Subject: Time to R.O.C.K!

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,
Join us this Sunday as we worship with an intergenerational, 34 member choir called R.O.C.K. who travelled all the way from Apple Valley, MN to be with us! We will bless all men in honor of Father's Day... See you at 9:30 a.m.!
Sunday, June 15, is Father’s Day Celebration! We will be honoring all men with a blessing and a special gift. Our 9:30 a.m. worship will be largely led by the ROCK (Rock On Christ Kares) Choir is an intergenerational music ministry of Christus Victor Lutheran Church,Apple Valley MN. ROCK is comprised of singers from middle school, high school, young adults, parents, and older adults. In addition to singing at Pilgrim, ROCK Band will be serving and singing at Saint Luke Housing and Ravenswood Community Services Market Pantry this weekend. 
*Items on the Stage…
Anyone who has items stored on the stage downstairs, please retrieve those items. The crew from You Can Do will be coming the week following VBS to clean and paint the stage. Anything left there as of Sunday, June 22, will be donated to charity.
LOMC Family Camp June 29th to July 3rd- Attention Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, and Uncles… want to experience camp with your children? This is the week for you! There will be hiking, Bible Studies, games, swimming, campfires, and so much more. Pastors Johnson, their kids, and a collection of nieces and nephews will be attending! The Executive Director of LOMC, Russ Senti, is extending an AMAZING SPECIAL rate for Pilgrim families for the week. To register, please email And don’t forget to visit for other summer program options!
Lois Kane
It is with great sadness and resurrection hope that we announce that our dear member and friend, Lois Kane, passed away on Monday evening at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She had been quite sick with heart problems for some time. The wake/viewing will be held on Sunday, June 15th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Drake and Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Avenue, Chicago IL 60625. Her funeral will be held on Monday morning, June 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Ridgewood Cemetery.
We give thanks to God for her amazing spirit... she was so active in our church, and coordinated an amazing card and prayer ministry that touched so many.
Please pray for her best friend and sister, Pilgrim member Marilynn Stammich, during this difficult time. 

Vacation Bible School Starts Monday!
Please keep our VBS kids and leaders in your prayers this week. If you still wish to help, please contact Chris.
Giving a Gift to All of our Children
Dear Friends of Pilgrim,
When the last day of school for 2013-2014 ended on June 11, Pilgrim bid a master teacher farewell one last time. Even though Dave Maring retired as the Principal of Pilgrim three years ago, he has continued to teach math and work with students at school. As he ends his 49-year career working with our students, Pilgrim has established the Dave Maring School Endowment Fund in his honor. As soon as a minimum of $50,000 is invested, the school may start using interest from the fund to finance a variety of school projects, including tuition assistance, professional development for staff, and development of new programs for students.
Right now, generous donors from the congregation have made a challenge to the whole Pilgrim community—current families and friends, as well as alumni, their families and friends—to raise a total of $25,000. Once that amount is raised, the donors will add another $25,000 to the total. Meeting this challenge is an awesome way that the Pilgrim community can honor the work that Dave Maring has done for the school and continue his good works into the future.
Please consider a donation of any amount. Our goal is to announce our success at Pilgrim Fest on September 14, 2014. Donations can be made on-line through a link on the Pilgrim website:, or with a check make out to Pilgrim and “DMSE Fund” written in the memo line. If you have any questions, please talk to any of the DMSE Fund Committee members (Ed Nelson, Dale Halter, Sam Doerfler, Alison Hays or Anita Zajac) or contact the church office. Your generosity helps to ensure that the mission of Pilgrim School is moving forward: “Academic Excellence with a Heart!”
In Christ, Kristian Johnson, Pastor Chris Comella, Principal
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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

June 12 Thursday
6:30 p.m. TOPS

June 13 Friday
9:00 a.m. Confirmation Retreat

June 14 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5
Confirmation Retreat (return 9:00 p.m.)

June 15 Sunday
Father’s Day, Trinity Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

June 16 Monday
9:00 a.m. VBS

June 17 Tuesday
9:00 a.m. VBS

June 18 Wednesday
9:00 a.m. VBS

June 19 Thursday
9:00 a.m. VBS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

June 20 Friday
9:00 a.m. VBS

June 21 Saturday
8:30 a.m. Prayer Time
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #6

June 12, 2014
Prayer Ministry
Prayer time at the parsonage (4332 N Winchester), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Dining Group
Dining Group will be gathering on Sunday, June 22, for a brunch at 11:30 a.m. at Misericoda, 6300 N. Ridge. There is a large parking lot available. Please note change of time, and reserve with Julie at 773-764-3140. Hope to see you there and support a worthy cause at the same time.

