Volume 28 Number 8
Rev. Peter J. Leyrer (612) 827-2723
P ilgrim Lutheran Church
Dr. Scott Gostchock (763) 205-4405
Mr. Barry Gostchock (651) 207-8387
The Monthly Newsletter of Pilgrim Lutheran Church
3901 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 825-5375
I’m enjoying a beautiful Minnesota spring—my first in a number of years. I hope that none of you have been
here so long that you take for granted the beautiful blue skies, the new leaves, and the warmth of the sun on
your back. And don’t forget the flowers that follow those April showers!
God really packs the season with reminders of his creative power, doesn’t he? But just as we can take these
spring days for granted after we’ve seen them for many years, we can take the creative power that he’s given
us for granted. His word has the power to change hearts and lives, and so often we in the Christian church
don’t recognize the marvelous power that it has.
God can and will touch your life through his word, the Bible. If you haven’t picked up on the habit of daily
Bible reading, this time of spring renewal is an excellent time for a renewed commitment to a habit that will
help you grow the ways God wants you to grow. Getting into the Scriptures also gives us something to
share—as we discover new facets of God’s truth, we are more and more ready to share our new perspectives
with the people we care about.
If you’re married, reading Scripture together is a good way to grow closer to your spouse. If you have a
family, God lays the responsibility for sharing his word on the head of every home.
Growth in God’s word isn’t always easy, or even pretty Just like soil that has slept under the snow for months
sometimes becomes a sloppy mess before anything can grow in it, God’s law is there in his word to expose
our need for the healing that Jesus can bring. But once the gospel takes root, we begin to produce lives that
glorify God with the fruits of our faith.
As the rain and the snow so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
come down from heaven, It will not return to me empty,
and do not return to it but will accomplish what I desire
without watering the earth and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for (Isaiah 55:10-11)
May God bless you through his Word!
Pastor Pete Leyrer
Treasurer’s Report *As pointed out previously, year-to-date
Year to Date expenses include moving expenses of
March 2006 7/1/05 – 3/31/06 approximately $19,000.
Bob Helmen, Treasurer
Income $ 48,730 $ 406,724
Expenses 65,979 474,061*
Expenses $ (17,249) $ (67,337)
We would like to take this time to say thank-you to all of you who participated in the Pilgrim Mixers this year.
We had great turnouts at our activities from Court Whist in November to the line & square dancing in March.
The Progressive Dinner in December had new faces in the crowd. The food was unbelievable as usual.
The January even was Monkey Golf. We filled the gym with laughter. The many delicious appetizers were
So, if you haven’t attended this group, please consider it. We start in November and have an activity on the
second Saturday of the month until March.
Come meet and get to know other Pilgrim members; single, married, widowed, young or old, it doesn’t matter.
We have lots of fun and of course food at every activity.
If you have questions or an idea for an activity, please call Mike or Carol Anderson at 612-722-4809.
Thank-you again for joining us and we hope to see more members in the year to come.
See you in November!!!!!
A Big Thank-You to Peg Heilman who has been responsible for getting the Pilgrim Monthly Newsletter out
for the last 10 years. Peg has decided a break was in order and has passed along her vast knowledge and
experience to me, Christine Bedor. She has promised to be a backup to me for which I am very grateful.
I am working on producing newletters in an electronic format so they can be posted on the Pilgrim webpage.
We will still be doing mailings which will include the monthly calendar.
Celebrations & Congratulations
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of
his name; make his praise glorious! Psalm 66:1,2 May Wedding Anniversaries
Rick & Sandy Puterbaugh
May Birthdays May 1
Curtis Geiselhart 1 Christopher & Connie Wasley
Helen Bronson 2 May 27
Mary Kjornes 2 Paul & Betty Weist
Thelma Friton 6 May 27
Evelyn Hudrlik 6
Marion Paulson 7 Confirmed on April 9th
Darrell Sampson 7 Nathan Gerdes
Peg Heilman 8 Kyle Huggar
Margaret Rodmyre 8 Christian Ndekwe
Luella Rogers 9 Calen Sorensen
Orville Delano 10 Linda Thao
George Scott 11 James Walker
Phyllis Sandell 13
John Martin 15 The “U” in Jesus - Author Unknown
Richard Bullemer 16
Kendra Bonde/Sivanich 17 Before U were thought of or time had begun
Mark Heilman 19
Sherman Goplen 20 God even stuck U in the name of His Son.
Danny Edwardson 23 And each time U pray, you’ll see it’s true
Jacqueline Pruitt-Jones 23 You can’t spell out JesUs and not include U.
Marilyn Fechner 24
Tina Norman 25 You’re a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
Kenneth Anderson 26 For U, He was born; that’s why He came.
Carl Bloedel 26 And His great love for U is the reason He died.
Angela (Sorensen) Jennrich 26 It even takes U to spell crUcified.
Julian Loescher 29
David Menk 29 Isn’t it thrilling and splendidly grand
Jennifer Combs 30
Samuel Gostchock 31 He rose from the dead, with U in His plan.
Michael Heilman 31 The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
Sharon Ledin 31 And this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.
May birth stone: Emerald
May flower: Lily of the Valley When JesUs left Earth at His upward ascension,
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.
“Go into the world and tell them it’s true
That I love them all – Just like I love U.
So many great people are spelled with a U,
Don’t they have a right to know JesUs, too?
It all depends now on what U will do,
He’d like them to know – But it all starts with U.
Pilgrim Ladies Guild Minutes
April 5, 2006
The Ladies Guild met on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at Betty reported on the trip to the Lutheran Home in
11:00 AM. President Doris Belsaas opened with Belle Plaine. The Bingo prizes were a big hit with the
prayer. We sang Happy Birthday to Ruby Lange in residents and they liked the Beanie Babies the most.
honor of her 90th birthday. She requested that we sing A good time was had by all!
her favorite song “Children of the Heavenly Father”.
A delicious birthday cake was served. LWMS---Eunice reported that the national convention
will be held in Tacoma, Washington on June 22 to
Our other birthday honorees for April are Gerry June 24. The spring rally will be held at Holy
Belanger, Ethel Goplen. Arleen Swanson, Agatha Trinity in New Hope on Sunday, April 23. Pastor
Ledin, Rose Hoppenrath, Lois Knutson, Augusta Leyrer will be the speaker. He will talk about his
Mueller, Luverne Jacobsen. sojourn in Taiwan.
Our thanks to the serving committee for their help The food shelf is in need of canned fruits.
today were Eunice Johnson, Sondra Brust, and Betty
Helmen. Thanks to the volunteers for the MLC Auxiliary
meeting held at Pilgrim on March 18th.
The Secretary’s report was read and accepted. There are some Prayer Shawls in the Choir Room.
Lavonne Vrochota gave the Treasurer’s report. It was Also there is need of yarn as some ladies will be
accepted as read. happy to knit more shawls.
There are still some Sundays available for the flower The craft group continues to meet the 3rd Wednesday
chart in the late months of the year. of the month at 1 PM.
There were 23 members and 7 guests attending our
The next meeting will be May 3, 2006 at 12:00 PM. meeting.
West Lutheran High School is holding the third annual 5K run / walk on Saturday May 20,2006 at 8:00am
Awards for first place male and female finishers. Proceeds will go towards the refurbishing of the gym floor
Registration is available online are MidwestEvents.com or by mail-in. Registration forms are available on the
church bulletin board.
Family Camp Refreshes the Spirit
Tired of the city? Need a break from your routine?
Here’s an idea that may interest you.
Plan to attend the Pilgrim Family Camp Weekend at Camp Croix on Rooney Lake, Wisconsin, on August
18, 19 and 20.
Here’s the deal: Rooney Lake is perfect for a leisurely canoe paddle, a soft ball diamond awaits youth vs.
adult competition, the water is clear, the beach is spacious with a volley ball net in place and ready, two camp
fire sites welcome Saturday night s’more roasts and worship happens outside on Sunday morning on the patio
or around the campfire. Individual cabins are furnished with two double bunks with assorted desks, tables and
chairs in each and men and women’s restrooms with showers are close by. Or, if you prefer, you can choose
one of six bedrooms in the upper story of the lodge (which has two complete bathrooms.) Meals are planned
for the group. Serving and clean up is handled by volunteers. The cost is minimal.
Watch for pictures of the 2005 weekend in the entry of the church…..and join us for this fun and spiritual
weekend in 2006! For more details about this treasured experience, call Darrell Sampson, 612-724-7551.