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Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church
6817 W. Center Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
(414) 476-0735
Mailing address:
2664 N 68th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

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“Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” says the psalmist. To that end, many opportunities for study of the Word are available. To learn more about any of these, please contact the church office.

Sunday Adult Bible Study  

Sunday 10:15am - This weekly study follows our morning worship and is led by the Pastor. It may consist of a topical study or a book of the Bible, running until 11:15am.

Sunday School / Confirmation  

It is especially important to nurture the faith of children in our congregation. This is a task we do in partnership with parents and to supplement the training received in the home. We currently offer a kindergarten to 5th grade program of Sunday School instruction in a one classroom setting. This instruction focuses on the stories of the Bible, both Old and New Testament.  

Confirmation instruction begins in the 6th grade, where the stories of the Bible are reinforced, emphasizing the Law/Gospel nature of our relationship with God. This first year of confirmation is typically led by a layperson from our congregation.

The 7th and 8th grade years work through Luther’s Small Catechism, covering the major doctrines of the Lutheran church and are taught by the Pastor. Students meet one day a week and in addition to the study materials are also asked to serve as acolytes for the church services. In the 8th grade, students will also do sermon reports and outlines of the books of the Bible. At the end of this period of study, those who wish to affirm their baptismal vows and acknowledge that they wish to join the Lutheran church, will be confirmed in a worship service of the congregation.

From this time forward, they are welcome to join all other confirmed members in receiving the Lord’s Supper whenever it is offered.  

Men's Bible Study  

Mondays 6:30am – This weekly lay led study is open to all but currently consists entirely of men. Come for a light breakfast of coffee, juice, rolls, and doughnuts along with some social commentary in addition to study and prayer; ending about 7:30am

Monday 7:00pm – This men’s study takes place at the Fred Nelson residence on the 2nd Monday of every month, usually using study material from the Lutheran Witness and goes until about 9:00pm.

Women's Bible Study  

Wednesday 9:00am – This women’s study addresses varied topics, including books of the Bible and meets weekly at Luther Manor. The study goes until 10:00am and takes a summer hiatus.

Thursday 9:30am – This is a women’s study group that meets weekly in the church basement, lasting until 11:30am, typically using a book of the Bible as the basis of their study.

 

Altar Guild   

Altar Guild is a group of people responsible for preparing the altar area for each celebration of the Lord's Supper, and change the altar paraments for each season of the church year. One special requirement for serving on the Altar Guild is spiritual commitment. Members of the guild should be devoted to their tasks, be reliable in carrying out their assignments, humble and reverent in their work and joyful for the privilege of serving our Lord. The Altar Guild is for anyone interested in the care and maintenance of the Altar. Always looking for volunteers.

LWML  

The women of Pilgrim are part of a larger mission-minded auxiliary of women called the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Our society meets regularly to further the motto of the LWML, to "Serve the Lord With Gladness". We promote and encourage the gathering of mites (loose change or bills) which God blesses when received by the grant beneficiaries to promote and/or support that particular mission project - everything from foreign missions to local. In the process, each woman is challenged to affirm her relationship with God so that she is enabled to use her own special gifts to further the building of God's kingdom.  

In addition to our society, we are organized at the Zone and District levels which offer rallys, retreats and conventions. National has an inspirational convention every other year.

Further information can be gleaned from visiting the official web site of LWML at www.lwml.org or the District site at www.swd-lwml.org . An organization by women, for women with the ultimate goal of lifting up individuals to use her talents to serve the Lord and together support missions here and abroad.  

 

LUMIN Schools Pilgrim Lutheran (just East of the church)   

LUMIN Schools Pilgrim Lutheran School is a Milwaukee Parental Choice Program participant.  It opened in the fall of 2012 as Concordia University School - Pilgrim Campus, and has since changed its name to reflect being part of the LUMIN Schools system.  Extensive remodeling was done, adding a grade per year until it was complete, all the way to 8th grade. Click here to learn more.

Stephen Ministry   

Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people. Stephen Ministry is a system of training and organizing lay persons for caring ministry in and around their congregations and communities. Through trained lay individuals, the Stephen Ministry seeks to meet the needs of people:

  • The hospitalized
  • The terminally ill
  • People who are homebound
  • Those with a job crisis
  • Those facing life transitions
  • The aging and elderly
  • Those with disabilities and their families
  • The separated and divorced
  • Households experiencing birth or adoption
  • The lonely New members in church or in community

Stephen Ministers have completed 50 hours of training in preparation for their confidential ministry and regularly meet for ongoing education and supervision. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or if you would like to request a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.

Music  

Nicole Moritz is the principal organist at Pilgrim, playing our prized Martin Ott Tracker organ twice weekly for services. LuAnn Roman is the choir accompanist. The Pilgrim Senior Choir rehearses once weekly on Thursday evenings. Rehearsals are held from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The choir commonly sings 3 times monthly. The director, Ms. Moritz, is currently accepting auditions for soprano, alto, tenor and bass.  

Special music is arranged for performance whenever possible, whether solo or ensemble. Pilgrim has many talented people who contribute to the beauty of our worship, and we gladly make use of all those talents to the glory of God.

 

Sewing for Veterans  

Twice a month at Pilgrim there is a group of ladies (some Pilgrim members and some not) that get together to sew for U.S. Veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Milwaukee.  This group began in 2010 as a Milwaukee site for the CamoQuilt Project, making camouflage quilts for deployed soldiers in the Middle East.  As that was no longer needed, our ladies wanted to continue to meet for the fellowship and common purpose of helping veterans. 

Since the VA Hospital was opening a new building we were able to make red, white and blue quilts for the residents as they moved into the building. Two more new buildings are in the works, so we keep sewing.  We have made Christmas stockings and decorations for the building.  We have enjoyed being creative with quilt patterns and sharing ideas.  We have also made some quilts for patients in the palliative care unit.  All of the quilts are various designs, but are red, white and blue.  We welcome sewers and helpers, experienced quilters or willing workers.  Check the Pilgrim calendar link to see which Saturdays will be quilting days this month.

 

International Workers  

The Baker Family in Mongolia Handout (PDF)

The Ferry Family in Indonesia www.ferrys.asia

The Naumanns in South Asia www.facebook.com/naumannsinsouthasia

Food Kettle  

Out of a desire to help those in need and share our bounty, Pilgrim has for many years sponsored the collection of non perishable foodstuffs. Any member who has need is welcome to receive items from this storehouse. It is also used for the occasional person who comes to us from the community. Periodically, excess food is taken to the food pantry at Hope Lutheran Church to be distributed as part of their community outreach program. Donations may be left in the “kettle” at the south end of the narthex by the balcony stairs.