Sunday’s Message – October 2, 2016

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 2, 2016

Prayer of the Day
Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

pilgrim-february-9-2009-010-editText: Luke 17:5-10

“Lord, Increase Our Faith”

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup, WA

Sunday’s Message – September 25, 2016

The 19th Sunday after Pentecost
September 25, 2016

Prayer of the Day

O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and LORD. Amen.

Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-19logo


Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup, WA

Sunday Morning Educational Opportunities – YOU are invited!

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There is a class for everyone on Sunday morning, and it’s never too late to join in. More detailed information is listed below.

  • Sunday School—JAM or “Jesus and Me” (Preschool-6th grade)
  • Confirming Faith (7th & 8th grade)
  • Coffee Talk (9th grade-college age)
  • “Fearless” with Pr. Steve (adults)
  • “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side” led by the Hollands &
    the Rohrbachs (adults)

Children and Youth

blog-collageJAM!!!” Jesus and Me!

Sunday School for Preschool-Tweens:
Feasting on the Word

Our curriculum series for JAM, “Feasting on the Word” connects the scripture kids hear in church to the lesson and activities they will participate in during Sunday School. This way, each person in your family will hear the same message so that the scripture and meaning can be applied at home and out in the community during the week. Each lesson will focus on four questions…

  1. WHAT is important to know?
  2. WHERE is God in these words?
  3. SO WHAT does this mean for our lives?
  4. NOW WHAT is God’s Word calling us to do?

Throughout the year, we will focus on mission projects that are local, national, and international. The curriculum and projects are designed to help children and their families grow in their relationship with Jesus!

Each week begins with birthday songs, exploring the Bible, music, and this year, each child will take home a “Verse of the Week” to memorize!  Fun little prizes will be given when the verse is memorized. Please contact Kim Waterstraat at for further information.

Confirming Faith

Pilgrim youth, facilitated by Rachelle Lessard, Duane Rhodes, and Sandy Tillotson, learn about the Bible, the Lutheran Church, and living a Christian life. After completing all of the modules (about two years), these young people will be ready to affirm their baptisms in the Rite of Confirmation. This program is geared towards 7th-8th graders (however, we welcome any student who may have missed this opportunity and who is ready to delve into a deeper study of their faith).

Coffee Talk

This program, led by Jeff Hobson, is geared toward Senior High youth who have completed the Confirming Faith program. A variety of interactive lessons will be used through the duration of the year, including Bible studies, DVDs, youth-led devotions, leadership in the church and among peers, service projects, role-modeling with younger youth, along with other things (and of course, the occasional coffee date!). Please contact Jeff Hobson for further information.

Adult Education


Adult Studies with Pastor Steve

Fearless, by Max Lucado: “Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.  They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, and upswings in global warming.  But what if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?  If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain?”

Sunday morning’s DVD-based study of Fearless by Max Lucado meets during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:45) in the Fellowship Hall.  Please come join us!  Learn how to “trust more and fear less.”

Sunday Morning Family-Centered Study

Keeping your Kids on Gods Side by Natasha Crain is a book/scriptural study for all levels of family: parents, grandparents, guardians- you name it. Are your children facing criticism about their Christianity while they are at school, with friends, or online? Perhaps they’ve already expressed some doubts about God. This study will address those fears by examining and responding to 40 challenging questions that kids face today. Each Sunday is a new experience with different questions, so you can join in at any time. Learn how to replace their fears and doubts, with confidence, which can encourage open dialogue and equip them to defend their faith (if they have to). This group meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 in the Library (in the office area).

See you Sunday!


Sunday’s Message – September 18, 2016

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost
September 18, 2016

Prayer of the Day

God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and LORD. Amen.

Text: Luke 16:1=-13 (15)

God Knows Your Heart…

Jeff Hobson, Director-Family + Youth Ministries

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup, WA

Mid-Week Educational Offerings for Adults

Tuesday Morning Bible Study Continues (10 am each week)

tam-biblestudyPastor Schumacher leads this informal group for all ages in examining the scripture lessons for the coming Sunday. For those who like to read ahead, the lessons are listed in the announcements each Sunday. This study is great for anyone whose schedule does not permit an every-week commitment, the coffee is always on, and there is always an extra chair at the table!

Pilgrim Wednesdays study of “Fearless” begins September 21fearless

Try something new this year (if you haven’t already) and join us on Wednesday, September, 21 at 5:45 for relaxing fellowship and a wonderful (free) meal! Pilgrim Wednesday is our family night, and it is open to all. After dinner, you are also welcome to stay for Adult Bible Study, Youth group, and children’s activities (either or all). This year’s Adult Bible Study is a DVD/book study by Max Lucado called “Fearless.” Just think what you could do with your life if you completely emptied your heart of fear- and filled it with faith instead! Whether you’re uneasy about life in all its ups and downs, anxiety can make life feel like a prison. Led by Heidi Wilkerson, learn how to break free and join us for “Fearless.”

Women of Faith Bible Study, Thursday mornings

526382Although similar in many ways to the other Women of Faith studies that we have done, “Overcoming Fear” by Margaret Fienberg, has a slightly different format. Like all the others, it dissects the theme from simple to complex, always reinforcing the point with scripture. We learn how God’s reassuring Word pulls us out of ourselves and our self-revolved fears and moves us into real joy and confidence in God. Join women of all ages in this fun group full of lively conversation, wonderful insights, and treats too! “Overcoming Fear” begins September 22nd at 9:15 AM.

