration, why not pick up some cards for the restaurant you are patronizing. Visa cards make good gifts for graduates of all ages!
Parents’ Night Out
It’s hard to believe, but Parents’ Night Out has marked its second anniversary at Pilgrim! Parents’ Night Out is a quarterly event in which we provide free babysitting for up to 30 children from Pilgrim and the surrounding community. The parents get a night out without breaking the bank, and the kids have a blast! As we plan our May event, we’re looking for parents who want to volunteer. If you volunteer, you’ll be guaranteed a spot for your child at the next Parents’ Night Out, without having to beat the crowd at registration time. Plus, it’s actually very fun. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or

And now, here’s info on our May event:

It's time to get out and enjoy a spring evening -- and leave the babysitting to us! Our next free Parents' Night Out is coming up May 18th -- so, Moms and Dads, start making plans to re-charge while your kids play at Pilgrim in a safe, fun and free-of-charge environment. This is a community event, so if you've got friends who don't go to Pilgrim, have them sign up and make it a double-date!

WHEN: Saturday, May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Maring Hall
WHO: Children ages 3 to 10 (youngsters must be toilet-trained)
WHAT: Age-appropriate games, movie, craft, cookie-decorating and pizza
COST: No fee, but we'll gladly accept a $2 donation per family to help pay for supplies
HOW: RSVP to Kristi Killelea, (773) 343-6073 or Space is limited, so submit your request ASAP! Final deadline to reserve is May 15. Please tell Kristi the names and ages of your children and if you're a Pilgrim church or school family.

Activities will be held in a secure location and children will be monitored the entire time. Child-to-helper ratio will be approximately 3:1.

Church Calendar

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

May 5 
Sunday 8:00am Worship Service
9:15am Sunday School
9:20am Explore the Bible Group– Prayer Basics
10:30am Worship Service—Teacher Appreciation &
First Communion
11:30am Coffee Hour Team Azzaro/Nootens

May 7 Tuesday
 3:15pm Confirmation Class

May 8 Wednesday
 8:30am Moms in Prayer
9:55am Chapel
12:30pm Woman’s Society

May 9 Thursday
9:00am MOPS meeting at Parsonage
6:30pm TOPS

May 10 Friday
 6:15pm Girl Scouts

May 11 Saturday
7:00-8:00am Prayer Team at Parsonage
9:30am New Member Orientation
10am-1pm Hot Meals Team #4
4:00pm Gallery 4300

May 5, 2013
WALK-A-THON to Reach 
You can change lives here and around the world!

On Sunday, June 2, 2013, 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! We’ll meet at Pilgrim on Sunday, June 2nd,  at 7:45 am (that’s before the 9:30am worship service). We’ll be walking to Welles Park, circling it twice, and then heading back to Pilgrim for a celebration! For more information, please contact Pastor Kristian Johnson, email or Pastor Anna-Kari Johnson, (773) 990-0814.

Project Linus is tomorrow...
and the forecast is for perfect blanket-making weather! No sewing skills are required to join this fun and fulfilling time: school-aged kids and adults are welcome.The blanketeering begins at 10:00 and continues until 2:00 - come  for an hour or stay the whole time. lunch will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. You can find out more about project Linus here:
Register for Vacation Bible School Now!
VBS at Pilgrim will start the evening of June 24th (because that's the last day of school for CPS), continue Tuesday through Friday mornings, and conclude at worship on Sunday, June 30th. VBS is open to all Pilgrim and neighborhood kids ages 3 to 12. You can sign up for VBS online now, at
MOPS Toy Drive
Mothers of Preschoolers needs toys! If you are cleaning out your closets and find toys your children have outgrown, please consider donating them to MOPS! We are looking for baby toys, riding and push toys, games, puzzles and books. We will have a collection bin at the back of church! Or you can drop your donation off at 4332 N. Winchester, or, better yet, bring it to a MOPS meeting! 

New Member Class Invitation
What is a Lutheran? What is Pilgrim Lutheran Church all about? How would Pilgrim be able to help me and my family grow in my relationship with God? What does it mean to be a member of Pilgrim? If any of these questions interest you, please sign up for one of our upcoming “New Member Classes” on a clip board located on the back table. Thank you.
Lutheran Day in Springfield
May 8th is Lutheran Day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Join Lutherans and other supporters from around the state to advocate for people in need with your state legislators. Event includes training, prayer session at the Capitol and visits with legislators. For more information contact Joy Medrano at 847-635-4653 or
Saturday Hot Meal—
Help Spread the Word!
Pilgrim's HOT MEALS program has offered a hot Saturday lunch for over twenty years and continues to provide this ministry to the community to this day. Residents of the north side of Chicago (specifically Chicago Uptown and the Chicago Indian Center) have benefited from the volunteering of Pilgrim members and their friends. It continues to be a vital outreach ministry of Pilgrim church.

Sae Mikkelson, Pastor Kristian and Janet Taylor have been re-inviting the homeless through calls to social agencies, churches, etc., plus distributing fliers and cards advertising our HOT MEALS program. We would like your help. At the table in the foyer of the church you will find fliers (in both English and Spanish) and “business” cards (same information as the fliers). We would like you to help by posting the fliers in your neighborhood (stores, stations, etc.) and by handing out the cards to the homeless in your CTA stations or parks.

Samantha Doerfler's response to our request for help is worth repeating: “Thank you for making the business cards and hot lunch fliers. I have been utilizing them and it makes me feel great to have something to give to people asking for help or money. I also had them posted at my Y. I think it was such a great, thoughtful idea and really has inspired me to promote the program!”

If you have any questions or suggestions, please e-mail Janet Taylor, We thank you for your help!!!!

Our Prayer for Sunday
Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Acts 16:6-15: A vision compels Paul to move his ministry into Greece. There he meets Lydia, an important person in the business community, whose heart has been opened by God to receive the gospel. Her conversion and baptism provide the impetus for the founding of the church at Philippi.

The Psalm is Psalm 67: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy. (Ps.67:4)

The second reading is 
Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5: John’s vision of a new Jerusalem coming out of heaven provides continuity with God’s past actions. Yet in this new city, God’s presence replaces the temple, and the glory of God and the Lamb supplant sun and moon.

The Gospel is 
John 14:23-29: As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear.