Subject: VBS Volunteer Commissioning this Sunday

Pilgrim Update
Dear Friends,

Vacation Bible School is here!
It begins Monday, June 24th,with a barbecue at 5:30 p.m., and continues with morning sessions, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, June 25th through June 28tth. Today we joyfully commission our volunteer team as they share the good news of Jesus from the great mountain stories we find in the Bible with our group of 57 intrepid kid expedition members. And at worship on Sunday, June 30th, they'll share their photos and the songs they learned with the congregation. Please pray that God would strengthen relationships during this week: that God would bring more people in our neighborhood into relationship with Jesus and become connected to our church. Thank you to Chris Wallis and to all of our inspired and dedicated volunteers!

Help needed to move dishes!
Pilgrim Church members - your assistance is needed: the cabinet in the kitchen with the good dishes is pulling away from the wall; repairs are planned for next Sunday. After worship on June 30th Anne Barsano and David Emery will be moving the dishes out of the cabinet so it can be repaired. If you can help, that would be great! Please call or email Angela Cardo to let her know you're coming: or 773-244-0160
Coffee Hour on June 30th
We are in need of a family to host the coffee hour on June 30th, after the service at 9:30 a.m. Please let Anne Barsano know if you are interested.
Looking for Rides to Church
We are looking for people who would be willing and able, on occasion, to give a ride to someone who needs help getting to church for Sunday worship and home again afterwards. Please let Barbara DeGraff, in the church office, know if your name can be added to a list of volunteer drivers, and also let us know if your vehicle is accessible to people who may have limited mobility. Thank you in advance.

Garden Tour 2013!
This year’s Garden Tour is next Sunday. Join us for a backyard brunch at Anne Rohner's:  2124 W Leland at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP! to Karen Huelskoetter at Then we tour the Northcenter Neighborhood Garden Walk together from 1 until 5:00 p.m.. The cost for the Walk is $5 with check in at Bell School; proceeds go to the Common Pantry. Call 773-259-9609 (Karen's cell) to join us in route. We end the day's festivities with a Potluck Supper at Dierdre O'Day's 4124 N Hermitage at 6:00 p.m. Bring a side dish or salad and your choice of beverage. RSVP to to help us in the planning ! JOIN us for ONE of the MEALS or the WHOLE DAY!
A Letter from Common Pantry
Here’s what Pilgrim heard in June in response to our efforts in support of Common Pantry’s mission:

Dear Pilgrim Church,
On behalf of Common Pantry, our volunteers and our clients, I want to personally thank you for coordinating an amazing food drive. The collection brought in approximately 209 lbs. of supplies that will stock our shelves for what is proving to be a very busy 2013. The considerable time and effort you dedicated to this food drive is truly appreciated. These donated items are distributed via two weekly emergency food distribution sessions and a monthly home delivery program for seniors in our community.
Scott Best, Director

Church Calendar

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

June 23 Sunday
 9:30 a.m. Worship Service - VBS Volunteer Commissioning
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour Team Barsano/Satter
11:30 a.m. Garden Tour
5:30 p.m. Dining Group at Moody's Pub

June 24 Monday
5:30 p m. VBS Barbecue
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. VBS Opening Session

June 25 Tuesday
9:00 - 12:00 VBS
6:30 p.m. Worship Committee
7:30 p.m. Church Council

June 26 Wednesday
9:00 - 12:00 VBS

June 20 Thursday
9:00 - 12:00 VBS
6:30 p.m. TOPS

June 28 Friday
9:00 - 12:00 VBS

June 29 Saturday
7:00-8:00 a.m Prayer Team at Parsonage
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hot Meals Team #2

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June 23, 2013

Confirmation Retreat
Thank you for all who prayed for our confirmation students during their first annual retreat June 17-19th at Spring Grove Camp. Each participant filled out inventories that helped them discover and explore their base ministry in the five -fold ministry (Ephesians 4) as well as their spiritual gifts (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12). We also enjoyed worship and many fun activities, such as tubing and Paintball. (Yes, paintball) Please continue to pray that this retreat, and our confirmation program as a whole, is successful in being an ENTRY POINT into active participation in the life of our church and God’s mission going forward. Special thanks to Joe and Angela Cardo, Pastor Kristian, and Brian Twhoig for serving as leaders on this retreat.

Family Camp at LOMC
Just a reminder that Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL is offering a Family Camp Experience Sunday, June 30th through Friday, July 5th. Families and individuals of all ages are welcome. This is a great way to grow in faith together during the summer. Activities include fishing, hiking, canoeing, Bible studies, worship, crafts, stargazing, archery, and other activities. The camp offers hotel-like accommodations includes three meals a day and a snack in the evening. There is a camp counselor dedicated to Family Camp at all times, giving the parents the options of doing activities with their children or also sending the children with the counselors with activities. You could consider coming the whole week, or coming out for the day, or coming out for a night or two. To register, please call Executive Director Russ Senti at 815-732-2220 for registration and pricing. Please let Pastor Kristian know if you’ll be coming for any part of the week! Thank you!

Dining Group at Moody’s Pub
The Dining Group will be going to Moody’s Pub, 5910 N. Broadway, on Sunday, June 23rd, for al fresco dining at 5:30pm. Please let Julie Lea know if you plan to join the party; 773-764-3140. Thanks!

Pilgrim’s Vision Going Forward
Throughout the summer and fall, we’re going to be exploring the habits the early church adopted in Acts 2. We’re going to be bringing back some of the content and feedback we received through the “40 Days to Shape our Future” during Lent. We’ll be lifting up our proposed mission statement and core practices and how they could be used to shape our future ministry:

June 30th—VBS celebration: Praise God with all generations together
July 14th—Invite Everyone to be Present (youth emphasis Sunday)
July 21st—Grow in prayer and the word: Bring your Bible to church Sunday, Blessing of the Bibles
July 28th—Respond by advocating Justice for the Vulnerable
August 25th—Invest time, talent, and resources generously
September 8th—Lift up Academic Excellence with a Heart
September 15th—(Block party Sunday) Mpower Homes for Faith Formation
September 22nd—Preach on Mission Statement: In Christ's love, we gather, prepare, and send all as leaders for God's mission in the world. (GPS)
Congregational Forum on the Core Values (after service)
September 29thCongregational Meeting to approve core values

Please join us in worship this summer as we reflect on the question: What are the habits are we as Pilgrim going to form as we see the Holy Spirit move within us?

Our Prayer for Sunday
O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Sunday’s Readings
The first reading is 
Isaiah 65:1-9: The prophet announces God’s impatience. The people’s self-absorption is idolatry, and images from pagan worship fill this reading. Like a vintner who crushes the grape to release the wine, God will use Isaiah’s exile to establish a new community of the faithful.

The Psalmody is Psalm 22:19-28: In the midst of the assembly I will praise you. (Ps. 22:22)

The second reading is Galatians 3:23-29: For Paul, baptism is a powerful bond that unites people not only with God but with other believers. Those who call themselves children of God experience a transformation that removes prejudices of race, social class, or gender in favor of true unity in Christ.

The Gospel is Luke 8:26-39: Jesus’ mission includes foreigners, and his authority extends to the casting out of demons. Some who witness Jesus work are seized with confusion and fear, but the man who was healed is commissioned to give testimony of God’s mercy and power.