Sunday’s Message – September 11, 2016


The 17th Sunday after Pentecost
September 11, 2016
Rally Day

Prayer of the Day

O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Text: Isaiah 41:1-101620895_679489698814543_7550549467290181228_n

“Fear Not!”

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup, WA

“Fear Not, I Am with You Always”

2016-kick-off-bannerBy Julie Halpin & Kim Waterstraat, Co-Directors, Christian Education

2016 has been a very diversely challenging year so far. The concern level of most Christians has risen to new heights with threats of terrorism, gun violence, racial tension, conflicting social issues… and an upcoming Presidential election to boot! Is it any wonder that “fear” has placed itself in the forefront of our lives? Of course, it has always been around, but sometimes it seems less obvious. In the midst of all this, God is continually reaching out to us: “Fear not, I Am with You Always.” It is meant to give us reassurance, a reliance on God… a remembrance that He is the only One who can save us from this broken world. That’s why “fear not”, “do not be afraid,” “have no fear,” etc. are mentioned 125 times in God’s Word (more than any other command). For a Christian, the significance is important, especially right now. So this Rally Day, we celebrate His command and look forward to discovering how His Word soothes and calms our fears, and His Presence brings Joy and Blessings eternal.

Sundays Soothing Reassurances – Beginning September 18all-in

  • Worship (8:15 and 11 AM)
  • Education Hour (9:45 AM), featuring:
    • Sunday School—JAM or “Jesus and Me”
    • Confirming Faith
    • Sr. High Youth
    • Adult Bible Study
    • Family Bible Study
    • Faith Forums—held every 4-6 weeks for one Sunday. Lay speakers, ministers, and theologians will present lectures and discussions on a variety of theological topics

Weekday Reliances – Beginning September 20

  • Tuesday Morning Text Study with Pastor Schumacher, 10 AM
  • Pilgrim Wednesdays beginning Sept 21 with dinner @ 5:45 PM,
    followed by Bible Study & activities @ 6:30
  • Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study—at 9:15 AM beginning September 22

All our new studies are enriching and exciting. We hope you will see something that interests you enough to add a little “fear therapy” into your spiritual journey.

Guaranteed, the Holy Spirit will be present to offer all kinds of “relief support.” In addition, the devotional “God is With You Everyday” by Max Lucado is available on a first-come-first-served basis to congregants who would like to have one. So join us for a full year of study, and remember: “Fear Not, I Am with you Always!”

Sunday’s Message – September 4, 2016

The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 4, 2016

Prayer of the Day

Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Text: Luke 14:25-33

“Two Ways – Choose Wisely”

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup, WA

Faith Conversations—Fall Edition

with Pastor Steve

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you … (Isaiah 41:10, NRSV)

2016-17 ThemeIn the 2003 movie, Big Fish (one of my favorites), Edward Bloom as a young boy bravely goes to the front door of a local witch living in a remote swamp in the woods outside of town. The witch has a glass eye, and the rumor is anyone who looks into it will learn how their eventual death occurs. Edward looks into the witch’s eye and learns the uncomfortable truth about his own death. But rather than living in dread of that day, from that point he looks fear in the face, and bravely takes on risk and danger in various forms, because, as he repeatedly observes, “That’s not how I die.” This knowledge gives Edward the confidence to enter into situations where the average person would be too afraid to go.

One example: the little town of Ashton, Alabama where Edward has lived all his life, is threatened by a mysterious “monster” who has taken up residence outside of town in a cave, and who threatens the peace and sense of well-being of the townspeople. Several farmers complain this monster is eating their livestock during the night. No one in the town is brave enough to confront the monster; and the whole town is living in fear; that is except Edward. He volunteers to talk to the monster and convince it to leave their town. So, Edward goes out to the cave and after some initial frightful moments is able to talk with this monster who turns out to be a 12 foot tall giant named Karl. Karl, is not dangerous, but instead is sad and lonely. Being strange to look at and extremely large, everyone is afraid of him, so he has no friends. This episode concludes with Edward convincing Karl, who is really gentle and harmless, to move on; in fact he decides to go with him because, as he points out, they are both better suited for bigger things.

Edward was able to deal with fear and live bravely, even with a confident and reckless abandon – that is without worry and anxiety, without hesitant and tentative steps because the way ahead was uncertain and unclear. This is because in each circumstance, he could say with assurance, “That’s not how I die.”

As Christians we can live with a similar confidence. We don’t know the way we will die, but we do know the day and the way we have life. The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about life and death, especially the life we have through Jesus Christ.

In Romans (6:4-5) he writes,

Therefore we have been buried with
him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Through Jesus Christ, we can live confidently today, without worry and anxiety about the world and our future. Through Jesus we can face our fears with trust in God to take care of us and watch over us.

Our theme for this coming year is “Fear Not, I am with you always.” And our theme verse is Isaiah 41:10. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. God is with us always.

And so, with Jesus Christ as our confidence we can overcome fear today and have hope for tomorrow. Through his death and resurrection God has given us life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

For more information about the Fall Kick-Off and upcoming opportunities and events at Pilgrim, travel to the Newsletter page by clicking here.

Sunday’s Message – August 28, 2016

The 15th Sunday after Pentecost
August 28, 2016

Prayer of the Day

O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Text: Luke 14:1-14

“Humble or Humbled”

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup, WA