Ministry Opportunity
Everyone is invited to participate in a lay ministry group which is forming to provide visits to homebound or hospitalized members of our congregation. If you are interested in making visits, according to your availability, please come to the Orientation and Exchange of Ideas meeting after church on Sunday, June 22, from 11:30 – 1:00 PM. Lunch is provided so please let Barbara Anthony in the church office know if you plan to attend.
Installation of Engraved Bricks Update (as of 06/06/2013)
We would like to thank you for your interest in the continued beautification of our beloved Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School. The first “batch of bricks” have been engraved with the goal of having them installed in time for our 2014 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. However, our Designer did not like the quality of the engraving and believed these engraved bricks would not survive the week let alone our wonderful Chicago weather. Therefore, as a result, we will not have these special bricks installed just yet. Our apologies, for this delay. We did try our best to have the project completed for the 8th Grade Celebration.

The new target for installation of the engraved bricks will be the week of July 6, 2014. If you have any questions about this project, next steps and its timeframe for completion, please call Cathlynn Nigh at 773-243-9273. As more information is made available, we will update the congregation. Thank you for your support, kindness and understanding for this project.

Report from Mission Gifts Team
A big thank you to everyone at Pilgrim!!! This is a very exciting time at Pilgrim Lutheran Church because together, we are finishing our 2011-2014 Forward in Faith Capital Campaign. Did you know that we tithe 10% of everything we receive through this campaign to be used as mission gifts? For example, every time another $50,000 comes in, $5,000 becomes available to gift! Please pray and join in this effort as we finish our important 2014 projects and move into the future.

The Pilgrim Capital Campaign Mission Gifts Team met for the 3rd time on May 20. The members of this team are Joe Cardo, Claudia George, Tarah Dickerson, and Anna-Kari Johnson. We reviewed 11 applications totaling $56,787.50 in requests. The council has so far approved the following:

Grant $10,000 to build Lord of Life Lutheran Church in El Salvador
Grant $5,000 to the Equipo Solar (Solar Team) in El Salvador
Grant $1,000 to the “Bread of Life Project-Pastors and Feeding People” in El Salvador
Grant $1,500 to building the Hope House Clinic, part of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church
Grant $2,500 for Tuition Assistance to Luther North College Prep.

The Mission Gifts Team has set the next goal deadline date for receiving grant applications for tomorrow, Friday, June 13 by 5:00 pm in the Pilgrim Church Office. Applications can be found on the back table of the church.

Hot Meals Ministry
Pilgrim provides a free home-cooked meal for the community every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in our church fellowship hall (basement.) We welcome all to this meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Janet Taylor.
Luther North College Prep Skill Based Summer Camps June 16 – 28th
We are once again running a two week summer camp for incoming 5th–8th grade students. Offering a variety of skill-based classes in sports, fine arts and fun academics taught by Luther North College Prep faculty and coaches, including Choir, Theatre, Baseball/Softball, Track/Cross Country, Co-Ed Basketball, Co-Ed Volleyball, Yoga and Robotics. Before and after care is available. More info at or email or call us at 773-286-3600 x251
Gift Cards
Pilgrim will be selling gift cards Sunday after church (10:30) and Monday throughout the summer. Remember that gift cards are perfect for graduates, birthdays, and thank-you gifts!
Market Day is over for the school year. Thank you to those families who purchased religiously (npi) throughout the year. Your support was much appreciated. Since 1989, Pilgrim has raised over $50,000 in profits on Market Day sales of over $500,000. Have a wonderful summer and we will see all of you in September at Market Day, September 11th!
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Our Prayer for Sunday
Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Corinthians 13:5-13;
Paul closes a challenging letter to the Corinthians with an appeal to Christian fellowship grounded in the triune harmony of Christ’s grace, God’s love, the Spirit’s partnership.

The Gospel reading is Matthew 28:16–20;
After his resurrection, Jesus summons his remaining disciples and commissions them to baptize and teach all nations in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School


Principal: Chris Comella
Administrative Secretary: Barbara Anthony
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