Subject: Welcome Pastor Chu!

Pilgrim Announcements
July 26th, 2015

This Sunday we welcome Pastor Joseph Chu as our guest preacher! 

You can read more about him below in Gathering Opportunities.  

See you this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!

This Sunday we welcome Pastor Joseph Chu as our guest preacher!

Pastor Chu is the Associate Program Director of Lutheran Disaster Response – U.S., ELCA. Ordained in 1990, he has served congregations in Illinois and California. From 2004-2009, he served as the Program Director for Asia and the Pacific in the ELCA’s Global Mission unit. Prior to that, Joe was the Director of Fundraising and Marketing for New Horizons, a social service agency serving people with developmental disabilities in the San Fernando Valley, Calif.

In addition, he has been as a teacher, a social worker and a non-profit organization administrator in various U.S. cities, as well as in Hong Kong, where he was born and raised.

Joe is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif., and Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. He also has a Master’s degree in Pacific and International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.

Joe lives with his wife, Elizabeth and two teen-aged children in a Northwest suburb of Chicago.
Prayer Ministry
Join us for prayer time Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This Saturday, meet at Renee's house, 2112 W. Cullom.  

Please note there will be no prayer time on August 1st or 8th. The gathering will resume on August 15th.
Pilgrim Preschool and Kindergarten through 8th Grade School has seats available!
Tours happen weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Other times may be arranged by appointment.  Please contact Principal Chris Comella at or at 773-477-4824 for more information or to schedule a tour. 
Note: FULL DAY—We have now opened a limited number of seats for three-year-olds in the morning class... with options for the afternoon as well, thus making it possible for a 3 year old to attend a full day program at Pilgrim.  Please help spread the word!

Dining Group
On Sunday, July 19th, we will hopefully dine on the patio at Mash, 4535 N. Lincoln Ave. 5:30 for a variety of burgers and other pub foods.  They have a full bar and street parking.  It is always a great social time with great food.  Please let Julie know (773-764-3140) if you plan to attend. Thanks! 

Pilgrim Mission Gifts Grants Opportunity
Part of Pilgrim's current 3 year Capital Campaign is giving 10% to "mission gifts". Thanks to your generous donations, we would like to decide on some mission gift donations. We encourage Pilgrim Church and School members of all ages to work together to create mission projects and also apply for support for great organizations. Please find application forms on the table. Please turn in completed application forms to the Pilgrim Church Office by August 10th at 10 a.m. for the first round of Mission Gift Grant Approvals. They may also be emailed to the church office by sending them to For more information, please contact Anna-Kari Johnson at (773) 990-0814 or
El Salvador Mission Trip
Thank you for your prayers and support as Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari are traveling to El Salvador to lead a mission trip with 36 participants July 31- August 10th. The impact Pilgrim has had on the ministry of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador is absolutely extraordinary! Thanks to Pilgrim’s generosity, 15 homes and churches have received solar electricity systems, youth who could be on the streets are instead in school through our “Building Futures” Student Sponsorship Program, youth concerned about hunger here in Chicago (the Homeland Helpers at Lane Tech) are extending their ministry to the Hope House ministry of El Salvador, and thanks to a generous donation from a Pilgrim school family, we are bringing a check for $10,000 to help establish a coop farm, church, and youth center in the community of Colon, an area heavily challenged by poverty and violence. Please pray for safe travels and maximum kingdom impact! Pastor Kristian and others will be back on Sunday, August 16th.

To everyone at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, Thank you very much for the extremely generous gift I received last Sunday. I was very touched by all the recognition I have received. Pilgrim is a wonderful place to work and I will miss it greatly. My life has been incredibly blessed through everyone here. Thank you again for all the tremendous support I have been given over the years. Love, Cheryl Saiki
Like us on Facebook!
Hello everyone!   We are clarifying the purpose of our Facebook pages as we seek to improve our marketing and communication efforts.  

“Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School”  is now our primary Facebook page for more frequent "day to day" posts about Pilgrim for active participants in the church and school.  You can also “check in” on this site and, when posting pictures online, you can post to this page.  Please make sure you like this facebook page.

The former page, “Friends of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School” has now been changed to: "Friends and Alumni of Pilgrim Lutheran School"  to help us communicate with those who are no longer directly connected to the school through a current attending student, but who want to maintain a connection to the school.  Please direct our alumni, parents of alumni, former staff and friends of the school to this page.  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 2015-16 school-year.  In our mission to provide academic excellence with a heart, Pilgrim is blessed with many gifts from many people. Some have enough to pay tuition fully; some share gifts of service to offset part of their tuition costs. All have the desire to provide the best education possible for their children.  Please watch for a mailing to come out shortly, or, contact Principal Comella or Pastor Kristian for more information. 

Coffee Hour dates available August 16th (9:30) and November 22nd are still free dates for Coffee Hour for this year.  Please contact Anne Barsano ( know if you would like to sponsor one of them.  
Hot Meals
Most of the ten teams are well-staffed, but we always need substitutes.  Contact Janet Taylor if you are interested in being a substitute or would like to help in keeping the pantry well-supplied.  Contact Janet Taylor at or (773) 777-4052
Gift Cards will be sold on Sunday after church and on Monday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. throughout the summer. Please contact Anne Barsano ( with questions.
Market Day has been bought out by World's Finest Chocolate and will no longer be taking orders from us on a regular monthly basis.    During the months of July and August Pilgrim will receive 10% of any Market Day items purchased at a GFS store. Select Market Day items will be available at the stores until they run out.  Thank you to everyone who has supported Market Day since we started with them in 1989.  Please contact Anne Barsano with any questions as to store locations.
Amazon SMILE :-)
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. 

Buy an Amazon gift card from Operation CIP to pay for your purchase on Amazon Smile and earn an additional 5% for Pilgrim.
Church Calendar
Here's what's happening the next couple of weeks at Pilgrim Church -  to go to the complete online calendar, click HERE


July 26 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

July 30 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Aug 1 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #4


Aug 2 Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour

Aug 6 Thursday
6:30 p.m. T.O.P.S.

Aug 8 Saturday
11:30 a.m. Hot Meals Team #5

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 Manager: Lindsay Beveridge
Communications Administrator: Halley Williams
Office Administrator: Kathy Danner

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